Ambrosia Brody

Ambrosia Brody is a full-time editor, journalist and mother to two spirited daughters. She lives in Southern California in a beach city but hates the sand; enjoys people watching but hates small talk. Her time is spent raising two strong-willed daughters, trying to watching Netflix with her husband and reading celebrity news. She started to blog at Random Aspects of (My) Life when she realized everything she knew about parenting was wrong. Connect with her at ambrosia_brody@yahooo.com, Facebook or on Twitter.
Recent Articles

I Gave Up Sleep For A Year Until The Risk Of SIDS Was Lower

When you announce you’re pregnant, people start throwing little tidbits of advice your way as though you actually want to hear it. After people starting freaking me out about all the negative aspects of having a baby (tearing, deflated breasts, colic…
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How To Pack The Ultimate "Silky Mom" Hospital Bag

If you're halfway silky, you already know that some hospitals have Starbucks inside of them. You might have even chosen which hospital you'd like to deliver at based on whether or not it has a Starbucks. This post is for you. While plenty of well-mea…
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I'll Admit It, I Was Skeptical About Vaccines

The controversy surrounding vaccinating was in full-force as I went from thinking, "kids, maybe?" to scheduling sex for the optimal chances of conception with the precision of a NASA engineer. Jenny McCarthy’s anti-vaccination arguments stuck with me…
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What "Overprotective" Moms Get Right About Sleepovers And Child Abuse

Are slumber parties dangerous? Now that everyone in America seems to have less than six degrees of separation from the nearest sexual predator, it's hard not to look at the rash of abuses and panic about sending your kids, well, anywhere. Gymnasts, c…
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Instagram Can Be Weirdly Triggering For Working Moms

Every day of childhood is special. Even if it's just a funny thing my daughter says during bath time, or her sister's sleepy but happy face when I go in to get her up in the morning, these little moments are precious to me. They're not the moments yo…
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Dear People Who Tell My Daughter To Be "Ladylike," Is It, Or Is It Not, 2017?

Dear people who tell my daughter not to sit "like that," Although I understand that you believe your request for my daughter to act “ladylike” is rooted in some helpful gender norm that dictates what sets a “proper” girl apart from an “inappropriate”…
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I Wear Sexy Halloween Costumes Around My Kids, & I'm Not Sorry

Before Halloween was sexy, it was scary. As a kid, Fright Night filled me with fear of scary movies, fear of the dark, fear of something jumping out at me, fear of showing off too much of my body. Nothing set off the fight or flight response quite li…
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I Let My Daughters Have Huge Tantrums In Public & It Was Actually A Major Relief

Even if your children are tiny, angelic humans, you are only one dropped light-up-sneaker away from becoming the focus of a "Target temper tantrum" compilation on YouTube. Before having kids, I was one of those people who would see that screaming chi…
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I Was The Mom Pumping In the Work Closet, & Nobody Gets How Truly Awful It Is

Dear Moms Pumping In A Closet, When I decided to breastfeed my daughters, I anticipated being uncomfortable nursing in public, but I never worried about how I would feel once I was back at work spending mornings and afternoons spent pumping. Naively,…
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No, Mommy Doesn’t Want To Be Touched Right Now

When you're a mom, you're a climbing frame, a cushion, a mode of transport, and a hug machine. Motherhood is incredibly physical. The second I get home, my daughters yell, "Mom's home!" and want to leap into my lap or climb onto my shoulders. But the…
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This Dumb, Archaic Joke About Daughters Needs To Stop

People say a lot of dumb things when you have a kid. I'm used to mindless small talk like "what a cute boy!" (when your baby is dressed in blue) and "they have your face!" (on a newborn), but nothing annoys me more than the joke I'll hear after someo…
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I Tried Minimalist Parenting For A Week, & It Was A Total Game Changer

Being present at all times with my children is an elusive goal. There are times when I am 100 percent in the moment with my kids, but there are other times when I have difficulty switching my focus from a work project to playing with PlayDoh with my …
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I Got My Kids To Stop Whining & You Can Too, 'Cause It's Easy AF

We all know that toddlers know how to work their parents, and my little girls are no exception. They know exactly what tone of voice to use to get their point across. There’s the matter-of-fact tone that lets me know they're stuck on an idea and will…
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I Recorded Everything That Made My Toddlers Cry For A Week & It Was A Journey

Trying to figure out what sets off a tantrum can be tedious. Sometimes, I can figure out the reasoning behind a tantrum immediately: if my kids have gone too long without eating, if they're not getting enough sleep, if the dog licked their faces. In …
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I Stopped Nagging My Partner For A Week

I’m the first to admit that I am kind of a control freak. The thought of things in disarray makes my heart race with anxiety. I try to rein in my madness, but most of the time, I just end up repeatedly asking my kids and my husband to put their thing…
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I Had To Stop Nursing Because My Kids Literally Abused My Boobs

For the most part, I loved breastfeeding my girls. I loved having their warm little bodies close to mine. I loved feeling the weight of their bodies when they fell asleep while nursing, and I loved knowing that I would always have designated one-on-o…
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Having Kids Made Me Love My Body More

Growing up, I was always modest. I was one of those girls who'd run into a bathroom stall to change into my PE uniform because I didn't want everyone to see me in my training bra and panties. I wouldn’t even wear dresses in middle school, because I w…
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I Tried Waldorf Parenting For 1 Week

I am obsessed with learning about various parenting styles, mostly because as a parent, I don't believe in following a specific ideology; instead, I prefer to pick and choose from different methods and figure out what works best. So when I heard abou…
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Dear Women Who Are TTC: I See You

Dear women who are trying to conceive, I see you in the aisle at Target, tossing ovulation kits and pregnancy tests into your cart, hoping this will be the last time you have to shell out money on these pee sticks. I know how frustrating it is to buy…
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An Open Letter to My Husband After Kids

Dear Husband, When I was pregnant four years ago, we fought a lot, and you once accused me of being hormonal. I was furious at you, but in retrospect, I have to admit that you were probably right. But that was only because we had tried so hard for s…
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