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the hardest time in my marriage

Imagine this situation:  There are two people who are sleep deprived in a way they've never experienced and both are physically aching from not being able to recharge. They're faced with a new responsibility that is bigger than they've ever known and have been given no instructions on how to move forward. One of the two people has been through the hardest workout of their life and has chemicals flowing through their body, while the other is left wondering how they can help the situation. ...

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As I totter into my third trimester of a twin pregnancy, increasingly, I am making snacks and meals for my kids that involve just a few, healthy ingredients that are easy to make. These Broccoli Parmesan Bites are perfect as a snack or as an accompaniment to a main meal. The plus? They have yummy vegetables that the kids won't mind eating!

Ingredients

2 cups of fresh steamed broccoli (you can also use frozen broccoli, then steam), ...

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When my doctor told me that my baby was still in the breech position when I was 35 weeks along, I was devastated. Not only did I have an unusually large baby, but I also had a high level of amniotic fluid (a condition called polyhydramnios), which meant one thing:

It was very unlikely that my baby would turn head down.

After three vaginal births and the result of those births--my three young children at home--I was terrified to face a c-section, so I got to work, researching ways ...

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These 10 Pictures Show Exactly Why Summer Is So All Caps AWESOME-main

Sandy hands, ice cream dribbles, water splashes. These are the things that summer is made of. As the school year comes dangerously close to starting, let’s take a look at what makes summer so all caps AWESOME. ...

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Let me start this post out with one simple question: Why did you get your child a cell phone? Was it because you wanted your child to have a symbol of status that would help them squeeze into the clique of coolness? Was it because you enjoyed shelling money to pay for minutes that would never be used because your kid would only text and mess around on Facebook? Or was it because you wanted to be able to stay in contact with your child just in case he or she got stuck or he or she needed ...

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When I was a child, I remember turning to my mom at the grocery store and asking her a question about the wind. I think I was about 4 years old at the time, and I had asked her if the reason the trees blow (in the wind) is that they're all laughing at a funny joke. I had heard my mom tell this story to me as I got older, and when I had kids of my own, they started asking fun, inquisitive questions of their own.

My kids ask questions all the time, and to me, it's really interesting to ...

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When I was 16 weeks pregnant with baby #1, I went on a cruise to the Caribbean. While I would like to say I boldly showed off my growing baby bump in a bikini, the truth is, I'm a tankini kind of girl when I'm pregnant (plus a nice coverup for good measure).

I'm not a celebrity, and a Caribbean Disney Cruise is not, say, Mexico. If there's one thing we know about celebs, it's that they love showing skin at the beach, pregnant or not.

Any Mamas-to-be headed on a last-minute beach ...

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WARNING:
If you drop the F-bomb in front of your children, you may get arrested!

While Danielle Wolf was shopping for groceries at Kroger, some persistent bread squeezing got the best of her nerves, and she said a choice word.

And though these first-class words were only bellowed in an attempt to stop the food squashing, she was arrested for disorderly conduct!

According to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety incident report, "[Danielle] yelled at her ...

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Getting out the door in the morning is a delicate juggling act, one that can be a struggle for even the most seasoned daycare veterans. Trying to find ways to streamline your departure? Here are some tips to help make drop-offs happier for both you and the kids.

Have a toy or special item they can only use at daycare and make that part of the drop-off routine. This can be something they pick out with you at a store, from home, or that is already at daycare.

Example: My daughter ...

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Despite her quiet nature, my daughter wears her feelings on her sleeve. So when a big transition has her anxious (say, for example, every new classroom she enters), I know the signs of worry. She holds me close, she clams up, and silent tears stream down her face. But my son? Totally different story.

My son is an internalizer by nature, and he's really good at playing ball. He follows directions without question (sometimes even to a fault, but that's another story), he doesn't cry at ...

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