8 Reasons Public Restrooms are a Parent’s Worst Nightmare

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Public restrooms are terrible when you are a parent. The stuff of nightmares. Chances are that before having kids you never thought very hard about the restroom you frequented when out in public. Your worst fear often was that a stall wouldn't have toilet paper, or someone hadn't flushed the toilet, or that you had to stand in line. But, once you have a child, you realize how terribly designed and poorly thought out a vast majority of restrooms are for small children and babies. In fact, many are downright cruel. One of the less-talked about parts of potty training is the fact that you have to teach your child how to use a ...

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4 Instinctual and Emotional Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby

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Cool post on breastfeeding benefits! Good to know why it's so emotional and natural for both mom and baby.

I have breastfed all of my children, including twins. It's something I truly love. Today, my guest poster Zyana is sharing some of the emotional benefits of breastfeeding your baby, because I know it isn't always easy.  Embracing motherhood involves accepting all the natural changes that occur to your body and forming secure attachments in your baby's infancy, ensuring an emotionally stable personality to be mirrored in an individual. Breastfeeding is a powerful symbol of motherhood and a highly emotional time for mothers, as they can feel that their hormones are all over the place. Emotions and cognition form a deep ...

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The Price is Worth It – How to Cope with a Miscarriage

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If you are coping with a miscarriage, here are some great suggesions on how to cope and how to deal with your miscarriage grief

That feeling deep in your gut that makes things hard to comprehend, difficult to speak and yet seems to control every part of you is real.I didn't know how real this was until four years ago, sitting alone and afraid in a white sterile room.  A week or so earlier I was involved in a minor car accident and I couldn't shake the feeling that something was wrong.  Unfortunately, there was. I still remember the look in my OB's eyes as he shared the news, the taste of my tears as they ran down my cheeks, the numb feeling that took possession of my entire body. We had only heard the heart beat once, at our previous appointment; ...

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The Heroes You are Forgetting to Thank on Veteran’s Day

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Today is Veteran's Day and I am blessed to share with you words from someone who has inspired me greatly - my brother Tyler. Tyler is an officer in the United States Air Force and author of a new book “Leadership Yourself!”  Tyler is the middle child in our large family and despite being a dorky kid who loved playing video games and drawing comics and illustrations, he has become someone worth emulating in so many ways. The only one of my siblings to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the first to complete a Bachelor's degree, he has worked hard in life to serve God, family, and country. I love ...

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What Low-Income Parenting Taught Me

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Every mother has a story: the one that defines her and her mothering. For me, my journey into motherhood is marked by low-income and financial struggles, and has in many regards shaped the type of mother I am today.My husband and I gave birth to twins as we were graduating from college and we were broke, in debt, and unemployed. Therefore, the first few years of our parenting journey were not only doubly hard because we were blessed with twins, but also because we had so little money to our name, even after my husband found employment. We struggled to meet minimum payments on credit cards each month and pay for all of our other ...

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7 Key Ways to Encourage a Toddler to Talk

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Have a toddler who doesn't talk much yet? Use these 7 ways to encourage toddler to talk

The lives of new parents are extremely eventful and exciting to say the least. You spend every day awaiting new surprises, milestones and amusing little moments involving your little one. When my husband and I had our little boy a few years ago, he’d constantly walk around with a Handy-cam in hand. We wanted to have a solid memory of every beautiful moment spent with our angel. From his first steps to his first words, everything was captured by the camera’s lens and forever etched in our hearts. My husband and I’d compete for hours trying to get our toddler to say "mamma” or “dada” and would hurl shouts of joy each time he did! As ...

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Why Do Moms Obsess About this One Big Thing?

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SUCH a great post on motherhood! Being a mom is hard and we really do need to stop obsessing about this one thing!

I wanted children long before my first child was born. I longed to be a mom, to experience motherhood. I dreamed about holding my baby in my arms. Like many moms, when my children were born, each birth event was photographed and I cried (a few) tears of joy. Every moment holding my precious new babies was captured in those first pictures, and there was joy and amazement seen in my eyes. When I took the baby home, and sunk into the reality of being a mom, I realized it is not all cute nursery decor and the smell of baby wash. There are tough days, days that challenge me beyond any job I have ever done before. Even today, after ...

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6 Signs You Are Suffering from Mom-Zheimer’s

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For years I've been living with a common parental illness known as Mom-zheimers. Parents with this affliction forget, sometimes immediately, what things were really like. Constantly saying to yourself "This is going to be fun!" followed by "What was I thinking?!" is the most common symptom of Mom-zheimer's. Warning signs that you might be suffering from Mom-zheimer's include: 1. You take your kids to the playground. When we visit the park, my plan is usually to let the kids run wild while I read a novel or maybe chat with the other moms. But actually, the kids think it's more fun to sit at my side begging for snacks and ...

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15 Fun Ways to Give Words of Affirmation to Your Husband

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I love this post! My husband's love language is Words of Affirmation and I never know how best to give him those words! Great suggestions and tips. I'm sure it will improve my marriage.

Thank you so much to Katelyn for the invitation to guest post. I read her blog a lot so it is such an honor to be a part of it today! My guest post today relates to several books by Gary Chapman about his Five Love Languages. I'm sharing a series that I call Love Languages Ideas for the Family on my blog Lalymom, and on the blogs of some friends to help spread the word about the Love Languages and to help put them into action. Today I am talking about Words of Affirmation for Husbands.These posts are NOT meant to be used in place of reading the book. There is a lot of understanding that goes into finding your husband's love ...

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I Was Such a Better Mom Two Years Ago

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Definitely interesting perspective on being a mom and going through that refiner's fire of first time motherhood, times two! Great perspective for moms to remember.

Today I'm guest posting over at my friend Jaimi's blog The Stay at Home Mom Survival Guide. She's a fellow mom of four, including twins, and shares some great tips and resources on her blog. She'll be sharing a guest post here on What's up Fagans? in a few weeks when I take some maternity leave about something that moms obsess over. We thought it would be fun to do a guest post swap. Read my post about how I was a better mom two years ago than I am now, or, well, maybe just that I'm a different mom.... Motherhood is this great refiner's fire. Nothing gets you reevaluating everything about yourself, your life, your goals, and your ...

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Why You Should Let the Kids be Loud!

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Well-behaved kids are the hallmark of good parenting, right? Only if you truly believe kids are to be seen and not heard. Great article!

Today I'm guest posting for my friend Amanda of Dirt & Boogers, because she's busy moving and packing right now. Hopefully I'll actually get to meet her in real life this weekend though. She'll be guest posting for me here in a few months once I have a new baby. Check out my full post here on why you should let the kids be loud. Below is an excerpt: A few weeks ago my husband took my twin five year old girls and my two year old son out to eat at a restaurant by himself. They enjoyed some chips and salsa and a cheap dinner together, when someone came up to my husband and complimented him, saying, “You’re doing a good job. ...

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The Key to Creating a Successful Stay At Home Schedule

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Yes! I couldn't agree more! The secret to a successful stay at home schedule really is sleep! I love all the supporting reasons she has for it, and even tips on how she's made it work with twins and a third child, all in the same room! Great parenting advice!

Today I am thrilled to be guest posting for my good friend Lauren of The Military Wife and Mom. Her blog is fantastic for new parents as well as those in the military! However, she really wanted to know how I created a successful stay at home schedule while I had multiple kids to manage. So, I wrote this guest post for her, sharing how the basic element, the key, to my good schedule all revolves around one simple thing.... When you have multiple young children at home, a good stay at home schedule is pretty important, at least if you want to have order and not lose your sanity.  This schedule will look different for every ...

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