Posts filed under: Parenting

My Experience with Breastfeeding During Pregnancy When my oldest son was born we had a lot of newborn breastfeeding difficulties. Although we got through the challenges I decided early on that I would only nurse him for about 6 months....
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How to Treat Mastitis Naturally By the time my oldest child was 12 weeks old, all of our newborn breastfeeding struggles were behind us.  He latched well, and stayed latch.  In hindsight, I realize that part of my son’s latch...
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My Experience with Working And Breastfeeding When my oldest son was 6 weeks old I returned to work part-time.  I felt a little panicked because he had never learned to properly latch onto a bottle.  In fact, it had taken...
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Dealing with Common Concerns of Newborn Breastfeeding My breastfeeding experience with my oldest son had a rough start. We dealt with several common newborn breastfeeding issues such as poor latch, thrush, overactive letdown, and reflux. The latter two problems I...
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The Best Breastfeeding Books When I’m invited to a baby shower and I know the mom plans to breastfeed, I always give her one or two of the best breastfeeding books. Without these books my breastfeeding experience would’ve likely been...
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Editor’s Note: This post was written by Kandice, owner of Green-Eyed Girl Productions and a Coordinating Blog, The Vintage Event, and her personal blog A Cotton Kandi Life. You can find out more about Kandice by following her on social...
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10 Important Things New Moms Need to Know 10.  You can do it.  No matter your age, your financial situation, your education, or your relationship status, you’ve got this, mama.  It’s what you were born to do.  Once you go...
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We Don’t Force Our Children to Hug Other Adults (Not even Grandma!) When my boys were preschool age and younger, family members would sometimes act offended when the boys refused hugs and kisses.  My husband and I tried to stifle...
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How to Create a Chore Plan for Children If you’ve implemented a chore system with your children you already understand the importance of children doing chores.  If you are like me, then you might be hesitant to assign chores to your children...
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You’re Not Responsible for Your Children’s Happiness Guess what, mamas? You’re not responsible for your children’s happiness. I know some of you are nodding furiously in agreement but others of you are requesting that I hand in my attachment parenting...
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wearsafe for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. The Simple Way I Keep My Teen Safe in the Real World My oldest son received his learner’s permit last week....
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It’s easy to give the standard, off-the-cuff advice to new mothers in order to make conversation or bolster our “been there, done that” parenting cred. Unfortunately, there is too much unhelpful advice passed around that only frustrates new moms or causes unnecessary...
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We don’t eat dinner together as a family – and I’m okay with that. It wasn’t always that way, but we stopped having regular family dinners not long after my youngest son was born in 2006. According to Cornell University, whether or...
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The Number One Reason You’re Stressed Out as a Mom I’ll get right to it.  The number one reason you’re stressed out as a mom is because you are always ON. I know, I know. Many of you are thinking...
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How To Support Your Child’s Dream Job When It’s Risky Let’s be honest, parenting isn’t for the faint of heart. Raising children comes with exciting adventures along with challenges. You want the best for them. After all, you are there...
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Editor’s Note:  This post was written by OSH guest poster Monica Sakellaridis a.k.a. Mozey.  See the end of the post for more information about Mozey and where to find her online. My Husband Wasn’t Open to Child Led Weaning (At...
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 5 Important Conversations to Have While You’re Pregnant Editor’s Note: This article was written by Our Small Hours guest poster Amy Patterson.  Find out more about Amy below. As an expectant mother there seems to be a million and one...
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It’s summertime and that means we’ll all be spending more time engaging and entertaining our children. When it’s time for a little quiet or a long road trip, we need some great Android apps to keep our little ones busy....
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Friends, it’s been a rough week.  On Monday we lost our sweet cat Ana who was only 6 years old.  She was a special girl who I affectionately called “second mom” because of the way she could sense when the...
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Editor’s Note: This article was written by Our Small Hours guest poster Amy Patterson.  Find out more about Amy below. Safety Reminders for Outside Play With the temperatures rising and the daylight hours extended, your kids are probably antsy to...
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How to Stop Your Child From Whining There are few things more grating than a whining child, right?  Sometimes around the age of 2.5-3, when a child as an arsenal of words to use, but can’t always seem to figure...
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Editor’s Note: This article was written by Our Small Hours guest poster Amy Patterson. Amy Patterson is an avid reader on trending topics and a freelance writer in her spare time. On the beautiful coast of North Carolina you will usually find her catching...
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My Five Biggest Parenting Regrets (and How I’m Moving Past Them) There’s no such thing as a perfect parent and we all  have regrets. I’ve hesitated to share my parenting regrets because, frankly, I don’t like thinking about them and...
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Why I Allow My Children To Eat Junk Food Yes. You read that right.I allow my children to eat junk food. Yes, I write about real food and importance of avoiding processed foods and even some foods that people commonly...
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My 10 Favorite YouTube Moms Have you ever wanted a peek into the lives of other moms?  Of course, you have.  That’s a big reason why we read parenting blogs.  I love blogging and sharing how I do motherhood with other...
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How to Know When You’re Done Having Babies Are you done having babies?  Do you know for sure or is this a question that’s difficult to answer? For me it wasn’t easy to answer until recently.  (I’ll tell you my...
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One Reason Why Other Moms Judge You (And Why It’s Okay) Why are moms so judgmental of other moms?  This was a question I asked myself often as a new mom.  It seemed that even before our babies were born, other...
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How to Get Children to Eat Real Food So you’ve decided to follow a real food diet and you want your family on board.  If you are like many former Standard American Diet (SAD) families, your children are likely protesting...
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How to Discipline Without Using Punishment I have a long-standing disagreement with punishment.  When I was a child I would think to myself when I was punished, “Geez!  You don’t have to punish me.  Just tell me what I did...
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Editor’s Note:  This post was written by OSH contributor Mercedes Samudio, LCSW.  To find out more about Mercedes read her bio on the Current Contributors page. Visit Mercedes’s website The Parenting Skill and follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.  How to Get...
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