I Am Not My Son’s Favorite Parent

“I want daddy.” My breath catches in my throat. “Really? You don’t want me to give you a bath?” My voice cracks. “No, I want Daddy for bath. Daddy, give mommy [Little Bird],” my older son insists. Sigh. “I’ll give him his bath,” my husband acquiesces and hands me the baby. I watch as my almost three-year-old ambles over to the bathroom, where I usually need to drag him. I’ve always been the one to put him to bed, only relinquishing it to my husband on the rare occasion I’m…

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Frazzled Mom vs #TheRightSeat

We have all been there – been THAT mom. The one who is a frazzled mess, throwing bags, and blankets, and kids into the car in a rush to get somewhere. Realizing you forgot something, running back inside, running back out, and maybe even running in again. You come out to find that the kid that you put in the car seat and buckled up is now somehow sitting on the floorboard playing with the latest dropped snack from who knows when. If you are reading this and have no…

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8 Stages of Grocery Shopping with Kids

Remember grocery shopping before kids? I mean, it was a thing I completely took for granted; strolling the aisles with my list, taking my time, considering ingredients, being graceful to other shoppers “oh no please, you go first, I’m in no rush.” This was even true when I had one small baby who would coo and babble, woo-ing strangers aisle after aisle while snuggling against my chest in his organic, freshly-washed baby carrier. Bless. Now? Grocery shopping with kids goes from wistful “this won’t be so bad” to “I AM…

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3 Steps to Rock a Simple(ish) Summer Birthday Party

My son just turned four, which means I now have four birthday parties under my belt. Though I think of myself as someone who doesn’t go over-the-top and is sensible with money, a toddler birthday party get really big, really fast. We did a pool party each of the first three years and tried to tone it down a bit each year. But no matter what, it was still big (fun) and too expensive for a little kid’s party. Think back to your favorite birthdays as a kid—which ones do…

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Five Tips for Potty Training Success

You know the feeling you get when you are on a road trip with your family and your kids ask, “are we there yet?” for the billionth time? Well, that is basically the feeling you get when you are potty training a toddler. Potty Training is THE. WORST. I’ve been through potty training twice and thank goodness I am done because I just about lost my sanity with my last child. After being through it with two children I have gathered a few pieces of advice to impart on those of…

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