Olivia Hinebaugh

Olivia is a write-at-home-mom to a six-year-old boy, a three-year-old girl, and a new baby. Along with parenting articles, she writes young adult novels. This means a) she writes whenever the kids are sleeping and b) her house is often messy. Some people can do it all. Olivia is not one of those people.
Recent Articles

10 Picture Books Your Kids Will Love That Have Special Meaning For Moms

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: the…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

The Book That Captures My Daughter's Best Friendship

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: the…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

Here's What Kate Middleton Should Know About Home Birth

Will the Duchess of Cambridge deliver her third child at Kensington Palace? Unconfirmed chatter that Kate Middleton will deliver the next royal baby in a home birth there or at Sandringham Estate has been reported everywhere from Vogue to the Bath Ch…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

For This Mom & Daughter, "Resistance" Meant Writing A Children's Book

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: the…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

The 9 Best Christmas Books For Toddlers, To Add Holiday Magic Even To Bedtime

We all know the holidays can be stressful, especially with kids. There is so much shopping, preparation, traveling, and social engagements that we commit ourselves to, and it's too easy to get caught up in it all. But even amongst the chaos, celebrat…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

10 Awesome Books Every Child Should Read Before First Grade

Starting first grade is kind of a big deal. It's a big step from kindergarten. While kindergarten is mostly building a foundation, and learning what it means to be part of a classroom, first grade is much more about diving into learning. Not only is …
By Olivia Hinebaugh

Hillary Clinton Wasn't Always The Mom She Wanted To Be, Either

Last year, around this time, many parents of daughters were telling their little girls that, for the first time, a major political party had nominated a woman for president. Suddenly, every little girl's dream felt that much more attainable. And whil…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

I Tried A Sound Bath To Treat My Anxiety, & It Actually Blew My Mind

I'm always feeling like I should be doing something more, whether it's working out, sleeping, cooking, or playing with my kids. I suspect a lot of moms feel this way, but I think this need to constantly be active also stems from my lifelong struggles…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

I Pre-Chewed My Child’s Food For A Week, Because Motherhood Is Beautiful

Remember when Alicia Silverstone admitted that she fed her child like a bird? In an interview, she said that she chewed up his food for him and spit it into his mouth, a method that's referred to as pre-mastication and is common among both birds and …
By Olivia Hinebaugh

I Tried Quaker Parenting For A Week

I'm not religious, and neither is my partner. We aren't raising our kids to believe in anything specific. We'd rather them ask questions and decide for themselves if they believe in something bigger than the world they can see. But if there is one or…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

I Stayed On Antidepressants During Pregnancy, & I Don't Regret It

Every woman wants to be as healthy as possible during pregnancy. We give up alcohol, take up prenatal yoga, remember our vitamins, and try to get enough sleep. We also stop taking most over-the-counter medications, as well as many prescription drugs.…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

I Was A Babysitter, & Here's Why I'd Never Hire One

When my partner and I want to have a date night, we wait until my parents are available to watch the kids. As a result, we pretty much only have date night a few times a year. That's not because I don't think dates are important – they definitely are…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

9 Books To Help Your Child With Their Anxiety

Most people experience some day-to-day anxieties. For some people, however, the worry can be quite debilitating. And it can affect anyone from a grown adult to a young child. Learning about anxiety can be reassuring for kids who suffer from the condi…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

10 Empowering Books To Read Your Children Right Now

As a parent of three, I spend a lot of time talking to my kids about self-love safety, and doing things that make them proud. Basically, I try to empower them. But sometimes, my words aren't enough. In that case, I need reinforcement, like books that…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

10 Children's Books About Immigration

You can hardly turn on the news these days without hearing about immigration and the wall, or Syria and its refugees seeking asylum. Whether or not your child pays attention to the news, they might be hearing snippets of confusing information. Becaus…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

I Thought I Was Being A Good Mom, But I Had PPA

I am pretty confident that I'm a good mom. My kids seem happy, well-adjusted, compassionate, and assertive. I was especially confident about my parenting skills when my first child was an infant. I realize I was somewhat unique in that regard: after …
By Olivia Hinebaugh

9 Books That Teach Kids To Take Action & Effect Change

You don't have to be an adult to change the world. Kids are often eager to make a difference, but may not know where to start. Or worse, they don't feel empowered to do so. One way to encourage them to take a positive step forward is to read them boo…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

9 Books To Help Children Understand Anxiety

All kids worry and, as a parent, you want to take those worries away. Whether it's over the first day of school, staying overnight at a grandparent's house, or getting a shot, even the most unflappable kids are going to experience fears. When you wan…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

I'm Not Body-Positive: I'm Body-Neutral

I am a huge proponent of body positivity, and I especially love my own pregnant body. In a lot of ways pregnancy and childbirth make me feel great about my body. I truly marvel at the fact that I nurtured a child and continue to do so while I'm breas…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

What The 'Girls' Finale Got Right About Life As A New Mom

Many women loved the HBO series Girls because of the absurd situations the infantile Hannah (played by show creator Lena Dunham) always found herself in. But during the final season, the show grew up along with Hannah after she discovered she was pre…
By Olivia Hinebaugh