Parenting With OCD: My Daily Dose of Exposure Therapy

Kids Painting Collage

By Amber Leventry   I have this awful problem where I pick up my kids’ toys. Not only do I pick them up, but I put them where they belong. I make sure toys are settled within their individual sets containing 905 pieces, books are on shelves, and LEGOs are with other LEGOs and not […]

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WATCH: Video Tip For Screaming Kids

sad toddler

By Brandy Black With 3 kids there is bound to be a meltdown and my poor wife gets the brunt of it.  Our children are still at that age where all they ask for is Mama (that’s me!)  So Susan has come up with a great trick that works like a charm for parents who […]

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Documenting a Year With Twins And A Toddler

twins painting

By: Amber Leventry At least once a week, my partner and I look at each other with a look that refers to many conversations where we have said, “I don’t want to wish their youth away, but I want the boys to be a little older.” I feel guilty for feeling it and guilty for […]

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Picky Eaters: Pick A Little, Talk A Lot, Pick A Little

Picky eaters

By Ann Brown/ Parenting consultant Picky eaters. I was reluctant to write on this subject, as I have no experiential reference for it.  I don’t think I have even ever said those two words together. I come from a “happy to eat it” people; maybe it was those forty years wandering the desert that took […]

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If My Four Year Old Daughter Had An Instagram Account

Kids and cameras

By: Amber Leventry My daughter received a kid-friendly digital camera for her birthday. It took her approximately 17 minutes to fill its memory card to the 500 picture limit. And because each picture was precious, I wasn’t allowed to delete any. Instead, my four year old stood over my shoulder while I downloaded them onto […]

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I Hope My Children Feel Loved Even on My Toughest Parenting Days

Me reading with the kids on Easter morning

By: Amber Leventry Even during my worst parenting moments, I will not call myself a bad parent. It not only diminishes all of the good parenting I do, but it’s just not true. I am not a bad parent, but I am far from a perfect parent. Some days, on the really, really hard days […]

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Twin Toddlers Respond To Their Mama’s Christmas List

twin trouble

By: Amber Leventry We read Mama’s Christmas list. A lot of her wish list seemed to involve relief from us, her, if not perfect, very charming twin boys. We weren’t born yesterday, Santa. Mama’s suggestions were not suggestions. We’ve had 18 months to learn her suggestions are usually passive aggressive ways of making us think […]

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The Mommy Phase: I’m Not The Mama They Want

kid hugging mom

By: Amber Leventry Like magic, or perhaps developmentally age appropriate behavior, our twin boys started to the display signs of preferring Mommy over everyone else at the same age our daughter and first child began this phase. When all of our children were a little over a year old, they began to cling to Mama, […]

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The Miserable State Of Toddler Purgatory

Box Head Ben

By: Amber Leventry If you were to listen to my partner, Amy, and I talk to each other while we are in earshot of only each other or overhear one of us mutter profanities and inappropriate comments about our children, you would conclude we are miserable. Or that we hate parenthood. This conclusion is not […]

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