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The Things I am Most Thankful For… As A Mother

Thanksgiving is a time of year for reflection on all of the things in our life for which we are grateful. Thus, in honor of my favorite holiday (stuffing, people, stuffing), I have compiled a list of the top 12 things I am most thankful for as a mother. Wine. At the end of a particularly long and stressful day, there you are, asking me to pour a glass and have a seat. The only thing that might be better than you during stressful times, would be an on-call masseuse (no joke, I have researched it). But for now, a cup of vino will have to do. Thank ...

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How To Get Your Kids To Sleep In Their Own Beds In Four Easy Steps

I woke up at six o'clock this morning, and my husband was not in my bed. I checked the bathroom, and he was not there. I glanced into the living room - not there either. He wasn't rummaging through the kitchen for an early morning snack. His running shoes were in our front hallway, so he had not gone out for an early morning run without disturbing me. Where was he??? Passing by my children's bedroom, I glanced in and saw him curled up in my four year old son's bed, sound asleep. So why is it that my husband would choose to sleep in a glorified twin bed with an Ikea mattress ...

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How To Deal When Your Child Plays Favorites (And It's You)

A month ago, conveniently right after I gave birth to my second child, my daughter decided to make me her favorite parent. At first, it felt great - I was needed and she just loved me SO much! And then, very quickly, it became exhausting. Everything was "Mommy, mommy, mommy," and my daughter would allow only me the privilege of changing her diaper. I felt terrible for my husband, watching his heart break a little every time our daughter pushed him away. But I also started to feel bad for myself. Here I was taking care of a newborn, and instead of sharing the toddler responsibilities with my husband, I ...

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What's In Your Diaper Bag?!

Susan is an American expat living in London. A former lawyer, she is now an adventurer extraordinaire, trailing spouse and mother to two daughters. You can catch her sharing her experiences on her blog Smartly Momming. Today, Susan shares her expert advice on how to cut the fat when it comes to what you're carrying in your diaper bag. Obviously there are some diaper bag contents we can't live without like diapers (duh) but, seriously, do you need all of that stuff you're schlepping around? Does your diaper bag look like this? I am here to tell you that truly you can raise a child without all the stuff! Here's what I carried with me ...

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How To Survive The Terrible Twos

"Families survive the Terrible Twos because toddlers aren’t strong enough to kill with their hands and aren’t capable of using lethal weapons. A 2-year-old with the physical capacities of an adult would be terrifying."   -- Paul Bloom from Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil Two years ago, heavily pregnant and on modified bed-rest to prevent early delivery, I went into labor shortly after picking my older son up from daycare. Four hours after my first contraction, and smack in the middle of a thunderstorm, my younger son made his auspicious entrance into the world three weeks early. And not a moment too soon - his father had barely made it ...

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