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.
Recent Articles

6 Things All Moms With Grumpy-Looking Babies Just Know

I am a mother of two, totally different children. In fact, they've been different since before they were born. My daughter was a difficult pregnancy, so I had every symptom known to woman. I also had a traumatic delivery, and she was born with the um…
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10 Moms Reveal The Key To Surviving Your Kids' Sick Days

Last Friday my son spiked a fever of 103.1. He woke up the following day with a horrible cough and inflamed red eyes. A few days later he tested positive for the flu. He's been sick for exactly a week now, and to be totally honest, it's been pretty s…
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5 Fairy Tales All Parents Read To Their Kids That Perpetuate Rape Culture

When I was little I loved fairy tales. In fact, my mom read them to me until I was old enough to read them to myself. So when my daughter was born, I ran out and bought two anthologies of fairy tales almost immediately. But as I read these blasts fro…
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7 Reasons Why I Don't Play With My Children

Yes, you guessed it: I'm an imperfect mother. I'm more than imperfect, actually, and I'm sure some could even argue that, from time to time, I totally suck at this whole mom thing. You see, I don't play with my children, I don't pack their lunches, I…
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18 Moms Share Their Favorite, Fool-Proof Ways To Unwind

As a mom who works full-time outside of the home, finding ways to unwind after a particularly long week is absolutely essential. When moms shared their favorite ways to unwind with me, I realized two things: we all have our preferred methods, some he…
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7 Reasons Potty Training Is *A Lot* Harder Than Sleep Training

You know what, you guys? I can't believe I even have to say it. I can't believe I have to explain that potty training is harder than sleep training. Because, I mean, how could it not be? This feels like I'm having to explain gravity to a grown-ass ad…
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Your Biggest Challenge As A New Mom, According To Your Zodiac Sign

My grandmother studied astrology and loved learning everything about the Zodiac. She religiously read the weekly horoscope and believed her future was hidden within those few sentences. As a result, I started dabbling, too. I enjoyed reading about my…
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7 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say "Hey, You're Doing Amazing"

The first few months of motherhood are probably the roughest months of parenting. And while I'm sure they are plenty of non-verbal ways your baby tells you that you are doing amazing, somehow everything you do feels horrifically wrong. I had no idea …
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8 Kid Movies That Actually Perpetuate Toxic Masculinity

In college I minored in Film Studies, a degree many would dismiss as useless. But I've loved movies my entire life, so I genuinely enjoyed studying them. It was, however, less-than-pleasant to go to the movies with me, only because I provided unsolic…
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Parents *Must* Teach Their Children To Tattle & Here's Why

"Mama!" my daughter screamed, running towards me in tears. My stomach instantly sank. I knelt down to catch her in my arms and asked, "What happened, baby?" I was eager to understand her distress. "Mama!" she wailed again, and, again, my heart hurt. …
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7 Reasons Why I Won't Apologize For Sleep Training

I love sleep more than I love almost everything in this world. If I weren't so sleep-deprived most of the time, I'd write poetry professing my love. Sleep in incredible. Sleep is peaceful. Sleep is pure bliss. So, when my infant didn't feel the same …
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6 Questions Preschool Teachers Ask That Make Moms Feel *So* Guilty

I do my best to have a good relationship with my kids' teachers. As a teacher and a parent, I understand how difficult both roles can be. Neither one is highly respected, or as respected as much as it should be. So, when preschool teachers ask questi…
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8 Confessions Of A Working Mom "Failure"

I'm a mom who works outside of the house. I'm also a complete failure. I'm a failure for many reasons, but mainly because my life-work balance isn't a balance at all. Instead, it's more of a juggle. And I'm really bad at juggling, you guys. And just …
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8 Things Every New Mom Needs To Hear The Day She Comes Home From The Hospital

After 16 hours of labor and almost three hours of pushing, I finally gave birth to my daughter. She was perfect in every way, except for her weirdly shaped head. I held her and I cried, suddenly overwhelmed by an indescribable, pure love. The two day…
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7 Reasons The First 30 Days Of Motherhood Is Definitely The Hardest

My daughter did not want to leave the cozy abode I created for her. After a week past her due date, the doctors decided it was time to induce. I spent 15 hours in labor, and almost three hours actively pushing, until I was finally able to meet my bab…
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The Devastating Way Schools Are Discriminating Against Working Moms

Last week, I was faced with the frustrating reality of being a parent who works full-time outside of the house. Once again, I was reminded that even schools discriminate against working moms. I felt inadequate, guilty, and exasperated over having to …
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8 Signs You're A Fake Tree Mom

Confession: I am a Jew who loves Christmas. My love runs deep, too. In fact, I went ahead and married a Christian just so I could celebrate Christmas. (Well, not really, but that's how I keep him on his toes.) I love the holiday for it's beauty, warm…
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7 Reasons Why The Second Year Of Motherhood Is Way Harder Than The First

The first year of motherhood can be brutal. Having a baby is a huge shock to your body, mind, your relationships, and your finances. Nothing can quite prepare you for the reality of a newborn. No advice, no anecdote, no story. Nothing. Because there'…
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7 Reasons Being Pregnant During The Holidays Is The Best

I, like many people, have a love-hate relationship with the holidays. I love the season for its cozy, happy, giving mood, but I hate the panic and frenzy that come with it. All of the running around and the shopping and the giving can be really overw…
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What You're Really Telling Your Daughter When You Call Her A "Tomboy"

The term "tomboy" was coined back in the sixteenth century to describe "rude and boisterous" boys. Eventually, the term evolved into a description for girls who are not stereotypically 'girly' and whose interests and hobbies are considered more typic…
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