Candace Ganger

Candace is a cat-crazed YA author of THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH (St. Martin's Griffin | July 25th, 2017), living in Covington, Ohio. If she’s not ghostwriting for other people’s fame or stress-baking, you can find her running through cemeteries or taming her two weird kids, not to be confused with her two weird cats.

7 Reasons Why Being Pregnant In July Is The Best

July is notorious for being one of the hottest months of the year, and this summer seems to be no exception. The heat, having older kids home from school all day, every single day, and did I mention the heat? Well, it's all enough to make even the th…
By Candace Ganger

5 Creepy Things My Own Husband Said To Me When I Was Pregnant

My son is about to turn 7, so lately I've been extremely nostalgic. I think back on my pregnancy with him and simply can't believe how much time has passed. That pregnancy wasn't all sunshine and rainbows, though, and while my partner was thrilled to…
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7 Ways I Set Myself Up For Disappointment In My Mom Friendships

Nothing makes you realize who you can and cannot rely on like having a child. When I had my daughter I figured I knew who among my friends I could lean on, and believed I had a good idea of how my friendships and relationships would pan out moving fo…
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5 Red Flags Your Partner Won't Be Supportive During Childbirth

Childbirth is a vulnerable and often painful time, which is why it's important to have a loving, support person by your side throughout the entire process. And, in my experience, if that person is your partner they can make or break your ability to "…
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5 Things A Grown-Ass Man Says To His Partner After A Miscarriage

The day I found out I miscarried the world around me vanished. The doctor's words and condolences and explanations came in and out of focus as I tried to digest my reality: a positive pregnancy test, an ultrasound, and no heartbeat. My 2-year-old dau…
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6 Photos You *Must* Take During The First Week Of Breastfeeding

Personally, I didn't love every single second of breastfeeding. Nursing a tiny, needy human being is hard, and taxing, and sometimes painful. That doesn't mean it wasn't an experience to remember, though, or document so that I could look back on it y…
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6 Things That Strengthen My Bond With My Son

My 6-year-old son and I are incredibly close. From the moment I held him I felt an unexplainable connection that still, six years later, I can't adequately explain. My son is sensitive, compassionate, and an intense listener who remembers arguably wa…
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7 Reasons People Need To Stop Romanticizing Motherhood

When other moms talk about motherhood with stars in their eyes, I often feel left out. Maybe it's just me, but I think being a mom is more than just sharing a grandiose proclamation of unconditional love. I'm grateful I get the chance to be a parent,…
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5 Women With Endometriosis Reveal The Little Ways Their Partners Support Them

Those who've struggled with endometriosis know it's a complex disorder. There is no direct cause or cure, and the symptoms vary from person to person. While some experience terrible cramping, irregular periods, and heavy menstrual flow, others experi…
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5 Things Only Moms Potty Training Girls Understand

I don't know about you, but potty training was one of those parenting moments that tested my patience in a way very few things can. And as a mother to a daughter, I can tell you that figuring out how to potty train a girl was no picnic. While there a…
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5 Reasons Why I Don't Care If I Tear During Childbirth

While there are so many unknowns associated with pregnancy, there as one undeniable fact I didn't like focusing on: my pregnancy was going to end... in pain. How much pain remained to be seen, but I knew chances were high that I would tear. A lot of …
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5 Times When Those "I Love Motherhood" Facebook Posts Actually Helped Me

Some days, being a mom is just hard. When my oldest complains about every little thing and my youngest experiences potty training and sleep regressions, it's all I can do to keep my sanity in tact. And on those days I have to stay away from social me…
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7 Of The Most Erotic Things You Can Do For A Pregnant Woman In Her Third Trimester

In my experience, the third trimester is a tease. You're so close to meeting your baby, yet those final three months feel as though they last a lifetime. And while you're waiting, your legs and feet are swollen beyond recognition, your back hurts, an…
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7 Misconceptions I've Had To Deal With As An Extroverted Introvert Mom

I know it's easy to misunderstand me. Sometimes I come off as unapproachable or shy, and other times I'm outgoing and lively. And while it looks like I'm confident and love being around people, for the most part I'd rather stay home and be by myself.…
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Here Are 6 Signs You Shouldn't Worry About Your Kid's Anger

Kids are walking, talking balls of emotions, and often times it's difficult to decipher one feeling from another. Are they hungry, or tired? Are they frustrated, or sad? Are they seeking attention, or do they need to be alone? Figuring out what big f…
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6 Signs Your Kid Has The Avoidant Attachment Style

Learning how to parent in a way that's beneficial to your unique child isn't easy. Thankfully, learning about the four main attachment styles in kids — secure, ambivalent, avoidant, and disorganized — can help you figure out what's best. I've just re…
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17 Things You'll Find In A Public Restroom That'll Scare The Crap Out Of Your Kid

Public restrooms, bathrooms, powder rooms, lavatories, latrines, comfort stations: whatever you want to call them, they're terrifying for children. While I can't speak for the men's restroom, I can say that more than a few women's restrooms have scar…
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7 Reasons Helicopter Parenting Won't Screw Up My Kid, Thank You Very Much

I try to avoid any type of discussion that argues there's one "right" or "best" way to raise children. It's not easy to side-step these conversations though because, well, everyone has an opinion. And in my experience, a mom can only take so much bef…
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7 Things Every Lighthouse Mom Wants Helicopter Moms To Know

For me, as a parent, it's really hard to find a so-called "balance." In fact, I'm starting to wonder if one exists at all. Between my career, my relationships, my household responsibilities, and parenthood, it's difficult to find a neutral setting th…
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7 Reasons Why Being Pregnant In June Is The Best

I'd argue that no matter what time of year you go through pregnancy, you either love it or hate it. And while the seasons can dramatically affect your perspective, pregnancy symptoms are, more or less, the same regardless. Both of my pregnancies bega…
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