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When my daughter was one and two, and still in her crib, she would often wake up in the middle of the night crying. She was never a great sleeper but I always thought it must be so scary...
By the time 6 p.m. rolls around I am dead tired. After working all day, making dinner, feeding the dog, doing dishes and a loud of laundry or two, I’m just done. Unfortunately, as a working mom that’s really...
Pesticides can have a profound impact on children even before they’re born. A first-of-its-kind study presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress late last week found that babies exposed to higher levels of organochlorine compounds in the womb...
From the moment I finished reading There's A Boy In The Girl's Bathroom, I knew that I wanted to be a school counselor.I had decent school counselors growing up, but the one in that book made such an impression...
It’s been five years since my son was stillborn. Five years and there are moments that still hit me hard. Unlike right after he died, these moments are few and far between now and usually attached to some comment...
Distracted driving is something that impacts all of us, and with the integration of technology it’s become an epidemic. The National Safety Council website states that every day at least 9 Americans die due to distracted driving and 100...
Life may be an adventure, but at what point are you ready to let your kids adventure on their own? A new (old?) kind of playground is testing the limits of parents’ sense of adventure.So-called adventure playgrounds have been popular...
By Diedre Anthony of Are Those Your Kids? and guest contributor to The Everyday Mom Life  We are living in a very diverse world, and children begin noticing differences in people (and physical features) as young as 2-years-old. It's...
With school back in full swing, I’m not the only one who has a kid coming home starving, right?Every day after school it’s like we have a little hungry bear rummaging around in the pantry looking for something to...
Dear Family Who Created The Elf on the Shelf,I hate you. I generally try to not use such strong language but, honestly, I hate you for getting rich while making my life harder at Christmas time.(adsbygoogle =...
When we moved in the middle of the school year, I was thrilled to find a preschool/daycare for my son that said it followed preschool curriculum for learning and writing numbers and letters. And they also said they focused on...
New Year's Eve was always one of those holidays that I built up in my mind. I imagined all the magical scenarios that could happen at the stroke of midnight - who I would kiss, the sparkly ball drop,...
I’ve personally never been very good at math. In fact, most of my family – including extended family – does not like it as a subject. I struggled with math throughout elementary school, middle school, high school and even...
We’re a road trip kind-of-family. We’ve been up and down both coasts and we’ve driven to Texas, Alabama and South Carolina from the Chicagoland area. We do this for a few reasons.The kids and I aren’t fans of...
The moment I became a mother, I developed an instant drive to protect my children. Some call it the “mama bear” instinct. Whatever you want to call it- it’s there. For most parents out there, the same drive exists...
When it comes to your family’s safety, you don’t want to compromise. At home you want to make sure you have all the systems in place that will protect them from any of life’s hazards and that those systems...
"Mommy, carry me!""Mamamamama...""Mommy CARRY ME!"*more indistinct crying*This is a standard morning for me. Demanding humans needing my every stitch of attention beginning around 7AM. I am lucky if I get to drink a full cup of coffee without it...

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