Yvette Manes

Yvette Manes is a Cuban-American mama of 2 and a proud native Floridian. As a freelance writer and blogger, her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, Blunt Moms, Today Parenting Team, Parent.co, Sammiches & Psych Meds, and more. She is a TV addict with no plans for rehab, an audio book aficionado, and a podcast enthusiast.

The Danger Of Putting Your Toddler In a Forward-Facing Car Seat

One of the most important items you will ever own is your child's car seat. Even if you don't have a vehicle, you can still get plenty of use out of a car seat when traveling or taking public transportation. Once you've researched and chosen the…
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How To Help A Sleep-Deprived Baby

If you're a new parent, then you're likely sleep deprived. It's just one of the not-really-perks of brining a tiny human into the world. But, have you stopped to consider that if you aren't getting enough sleep to fully function, your baby may not…
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5 Signs You Should Probably Have A Medicated Birth & That's OK

If you've spent any amount of time in a mom's group or have read the comments section of any parenting website, you already know that mom shaming is a real thing. Maybe you aren't currently acquainted with a person who has their camera out ready to…
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How To Talk To Someone About Going To Therapy

When someone you care about is struggling with mental health issues, it can disrupt your lives and your relationship. Eventually, you may find yourself wanted to discuss your concerns with your loved one. There is no easy way to approach the…
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The Truth About Beer & Your Breast Milk Supply

As a young mom who struggled with breastfeeding, I was given lots of advice from friends and family members. One suggestion that I'll never forget was from my husband's late grandmother. She insisted that when nursing four babies back-to-back, the…
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How To Support Military Families On The 4th Of July

Imagine moving to a new city, state, or even country every few years. Now picture doing all of that with small children, moody preteens, or high schoolers who want to graduate with their friends. Finally, think about what it would be like to deal…
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5 Signs Your Family Would Benefit From Therapy

The decision to see a therapist can be a difficult one, especially when your goal is to seek therapy with your partner or loved ones. There has long been a stigma attached to mental health care. In fact, the words "you need therapy" are almost…
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7 Things OB-GYNs Want You To Know About Bed Rest

Anyone who has ever been on long-term bed rest knows that, although it can be difficult and depressing, it is essential to the health and safety of your unborn baby. Most moms-to-be don't anticipate serious pregnancy complications and, therefore,…
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How To Care For Your Vagina Postpartum

No matter how much I read or what I was taught in my prenatal classes, I was in no way prepared for the kind of care my private parts would require after childbirth. Yes, I was aware that there would be blood and tenderness, and they may even need…
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21 Unconventional Kids' Birthday Party Ideas

When it comes to throwing your kids birthday parties, you could run to the local party store, buy some licensed character decor and a piñata, and call it a day. But why would you when you have the wonder of Pinterest at your fingertips? Not to…
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For The Love Of God, Don’t Buy Dad These Father’s Day Gifts

Father's Day is only a few days away. When time starts running out and the pressure is on, it's much harder to come up with a good gift idea. Most of the time, you end up getting Dad something he might need, but doesn't necessarily want. Other…
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13 Last-Minute Father's Day 2017 Gifts For Husbands

It's June, and school is finally letting out for the summer. With the kids at home all day, your schedule is probably all over the place. It's no wonder that you only just realized that Father's Day is right around the corner. If you're anything…
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The Reason You Fantasize About Other People When You’re Married

Even if you are madly in love with your spouse, there may come a time when you find yourself fantasizing about someone else. It could be that the thoughts happen unexpectedly during sex or in a dream, or maybe you've met someone who has piqued your…
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5 Things To Know About Going Past Your Due Date

No matter how intimidating labor and delivery can seem, no mom-to-be wants to go past her due date. Not only can the final weeks feel heavy and uncomfortable, but many moms-to-be have heard horror stories about long and difficult labors or…
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4 Ways Couples Therapy Makes You Better Co-Parents

Living apart from your child's other parent can create an entirely new set of stressors in your life. Not only do you have to spend time apart from your child, but both parents have to trust that their exes, and any subsequent new partners, are on…
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Here's How Much A C-Section Costs

When you think about the costs associated with having a baby, you are probably considering some of the big picture items: diapers, wipes, clothing, crib, car seat, stroller, baby food, and daycare. Many parents take for granted that their insurance…
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How To Talk To Your Kid About Bullying

One of my biggest worries as a mother has always been finding out that my child is being bullied. It seems like every time you turn on the news there is a report about a child — some as young as elementary school age — committing suicide as a result…
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Here's What Makes A Good Parent, According To Experts

My number one goal – more than being highly regarded in my community or super successful in my career – is being a good parent to my children. I want them to grow up knowing that they are loved and supported, and feel that they receive valuable…
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7 Ways To Prevent Hot Car Deaths

Even though it sounds inconceivable, there was a time when parents would regularly leave their children in the car alone. Whether it was to run into the grocery store or just because the parents didn't want to interrupt their nap, it happened more…
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5 Reasons For Your Baby's Projectile Vomiting

Most babies, whether they are breastfed or formula fed, will spit up at some point. There is a big difference, however, between spitting up and vomiting. The former doesn't interfere with a baby's well-being, while the ladder can be a sign of a…
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