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I’m An Angry And Impatient Mom, And I Hate It

I’m An Angry And Impatient Mom, And I Hate It

I had a much-dreaded doctor’s appointment the next morning. So dreaded, in fact, that my husband had to take off work to go with me. It wasn’t a gigantic deal, but I was terrified in a way my anxiety meds couldn’t help, and it was bleeding into everything. I was yelling at my kids to…

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Infant Mortality Rates Are Twice As High For Black Babies, And That Is A Big F*cking Deal!

Infant Mortality Rates Are Twice As High For Black Babies, And That Is A Big F*cking Deal!

Let’s start with a fact that might shock you. America, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, has one of the highest infant mortality rates among developed countries. According to the CDC, we lag behind at least 27 of the wealthiest nations in the world when it comes to keeping our infants alive for the first…

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Why Do Dads Get Applauded For Things Moms Do Every Day?

Why Do Dads Get Applauded For Things Moms Do Every Day?

Anyone who has navigated preschool drop off knows that it often requires as much strength and stamina as completing the American Ninja Warrior course. There are toddlers everywhere, rushed parents trying to separate from their children, and someone is often in tears (no comment as to who!). Now try doing this all with a baby in tow, and…

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My In-Laws Are Toxic, But I’m Struggling To Cut Them Off

My In-Laws Are Toxic, But I’m Struggling To Cut Them Off

JACKF/GETTY My mantra has always been “it’s family” and “family first.” No matter what happens in life, if it’s family, it just is. But when do you draw the line and “they are family” is no longer an excuse to keep someone in your life? What is that breaking point? My husband left his house…

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Having An Abortion Was The Worst Thing I’ve Ever Been Through — I Still Think It Should Be Legal

Having An Abortion Was The Worst Thing I’ve Ever Been Through — I Still Think It Should Be Legal

I am 36 years old. I’m married. And earlier this year, I had an abortion. It was, without a doubt, the worst thing to ever happen to me. Yet I still believe with every fiber of my being that Roe v. Wadeshould remain legal. I am terrified of the next Supreme Court Justice and what his…

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Why Maternity Leave In The United States Really Sucks

Why Maternity Leave In The United States Really Sucks

When I had my first child, I worked for a small physical therapy company and my maternity leave was exactly zero days. I knew that this was the case when I got pregnant. But about three months into my pregnancy, I asked my boss if I would even be guaranteed my job back if I decided to…

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When to have kids? Fed up with the unsolicited advice

When to have kids? Fed up with the unsolicited advice

I don’t know about you, but I’m furious about the common situation that ANYONE feels entitled to suggest women when/whether to have kids. They don’t even bother to ask IF a woman wants/plans to become a mother at all. Every person has his/her own thoughts on how a perfect family should look like, and that’s…

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How we saved enough money in 4 years to buy an apartment without mortgage loans. Kids involved.

How we saved enough money in 4 years to buy an apartment without mortgage loans. Kids involved.

Disclaimer: the prices, salaries, and culture may differ depending on where you live. However, the approach is useful for many locations. Maybe the title doesn’t sound big, but for my husband and me it really was. The apartment we bought costs $35,000, while our initial income was only $10,000/year. In the beginning, it seemed an…

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Being a work-at-home mom is HARD. How to keep calm?

Being a work-at-home mom is HARD. How to keep calm?

How to keep calm and carry on being a work-at-home mother of two: this is one of the most important and difficult questions for me! As you know, the work-life-family balance is BS! I certainly make a progress by now, comparing to the situation a few years or even months ago. At the moment, my…

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Stop eating out: better ways to spend that money, family-wise

Stop eating out: better ways to spend that money, family-wise

Eating out and buying coffee is somehow vanishing from our family life. First, we consciously tried to avoid it because we were massively saving for our new house. Then it was quite difficult to go out with 2 small kids. But now there is a completely different reason: it is not worth it. When I’m…

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