What Is Emotional Well-Being For A Mom?

As a mother a daughter spend time together outside, the mother wonders "what is emotional well-being" as a mom.

Here’s the thing about being a mom: there is no one-size-fits-all, well, anything. Think about it: have you ever bought something that was marketed as “one size fits all” and it didn’t fit you? How did you feel after that? My guess is you felt a little left out and a little out of place.

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The Benefits and Pitfalls of Potty Training with Pull-Ups

A mother hugs her daughter who is starting potty training with pull-ups.

For many parents Pull-Ups have been an absolute blessing. For others it has only seemed to drag out the process of potty training. Every parent has to make the decision that is best for their little one, but know that as with everything in life, there are pros and cons to potty training with Pull-Ups.

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Blended Families, Blended Traditions

Here is an image of a family playing together on a bed; what you don't realize is that they are representing blended families.

A family can be a delicate thing. Kids and parents get into their own routines, align expectations, establish traditions, and grow together as a group.  But what happens when you begin to blend your family with another? What happens to your holidays?  

The holidays can be stressful enough, but adding new members can be enough to push you over the edge.  When introducing holidays and traditions into your blended family, keep the following tips in mind that will help you not just get through the holidays, but actually enjoy them.

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Alone and Pregnant: How to Stay Resilient

A pregnant woman resting on her bed contemplating what it's like being alone and pregnant.

When my first husband died in 2011, I was 5 months pregnant with our third child. The thought of facing pregnancy alone was completely overwhelming and I had no idea where to start. The questions just wouldn’t stop coming.

What if I go into labor early? Who will drive me to the hospital?

Who will be with me when my daughter is born?

What if something else bad happens? How will I be able to handle it?

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What You Can Learn From Your Nanny

As a nanny and child play together, we realize there is a lot you can learn from your nanny.

Nannies can be an incredible asset to any busy family and should be contributing to a happy, healthy environment for your children. Many parents who have hired nannies will tell you that it takes a bit of time and effort to teach them how you want things done with your children. But some parents forget that there is a lot that a nanny can teach them in return. There is much you can learn from your nanny if you just listen.

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Nine Ways to Discipline Your Kids

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Discipline isn’t (and shouldn’t be) something to be afraid of. There are numerous ways to discipline your kids as a natural part of life.  Everything we do has a reaction and a consequence and those who have discipline in life tend to get further than those who don’t, both in business and personal ventures.

For a parent who is madly in love with their children, the act of punishing them is not exactly what I would call a “joyful experience.” I don’t like taking away privileges or restricting them for doing things they love. However, I do appreciate how discipline makes them mindful of their behavior in certain circumstances. And remember, not all discipline is negative. Sometimes it’s a positive.

No two kids are alike, so what works for one child might not for another. And in the same vein, you should begin disciplining them at different times. Here are nine ways to discipline your kids, depending on their attitude and personality. Continue reading

How To Support a Preemie Mom

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Without a doubt, being a mom has been the toughest thing I’ve ever done. From the self-doubt of the toddler years to the rough patches of adolescence to the complete bewilderment of letting them go off on their own… it’s one roller coaster of emotion that no one can truly imagine when they first find out that they’re pregnant. It’s hard from the start, but imagine that your first experience as a parent is as a preemie mom, watching your child be hooked up to machines, lying in a plastic bed and unable to hold your baby as they fight to gain every ounce that they can. And that’s probably on a good day. Continue reading

After Divorce: Two Families Become One

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When two families become one, or attempt to, there can be a lot of baggage. When something major happens in a person’s life like a divorce, it can be hard to imagine that life will go on and that the world keeps on spinning as if nothing has changed. The pain and swirling emotions of an event like this is more than the average person can actually comprehend. But life does go on. Even without our permission.

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What Is A Birth Doula?

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Many mothers are discussing natural childbirth lately and I kept hearing the term “doula” being thrown around. I was wondering, what is a birth doula? When I was pregnant with my youngest child, I was suddenly faced with the prospect of giving birth alone. My children’s father had passed away when I was five months pregnant. While I have a wonderful relationship with my mom, I’m not one that’s incredibly comfortable having my body on display for the world to see, even during the miracle of childbirth. I’m cool with the doctor and a few nurses being in there. But that’s it.

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Party Ideas for Toddlers

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For many people the idea of throwing a party for a group of toddlers can be daunting, perhaps even downright terrifying. And you may worry that you have no party ideas for toddlers. But here’s the good news: toddlers are easy to please (in most cases, anyway). Don’t let the idea of throwing a party for these little ones overwhelm you and cause you to run for cover. You can keep it short, simple and stress-free. It’s possible, I promise! The first question you might have could be, “What on earth do I DO with all of these toddlers for a party?” Here are several ideas that could make you the party-throwing champion of the neighborhood.

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