Candace Ganger

Candace is the cat-crazed YA author of BIRDIE & BASH (out now via SMP Griffin), SIX GOODBYES WE NEVER SAID (Fall 2019), and is featured in the YA mental health anthology, LIFE INSIDE MY MIND (out now via S&S). She's currently living in Covington, Ohio. If she’s not ghostwriting for other people’s fame or stress-baking, you can find her running through cemeteries, wishing she were an extra on This Is Us, or taming her two weird kids.

These New Fall Shows Look Entertaining For Kids *And* Adults

When kids love a show, they really love it. To the point you'd be happy to never speak of it again. I don't know about you, but I can only take so much Pokémon (which is what my youngest streams 24/7) before I want to scream. Good thing we're at the…
By Candace Ganger

'A Million Little Things' Premieres Soon, So Grab The Tissues *STAT*

It's official: Grab your cable-knit sweaters and Kleenex boxes. 'Tis the season for all things pumpkin, cozy, and fall TV. The new lineup is looking pretty stellar with promises of more laughs, more guest stars, and — you guessed it — more tears.…
By Candace Ganger

I Unfollowed A Friend After She Shamed Another Formula-Feeding Mom

As a new mom I must admit that I was ill-prepared for the constant debates, arguments, and judgments that seem to encompass parenthood. From how you give birth to how you feed your baby, every decision you make is scrutinized. I wanted none of that,…
By Candace Ganger

Emma Stone & Jonah Hill's New Netflix Show Looks *Amazing*

Imagine this: the year is 2007. Emma Stone and Jonah Hill step onto the set of the coming-of-age comedy, Superbad, and become the iconic duo we didn't know we needed. Who would've thought high school seniors, Jules and Seth, would reunite 11 years…
By Candace Ganger

My Ability To Have Kids Doesn't Mean My PCOS Isn't Debilitating

There's a lot of misconceptions about what it means to live with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). And because people can't see what's causing me pain, my symptoms and my suffering are often overlooked. But I've had PSCOS for over 20 years, and my…
By Candace Ganger

8 Things That'll Definitely Happen The First Time You Breastfeed Outside The Hospital

As a new mom I didn't feel at all confident in my ability to breastfeed. It didn't matter how many books I read or classes I took, it wasn't something that felt natural in any capacity. Even at the hospital, when I had a significant amount of help…
By Candace Ganger

Yes, I Will Cancel Plans Over My Kid's Sleep Schedule & No, I'm Not Sorry

Trying to establish a sleep schedule for my kids was time consuming, emotionally draining, and a true test of my will and patience. Nothing tested my parenting prowess like trying to get my children to sleep at regular intervals for extended period…
By Candace Ganger

9 Power Outage Games For Kids To Utilize During Hurricane Season

Hurricane season has officially arrived, and as the east coast is preparing for Hurricane Florence, the country's collective attention is turning to emergency preparedness and what to do in the event of a weather evacuation. At the bottom of an…
By Candace Ganger

5 Emergency Preparedness For Babies Tips, Now That Hurricane Season Has Arrived

Last year's deadly hurricane season is an important reminder that every family benefits from emergency preparedness. Whether it's wildfires or earthquakes, tornadoes or a flash flood, having a plan of action can help protect your family from extreme…
By Candace Ganger

Actually, I Loved Being Pregnant & That's Not Just Some BS

Every pregnancy is different, to be sure, and not just every pregnancy for every woman but every pregnancy a single woman experiences. My first was hell, for example, and I couldn't wait for those 40 weeks, more or less, to be over. But something…
By Candace Ganger

7 Ways You Don't Realize You're Helping Your Kids Bond

My kids were born on the very same day five years apart. That doesn't mean they get along, though. Their age gap and the fact that they have to share a birthday every year has resulted in a lot of fights, actually, and they argue like most siblings…
By Candace Ganger

7 Things People Worship About Dads Who Handle Bedtime That Moms Get *Zero* Credit For

My bedtime routine begins immediately after dinner, because my two kids will do whatever it takes to avoid sleep. Whether it's reading "one more book" or working on "forgotten" homework or needing just "one more sip" of water, getting my kids in bed…
By Candace Ganger

5 Questions I Should've Asked My OB-GYN Before My Epidural

I thought I knew everything and anything there was to know about having babies. And then, of course, I had one. It didn't take long for me to realize that when it came to childbirth, I was in over my head. Everything in that labor and delivery room…
By Candace Ganger

5 Things I Won't Do To My Daughter's Body Without Her Permission

My daughter's body is her own, just as my body is mine and mine alone. And I think that undeniable fact is something I can teach my daughter very early on and at a young age. We constantly talk about bodily autonomy in age-appropriate ways, which is…
By Candace Ganger

7 Things People Worship Dads Of Sons For That Moms With Sons Do Every Day

My husband is a great father. When he gets down on the floor and gives our two children his undivided attention it's obvious that his babies have his heart. I'm not the only one who notices my husband's parenting prowess, either. People constantly…
By Candace Ganger

PCOS Almost Destroyed My Marriage

Polycystic ovarian disorder (PCOS) is something of an invisible disorder: you can't really see it or how it impacts the body, it's often undiagnosed, and rarely are the symptoms of the disorder taken seriously. Thanks to PCOS I suffer from sporadic…
By Candace Ganger

7 Ways My Social Anxiety Changed How I Made Mom Friends

I've never been the best at making friends. In high school I either relied on my childhood friendships or kept to myself. And as an adult I leaned heavily on my romantic relationships instead of branching out and forging new, platonic ones. But then…
By Candace Ganger

Honestly, Sometimes I Wish I Would've Waited To Become A Mom

Deciding when, let alone if, to become a mom is hardly an easy decision. It's not a decision taken lightly, regardless of how old you are or where you are in life, and it often requires an intense amount of self-evaluation. I certainly took an…
By Candace Ganger

6 Questions I Made Sure To Ask My Doctor Before Breastfeeding

While breastfeeding is a perfectly natural way to feed a child — and should never be shamed or judged — it's not easy. And, in my experience, it's not this innate thing that every mom automatically knows how to do. So believe me when I say there…
By Candace Ganger

6 Of The Cruelest Things Anyone Could Do To A Mom Suffering From Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is a condition you can't truly understand unless you suffer from it. What some people consider to be a nagging nervousness can be absolutely debilitating, and it can be amplified when you're a parent. So believe me when I say there…
By Candace Ganger