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The Newest Must-Have Summer Read for Moms Utilizing Social Media

The Newest Must-Have Summer Read for Moms Utilizing Social Media

With a combined total of five young children, two careers, four blogs, and dozens of regular clients, Debbie and I have searched hard for work-life-family balance. We both admire Colleen Padlla of Classymommy.com and Audrey McCelland of Momgenerations.com for the paths they have trail-blazed, finding a way to be simultaneously successful in the family world and the working world, all from their dining room tables! New mothers can put years of hard work spent in the … Read entire article »

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Why You Should Stop The Guilt Trip About TV Already…

Why You Should Stop The Guilt Trip About TV Already…

While I know a few moms whose children never watched any TV before they turned two and who strictly limit screen time for their older children to the occasional educational French cartoon, this standard of perfection can be next to impossible for the rest of us to meet.  The huge gap between experts’ advice and the actual viewing habits of American children demonstrates the need for some more realistic and pragmatic recommendations. So stop feeling guilty. While Mama Luxe … Read entire article »

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Friday Playgroup: November 17, 2007

Her Pants Are So On Fire Izzy ponders how to teach her daughter not to lie. Some moms seriously bashed Izzy in the comments, but all she did was temporarily confiscate a favorite toy. What do you think? (IzzyMom) Paternity Test Men can be so weird sometimes, but at least Rebecca has a sense of humor about it. (Girl’s Gone Child) Activities That Encourage Reading (Part Two) Great advice from one of my favorite bloggers and a reminder that next week is National Children’s Book Week. (Scribbit) And This Will Help…What, Exactly? One mother’s thoughts on a nightmare PTA meeting. (Suburban Oblivion) The Truth About TIME-OUT Sound advice from a professional therapist on the importance of time outs. (Healing Little Heroes) Organic or Not? Is That The Question? After the WAHM/SAHM … Read entire article »

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Friday Playgroup: November 2, 2007

F is for Freud…in which we pick up where we left off from last week’s session… pump and dump: a fairy tale for the modern working mother (momomax) V Is For Vulva (That’s Good Enough For Me): subtext for tots (Her Bad Mother) I May Very Well Be the Stupidest Person on Earth: A roller coaster ride–but way to stand up for yourself. (IzzyMom)… Oh, and no you aren’t, Izzy. I believe that honor goes to this justice judge idiot: Omaha court case widens from screening test to baby’s meals… (Hathor) We are NOT desert people…: Warning, there is strong language…but really, who could blame her? (Domestic Engineer) Project Life Change: This Season Project Runway will have one less viewer: Do-able change for a life that works for you. (CityMama) Halloween Redux: The Sugar Hangover Halloween candy … Read entire article »

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Friday Playgroup: October 26, 2007

Who needs therapy? The internet is cheaper. How to Raise your Children to be the Type of Adults You Want Them to Be: I began writing what they call a mission statement… (Thingamababy) To Put it Bluntly, Kids Are… (Suburban Oblivion) Stepping Off: A Frog in Hot Water: When divorce is a new beginning. An inspiring read even if your marriage is healthy. (via Maya’s Mom) Postpartum depression nearly killed me. Then I had a second baby.: An honest and personal account that provides hope for those who suffered from postpartum depression and want to have another baby. (Babble.com) Gentle Art of Ruling Your Husband-Where You Been, You Sexy Thang?: To end your session on a funny note. (fussypants) Plus some more cool posts we enjoyed: 5 Minutes Around The Blogosphere: Take some time to follow featured … Read entire article »

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Friday Playgroup: October 19, 2007

Going Green for Halloween Creative suggestions from Mama Luxe on how to have a fun and environmentally-friendly Halloween. (MamaSaga) Adults-Only: Why Are Cities So Child Unfriendly Rebecca rightly distinguishes between the self-absorbed parents who let their precious darling babble throughout a wedding ceremony and the average, considerate mom who just wants a cup of coffee without facing the glares of strangers. What do you think the proper balance is? How do you handle a Starbucks run when you’re with your toddler? (Babble) No Kid, Huh? A witty and insightful essay by Izzy on Corinne Maier’s book No Kid: Forty Reasons For Not Having Children. (IzzyMom) So Tell Us How You Really Feel I agree with Vicky on this. We need less cynicism in politics. Vote for the person you believe in and not … Read entire article »

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Friday Playgroup: October 12, 2007

Our Bodies, Ourselves… Mommy Body: Embrace It Or Fix It?: It is great that moms (and yes, Grannies) can be chic and hot, but that doesn’t mean we need to slice ourselves into plastic clones. Resistance is futile–embrace the Mommy Body. (Love Shak, Baby) What I Believe: Feeding our children: Like mama said, “Slow down and eat something good.” (CDG)time again to squeeze your lemons for signs of breast cancer: A powerful post with some good questions. (mod*mom)What I Don’t Know Can Hurt Me: “I don’t mind being old. I much prefer the older me to the younger me, and I intend to go on liking myself even more as I continue along the long and winding road of time. But I’m still don’t like the euphemism that is ‘Late Maternal Age.’…” … Read entire article »

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Friday Playgroup: October 5, 2007

Growing up and getting creative: Preschool is good for the three-year-old soul: Sometimes you have to nudge them out of the nest a little. (CityMama) My Kids Can Do It, Home Depot Can Help: I can’t wait! I want to become handy, too! (Daddy Forever) Artwork Thursday: Autumn Greetings: Nice Japanese influences–perhaps she has impressionist tendencies? (Clare’s Dad) That Mom: Confession, I’m already that mom. Oh, and a purple sun is WAY cool. (GGC) Hey, like I was … Read entire article »

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Virtual Cyber Baby Shower Over at 5 Minutes for Mom

Susan and Janice, the very sweet and helpful twin sisters at 5 Minutes for Mom, are BOTH due with Baby Girls in October. Actually, Janice went into early labor and delivered Olivia Jenae on September 28. Check out Olivia’s first photos and welcome the new little one to the world. About the Cyber Shower To celebrate, Pamela Kramer of Happy Panda Baby (check out our review of Happy Panda Baby and their new black onesie…I … Read entire article »

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Friday Playgroup: September 28, 2007

How Am I?: Have you visited WHYMommy recently? Walk with her, write with her…and share her message about inflammatory breast cancer. She’s doing the brave part, it is the least we can do. (Toddler Planet) Five lessons about kids and parenting: #4: Relax and enjoy your kids more. (Little Elephants) Getting Better Every Day: Good to know things hit a sweet spot. (PHATMommy) Welcome to the League of Maternal Justice I’m Getting Him a Leash: I’m going to avoid commenting on this one until my spirited little girl is unning around. I have an opinion but parenthood has taught me to never say never… (IzzyMom) Go veggie for a day: “She’s a vegetarian…” (CDG) I Saw The Sign: Baby Diva can use sign language to communicate…and she wants more, More, MORE! (Mama Luxe)The Mommy Wars: No … Read entire article »

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