How am I? I am in the trenches

How am I? I am in the trenches

In the Trenches. I've used that phrase often. In the trenches of college. In the trenches of figuring out my career. In the trenches of planning a wedding. In the trenches of new motherhood. In the trenches of toddlerhood. I have never used that phrase for anything as painful as being in the trenches of going through a divorce. I read a blurb today from one of my favorite female comedians, Amy Poehler, on the topic of divorce:“Imagine spreading everything you care[...]

Tips for Reading to Babies & Young Children

Tips for Reading to Babies & Young Children

    by Lorna Flowers of Always Be Flowers Before becoming a mother, I would have scoffed at parents who didn't read to their children. I was a book kid and still love reading. My fondest childhood memories are of being read to at bedtime and, eventually, hiding under my covers to finish a chapter book after bedtime (by light of my glowworm, of course). I read aloud to my daughter almost every night while pregnant (The Wind and the Willows).  But, now with a[...]

12 Tips for Trick-or-Treating With Toddlers

12 Tips for Trick-or-Treating With Toddlers

by Katie Markey McLaughlin of Pick Any Two Crazy costumes, spooky decorations, and massive amounts of candy—what’s not to love about Halloween, right? Right. Tell that to the parent of a young child. All the fun of Halloween can quickly be zapped by an ill-fitting costume, a house that’s too scary, or a kid with a sugar-induced belly ache. Keep your All Hallows’ Eve enjoyable (and safe) with these twelve tips for trick-or-treating with toddlers. 1. Choose the right costume. There are some adorable costumes out[...]

To The Moms Suing Their Sperm Bank

To The Moms Suing Their Sperm Bank

      by Ellie of Musing Momma Dear Amanda and Jennifer, A few days ago, I spotted your story on the internet. I admit my initial reaction to the headline was outrage. Suing over a baby's race? Seriously?!  I was busy and I didn't have time to read the full story (or determine if headlines were even accurate). But I did have time, in the coming days, to read some of the reactions that followed, and I found myself nodding my head in agreement[...]

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