An Open Letter to All Parent-to-Be

Life before kids

By: Shannon Ralph Dear Parents-to-Be, You have no idea—NO IDEA—what you are getting into. I am thrilled to be a mother. Really, I am. My three darling children cause me—in addition to the rare headache and occasional string of obscenities—boundless degrees of happiness and immense pride. I love being “mommy.” I can’t get enough hugs […]

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7 Things Your Kids Need Every Single Day

What kids need

By: Shannon Ralph I readily admit to being a parent who does not have all the answers. Or most of the answers. Okay, some days I cannot even manage to scrape together a single, rudimentary answer. I am winging it just like you. At times, I find it really hard not to focus on all […]

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21 Things No Mother Would Ever Say

Things Mother's Should Never Say

By: Shannon Ralph Since having children, I have said some pretty crazy things. Strings of words come out of my mouth on a daily basis that defy all reason and logic. The phrase, “Snorkels aren’t made for penises” immediately comes to mind. And “Stand still while I lick it off.” On more than one occasion, […]

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Working Mom Jargon 101

juggling everything

By: Shannon Ralph As a working mom, I often find myself torn between two very different cultures—the corporate culture and the mommy culture. I am a participant in both, but I don’t really seem to entirely fit in with either. When I am at work, I find myself feeling out of touch with my childless […]

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35 0f the Best Kids’ Holiday Gifts on Etsy $25 and Under

Tooth Fairy Pillow

By: Shannon Ralph It’s that time of the year again. Halloween is officially over. Hence, the Christmas season is upon us. We all know—thanks to Target and Gap and any of the other numerous retailers that are already playing holiday commercials on my television—that the Christmas season officially kicks off at 12:01 A.M. on November […]

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10 Lessons I Want My Son to Learn Before He Becomes a Teenager

Things I want my son to learn

By: Shannon Ralph I have an amazing eleven year old son. He is smart. He makes me laugh every day. He is kind and he is generous. And despite my nightly pleading to the universe to please—for the love of God—slow down time, my son is becoming a man before my very eyes. He is […]

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How to Get Your Tween to Do His Homework in 50 Easy Steps

Getting tweens to do homework

By: Shannon Ralph Homework is the bane of my existence. It’s not that I am necessarily anti-homework. I get it. I see the value of the concept—the otherworldly, ethereal, high level, metaphysical abstraction of it. I understand the need for homework to reinforce the tiny shreds of algebraic knowledge my son’s harried teacher is able […]

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45 Big Fat Lies Parents Tell Themselves Every Day

Lies parents tell themselves

By: Shannon Ralph I’m a liar. I will readily admit it. I lie to my children. (“Santa only brings new toys to kids who empty the dishwasher.”) I lie to my wife. (“It was on sale.”) I lie to my doctor. (“I walk on the treadmill every day.”) I lie to my mother. (“Thanks for […]

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5 Questions You Should Never Ask a Lesbian Mom

mommy mom and me

By: Shannon Ralph Recently, my family and I found ourselves in a rather uncomfortable situation. We had stopped into a hair salon—Great Clips or Costcutters or one of those quickie-no-appointment-necessary places—to get haircuts for our boys. The hairdresser who ushered Nicholas to a waiting chair had extraordinarily big hair and an even bigger voice. In […]

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10 Things I Would Tell My Daughter (If She Would Only Listen)

Sophie

By: Shannon Ralph My daughter is eight years old. Eight is a tough age. Our days consist of equal parts unabashed adoration and seething contempt. Sometimes I know everything. Some days I am supermom. Those are the good days. Those are the days when my Sophie feels like the baby girl I fell in love […]

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