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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Does Not Play Well With Others: Seeking My Playgroup Soul Mate

playgroup for toddlers

By: Amber Leventry I don’t like children’s playgroups. Not totally true: I like the fact that they are free and get me out of the house, preventing me from going batshit crazy while home with my 20 month old twin boys. I also like the part that allows my boys to do art projects with […]

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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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The Right Stuff: Happy Babies and Happy Daddies in Dallas

Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs from Texas

By Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs On our first date at a Moroccan restaurant in trendy uptown Dallas, we talked about having kids.  On our FIRST date. Usually conversations about starting a family will scare off a guy, but it’s a dream for two gay men. Well, more like a distant dream, particularly here in red-state Texas, where same […]

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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 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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Making It Through The Grocery Store with Twins

Ben and Ryan at Hannaford

By: Amber Leventry When I go to the grocery store with my 15 month old twin boys, I swing through emotions faster than I do on the day before my period. As I gather my coupons and courage to leave the house, I know I will soon experience more feelings than a sane person should […]

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Parenting Is Not Always Love At First Sight

Do you fall in love with your baby immediately?

By Amber Leventry My twin boys are 14 months old. I fell in love with one of them yesterday and the other today. Please make no mistake or judgment. I have loved them since they were cells dividing, and I have loved them stronger each day since their birth, but yesterday was the first time […]

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The Road to Parenthood is Not Always Straight: Part 2 Selective Reduction

Amber

By Amber Leventry   Every mom has a unique and memorable birth story for each of their children. But before every birth story is a conception story. Some women and couples are able to conceive a child with ease. Others need time and patience. Some face the heartbreak of a miscarriage. We needed fertility help. […]

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