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Does My Toddler Have OCD? Here Are the Warning Signs

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My husband and I come from a long line of “quirky” and “particular” people. People who have to have books set on a right...

As a Mom With OCD, I’m Rarely Able To “Let It Go”

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There’s a little voice inside that whispers, “Let it go.” I try my best to listen. I really do. I try to rationalize with...

3 Life-Saving Tips for OCD Moms

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I’ve been living with OCD for far longer than my official diagnosis. In fact, I think I've been mothering with OCD for almost 15...

How the Media Made Being Pregnant After 35 a Nightmare for Me

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I was 37 when I carried and gave birth last year to my daughter, Alessandra. It was a relatively easy pregnancy, but I worried...

6 Truths About Helicopter Parents

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My parenting style can be best described as a hybrid mashup—a combination of authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. But if one parenting style was to surface...

7 Parenting Classes That Don’t Exist But Totally Should

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Before and after we become moms and dads there are a host of parenting classes that we can take to make us better parents....

A Happy First BEE-day! Here Are Some Fun Bee-Themed Party Ideas & Supplies

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Our daughter turned one last Friday, which I begged her NOT to do. I've asked her to stay six-months-old forever, but she has declined...

Ten ‘80s Hits that Should be Parenting Theme Songs

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When I was 16, I had big hair and never left the house without my eyes plastered in blue eye shadow. My closet overflowed...

Simple Self-Care Practices to Relax and Recharge Breastfeeding Mothers

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There are many advantages to breastfeeding a baby, but it can be stressful, time-consuming, painful, and downright exhausting. And when you add caring for...

Dear Toddler, Screw Your Tantrums

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Dear Toddler, I woke up this morning with every intention of having a great day. Outside the window, playful little birds bounced through the trees....