Family Blogs


While no one goes into their marriage planning to get divorced, sometimes we end up there despite our hopes and best efforts. With kids in the mix, it is particularly difficult -- you don't have the opportunity to fully close the door and heal.

During the process of splitting up, you have so many critical decisions that have to be made right when you are the most emotional and vulnerable. Having survived (mostly) in one piece, here are five lessons I've taken away from my ...

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parenting tips for good behavior

Being consistent with discipline is something my husband and I struggle with and is the contention of many arguments. These disagreements typically occur in the heat of the moment when one or all of our three boys are disobeying us or being unsafe. One of my parenting goals is to implement strategies for discipline and to be consistent with these.

Here are a few tips that we will be trying to put into practice to determine ...

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When I was rounding out the last trimester of my first pregnancy, I had no idea what was just around the corner. Yes, I had read all the books about what to expect during labor, I had talked with family and friends about their experiences, and I had attended prenatal classes.

Still, when labor started for me at four in the morning, I doubted it was actually labor. I thought for sure my stomach was raising an uproar over the ice cream I ate earlier that day. I sat at the computer trying ...

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Toilet paper hanging in the bathroom

At some point during pregnancy, it starts to really sink in that the baby will have to come out somehow. And that it's probably going to hurt.

And if you're like many pregnant women, this may spark some concern. Especially since you may already be aching with every movement, feeling like the baby might fall right out every time you stand up, or suffering from the dreaded hemorrhoids so common during gestation. Imagining a baby exiting your body through already painful parts might cause ...

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There is something about newborns that just make everyone swoon. They're adorable. They're small, but when you have one of your own, you quickly realize - they're a lot of work.

I was surprised when I had my first newborn, just how much a newborn needs to be held. When I think about it - it totally makes sense because all they've ever known is being carried everywhere. It took me a while to figure out that I didn't need to have sore arms, that I could enlist the help of - what I ...

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Labor may be one of the most serious times in a woman's life, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its share of funny, awkward, or embarrassing moments.

Click through to read a few confessions from real moms who are airing their most embarrassing labor moments. (Including yours truly, which, honestly, I think is the most embarrassing of them all ...)

"My water broke, in a glass elevator, coming out of my OB appointment," said writer Melissa Cohen. "By the time I reached the ...

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spring style

It's time to refresh your spring style ladies!

Know what that means?!

Open your closet, start having a panic attack at the sight of the mess, and then quickly throw everything away.


But, sometimes I admit, I feel like doing just that, especially when the seasons are in the middle of changing, and nothing feels like it's just right anymore, and the piles of might-wear, don't-fit, will-literally-never-wear-again-because-ew-what-was-I-thinking are just glaring ...

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When I gave birth to my first son, like many new moms, I was very excited to begin the bonding process while breastfeeding him. So not long after delivery, I had him latch on to my breast to nurse, believing that I was doing the best thing for my baby. But since I was a new mom, I wasn't very familiar with what it would actually feel like to breastfeed. I had no idea of the sensation that you would have when your milk was being "let down." I didn't yet know those joyful slurping noises a ...

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Did you hear the one about how we're so addicted to our phones that we actually experience real, physiological separation anxiety when we're apart from our phones?

And if you've ever accidentally left your phone at home when you're out and about running errands, you know just how true this phenomenon is. Our phones are more than receptacles on which we can call our parents every week -- they are our literal lifeline to the world, our friends, our memory keepers, our maps, our ...

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April showers bring ... baby showers? If your new arrival is expected in April, you may be wondering what you can expect. Looking to sources from astrology and the farmer's almanac to scientific research, here are some of the characteristics attributed to April babies.

Although the month may start off with April Fool's Day and also bring about the dreaded tax day, it's also a time of beauty and celebration. As flowers bloom and spring takes hold, we can also celebrate Earth Day and the ...

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