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    Working moms have it rough—and a new report reveals just how rough by highlighting the worst states for working mothers. In their third annual review of state laws for working parents, the survey "Expecting Better" by the National Partnership for Women & Families doled out grades for each state, and let's just say most won't make the honor roll anytime soon.

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    Interesting news for us working mamas today! Apparently, less and less mothers who work are feeling guilty these days. Awesome. As we shouldn't.

    But while I fully support mothers who work and am obviously one myself, I can't say I personally fall into this category.

    Not feeling pangs of guilt when my daughter is sweetly waving bye to me when I leave for the office? Or when the sitter texts photos to me at work (dagger to the heart!)? Ha! Laughable.

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    The website recently figured out what a stay-at-home mom's job is worth -- were it a paying gig. They calculated the incomes for housekeepers, cooks, daycare teachers, among other occupations moms automatically take on; ballparked the number of hours moms spend doing each of these jobs; and determined that a SAHM's salary would be a whopping $113,568.

    Hey, wait a minute! I do all of these things and I have a paying job, and I'm not netting nearly this much! What the heck am I doing wrong?

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    Are you and the people caring for your kids on the same page? One mom found out the answer to that question the hard way. She posted on Reddit the "eye-opening text I wasn't supposed to see from a daycare provider I was considering for my daughter." At least she caught the conversation before she sent her baby there. Sounds like they weren't exactly simpatico with her kind of parenting style.

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    Our country has one of the worst maternity leave policies in the entire world. In fact, we are one of only a very small handful of nations that don't offer paid maternity leave to working mothers. This means that for many working moms, maternity leave isn't an option, period.

    Still, for those of us who are lucky enough to have companies that offer small amounts of paid maternity leave, it's still much shorter than most other countries and often ends far before mom and baby are ready.

    So how do real moms feel about their maternity leaves ending? We asked around and got dozens of anonymous responses from real women detailing how they felt when they returned to work. Here are 14 of them:

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    Today in "royals, they really are just like us," comes news that makes me love Kate Middleton even more than I already do (as if that's possible?). It seems the Duchess of Cambridge is trying to enforce a nanny-free zone for Prince George ... at least as much as she can. She did, after all, just hire her own mum to travel with her and Prince William to Australia in 2014!

    From the way "sources" are talking, Her Royal Highness worries that the little prince may get "more used to the sight of the help than to his own parents."

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    If there were any saying that applied to me, it would be "We are our own worst critics." Especially when it comes to parenting. I think we can all agree that we want so desperately to be the best parents for our children that when we "mess up" or do something we wish we could take back, it really hurts.

    I only wish I had realized this a bit sooner and hadn't spent so much wasted energy shaming myself.

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    I thought nothing was more nerve-wracking than becoming a parent ... that is, until I started my search for childcare before heading back to work. It's a terrifying experience -- handing your child over to a virtual stranger for the better part of the day. With so many awful stories in the news, it's not an easy thing to do whether you opt for a daycare center or a nanny in-home. 

    So The Stir has enlisted the help of experts to help you weed out the wackos and choose the best caregiver for your precious little one.

    It's a must-read for every parent.

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    Can you believe it's already been two weeks since the royal baby, Prince George, was born? Time has just flown by, especially for his poor dad. Prince William's paternity leave is already over. Will is officially back on duty as a search and rescue pilot for the Royal Air Force in Anglesey, Wales as of today, but his next assignment isn't until Wednesday so he'll probably not leave until Tuesday night. Still... only two weeks? That's so short!

    I guess not even a prince can get away with extending his paternity leave. That's too bad. I think two weeks is too short for any new dad, whatever your job is. But I also know that dads rarely take more time off than that. In fact, you're lucky if you even get those two weeks at all.

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    I was browsing a parenting forum the other day when I saw what appeared to be a sincere response to a stay-at-home-mom's lament that she was thoroughly exhausted. "Can't you just nap whenever you want?" the person wrote. "I mean … you're at home." Another commenter chimed in, a little angrily: "Yeah, it's not like I get nap time at work."

    The question of napping sort of stuck with me for some reason. I'm at home with my kids and I've been known to lie down on the job now and then. If they're watching their afternoon cartoons and my work is mostly done, I sometimes stretch out on the couch with a book for a while. But the ability to briefly unplug is a recent phenomenon. As anyone with very young children knows, napping during the day is virtually impossible -- and even now that they're older, it's not exactly a guaranteed side benefit of being a SAHM.

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