Anna has Angleman Syndrome and answers the question, do you want to go to Fazoli's?

Do You Want to Go to Fazoli’s?

Anna has Angleman Syndrome and is non-verbal. But she has no problem communicating that she wants to go to Fazoli’s, her favorite restaurant! What is your special kido’s favorite restaurant?

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19 Challenges to Breastfeeding You Can’t Ignore

If the title of this article ticks you off, you might want to stop now and read my 141 Reasons to Breastfeed article. The purpose of both of these articles is to give you a comprehensive survey of the research to help inform your feeding decisions.  Unfortunately, we are all subject to “confirmation bias” (which is the tendency to search …

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Baby Gear Essentials: What You Can’t Do Without!

As an expecting mom, it can be extremely overwhelming deciding exactly what you need for your new baby.  It seems like there are new items coming on the market all the time for babies. But, there are some things that are baby gear essentials that you can’t do without! As a mom, I have thought about this a lot and I …

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141 Reasons to Breastfeed that Moms Should Carefully Consider

I didn’t breastfeed my first two kids. I had been bottle-fed. I was perfectly healthy and had been first in my class, so I was skeptical about all the alleged benefits. It wasn’t a few doubts about all the claims that turned me off about breastfeeding. It was the cult-like allegiance. It was the shaming culture. It was EVERYONE telling …

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How I keep my house clean-ish with small children around

If you have little ones at home, you are probably struggling with keeping your home in proper order.  Surely I’m not the only one! Whether you’re parenting a newborn or a clingy, teething baby or a toddler that needs a constant chaperone, it can be a challenge to get anything done.  And if you do manage to get something cleaned, …

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Diaper Changing 101

Until I had children, I had never changed a diaper in my life. Even for the brief time that I worked as a babysitter, I never changed a diaper. Truthfully, the idea of changing diapers gave me anxiety. Because of the TV shows and movies that I watched, I was convinced that each diaper change was a potential dousing of …

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A Lesson in Acceptance

As mothers, we are the first responders of childhood.  When a child has a scratch, we fix it with a bandaid and a kiss.  When their feelings are hurt, we fix it with a hug and some encouraging words. And we get to be pretty good at “fixing” things. So good that sometimes it’s hard to learn to accept things …

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Your Kids Need Community

The common saying is, “It takes a village to raise children.” This statement is still true today. I grew up on my grandfather’s farm surrounded by my extended family. I saw both sets of grandparents multiple times a week. In addition to the family, my parents had several different couples who become like aunts and uncles to me and to …

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Parenting with a Broken Heart

Parenting is a full-time job. From the time they are born, children require more than we have to give them. For many years the demand is everything from feeding, changing diapers, giving baths, tying shoes, and kissing boo-boos. The demand changes as a child gets older and more independent but even as an adult, I need my parents. I seek …

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How to Make a Mom-to-Be Corsage: A Fun Baby Shower Extra

Your expectant mommy will feel special at her baby shower when you make a mom-to-be corsage for her. We traditionally use corsages at special celebrations like weddings, proms and anniversary parties. And, these are usually made of all flowers, either silk or fresh, with a pretty bow. We have two other ideas in mind for adorable corsages. Keep reading and …

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Why Great Parenting is Even Harder than You Think

The essence of great parenting is much sought after and rarely discovered. Maybe it is because the secret of great parenthood isn’t so much hidden, as it is difficult to accept. To explain this, we must begin at the very end. And the end is simply this: What kind of child do you want to raise? A Kid of Character …

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Show Us Your Baby Stuff! Message to Moms Around the World

My daughter and I dragged all my grandson’s baby stuff out into the yard (except for a couple of things like the crib which we didn’t feel like taking apart) and snapped a couple of pictures. Then we asked moms from all over the world to do the same. And although I’m absolutely certain some moms cheated and left some …

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19 Super Useful Baby Products You’ve Never Heard Of

There are some basic things that every mom needs like car seats and strollers. But there are a ton of other baby problems out there just waiting for a product to solve them! Here is a list of incredibly useful products you may have never seen before.  View on Amazon When I got home from the hospital and tried to …

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The Angel you adore who’s also a hell beast from Mars

That’s right, I am talking about SEVERE colic. Not the ‘Oh my baby is fussy for a few hours in the evening’ or even the ‘my baby screamed for an hour last night’. I’m talking about the baby who is always screaming and fussy when he’s not nursing. Who will stay awake until he falls asleep mid-scream. To the dad …