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All The Times I Said “No” to My 4-Year-Old Today

I used to be a “Yes” mom. Yes, you can jump off the swing.  Yes, you can squirt shaving cream in the bath and pretend it’s snow.  Yes, you may peform opera in the supermarket. But now I have two kids.  A little one who’s up all night and a bigger one who is a […]

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14 Things My Kid Does When I Ask Her To Clean Up

Now that my older daughter’s four, she’s big enough to do chores and take responsibility for her own messes—or so I thought. Let’s just say my attempts to get her to clean up after herself have not been so successful. Even when I sing that catchy little song, “Clean up, clean up, everybody, everywhere/Clean up, […]

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8 Hilarious Ways To Prank Your Kids On April Fools’ Day

Those darn kids. They’ve kept you up all night. Destroyed your house. And turned you from a cool chick into a sweatpants-wearing chauffeur/sherpa/referee/maid/short order cook/nag. Clearly, your kids have it coming. And this April Fools’ Day, here’s how you can get ‘em good: 1. Fake a snow day. Decorate their windows with canned spray snow so they […]

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10 Reasons I’m Afraid To Bring Home Baby #2

You’d think I’d be less scared to have a baby the second time around. I already know what labor and delivery feel like, how to care for a newborn, and that my life will never be the same. I’m not a true veteran like Michelle Duggar, but at least I’ve done this before. Unfortunately, when […]

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If Sleep Training Works, Why Doesn’t It Stick?

I did not want to sleep train my baby. I couldn’t bear to hear her cry for 10 seconds, never mind 10 minutes. When my pediatrician casually suggested that I let her “cry it out,” I was so angry, I temporarily switched pediatricians. That was at four months old. By seven months, I was singing […]

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