Emily Westbrooks

Freelance writer and blogger from Maine, previously in Dublin, now in Houston. Wife to an Irishman, mama to Maya.

7 Ways To Stop Your Kid From Sucking Their Thumb, Because It's Time

Thumb-sucking has an interesting trajectory when it comes to acceptance by parents and outsiders. When babies are tiny, even still in utero, thumb-sucking is the cutest thing. When babies get a little older and use their thumb to soothe themselves to…
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If You're Having Trouble With Instagram Questions, Try This Simple Fix

You've probably noticed that Instagram stories got a little update this week. Most likely, you've seen many people using the new questions sticker to ask their followers various questions. In fact, memes have started appearing to poke fun at just how…
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There's A Reason Why Your Baby's Feet May Reek A Little Of Vinegar (Ew)

I vividly remember the first time I realized my infant son had sweaty feet and how they subsequently turned a little smelly. My sweet baby who was supposed to smell only like perfect magical newborn baby, was actually a bit stinky and... vinegar-scen…
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Summer Movies Are Always The Best, So Here's 9 On Netflix To Watch With Your Kids

I was visiting my sister in Maine a few weeks ago and her neighbors (who also have a backyard full of chickens and adorable Adirondack chairs on their front porch), had a sheet tacked to their weathered barn — specifically for the solid purpose of sh…
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9 Natural Insect Repellents That'll Keep Those Pesky Mosquitos Far, Far Away

My toddler daughter is very tempting to mosquitos, and when she gets bit, she has an extreme reaction. One time last year, she got a bite on her temple and within twelve hours, the entire side of her face was so swollen she couldn't open her eye. Tha…
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If You're In Chicago, Don't Even Think About Lighting That Sparkler On July 4th

Chicago seems like it would be a great place for setting off fireworks. It's right on the water, and the city's skyline makes it great for photos. If you're going to be in Chicago for the Fourth of July and have a penchant for fireworks, you'll proba…
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If You're Hoping To Light Fireworks In California This Year, Here's What You Need To Know

I've never been a big fan of fireworks; even sparklers make me a little nervous. But some people get really into whatever holiday allows them to set things on fire and watch them light up the sky. However, it's important to know whether you're allowe…
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7 Surprising Ways Your Cat Is Trying To Tell You They Care About You

As a cat person myself, I will happily argue with anyone who thinks cats aren't affectionate. I can't remember a time when I didn't have a cat, and in fact, I currently have cats in two different countries (thank goodness for in-laws)! Since my paren…
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7 Common Dangers For Babies At The Beach That You May Not Think About

I'll admit that usually, my biggest worry at the beach is how we're going to get into the car without bringing half of the beach's sand with us. Not that I care terribly about the car getting filled with sand. But there are other, more impactful prob…
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Here’s Why Your Baby Keeps Putting Their Hands In Their Mouth

If you really think about it, your baby probably spends more time with his hand in his mouth during his first year of life than he does with it anywhere else. Some babies are so excited about their hands that it's almost hard to separate hand from mo…
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Here's What Parents Need To Know Before Giving Toddlers Melatonin To Fall Asleep

My kids rarely waver from their bedtime sleep routine. In fact, I can't think of a time they weren't asleep within an hour of their usual bedtime. However, we do travel internationally a few times a year, and the 5-6 hour time change is a killer. I'v…
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How To Fix Chunky Slime, Because Tossing It Feels Like Too Much Of A Waste

I thought that having a 2-year-old as my oldest child meant I was exempt from this slime fad for at least a few years. Surely, by that time it would fizzle and I could avoid getting my kitchen covered in goo, right? Wrong. One text from a friend of a…
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10 Messages To Write In Your Child's Birthday Card That Will Guarantee A Smile

As a writer, penning a birthday card is oddly pressurized. You're expected to be eloquent in general, but birthdays typically only inspire a set number of sentiments. Of course, writing your own kid's birthday card takes that pressure to another leve…
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Parents Need To Know The Signs Of Secondary Drowning, Because It's Rare But Real

A few years ago, a video made the rounds on Facebook and other social media about a child who had drowned well after his time in the pool. While I wasn't a parent at the time, I remember learning about dry drowning and becoming terrified of another d…
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Here Are The Signs Of Delayed Drowning That Every Parent Needs To Know

As a former lifeguard, drowning is the worst possible word. When I was a lifeguard at the local public pool in high school, we were only worried about one kind of drowning: the kind that happened right in front of us. Now that I'm a parent, phrases l…
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12 Natural Sunburn Remedies That Are Already In Your Fridge Or Pantry

No matter how diligent we are with sunscreen and wide brim hats, sunburns still do happen. When they do, we're reminded just how awful they are — and how hard it can be to get any relief. Unless it's an extremely bad burn, it's not the type of ailmen…
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Here's When It's Safe To Put Sunscreen On Your Baby (Hint: It's Not Right Away)

The last thing you want is a baby with a sunburn this summer. You want their perfect, flawless skin to stay that way forever. But you also want to go outside, because the weather is beautiful and you've been cooped up inside all winter. If you're tak…
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Guys, This Common Sunscreen Ingredient Is *So* Dangerous For Dogs

On the hottest days, we often think about whether dogs have enough water, but do we ever think about whether dogs could use or need sunscreen? I know the thought hadn't crossed mine until recently. However, it stands to reason that if dogs have skin,…
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Every Parent Needs To Know The Importance Of UPF This Summer

I don't remember many times in my childhood when I was forced to or even asked to wear sunscreen, although I hope I was. In high school, I worked as a lifeguard, and we did wear sunscreen and a hat every day, but sun protection shirts weren't on our …
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13 Pride Month Instagram Captions That Are Uplifting & Inspiring

Instagram is now the place we put our values and share bigger messages with our followers and friends and family. This month, you might be on the hunt for the perfect pride month Instagram caption that is so inspiring, because if there's a good reaso…
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