5 Tips for Transitioning Back to Work After a Baby

For many moms, heading back to work after maternity leave is something that has always been a part of the plan, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. This leads to concern about not having enough time to bond with baby, stress about pumping at work and maintaining your milk supply. While you may be worrying about being separated from baby for an extended period and interrupting your carefully crafted breastfeeding schedule, there are ways to help make the transition back to work easier for you and your little one.

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As a Dad of Daughters, I Have a 6th Sense & Can Scare Boyfriends

I am the father of three children. I have two daughters and a son. My kids mean everything to me. My son is growing up, and I see him maturing a little more every day. But I will always look at my daughters and see them as those same little girls I put in ponytails (with varying degrees of success) and drove to school years ago. And that is the problem. Raising daughters is tricky.

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The Craziness That Comes with Having a Large Family

Having a house full of pitter-pattering feet was always a dream of mine. I have wanted to be a mommy for as long as I can remember. Having a large family, at least large by American standards, was never in the plans however. After baby #1 and #2 arrived and we settled into a comfortable, suburban lifestyle, my husband and I were 99.99% sure that our family was complete. That .01% led to identical twin girls a few years down the road. You read this correctly. Our number of kids DOUBLED in about 30 seconds.

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One Simple Secret To Your Kids’ Happiness!

Fact: 99.99% of parents spend at least 99.99% of their time worrying about the same thing – their child’s happiness. Well, at least I think those percentages are correct. Ok, ok so I made them up, but they feel about right. Right? In truth, it’s probably even closer to 100%, but how can we know for sure that our child is truly happy? And if we suspect that they’re not, how can we change that? It’s one of the biggies we parents have to face.

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Careful Now America…for They are Watching You

With the election now over and our new president announced, we find that the country is divided in an extreme manner- we’re fighting, arguing, blaming – and the whole time our children are watching…and learning from our actions. We need to remember that how we act – now and always – should demonstrate good values and morals. We want our kids to be happy and get along and work together and avoid hatred. In the following post, Kristin McCarthy discusses the importance of being a good role model and how she’s talking to her own kids about the election results.

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Beyond “Please & Thank You”… 3 Ways to Raise a Polite Toddler

The importance of saying this or doing that is figured out over the course of a lifetime, but there are some fundamentals we can try to teach our kids to get them off on the right foot. The days of children being seen and not heard are long over, so I’m working hard to make sure what comes out of my toddler’s mouth only makes me cringe about half of the time. Here are 3 ways to raise a polite toddler.

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Everything You Need to Know for the First 15 Years of Motherhood: An Extremely Abridged Guide

The best advice I got on my wedding day had nothing to do with the vows, the flowers or the groom for that matter: A friend who had been married years earlier whispered in my ear that I should make sure to pee before putting on my dress. It hadn’t crossed my mind before, but I did what she said and once I was strapped, locked and loaded into 50 pounds of lace, silk and crinoline, I realized that it would have taken an army of bridesmaids to help maneuver me through that otherwise unremarkable activity. That was 20 years ago and I have always been grateful for those simple pearls of wisdom that helped me to avoid unnecessary difficulties and frustrations. My children are teenagers now so I’ve collected quite a few of those pearls over the years. Here are the ones that I’d like to whisper in every mom’s ear:

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Big Girls Don’t Cry: 18 Ridiculous Reasons My Kids Cry

If there is one thing my kids do well, it is cry. They came into this world crying and they haven’t really stopped since. Children cry for so many different reasons, I can’t even keep track of them all – Mommy leaving, not wanting to eat their veggies, getting hurt – you name it. But, most of the time they cry for completely ridiculous reasons that don’t even make any sense. Here are 18 ridiculous reasons my kids cry.

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