Thank God for Grandparents

Thank God for Grandparents

by Audra Rogers

I bit into a piece of dark chocolate as I sat in my favorite living room chair. I poured a small cup of coffee and exhaled loudly, forcing myself to take an afternoon breather while my toddler napped.

I was in the thick of packing for a trip back home to see our families for the holidays. 

 

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The Day We Let Our Toddler Call the Shots

The Day We Let Our Toddler Call the Shots

by Erica Davis

It started out as a dare, or maybe more of a challenge. “What would happen if we just said ‘yes’ to everything she wanted, all day?” I jokingly asked my husband, referring to our 2 ½ year-old daughter.

“Oh man, it would be a disaster. A big, sugar-filled disaster,” he replied.

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Why I Kissed Play Dates Goodbye

Why I Kissed Play Dates Goodbye

by Lauren Hartmann

When I was a new mom, I was pretty clueless about all things parenting. Thankfully, I got a crash course in motherhood from friends (and the Internet). One thing I learned very quickly was that play dates were the new happy hour. It was a way for moms to get out of the house and hang out with other adults, while keeping the littles entertained. 

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The "Three Jar" Approach to Allowances

The "Three Jar" Approach to Allowances

by Carrie Southworth

“Mommy, how do I make money? You know, to buy stuff.”

Once again, stumped by my 5-year-old daughter, Savannah.

Up until this point, I tried to run our household in a very specific way — my husband compares it to a hippy commune. “We’re all citizens of the house,” I would tell my children. We all had jobs as citizens; we all had to pitch in.

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When You Become a Parent, a Solo Trip to the Grocery Store Is Basically a Vacation

When You Become a Parent, a Solo Trip to the Grocery Store Is Basically a Vacation

by Audra Rogers

It was a Wednesday, and I had put off going to the store so many times, my list was a mile long. You see, it’s not the actual purchasing and picking out of the groceries that I avoid — it’s the wrangling of the kids that’s the challenge. Some days I’m up for the task, but I was really low on mental energy this particular week, and I skipped the grocery store again that day.

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33 Reasons Why My Toddler Can’t Sleep

33 Reasons Why My Toddler Can’t Sleep

by Oz Spies

Bedtime excuses flood out the minute a crib becomes a toddler bed, and little ones become masters at bedtime-delaying tactics. Can you blame them? They just want to stay up and be a part of the mysterious nighttime stuff that happens after 8 PM, like doing the dishes and sweeping up dried Play-Doh bits.

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It's Harder Than I Thought to Make Friends as a Mom

It's Harder Than I Thought to Make Friends as a Mom

by Heather Neal

Motherhood is a lot of things, but what I least expected it to be was lonely. When my son was first born, I naively thought I was joining some sort of exclusive and in-demand club. I’d finally be able to do all the things my mom-friends did with their little ones! 

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