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

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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

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  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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Interview: Wanda Sykes On Kids, Family And Hitting The Road

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A punctual Wanda Sykes called 15 minutes early for her interview and was on the ball immediately. “Was she funny?” “Did she make you laugh?” “Was she as hilarious as she seems?” All of these questions were posed to me by readers after said interview. The truth: Sykes is a down-to-earth mama who does comedy […]

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Spotlight Series: Cari and Denise

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TNF: Tell me about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids? CARI: Denise and I are married, we got married during the controversial court ruling in Utah in December 2013.  We are patiently waiting the case to get through the supreme court so our marriage can be recognized and legal in the state. We […]

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Preparing for Preschool

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By Brandy Black The days move so fast I feel like I can’t see straight.  Suddenly I am the mother of a 6-year-old in 1st grade and 2-year-old twins that are starting preschool. I’ve been waiting for this day since they were born, wanting them to be on their feet, independent and sturdy.  That last […]

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