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March, 2017

  • 8 March

    A Letter To My Daughter As I Return To Work

    My Dearest Daughter: It was almost eight years ago that I left my full-time job to be by your side. I cheered on every milestone, from your first bath, to your first word, to your first time tasting solid food. I was blessed to be able to work as a …

February, 2017

  • 23 February

    12 Common Mistakes All Parents Make (Even Me)

    As much as we strive to be the most awesome parents we can be for our children, mistakes can happen even with the best of intentions. I know when my son was young, I had the tendency to focus more on the moment: surviving my days, meeting our daily needs, …

  • 22 February

    Couple Poses For Baby Announcement, Then Paraplegic Fiancé Steals The Show

    When Amanda Diesen went to work one day in October 2015, she had no idea her entire life was about to change. Amanda, who was a therapist at a paralysis recovery center, caught the eye of a new paraplegic patient, Todd Krieg. Todd, who was a serious dirt biker, had …

  • 21 February

    1-Year-Old Sits In Front Of Refried Beans, Then Photographer Catches Her Hysterical Reaction

    If you’ve ever seen a baby eat cake, you know how excited they get about the thick, colorful frosting and the sweet, spongy interior. You also probably know that babies can’t eat cake without making a huge mess of themselves — they somehow always manage to get frosting into the craziest …

  • 17 February

    Why Won’t My Kids Let Me Take Pictures Of Them?

    I love to take pictures. Like, love. Ask anyone in my family. It’s actually become a bit of an obsession. Not because I have to capture every sunset or azalea or cormorant that I see, because I don’t. And not because I aspire to be an amateur photographer, because that’s …

  • 16 February

    Teacher Finds Fifth Grader’s Confession In Homework, Then Posts It Online

    One teacher gave her fifth graders a homework assignment and got more than she bargained for. She asked them to fill in an answer after the prompt “What I wish my teacher would know…” The kids responded with powerful confessions about their lives outside of school. Like the little boy …

  • 15 February

    The Battle With My Inner Tiger Mom Tendencies

    About a month ago, we sent one kid halfway around the world to a place we’ve never been, to live with people we’d never met in the interest of giving him a little culture and us a little break from having to wade through the mess in his room to …

  • 14 February

    My Toddler’s Best Excuses For Refusing To Go To Sleep

    Parenting and sleep go together like oil and water: They just don’t mix. When I was pregnant, everyone said that I should rest and sleep as much as possible, because, once the baby arrived, I would never sleep again. They were right. Those newborn years were rough. I’m not going …

  • 10 February

    Why It’s So Satisfying To Watch Someone Else’s Kid Have A Meltdown

    Every so often, I use these few inches of white space to make a confession. Sometimes, the confessions are unexpected. Sometimes not. Sometimes they’re a little unorthodox. And sometimes they’re meant to be nothing more than funny. With this one, though, I’m not sure it falls into one specific category. …

  • 9 February

    Why The Little White Lies I Tell My Children Aren’t Going To Hurt Them

    I’d like to preface what I am about to say by stating that I am actually a brutally honest person. You can rest assured that 99 percent of the time, if you ask me something, I will shoot it to you straight. That being said, parenting little humans is ridiculously …