The Do’s & Don’t of Returning to Work from Maternity Leave

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Congratulations! You just had a baby! Welcome to the magical, sleep-deprived world of mommy hood. It’s been a few weeks so you are finally starting to settle into this new routine with a little one and then you remember… you need to go back to work! Maternity leave flies by in the blink of an eye, but there are a few things that will help returning to work from maternity leave easier on you.

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What to Do if Your Child is Allergic to Peanut Butter

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Lunch time at school is supposed to be a fun time for kids to take a break, socialize and eat together. However, just the thought of it can be stressful for parents who have a child allergic to peanut butter. Food allergies are on the rise, especially in children. According to a 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011.

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9 Pieces of Baby Advice From Your Mom That Are Actually Really Good

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Bringing your sweet bundle of joy home for the very first time comes with its share of excitement and fear. You got to enjoy the first days with your newborn at the hospital, with knowledgeable nurses and doctors on hand to answer your every question. Now you are home… and on your own. Luckily you have friends and family members eager (sometimes too eager) to share their words of wisdom when it comes to raising your baby. A mother’s intuition is remarkable and you finally understand your own mother…finally. Too many opinions can be stressful to take in, but there are some pieces of advice from your mom that are really helpful!

Here are 9 pieces of baby advice from your mom that are actually really good.

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Lying to Children: When to be Honest, When to Hold Back

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Being a parent is hard. You make daily choices and decisions that you hope are in the best interest of your child. We all want to raise honest children, but the truth is every parent has lied to their kids. From fibs over bedtime to threats over taking away toys. We tell our kids they are awesome at sports, even if they aren’t. I tell my son if he eats too much candy he won’t be able to run as fast and that I can tell if he is lying to me by touching his nose. (A lie for a lie in our household!) Let’s face it, lying to children is sometimes necessary.

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Being A Working Mom

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Growing up, my mom never worked. The idea of being a working mom was foreign to me. In fact, all my friends in elementary school had moms who stayed home. I always imagined I would be a stay-at-home mom, too. I’m not. I have two beautiful children and a full-time job as an executive producer at a local news station in Miami.

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How to Make the Most of Baby Nap Times

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When your little ones are tired or fussy, there is nothing a mom looks forward to more than baby nap times. No matter how much we love our sweet babies, there is always a tiny sigh of relief when those little ones go down for a nap. So now that your baby is napping, what should you do?

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There Are Benefits of Co-Sleeping with Toddlers!

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There’s been a lot of talk about attachment parenting lately and I’ve always been skeptical. But it turns out there are actually a lot of benefits of co-sleeping with toddlers! A good friend of mine once told me, “Don’t ever let your kids in your bed, because you will never get them out.” That advice stayed with me. When I had my son, I was very careful not to bring him into our bed, since I didn’t want to start a “bad habit.” Even when he got a bit older, if something was wrong, or if he woke up scared… I would go back into his room with him and sleep in his bed, instead of letting him stay in ours.

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Should Children Have Cell Phones?

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But seriously, should children have cell phones? It’s a struggle almost every parent is dealing with; the ongoing debate over how young is too young when it comes to kids and technology. There is no denying electronics is a part of our everyday life, and your kids as well. Tablets, computers, gaming devices, and of course, cell phones.

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Homework Without Tears: How To Help Your Child

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If you have a child in school, there’s a good chance you have had a battle or two over homework. I was surprised when my kindergartner started bringing home pages and pages of worksheets to complete at home. It can be hard to get through all that homework without tears. I have heard plenty of parents complain about the amount of homework their kids come home with. Many teachers I know admit, there simply aren’t enough hours in the school day to teach and reiterate the skills students need to know.

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Parent Teacher Meeting Tips for SmartMoms

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The school year is well underway and chances are a teacher conference is in your future. This is an important time to gauge exactly how your child is doing in school from the person who knows best, their teacher! They spend many hours with your child in a parent-free zone. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn vital information that can help your child, if you are prepared. Here are a few parent teacher meeting tips to help you make the most of your next interaction.

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