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Charissa West is a high school classroom teacher turned stay-at-home, work-at-home mom. When she’s not chasing around her three young sons, she works as an online teacher and freelance writer. She shares her honest, sarcastic, hilarious thoughts on parenting on her blog, The Wild, Wild West, with the goal of helping moms laugh at anything motherhood may throw at them.

OK I Admit It! I Let My Toddler Play Games on My Phone

We've all seen it: a mom hands a toddler her cell phone in the grocery store. Suddenly, all the Carols and Janets within a...

Preparing for Kindergarten With These 5 Simple Activities

Every year, a new crop of parents stress about their child starting kindergarten. Parents wonder, “Is my child even ready for kindergarten?” Then they...

My Toddler Refuses to Listen – What Do I Do?

When a toddler refuses to listen it's like a day ending in “y”: both regular and expected. Nevertheless, normal as it may be, a...

When is The Best Toddler Bedtime?

When is the best time to put your toddler to bed? The answer is obvious: right now! Just kidding, of course. If you’re on...

Toddler Birthday Party Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the standard for kids' birthday parties seem to be continually rising. My Super Sweet Sixteen used to...

Three Signs My Son Is Just As Dramatic As Your Daughter

Now that I'm expecting my fourth boy, I hear this comment more than ever, "Well, at least you won't have to deal with all...

7 Types Of Bedtime-Resisters That Make Every Parent Grit Their Teeth

Kids hate going to bed. This universal truth of childhood is a real delight for parents everywhere who just want to get their children...
Toddler Whining

Toddler Whining is WAY Worse Than Nails on a Chalkboard

New parents stress over how to stop a baby from crying, which is understandable. What they don’t realize is that a new nightmarish noise,...

Baby’s First Year: The Hilariously Helpful Parenting Hacks Books Should Include

First-time parents are so precious. They read all the books, follow all the rules, and make all the preparations.  It makes sense. They have absolutely...
Ready for Kindergarten

How Do You Know Your Child Is Ready for Kindergarten?

If you’re struggling to decide whether or not your child is ready for kindergarten, fear not. Determining your child's kindergarten readiness is a struggle...