Katelynne Shepard

Katelynne has been trying to get the hang of this raising kids thing since 2007 but spends most of her time wondering who stole her copy of Parenting 101. When she’s not playing referee for her two children or writing all the words, she fantasizes about a full night’s sleep, uninterrupted showers, and triple venti caramel macchiatos with coconut milk.

Katelynne has been trying to get the hang of this raising kids thing since 2007 but spends most of her time wondering who stole her copy of Parenting 101. When she’s not playing referee for her two children or writing all the words, she fantasizes about a full night’s sleep, uninterrupted showers, and triple venti caramel macchiatos with coconut milk.

You've made the decision to have a home birth, but now you're wondering what all exactly do you need for this. When you have a baby in the hospital, every little thing is provided for you, but at home, you'll have to prepare your own list for the home birth kit. What should be included varies somewhat from mother-to-mother. But here's a general ...

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It's been said that raising a child takes a village. But in today's fast-paced society that seems to require children to be in five different sports, two clubs, and AP classes at a minimum, it can be really hard to have the time to find your people. It may take some serious getting out of your comfort zone to find some single mom help. But making ...

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Truth: Breastfeeding may be natural, but it's also hard. Even if you manage to get a good latch from the beginning and your baby nurses like a champ, there's almost always at least a few times in your nursing journey where you will be desperately trying to answer the question of "Why is my baby always hungry?" These are the moments where you feel ...

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Only 37 percent of Americans said they would be able to afford a $500 to $1,000 unexpected expense in a 2016 study conducted by Bankrate.com. This is even more difficult for one-income families, and that's just what single parent finances usually means. For single parents money can be a constant stress. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. ...

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Back-to-school time isn't all glory. There are also early wakeups, mountains of homework, and pretending to be perky in the car line. Single parents also have to face four specific challenges... ...

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You already have the list of everything your children to need head back to school this year. But there are also some things you need to do to get yourself ready. Of course, anticipation and preparation are key for all parents. However, if you are a single parent, it means paying special attention to the following areas. ...

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I pull into the gas station, making sure to get a spot in direct sight line of the door. I pump my gas, lock the car doors, and power walk into the gas station, grabbing a bag of almond M&Ms on the fly, and skid into the checkout line, praying I don't get behind one of those scratch-off lottery tickets. As soon as it's my turn, I'm throwing my ...

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Many a been-there-done-that mother has laughed when a first-time mom talks about how challenging the newborn stage is. Sure, there's no sleep and spit up everywhere, but what they don't know is that all bets are off when your kid can move. This is also the time that all the weird toddler behavior starts to kick in and you begin to wonder if you ...

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I'd imagine almost every woman hears "Sleep while you can!" from at least one well-meaning person at some point in her pregnancy. I certainly did, and as a first-time mother, it really annoyed me. Sleep now? I was huge, uncomfortable, and getting up to pee every 5 minutes. Even if I did manage to stack enough pillows into a position where I could ...

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Breastfeeding often doesn't come naturally. It can take time to work out and get into a comfortable rhythm (often with the help of a good lactation consultant). But for some mothers, the act of breastfeeding stimulates feelings of sadness, anxiety, or anger. When this happens in relation to the milk ejection reflex and is not related to other ...

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