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    Hart of Dixie star and new mom Jaime King surprised people recently when she came forward with the intense fertility issues she had before giving birth to her son, James. In a lengthy and candid Instagram post, King revealed that she had five miscarriages before conceiving her now 9-month-old baby, and that she struggled with mystery health issues for eight years before getting -- and staying -- pregnant. King's note is shockingly honest, incredibly touching, and it prompted many women to share the problems they've encountered with fertility, as well -- which is exactly what Jaime wanted. The hashtags King used to accompany her post -- #youarenotalone #ihavetobebravetosupportothers #realtalkthatterrifiesus -- show exactly why she chose to share such a traditionally-private and personal matter.

    A snippet of King's beautiful post reads:

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    No doubt about it, Maci Bookout is one fantastic mama. This Teen Mom star has had it together when it comes to her son Bentley since he was a baby, despite the fact that she got pregnant in high school. It's so awesome when people blow stereotypes out of the water!

    So why is Maci sending Bentley away? She took to Instagram on Friday to share a totally adorable seflie of her and her 5-year-old little boy and talked about how much she's going to miss him. Don't worry though -- he's only going to be gone for a week, and it's because Bentley is going to the beach with his grandparents!

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    Let me preface this by saying I'm an unapologetic Christian mom of two daughters, ages 6 and 10, and I'm raising to believe in God and know Jesus as their savior. We pray often, count our blessings daily, and read scripture together, which of course I tell them is God's Word. We even somehow manage to make it to church most Sundays without killing each other.

    Now there are some people who might say I'm doing them a disservice and impeding their ability to differentiate between fantasy and reality. You know, because Jesus walked on water and made lame men walk, which is like zomg! impossible! Um, yeah, that's kind of the point of miracles. Anyway ...

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    Since Kourtney Kardashian is pregnant with her third child, she's kind of a pro at dealing with the whole bun in the oven thing. And understandably, she wants to do her best to stay active during this pregnancy to keep her weight gain in check -- since dropping the pounds gets harder and harder with every passing year.

    Plus, considering how badly her sister Kim Kardashian was fat-shamed while she was expecting North West, it makes sense that Kourt wants to avoid being subjected to the same kind of scrutiny.

    But based on a few new Instagram photos she shared, it looks as though she might be pushing herself to the limit as far as workouts go. And she might want to think about toning things down a bit.

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    This is hard for me to write. I'm usually the 'I don't care what other people think' type of person, but I feel like I've let myself down too this time. Which makes this particular situation even worse, because it's not just about me.

    I have five kids. With each one, my goal was to breastfeed for at least a year. I love everything about the concept of breastfeeding. The bonding, the not having to get up in the middle of the night to make bottles, the benefits for mom and baby, donating milk to others, toddler nursing ... all of it. I can easily tell other nursing moms what to do to help with their breastfeeding issues. But for some reason, when it comes to me nursing, it's a different story.

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    Tiger moms. Helicopter moms. Free-range moms. Ever wonder where you fall on the range of parenting types? It turns out how your children are spending their summer vacations could be the key to figuring it all out.

    Whether they're holed up at camp or spacing out with video games, what you've got in store for the kids this summer says a whole lot about the kind of mom you are:

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    About half of all children will experience bullying in their lives and at least 10 percent of them experience it on a regular basis. Oftentimes, parents don't think it can happen to or around their children, but chances are most kids will encounter it at one point. Most recently, celeb mom Jenny McCarthy has voiced her thoughts on the issue when she revealed that her son Evan, who has autism, has been bullied in camp without even realizing it.

    On Monday's edition of The View, Jenny came clean about the troubles. Apparently, she received an email from the camp that said that Evan's "friends" might actually be bullying him.

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    Two days into our family road trip vacation, I realized something: being with kids is far more enjoyable without the distractions and responsibilities of everyday life. Without housecleaning, grocery shopping, work deadlines, or school schedules, things are just ... calmer. Less grating. Richer and sweeter.

    Duh, right? Of course everything's better when you're on vacation. But after nine days of driving around Oregon, staying in everything from luxurious ranch cabins to a $50 bare-bones motel room in the middle of nowhere, I feel like I got a much-needed parenting reboot that just might help get me through the rest of the summer -- plus some lessons in how I can bring some of that vacation magic into our regular life.

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    Every mom has that moment when they realize something they thought was just part of parenting makes them different. For me, it's the car. I have a problem letting my daughter get into a moving vehicle with just about anyone, save for my husband and me. She's 9 years old, and I can count on one hand the number of people allowed to drive her to and fro.

    Until recently, I thought this was pretty normal. Who lets their kid get in a car with just anyone?

    A lot more parents than I realized.

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    Whether you’re trying to lose weight, get strong, or just want to feel better, there’s one healthy habit most moms are missing. Even when you’re working out consistently and watching what you eat, skimping on sleep can derail all your good intentions.

    Yes, it's true. Sleep is the one thing all humans need to survive, and it can be the answer to lasting good health. Perhaps you remember it from your pre-kids days? It’s that activity that lasted beyond six in the morning on the weekend. 

    In case you need convincing that sleep should be a priority for you, here are four reasons sleep is so vital, as well as practical tips on getting more -- and better -- sleep.

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