Shannon Evans

Shannon Evans is a wife and mom to three boys through adoption and her birth canal. Shannon enjoys hosing mud off children, scrubbing sticky furniture, and rushing to the ER to have nails extracted from small intestines.
Recent Articles

If Your Toddler's Really Active, Here's How You Need To Handle Their Appetite

While toddlerhood is always an exuberant life stage, it can't be denied that some kids are way more active than others. Only one of my three boys was a toddler who enjoyed sitting still to play; the other two more closely resembled wild hyenas than d…
By Shannon Evans

Here's When Babies Should Start Wearing Hard-Soled Shoes — It's Later Than You Think

A few weeks ago, I was at a cousin's bridal shower with my 2-month-old son in tow. I had dressed him to look extra cute and was proudly showing him off to all the attendees when I overheard a group of elderly women expressing their disapproval over t…
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10 Christening & Baptism Quotes That Perfectly Capture The Sacred Day

My children's baptisms have been some of the most special days of my life. The saying goes, "It takes a village to raise a child," and there is truly nothing like being surrounded by a community of loving people promising to be that village for you a…
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If You're Noticing Brown Spots On Your Toddler's Teeth, Here's What It Could Mean

Trying to instill solid dental hygiene practices in a toddler often feels like perpetually climbing uphill with bare feet. Will they ever learn to brush without swallowing so we can move on to fluoridated toothpaste? For that matter, will they ever l…
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Dreaming About Water During Your Pregnancy? Here's What All Of That Dream Fluid Means

The nine months of pregnancy are infamous for bringing with them some crazy dreams. During my own pregnancies, my dreams ranged from my husband having an affair to my newborn baby dying; that's some heavy stuff to deal with when you wake up in the mo…
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8 Easter Ideas For Kids That Perfectly Capture The Spirit Of The Season

Holidays are the perfect opportunity to invest in some quality time with our kids; and whether or not we've achieved "Pinterest mom" status, most of us want to go the extra mile to build memories together during these special times of year. As we hea…
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Where To Hide Easter Eggs For Toddlers So That They Can Actually Find Them

Nothing says spring like watching children lose their ever-loving minds running around a lawn in search of pastel colored eggs. (Bonus points if they're in little hats and impossibly clean shoes.) When I was a kid, my dad would put cash in the hard-t…
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How To Effectively Remove Egg Dye From Your Hands So You Don't Look Like A Smurf

Despite the snow that is still falling in much of the country, spring is technically here and that means Easter is right around the corner. The holiday is always a delight for sweet-toothed children, and nothing says "making memories" like an afterno…
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Here's Exactly How Toddler Memories Work & What They, Surprisingly, *Really* Remember

The minds of our children are fascinating, and I'm sure I'm not the only parent who has been taken aback by her toddler remembering things I never thought he would. Yet at the same time, they're not exactly elephants. I'm assuming I'm also not the on…
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Here's How To Tell If Your Lunch Meat Is Warm Enough To Eat During Pregnancy

When I was pregnant, I had more aversions than cravings, which made finding a good healthy meal that actually sounded appealing pretty difficult. I'm not normally a big meat eater, but oddly enough found that turkey sandwiches almost always sounded g…
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Night Terrors & Nightmares Aren't The Same, So Here's How To Tell The Difference

Comforting your small child after a scary nightmare can really pull at a parent's heart strings. You would do anything to protect your kids and make them feel safe, so to be completely helpless over what they experience in their sleep is a hard feeli…
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Everything You Need To Know About Prenatal Genetic Screening

As you round the corner into your second trimester (hopefully kissing the worst of morning sickness goodbye), your doctor or midwife will likely begin talking about your option of undergoing a genetic screening test. If the conversation itself has yo…
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Here's How Long You Have To Take In Those Returns To Babies "R" Us

News of the imminent closing of Babies "R" Us and Toys "R" Us stores in the United States has created quite a stir this week among everyone from economists to nostalgic grandparents. It is definitely a noteworthy moment in U.S. consumer history, as t…
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Here's How Your Caffeine Habit Impacts Your Baby's Infant Reflux

There are not many things in this world that could convince a breastfeeding mama to give up her precious caffeine. Between the daytime demands of motherhood and the middle of the night feedings, most mothers I know (myself included) would rather part…
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The Truth Behind Eliminating Dairy & Solving Your Baby's Reflux May Surprise You

I can't seem to procreate a baby without insane acid reflux issues, so by the time I gave birth for the third time, I already felt like I'd tried everything under the sun. But when the sleeplessness began driving me crazy, I reached out to other mama…
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Here's What Ophthalmologists Want You To Know About Your Child's Lazy Eye

So, your child seems to have a lazy eye and you have received contradicting advice on whether or not you can do anything about it. If you're like most parents, this state of unknown can be quite stressful; after all, we moms and dads tend to dislike …
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Here's How A Probiotic Could Help Your Baby's Reflux, According To Experts

When I gave birth for the third time this past December, I was prepared for the likelihood that this little fella would have reflux just like the two babies before him. And sure enough, I soon found it to be true. Since it wasn't my first rodeo, I wa…
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Here's When Your Postpartum Bleeding Should Subside & Give You A Break From Pads

When I came home from the hospital with my newborn son, I was happy to see that my bleeding had lightened considerably in the few days since I delivered. Naively, I thought this meant it would continue to get lighter and that I would be happily blood…
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Here's Why The Timing Of Your Pushes During Contractions Is So Important

Childbirth is perhaps quite literally the most natural thing in the world, yet the mechanics of it can sure feel complex. Laboring through contractions is no walk in the park to say the least, but there's really no wrong way to do it; only ways that …
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Here's What You Need To Know About Carrying Your Toddler After Giving Birth

While pregnant with our last baby, I was determined to spare our toddler from having to grow up too soon. He was a late walker and a total mama's boy, so he always seemed younger than he was and very content to be the baby. I'd had friends who regret…
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