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3 Reasons I Don’t Use Time Out

Monday, May 18th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

My daughter recently shared a conversation she had with a friend. Her friend wanted to know how often my daughter is in "time out" or is "grounded." She admitted that she was confused by the question, as it's not a topic that comes up in her peer group often. I asked her how she responded. "I said my mommy doesn't do those things. She just ...

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My Misguided Quest For Normalcy

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

It's fitting that I'm writing this article after the day we had today. Today, my son was cleared to eat food! He hasn't been allowed to eat food since he was 4 weeks old, and he is almost 13 months old, now. When he was born, we discovered that he aspirated everything he tried to swallow, and so he underwent surgery to have a feeding button ...

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6 Tips to Help Your Child Sleep In Their Own Bed (Again!)

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 by from Baby Steps
Our two-year-old has resorted to sleeping in our bed after being fully weaned from breastfeeding. He is quite the restless sleeper and frequently wakes both my husband and me up with his tossing and turning. The other night he woke me from a dead sleep with a swift kick in the head. ...

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Motherhood from the Trenches: Diaper Blowouts

Friday, May 15th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

As a mom of three, I have had my fair share of poop explosions. They always seem to occur at the worst possible times, right? Most moms have a story or two to share about changing sheets and wiping down crib rails in the middle of the night.

My nightmare diaper blowout story happened at the happiest place on earth: Walt Disney World. My ...

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6 Ways to Help a Single Mom Friend

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

You know those days that feel like there will never be enough time to get everything done? You need groceries, the kids are overdue for the dentist and need appointments, you're behind on work and the day is packed with after-school activities (ok, maybe that's just my day today) ... and you just don't know where to begin. Now imagine that same ...

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I Was the Perfect Mom … and Then I Had Kids

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

Four short years. That's how long I've been a parent -- just four short years. And, somehow, I am a completely different version of myself than I was before I started procreating. You would think you would know who you are after 25 years, but there's something about gaining the label of "mom" that really changes your whole perspective on ...

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How to Kick Mom Guilt to the Curb

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

You know that feeling you get when you try and you try, but you still feel like you come up short with your kids? Perhaps you feel like one child takes up more of your time than another, or maybe work pulls you away more than you would like. That feeling gets to of all us at times. That feeling is mom guilt.

All moms experience mom guilt ...

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4 Reasons to Stop Rushing Your Kids

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

From the morning rush to the after school activity rush to the homework and dinnertime rush to the bedtime rush, it seems like a lot of parents, and their kids, spend a lot of time in a rush. And while some people claim to perform better under stress, rushing around can be a dangerous habit for kids.

When you’re in a rush, chances ...

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4 Tips for Surviving Outings with a Newborn and Toddler in Tow

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 by from Baby Steps
Now that my third child is 12 weeks old, I can say I survived the first 3 months of being a mom of three children, including a newborn and a stubborn 2-year-old. Not only that, but we managed to get out of the house a lot this summer. As a full time working mom, maternity leave almost feels like a vacation. Maternity leave means doing things ...

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8 Phrases to Stop Using With Your Kids

Monday, April 27th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

I'm a sensitive person. I was the kind of kid who cried over things that probably seemed minor to others. I was in tune with emotions -- both my own and those of the people around me. Words hurt. A lot. I remember retreating to the safety of my bedroom after a harsh comment left me sobbing. That became my coping strategy -- to play alone. I ...

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