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hardest-parts-parenting

The other day, someone sent me a rather angry email calling me out for complaining too much about parenthood. The email, while hurtful, also made me think.

Do I complain too much about parenting? Am I too quick to focus on the bad and overlook the good? Or maybe parenting is really not that hard and I really am a horrible, selfish person?

I'm not sure, so I decided to round up what I think are the hardest parts about parenting--and you tell me. Would you agree or do I have it all ...

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8 tips for packing lunches

If you have kids who are picky eaters, have food allergies, or perhaps attend a school where no hot lunch is served, you know what it's like to devote a good chunk of your morning getting lunches ready for the kids. You also know how frustrating is it when they come home at the end of the day with their sandwich only half-eaten with fruit languishing in the bottom of the lunch bag.

Whether you are sending kids to preschool, day care, or even just packing your own lunch to take to the ...

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where-to-find-middle-name-inspiration

Coming up with the perfect baby name for your child can feel like a lot of pressure - and when you factor in the middle name, there are even more decisions to make. The name is one of the few ways your child can make a first impression - even before meeting someone - so many considerations should be made first.

Middle names are not necessary, but they're fun and have been around for a long time. Some people choose one middle name for their child, others have two or even more so when ...

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baby holds single finger

Can we just get a high-five-woot-woot-you-go-girl for the single mamas? Many juggle working, caring for little ones, AND taking time for themselves, and that's no easy feat. In fact, in my opinion, it's a Herculean task done daily.

Now celebrity single moms? I want to tone down the cheering section for them just a tad, but only because their single mom-dom comes with nannies, personal assistants, and chefs to help them with the day-to-day life. But that doesn't mean they aren't just as ...

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faithstone

The nice thing about the early elementary years is that kids tend to make friends easily during this time. They see a jump rope or a soccer ball and they all run for it, and that ignites a friendship. Play is the language of young children, and friendships are often forged simply through the act of play.

Sometimes those friendships continue from year to year, but sometimes they don’t.

Some kids move on with ease and find other friends, while some sit back and mourn the loss of ...

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best=parts=pregnancy

Although, in general, I often complain about pregnancy, I've entered a strange sort of mourning period now that I am no longer pregnant.

I'm not sure what it is, but for the first time in my life, I actually miss being pregnant, and I'm not kidding when I say that I honestly never thought I would say (or type) those words.

I think it has something to do with the fact that my daughter was induced three weeks early for some medical complications I was having, and it all happened ...

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what-i-wish-i-knew-about-episiotomies

When I was nearing the end of my first pregnancy, I had a lot of questions about what labor and birth were going to be like. Was it going to be as painful as everyone said it was going to be? Would I get an epidural in time? Would I need to be induced or have a c-section?

One thing that never did cross my mind was if I would have an episiotomy. According to the Mayo Clinic, an episiotomy is defined as "an incision made in the perineum -- the tissue between the vaginal opening and the ...

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What-To-Keep-In-Your-Medicine-Cabinet-new

Welcome to fall -- pretty leaves; pumpkins; cool, crisp air; sweaters; and boots. With the good comes the bad -- sore throat, congestion, fever, runny nose, and cough. The sickness just seems to appear out of nowhere and typically in the middle of the night, right? Or is that just at our house?

This year, in preparation for the sickness, I decided to stock my medicine cabinet before the sick season arrived. I did some research about traditional and non-traditional remedies for treating ...

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mom confessions mealtime struggles and reality

Dinner time at my house can be either one way or another--smooth sailing or an absolute disaster. With a 5-, 3-, and 1-year-old to wrangle, there is typically at least one kid who refuses to eat--it's normally the 3-year-old these days. The act of sitting down at the table to eat together is actually the easy part. The most chaotic part of dinner time happens from the time I pick up the boys from daycare until the time I put the food in front of them. The dreaded witching hour is more like ...

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pregnancy risks to avoid future asthma

I've been with EverydayFamily for a little over a year now, and since then, I have learned tons and tons and tons of stuff about pregnancy, a lot of which has made me a little nauseated. #guyproblems. 

There are so many things that have to go right for pregnancy to occur—things with the male have to go right, things with the female have to go right, the nine-month journey needs certain things to happen. Moms are so careful that they eat the right things, avoid the wrong things, ...

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