Liza Wyles

Writer/producer/rewriter/reproducer in NYC. Star Wars geek with a soft spot for physical comedy. Work-life balance is the best joke ever.

I Took The Subway To Give Birth & No One Offered Me A Seat

Although there are signs imploring subway riders to give up their seats for the elderly, disabled, and pregnant women, I know firsthand those ads don’t work. It is so rare for for those people to get seats on a crowded train that one woman, eight…
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10 Low-Key Toxic Things Your Son Encounters Every Time He Goes to the Mall

Online shopping is convenient, and since I became a parent, I have all but given up shopping in actual stores. It’s not just the hassle of the lines and noise and having to wear outside clothes that prevents me from visiting the nearby shopping…
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The Anarchic Children's Book That Represents Summer To Me As A Mom, Still

Reading a book 200 times is a surefire way to find out whether you love it or want to throw its rhyming llama couplets into the diaper pail. Children's books especially do a tricky dance for an audience of squinty-eyed parents and wide-eyed tots:…
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I'm Not Sorry For Posting Happy Snaps On Social While The World Burns

In a world that is literally on fire, throwing up a happy pic on social media of my kid at an amusement park feels totally tone deaf. Every morning, there is a new environmental crisis to behold, or a human rights atrocity being committed against…
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Motherhood Changed My Life... But Society Doesn't Want To Hear That

When I was pregnant the first time, I was constantly thinking about becoming a mother. I was about to take on the biggest responsibility of my life and I’d be lying if I said baby thoughts didn’t consume me. But did I admit that? Nope. And months…
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Why Are We Still Pretending Dads Have No Clue?

Dads deserve better onscreen. If a film or TV show even portrays family life (outside of plots to save the galaxy), the father characters tend to be completely clueless when it comes to parenting. From the lost soul of a father Adam Sandler plays in…
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Actually, Yes. Writing Thank-You Notes Is The Right Thing To Do, Even If You're A New Mom

When I first became a mom, it was difficult to shed my people-pleaser tendencies. Even though I was functioning on a sleep deficit, I didn’t give myself much of a break. A perfect example of this is the effort I put into my “thank-you” cards for…
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My Kids Were Super Cranky In The Morning, So I Woke Them Up Earlier

Technically, I’m a morning person. Though I hate getting woken up by my alarm, once I am up, I am focused and productive. So in our house, I’m the designated driver of our weekday mornings; I get the kids up, supervise breakfast, dressing and teeth…
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I Was A Kickass Mom Of 1, But I’m A B-minus Mom Of 2

I was an honor roll student, subscribing to my school’s theory that if I worked hard and studied, I’d get good grades. And though I wasn’t being graded on life after college graduation, I liked performing at a high level as I advanced in my career.…
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I Used To Spend $3,500 On Beauty A Year — Here’s How Much I Spend After Having A Baby

Raising a child supposedly costs you a quarter of a million dollars, but it can honestly be more daunting to face the idea of spending $80 on bottle nipples in a single month. Expense Report gives us a look into the spending, scrimping, and wishing…
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My Kids Have Cost Me $1,366 In Broken Stuff So Far This Year — Here’s The Breakdown

Raising a child supposedly costs you a quarter of a million dollars, but it can honestly be more daunting to face the idea of spending $80 on bottle nipples in a single month. Expense Report gives us a look into the spending, scrimping, and wishing…
By Liza Wyles

8 Infuriating Things My Kids Do That I'm Not "Allowed" To Get Mad At

When it came to preparing for a kid, I was set on the tactical front. For example, I got the house in order, read up on all things baby, and was poised to give the best care and attention to my newborn. What I wasn’t ready for, however, was the…
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8 Reasons Why I Won't Apologize For Breastfeeding My 2-Year-Old Kid

I knew I wanted to try to breastfeed my babies when they were born. Luckily I was able to and, as a result, they thrived. What I didn’t know is how long I thought I’d continue. My goal was a year, but after the first birthday I kept nursing. My kid…
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7 Reasons Why I Refuse To Let My Daughter Go On A Daddy-Daughter Date

The different dynamics among the four people in our family feel familiar to me. My husband and I have an older daughter and a younger son, which was how I grew up. My dad, like theirs, was the one you played with, while my mom was the one who made…
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10 Times I Wanted To Quit My Job To Be With My Kids

Having a kid made me question a lot of things about myself. I was now looking at my choices through the eyes of this new baby who completely depended on me and her father to see her through every minute of the day. Worried about all my decisions as…
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9 Things Every New Mom Needs Her Partner To Just Automatically Understand

Other than being financially secure enough to provide for a child, I never felt completely “ready” to be a mom. The onslaught of physical exhaustion and emotional tornadoes — coupled with redefining my identity as a new parent — was overwhelming. It…
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Honestly, My Son's Relationship With His Dad Makes Me Jealous

I’ve always been a little competitive. So, while I don’t love that I do this, it’s not surprising that I find myself in competition (in my mind) with my husband about our kids. Although I feel our little boy exhibits a lot of the same tendencies as…
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9 Ways Having A Baby Changed How I Felt About TV

TV and film play a huge part in my life. I majored in filmmaking in college, and worked in independent film and commercial production after I graduated. For the last 15 years I’ve been working in TV as a writer/producer, and my taste hasn’t varied…
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8 Things That *Will* Go Wrong Every Time You Plan A Kid-Free Night

The last time my husband and I went out to dinner alone was… actually, I can’t remember. But I can count on one hand how many times I’ve seen a movie in a theater in the last year. Before we had children we used to go out all the time. But even with…
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8 Things All Moms With Smiley Babies Just Know

Both my children were pretty happy kids, but my son had a particularly joyful disposition. Maybe it was because he was the second baby, which so I wasn’t as freaked out as I was with my first kid and that sense of calm made him jolly. I’ll never…
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