Samantha Taylor

Samantha Taylor is a mother of two little ones and former newspaper reporter who currently works in communications. Samantha is a writer and one of the funny parents of Twitter, and has been featured on Scary Mommy, BuzzFeed, SheKnows, Romper, and others. She can be found on her blog at walkingoutsideinslippers.wordpress.com, and on Twitter at Twitter.com/walkingoutside.

I Blame My Parenting Style On My Zodiac, If I'm Honest

Who knows why we make the parenting choices we make? I never said I had a coherent strategy, a long-game in mind. Tbh, I blame all my parenting decisions on my zodiac. I'm an Aquarius, and we water-jug-carriers are known to be progressive, truthful, …
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Moms’ Groups Weren’t For Me, Sorry

I go to my moms’ club everyday of the week, but not usually on weekends. My moms' group is a place I can always count on finding fellow mothers who understand the daily struggles and triumphs of parenthood and of juggling life’s responsibilities. Dep…
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'A Wrinkle In Time' Changed My Life As A Kid

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…
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Homeschooling Won't Save Our Kids From Gun Violence

Even after the latest 17 deaths in Florida and subsequent blaze of teen activism, the political will to pass gun legislation seems lacking. Another school shooting feels inevitable, and many parents are wondering out loud if the best way to keep thei…
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Admit It, That Pinterest Party Isn't For Your Kid — It's For Other Moms

It's going to be a banner year, threatens the handmade, monogrammed first birthday banner by the gift table, under the Pantone 1837 Blue helium balloons that spell out the birthday girl's name. If you thought a few cardboard party hats might suffice,…
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Why I Compete With My Husband In Front Of Our Kids

I don't back down from an argument — like, ever. A logical point the size of a train could be hurtling towards me, and I'd get flattened before I stepped out of the way without an argument. It's just who I am. In fact, when I recently took an online …
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I'm Afraid I'll Never Parent As Well As My Mom

You know those women who put motherhood firs and prioritize their kids above everything else in their lives? Well, that's not me, and it never has been. But it was my mom. My mom was a stay-at-home mother until her youngest child was in elementary sc…
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My In-Laws Are Toxic AF

You know those hack comedians who always make jokes about their crazy mother-in-laws? Well, I'm pretty sure every mother-in-law joke or meme ever created was inspired by my own. My mother-in-law is selfish, vain, spiteful, vindictive, manipulative, a…
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Motherhood Has Made Me Much More Sensitive

Before having kids, I was kind of a badass. I wouldn't say I had a black heart, but my heart might have been singed a little bit around the edges. I didn't know that motherhood would change me, turning my singed heart soft and red, maybe even with cu…
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Does My Puke Phobia Make Me A Bad Mom?

"Moooooooommmmmm!" It's the sound so many parents dread hearing in the night — perhaps me most of all. But I don't fear it because I'll lose sleep, or because it's inconvenient for me to get up to give my kid a glass of water. The truth is, whenever …
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I'm OK With Being Naked In Front Of My 5-Year-Old Son

Nakedness is a virtue. OK, not quite. But to me, it's not a big deal. I'm still breastfeeding my 20-month-old daughter, and my breasts are often out around the house because of that. I don't try to hide them. When it's hot outside, I sleep in just my…
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Why I Wanted To Quit My Job After Having A Baby

Let me get two things straight right off the bat. First of all, I like to work. Ever since I got my first "real" job after college, a large portion of my identity has been tied to my profession. Getting married didn't change that. Neither did having …
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My Baby Prefers Me Over My Partner

For most kids, there's no one quite like Mommy. Except for my son. For him, there's no one quite like Daddy. When he wakes up in the middle of the night after having a nightmare, my 5-year-old son calls out, "Daaaaaddddyyy!" Recently, he woke up wit…
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A Farewell Letter To My Pre-Baby Body

Dear Pre-Baby Body, I thought you'd always be here. I figured you'd never get wrinkles, or sag in weird places, or get bulges. You've never been super-skinny, or super-fit, and you never had a taut butt; most of the time, it was so flat that I was co…
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The Small Thing My Partner Did That Made Me Realize He'd Be A Great Dad

Before we had a child of our own, my husband was never a baby person. That’s probably a bit of an understatement. Let me clarify: He'd held a baby maybe once in his life. There are countless things he’d rather hold than a baby. An icy cold drink. A s…
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I Tried To Induce Labor Using 4 Popular Methods I'd Read Online

Castor oil. Nipple stimulation. Have sex while little hands play tether ball with your bladder. There's so much advice for inducing labor to be found online that it was impossible not to want to try them out. In my experience, natural methods to indu…
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Watching 'The Magic School Bus' With My Son Was An Education For Us Both

The only thing I'm sure of when it comes to science is that it's not my best subject. Fortunately, my 5-year-old son didn't inherit my aversion to this brainy specialty. In fact, he loves science. We have video of him saying "Pachycephalosaurus" (a d…
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Seeing My Worst Qualities Reflected In My Kids Has Been Hard On Me

Sometimes my 5-year-old son drops a shockingly bad word. Other times, he immediately resorts to screaming when he doesn't get his way. And then there are times when he says every word in a whiiiiiiiny tone. Of course, these occasions are wince-induci…
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At This Point, I'm Breastfeeding More For Me

Starting out with a newborn just over a year ago, breastfeeding was much more than something I did. It was a way of life. Every decision I made at that time took breastfeeding into consideration. Going to the store, heading to bed, even eating breakf…
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My Friends Gave Me The Best Advice On Taking An Extended Maternity Leave

My job has always been an important part of my identity. OK, maybe not my first job as a teen working the concession stand at a movie theater, but everything that came after. Even while shoveling popcorn, I was committed to offering great customer se…
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