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

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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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Spotlight Series: Carey and Michele

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Spotlight Series sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States.     TNF: Tell me about your family.  Are you married? Do you have kids?   CAREY: My name is Carey, my wife is Michele and our 3 year old daughter is Kaeden. We live near Portland, Oregon with our 2 dogs, […]

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The Mother’s Partner and the Breastfed Baby : Alternative Bonding Methods Beyond Feeding

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By Wendy Wright- IBCLC Co-Founder and Lactation Consultant of the 16 Minute Club Many new moms will hear the advice to allow their partner to bond with the baby through bottle feeding. While this advice is well-meaning, introducing a bottle too early can negatively affect milk supply and latching. Thankfully there are several other ways your […]

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The Miserable State Of Toddler Purgatory

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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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Breastfeeding Without Birth – Is It Possible?

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By Wendy Wright– IBCLC Co-Founder and Lactation Consultant of the 16 Minute Club Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience for both mom and baby. However, what is a new mom to do when she receives the blessing of a baby but never went through the pregnancy and birth process herself? Induced lactation is still an option […]

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Close to Our Hearts: Two New Moms Explore Chicago with Baby

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By Michelle Barnard The first ten weeks of parenthood have been a blur… All our parent-friends told us that life as we knew it would change, but we shook them off. WE were different. We weren’t going to be THOSE parents.  We even had a list of annoying parenting things that we would never do, […]

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

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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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Spotlight Series: Kara and Jaclyn

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    Sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States     Spotlight Series: Kara and Jaclyn TNF: Tell me about your family. How did you meet your partner? Do you have kids? KARA: Jaclyn and I met in high school and were close friends. I secretly had a crush on her […]

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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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Spotlight Series: Michelle and Rochie

lesbian moms in Chicago

  Spotlight Series sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States.   Michelle and Rochie TNF: Tell me about your family.  Are you married?  Do you have kids? MICHELLE: We are married!  Rochie (a combo of Rochelle and her last name Ouchi!) & I got married in Malibu on New Years […]

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