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Teresa Strasser is the host of syndicated nightly news and entertainment show, "The List." Radio audiences know her as Adam Carolla's sidekick and cable audiences know her as the girl from TLC's "While You Were Out." She won a Daytime Emmy Award for her work as a writer on Comedy Central's "Win Ben Stein's Money" and has garnered three Los Angeles Press Club Awards for her work as a columnist. Strasser has two young boys and lives with her family in Phoenix, Arizona

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Why One Mom Just Wants to Take Off All Her Clothes

(3) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 7:46 AM

When I was a little girl, I desperately wanted to be a nun or a student at the Immaculate Heart Catholic School for Girls. Not to be closer to a heavenly father; to be closer to a uniform.

TLC sang about wanting "no scrubs." Well, I do.

I want to...

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The Secret Lives of Other Moms

(13) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 4:10 PM

If Alicia Silverstone wants to "pre-masticate" solid foods for her baby boy, I want to know about it. January Jones eating her own placenta? Let me have it. Not her placenta, I mean, but the story about it. I will ingest that raw, cooked or ground and desiccated...

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Hold On To Your Non-Mom Friends

(57) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 4:38 PM

At the House of Pies, the waitresses are old and the fish is probably not young. It's the type of diner where one might see, as I did last week, a transgender homeless man in a full admiral's uniform eating key lime pie.

The House of Pies...

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On Motherhood, Jeremy Lin and Not Being a Natural

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 2:27 PM

It wasn't that I failed to bond with my child, which was my biggest fear, but that I was so bonded.

The depth of this bond terrified me because, while biology had given me a strong drive to love and protect my son, my past had given me no idea...

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An Insomniac Mom Begs You to Stop Talking About Your Sleep

(57) Comments | Posted March 4, 2012 | 8:23 AM

I've always had an irrational and bitter resentment toward good sleepers. You know who you are. You probably don't mean to brag, but you guys always do. You always do.

"I could sleep ANYWHERE," you say, casually. And, "I'm a mess without my ten hours of sleep."...

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Girlie Girl Moms: I'm Not One Of Them

(54) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 10:05 AM

I have the penmanship of a pre-pubescent juvenile delinquent incarcerated for setting his family on fire.

This may be one of the reasons "thank you" notes terrify me, because nothing -- from the handwriting, to the stationary, to the salutation, to the content -- will be right. You will wonder...

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Dear Mom and Dad, Now That I'm a Mom, I Resent You Even More

(143) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 8:08 AM

Let's just say your crappy childhood was a few acres of dry foliage, just there, not lush, but not dangerous. Having a child is the casually flicked, still burning Camel Light of a half-drunken hobo that sets it ablaze. Call all the helicopters you want, this fire won't be contained...

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Just A Mom Talking Trash

(123) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 5:54 PM

It's addicting, strange and wildly popular, thriving in the dark underbelly of YouTube, where fanatics make their own videos, which are seen by literally millions of people.
I'm talking about garbage truck videos, amateur garbage truck videos.

In the vast world of things that were not on my radar...

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A Kid Pro Quo -- You Throw A Party, I Better Throw One, Too

(154) Comments | Posted August 24, 2011 | 4:27 PM

There's a social contract when it comes to birthday parties for kids. You can't just be a recurring guest, enjoying the bouncy houses, gift bags and balloon animals arranged and paid for by other parents.

No, you have to reciprocate. Like it or not, there's a kid pro quo.


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So, Are You Having Another One?

(324) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 7:25 AM

"Desitin in my cuticles" is not the first line of a poignant country song, but I keep thinking it should be.

No. Desitin in my cuticles is what concerns me when I'm asked the question I get at least once a day: "Are you having another one?"

Really, this should...

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What to Expect When You're Expecting ... to Fail

(6) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 12:56 PM

I'll never forget asking my therapist the following question when I found out I was pregnant: "Who am I going to be?"

"You," she answered. "With a kid."

That was comforting that day, on that couch, staring at those Matisse prints, being that person who was terrified...

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City Mom: I Love the Smell of Exhaust in the Morning

(7) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Maybe because I grew up in the heart of San Francisco, I've always liked the expression "street smart." It's not "gated community smart" or even "farm smart."

You want to know how to get from the Golden Gate Bridge to Twin Peaks using public transportation? I can...

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My Family Is Crazier Than Your Family. No, Really.

(12) Comments | Posted June 27, 2011 | 2:00 PM

When people talk about their "crazy" families, it really brings out my competitive nature.

Unless one uncle shot himself in the head and one aunt suffocated herself with a plastic bag per the instructions in a paperback version of "Final Exit," your people just aren't that...

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Mom Profiling Is An Imperfect Science, But I Know Who You Are

(12) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 7:11 PM

Like forensics, mom profiling is not a perfect science, but I can narrow things down.

Because moms, I know you. In four seconds, I can accurately assess almost everything about you like a crime scene investigator knows which direction the pistol was pointed from the bloodstain pattern on the wall....

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Hey Kids, Let's Share the Shame

(65) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 4:41 PM

Parental shame is a two-way street, and my kid is already pedaling down it -- in the pink tricycle he insisted we buy him.

Will I embarrass my son? Sure. That's a given. But that dude is going to shame me, too.

Enough worrying about all I...

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Want to Feel Isolated? Try Social Networking

(13) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 5:51 PM

On Facebook, "ladies' night out" never ends with you getting cornered by a former Arizona State sorority girl who is two mojitos past dullard. On Facebook, the valet doesn't lose your dirty Honda for twenty minutes while you calculate how much sleep you'll get if there's no traffic on the...

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The World's Fattest Toddler: I'm Not Worried

(17) Comments | Posted April 1, 2011 | 4:39 PM

Step aside, infamous Indonesian smoking baby, there's a new gross-you-out and get-you-incensed Internet sensation in town. It's the obese Chinese toddler!

Perhaps you have seen photos of Lu Hao, a 132-pound, 3-year-old who eats three bowls of rice at a time and refuses to walk to...

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Winning Has a Nice Sheen to It

(57) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 4:50 PM

My new favorite writer: Edgar Allan ME. That's Charlie Sheen's latest nom de plume, in case you're some kind of troll.

Sure, Sheen's blazing self-confidence is probably the result of hypomania, but there's a reason it's so compelling. It's a word, it's a catchphrase, it's a movement, it's...

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I'll Miss You, Toxins

(43) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 5:22 PM

Teresa Strasser is an Emmy and Los Angeles Press Club Award winner. She is also the author of Exploiting My Baby: A Memoir of Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Even someone like me who isn't particularly good with babies, who looks at them and says things like, "Hey, buddy. Look...

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