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You Don't Have to Love Other People's Kids — and You'll Always Love Yours Best
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"I remember when I was pregnant, holding a friend's infant son and thinking he was so sweet and so perfect and wondering if I'd ever be that enamored of my own kids. Well, not only do I love my kids that much, but I love them even more — to the point where my friend's son now kind of gets on my nerves."—Rachel L., 41, Lakeville, Minnesota

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Name Your Kid Whatever You Want — Seriously
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"Ever since I was a kid, I knew I was going to name my first son Michael. So when my cousin had a baby three months before me and named her son Michael, I wasn't just upset, I was irate. How dare she steal my name? My husband talked me down and pointed out that nobody 'owns' a baby name, so we could still use it if I loved it. We named our son Michael as planned and now that he's in high school we just laugh about it because there are 20 Michaels in his grade. Plus, his cousin goes by Mike, so it ended up being a total non-issue." —Evelyn S., 43, Oakland, California

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It's OK to Admit That Being a Mom Isn't a Cakewalk
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"When my three daughters were young, people would always say, 'Enjoy every moment, they're only young once.' I took that to heart and as a result had constant guilt because I was definitely not enjoying every minute of it. Now that they're all teenagers (and one is out of the house), I realize that having little kids ishardand it's OK to say that." —Carrie S., 43, Arvada, Colorado

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Kids Change You as Much as You Change Them
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"When my kids were little, I remember people telling us that they would change our lives — I thought they just meant the tangible stuff like no sleep, diapers, babysitters, expenses. But now that my kids are older, I realize that was just the beginning. Having children has forever changed the way I think and view the world."—Dawn L., 39, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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You'll Never Watch the News the Same Way Again
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"I never really watched the news or cared about politics, but the second my first baby was born, the news took on a whole new meaning to me. As my kids have grown up, they hear the news too and need me to help them make sense of it. I watch everything from the viewpoint of how it will impact my children, how it will change their world." —Jennie P., 45, Richmond, Virginia

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School Is Really Freakin' Hard — for You Too
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"When my first son started kindergarten, I had no idea what having a kid in school meant, but by the time my third started, I knew all the ins and outs: what papers need to be signed, what questions to ask, what stuff has to get done every night. I don't think my parents had to do half the stuff or go to all the programs we do now! Now I look for new moms who look lost and give them the low-down."—Jessica H., 38, Vancouver, Washington

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It's Just a Phase (Seriously, It Is)
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"I used to hate it when my kid would do something awful and the older moms would laugh and say 'it's just a phase!' They said that about everything from bed-wetting to biting other kids to diaper rash. When my oldest came home from preschool with his third 'incident report,' I was certain that meant he was destined to be the class bully. My neighbor listened to me sob that my son was going to end up in prison and then told me not to worry, he would grow out of the hitting phase. And you know what? There never was a fourth incident. And now that my two kids are teenagers, I can say with authority that most of it really is a phase and theywillgrow out of it."—Emma J., 44, Spanish Fork, Utah

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Don't Wear Yourself Out on the Small Stuff
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"My daughter was practically born with her thumb in her mouth and every time she sucked on it, all I could see was thousands of dollars of dental work and/or therapy in our future. So every time I saw her go to put her thumb in her mouth, I'd pull it out. We tried everything to make her stop and eventually just gave up. We were both a lot happier and calmer together once I stopped worrying about her teeth. Ironically, she's 13 now and her teeth are totally fine. It's her brother, the one who never sucked his thumb, that needs braces."—Jackie M., 48, Denver, Colorado

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Teenagers Aren't Guaranteed to Be the Living Hell Others Claim They Will Be
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"I remember so many people telling me to enjoy my kids when they were little because once they became teens everything would be awful. Well, my three oldest are all teenagers now and they're great kids. Sure, they can be difficult, but so can newborns. It's just different kinds of difficult."—Beth R., 37, Coral Springs, Florida

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Screw the Haters — Nurse as Long as You Want
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"I breastfed my daughter past 3 years old and was told by so many people that this would make her clingy and dependent. Well, I just dropped that kid at college and I can tell you she's Miss Independent! Nursing is such a special bonding experience. I say do it as long as both you and your child enjoy it."—Anne B., 50, San Francisco, California

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You Can't Overlove Your Kids
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You Don't Have to Baby Your Kids
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"From the get-go, I never babied my kids. You can treat your little ones like little adults. They're a lot more capable than people give them credit for and they enjoy getting to do 'big kid' stuff. I have always expected my kids to help around the house and clean up after themselves. The time I spent teaching these skills to my children was well spent — they're very tidy now."—Megan P., 40, Ridgecrest, California

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Don't Be a Slave to the Schedule
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"I had a well-meaning but out-of-touch older woman give me a book with a very detailed schedule, telling me that I should get the baby on a schedule just a few days after he was born. Everything from nap time to feeding time was scheduled at very precise times. Once my son was born, however, I realized how impractical this really is. How are you supposed to live a normal life with errands and other commitments if everything revolves around a strict schedule for the baby? The worst was the bedtime, which was crazy early at 6:30 p.m., and I wondered when working parents were supposed to see their children awake. I had a good laugh and ignored the book."—Melissa A., 44, Atlanta, Georgia

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Prepare Ye for Potty Training Times
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"Potty training was the one of the worst experiences of my life and I thought it would never end. Not only did my son start late, at 4 years old, but he wasn't fully trained until almost 8. And even then, he had the occasional nighttime accident until he hit puberty. It was awful and I was sure I was going to be changing his diaper at his graduation. But he's graduating this year and I haven't had to wipe his bum in years. I wish I'd known just to be patient; eventually, they'll figure it out."—Maryann, 48, Madison, Wisconsin

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You're More Than a Mom — You're a Human Woman and an Individual
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"The first thing everyone wants to do when they see you have young kids is to give you advice. When I was a new mom, I honestly tried to do it all and got completely overwhelmed by it. Now that I'm older, I can see I knew best all along. No one else knows your children like you do. Forget any advice you didn't ask for and make your own rules. You may have to remind family members that when you need their opinions you'll ask for them." —Sara H., 46, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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You Don't Have to Be the "Cool Mom"
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"I used to pride myself on being the 'cool mom' with my kids and their friends. I loved hanging out with them and doing fun stuff — I think it's because I was such a young mom. (I had my oldest when I was 19.) But now that my kids are teenagers, I realize that it's more important to have credibility and respect with them than it is to be popular with them. I'm trying to lay down the law now and it's not really working."—Marcy D., 35, San Antonio, Texas

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You'll Miss Being Needed
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"I don't want to sound like one of those sentimental old ladies who can't remember how incredibly hard raising small children can be, but it's true what they say about missing it. The other day I realized that my two sons, aged 17 and 20, hadn't asked me to do anything for them in several days. I'm proud that they can do their own laundry and get their own food, but part of me is sad I don't get to 'mom them' much anymore. It's nice to be needed sometimes."—Rachel K., 46, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Don't Forget Who You Are
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"As a mom of four, I know how easy it is to become just so-and-so's mom. It's like those bumper stickers where they say 'mom of an honor roll student' or 'proud parent of a cheerleader' — you lose your identity in your kids. But I've learned the hard way that that isn't good for you or for them, you need to be separate people. I love my kids and I am proud of them but I'm also still going to be me when they're long gone from my nest.






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