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How Do I Get My Newborn to Sleep Anywhere Other Than My Arms?

How Do I Get My Newborn to Sleep Anywhere Other Than My Arms?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her newborn daughter. She says her daughter refuses to sleep anywhere other than in her arms or right next to her in bed. This mom had a C-section, so sleeping with her daughter in the bed next to her causes discomfort, pain, and ultimately doesn’t really allow mom to sleep. She has tried absolutely everything, but baby won’t sleep on her own. Any advice?

Should My Fiancé and I Stay Together for the Kids?

Should My Fiancé and I Stay Together for the Kids?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her relationship with her fiancé. She says her fiancé, who is not her children’s biological father, is a great stepfather, but she feels their relationship has reached the end of the line. She is tempted to stay together for the kids‘ sake, since he has a good relationship with them, but is unsure if that is wise. If they break up, her fiancé will likely leave the area and not see the children anymore, which would likely cause them pain. Advice? YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: My Boyfriend Is Amazing But I’m Still Not Happy: Do I Owe It To Our Daughter to Stay With Him? A member of the community asks: “I am trying to make things work with my fiancé for my kids but I want to split up: Advice? I have been with my fiancé for a little over four years now. He is great with my kids, and my youngest child even calls him dad. for about the last year, things have been really off between us, and we’ve tried working it out, but I think this is the end of the line for us. I am honestly only with him …

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My Stepdaughter Has Been Having Many Accidents Following Some Big Changes: Advice?

My Stepdaughter Has Been Pooping On Herself Following Some Big Life Changes: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her 5-year-old stepdaughter, who “has been pooping on herself for a while now.” She says this behavior has been getting worse ever since “her mom gave her up to her dad and me.” She adds that her stepdaughter says she knows when she has to go but doesn’t want to stop playing or get up to go to the bathroom, and then tries to hide it. Any advice for this stepmom?

My Toddler Hates Sleep and It's Becoming a Problem: Advice?

My Toddler Hates Sleep and It’s Becoming a Problem: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her almost-4-year-old daughter. She says her daughter “hates sleep.” She’s energetic, and though this mom is constantly trying to tire her out, it never results in better sleep. She mostly only sleeps 4 – 5 hours per night total. She tries to let her daughter “cry it out,” but this is complicated because the crying is disruptive to an elderly relative with dementia who also lives with them. Any advice for this exhausted mom?

Ciara Writes Message To 6-Year-Old Amidst Protests

Ciara Writes Moving Message To 6-Year-Old Son Amidst George Floyd Protests

Amidst George Floyd’s heartwrenching death, many have discussed racial injustices around the globe. And while there are no exact words to exactly capture the grief and rage felt by the black community, Ciara is doing her part to find them in a message to her son.

Dad-To-Be, Who Raised His Younger Sister, Storms Out of Doctor's Appointment After Learning Wife's Pregnant With a Baby Girl

Dad-To-Be, Who Raised His Younger Sister, Storms Out of Doctor’s Appointment After Learning Wife’s Pregnant With a Baby Girl

According to a 28-year-old anonymous Reddit user, her 33-year-old husband was not happy when they learned the sex of their unborn child. And as the mom-to-be’s post explained, she and her husband have been together since college. The couple didn’t do anything special when it came to learning the gender of their first child. Instead, they opted for the simple way of finding out with their doctor telling them at their most recent appointment. However, the expectant mom was not expecting the reaction the dad-to-be had to the news that they were having a baby girl. “When the doctor told us we were having a girl I could see her jaw quite literally drop at the expression on my husband’s face,” she wrote. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: New Dad Asks Reddit ‘AITA’ After He Used a Women’s Restroom to Change His Newborn Son’s Diaper “He dropped the papers he was holding and walked out.” After learning the sex of their child, the Reddit user said the future dad didn’t talk to her for the rest of the day. It wasn’t until they sat down for dinner that she addressed her husband. She told him that “if he was only planning …

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My Husband Does Not Help Our Family At All: Is It Time for Me To Leave Him?

My Husband Does Not Help Our Family At All: Is It Time for Me To Leave Him?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her husband. She says her husband, to whom she has been married for 7 years, does nothing to help her or their kids. He doesn’t work. He doesn’t help around the house. He keeps making efforts that only last for days before going back to doing nothing. Things are only becoming more strained with time. They have been to counseling, but the problems remain. Should this mom give up on the marriage or keep trying?

My 7-Year-Old Is Being Assessed for ADHD, But I'm Not Trusting the Process So Far: Advice?

My 7-Year-Old Is Being Assessed for ADHD, But I’m Not Trusting the Process So Far: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her 7-year-old daughter, who is being assessed by her teacher for ADHD. This mom says her daughter is smart and active but has problems listening to instructions sometimes. This mom asked her daughter’s teacher to fill out the ADHD assessment form, but upon receiving it, is unsure if she agrees with the assessment, as she senses some exaggeration in the answers. Is there anything this mom can do to help her daughter without going through this painful, frustrating process?

My 9-Year-Old Daughter Struggles with Going to Sleep at Night, and I've Tried Everything: Advice?

My 9-Year-Old Daughter Struggles with Going to Sleep at Night, and I’ve Tried Everything: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her 9-year-old daughter, who struggles when she tries to go to sleep at night. This mom has tried everything — nightlights, music, limiting electronics usage before bed, CBD gummies, melatonin, and more — to varying degrees of success, but she ultimately ends up back in the same frustrating spot. Any advice for her?

I Want My Husband to Adopt My Daughter, But I Need Some Advice: Has Anyone Been Through This Before?

I Want My Husband to Adopt My Daughter, But I Need Some Advice: Has Anyone Been Through This Before?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her husband adopting her daughter. This mom is pregnant with her second child, but her first has a different father who has never been involved in the child’s life. This mom wants to know how she should go about helping her husband adopt her daughter. What does she need to consider in terms of the biological father’s legal rights? Does she need to contact him? Has anyone been through this?

My Little Sister Wants to Move Out-of-State and In with a Boyfriend She's Never Met in Person: How Can I Help Her Make a Smart Decision?

My Little Sister Wants to Move Out-of-State and In with a Boyfriend She’s Never Met in Person: How Can I Help Her Make a Smart Decision?

A man writes in asking for his advice about his little sister. He says his sister is about to graduate from high school, and after, she plans to move out of state and in with her boyfriend, whom she has never actually met in person. This man wants to support his sister’s decision and doesn’t want to come across as too overprotective, but he wants to make sure she is making a smart, safe choice.

What Should I Do About My Wedding, Which Has Been Derailed by the Pandemic?

What Should I Do About My Wedding, Which Has Been Derailed by the Pandemic?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her impending wedding. She says that she was supposed to marry her fiancé on May 15, but it has since been pushed back to June 12 due to the ongoing pandemic. She is thinking of ways in which she can still celebrate their marriage while following social distancing guidelines and also make the most of the deposit money she has put down. She has some ideas but is looking for feedback.

I'm Struggling So Badly I'm Beginning to Believe My Family Would Be Better Off Without Me: Advice, Please?

I’m Struggling So Badly I’m Beginning to Believe My Family Would Be Better Off Without Me: Advice, Please?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her mental health. She says she has reached a boiling point and feels ready to “explode.” She feels like she is not good enough for her family, has never been good enough for her family. She wonders if her kids’ lives would be better without her in them. She is looking for support and advice; can you help?

How Can I Show My Stepchildren I Am So Grateful to Them for Helping Me During My Pregnancy?

How Can I Show My Stepchildren I Am So Grateful to Them for Helping Me During My Pregnancy?

A mom writes in asking for advice about the best way she can show how grateful she is to her stepchildren (a teen and a preteen) for helping her during her pregnancy. She says she has had a complicated pregnancy, and her husband, an essential worker, can’t always be around to help her. Her two stepchildren, however, “have really stepped up to help with everything.” How can she show them she is thankful for their love and support? YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Dad Shares Incredible Advice on How to Be a Supportive Partner After Wife Gives Birth in Viral Post Every Parent Should Read A member of the community asks: “How can I show my husband’s kids I am thankful for them helping me with my pregnancy? I am pregnant with my second child with my husband. Our daughter together just turned 2. My husband came with two older kids (a 15-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl). I have been having some complications with this pregnancy, and the two big kids have really stepped up to help with everything, including cooking dinner with my guidance and doing little things to help me. My husband is an essential worker, so I can’t really …

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Influencer Ashley Stock's 3-Year-Old Daughter Stevie Passes Away a Little Over One Month After Learning About Rare Fatal Brain Tumor

Influencer Ashley Stock’s 3-Year-Old Daughter Stevie Passes Away a Little Over One Month After Learning About Rare Fatal Brain Tumor

“There have been many miracles and countless God moments that I’ll put into words when my heart has strength. For now, I’m overwhelmed with relief that she’s at peace but I’m also feeling crushed by a pain so intense I can’t put it into words.”

My 3-Year-Old Son Was Just Diagnosed with ADHD: Can I Give Him CBD Gummies to Help Manage His Behavior?

My 3-Year-Old Son Was Just Diagnosed with ADHD: Can I Give Him CBD Gummies to Help Manage His Behavior?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her 3-year-old toddler. She says her son was recently diagnosed with ADHD after experiencing severe anger issues at times. She is wondering if she might be able to give him CBD gummies as a way of helping control behavior. Do any moms have advice or experience to share?

My 5-Year-Old Son's Behavior Has Gotten So Out of Control Lately: Advice?

My 5-Year-Old Son’s Behavior Has Gotten So Out of Control Lately: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her 5-year-old son’s bad behavior. She says he has completely stopped using the bathroom. She has had to put him back in Pull-Ups even though he is fully potty trained. He is also exhibiting rude and sometimes mean behavior. He purposefully pushes and tests his mom and others in his life. This mom has tried everything and is feeling defeated. Any advice for her?

I'm Very Concerned About My Son's Living Situation When He's Staying With His Dad: Advice?

I’m Very Concerned About My Son’s Living Situation When He’s Staying With His Dad: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her son’s living situation when he is staying with his dad. She says that her son, 5, stays with his father every weekend. They live in a two-bedroom apartment with no yard. The father’s girlfriend, who also lives with them, is due to have a baby at any minute. Recently, the father’s father, who is an “alcoholic,” moved in as well. She is also concerned that her son is sleeping in a “baby crib” while there. What can or should she do?

I No Longer Have Romantic Feelings for My Husband Even Though He's a Great Partner and Dad: Advice?

I No Longer Have Romantic Feelings for My Husband Even Though He’s a Great Partner and Dad: Advice?

A mom writes in asking for advice about her relationship with her husband. She says that she no longer feels a romantic connection with her husband; instead, she only sees him as a friend. He’s a good man and a good father, she says, but the romantic spark is gone. They are currently living separately so that she can spend some time exploring her feelings, and they are already in therapy together. She feels torn between her head and her heart. Any advice for her?

Women Are Being Pushed Out Of Workforce With No Caregivers

Women Are Being Pushed Out Of Workforce With No Caregivers, Camps Or Grandparents

Working women – especially those who work in concentrated service industries – are vulnerable to the coronavirus economy, as there is overwhelming evidence that women are being laid off or furloughed at a significantly higher rate than men.

There's a Huge Age Gap Between My Three Older Kids and My New Baby, and I'm Struggling: Is That Normal?

There’s a Huge Age Gap Between My Three Older Kids and My New Baby, and I’m Struggling: Is That Normal?

A mom writes in asking for advice about the age gap between her kids. She is a mother-of-four; three of her four kids are teenagers or pre-teens. Her newest child is an 11-month-old infant. That makes the age gap between her youngest child and second-oldest kid more than 10 years. This mom has been struggling, and she is unsure why. She has raised three kids, but this fourth one seems harder. Is it due to the age gap? Any advice for her?

I'm Going to Be a First-Time Mom: When Should I Have My First Ultrasound?

I’m Going to Be a First-Time Mom: When Should I Have My First Ultrasound?

A first-time mom writes in asking for advice about her first ultrasound. She says she just found out she is in Week 9 of her pregnancy, but when she contacted an OBGYN, they told her they would not schedule her first ultrasound until she is 12 weeks. This mom says every other mom she knows had her first ultrasound between 6-8 weeks. Is it normal to have your first ultrasound so “late” at 12 weeks?