Why Parents Need to Stop Judging Each Other (but probably won’t)

Why Parents Need to Stop Judging Each Other (but probably won’t)

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Becoming a parent has made me eat my words.  A lot of them.  Before I had my son, I had plenty of opinions about the best way to raise kids.  If a mom mentioned in passing a TV show that their 18-month old enjoyed, I’d think to myself “that kid shouldn’t be watching television! Pediatricians recommend no screen time before age 2!”  At social functions, I’d silently judge parents who would let their little ones just eat junk food.  From discipline techniques to bedtimes, I had endless opinions about what parents could be doing better.

Dealing with the struggles of real-world parenting has been a major wake-up call.  At a recent Super Bowl party, my son basically ate hamburger rolls and cookies for dinner… I see now that getting your kid to eat apple sauce when everyone around them is eating junk food is essentially impossible.  His normal diet is pretty darn good, and we’ll all survive some unhealthy snacking during the occasional party.  And yes, my son (now 20 months old) watches TV.  What started Read more

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How to Make Your Own Granola Bars (and why you should try it!)

How to Make Your Own Granola Bars (and why you should try it!)

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Granola bars are a go-to snack in our household.  But many pre-packaged granola bars from the grocery store are made with an insanely long list of mysterious ingredients I can’t pronounce (soy lecithin, vegetable glycerin, mixed tocopherols and maltodextrin – yummy!)  Despite their reputation as a healthy snack, some have almost as much sugar as a candy bar, or contain partially hydrogenated oils (an ingredient that is strongly linked to heart disease and diabetes).   Although there are certainly better brands out there using higher quality ingredients, those tend to be much more expensive.  So what’s the answer?  Make your own!  This gives you 100% control Read more

A Message to New Moms on Baby’s First Birthday

A Message to New Moms on Baby’s First Birthday

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You made it through a year of parenthood!  Before your very eyes, your baby transformed from a tiny helpless creature who could basically only eat, poop and sleep into an active one-year-old who can laugh, crawl, play, and might even be starting to walk or talk.  Baby’s first birthday isn’t just a milestone for her – it’s also the anniversary of the day you became a parent.  The day your little one was born, your life changed forever.  You’ve probably never known such joy and love, but you’ve also probably never felt quite so exhausted.  It’s easy for mommy-hood to completely take over your life and identity for a while.  I think this is pretty normal.  Particularly in the first few months, your baby is so helpless that it takes all your time and energy just to tend to his needs.  But by the time baby has turned one, life has most likely calmed down a little, and baby is probably better able to handle being apart from you.  Once all the presents have been opened and the icing has been cleaned out from behind baby’s ears, Read more