Steph Montgomery

Mom, stepmom, writer, runner, and activist. Steph loves science, politics, home improvement projects, and pie and hates cake, traditional gender roles, and the patriarchy.
Recent Articles

9 Things Every Mom Wants Her Kid's Child-Free Aunt To Know

When I got pregnant with my first child, I was so #blessed to have a sister to show me the ropes. Every time we spoke I realized she knew absolutely everything there was to know about pregnancy and parenting, even though she was childless at the time…
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Honestly, Sometimes I Wish My Daughter Wasn't Pretty

"Mommy, do you think I'm pretty?" Every time my daughter asks this innocent question, I panic. It's not that I don't think she's pretty, because she is. It's that I think pretty is overrated. I, for one, am happy I'm not pretty. I've always thought t…
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19 Elementary School Students Describe Their Terrifying Lockdown Drills

At my kids’ school it's a "Code Red." The principal makes an announcement, the teachers close the doors and shut off the lights, and the kids quietly sit on the floor up against the wall. When I asked my kids why these drills were necessary only my o…
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8 Things *No One* Will Tell You About Your Third Baby, But I Will

Having my first baby was hard. Having my second baby was harder. But my third baby? Well, he's totally different. Then again, I'm a different mom, too. After having two babies I thought I knew what to expect with number three, but I didn't. You see, …
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20 Moms Share The Most Disgusting Thing Their Babies Do

Babies are amazing. I mean, they're literally tiny humans a person grew inside their bodies. Talk about magic. I've had three babies, so I've learned a few things about them, too. For example, every baby is different, with their own likes, dislikes, …
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7 Signs Your New-Mom Anger Is Something Serious

Most of the time, new moms are depicted as peaceful, nurturing, and calm. Hardly are they viewed as angry, irritable, or full of rage. So when you find yourself screaming at your partner because they brought you the wrong burrito, or getting angry wi…
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9 Things The First Six Months Of Motherhood Will Teach You About Your Baby

Personally, the first six months of motherhood was a mixed bag. I learned some harsh lessons about myself that made taking care of my baby seem overwhelming. For example, I was clueless, and no amount of research could help me feel like anything but …
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9 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Ask For Space

Over the years, I've had three babies go from snuggly newborns to independent toddlers. The transition from wanting to touch me every waking moment (and even most sleeping ones) to wanting to do everything on their own was sometimes sudden, other tim…
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Here's What It Means If Your Baby Is *Super* Observant

I swear my daughter noticed things around her the moment she was born. I would always catch her staring intently at the cats, her older brothers and sisters, and, well, me. I know babies aren't able to actually see things or focus on things for a lit…
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Um, “Strawberry Milk” Is a Thing & Every Breastfeeding Mom Should Know About It

After my oldest son was born, I power pumped at least once a day to boost my supply. During one early-morning pumping session, I noticed that my breast milk was pink, then red. It was horrifying. So, I did what any sleep-deprived mom would do: I scre…
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9 Things No One Will Tell You About Your Third Pregnancy, But I Will

When I got pregnant the last time, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. You would think, after two pregnancies, your third and final one would be a walk in the park, right? I mean, things are generally easier when you know what to expect.…
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8 Reasons Why I Don't Put My Kids To Bed

Bedtime has always been one of my least favorite parts of parenthood. And I admit it: it's my fault. I've helped my kids create some ridiculous bedtime habits. I am happy to report, though, that I'm over it. I'm done with two-hour-long bedtime fights…
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8 Ways Your Potty-Training Toddler Is Trying To Say "Hang In There"

I’m not going to sugar-coat things: potty training is the goddamn worst. In fact, not only is it one of the worst parts of parenting, it's the worst thing you'll ever experience in your entire life. But when I stop and think about the experience, co-…
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10 Creepy Things Kids Do At Night

I've always loved to watch my kids sleep. When they are sleeping they are so quiet and peaceful. It's as if they transform into otherworldly faeries or mythical beings. But just like mythical beings, kids are creepy AF, you guys, especially at moment…
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11 Photos You *Must* Take During The Last Days Of Your Pregnancy

During my first pregnancy, I took a photo each week to document my growing belly. I stopped around 36 weeks, though. I hated how I looked in those pictures, and didn't think I'd want to relive those moments. I was wrong. My second pregnancy was a dum…
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9 Things To Do With Your Partner In Your Third Trimester

Believe it or not, the third trimester is my favorite part of the seemingly never-ending nine months of gestation. Because despite the aches and pains and all of the waiting, the last three months of my pregnancies were a time for preparation, nestin…
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My Daughter Is Obsessed With Mirrors & I'm Worried AF

When I was a little girl, I remember looking at my reflection in the mirror and repeating the classic line from Snow White: "Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?" I believed there really was only one answer to that question: som…
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10 Things No One Tells You About Having A Baby In Your 30s

If you're like me, you evaluate the pros and cons of any major life decision. When my husband and I were considering starting a family, I thought about my career, education, and financial stability. I wanted to know how a pregnancy and childbirth wou…
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10 Reasons Why Valentine's Day Is Bullsh*t Once You're Parents

In my experience, the majority of parenting occurs in the gap between expectation and reality. Nothing ever goes as planned, someone will be disappointed, and this is arguably the most true on Valentine's Day. For example, expectation: you actually r…
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Here's The *Must Have* Gifts Target's Valentine's Day Sale Has To Offer

If you're anything like me, Valentine’s Day sneaks up on you each and every year. Thankfully, Target Valentine's Day sale features must-have items every couple is sure to love. Seriously, they have something for everyone on your list, even if that li…
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