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26 Ways to Know You Might Be a Mom of All Boys

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Coming from a family of all girls, I never pictured myself as a boy mom. But one, two, three rambunctious boys later, I’m knee-deep in the waters of Legos, mud, and potty words, and it doesn’t look like I’m getting out anytime soon. You, too, may be ... Read full article

Santa and His Magic–In Full Effect for as Long as Possible

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When it’s all said and done, if my children have joyful memories, then I have given them a great gift.... Read full article

5 Things Only A Mom Would Say On Valentine’s Day

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On Valentine’s Day, long before your mom days, you probably dined by candle light in some swanky restaurant. After you gave birth to those sweet little munchkins, your meal is more likely to involve baby spit up or chicken nuggets. Besides the lack o... Read full article

Toxic Metals in Baby Food

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Pediatricians have long recommended simple, fresh staples like bananas and peas as healthy options for baby’s first solid foods–the less processing, the better. Those recommendations took on added importance when a new government report revealed neur... Read full article

Why Do I Buy Toys? A Humorous Listicle of Toys that Aren’t Toys

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Why do I buy stuff? The novelty of opening up a gift is the most exciting part of stuff. In the pandemic, when we first locked down, I thought I could buy my kids’ sanity with more things. I bought art supply kits, toys, and even a bounce house.... Read full article



Eat, Pray, and Bring a Change of Clothes

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I love to travel. Before becoming a proud parent of three darling cherubs, everyone said to me, “Enjoy traveling now because once you have kids, you won’t be able to do it anymore.” Well, I proved all the naysayers wrong by hopping on that plane with... Read full article

Are Toddlers Socially Stunted? The Importance of Socialization

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The Internet has made it possible for adults to interact and work throughout the pandemic, but we have a generation of toddlers who have not had a playdate in over a year–if ever. Coaxing a two year old to sit in front of a screen and interact with a... Read full article

Snacking with the Pilgrims

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When I think about Thanksgiving, my mind conjures up images of pies, parades, and Pilgrims. I realize that most people think of turkeys, but I live in Massachusetts where Pilgrims are kind of a big deal.... Read full article

Deciding Whether to Travel with Baby or Your Breast Pump Can be Tricky

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When choosing whether to bring your pump or your baby on your next trip, consider this comprehensive meta-analysis outlining the merits and pitfalls of each option. It is based on my personal experience and my memory of it, which is poor, due to rea... Read full article

RSV Wave Starts Early

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RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually spikes in the cooler months of winter and early spring. This year has been somewhat unique with the spike starting in the summer.... Read full article

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