Jessica Johnson

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The Essential Things Every Man Should Own by the Time He's 30

With age comes maturity, and usually a little wisdom. By the time a man hits thirty, that wisdom should be apparent in the company he keeps, the …

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6 Great Chore Chart Ideas

We’re working on developing a chore system for our girls so I’ve been scouring the internet for ideas and have found a heap of ideas for making chore …

Winter Grocery Shopping With Toddlers Is The Worst

Grocery shopping with toddlers isn’t that much fun to begin with, but throw some -10ºF temperatures into the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for hell on …

Jessa Duggar And Ben Seewald Forced To Ditch Adoption Plans For Now

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald surprised <i>19 Kids and Counting</i> fans when they revealed that they’re going to break Duggar family tradition by using …

6 Must know Facts About Positive Parenting

Whether you’re thinking about having children, expecting, or are currently in the process of trying to balance the schedules of six shouting children …

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As a parent, which issue is non-negotiable?

<b>You know that expression “pick your battles”? Is there one with your kids where you refuse to surrender?</b><p><b>Jeff:</b> Music.<p><b>Kathy:</b> You mean, what’s on the …

7 Amazing Hotel Chains For Kids (and Their Parents!)

Traveling with kids can feel a bit like rolling the dice: what will the next turn bring? A room that somehow doesn't contain its promised crib? A 3 a.m. wake-up call from your partying neighbors? While we've detailed the most amazing hotels around, designed to impress everyone in your family with …

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Win the Homework Wars

Five ways to start negotiating (and stop arguing)<p>Few parental struggles are as likely to make Mom and Dad tear their hair out as the nightly kitchen-table test of wills known as homework. Here are five expert strategies to make the experience less confrontational. Don't expect instant results; the …

5 Friends Every Single Mom Needs

If you're facing single motherhood -- whether by divorce, choice or happenstance, you need support. All the freaking support you can get.<p>The key in this new phase of life is to be strategic in choosing who your support system is. I'm not saying ditch all your old friends, or be a snob. But maybe …

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Lessons for Learning and Life: 10 Messages Parents (and Teachers) Can Teach Kids

Reflecting upon enduring lessons learned during my formative years, a primary source was former professor and college tennis coach Steve Wilkinson. I …

When Kids Think Parents Play Favorites, It Can Spell Trouble

If you have siblings, you probably think that your parents liked one kid best — and you're probably right. Scientists say the family pecking order does affect children, but not always in the way you might think.<p>The vast majority of parents do have favorite child, according to research — about 80 …

5 Kids’ Movies That Most Adults Like Watching

Being a parent can be stressful for any number of reasons. From the initial days of not getting any sleep to the strain it places on your bank …

Louis C.K., Parenting Buddha

At 23, I was the first in my circle of friends to become a mother. My sweet, easy-going son quickly gained the nickname "Bernie," inspired by the zany 1989 dark comedy about a corpse dragged around by Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman to protect themselves from a hit man.<p>My baby didn't get his …

The Parents Project: Why Photographs Matter

Why are photographs of people so important to us? As a social experiment, I put a call out on my Facebook page asking people to send me their favorite photo of their parents. It could be from any occasion, any time period, and in any format. I just wanted their favorite. Why did I ask for photos of …

This Ad Perfectly Captures the Horrors of New Motherhood

HelloFlo doesn’t just tackle first periods — it’s also breaking into the mom market.<p>The women’s health company, which scored a viral hit last year …

10 Motherhood Moments I Wasn’t Ready For

Image via Shutterstock<p>As parents, we spend most of the time while we’re pregnant, waiting to adopt, or waiting for our surrogate to pop, preparing …

Reader's Mail: A Mother Of Two Needs Your Advice

Another reader's mail for you guys. But I guess she should know the right answer for this.<p>Dear Ladun,<p>I am one of your blog’s ardent readers and I …

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Home all day, yet nothing gets done: One mom's explanation

At the end of a day of looking after kids, cleaning the house and doing laundry, why is it that we parents sometimes look around and wonder how our homes are still so messy?<p>Esther Anderson, a Tampa, Florida stay-at-home mom, recently posted a video to YouTube that shows the adorable reason.<p>In the …

Viral video proves why moms never get anything done

As the mother of a 20-month-old whose favorite activity is taking stuff out of boxes, drawers and cupboards, this video making laps around Facebook made me laugh.<p>In the short clip set to upbeat instrumental music, a busy mom tries to get things done around the house —folding laundry, sweeping the …

How to Build a Better Dad

Unearth the great father in your good guy with these man-management secrets.<p>Becoming a mom is a powerful shock to the system. But not nearly as traumatic as becoming a dad.<p>Stop laughing and bear with me to a point. No, I haven't forgotten the ordeal of childbirth. Trust me, just watching that …

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