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Wendy Bradford
Wendy Bradford is a writer and New York City mother of twins plus one. She blogs with honesty and humor at Mama One to Three. Find her on Twitter and Instagram (@wendykbradford) and on Facebook.

Entries by Wendy Bradford

7 Ways to Make Mom Friends, or How to Be the Weird Mom

(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 2:45 PM

Motherhood can be a lonely endeavor. However fulfilled we are with our children and jobs and families, we are often without meaningful adult conversation for hours or days at a time. The most common complaint I hear from fellow moms is how hard it is to make new and genuine...

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What I Changed for the Sake of My Kids

(19) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 12:08 PM

There was a moment when I could have made another choice. My girls' giggling was reaching a fever pitch; I could tell they'd lost control of themselves. My son was entertaining them by jumping off his bed, naked. It was so close to bedtime and no one was in pajamas,...

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Please Do Grow Up

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 12:56 PM

You schemed to get your birthday announced on a children's television show. "Seven is too old," you said. So, you changed your birth year and claimed you were turning 6. This is the closest we get to turning back time.

Much is said of time going by too fast; it...

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Putting Down the Phone to Face Life

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 6:36 PM

This week I wrote on my own blog about needing to put down my phone and step away from my laptop -- because my kids have begun telling me to do so. I knew I needed to make some painful changes. Over the first 24 hours that I...

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The Power of a Small Note

(4) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 2:59 PM

I blame my husband. He started them thinking about the notes.

One afternoon my 4-year-old girl asked why I hadn't put a note in her lunch.


"Daddy puts notes in our lunch."

He'd been leaving notes on napkins when making their lunches in the morning: Have a great day....

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Las cosas que, como padres, nos da miedo contar

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 12:01 AM

De vez en cuando, sale un post en el que el autor describe la regañina de una madre hacia su(s) hijo(s) en un lugar público. Puede que la madre reaccionara de forma exagerada ante ante un fallo del pequeño o ante un llanto incesante. Quizás ocurrió en el momento de...

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The Part of Parenting We're Too Scared to Talk About

(30) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 9:35 AM

Occasionally a post circulates the Internet in which the author describes witnessing a mother in the midst of a public tirade against her child or children. The mother may have screamed in a way that could only be an overreaction to a small child's mistake or incessant crying. Maybe it...

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Santa Can't Do Everything

(5) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 9:07 AM

This is a hard time of year for parents. Not only are we in charge of balanced meals, finished homework, wardrobe, flu shots, healthy bedtimes, reasonable screen time and manners toward visiting family, but we are also Santa's ambassador. And now, for us, custodian of the "Elf on the Shelf."

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Things I've Learned Since My Daughter Started First Grade

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 3:57 PM

There is a terribly frustrating phase toddlers go through when all they ask is "why?"

You have to sit in a car seat. Why?

You can't eat all the cookies. Why?

Spaghetti has to be cooked. Why?

The umbrella keeps us dry. Why?

You can't cook an...

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Pretty Is Not a Four-Letter Word

(6) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 10:19 AM

I don't follow the rules.

I tell my daughters they are beautiful. I tell them their dresses are adorable on them, that their hair looks pretty. They watch me, sitting on my bed, as I blow dry my hair each day. I never complain in front of them that my...

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Have You Ever Been Happy?

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 10:16 AM

I would not say I am a happy person. By nature or by defect, I am often depressed and moody. And it is by knowing the darkness that I can experience its absence with pure appreciation.

There is an almost-6-year-old asleep on my sofa right now. She isn't feeling well,...

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In the Middle of Things, Begin

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 1:45 PM

I came to writing as a college student studying many of the world's greatest thinkers and writers, some for the first time. The poets had me. They moved me with so few words, so often. Yet they knew my world, my heart -- or should I say they let me...

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My Worst Parenting Decision

(6) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 2:06 PM

I made one of my worst parenting decisions today. It was not to feed them fast food, hire a babysitter with questionable references or send one of the kids to school with a fever. I am not even speaking of the curse word I used at bedtime.

This morning we...

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5 Lists for People Who Need to Feel Included Among People Who Have Lists

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 6:36 PM

5 Things I Say Way Too Often

1. Do you need to go pee pee?
2. Do you need to go pee pee?
3. Do you need to go pee pee?
4. Enough with the f*cking Band-Aids already.
5. Is that pee pee?

5 Things I...

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It's No Secret

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 4:48 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Having spent time in recovery for eating disorders -- in 12-step programs, group therapy, individual therapy, a hospital -- I don't have many secrets left. "You...

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Sometimes, Always, Never

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 6:10 PM

Sometimes, always, never. This is the rule that applies to men's three-button suit jackets. It is the one thing I remember from when my husband and I were getting married in March 2005. More than our vows, the lovely cards we received from friends, or the music we danced to...

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This Comes With 40

(39) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 7:17 AM

I have written about turning 40 before. When I actually turned 40. That was more than two years ago.

And my perspective has changed -- slightly but significantly. Slowly, I've become less concerned with the opinions others hold of me and terribly concerned with my own. Speaking my mind, showing...

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The Dynamics of Three

(112) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 11:24 AM

One recent afternoon, as we were all winding down at home after school pick-up, Molly said to me, "You know what mommy?"

I expected an observation to come forth along the lines of "Spiders have an abdomen. That's where their guts are," or "Birds bathe in puddles, then dry...

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Beauty and What I Mean

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 2:31 PM

Over the past few years, I have been fortunate to attend a number of very cool events and to meet many people I like and admire- - some bloggers, some writers, some advocates, several celebrities.

I always take in a person's looks first. I suppose we all do -- first...

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The Deal We Get

(2) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 12:36 PM

Before long, we learn that in this life, we are not here forever. We learn through the changing of seasons, the loss of our pets in childhood, the death of a loved one.

We have no guarantee of numbers. So many days under the sun or drizzly afternoons spent gazing...

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