Please Stop Telling Me I Need a Boy

“Oh, are you going to try for one more to get your boy?”

“I bet Daddy would like a little boy, right?”

“Your poor husband!”

“Your high school years are going to be rough.”

These are a few of the most frequent comments our family gets when people see us out in public. With three girls, we often get comments on how a boy is needed for our family to be complete. How my husband won’t be happy without a boy to teach how to throw a baseball or watch the Seahawks game with on Sundays. They give us their condolences for the fact that we haven’t had a boy, and then ask about our plans about expanding our family as if they plan on watching the show. Every time I get these comments I give a smile, all while gritting my teeth and squeezing my shopping cart a little harder. For the love of God, please stop telling me I need a boy.

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The Benefits of Karate For Kids

If you have watched any of the old karate movies, you may think that karate for kids is a terrible idea, fearing it will encourage violence and aggression. But, the movies got it wrong. Getting your child involved in karate, or any of the martial arts, will improve many areas of your child’s life. Practicing martial arts teaches kids respect, mind-body awareness, self-defense, confidence, and encourages physical fitness.

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10 foods you can regrow in water

Gardening doesn’t have to be as complicated as you may think. It actually can be as simple as putting a stalk of lettuce in water and letting it grow, with very little effort aside from that. If you’ve always wanted to grow your own vegetables but you don’t have room in your yard (or any spare time, can we get an amen?), read on to find out which vegetables you can grow right in your kitchen using only water!

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Tips to Calm the Chaos in Your Home

No one wants a home and family life that is out of control. We don’t wake up in the morning and think “I hope I lose my mind and yell at my kids all day today. You know what would be great, an unexpected trip to the store and a big mess all over the whole house!” Chaos in your home is unnerving and sets you up for a day that ends in stress and discouragement. Life with kids can feel inherently chaotic but there are some tips and tricks you can apply to your life to calm the chaos and bring peace to your daily routine.

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10 (Very) Awkward Things To Say To a New Mom

Motherhood is a beautiful new thing. You join a new community of “mothers” that offers so much advice and help. Although most people celebrate in your joy, unfortunately, whether intentionally or unintentionally, many people offer very awkward comments to new mothers. It becomes a rite of passage for new mothers that you aren’t officially a “new mom” until you received an awkward comment. Most of the comments are well-meaning, but that does not make them any less awkward! 

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To the New Breastfeeding Mom Who’s Struggling To Get Through The Day

I am a seasoned breastfeeding mother. I have been through the trenches not once, but twice. I have spent hours trying to get my babies to latch correctly, silently clenching my teeth, tears streaming down my face as stabbing pain shot through my raw, bleeding nipples. I’ve rocked hysterical babies through the wee hours of the night as they struggled with reflux, and sat in a zombie-like state for days, during marathon cluster feedings. I have a permanent scar on my left nipple from a newly sprouted tooth. I spent hours attached to a machine, urging my body to produce milk via pump, often with very little luck. I’ve compressed clogged ducts in the shower, painful to the slightest touch, and have woken up to rock hard breasts and drenched sheets. I’ve been there, Mama. I’ve been through it all. And I just want you, the new breastfeeding mom who’s struggling to get through the day, to know, it’s all going to be ok.

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35 Years Young: What My Life Has Taught Me About True Beauty

Lately, my children have been telling me that I look beautiful. I have to admit, I take a moment – just a few seconds – each time they look at me with those sparkling, wondrous eyes and truly genuine smiles, and compliment my appearance in unadulterated admiration and awe, and I bask in the feeling it gives me. It’s been a long time since someone has acknowledged my outer beauty. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t know the reason why.

From the moment my son was born nearly 6 years ago, motherhood just swallowed me whole. It consumed all of me, wrapped me up in its massive arms and held me hostage. It took hold of my heart, and my love became singularly focused on my little creation. It syphoned my energy – every ounce of it – and left me with what so often in those early days felt like the shell of a person, depleted and barely functioning, but surviving on baby snuggles and a euphoric new sense of worth. In other, far less poetic words, I looked like a walking zombie.

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Giveaway: Personal Trainer Food

A new year means new beginnings for many of us. We start off with making resolutions that we vow to keep throughout the whole year. But shortly after the year begins, those resolutions tend to fall to the wayside because, well, life. One of the most common resolutions is to eat healthier or to lose weight. Personal Trainer Food can help make sure that this is the one resolution you do keep by offering delicious, healthy, easy to prep meals right to your door. And to help you get one step closer to reaching your goals, Daily Mom is giving away a 14-day Personal Trainer Food subscription to one lucky Daily Mom reader. 

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Your Kids DO Benefit From Having A Working Mom

Got mom-guilt while being a working mom with either a home business or a job? Feel judged by other moms who have the luxury of the exclusive home-maker life? Not certain if you can effectively raise your children and contribute financially using your natural or learned skill sets in a job or business? Relax, Mom, you are right where you need to be for yourself and especially for your children. Believe it or not, your children do benefit from having a working mom.

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Bath Tub Toys – Daily Kids Review Toys

Kids love bath time, especially when it is filled with bubbles, toys, and tons of fun! Make this nightly experience enjoyable and educational with bath toys that will incite the imagination, inspire creativity, and teach important skills. Babies, toddlers, and even older children will beg to take a bath until their fingers and toes are wrinkled and pruned just to play with these awesome toys loved by our own Daily Kids!

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What Parents Need To Know About The Opioid Epidemic

Drug overdoses have become the leading cause of death of Americans under 50, with 2/3’s of those deaths from opioids. Recently, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. So what do you need to know as a parent to keep your child safe? As a parent, you should educate yourself about this crisis and know what to do if your child has a problem with drugs.  

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Why you should be wearing a face primer

If you’ve been wearing makeup for years but you’ve never used (or even heard of) a face primer, you’re missing out! Not only does it change the way your makeup applies, but it makes all the difference in how it wears and how long it lasts throughout the day. Read on to find out how to choose the right primer for your skin and the benefits that come with wearing one.

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Legoland Florida for Kindergartners

Kindergarten is such a special time in the life of a child. They are in school everyday but there is still a sweetness to it. The pressure isn’t really on yet. This age is fun because kindergartners have amazing imaginations and endless energy to explore and experience the world. Kindergarten is this magical place between toddlerhood and older childhood and as parents we want to make the most of this unique time. We recently visited LEGOLAND in Florida with two kindergartners and discovered that this theme park is perfect for children this age. A visit to LEGOLAND Florida is all enjoyment and no stress even with a young five year old. Here are all the reasons why LEGOLAND Florida should be on your to do list with your Kindergartner…

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Mentor: Make a Difference in the Life of a Child

As parents, we so often take for granted the difference that an adult role model or mentor really makes in the life of a child. For most of us, we are either raising our children together with our spouse under one roof or as part of a larger blended family. Many of us have extended family as well with aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins either down the street or just a phone call away. Unfortunately, for a large part of our society, this is not the case. Take a walk through the inner-city streets, the projects or even just the low-income neighborhoods present in every city and state, and look around. There you will see young children through young adults who are trying to make it in this world virtually all alone. Whether it is kids living in foster care, living with an elderly grandparent, or living with an overtired, overworked single mom, there are millions of children in need of some quality adult attention. An invaluable resource for these children is a mentor. If you or someone you know wants to make a difference in the life of a child or teen, consider becoming a volunteer mentor.

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