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surviving dining out with your toddler

Surviving Dining out with Toddlers

This is a guest post is by Judith Klein Rich of the Eaty Pie Blog.

“Do you want to meet for dinner?” asks your carefree (aka child-free) friend who checks out a new restaurant as often as you dine in. While there’s nothing more that you’d want to do, the dreaded thought of your rambunctious toddler causing havoc makes you cringe at the prospect. 

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Writing a letter to my unborn son was one of the most heartwarming things I did as a new mom. I laugh now reading it because so much has changed in my life but what hasn't is the love I feel for my son then and now. Writing a letter to your baby bump only takes a few minutes, but the memories created will be priceless. Click through to laugh along with me. Or save to read later. www.penandparent.com |parenting tips for new moms| |making money with your writing| |writing tips for beginners|

Dear Baby Bump: Things I Need to Tell You

By Melissa Uhles

This is a letter I found recently that I wrote to my soon-to-be baby boy while I was pregnant with him. I’m happy to report he’s now a healthy, happy eight-year-old boy.

I’m sharing the letter with you because I think it’s a fun tradition and looking back on it, it’s interesting to see what I already knew and didn’t know before I started the real parenting journey. 

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Do you want to be happier and healthier? Start a gratitude journal for an amazing life. Check out this informative article

The Proven Benefits of a Gratitude Journal and How to Keep one

By Melissa Uhles

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it got me thinking about what I’m grateful for. Each year before tearing into turkey I ask my family to tell us about one thing that they are grateful for. It’s interesting to see that no one’s response is immediate, it takes time for the good stuff to rise to the top of  mind sometimes.

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How to Save Space on Baby Gear

By Sarah Snyder-Castañeda

We’ve all been there before. Trudging through piles of baby toys, books and stuffed animals, only to step on the pointiest toy possible. (After only getting 3 hours of sleep, this feels great by the way!) What do your closets look like these days? Are they full of baby shower gift bags filled with outgrown clothes? Is it a boneyard of carriers, bassinets and disappointing gadgets? You’re not alone. And there is a solution.

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A mother's commitment to her son with disabilities is one woman's story of how she found beauty and acceptance in raising a child with special needs.

A Mother’s Commitment to Her Son with Disabilities

At some point during pregnancy or soon thereafter, parents create a mental contract, a mother's commitment. It begins with a promise to provide warmth, food, safety, affection, and most of all; love. We learn our lives are not our own.

And it's ok.

Somehow, time alone, adventures and a peaceful cup of coffee turned into babbles, silly songs, diarrhea marathons and sleep-deprivation caused delirium.

But that's ok.

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How to get your baby to sleep: baby products that help will give you tips and product recommendations for a perfect night sleep - for both baby and parent.

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep: Products that Help

The worst thing you can do to a parent is deprive them of sleep. Yet, babies accomplish this right from day one. How to get your baby to sleep through the night is a question every parent asks. Not just once, but many times. And just when you think you have it figured out, something changes. But, there are sleep solutions and baby products that help you and your baby rest peacefully. 

Are you getting ready to become a parent? But, don't know what essentials to buy before bringing the baby home? I felt the same way. Check out this baby registry list of must-have baby products that help you become prepared for your little one to come home.

Essentials to Buy Before Bringing your Baby Home – Part 3

Do you need to prepare for your new baby, but don't know what baby essentials to purchase before the little one arrives? Don't worry, I was in the same bassinet. But, two pregnancies back-to-back forced me to become prepared. 

Need to get ready for the new baby? Check out this baby registry list of must-have baby products that help you become prepared for your little one to come home.

Must-Have Baby Registry Items Worth the Money – Part 2

I have a mom friend who loves to shop for baby products all the time. I’m one of those moms who loves to shop, but can’t stand all the stuff. I really only buy things that I feel are absolutely necessary.

Need to get ready for the new baby? Check out this baby registry list of must-have baby products that help you become prepared for your little one to come home.

Must-Have Baby Registry Items Worth the Money

As I planned for the arrival of my little one, I had no idea what essentials to buy before bringing the baby home . In fact, I was completely overwhelmed. I was one of those new moms that didn’t even know how to change a diaper, let alone know what a swaddle was or even how to use one. Then friends and family kept asking me if I had a baby registry, and I started to sweat.