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How to Un-Entitle Your Kids in 6 Easy Steps

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I love making beds. I’m a rarity, I know, but there’s something satisfying about the simple act of making a bed. I love making beds so much that I tend to function on autopilot in the morning. I travel from room to room, making beds and restoring the appearance of calm to each bedroom.

Sounds innocent enough, right? Making beds gives me a few moments of focus in the morning, while I run through the mental to-do list and prepare to tackle the day. What’s the harm in that?

Cut to the day I’m running late and yell up to the kids to make their beds and meet me in the front to get shoes on and out the door on the double. They stared back at me with blank faces. While they often thank me for making their beds “neat and organized,” and are generally filled with gratitude, I completely forgot to step back and show them how to make their own beds. So when I yelled up for them to take on the task for me that day, they didn’t know where to begin. Oops.

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Trouble Breastfeeding? Quit Sitting Up!

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One of the most uncomfortable aspects of breastfeeding for me was that moment when the lactation consultant sidled up next to me and asks to watch my baby latch on. She helped with my posture, and pushed my nipple further into baby’s mouth. In my case, she recommended a side lying position, since I have a disability and have difficulty using my arms to hold my baby.

Despite that hurdle, breastfeeding my two children has never been a struggle for me. They both were able to latch comfortably, and I was blessed to have enough milk. Am I just lucky? I recently discovered, that because of my disability, I was forced to engage in “laid-back breastfeeding,” also known as “biological nurturing.” It played no small part in my success, and I’m shocked that no one is talking about it.

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A Theme Park Experience You Missed in Florida

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For many years when I was growing up, my family’s trips included Florida’s Space Coast. We would wake early to watch rockets launch from the beach. My parents would bring hot chocolate for the kids and coffees for the adults, and we would sit on the beach in the early morning to watch the bright fire of rocket engines fill the sky.

Whether it was the launch of a small rocket or a Space Shuttle, the idea that there was a world beyond our own always fascinated me, as it continues to do today. It’s a tradition we have kept going with our own children.

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Night Time Potty Training: Top Tips To Help You Survive With All Your Marbles

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Now that my toddler (3.5 yrs old) has been potty trained for about six months, I'm starting to wonder about night training; when to start, how to do it, can I do it…
Of course, FTD, a firm…

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10 Ways Toddlers And Politicians Are Alike

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With all of the mud-slinging, name calling, lies and full-on diarrhea mouth spewing from both sides of the presidential election, It was like watch bad mannered toddlers playing together. The…

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There’s no good reason to push pink toys on girls

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Pink is for girls and blue is for boys. Dolls are for girls and cars/trucks are for boys. These are just some of the social conventions that we have that Melissa Hines, a Professor of Psychology (specializing in child gender roles) at the University of Cambridge, wants to challenge. She claims that human development and […]

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Missing My Baby While He’s Still a Baby

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I have always been something of a softie, but becoming a father really opened the floodgates of sloppy sentimentality. This was driven home for me recently when I teared up looking at a bag of onesies my son had outgrown. It wasn’t the garments that made me deeply melancholy so much as what they represented. These tiny little garments represented the passage of time and the baby my son Declan used to be but no longer was.

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