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If you're currently expecting a little bundle of joy, you may be wondering only one thing:

How on earth will I survive parenthood if I'm constantly this tired?

So, in response to that, I have good news and bad news. The bad news? That exhaustion really never goes away. In fact, it may get worse.

But the good news?

We have a few tried-and-true tips for surviving as a "slacker" parent without guilt. Your secrets are safe with us.

I trick the kids into cleaning the ...

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We all know what word association games are, right? You know, the ones where I say a word and you tell me the first thing that pops into your head? Well, we're going to play that right now.

Here's the word(s):

Baby Bump.

Did you think of pregnancy? 

Of course you did. Baby bumps and bumpies are all the rage now, and they should be! Pregnancy is awesome! But there is one aspect of pregnancy that isn't necessarily a crowd favorite.

The post-baby body. You've got ...

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Babies come with a lot of responsibility.

Perhaps that goes without saying, but when I first became a parent, I could never have dreamed about how much my brain would expand to incorporate all of the tasks that become natural to me on a day-to-day basis. A peek into my flow of thinking these days may go something like this:

"Ok, the baby's turning two months, better make a doctor's appointment for her and next week's her baptism, better send out some invitations and check ...

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Every year on October 15th, families around the world remember. If it's not a significant day to you, chances are you're not a part of this club, one no one asks to be a part of, but one that we take seriously if we've been made a member.

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day - where we honor, celebrate, and remember babies who have passed away due to miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, and other causes of infant loss. It's a day where the community of other ...

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For days, I knew that something was amiss. She whispered her worries, as she does every night, while we snuggled up in her bed and waited for sleep to set in. She told me the best parts of her days and she told me the worst. I listened, empathized, and hugged her worries away. I sent her off to sleep with happy thoughts and relaxing stories, but, still, I knew there was more to the story.

They were isolating her. At age 7, her friends were isolating and manipulating her. She didn't ...

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When I came across an article the other day shockingly titled, "Cry It Out: The Method That Kills Baby Brain Cells," I felt an internal wave of mom guilt and hurriedly clicked on it. 

Because, allow me to admit it: 

I have let a baby or two "cry it out" on occasion. 

And I never stopped to ask the question--does crying it out hurt your baby?

According to an article on Psychology Today, this idea theorizes that because babies release the hormone cortisol when ...

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Pinterest is a scary place if you're pregnant or engaged. Just looking at pictures of elegantly and precisely decorated nurseries and receptions with homemade centerpieces galore can make you feel completely inadequate.

Like, you bought a crib for the kid. Isn't that enough?

I went back to the basics and stayed far away from Pinterest. I went with a paint color, one big wall ...

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OK, let's be honest. 

How many among us may have been guilty of a little drinking before we realized that (gasp!) we were a little late receiving our monthly visitor (and, oh my gosh, are my boobs sore!?) and then rushed to the store for a pregnancy test and then cried when that positive sign showed up and we remembered all the alcohol that we may or may not have ingested unknowingly while a baby was growing inside of us?

It happens, right?

And if you're anything like me, ...

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Move over, boring sandwiches! We've got 11 sandwiches that'll blow a plain ham and cheese out of the water. Using some of these suggestions might make the usual, trusty meat-and-cheese sandwiches unbearable after a couple of these changeups. But you probably won't be sorry. ...

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Children develop many physical, emotional, social, and language skills through play. As a parent, I think it's important to maximize your child's play by getting on the floor and talking with them. Starting at age 2, a child will develop more advanced play skills, engaging in make-believe games and fantasy roles. Favorite activities include dressing up as their favorite superhero and pretending to boss around their siblings as the "mommy" or "daddy."

Children will also start to use ...

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