Amanda Metcalf

Wife, Mother of 2 devilish little boys, Former Therapist, & Blogger/Writer.
Recent Articles

6 Stages Of Your Kid Seriously Becoming Your Favorite Person To Hang Out With

Most of us have heard countless admonitions against becoming friends with our children. Like Church and State, these warnings seem to imply that successful parenting entails creating a great division between the realms of parenting and friendship. Th…
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6 Weird Fears Everyone With A Newborn Has At Some Point (Because Dear God, What If The Baby Just, Like, Jumps Out Of Your Arms)

A few days after giving birth, the attending nurse came into my room and casually pronounced that my newborn son and I were being discharged from the hospital. She smiled expectantly. Perhaps, assuming that my husband and I would be absolutely thrill…
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7 Things About Pregnancy That You Realize You're Actually Going To Miss When It's Over

The back pain. The morning sickness. The "whose body even is this and why do none of my clothes fit me right now?" The hormone-induced rages and sporadic, irrational crying (that your partner doesn’t dare refer to as “mood swings,” lest you hurl the …
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5 Pieces Of Parenting Advice From Your Mom That You Should Absolutely Ignore

Hurray! Look at you! You’ve grown into a functioning, contributing member of society. You may have pursued higher education, you likely have a steady job, a nice place to call “home,” and perhaps even a smart, interesting, attractive spouse. If you’v…
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7 Little Things You Can Do For Someone With Postpartum Depression That Actually Do Help

Even if you don’t consider yourself a particularly “spiritual” person, the process of creating life is arguably pretty miraculous. Nine months of excitement and anticipation ultimately culminate in the birth of a beautiful baby. A brand new life. The…
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6 Ways Social Media Makes Everyone Feel Like A Really Crappy Mom

For as long as women have been having babies, “Mommy Guilt” has likely also been around and flourishing. Years ago, my sister-in-law hosted a big Italian celebration at her home, a mere two days after giving birth via c-section. A few years later, wh…
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6 Things You Can't Learn About Someone Until You Have A Kid Together

Parenthood is the ultimate instance of trial under fire. You may have read every parenting book cover to cover, grown up in a large family, or even nannied throughout your college years, but nothing can prepare you for the moment you realize that you…
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8 Ways Your Social Life In Your 20s Changes After You Have Kids

The transition from life “before kids” to life “after kids” is dramatic, to say the least. You may have initially assumed that your new baby would just slide right into your life, without you missing a beat, allowing you to continue living your aweso…
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5 Emotional Stages Of Sleep Training Your Toddler, Because Yes, You Have To Do It Again

Parenting is chock full of its own unique trials and tribulations. During the first year home with a baby, one of the biggest universal hurdles revolves around the seemingly impossible task of getting the child to sleep through the night. Some parent…
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What Is Postpartum Depression Really Like? Here Are 5 Incredibly Honest Stories From Women Who Overcame It

There is a thief among us. Silently, stealthily, and steadily making its way into the homes and hearts of the ones we love. Our mothers, our sisters, our aunts, and our best friends can all fall victim. This thief is uncompromisingly callous and calc…
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5 Types Of Friends Every Mom Needs In Her Squad If She's Going To Stay Sane

The transition to motherhood is dramatic and life-altering. Though in theory you’ve had months to prepare, when you are suddenly thrust into the role and find yourself solely responsible for another human being, it can be a bit isolating and even bor…
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6 Signs Your Toddler Is Officially A Preschooler, Because "Threenager" Is A Real Thing

Long before you ever had a kid, it's likely you encountered at least some of the dirty truths of the parenting world. Whether you gleaned your information from television, books, the perennially oversharing Internet, or your friends and older sibling…
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7 Things Everyone Always Gets Wrong About Young Moms

Over the past few decades, the average age when a woman has her first child, has steadily increased. The rise of feminism, the implementation of anti-discriminatory laws, and the various technological advances in the reproductive field all have contr…
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4 Important Ways Having A Baby In Your 20s Can Actually Make You More Successful

Motherhood is the great equalizer. No matter your age, nor any other identifying qualities, there are some moments that we all share when we jump ship from kid-free life and embark on our journey into parenthood. From the feelings of awe and absolute…
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7 Things You Miss About Breastfeeding When It's Over

So much of the (weird and annoying and unnecessary) controversy surrounding breastfeeding not only involves nutrition, but what defines appropriate breastfeeding etiquette. It seems that most everyone has an opinion and many insist on sharing their i…
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7 Conversations Every Parent Has Had With Their Preschooler, Including Questions We'd Rather Not Know The Answers To

I’m a firm believer that great listeners go on to become great parents, since most kids have an innate tendency to babble incessantly. Wait—nope. Scratch that. The blabber-mouthing tendency is likely our own fault as parents. Hear me out on this: My …
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6 Feelings You'll Likely Have During Pregnancy That You Should Never Feel Guilty About

Pop culture is notorious for depicting pregnancy either as a relentless, painful, horrifying disaster (which it's not... entirely) or a blissed-out fairy tale (which it's not... entirely). Our society is awash with images of what a pregnant woman is …
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An Open Letter From The Parents Of A Toddler To Everyone Else In The Restaurant

Dear Fellow Restaurant Patrons, We are here and we brought our kids. I know. No, stop crying. Yes, I'm talking to you, not my children. Look, I think this can work out and we can all get out of this dining experience with our sanities intact and our …
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15 Moms Who Had Their Kids Young Give Advice To Their Friends Who Are Having Kids Now

In a time when the average age that a woman has her first child in the U.S. has been steadily rising for decades, bucking the trend and deciding to have children at a younger-than-usual age comes with a pretty unique set of pros and cons (and unfortu…
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The 5 Emotional Stages Of Trying To Have A Date Night Out When You Have Kids

Before you got pregnant, you were the life of the party, the belle of the ball, the karaoke queen, and many other alliterative descriptions that spoke of your general ability to have and be a very fun person. You knew all the best happy hour spots a…
By Amanda Metcalf