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How To Survive (And Defuse) Your Toddler’s Worst Tantrums

“Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.” – John Wilmont The toddler tornado has hit my home.  There are two whirlwinds now.  One two-year-old and one four-year-old.  They compete over toys, food, affection and when it suits them, combine their energies into one giant parent-trap storm. When my two-year … [Read More...]

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Name Ownership: Can You Steal A Baby Name?

From popular baby names to unique baby names - names are always a hot topic around Mabel’s Labels. But what is the etiquette around “stealing” baby names? We all know about the whole “you stole my name” phenomenon. Think back to that episode of Friends, where Monica accuses Rachel of stealing her girl name, Emma. (Also note that Monica didn’t have a baby at the … [Read More...]

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The Four Seasons Of Motherhood

Season 1 (aka The Rookie Season)~ You just had your first child and everything is blissfully beautiful. Although you’re only a couple weeks into this new season of life, you can't possibly imagine what life would be like without your new bundle of pure cuteness, and you can't fathom the idea of your heart holding any more love. Because everything is new and exciting, you … [Read More...]

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Feeding in Public

On a plane with my teenaged kids for spring break last week, I thought of one of the many times I breastfed in public on a similar airplane. Long ago – the kids were a lot smaller -- but I remember it like yesterday. I was traveling alone with my three children, all under age five. As I was nursing the baby to keep her quiet while the flight took off, a woman across … [Read More...]