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Tips for a fun -- and safe -- 4th of July with young children

 

by Michelle Stein posted in Parenting What's not to love about Independence Day: cookouts, fireworks, parades, family and friends. Fun and games aside, without the proper precautions, these new experiences and unfamiliar environments can pose safety risks to young children. Here are a few tips to ensure your Fourth of July celebrations are fun --...

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Don't make the fireworks mistake that I made

 

by Maggie Downs posted in Life I'm a fireworks fan. Give me a clear night, a cold drink, and something sparkly in the sky, and I’m all set. When I was in college, I even took a class about the history and development of pyrotechnic devices, because I’m a nerd who also likes to have... Read more »

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5 things I miss about pregnancy and 10 things I don’t

 

by Angela Holland posted in Mom Stories Being fresh out of what felt like a never-ending pregnancy can make you reflective. I now have a beautiful daughter and a perfect, new son, and I’m feeling pretty confident that I’ll tap out of the baby-making game at two. But as I sit back to contemplate that... Read more »

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How awesome are your pregnancy boobs?

 

by Cindy Wilkins posted in Mom Stories Lately, there has been a little bow-chicka-bow-wow every time I undress. Thanks to my pregnancy, I have the heaving bosoms of a Harlequin Romance heroine. They are glorious! Before I get carried away (or busted, haha), let me clarify. Ordinarily, I am barely an A cup. Now, I... Read more »

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These were the most popular baby names 100 years ago

 

by Carolyn Robertson posted in Pregnancy The last few years have seen the rise of brand new names like Kylo, Royalty, and Reign. They're definitely unique, but not exactly every mom-to-be's cup of tea. If the new crop of names isn't leaving you feeling inspired, maybe it's time to look to the past. Believe it... Read more »

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7 ways to plan for an unplanned c-section

 

by Andrea Updyke posted in Mom Stories When I was getting ready for the birth of my first son, I wanted to plan ahead as much as possible. I took birth classes, read books and talked to my friends about their experiences. I made a birth plan, hired a doula and settled on my main... Read more »

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9 words that make moms feel like failures

 

by Marcella Gates posted in Mom Stories Words have power to boost us up or deflate us. So it's annoying that aspects of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood are described in such negative terms. Here are my least favorites, in no particular order: 1. Stay-at-home-mom (SAHM). This makes me think of being literally stuck at home... Read more »

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These are the cutest ever monthly baby photos

 

by Heather & Whitney posted in Life & Home When I saw my friend Kelly's pictures of her 9-month old daughter Linden in these onesies, I wanted to a) snuggle her baby b) buy those same onesies and c) move into her loft in San Francisco. Kelly's older daughter Ivey has been documented in a... Read more »

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5 ways to keep your baby smiling

 

by Ashleigh Evans posted in Parenting Brand-new smiles are the most delicious baby milestone ever. That first big grin is enough to melt away some of the new-motherhood chaos you might be experiencing, and make you feel like you're floating on air. It's love! True love! My youngest, Liam, has a grin that can light... Read more »

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Motherhood: The most astonishing contradiction of my life

 

by Deidra Romero posted in Parenting When I was a teenager, I professed I wanted seven, yes seven, children. It would be so much fun at my house, I thought. Early adulthood cast more realism over my desire to be a mom and I began to slightly dread it. Fear it, even. I still wanted... Read more »

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11 terrifying first-time moments with a newborn

 

by Betsy Shaw posted in Parenting Babies were never on my "what do you want to do when you grow up" list.   I did not practice my future-mommy skills on baby dolls. To my knowledge I never even had a baby doll. I did have a Barbie doll but all she inspired in me was... Read more »

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7 ways to start teaching independence

 

by Lani Derrick posted in Parenting "Mommy, I want to live with you forever," my son recently said to me. Those are some of the sweetest words I can hear, but realistically that isn't going to happen -- at least I hope not. I have big dreams for my children. I want them to get... Read more »

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Captivating photos show what pregnancy really looks like

 

by Carolyn Robertson posted in Mom Stories When photographer Kayla Maltese  discovered she was expecting her second child last year, she was determined to put herself in front of the camera lens for a change. Kayla set out to capture not just the big moments, but all of those little, day-to-day parts of pregnancy that... Read more »

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Stunning floral maternity images like you've never seen

 

by Melissa Willets posted in Pregnancy You may have seen other maternity images in your life. But not like this. Christophe Guinet, a self-described "urban gardener" who goes by "Mr. Plant" or "Monsieur Plant," captured the natural beauty of pregnancy in stunning photographs that beg the question: "How did he do that?" "There is no bodysuit,"...

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This summer, keep your kids happy with these essential safety tips

 

by Laura Falin posted in Life Summer is almost here! I can't wait. Our family is so done with schedules and schoolwork, and we're ready for some hiking and swimming and other outdoor adventures. But it's good to be aware of the risks as well. Not so we can sit at home afraid to go... Read more »

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4 reasons I love shopping at Walgreens

 

by Ashleigh Evans posted in Products As a busy mom of four, convenience is key, but I'm also always on a budget. Walgreens is easy on my wallet for essentials and I always know exactly what to expect at every location I visit. There are so many other reasons to shop there, too. 1. They’re... Read more »

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12 strange (but totally normal) habits of breastfeeding babies

 

by Michelle Stein posted in Parenting Recently, I came across this adorable video that brought back so many memories of breastfeeding my babies. The clip features an infant gently massaging mama's breast while nursing. Too precious, right? Babies are so smart! When they want to get more milk, they often massage the breast themselves! Has your baby...

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Photos: Mom involves her toddler in every moment of birth

 

by Melissa Willets posted in Pregnancy The decision of who will be in the room with you when you deliver your baby is an important one. I came across beautiful photographs of a mama in Brazil who made sure her toddler was a part of every aspect of her birth, from labor through delivery. Ludymilla,... Read more »

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I'm an introvert with extroverted kids and it's exhausting

 

by Michelle Stein posted in Parenting I prefer to workout alone. And I avoid small talk like it's an infectious disease. I'm an introvert, and I'm OK with this. But my three kids? They all seem to take after their extroverted dad. Which is fine. Except, well, it's exhausting. My 3-year-old daughter greets everyone by name... Read more »

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Photos: Mom pulls out baby at amazing home water birth

 

by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories "Babies are what I live for!" South Florida-based photographer, Kathy Rosario, told Bored Panda. "To me, there is nothing more amazing than watching a woman give birth, and when it’s in the comfort of her own home it feels even more special." When her friend and fellow photographer... Read more »

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10 things you should know before getting pregnant

 

by BabyCenter Guest Blogger posted in Mom Stories It's 3:01 p.m. I, very literally, have 29 minutes to pee as much as I want until I'm not allowed to pee for more than three hours . . . that is, if I want to learn the gender of my baby today. They tell you that... Read more »

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12 ways summer break sucks the life out of parents

 

by Carolyn Robertson posted in Parenting While students - and their teachers, too - are happily launching themselves headfirst into summer, parents aren't quite as excited about the prospect of having their children underfoot for three long, hot months. Sure, there are a lot of great things about the school break. The evenings get longer,... Read...

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15 things no one warns you about after childbirth

 

by Michelle Stein posted in Parenting I devoured the obligatory What to Expect When You're Expecting, pored through BabyCenter's resource pages and asked my Ob-gyn about a million questions when I was pregnant with my first child. Since I armed myself with all the knowledge I could get my hands on, I thought I had... Read more »

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