How to Keep Your Child Safe Online

how to keep your kids safe from computers

By: Shannon Ralph As a modern-day mother, I like to pride myself on my enlightened approach to parenting. I think my children are fairly well-behaved (when around human beings who do not inhabit our house), honest (or perhaps just extremely adept liars), intelligent (as evidenced by their constant questioning of every decision I make), and […]

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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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Poor Body Image – It’s Not Just for Girls Anymore!

Poor body image- Girls and Boys

By: Shannon Ralph From the moment my daughter was born, I was prepared. I knew how I wanted her to feel about her body and I armed myself with all the resources needed to counteract the hostile views of the female body we are bombarded with on a daily basis. I read numerous articles about […]

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My Grown-Up Lettter to Santa

grown-up letter to Santa

By: Shannon Ralph Dear Santa: Merry Christmas! It’s been a while. I think the last time I wrote to you was when I was 11 years old. That was the year my dad died and the year before I pestered my mother so much about your existence that she finally yelled at me in a […]

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The Parenting Perils of Picky Eaters

picky eaters

By: Shannon Ralph I come from a long line of eaters. Hearty eaters. Robust eaters. A fair share of overeaters, even. I have inherited from my family a healthy appreciation of eating in all its forms. Food comforts. Food celebrates. Food unites. Be it your grandma’s cornbread or your auntie’s baked spaghetti or your cousin’s […]

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Thankful for the Chaos of Parenthood

chaos with kids

By: Shannon Ralph As I am writing this, chaos is reigning supreme in my house. My eight-year-old twins are playing some full-body-contact version of ring-around-the-rosie where every round ends in shrieking and a veritable mountain of skinny arms and legs piled up on the living room rug. My eleven-year-old son is reclined on the couch […]

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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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