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    Do you want to hear a secret? I get angry and upset and cry sometimes. Okay, a lot of times. Okay, pretty much every day. But I have really good reasons for throwing temper tantrums -- I swear!

    How else am I supposed to act when Mommy does something for me that I wanted to do ALL BY MYSELF? Or when Daddy turns off my favorite show before I'm finished watching? Or when I can't get one of my toys to work right? Or when I want a "loll-pop" RIGHT NOW and Mommy says no because we don't have any?

    As I like to say, "Are you kidding me?"

    Mommy and Daddy might not agree, but I think there are plenty of times it's okay for me to have a meltdown because of something THEY'VE done wrong. Do you want to know what they are?

    Here are 12 reasons toddlers' tantrums might be all your fault ...

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    Did you know that now we're apparently supposed to hold off on giving our babies cow's milk until well beyond their first birthdays? I mean, I understand the health benefits of extended breastfeeding, but are formula-fed babies going to be better off with extended formula feeding?

    It's a crazy world out there man. I know we all want what's best for our kids, but is buying special toddler milk really worth the expense and hassle? Maybe, maybe not. Let's break it down and then you can decide if plain ol' moo juice is good enough for your darlings.

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    There are few things more frustrating than trying to feed a toddler. What is it about these short people that makes them so incredibly picky? It seems as though even kids with a once adventurous palate eventually turn their little noses up at anything except one or two favorites -- probably chicken nuggets.

    This can be frustrating, to say the least, to moms that don't want to lie to their pediatricians when they ask if our toddlers are eating their fruits and veggies.

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    Most parents are not fans of that messy cleanup after toddler meals. You know it seems like there's more food on your child's face and high chair tray than in your kid's tummy? So a lot of us will do everything we can to keep the whole process as tidy was possible -- cleaning as we go, doling out just a small amount of food as we go. But here's a notion that may send shivers down every neat-freak parent's spine: Playing with food may make kids smarter.

    You think you're protecting yourself from a big mess. But actually, you're protecting your child from learning better. Oh no! Can you stand to lower your standards and watch your toddler get super messy?

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    Former Teen Mom star (and resident delinquent) Jenelle Evans has made it clear that she is back on the straight-and-narrow. I'll admit I was skeptical at first, but it looks like she has no intention of falling off the wagon any time soon. Since as early as this summer, she seemed intent on finding stability in her private life and rebuilding her relationship with her toddler Jace. With the exception of the odd Twitter-feud, it looks like she's made real progress. She's still with boyfriend Nathan Griffith, and she's still -- as far as we know -- abstaining from the use of cigarettes, booze, and drugs.

    Now when she tweets, she's not throwing shade, she's sharing her more domestic side -- and it's so sweet that I might need a shot of insulin to cope. A recent tweet she shared about cooking breakfast was remarkable only for its everyday qualities. We're so used to a Jenelle who only ever raised hell that the idea of a Jenelle who fries eggs is pretty shocking.

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    8 Ways I'm 'Ruining' My Child's Life

    posted by Lisa Fogarty November 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM in Toddler
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    I consider myself an okay mom. What I lack in attention to detail, I make up for with lots of patience. My two-and-a-half-year-old isn't potty trained yet, but she speaks in complete sentences. We read lots of books together, take walks to the park, chat over dinner, and I'd say overall my daughter appears to be happy enough with my mommy performance thus far. 

    But there's at least one person in this world who is convinced I've got this motherhood thing all wrong: my dear, amazing but judgmental, 92-year-old grandmother. Here are the top 8 ways I'm "ruining" my child -- and possibly my unborn child as well -- according to granny. 

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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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    When I was 16 my mom worked and my parents were separated, so I ate dinner a few nights a week alone. Only I didn't actually eat my dinner -- I wrapped it up in a paper bag and tossed it down the sewer across the street. Before I did this, I was careful to smear the residue of my meal on a plate and leave it unwashed in the sink. When you're young it's easy to think up a hundred ways to deceive, especially when you need to trick everyone around you in order to hold on to your eating disorder for dear life. I am a normal weight now and eat almost everything -- almost everything that is healthy, I should say. The truth is I still have food hang-ups and "rules" that I follow to maintain control of my weight. 

    It's crazy, it's unhealthy, it's a horrible way to view food. And it's one I know I'm inflicting upon my 2-year-old daughter. These are five ways I fear I am screwing up my daughter's attitude toward food. 

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    We've heard about moms changing their baby's diaper in a restaurant, but one couple took things a bit further. A couple in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a hipster enclave, wheeled an entire wooden crib to a local dining establishment. The parents parked the crib on the sidewalk of a local restaurant and then had their meal with the toddler inside of it. Woah. This is nutty even by hipster standards!

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    Another ad campaign against childhood obesity has landed the creators in hot water. This time the folks at First 5 California have taken an image of a child model drinking milk and enhanced it to make the child appear overweight. The milk, of course, has been traded out for a big cup labeled "sugar."

    Seeing the problem here? Me neither.

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