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    I love watching videos of cute cats doing cute things to and with cute babies. But I love it more in theory than in practice because, if I can be honest, I don't entirely trust kitties around young people who aren't strong enough yet to defend themselves against the most powerful and evil creatures on earth. 

    Oh, I'm kidding -- sort of. Despite the fact that I gave up my cat when my daughter was born because I couldn't deal with watching him stalk her crib and, oh yeah, she hated everyone else who walked into our home so how could I be sure she wouldn't try and mutilate my child, I really can find the adorable factor in this video. It shows a crazy-cute cat bathing a 1-year-old toddler with its sweet little tongue. I'm not hyperventilating. I swear.

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    Today in awkward letters sent home from school, a pre-k teacher openly admitted to parents that she doesn't like touching their kids. But she's not a kid hater, ya'll. The educator at the BUILD Academy in Buffalo, New York is just sick and tired of smelly kids being sent to school.

    You know what? I can't say that I blame her. Kids should be clean when they go to school. Period.

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    15 Things Only Crunchy Moms Worry About

    posted by Jenny Erikson October 25, 2013 at 11:28 PM in Toddler
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    Crunchy mamas. Also known as granola, natural, earthy, or just plain old hippie moms. They are the gurus that don’t worry about whether Baby Einstein will turn their babies into TV addicts, because they probably don’t even own a set. They cloth diaper, co-sleep, and delay vaccinations -- if they don’t opt out entirely.

    But not everything is always roses, no matter how nutrient rich the organic compost is. Here is a list of 15 things that only crunchy moms really worry about.

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    My daughter has gorgeous, long, thick hair that curls at the ends, and forms sweet little tendrils around her face ... once in a blue moon. The other 99 percent of the time, it's a tangled, twisted mess or back in a ponytail or braid to avoid said tangled, twisted mess.

    Our battle with the hairbrush is not fun, and we've tried a host of detanglers. Some of them work quite well, but when I see the list of chemicals in them, I think I'd rather go back to the battle of the brush. Sure, there are natural detanglers out there, but they are expensive, and my daughter has a LOT of hair. So I've found a host of recipes for homemade detanglers that are easy to make as well as effective for adults and toddlers alike. Here are five of my favorites.

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    Okay parents, tell me if this sounds familiar. 1. Your child does not want to wear pants. 2. Your child hates clothing tags because obviously tags just tear up your skin and cause permanent nerve damage and scarring. 3. Wrestling your child into their pants feels remarkably like wrestling with a full-grown adult. Yes, it's time for another episode of the hit YouTube series Convos With My 2-Year-Old, in which the role of 2-year-old Coco is played by a grown man. 

    This time we get to watch the dad try to get a pair of pants on "Coco." Why is this such a monumental task? Oh, I think we know why.

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    As a mom who spent a period of 6 months desperately trying (in vain) to convince my then 2-year-old daughter to wear something, anything, besides a particular flowered dress with little bows on the shoulders ("The Bow Dress," we called it), I find the concept of kiddie couture pretty much ridiculously funny. I'm not sure when it happened, exactly, but at some point over the past 10 years or so, "fashionista toddlers" turned into ... a thing. Why? I'm pretty sure Suri Cruise and the Jolie-Pitts helped to inspire the trend -- not to mention a slew of other celeb kids roaming the playgrounds in couture -- and Pinterest has only added to the haute hysteria. Except maybe not anymore, thanks to "My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter," a deliciously ironic collection of hipster tot photos devoted to a fantasy child named "Quinoa" with devastatingly witty captions.

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    So you've made it through your baby's teething stage and you're now the proud parent of a toddler. And that mouth full to teeth! Momentous. Now it's time to learn how to take care of those teeth. True, they're just temporary "baby" teeth, but you're setting the stage for your kids' oral health for the rest of their life. Here's what you should know about caring for your toddler's teeth

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    by Angie Dornier

    For as much as I really want to enjoy the rhythm and routine of my family’s daily life, there are some nights (that usually follow long days) when it’s much more difficult than others. On nights like that, every little thing feels arduous, exaggerated, and often absurd. This collection of images from mom and photographer Angie Dornier reminds me that I am not alone. But, even better, it reminds me that there can be such poignant beauty in the moments that feel difficult and drawn out, and that capturing the most authentic moments of our family life is perhaps the best and most beautiful artform there is.

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    In my next life, I'm pretty sure I want to come back as a kid in Beverly Hills. Because if the new reality show Beverly Hills Nannies is any indication, those tots have it pretty dang good. Just take 4-year-old Brooklyn Faulk. The little darling gave her new nanny Justin quite a first day on the job when she pitched herself a big old hissy fit over something the average 4-year-old doesn't even know exists: A facial. As in, she wanted a facial. Immediately.

    You know the way most toddlers kick and scream about watching one more episode of Dora the Explorer before bed or not wanting to leave the playground or having ice cream for dinner? Well, that's the level of tantrum this kid threw over getting a relaxing spa treatment.

    Now, don't get me wrong ...

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    Ashlee Simpson's 3-year-old son Bronx has the most adorably long locks. Though, I have no doubt the mom is getting flack for letting her little boy's hair get so long.

    My son has super curly hair too. It fell in the cutest ringlets at his shoulders and not everyone was a fan. Some friends, family members, and even friends of family members would say, "Oh you should cut his hair," "He looks like a girl," or ask in a judgemental tone, "When are you going to cut that child's hair?" In their mind, long hair was FOR GIRLS ONLY.

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