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How to Get Through Postpartum Anxiety

I was "ready" for postpartum issues. I was prepared. I had my placenta encapsulated. I told myself I would ask for help (and I did). I was determined to breastfeed, even if it was hard. Since I have had anxiety issues since I was 23 years old, I knew it was a possibility that I could have them while my body sorted through the muck of my hormonal roller coaster after birth. And despite the steps I took at preventing a postpartum anxiety issue, it came anyway, right on schedule at the six week mark. ...more
Realizing in hindsight how bad it had gotten was not something I expected. But maybe it was ...more

I Am Every Disney Princess (And So Are You!)

You know how Oprah was always standing on her stage telling us we aren’t Disney Princesses? Remember her saying no Prince was going to marry us and change our lives forever? Well, she was full of shit. Every single mother is a Disney Princess, and I would argue that none of us is just one Disney Princess. No, we are all, every one of us moms, every Disney Princess rolled into one. ...more
Haha, I am not a parent but I enjoyed reading this! :)more

The War of Sorry: Should You Always Say It?

There is a battle constantly brewing in our house. There are two sides to every story and this conflict is no different, but it seems that we are in ongoing disagreement about the terms and conditions of saying “I’m sorry.” ...more
ohthesimplejoys I think the modeling part is huge! At the end of the day, I think it all comes ...more

How to Prepare for the Best St. Patrick's Day Ever

Perhaps only because I love the color green, but St. Patrick's Day is a fun little holiday, isn't it? We don't do anything for St. Patrick's Day other than wear some green, throw a festive print or two up around the house, eat shepherd's pie and drink green beer (or milk if you're either a toddler or gestating.)...more

How to Deal With Gender Disappointment During Your Pregnancy

A girl. That was what you were hoping this pregnancy would reveal. You’ve always wanted a little girl. Plus, you already have two boys and can’t help but look longingly at other moms out with their daughters. ...more
Petula Sorry to hear that your emotions weren't understood. That must have been frustrating to ...more

Making The Empty Nest a Little Less Empty With FaceTime

Sundays are becoming FaceTime Days in our household. Apple could set up a shoot in my home office and my daughter’s dorm and feature us in a commercial highlighting how FaceTime brings together parents and their college freshmen. Sniff, sniff. Wipe the tears. ...more
adelewishnot Ooh, I still have my youngest at home -- for one more year! Boys are so different. ...more

Can a Parent Discipline a Child Too Much?

Lately, I’ve questioned my ability as a good parent. I am finding myself using the word “no” more often than I would like. We can all agree that discipline is important when raising a child, but when is it too much? Is there such thing as too much discipline? There are certain things that are on my list of major “no, no’s” and certain moments when I decide to turn a blind eye. However, I just can’t seem to win with Summer. ...more
I was having daily struggles with my, now, 3.5 year old daughter and had been for a LONG time! ...more

Why I Make My Kids Go to Church

If you visit a Mormon service on Sunday, the first thing you'll probably notice is the mid-level roar of all the child noise going on in the pews. ...more
They should have a choice, a parent should guide their kids and always give them a choice when ...more

3 Tips for Throwing a Successful Baby Shower in the Office

Our office held a baby shower for one of the members of our team, Dana, who is about to head out on maternity leave. This isn’t our first rodeo when it comes to throwing baby showers for team members expecting either —not to toot my own horn too much, but we’ve got everything about hosting baby showers down to a science! But for many offices, and startups especially, holding a baby shower for a pregnant coworker for the first time can look like a daunting task. Where do you get started? The answer is a lot simpler than you think!...more
AmateurNester  That's a really good note to make - great point!more

I Regret Not Fighting Harder for Inclusion

Regrets. We all have them in some form or another. I suppose that the toughest ones for a lot of us revolve around our children and parenting in some way. I generally don’t like to hold on to them. I am for the most part a “glass half full” kind of gal—a positive person. So “could have,” “should have,” “would have” type regrets are generally not my thing. ...more