Topic: parenting advice

Your Magical Potty Training Trick Will Not ‘Fix’ A Late Trainer

Your Magical Potty Training Trick Will Not 'Fix' A Late Trainer

Imagine if you were reading a parenting article about babies learning to walk, and someone wrote, “Oh, my child walked at 9 months. I don’t know why people make such a big deal about teaching kids to walk. I just stopped holding his hands and walked away from him, and boom, he followed me! I figure if he’s old enough to eat solids, he’s old enough to start walking.”

It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? And yet this is exactly what a lot of parents do when talking about toilet training. More »

10 Things Nobody Tells You About Baby #2

10 Things Nobody Tells You About Baby #2

Let’s imagine that the difficulty of taking care of one kid is represented by the variable X. Having passed high school algebra, you can feel fairly confident that two kids will then turn the difficulty into 2X. But you’ve got a baby genius on your hands (I mean, come on, who doesn’t?), one that prefers calculus. Your baby thinks in logarithms, and so the difficulty level is actually X squared. Have fun! More »

Money-Saving Tips Not Written By Someone Who’s Only Ever Seen Poor People On TV

Money-Saving Tips Not Written By Someone Who's Only Ever Seen Poor People On TV

Listen, babies are expensive. They eat your money out of pricey Dr. Brown’s bottles and then poop it out into pricey diapers. I’m all for learning how to manage money better and save a little cash here and there, particularly because I’m a parent. Making the decision to have a baby is like making the decision to light a bunch of money on fire, so I’m constantly looking for ways to cut costs. More »

It’s Never Too Early To Have The Sex Talk With Your Kids

It's Never Too Early To Have The Sex Talk With Your Kids

I won’t get into graphic detail but suffice it to say, I knew too much too early and had positively no idea what to do with this information. I remember feeling scared and ashamed that I even knew these things and was afraid to talk to my parents about it. As I have gotten older and had kids of my own, I have made it one of my parenting missions to be sure my children have not only a healthy attitude about sex and their bodies, but a healthy knowledge of it in an age-appropriate manner. More »

10 Ways Working Moms Can Feel Closer To Their Kids

10 Ways Working Moms Can Feel Closer To Their Kids

When I went back to work, I was very concerned about how my relationship with my children would change. Having stayed at home with them for a few years, I knew them like the back of my hand and had become quite adept in all ways of caring for them. Thinking about how it would go as a working mom made me worry about whether the closeness we had would fade away over time as I let Momma Daycare take over. More »