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Cry Baby

“I’m losing it,” I thought to myself. I tried to put my daughter’s bib around my neck and was confused that it didn’t fit and also wasn’t a necklace. Read that twice if you need to. It was going on three weeks that I hadn’t gotten a night of uninterrupted sleep. Maya was waking up more than 3 times every night. more

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Stay-At-Home Mom Blues

When I was working a 9-to-5 job, a coworker of mine told me that having a job was so much easier than being a stay-at-home mom. I nodded and said, "I can imagine." I thought I knew, but I had no idea. Let me be clear, I love being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM). It's not a life I ever envisioned for myself, but it has turned out to be ideal. more

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Cold Weather Car Tips

It has been several days since temperatures have plunged into the negatives in much of the country (hopefully by the time you read this... more

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Travel Anxiety

Earlier this week, me, my fiancé Jonathan and our daughter went on a little road trip from Chicago to southern Illinois. He had a meeting to attend for work and brought the family along for the ride. more

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Miraculous Morning

Consistency is a struggle I know all too well. Once I had Maya, that became less of a problem. When you have a baby depending on you 24/7, you often have no choice but to get your act together. I was like supermom those first few months, doing it all and feeling very proud of myself. But it couldn’t last and burnout took over. Motherhood came first, but everything else seemed to take a backseat. I was pretty hard on myself, but everyone else was much more willing to give me a pass. more

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Good Intentions

To judge other parents and how they raise their children is unfair, but often second nature. It’s oh so simple to say how you would have handled something when you are an outsider looking in. Well, I’m here to apologize to every parent i’ve silently judged or thrown an all-knowing glance in their direction.  more

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Separation Anxiety

Parents are spending more and more time away from their children due to financial obligations. Many children spend more time in day (or night) care than with their parents. Should this be the norm? more

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Afterschool Matters

Jorge Perez, VP of Youth Development, Family Enrichment and Social Responsibility for YMCA of the USA, wrote a blog post about the importance of afterschool programs and how to choose the best one for your child over at Parent Toolkit. more

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Noteworthy November

November is a busy month! Daylight Saving Time just ended and many of us cast our votes on Election Day. The star of the month, Thanksgiving, is right around the corner. However, November is more than just Turkey Day. There are quite a few educational and engaging events going on this month. 

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