Think toddlers are immune to teenage heartthrobs? Think again. Constant Chatter contributor Anna Lotto talks about her little one with an unexplainable love of Justin.
Intentions--something we all have, but sometimes don't follow through with. Rather than throw in the towel, check out these five tips to get you back on track to positive change.
Parents brag all day long about the new discoveries and skills their little ones develop, but just how advanced are they? Contributor Anna Lotto delves deeper, exploring just how far off little humans are from our ape ancestors.
Parents know all about the importance of dental hygiene, but who knew that sleep hygiene could also be a factor? Contributor Dr. Tom Jackson gives us an in-depth idea of how to better shape our little ones' sleeping habits.
With school comes all kinds of anxiety for kids and parents alike. There's no need to succumb to it, though. Constant Chatter contributor Dr. Fredric Neuman explains the ins and outs of separation anxiety at any childhood age and what you can do to minimize its effects on your family.
Having a child is a genetic dice game. Among other concerns, will the little one make it out looking like YOUR child? Brown-eyed contributor Anna Lotto had a Google session dedicated to her blue-eyed baby.
It's almost that time of year again, when the mornings become a hectic mess of bodies, lunches, homework and other school-related paraphernalia. Wouldn't it be nice if you and your little ones were prepared for the madness, making it a little less maddening?
When you're a childless woman, there can be times when it seems every other woman in the world is blessed with a baby. Contributor Sarah Schutzki considers this feeling of babies everywhere while reflecting on her own expectations of womanhood.
A lot comes with the freedom of summer vacation when you've got kids, including those inevitable two words: I'm bored. When you've got a lot on your plate already, it can be hard to respond in a helpful way. Contributor Jennifer M. Koontz gives us some tips on how to tackle those tiny twiddling thumbs.
As children, friendship seems cut and dried, and forgiveness is easy. But as we age, those close relationships can get complicated. Contributor Sarah Schutzki contemplates the various friendships throughout her lifetime and gives perspective to that imperative part of our personal lives.
Dad's an important part of the family puzzle. Show him your appreciation with one of these creative and useful gifts, most of which are easy on the wallet as well.
Ever wonder how children get their unique quirks and personality traits, particularly when the parents don't share them? So does our constantly-curious contributor Anna Lotto, who was flabbergasted by her newborn's non-stop smiling. Check out her plight to find out what made her baby so damn happy.
With Father's Day just around the corner, we thought it might be time to give dads some editorial time too. Being a daddy can be just as tough as mommy duty, and that father-daughter and father-son relationship is key to healthy development. Guest contributor Jennifer M. Koontz gives Pops some pointers to keep the dad time alive.
Finding the perfect gift for Mom can be time-consuming. After spending 30+ years on this earth thanks to her mom, editor-in-chief Tara Hall has finally figured out some of the most meaningful gifting options. Is it intentional that they're also pretty painless on the wallet? Absolutely not, but what a bonus!
Feeling the pressure of settling down and starting a family? It's a common situation for many women, particularly as social circles begin expanding with engagement parties, weddings and baby bumps. Regular contributor LJ Maggie gives us her single-girl perspective.
When people talk of motherhood, the pros and cons of breastfeeding usually aren't far behind. Contributor Anna Lotto has something to say about the subject, as well as a list of questions, like can YOU hit the bottle while breastfeeding? Moms everywhere can benefit from her research.
You've got a home improvement project that most people would hire a professional for, but you're sure you can conquer it yourself. Sound familiar? Our favorite daddy blogger, Daddy Scratches, tells a too-funny tale about DIY-house-painting woes...and hiring a pro.
After craving a baby and finally giving birth, witty contributor Anna Lotto found herself face-to-face with postpartum depression, or PPD. With this perplexing and sudden change of heart, Lotto found herself turning to Google once again for some much needed clarification.
Pregnant with your first child and wondering what you'll need to ease you into the maternal transition? New mom Amy McAloon reflected on her first few months of motherhood and pinpointed not just products but also experiences that have made her new-mom time much more manageable.
Becoming a mother can change you, as contributor Amy McAloon discovered with the birth of her first child. From nose picking to baby barf, motherhood has it's share of interesting requirements. Read on, whether you're a momma or not, for a witty recap of all things maternal.
Contributor Anna Lotto bared it all in her first piece, "Google Raised My Baby," where she admitted to an array of humorous, yet honest Google searches in her first few months as a new mom. ("Why does my baby have two buttholes?") Now she's delving into childbirth, one search phrase at a time.
It's too easy to get freaked out as a new mom. Your child does something you never expected and you're suddenly wondering if you're the only family to experience it. That's where the magic of Google helped contributor Anna Lotto. It used to take a village; now it just takes a search engine.
We've all received conflicting advice: Follow your head! No, follow your heart! It's enough to drive you crazy and usually just complicates the conundrum further. That said, it's still a dilemma for the ages. Here's contributor April Ricchuito's take on being heart smart.
In new relationships, mountains move with those three little words are first uttered, but as time goes by, the novelty sometimes wanes. Does it have to? Contributor Angela Schurhoff doesn't think so. She's outlined 10 ways we can keep "I love you" fresh without saying a thing.
At least once a year, love--all red-hued and gushy--becomes the focus of retailers nationwide. But what does it mean to really love? Contributor April Ricchuito digs deeper into the vulnerable emotion and discusses how we can better ourselves by paying a little more attention.
In a hectic world of important emails, carpooling, frantic calls and texts, homework and family commitments, it's no wonder we rarely experience the beauty of being pampered. Yeah, you get your nails done, but you deserve more! Work one of these thoughtful acts into your schedule for some personal downtime.
For one moment, imagine not having a cell phone...scary, huh? Contributor Jennifer Reed did just that--went for four L.O.N.G. months without that requisite piece of technology. How does one function without it?? Read on to find out what she learned and why she got back on the technological bandwagon.
What is it about bowel movements that makes us recoil in horror? Don't answer that. In this new installment of NMF, you'll want to recoil instantly, but don't do it! New mommy Amy McAloon realizes her vigilant awareness of her young one's No. 2 and hilarity ensues. Enjoy!
Personal empowerment is a mighty thing--and something contributor Sally Charette threw herself into earlier this year. Embarking on a physical and mental challenge with the help of the California ATF, Charette rediscovered her creativity through this intense new experience.
Dividing the holidays between divorced parents and in-laws can be a stressful mess, and if it feels too overwhelming, it's all too easy to blow up and bail out. Before you freak, take in calm and collected contributor Angela Schurhoff's wise advice. She'll help you enjoying the holidays on your own terms.
One of the scariest parts of parenthood is relinquishing control of your little one's life (even if only temporarily) and entrusting an almost-stranger with it. CC resident mom Angela Schurhoff outlines the best methods for locating that special trustworthy person so you can enjoy some much-needed adult time.
Moms can be the hardest women to buy for -- they seem to have everything they could possibly need. Constant Chatter Editor Tara Hall has compiled a list of gifts worthy of the important mother(s) in your life. Think she'll guess what you've got wrapped up under the tree for her? Not with these unique options!
Oh, the unexpected excitement of babies! New mom contributor Amy McAloon continues giving us the inside scoop -- pun intended -- on the hilarious albeit exhausting antics involved with motherhood. This time around, it's all about No. 2.
In the vein of "kids say the darndest things," our lovably sarcastic daddy blogger Daddy Scratches shares a shining example of children's innocence and the frustration it can cause. Short and sweet, this moment-in-the-life-of is well worth a click and a quick read.
It's that time again -- time to rack your brain for brilliant gift ideas, research the best prices and weather traffic, long lines and short fuses to locate them. Or maybe not. There are alternatives to store-bought gifts, as our handy contributor Jennifer Reed points out. Save money, your sanity and the environment? Yes please!
The adventures of Daddy Scratches continue -- this time with a mishap in the kitchen. Proving that parenting isn't always smooth sailing, our favorite daddy blogger fesses up to an embarrassing oversight that could have cost him his house, but thankfully it didn't. Read on for another side-splitting tale.
Life as a new mother is often nothing but a series of calisthenics and Pilates moves. Who needs a session on the treadmill when you've got a high energy baby to entertain? Let New Mommy blogger Amy McAloon explain. You'll get tired just reading about it. We did.
You know those women who become best friends with their mothers-in-law, going shopping, chatting on the phone, doing pretty much everything with them? Didn't think so. Not to say it's all bad. There are simply some things in life that should be avoided at all costs. Obviously, any kind of land war in Asia. But just as deadly? Cooking with your mother-in-law.
This time around, Daddy Scratches, the formerly unflappable, self-described Person Who Is Smarter Than Everyone Else in the Room, goes head-to-head with a demonic tubside bath seat. Cue bafflement, terror, thwarted rage, shrieking child, firemen and the loss of Daddy's confidence in all that makes him "Daddy."
Our baby blogger, Amy McAloon, takes the New Mommy Files to new and hilarious heights with this harrowing (and squirt-coffee-out-of-your-nose funny) saga of traveling with an infant. Read on for tales of navigating the hostile tracks (and seething fellow riders) of train rides with your screaming little bundle of joy.
Last time CC staffer Melissa Henderson visited this topic, it was "where hath my youth and great aspirations gone?" as she tearfully downed half a bottle of wine and paged despondently through old photo albums. Now it's time for her to drag herself out of that oh-so-seductive well of self pity and do something about it.
Technology is a funny thing. It helps and hinders communication all at the same time. Yes, we can Skype our family members halfway around the globe, and text a quick "hello." But sometimes those glowing little rectangles interrupt the most basic of human interactions -- looking each other straight in the eyes.
The latest dispatch from the New Mommy Files addresses the raging controversy over cloth diapers vs. disposable. Prepare to be mesmerized by talk of such things as Pre-Folds, Envelope Shells and the St-Lucia Blues. Who knew keeping the planet green and your baby's bottom clean could be so involved?
Mother's Day has come and gone this year, but for many women the scars from that beloved May holiday remain. Join us as we explore ways in which to create a new tradition without destroying the old ... or the Olds.
When couples need space, it's not always of the emotional variety. Often the survival of a relationship literally hinges on the kind of space that's a bit more tangible. Like, space you can measure with a ruler. Here's how to navigate close quarters and your loved one without degenerating into the siblings in the backseat of the station wagon kind of thing.
Inspired by her personal "Be the Change" movement, Editor in Chief Tara Hall decided to open herself up to outside advice -- in this case, from former celebrity housewife turned writer, margarita aficionado and burgeoning entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel. Is her latest offering, a self-help memoir, as helpful as Tara hopes?
Fueled by an early morning revelation, Constant Chatter's Editor in Chief Tara Hall has embarked on a journey of change, self-reflection and rediscovery. Join her as she shares her adventures in online dating, renewing her wardrobe and a host of other "what the hell am I thinking" moments. Here's Chapter One.
In this age of social media gone wild, online relationships often outnumber their analog counterparts, bringing with them an entirely new set of tricky social situations that would put even Emily Post's diplomatic skills to the test. Latest conundrum: when "friends" (read: online acquaintances) ask for a place to put their feet up.
From the New Mommy Files, intrepid correspondent Amy McAloon braves the world of breast pumping. She figured you might want that kind of thing test-driven before you made the plunge. (She's cool like that.) Why is a breast pump important, you ask? Well, if you're a breastfeeding mother and harbor any hope of ever leaving the house (sans baby), read on.
We're told breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, but as New Mommy blogger Amy McAloon explains, natural doesn't necessarily equal easy. Welcome to an entirely new vocabulary that includes terms like lactation consultants, good and bad latches and some truly harrowing words related to nipples: cracked, sore, raw and (thankfully) salve.