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Listening to children's music doesn't have to be painful. In fact, I have to admit that some of my kids' CDs stay on whether or not they are in the car. Think it's too good to be true? Check out these family favorites. I'll bet you will end up singing along, too!

Justin Roberts: Meltdown

You can't go wrong with any of Justin Roberts' albums. We have a number of them, well worn. All of his music features an upbeat sound and great storytelling that kids can relate to. Our family ...

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Labor and giving birth is a lot of work. It doesn't matter if you have a home birth, hospital birth, surprise birth, or c-section. Having the support of your partner can make a huge difference. Sure, it's on us to do most of the work getting our baby Earthside, but there are ways our significant others can help along the way.

My husband was great during all my labors, whether I started having contractions spontaneously, was induced in the hospital, or had a c-section, he was by my side ...

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ways to entertain toddler

Whether you're a stay-at-home mom, a work-at-home mom, or a work-out-of-the-house mom, there are times when you need just 5 or even 10 minutes of time down time throughout the day to recharge. These short-lived moments are your sanity savers. On hard days when your kids have been fighting all day and the baby just wants to be held, these moments can push you through the neverending day. If you have a toddler running around your feet, quiet time is hard to come by. Here are some easy ways to ...

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Many parents stretch beyond the norm to provide their children with unique, personal monikers. Some parents do this by using atypical spelling, while others devise names that are imaginative and, up to that time, undiscovered.

Fun Fact: Sophia and Noah were the top baby names for 2013!

Every now and then, I’ll hear a newfangled baby name and wonder, why didn’t I think of that one? It’s brilliant! But more often than not, I think the parents are undeniably ...

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bucket list

I've never been a huge fan of the bucket list.

I mean, I’m all for dreaming and planning and setting goals, I just don’t like my due date to be the same as my expiration date. It seems morbid, and um, I don’t know, rushed somehow.

I decided, however, that I did want to take a moment to see what types of things my Dudes dream about when it comes to the rest of their lives.

Where do they seem themselves in 20 years? What do they want to be when they grow up? What sorts ...

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When those two blue lines popped up on your pregnancy test, were you surprised or did you already have an idea you were pregnant? For many women, pregnancy comes as a surprise, even if they've been trying to conceive. But for other women who have undergone surgeries or infertility, pregnancy can come as a very happy shock. Here are four mamas who were pleasantly surprised to find out about their pregnancies after going through medical issues.

"I was 39 years old and having trouble ...

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We all know that we should be setting aside money each month to save for our children's future college education--but how much money? And what type of college savings account is best for my family? And since money isn't exactly an unlimited resource, what should take priority in the family budget--retirement savings for the parents or college savings for the kids?

Let's dig into some of these questions about when should I start saving for my child's college education and get answers ...

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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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breech-baby

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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