Wonder why I do not post pictures of my kids?

Wonder why I do not post pictures of my kids here? Well, I don’t post pictures of them anywhere online for that matter. It started with my husband worrying that an online footprint would follow them throughout their lives, maybe for the worse. He didn’t want people to be able to access their baby pictures [...]

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Our IVF Experience

I just wanted to share my personal story of our IVF experience and how it was not as we expected. When me and my husband were newlyweds, we decided to try the old fashioned way to have children. I got pregnant many times quite easily, but being 34 years old at the time, my eggs [...]

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We need to talk about Kevin

When I saw the movie We Need To Talk About Kevin “We need to talk about Kevin”, it had a very strong impact. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a woman who we discover is a mother of a sociopath. Her son had always been unusual since birth and there really is no bond [...]

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Overlooked for promotion at work after mat leave

Returning to work after mat leave was much different than I expected. I took a little over a year off and, although I was worried about how my daughter would cope at daycare, I was excited about being making a contribution again through my job. When I left for maternity leave, I had a great [...]

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Expectations from Grandparents

There are many different expectations from grandparents when their kids have their own children. I live in a community where there are a lot of cultures in our midst where it is just expected that the grandparents look after their grandchildren while the parents work. I was always jealous of this arrangement because it’s more [...]

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Censoring around children

Censoring around children is usually necessary in everyday life. We don’t want them to hear profanities, and turn off the TV if there is violence, content of a sexual nature, and even shield them from animal shows that portray and predator and prey. It’s natural to shield your children from horrific stories on the news, [...]

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Christmas gifts return to sender

Christmas gifts return to sender. Would you give back children’s Christmas gifts as parents if the kids did not have a relationship with the giver? Here is a true story – in fact – you can’t make this stuff up. Visiting in laws can be testing to even the most easy-going personalities. Today I went [...]

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Are most people without children clueless about what having kids is like?

Are most people without children clueless about what having kids is like? What people without children fail to realizeĀ is how different parents lives are than their own. As the mother of a baby and a toddler, here are a few things my single friends usually aren’t aware of: you never have a chance to leave [...]

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The terrible twos

I was dreading the terrible twos – mainly because of the reputation that tantrums can start without warning and at the worst possible time and place. Yes – it has happened. Mine is quite bossy about what activity I should let the baby engage in – exersaucer, Jolly Jumper, or swing. If I choose one [...]

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Parents need to help stop bullying and cyberbullying

Bullying has been a topic in the news a lot lately. In my own community, a teen named Amanda Todd is making headlines, a bully target that sadly ended her life because she couldn’t take it anymore. Her tragic video tells her story. By no means should suicide by glorified in this way, but I [...]

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Pros and Cons of Daycare Facilities

The decision to return to work after you have children is a tough one that most parents grapple with. I personally spent the time before going back budgeting and re-budgeting, trying to find a way to stay home. We live in one of the most expensive cities in the world where it is very hard [...]

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Kids change your lifestyle

Kids change your lifestyle. I have a lot of friends without children who do not realize all the preparation involved with young kids. For example, it is amazing how much effort goes into leaving the house with two little ones even for the shortest of outings. First, you have to ensure that your diaper bag [...]

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Dealing with a Recurrent Miscarriage and a Down Syndrome Pregnancy

Let’s face it – miscarriage is not a pleasant topic. Nobody wants to talk about it since it is a touchy subject so many times it is just brushed under the rug. There is a reason that expectant parents are told to wait until the three month mark before they disclose that a baby is [...]

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Getting involved in a child custody dispute

Should I be getting involved in a child custody dispute? Here is my story. I had a neighbor that moved out of our area not too long ago that had a child at the time that was the same age as mine – just turned 1 year old. He was a stay at home dad [...]

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To be a parent means to be judged

Have you ever felt that you are being watched and judged by onlookers when you take your child out and things do not go as smoothly as you hoped? (Do they ever really?) Chances are – you are right. To be a parent means to be judged. Some people will pick apart parents, thinking that [...]

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How to be pregnant fast

Many women wonder how to be pregnant fast. The truth is, it is especially difficult for some women to get pregnant quickly. In fact, many people think it is so easy that talk about how they want to delay having their first child, making it that much harder at an older age – like mid [...]

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Child personality – nature or nurture?

Child personality – nature or nurture? I have two children who have been very different since birth. One came out reluctantly, screaming and cranky and the other willingly – mellow and laid back. (We have the video to prove it:) Our first child is a great little girl, but we believe her personality was strong-willed [...]

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