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.

An OB/GYN is one of the most important care providers you can and should have on your health care team, but it's not always easy to find one you like. Many women end up going to their mothers' doctor or the one at the closest practice geographically just because it's easy — even if they don't particularly like the physician. But it doesn't have ...

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Raising children has never been easy, but as a parent today, it sure seems like things were less complicated and more relaxed when we were kids. Dr. Google, mom-shaming blogs, and constantly changing recommendations on when your child should read, be left home alone, or have a smartphone can be so overwhelming. You may be tempted to try the ...

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"My husband is working out of town this week, so I'm a single parent!" Every single parent has heard this phrase, or something very similar, probably more than once. On the outside, we may still be smiling, but on the inside, there's frustration, irritation, and a general sense of not being understood. If you've never experienced it, it's easy to ...

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The overscheduled and fairly isolated culture we have today certainly makes parenting more difficult in some ways than it was in decades and centuries pasts. But the truth is that raising children never has been and never will be easy. ...

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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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