Family Planning

Maybe Baby and Reflections on Parenthood

Posted January 2, 2009 by Fred Lee

Reading Maybe Baby made me take a broader view of becoming a parent.

Failed or Cancelled IUI/ IVF, Pregnancy/Child Loss? What do you do?

Posted May 14, 2008 by Lori Kerrigan

What do you do when the IUI/ IVF does not work or is cancelled? How do you get through a child or pregnancy loss? It had me defeated, but other women endured. Here are their stories.

How to Say "No!"

Posted May 7, 2008 by Sonja Stewart

Two letters, one word, so hard to say. What my two year old is teaching me to say with tact and purpose, one tantrum at a time.

How Men and Women See Finances Differently

Posted May 1, 2008 by Sonja Stewart

How I passed the buck to my husband, and it didn't look anything like an "I Love Lucy" episode. Ok, maybe just a little.

Breaking Up With Elmo: A Lazy Parent's Call to Arms

Posted April 23, 2008 by Sonja Stewart

Elmo, it isn’t you. Really, it’s me. Don’t blame yourself. How I broke up with television and beat lazy parenting.

Light's Out! Why I'm No Longer Energy Efficient

Posted April 21, 2008 by Sonja Stewart

I ripped out every energy saving light bulb in my house. Yes my energy bill is (a lot) higher. But after doing some research, I realized, being pregnant, and having a toddler in my home, it was the right thing to do.

Morning Sickness, Cured!

Posted April 16, 2008 by Sonja Stewart

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Yes you are thrilled about the new baby. But your stomach and head have other ideas. The good news is, you don't have to feel horrible in your first trimester. Really. It just takes patience, planning, and potato chips.

Asking for the Moon

Posted April 15, 2008 by Katherine Turner

At Microsort, they call gender selection “family balancing.” I preferred to call it “getting to shop in the pink section of Carters.” But is this dabbling with the natural balance of the sexes just the beginning of a science-fiction future fraught with designer babies?

Translating for Toddlers or What Did He Say?

Posted March 26, 2008 by Caitlin Giles

This is my toddler. I am his translator. At nearly twenty-three months of age, my little guy has lots of words (literally more and more every day). However, my husband and I are the only people who are able to understand seventy percent of what is coming out of his mouth. So I translate for him. Anybody out there doing the same thing?

My Winter Bible: The Preschooler's Busy Book

Posted February 27, 2008 by Caitlin Giles

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I don't know about you, but I am not sure how many more sub-zero temperature, snow-filled days I can take. SPRING, WHERE ARE YOU? Here is my secret weapon for surviving the long days indoors with two active little ones.

Keeping Kids Clothes Organized

Posted February 21, 2008 by Jo-Lynne Shane

Do your children's closets look like the clearance rack at Old Navy -- overflowing with clothes of various sizes from all four seasons? Is your attic full of bags of outgrown clothes with no method to the madness? Do you buy clothes ahead and then forget about them because they got shoved into an obscure corner behind the Polly Pockets and the princess costumes?

Four Reasons You Should Join a CSA

Posted February 17, 2008 by Caitlin Giles

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Looking for a cost-effective way to feed your family organic, locally-grown, delicious food? Join a CSA!

We Have Instincts For A Reason

Posted February 13, 2008 by Jo-Lynne Shane

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When I learned I was pregnant, I was determined to do everything right. I read every parenting guide I could get my hands on and decided to follow Babywise by Gary Ezzo. I loved the notion of a schedule. I wanted to know what to expect and how to plan accordingly. And I was determined that I would be in charge, not my child. Are you snickering yet?

Grocery Shopping with Kids

Posted February 11, 2008 by Catherine Shaffer

Personally, I give each and every one of you permission to shop without your kids, if that works for you. I rarely take mine along. I would rather get in and out quickly, and avoid negotiations over treat items. However, when my son was a toddler and a preschooler, I pretty much had to take him with me. He was just always there, you know? It's like he didn't have his own life or something.

Review of Table for Eight: Raising a Large Family in a Small-Family World

Posted January 14, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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I don’t consider us to be a big family. Others will disagree. I do admit, however, that I could use some help from those that have been in the large-family trenches and have come out with all their limbs intact. That’s what Table for Eight: Raising a Large Family in a Small-Family World aims to do. I have found that not only does author Meagan Francis do this with humor and compassion, but the book is relevant for families of any size!

Being a Young Mom: Why Starting Early Has Its Rewards

Posted December 15, 2007 by Linsey Knerl

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This is not an article pitting young mom against older mom. I just don’t have the perspective to do that. Since I’m in my late twenties, and already have four young ones to care for, I thought I’d offer my perspective on why I’m glad I started a family early. Here are five reasons being a young mom works well for me!