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 Tears Still Fall

The Tears Still Fall

by Allison Lefrak 

The Tears Still Fall was originally published on December 28, 2012 by MomsRising.org. It has been reprinted with permission. 

Two weeks after the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school, I am struggling to determine the reasons why my feelings about it are still so raw. There is no other national tragedy that has affected me so deeply. 

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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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I Don't Have "Just" One Child

I Don't Have "Just" One Child

by Victoria Fedden

I don’t get upset when someone asks why I only have one child. I just smile politely and explain to them (usually in a little more detail than they bargained for) that a million different variables simply didn’t add up in the right place and the right time for us to have a larger family.

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