Toddler

An Open Letter To The Mom With The "Perfect" Kid

Dear Mom With The "Perfect" Kid: If you're worried I might be talking about you, I probably am. If you're not sure, imagine the following situations: a harried parent struggles to deal with an unruly kid, a fellow mom's toddler is going through a…
By Jamie Kenney
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Simple Ways To Prepare For Your Baby To Be On The Move

It's a shocking realization that washes over every first-time parent: As your baby grows, so does the number of things they can touch, taste, and get into. From the first moment that your baby goes from an adorable stationary object to a wiggling,…
By Kate Brierley

7 Hilarious Signs You're Not Cleaning Your Baby's Stroller Enough

I'd like to think I'm pretty good about cleaning my kid's highchair and bath tub on the regular. But the stroller? Eh, not so much. I've turned a blind eye to, shall we say, "stroller hygiene," so it's safe to say some rogue Cheerios have lingered.…
By Kate Miller

Dear Jenny: When Do I Potty Train? (Now? How About *Now*?)

Our resident advice-giver-outer Jenny True provides shouty, full-hearted answers to your niggling questions about pregnancy and parenthood in her column Dear Jenny. Warning: This is not a baby-and-me singalong, this is about yelling into the cosmos…
By Jenny True

We Only Get 18 Halloweens

Decorative gourd season is upon us, and I have so much I want to show my kids, and so many costumes I want to put them in (young Harrison Ford; the guy from The Darkness; Carrie Fisher looking unimpressed by her salad at Tavern On The Green). But…
By Janet Manley

7 Myths About The Terrible Twos You Can Totally Ignore

"Just wait": two words I hated hearing more than any other words in the English language after my first child was born. For some reason, people love to torment new parents by gleefully warning them of all the awful things their baby will allegedly…
By Kristina Johnson

Affordable Fall Clothes For Toddlers Who Already Love Everything Autumn

A truly beautiful season, autumn is all about enjoying the cooler weather outdoors. But first, your kid needs to dress the part. Thankfully, these fall clothes for toddlers will have your little one all set to take on autumn adventure in no time.…
By Lindsay E. Mack

I’m Done Buying Toys For My Five Kids

As I wandered through my house this morning looking for my lost cup of coffee, I couldn't help but notice how many toys were in my home. So, I stopped to pick up my toddler's blocks off the living room floor, which I do several times a day, then I…
By Steph Montgomery

An Open Letter To The Mom With The "Perfect" Kid

Dear Mom With The "Perfect" Kid: If you're worried I might be talking about you, I probably am. If you're not sure, imagine the following situations: a harried parent struggles to deal with an unruly kid, a fellow mom's toddler is going through a…
By Jamie Kenney

These Adorable Prince George Halloween Costumes Are Fit For A Future King

Prince George is the most important toddler in my life. His public appearances make my day, and I definitely got emotional looking at his first day of school pictures. Sigh, they grow up so fast. I imagine this will change when I have kids of my…
By Samantha Grindell

10 New Children's Books That Are A Balm For Your Feminist Rage

OK folks, it's been a tough week (month? year? presidential term?) for womankind. But children's publishing has a salve for all that burning rage, giving us a wealth of children's books that lift up some of history's greatest women. It's a facet of…
By Olivia Hinebaugh

27 Moms Reveal The One Trait Their Child *Definitely* Got From Them

The minute you hold your new baby in your arms you search for traces of yourself in them. If you're genetically connected to your child, you're literally in the building blocks of who they are. But I think the act of being their parent is more…
By Jamie Kenney

A ~Serenity Prayer~ For Moms In Forresters

Written in 1934 by theologian Reihold Neibuhr, the serenity prayer has been used in sermons for generations and was later adopted in short form by Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs. It has provided comfort to generations of folks in a…
By Meg St-Esprit

7 Skills You Never Realized Your Preschooler Is Developing While They Play

Look into my preschool classroom, and you'll see a colorful space where a group of 4-year-olds are happily playing. Some are making towers out of wooden and foam blocks. A few are "cooking" dinner in the play kitchen. Students are painting with…
By Shana Aborn

This App Promises To Help Moms Of Kids With Special Needs Find Their Village

It's no secret that making friends as an adult is hard, but there seems to be a lot of pressure on making friends as an adult when you're also a mom. Will your kids play well together? Do they even want a new mom friend? Are you supposed to just…
By Samantha Darby

The Best Unicorn Halloween Costumes For The Whole Family, Including The Dog

If you've ever popped your head inside a Justice or Claire's store, or pretty much any store, for that matter, you know what's hot in girl fashion these days: hashtag slogans, reversible sequins, and unicorns, unicorns, unicorns. White, pink,…
By Shana Aborn

If Your Kid Goes To Daycare, This New Study Will Put Your Mind At Ease

Oftentimes, there's a certain stigma attached to sending a child to daycare so that parents can work — that they're willingly "allowing strangers to raise their kids." Add this societal pressure to the guilt some parents already feel, and a family's…
By Michelle Stein

20 Preschoolers Share What They Miss Most About Their Moms When They're At School

Parenting is full of bittersweet and emotionally complicated milestones, but few have ever matched the maelstrom of feelings that swirled within me when I sent my kids to school for the first time. Even though my kids had experienced day care,…
By Jamie Kenney

10 Halloween Costume Ideas That Make Great Use Of Your Kid's Stroller

Halloween is just around the corner, and if you have a tiny baby, you may be wondering what to do for their first Halloween (or if you even should venture out trick-or-treating since they obviously can't eat candy and it's really all for you).…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

This Story About A Toddler Shredding $1,060 Of His Parents' Savings Will Make Your Wallets Weep

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I'm probably not alone in thinking the toddler stage is one of the most frustrating times as a parent. Because these little people, while undoubtedly adorable, have some serious feelings — and they…
By Michelle Stein

These Easy Hair Tutorials Won't Make You Or Your Toddler Cry

Every day the struggle is real to keep the hair out of my toddler's eyes. When I try to slip in a barrette, she's dodging and weaving like a ninja. And when I try to tie up her hair into a Pebbles-inspired top pony — cue the crocodile tears.…
By Kate Miller