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#boymom: What's in a Hashtag?

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My kid’s been down the slide 312 times this morning. So much energy! #boymom
A photo of dinner on the floor. #boymom #pizzadelivery
A photo of a kid suspended from the stair railing. #turnedmybackforonesecond #boymom

I get why parents tweet messages like these. I get why they need to tell people that their kids are climbing the fridge or picking up snakes or running down the street. They’re exhausted. They’re bewildered. They want to know they’re not alone, that they’re not bad moms. If I was remotely skilled at maintaining a social media presence, I’d be tweeting about these things too…. More

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My Baby Is Graduating Preschool, and I’m a Mess

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I didn’t cry at my daughter’s preschool graduation. When my little girl walked across that stage in her miniature cap and gown, I felt many things. Amazement at how much she’d grown in just a few short years. Pride in the girl she was becoming, who cared about others and was curious about the world around her. Anxiety that my camera might fail, and I’d forever miss my chance to memorialize this fleeting rite of passage…. More

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Chic 5-Minute Hairstyles for Busy Moms

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We’ve all been there. How many days have you found yourself throwing on a baseball cap or grabbed a rubber band (shudder) because you couldn’t find a no-metal hair elastic for your ponytail? Roseanne McIlvane, a California-based Member of Hollywood Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist Guild, IATSE Local 706 Journeyman Makeup Artist & Celebrity Makeup Artist offers easy tips to look your best when time’s short, including “If you shower or bath in the morning, stop it! Shower at night. Not only will it help you sleep, but you can set your hair, braid it or at least tame it so you won’t have to deal with drying and styling in the morning.”… More

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How to Choose the Right Daycare Facility

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You’ve spent the time since your baby’s birth bonding and enjoying one another; as much as you’d like to continue staying at home, the reality is that you’re heading back to work soon. How do you decide who to trust with your most precious treasure? Picking a daycare can feel a bit overwhelming at first, but keeping a few tips and questions in mind will bring its panic-inducement potential under control…. More

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How My 3.5-Year-Old Inspired Me to Start an Apparel Brand

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It started during a morning my 3.5 year old daughter asked me a question that sent me scouring through the internet for nearly an hour.

“Why is there no smell for water?”

As I searched on Google, it turned out adults around the world have been pondering this question too. “Does water have a smell” on Quora, “Does water have smell?” on Stackexchange, “Why does water have no taste or smell?” on Reddit…. More

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