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celebrity pregnancy 40

More and more women are choosing to establish their careers and homes before bringing babies into the world. This means there are more moms who have their first babies at what experts call "advanced maternal age", or 35 plus. Celebrities are no expectation, with many of today's biggest stars electing to have their first (or second, or third) baby after 40.

Here are some of the happy celebrity mamas who are staying young by having babies at 40 and beyond.

After dozens of roles ...

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family has dinner together

You see that picture right above? When was the last time you had one of those?

Last night?

Last week?

Last month?

Never??

Since the beginning of modern American society, it seems like there was a very common sentiment that having a nice sit-down dinner was extremely beneficial in raising emotionally and socially healthy children. There's even a whole foundation that advocates for family dinners. 

But guess what? It's super hard to round up the entire ...

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homework help

I can't speak for the rest of you, but I know that homework causes a lump in my throat. When my daughter was in kindergarten, I thought it was cute. She came home with very age-appropriate packets of "homework" that were fun and involved a fair amount of coloring. But then she entered first grade, and it was a completely different story.

The cute little packets morphed into rather large packets with lengthy math assignments and spelling homework that required writing the same ten words ...

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back-to-school-organization-tips

A funny thing happens to me as a mother when I start drowning in the various paperwork, empty snack wrappers, dirty clothes, and the other paraphernalia of back-to-school season.

I start to get very, very cranky.

There's just something about papers flying everywhere, backpacks strewn about, and shoes littering my hallways that make me feel completely out of control.

I am a much better and happier mother if I can get some sort of handle on staying organized at the start of ...

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Real stories of night weaning

My baby boy is 14 months old, and our nursing relationship is still going strong. I don't have any plans to wean at this point. His nursing sessions are brief and are primarily used for comfort when he is hurt, tired, or when he wakes up in the middle of the night. None of my children slept through the night during their first year of life. Sure, there were a few random nights here and there when I woke up in a panic in the early morning hours with full breasts and a racing heart because my ...

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5-things-induction

When my doctor told me that I needed to have an induction with my fourth child, I admit that I was fully unprepared.

Sure, I knew what an induction would entail and yes, I had seen many mothers go through them just fine, but it's a different feeling, knowing you'll be going through it yourself. And along those lines, I will say it's a completely different experience going through an induction myself rather than just taking care of patients who are being induced.

In fact, having ...

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nickname-proof-baby-names

There are so many places to look for inspiration to find the perfect baby name for your child-to-be. You can choose from family history, culture, literature, and everything in between. Choosing your child's name is one of the most fun and sometimes scary choices we make as parents, and oftentimes, one of the first big ones.

There are other major things to take into consideration, too. The name has to be more than "just great" before you sign the certificate, giving them a name forever. ...

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Why is it that kids like the summer break? I would venture to say that it is because homework is non-existent during those blissful months.

Why is it that parents like the summer break? I would venture to say that, as the actual doers of the homework, parents get a three-month-or-so break from dragging their kids to the kitchen table to get their science project that's due the next day started. (And you thought you were done with homework once you graduated. HA!)

So, yes, the ...

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15 toddler approved fall activities

"Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons." ~Jim Bishop

Fall is my absolute favorite season. The smell of burning leaves. The crunch of a freshly picked apple. The warmth of a hand-knit hat. The golden hue of yellow, orange, and red that falls upon the trees. What is there not to love about fall? Fall is even better when spent with your family, making lasting memories. Here are my favorite toddler-approved fall activities.

Throw rocks into a pond or ...

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epic pregnancy meltdown

With huge levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) , follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), hCG, estrogen and progesterone coursing through your body for 40 weeks, it's no wonder that pregnancy can sometimes cause a few hormone-induced temper tantrums. During my two pregnancies, I had my fair share of brain hiccups, violent screaming spells, inane arguments, and buckets of tears. Buckets!

Looking back, they are funny. At the time? Not so much.

My worst pregnancy meltdown happened when my ...

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