Dina Leygerman

Diana (Dina) Leygerman is a blogger, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. She divides her energy between work, family, girls' nights out, and her (slight) obsession with politics. She loves coffee and sushi and books. She enjoys hearty debates, arguing with her kids over dinner, and watching sitcoms with her husband.

I’m A Teacher That Received An $80 Raise Last Year, & I’m Worn Out

Two weeks ago, all of my social media feeds were swarming with seemingly angry and disheartened responses to Katie Reilly’s TIME article, “‘I Work 3 Jobs and Donate Blood Plasma to Pay the Bills.’ This Is What It’s Like to Be a Teacher in America.”…
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7 Things All Moms Do When They Think Their Kids Aren't Looking

“Do as I say, not as I do" is sort of a parenting theme around my house. I'd like to think all parents follow this mantra, and the things moms do when they think their kids aren't looking are at least party to blame for this eternal adage's…
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10 Signs You’re A Basic Dad

Basic moms are everywhere, so we see them and talk about them constantly. Basic dads, however, have been successfully flying under the radar for some time. Sure, some typical dad characteristics defy age and decade, but there are definitely some…
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An Open Letter To My Kids' Teachers, Now That The School Year Is Over

Dear Teachers Who Teach My Kids, How can I ever properly express my gratitude for all you do every single day? How can I possibly thank you enough? I know there isn't much I can actually do to show you just how thankful I am. I do want you to know,…
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8 Moms Share How They *Finally* Got Rid Of Pull-Ups

In all of the mom Facebook groups I belong to, one of the most common struggles discussed and questions asked is how to get your kid to go diaper-free. There are many variations of the process, but when I asked moms to share how they finally got rid…
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8 Breastfeeding Mom Stereotypes That Are Definitely Legit

When my daughter was born, she wouldn't latch. No matter what I did, or how many times the lactation consultant came by, I couldn't get her to latch. As a result, our breastfeeding relationship didn't "go the distance." My son, however, latched on…
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7 People Who Can Make Or Break Your Breastfeeding Journey

Breastfeeding can be a beautiful, wistful dream, or a horrid nightmare. Lucky for me, I had the chance to experience both. People, as well as circumstance, can make or break your breastfeeding journey, and each one of my journeys was so different…
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6 Ways Baby No. 2 Made My Family Feel Complete

Although I was never a child who dreamed of getting married and having babies, I figured eventually those things would come my way. That is the kind of thinking one has when one grows up in a nuclear family. I grew up with a mom, dad, and a brother,…
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6 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Hold Back When Celebrating Your Pregnancy

By today's standards, I was somewhat young when I got pregnant with my first child. I was newly married, about a year and a half in, when my husband and I decided we would try for a baby. I was pregnant within a month and, honestly, had minor panic…
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7 Creepy Things People Have Said To My Son... Right In Front Of Me

I first started paying attention to the things people said around children after I had my daughter. She'd be on the receiving end of those "aren't you a little princess?" comments that made my skin crawl. At first, I didn't really understand why I…
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6 Things Moms Raising Compassionate Sons Never Do

My son is the sweetest kid I know (don't tell my daughter I said that). He is kind, compassionate, and constantly happy. Last week, while he and his sister were playing on the living room rug, he threw a toy and accidentally hit her in the face. She…
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As A Mom, I Can't Achieve Balance Unless I Admit This One Embarrassing Thing

I got in bed last night, and every cell in my body ached. My eyes were heavy, my neck was stiff, my chest was tight, and my arms felt unbelievably weak. My back was throbbing, my legs were fatigued, and my feet were completely numb. And all I could…
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6 Responses To The Question, "Is Your Kid Potty Trained Yet?'

My daughter was fully potty trained by the time she was 2. My son, however, took a lot longer. He's 4 and stopped wearing a diaper at night, eh, about a month ago. I had heard that boys went diaper-free much later than girls, but I never really…
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19 Moms Share The Way They Cured Their Pregnancy Comfort Food Cravings

I was obnoxiously sick during the first trimester with, "lucky" for me, both of my pregnancies. For the first three months I lived on saltines, lemonade, and fresh bread. Once I was able to eat, however, all I wanted was savory and sweet comfort…
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7 People You'll Legit Hate In Your First Trimester

In my experience, the first trimester is the absolute worst. With both my pregnancies I was nauseated, moody, exhausted, and full to the brim with anxiety. And you know what made it all worse? People. The people you will legit hate in your first…
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7 People You Will Legit Hate In The First Month Postpartum

Hate is a strong word, yet so many of us use it so liberally. In reality, it's just a lazy way to describe something a person dislikes deeply. I mean, the English language is full of synonyms for hate: despise, detest, loathe — all beautiful words…
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I'm A Millennial Mom & These 7 Stereotypes Are Definitely True

According to, well, everyone, millennials are narcissistic, self-involved, constantly oversharing, and perpetually lazy. Such stereotypes clearly don't paint my generation in the best light. But, as a millennial mom, I can say that some millennial…
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Telling Moms "I Don't Know How You Do It All" Isn't Helping Us, It's Hurting Us

A long, long time ago, in a life far far away, lived a woman who regularly went to the gym. This woman would pack her gym clothes each morning and rush to the gym after work. This woman "found" time to work out. But now this woman can't "find" the…
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8 Signs You're A Wegmans Mom

When I moved up to Penn State as a sophomore in college, I didn't realize my entire perspective on food shopping was going to change. For the first time in my life, I was going to grocery shop on my very own. Also, for the first time in my life, I…
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6 Reasons Why I Refuse To Apologize For Planning My Life Around My Baby's Sleep Schedule

A sleeping newborn is one of the best types of newborns. Watching my baby snooze in her crib was easily my favorite pastime when she was an infant and I was a new mom. After a strenuous day of feeding, changing, and more feeding, naptime was…
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