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Breastfeeding and The Office: A Marriage Made in, Well, Not Heaven

I am quite sure the bartenders at the Cellar Bar had no idea what I was handing them. Maybe they thought it was a new type of mixer. But whatever they thought (they didn’t ask), I am positive it was the first, and probably last, Medela pumping bottle of breast milk that they ever put on ice alongside the Grey Goose and other high end adult beverages. That was my firm’s … [Read More...]

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10 Terrible Gifts to Give Other People’s Kids

As the gift giving season approaches, you may find yourself searching for the perfect present for your nieces and nephews, godchildren, friends' kids, and grandchildren. As a victim of terrible children's gift giving and on behalf of parents everywhere, I feel compelled to draw attention to the kinds of gifts we parents absolutely don't want you to give our kids. Please. … [Read More...]

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10 “No Drama” Holiday Rules for New Mamas

"A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together." - Garrison Keillor New moms have plenty to celebrate during the holiday season with a new baby at home.  But it’s also the most hectic hustle-bustle time of year. Here you are, trying to adjust to a whole new normal of sleepless nights, 24/7 feeding … [Read More...]

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How Do I Discipline a Toddler Who Hits?

In addition to cuddling, sharing and being sweet, toddlers often display unpleasant, angry tendencies, such as hitting, screaming and biting. Like many parents of toddlers, you may feel like your gentle baby turns into a tiny monster, wreaking havoc and distress with his bouts of anger. Teaching your child not to hit requires plenty of effort, including speaking to your … [Read More...]

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Selling Your Kids On Story Time: Practical Tips For Raising Readers

“It’s tough for kids to say goodbye to the excitement of the day, so falling asleep can be so much sweeter with a parent at their side, reading their favorite bedtime story.” - Dr. Barry Zuckerman, Chief of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center and Co-Founder of Reach Out and Read Bedtime stories. Those two simple words conjure up happy memories for many of us. If you … [Read More...]

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8 Things You Should Never Say To A Breastfeeding Mom

As a new mom, I’ve learned to ignore a lot of stupid comments and questions about breastfeeding. But, sometimes enough is enough. It’s not that I am offended – it’s just annoying to hear the same questions and comments all the time. So, I came up with a pretty good list of some ridiculous, obnoxious, stupid things, and here they are: (Not responsible if you bang your … [Read More...]

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You Are More Powerful Than You Think

Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women. – Maya Angelou In these changing times, it’s good to remember the long view. Making history isn’t easy, but be assured: Women are making history. Kamala Harris became California’s first female Attorney General. Catherine Cortez Masto became the first … [Read More...]