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Breaking the Bottle Habit (One Screech at a Time)

Posted November 28, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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My son will be two years old in January, and he is plenty old enough to be broken from his bottle habit. I picked a day (like any other) and just decided to do it. Here's what I learned, and why I'm glad it's over.

Hey Moms! Go with Your Gut!

Posted November 17, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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Awhile back I told you how I was almost always the Mom in the middle. Not sure if I’m overreacting to most things, but more than likely certain that I’m too laid back for my own good. A trip to the ER this weekend gave me confidence in my decision–making abilities as a mother. (And reaffirmed that you really don’t want to mess with me when the kiddos are involved.)

Raising Children Across Class Lines

Posted September 27, 2008 by Maggie Wells

I know it's taboo in America to bring up various differences of social class but when junior says: Mom, can we invite Johnny over? Do you say yes right away or do you redirect and say, what about playing with Timmy instead?

Summer Roadtrip Travel Adventures, Part 1

Posted July 25, 2008 by Maggie Wells

This summer was my first venture into traveling alone with the children since the husband had to work. (Hats off to all the single moms out there who do this on a regular basis). I found that keeping a zen like calm goes a long way into making the unexpected and the disaster a little more adventure like and way more fun for the kiddies.

Yet Another Project For The Pregnant Woman: How To Write Your Child A Song

Posted June 19, 2008 by Rosemerry Wahto...

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Ah, late pregnancy, a time for preparing crib sheets and stocking up on diaper wipes, doing kegels and finalizing names. And for me, also a time to go out and find my child a song. Here are ideas for how to create a personal lyric for your unborn (or already born, for that matter), and some reasons why it might be nice for them. Bonus: It’s nice for you, too.

Which Kind of Little League Parent are YOU?

Posted June 18, 2008 by Maggie Wells

School is winding down and so is Little League season (June is national Little League month). You are almost finished carting junior around from school yard to baseball diamond to pizza parlor to game again. So it begs the question. Which kind of Little League parent are YOU?

Please Stop Giving Advice.

Posted June 18, 2008 by Corina Fiore

The picture represents how I feel about unsolicited or absolute advice: angry and annoyed. I often ignore advice, shake my head in agreement, and move on my way. I wasn't always that way, and I was reminded of the havoc unsolicited advice can reap on a family when reading a message board this week.

It’s Difficult to Give Our Families the Best

Posted June 14, 2008 by Linsey Knerl

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My kids deserve the best. I want to give them everything they need and some of the things that they want, and I wish for it to come to them with relative ease and with as little heartbreak as possible. Why is it that I find it so trying to give them the best of me?

The Art of Offering Your Child Choices (And How it Can Backfire With Your Spouse)

Posted May 15, 2008 by Rosemerry Wahto...

“Give your child options!” say the parenting experts. And with my toddler, “sharing the control” works very well. It works so well I’ve started using it with my husband. Uh oh.

Hilarious Sermon-Free Picture Books to Tame the Tantrum and Ameliorate the Meltdown

Posted May 14, 2008 by Katherine Turner

Want a novel tack to take the next time your kid flings himself face-down in front of a Tonka Truck display or blows a gasket because her “very pink” underpants are in the wash? Try making them laugh at what makes them cry!

Yo! Happy Mother's Day!

Posted May 11, 2008 by Maggie Wells

What's it mean to be a mommy to you? This is my take on the day and the experience...


Posted April 24, 2008 by Katherine Turner

Dear Mammary Militia: Thanks for the personal interest in informing all of us about the benefits of breastfeeding like we haven’t been made aware in our prenatal visits, books and articles, or in conversations with people who actually know us, like family and friends. Now mind your own business.

Don’t, Won’t, Can’t, Nope, Noooooo: A 4-Step Action Plan For Communicating Better With Your Child

Posted April 11, 2008 by Rosemerry Wahto...

You tell your daughter not to walk in the puddle. She walks in the puddle. You tell your son, “Please do not throw the fork.” He throws the fork. Not getting the behavior you’re asking for? Here’s one reason why, and four ways to improve your communication with your child.

Preschool Potty Mouth

Posted April 5, 2008 by Maggie Wells

Preschoolers are parrots. They walk through the house and repeat every word they hear in and out of whatever context they hear it. Naturally, like all other things they'll learn, they'll more than likely learn to swear from you.

Fixing a Trainwreck: 5 Positive Ways To End A Tough Day With Your Toddler

Posted April 1, 2008 by Rosemerry Wahto...

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Did you get your buttons pushed today? Is your toddler testing you? Before you go to bed tonight, try these five steps to help you gain perspective, see each other’s sides, remember that you love each other and give yourself a break.

When Mom Goes on Strike

Posted March 30, 2008 by Karen Putz

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Mom goes on strike, and the hubby learns a lesson.

How I Learned to Quit Hating Star Wars and use it as a teaching tool

Posted March 7, 2008 by Maggie Wells

In the beginning, I was against my five year old watching Star Wars but now it's become a convenient if imperfect way to explain everything from local elections, my big crushes, and American foreign policy.

How to Survive Your Mother-in-Law at the Holidays

Posted December 18, 2007 by Lela Davidson

Are you dreading the holidays with your mother-in-law? Fear not! Here are some easy ways to keep your sanity this season.