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When Your Daughter Is the Mean Girl

When I hear the term “mean girl,” I conjure up memories of the movie Heathers or think of anti-bullying campaigns of recent years. When really every girl has her moments of being unkind and even downright malicious. read more

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Moms: Find Out What You're Worth

It wasn’t any easy task, but Salary.com recently estimated what it would cost to replace a stay-at-home mom (SAHM). According to their calculations, stay-at-home moms are worth $118,905 a year, based on the 10 most time-consuming jobs they perform. read more

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How Motherhood Is Like The Velveteen Rabbit

A child’s voice is louder than the world’s, the one telling me I need to lose weight, the one saying I should put on makeup or dye my hair or wear brand-name clothes. The one glancing enviously at other women, the one that nearly killed me when I was an anorexic teenager. read more

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Taking a Preschooler Swimming in 34 Steps or Less

There’s nothing like hot summer days to want us all to get to some water. Whether the pool or the lake, water and the preschooler, means a little work on the adult’s behalf. Here are a few steps for the mom of the preschooler this summer as she prepares to head to the pool. read more

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The One To-Do List You Cannot Live Without

My husband is on paternity leave, and I don't know how I'd do this without him, how anyone does. This two to three -- suddenly we don't have laps enough, suddenly, my arms are not long enough, suddenly, a baby is weeping, and so are my sons and I am too. read more