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Why Weaning off Antidepressants Wasn't the Right Choice for Me

Share<p>WhatsApp<p>Email<p>Pin<p>Tweet<p>A little over six years ago, life was pretty chaotic. I had a newborn in the neonatal intensive care unit and a toddler at …

Parenting

13 photos that prove kids will sleep literally anywhere

Shares 271<p>Since becoming parents we’ve never had it easy when it comes to sleep. As a baby Ted fed hourly for almost the first six months, reliant on …

Parenting

How to Respond Instead of React

Share4K<p>Pin102<p>WhatsApp<p>Email<p>Tweet<p>What does your stress look like?<p>Our bodies and brains are wired to react to high stress situations as a safety net. If …

Parenting

What Should A 4-Year-Old Know?

I was on a parenting bulletin board recently and read a post by a mother who was worried that her 4 and a 1/2-year-old did not know enough. "What should a 4-year-old know?" she asked.<p>Most of the answers left me not only saddened, but pretty soundly annoyed. One mom posted a laundry list of all of …

Parenting

Passing The Buck: I’m Sick And Tired Of Making ALL Of The Decisions

Does your brain hurt? Because mine does — <i>a lot</i>. It aches, and if personified, I think it would look like a marathon runner at mile 25, just begging …

Parenting

Not Just Selfies: Simple Ways to Use Your Phone Camera to Help Your Kids Learn

Share<p>WhatsApp<p>Email<p>Pin<p>Tweet<p>I love a good family selfie as much as the next parent, and whose phone doesn’t have a few extreme close-ups of your …

Kids

New Research Shows That Dads Can Also Experience Postpartum Depression

Share<p>WhatsApp<p>Email<p>Pin<p>Tweet<p>For many, the first days, weeks, and months of parenthood can feel like an emotional roller coaster. Stress, hormones, and …

Depression

Pregnancy: the things no-one tells you

I'm A Sleep Deprived Wreck - Here's How I'm Surviving

Shares 165<p>Sleep deprivation is a bitch. That’s what people say. And I for one, am in 100 per cent agreement.<p>It truly is horrid. For me it’s the …

Wellness

To The Mother Of The High Need Baby: You Are Not Alone

She is able to put her baby down in the crib at 1 p.m. every day, say, “Have a good nap, baby,” and walk out to enjoy two hours of well-deserved me …

Babies

All the Things You Don't Have to Fret About Finishing Before the Baby Comes

Share<p>WhatsApp<p>Email<p>Pin<p>Tweet<p>Dear Soon-To-Be-Mom,<p>Hey there mama! Are you hanging in there? I know these last few weeks (okay, months) have been as tough …

Babies

Guide to Toddler Portion Sizes

It’s so exciting when your chubby little baby begins to walk, or ‘toddle’ their way into a toddler. But with that comes the challenges of feeding and …

Eating

11 things you didn't know you could do with Sudocrem

<b>Sudocrem might not make the most glamorous addition to your bathroom shelf, but there's a whole lot of miracles hidden away in that little …

Skin Care

The symptoms of meningitis you need to know about

What is meningitis?<p>Meningitis is inflammation of the protective layers (the meninges) that surround the brain and spinal cord.<p>Meningitis can be very …

Public Health

What Normal Looks Like

"Oh, I can't have you over," other moms say. "My house is a mess." As soon as I arrive for a playdate, before hello, they say: "Don't judge me, the house is a wreck. No, seriously, it's destroyed. Please don't look. I'm so embarrassed."<p>Lies. Lies, lies, lies.<p>Because when I go into that house, the …

Parenting

I wish I'd known this about reflux

Shares 555<p>Looking back now, I feel pretty guilty for having missed the diagnosis of reflux in my own child.<p>My first daughter suffered from it quite …

Babies

What to Do If Your Kid Is ALWAYS Hungry

Does it seem like your kid is constantly asking for food—even if she just ate? Here are four possible reasons why, and what to do about it.<p>As a parent, it can feel like you're trapped in a constant cycle of make meal...clean up...make snack...clean up...make meal...repeat forever. Some of that's to …

Eating

13 Powerful Phrases Proven to Help an Anxious Child Calm Down

It’s time for school. The bus will arrive any minute. Maybe today will be the day!<p>But then you hear it: “Mom, I don’t want to go to school.”<p>Your …

Parenting

You Just Had a Baby

To myself, and anyone else who needs to read this:<p><b>You just had a baby.</b><p>I know your jeans don't fit. It sucks. I know you tried on 17 pairs at Nordstrom Rack last week and almost cried in the dressing room. I know you went to Gap after that and tried on 14 other pairs and almost cried in <i>that</i> dressing …

Babies

A Most Important Request to Parents From a Teacher

Email<p>WhatsApp<p>Tweet<p>Pin<p>Share<p>Dear Parents,<p>These words don’t come easily. I find myself in a position where I am left with no other choice but to wear my …

Teaching

Pre-eclampsia: what EVERY pregnant woman should know

by Clare Littler posted in Mum Stories When my mum had me, she was really poorly. So poorly, that she was admitted to hospital for bed rest straight …

Pregnancy

No, I Won't Be Having A Second Child

We all grow up with some ideas about what we want our lives to look like, don’t we? While I wasn’t one of those kids who was planning my wedding or …

Parenting

This Viral Photo Of A Nurse Caring For A Patient Post-Birth Has Moms Emotional AF

"No one really talks about those moments after, where your dignity is gone..."<p>View this post on Facebook<p>The post reads:

Viral

Going Beyond ‘Fine’: 21 Questions To Encourage Kids To Open Up About Their School Day

It’s the age-old question parents ask their kids: “How was school today?” And for generations, kids have been grunting out some variation of the same …

Parenting

How To Stop Choking: Three Out Of Four Parents Would Not Be Able To Save Their Baby

Just 24% of parents surveyed had the skills to help.<p>Three out of four parents in the UK would not be able to save their baby from choking, a study …

Babies

Motherhood floors most women. So why do so many suffer in silence?

Perhaps it’s the expectation of perfection, or maybe mothers don’t want to open up to health staff. Either way, postnatal depression seems taboo<p>You see an interesting phenomenon in a baby group. Groups of smiling women, somehow managing to hold a conversation while keeping small objects out of tiny …

Mental Health

I Don't Like My Postpartum Body — and That's OK

<i>The following story, I Don't Like My Postpartum Body — and That's OK, was originally published on Hashtag MomFail.</i><p>I had my second baby boy six weeks ago. He weighed eight pounds and two ounces and was delivered via C-section.<p>Six weeks later, my body is still a mess. My C-section scar is very …

Pregnancy

The Grief, Hope And Reality Of A Special Needs Parent

When someone is grieving it implies that they have lost something. They're in mourning. They're trying to adjust to their new world and desperately …

Parenting

Our house may not be fancy or pristine, but it’s safe, warm and loving

<i>“Mommy, I’m safe,”</i> she said, snuggling into my chest as we laid in bed, in that sweet interim between saying bedtime prayers and finally closing her …