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.

8 Things Parents Make Kids Do During The Holidays, That Are Totally Unnecessary

As parents, we spend a ton of time trying to make the holidays magical for our kids. So, we over-schedule our families, plan holiday events to mimic (or even out-do), the things we did as kids, spend way too much money, and honestly, make our kids…
By Steph Montgomery

Stop Stressing: Here's How To Deal With Picky Eaters At Your Holiday Dinner

I've reached a point where I would kind of like to skip holiday meals. Holiday foods like pie and mashed potatoes used to be my favorite part of the season. Now, as a mom, I just don't know how to deal with picky eating during the holidays. I know…
By Steph Montgomery

25 Brilliant & Life-Changing Sleep Hacks No One Ever Taught You

As someone who's suffered from insomnia my whole life, I thought I had tried just about everything to get more sleep. So, I was actually surprised to learn that there are a number of brilliant and life-changing sleep hacks out there that I'd never…
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How To *Carefully* Ask Your Friends & Family Not To Buy Your Kids Holiday Gifts

It's holiday shopping season again. In addition to causing people everywhere an undue amount of stress, we moms will also have have to deal with awkward conversations about presents for our kids. I don't know about you, but I would be seriously…
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7 Common Relationship Fears Most People Have Early On But Are Hard To Admit

As someone who has been married twice, I have a lot of experience navigating the first few years of relationships. As I result, I am also well-versed in the anxiety that can happen about your partner. Both the good and bad news for new couples is…
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28 Surprising Questions Men Most Want To Ask OB-GYNs

Visiting the OB-GYN is something most cis-women start doing during their teen years. In my experience, that meant by the time I reached adulthood, I felt like I could ask my OB-GYN pretty much anything. It never really occurred to me that men…
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7 Signs It’s Not Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS), It’s Anxiety

As anyone with Irritable Bowel Sydrome (IBS) can tell you, it can be a total pain in the butt. You've probably heard of IBS, a somewhat "catch-all" diagnosis for gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, urgently feeling like you have to go, and a…
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20 Easy Lightning Crotch Remedies From Moms Who Know You'll Try Anything

Like many first-time moms-to-be, I found pregnancy to be a nerve-racking set of painful, annoying, disturbing, and often surprising symptoms. Not only was each one a completely new experience for me, but I unfortunately discovered that sometimes the…
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How To Set Limits On Holiday Spending With Your Ex, Because This Isn't A Contest

If I thought co-parenting with my ex during the holidays was hard when we were married, it's because I had no idea how hard it would be after our divorce. I learned firsthand how important it is to agree (and often compromise) about holiday…
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Old Navy's Cyber Monday Sale Has The *Cutest* $5 Onesies, So Add 50 To Your Cart

I don't know about you, but I absolutely love Old Navy. And like many bargain-hunting moms, I look forward to Old Navy's Cyber Monday sale to score their best deals of the year. Where else can you find things like matching pajamas for your whole…
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Nordstrom Rack Isn't Opening Any Earlier Than Usual On Black Friday, So Chill

It's Thanksgiving week again, which means that families will be gathering tomorrow to enjoy a holiday meal. For some of us, equally important is the tradition of venturing out in the early morning on Black Friday to score unbeatable deals at your…
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8 Ways Your Chinese Zodiac Sign May Be More Accurate Than Your Astrological Sign

If you've only read about your Chinese zodiac sign on mass-produced place mats at Chinese restaurants, you might not know that Chinese astrology has actually been around for over 5,000 years. It's an important element of traditional Chinese culture,…
By Steph Montgomery

How To Talk To Kids About A Relative Who's Had Too Much To Drink At Thanksgiving

Families and friends will soon gather around Thanksgiving tables across the country. Since many of those celebrations will inevitably include glasses of wine at dinner, beers during the game, or other libations, parents might find themselves having…
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I'm Skipping Thanksgiving This Year Because It's Way Too Stressful

I've never really been a fan of Thanksgiving. Partly because I've always felt like it was a fake celebration that misrepresents and whitewashes an event in American history that never actually happened. I don't want my kids to grow up believing that…
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My Family Tried To Police My Thanksgiving Meal When I Was Pregnant

To be honest, I’ve never really been a fan of Thanksgiving. There’s always so much pressure to have a perfect holiday meal with your family, which, in my experience, culminates in at least one person losing their cool or leaving the table in tears.…
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Here's What Experts Have To Say About Headaches & Labor

For many moms-to-be, the last few weeks of pregnancy can be particularly stressful. While consistent contractions and your water breaking are obvious signs of labor, it's impossible not to analyze every twinge, pain, and symptom as a hint it's "go…
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How To Clear Your Toddler’s Congestion, According To Experts

As any parent can tell you, cold and flu season with a toddler generally means coping with at least one stuffy nose or case of the sniffles. Unfortunately, for toddler parents everywhere, finding safe and effective ways to clear your toddler’s…
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My Child's Food Allergies Make Thanksgiving A Nightmare

I've never been a huge fan of Thanksgiving. For me — an anxious vegetarian mom who hates football and fears the judgement of others — I think it's kind of the worst. It's not that I don't love my family, or enjoy spending time with them. I just…
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12 Moms Share The Most Awkward Place They Went Into Labor

My husband and I were watching a movie the first time I experienced labor. He wanted to head to the hospital immediately, but I made him stay so I could see how the film ended and at least finish my popcorn. He voiced his concern over the…
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I'm A Mom & I Just Can't Fake Being Excited For The Holidays

It seems like all, or at least most, of my friends on social media are over-the-moon excited for the holidays. They're asking people to post their favorite Thanksgiving recipes, they're sharing photos of their Insta-worthy Christmas decorations, and…
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