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3 Mindful Parenting Myths

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I think there is a basic parenting fact we can all agree with (understatement alert): Raising children is hard. Really, really hard.

And raising children in today’s world with chronic pressures and distractions makes our job as parents feel nearly impossible. So, let’s assume that we all doing our best under extremely challenging (as in Mt. Everest challenging) circumstances. In trying to do better, we consider the mindful parenting movement.

It’s absolutely worth exploring, but one should also be aware of some myths behind it.

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9 Things Every Kid of a Millennial Experiences

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My 3-year-old likes to snapchat our dance parties. It’s my fault, really. I am a brand new snapper, and I have been a little obsessed. I started showing her my snaps after I post them and she normally wants to watch them at least five times before she gets bored and runs off to play. Now, when we’re cutting a rug to “All About That Bass,” she yells, “Let’s make a video of me dancing!”

Watching my daughter interact with technology has had me thinking about how us millennials are much different parents than every generation of parents before us. We grew up with technology, and some of us don’t even remember a time before the Internet was a thing. The majority of us are hyperconnected, which means our kids often are, too. Now, 1 in 5 moms were born sometime between the 1980s and the 2000s, meaning roughly one-fifth of the kids out there are offspring of millennial parenting. Here’s how you know you’ve got a kid of a millennial in your hands.

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How to Look and Feel Your Best, If Told by a Toddler

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Oh, to be a toddler. Such healthy, shiny, happy (most of the time) little people. They have that youthful glow, endless amounts of energy and not a care in the world. They are the epitome of beauty, inside and out. So what’s their secret? Well, if my toddler could share some advice on looking and feeling like a million bucks, her tips might look a little something like this.

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Powerful Lessons My Dog Has Taught Me About Motherhood

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I grew up with dogs my whole life, so it seemed only natural after Chris and I got married to purchase one of our own. We picked out a one-year-old black and white Australian Cattle Dog with innocent brown eyes. We named him Toby. It was most definitely love at first sight.

Then things went to hell.

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The Words That Got Me Through Postpartum Depression

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At the starting line, I try not to think about the three plus miles ahead. My 6-year-old son starts off strong, pumping his arms and legs like a madman.

“Pace yourself, buddy,” my husband warns him. I pant, trying to keep up.

I was wary about signing up for a 5K with my family. I haven’t run much this summer, and when I have, it’s been more like a wounded lope. But when I heard that a new local organization to support women with postpartum depression would be the fundraiser’s recipient, I was in.

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5 Ways to Keep Toddlers Entertained While Potty Training

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Let’s face it. Potty training isn’t fun for you or your little one. I recently went through my second round of potty training boot camp with my son; my daughter went through it first a couple years ago and it was brutal. Our days were filled with trying to convince her to sit on the throne as well as cleaning up and preventing accidents.

Fast forward two years later, and her brother’s experience is no different. But there are ways to make it more enjoyable. Here are five fun activities to keep your toddler entertained while potty training.

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8 Surrogacy Superstitions

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Every pregnancy is surrounded with superstitions and old wives tales. When I was pregnant with my son I experienced no morning sickness whatsoever. This caused people to assume I would have a boy. In my case the assumption was correct, but I have known plenty of women who have had horrible morning sickness while pregnant with little girls. More old wives tales include: If you’re carrying high, it’s a girl! If you experience a lot of heartburn, your baby will be born with a lot of hair! If you’re craving sweets, it’s a girl! If you’re craving salty foods, it’s a boy!

So I was surprised to learn that the surrogacy world has its own set of superstitions as well, especially surrounding “transfer day.”

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