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5 Benefits of Being a Working Mom

In Family, Motherhood by Happy Mom Guide Staff

There are challenges that come along with parenting, regardless of whether you stay at home full time, work at home, or work outside the home. And plenty has been written about the challenges that come with being a working mom (here’s a post by Taryn Watts about the challenges of being a working mom, and here’s another by Ashley from Balancing today). But today’s post isn’t just about why being a working parent is hard — it’s mostly about the opposite of that: the things that can make being a full-time, working parent, fantastic. My friend Meredith Green has been …

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On Stay at Home Mom Shaming: How is this Still a Thing?

In Motherhood by Happy Mom Guide Staff

Did you know stay at home mom shaming is still a thing? In ~the olden days~, women were expected and pressured to be stay at home moms, and many had no choice, regardless of what they actually wanted. And luckily, that did change! As we know, in much of the Western world, things have been changing for, like, half a century. In more recent decades, most women haven’t felt “forced into a life at home,” especially if we happen not to want that. But… if I think back to the pop culture I was exposed to growing up (sitcoms in …

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How to Balance Being a Work at Home Mom or Dad

In Family, Motherhood by Happy Mom Guide Staff

Here’s a post on how to be a work at home mom, and how I personally balance working at home as a parent. I have to admit that once Baby #2 arrives, I know that most of what works for me now in balancing it all may end up looking comically naive and/or useless to me. But, this post is about what has been working for me so far. I wanted to share this stuff because when I first found myself as a working at home mom, I didn’t know a ton of other women like me, and definitely struggled a …

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On Toddler Weaning & How Ecological Breastfeeding Suppresses Fertility

In Family, Motherhood by Happy Mom Guide Staff

This is a post about toddler weaning, and about how ecological breastfeeding can suppress fertility (and here’s a link to my book, which talks about this in more depth!). If any of those topics seem like TMI, let me gently direct you to the title of this post, and then remind you you’re welcome to direct your browser elsewhere. If you’re here because toddler weaning, ecological breastfeeding, and related topics are exactly what you want to read more about, please continue! 🙂 When I was confused about when I’d return to fertility, I spent a ton of time Googling every …

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On Changing Your Name

In Be Happy, Marriage by Happy Mom Guide StaffLeave a Comment

If you’re married or getting married, you might be contemplating changing your name after marriage (or not changing your name!). And changing your name after marriage, if it’s something you do plan to do, isn’t the kind of thing anyone should take lightly. It’s a big deal logistically, it can be emotional, it can feel like a political statement, and it can be loaded with other personal considerations as well. And of course, whether you decide to change your name or not, everyone will have something to say about it. But I think changing your name — and some other things, …

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Breastfeeding 101: Resources for New Moms

In Motherhood by Happy Mom Guide StaffLeave a Comment

Here, I’m sharing a sort of “Breastfeeding 101” post for new moms — some of the basic Who, What, Where, When, and Why’s of Breastfeeding (though not in that order), plus some of my favorite resources related to breastfeeding. If you’re interested in this content, please read on. Edited to add: My book on Toddler Weaning is now available for purchase at Amazon here.

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20 Pregnancy Essentials (Updated!)

In Pregnancy by Happy Mom Guide Staff

We are expecting our second baby this summer! I am in my second trimester (about 4.5 months pregnant) now, and there are definitely some pregnancy essentials must-haves that I’ve needed the past few months that I’d like to share here in case it benefits anyone else. In this post, I’m also including links to some of the aforementioned essentials (they’re affiliate links, which means if you find something useful here and end up buying it, the website will get a kickback; you wouldn’t pay anything more, but you would be supporting the maintenance of  this website — so thank you …

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Shopping Recommendations & Suggestions

In Self-Care by Happy Mom Guide Staff

This page is a listing of shopping recommendations and suggestions for items you might want to purchase. Right now, this page includes links to the best baby registry I know of (Amazon Baby Registry, obviously). This page will be constantly updated with other recommendations. This page includes affiliate links. You can read the disclosures and affiliate links policy here. (By the way, if you can’t see any links or embedded images on this page, you might have an ad-blocker on; try disabling it so you can see the link) Best Baby Registry Below are some of our favorite items for …

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Changing My Name After Marriage Was Hard

In Marriage by Cherie Descorbeth

Editor: All the married ladies! Did you change your names when you got married? And if so, how did you feel about changing your last name after marriage? Particularly in a time when so many people don’t go the old-school route of woman-takes-husband’s-name after marriage, the decision to change your name after marriage can be a complicated one. Cherie, who previously talked about why the transition from being a working mom to becoming a stay at home mom is so life-changing, shared her thoughts on changing her name after marriage. Here, you can read why she decided to change her name …