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Motherhood

Mom Memories: Soothing a Daughter's Pain

I pulled her 47 pounds onto my lap and rocked. Beatrix had strep throat with a fever and terrible headache. Because she couldn’t keep medicine, food, or water down, the doctor felt she needed an antibiotic injection. Unfortunately, it needed to be given in a large muscle. She was cheery, despite, until the moment the […]

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Your Motherhood Story Ideas Wanted!

Last year leading up to Mother’s Day, we ran a series “Becoming Mothers” about how you became a mom. This year, we want you to share some of your favorite stories about your kids, what you love to do together or your favorite memories since becoming a mom–whether they are joyous, sad, funny or difficult. […]

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Mama Drama: Difficult Day Care Dilemma

I need some Mama Drama help! We’ve recently moved and our 18-month old son just started a new daycare and we HATE it. Our son cries every morning at drop off and the drop off teacher (who’s in charge for the first hour after he arrives) is rude and abrupt with the kiddos. We watched […]

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Potty Training Tips from a Mom of Nine

I have helped seven children graduate out of diapers and into undies. My first few kids were subjected to all kinds of nonsense, fueled by advice found in parenting manuals. Barrels of tears were cried as accidents mounted. Frustration and angst hung in the air as my main focus in life seemed to be the […]

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Welcome to SpRinG BrEaK, 2013 Edition

Late(ish) nights, unkempt rooms, uncontrollable raucous, random stickers clinging to the floor, leftover pizza, evaporated Lucky Charms (minus the marshmallowy yummies) crispfused to the table and a never ending pile of seriously dirty laundry. Still sounds like college, doesn’t it? I know what you’re thinking – too many charms in my bowl, but hear me out.

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Where does the “Mom Guilt” come from?

Now that I am a mom of two under two, I feel the “mom guilt” more than ever. I have to nurse the baby and can’t play with the toddler, the TV comes on to “entertain” my little fella… guilt. Too much TV. I have to tend to the toddler who just fell down and […]

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Mama Drama: Discussing Death and Dying

Dear Mama Drama: I have two children ages 3 and 5. We have a family member who has been diagnosed with cancer and her prognosis does not look good at this point. I’m not sure how to tell my children about this or even if I should tell them. I also don’t know how much […]

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The Mommy Bailout: Are You Helping Your Kid By Excusing Missing Homework?

If you have a child in school who falls anywhere from first grade to twelfth, you’ve experienced this. The sad eyes. The slow tear down the cheek. And the, “Mom, I don’t know what happened. Can you just write me a note?” In my house, it doesn’t occur often but I do get the occasional plea for a homework excuse. The reasoning behind it ranges anywhere from “I can’t find it” to the 11:00 PM “but Mom I didn’t know it was due tomorrow!” And each time I’m asked to put pen to paper, I struggle with whether or not I should.

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