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We don't let anyone but family babysit our children—it's just our own personal preference. And as a military family, that's hard, because sometimes we are REALLY far away from our relatives.

So, when we realized our newborn son, Jackson, was going to be at the hospital for an extended stay, it was a no-brainer that we would be with him at all times. We knew the nurses wouldn't be able to drop everything and come running to soothe him at the slightest whimper, but we ...

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When kids confront feelings of anger and frustration, which is all in a day's work when it comes to the under-five crowd, they handle those feelings in a variety of ways. Some yell. Some go boneless and scream on the floor, no matter where in the world they are. Some collapse into a sobbing heap and struggle to get the words out. And some hit. Some hit siblings or other kids, and some hit their parents.

My kids are of the sobbing heap variety when it comes to coping with overwhelming ...

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Can I tell you a secret? I hated being pregnant in the summer. I love pregnancy and the feelings that come with it, but during those few hotter months of the year, I am so over growing a human. It didn't seem to matter that I was only in my first trimester during the summer and didn't experience the uncomfortable situations that can come with being near full term in the hottest heat of the year. It was bad enough for me without the giant belly and extra body weight.

If you're pregnant ...

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Let's chat about being pregnant in Florida--because I've done it twice.

Down here, we only have a small respite from the hot weather during December, January, and a small bit of February. My daughter was born in late February, so luckily, I was enjoying cooler months during my last trimester. The first time? I wasn't so lucky. My son was born at the end of November, and if you've visited Florida in September, you know that is quite possibly the worst month of the year. Add the heat and ...

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There were many ways I was expecting parenthood to change my life. I was warned of the lack of sleep I would experience and the zombie state I would live in for the first few years. I had an idea of how pregnancy was going to change my body, and was quite aware of how much more responsibility I would have. I welcomed those changes with open arms and looked forward to my new journey through parenthood. It was a long-time dream of mine to have a house full of children, and I was excited for ...

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Does Your Bathroom Smell Like

As a Mom, is there any job that you hate more than cleaning the kids' bathroom? The dried blobs of toothpaste that are near-permanently glued to not only the sides and bottom of the sink, but also to the counter top, the fronts of the cabinets and sometimes even the floor? And please don't even get me started on the potty situation. I've got two words for you ... FOUR BOYS. Enough said. I truly believe that the public restrooms in Grand Central Station are cleaner than my kids' bathroom. And ...

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Toddlers are usually ready to be independent at around the age of two, and clear signs of that are when they are able to leave your side for short periods of time and when their immense curiosity about their environment is apparent.

How do you go about teaching independence? To start, set your toddler up for self-help by giving them chairs they can get on and off on their own, providing them with small cloths or kitchen towels to ...

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Every mother I know, no matter how eloquent, savvy, or bold, pauses when asked this seemingly innocent question: "So what do you do?" We've trained ourselves to sniff out whether these words are coming from a point of solidarity or war. Our defenses go up, and while some women tend to take the next step, guns--or words--blazing, others retreat, keeping their thoughts to themselves.

In the last decade, I've been a work-outside-of-the-home mom (WOHM), a stay-at-home mom (SAHM), and a ...

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6 things different last baby

It's the question that almost everyone asks me on a daily basis, whether I'm out grocery shopping with my three other children or hitting up the library for free story time, my nine-month-pregnant belly on full display:

"So, is this your last baby?"

And although the question is a tad on the rude side, I get it. People are genuinely curious as to the family planning of other couples, probably because most of us struggle with knowing exactly when we are "done" having ...

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All you single peeps out there, listen up. I've come across a breakthrough in dating. I know—something that we all have been waiting for. But before I reveal the glory that is this new way to find your soul mate, let's review what some of the out-of-the-ordinary dating options are available to us single folk.

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Have you ever heard of Tinder? Yeah, it sucks—it's based on 100% superficiality and common "likes" that you probably didn't even know ...

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