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I’m Done Buying Toys For My Five Kids

As I wandered through my house this morning looking for my lost cup of coffee, I couldn't help but notice how many toys were in my home. So, I stopped to pick up my toddler's blocks off the living room floor, which I do several times a day, then I…
By Steph Montgomery

Do Kids Need A Passport To Go To Canada? Get The Facts Before You Travel

When you're a parent and you don't live close to family members or friends, traveling with miniature humans is an inevitability. So if you're planning a family trip in the near future, it's time to start checking off the to-do list. Local traveling…
By Shana Aborn

Dear Jenny: When Do I Potty Train? (Now? How About *Now*?)

Our resident advice-giver-outer Jenny True provides shouty, full-hearted answers to your niggling questions about pregnancy and parenthood in her column Dear Jenny. Warning: This is not a baby-and-me singalong, this is about yelling into the cosmos…
By Jenny True

We Only Get 18 Halloweens

Decorative gourd season is upon us, and I have so much I want to show my kids, and so many costumes I want to put them in (young Harrison Ford; the guy from The Darkness; Carrie Fisher looking unimpressed by her salad at Tavern On The Green). But…
By Janet Manley

Disney World's Cinderella Carriage Strollers Are Both Magical & Oddly Affordable

There's a new stroller in town and it's literally everything your inner five-year-old has ever dreamed of. Right now, you can actually rent a Disney World Cinderella carriage when you visit the Disney theme park. That's right, your princess or…
By Alison Kresta

12 Of The Coolest Kids' DIY Halloween Costumes, According To A Teacher

One of the best things about being both a teacher and a mom is that you get to see a lot of Halloween costumes every year. Between my kids' trick-or-treating route and my school's annual candy-collecting walk-through, I get to greet a lot of…
By Shana Aborn

40 Kids Share Their Favorite Part About Halloween & Prepare To Melt

When I became a parent I developed a newfound love for holidays, and Halloween is no exception. There's just something about the excitement and smile on your kid's face that makes all the decorating, candy-buying, costume-making, and parties worth…
By Priscilla Blossom

I’m Done Buying Toys For My Five Kids

As I wandered through my house this morning looking for my lost cup of coffee, I couldn't help but notice how many toys were in my home. So, I stopped to pick up my toddler's blocks off the living room floor, which I do several times a day, then I…
By Steph Montgomery

My Husband Handles The Homework, & My Son Is Doing Better Because Of It

Fights over homework are about as classic American as apple pie. When it needs to be done. How to do it. Whether or not a video game can be played first, or a TV show watched. These homework battles can be epic, but they're not mine to wage. They're…
By Samantha Taylor

An Open Letter To The Mom With The "Perfect" Kid

Dear Mom With The "Perfect" Kid: If you're worried I might be talking about you, I probably am. If you're not sure, imagine the following situations: a harried parent struggles to deal with an unruly kid, a fellow mom's toddler is going through a…
By Jamie Kenney

We're All Forgetting To Brush Our Kids' Teeth In This Vital Place, According To Dentists

I wish I had a dollar for every time my kids swear they've brushed their teeth, but a breath or brush check says otherwise (a toothbrush shouldn't be bone-dry five minutes after you use it, kids). But I suppose I shouldn't complain; after all, I'm…
By Shana Aborn

You *Need* To Dress Your Whole Family In Target's Matching Pajama Sets

Every Christmas Eve, my parents and I would put on our best tacky holiday-themed pajamas, hop in the car, and drive around looking at holiday lights on houses and in the town square while listening to holiday music. We'd usually wear matching…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

7 Hacks To Keep Your Kid From Being Overwhelmed By Toys

If you've got a kid or two at home, there's a pretty good chance that your living room could pass for a toy store. Seeing the expression of happiness on a child's face when you hand them a new toy can be a bit addictive. On the flip side, however,…
By Kristina Johnson

This Year's 5 Most Pinterested Kids' Halloween Costumes Are *So* Easy To Copy

Halloween is only a few short weeks away, which means we've all got costumes on the brain. For many moms, the first stop for a costume isn't a party supply store or Target — it's Pinterest. And why wouldn't it be? With millions upon millions of…
By Caroline Hogeveen

These Princess Charlotte Halloween Costume Ideas Are Royally Adorable

Sometimes Halloween just sneaks up on you, and you need something simple for your kid's Halloween costume — perhaps even something you may already have in your closet. If you don't want to cut holes in a sheet for a ghost costume a la It's The Great…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

10 New Children's Books That Are A Balm For Your Feminist Rage

OK folks, it's been a tough week (month? year? presidential term?) for womankind. But children's publishing has a salve for all that burning rage, giving us a wealth of children's books that lift up some of history's greatest women. It's a facet of…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

12 Famous Quotes About Raising Daughters To Celebrate International Day Of The Girl

Personally, I believe being a mom to a daughter is wonderful, terrifying, and humbling all at the same time. But with everything that's going on in the world I have to admit that I'm more than a little bit scared for her future. Not only do I take…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Teal Pumpkins For Your Stoop, So Trick-Or-Treaters With Allergies Can Spot You

If you're starting to see teal pumpkins pop up on stoops around your neighborhood, there's a pretty cool reason why. Teal pumpkins symbolize that your home will be offering allergy-friendly treats on Halloween night. I love that this trend has…
By Kate Miller

27 Moms Reveal The One Trait Their Child *Definitely* Got From Them

The minute you hold your new baby in your arms you search for traces of yourself in them. If you're genetically connected to your child, you're literally in the building blocks of who they are. But I think the act of being their parent is more…
By Jamie Kenney

Mothers Of Sons vs. Fathers Of Daughters: The Cage Match

Here we are at the end of time, riding the backs of our toddlers into battle: fathers of daughters versus mothers of sons. How did we get here, and what can our battle cries tell us about our inner moral compass? Let us take off our MAGA caps and…
By As A Mother Of Babies

This Book's Magic Spell Helped Me Find Home

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
By Aimee Christian