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.
Recent Articles

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. I…
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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 t…
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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 t…
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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 emoti…
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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 s…
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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 su…
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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 a…
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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 I…
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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 mu…
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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 unde…
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8 Ways My Daily Life Would Change If We Lose PBS

I grew up on PBS. We never had cable in our house, so we only received four broadcast stations and PBS was the only one my parents let me watch until I was 6. As the foundation of my media consumption, there would be so many ways my life would change…
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10 Reasons Why The First 6 Months Of Motherhood Are The Most Ridiculous

There are a lot of ways I can describe the first few months of being a new mom, including but certainly not limited to: hectic, exhilarating, unnerving, mesmerizing. New motherhood is the most ridiculous time you're likely to experience, too. It feel…
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My Daughter Is Obsessed With Taking Selfies & It Terrifies Me

I don’t remember the events of my tween years as viscerally as I can recall my feelings during that time. Everything was dialed to 11. When things were bad, they were the worst. So I have a lot of empathy for my 10-year-old daughter when she’s gets “…
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9 Things Every Mom Wants Her Long Distance BFF To Know

My oldest friend lives several states away and, if I’m lucky, I get to see her a few days a year when she comes up north for her family vacation at the lake where both our parents have houses (and where we met at age 13). In between visit we don’t ta…
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8 "Mistakes" I'm Glad I Made During My First Pregnancy

As an adult, I've learned you never really stop hating being told what to do. When I was pregnant I was getting instructions at every turn, from doctors, relatives, and complete strangers on the subway. I would nod and smile but then go about making …
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8 Reasons Why I Won't Encourage My Kids To Watch The Olympics

I was fortunate to attend some Olympic events when the summer games were held in Los Angeles, California in 1984. I was a swimmer, so I was totally into the swimming events, but being way up in the stands, I actually felt more removed from the action…
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9 "Inappropriate" Questions Every Mom Wishes She Could Ask Her Partner

I’m so grateful to be married to the father of our kids, because I don’t think I could handle the parenting thing without live-in support. Though my husband and I don’t always agree on everything, at least there is someone who understands when I’ve r…
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9 Pumping Habits That Can Make You A Better Mom

I think the biggest factor in making me a better mom is time. The more I do this motherhood thing, the more my confidence increases and I know I’m not totally screwing up my kids. They do fine in school, they’re not jerks, and they have terrific sens…
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