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9 Unexpected “Ask Our Experts” Questions of 2012

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

FAQ lettersThrough the years, our readers have submitted questions to Parents through the Ask Our Experts page, asking how to prepare for birth, how to breastfeed babies, how to potty train toddlers, and more.

In-between frequently asked questions about pregnancy and picky eating, our readers have also asked some surprising questions. We’ve chosen nine of the most unexpected ones and highlighted them below.



If you have a question, don’t forget to submit it on our Ask the Experts page.

Image: FAQ word on background via Shuttestock

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Top Blog Posts of 2012

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Computer keyboard 2012This was an amazing year for our bloggers, who wrote a mix of thought-provoking, poignant, helpful, humorous, and just-plain-fun posts.

Looking back, we’ve chosen to highlight each blogger’s most popular posts, along with their own personal favorites (the ones they loved writing). Read and re-read the posts (alphabetized according to blog names) below and share which post from this list is your favorite.

Parents News Now
Popular Post:
Oklahoma Mom Shoots, Kills Intruder After 911 Operator Gives OK
Favorite Posts:
High School Football Team Shows Kindness to Bullied Girl
Boston Transit Worker Saves Little Girl’s Stuffed Bunny

Red-Hot Parenting
Popular Post:
The 25 Words a 2-Year-Old Should Be Saying
Favorite Posts:
3 Ways to Talk to Your Toddler That Pay Off Academically in 10 Years
The 25 Words a 2-Year-Old Should Be Saying

The Thrifty Frugal Mom
Popular Post:
4 Things I Do to Keep Our Grocery Budget at $200/mo. for a Family of Four
Favorite Posts:
6 Simple Tips to Save Money by Not Wasting Food
6 Ways to Save on Meat

In Name Only
Popular Post:
A Name for Baby Kardashian
Favorite Posts:
Should You Be Able to Name Your Baby Hashtag?
Celebrity Babies: Uma Thurman Gives Her Daughter a Really, Really Long Name

To the Max
Popular Post:
A Paralyzed Woman Decides to End Her Life, and Her Mother Agrees
Favorite Posts:
Today Is a Day to Stop Using the Word “Retard”
Why You Shouldn’t Pity Special Needs Parents

Mom Must Read
Popular Post:
Facebook, Goodreads Best Books for Summer
Favorite Posts:
What I’m Reading: ‘The Gun Book for Parents’
‘Teach Your Children Well’ Speaks to Tiger Moms, Not the Rest of Us

Great Expectations
Popular Post:
One Reason to Have Another Baby
Favorite Posts:
The Awkward Moment During Pregnancy When…
What Shaped Me as a Mother

Fearless Feisty Mama
Popular Post:
Do Toddlers Have Memories?
Favorite Posts:
Is Your Toddler’s Independence Hard on You?
Should Depressed People Procreate?

The Dadabase
Popular Post:
Kama Sutra for Parents of Young Children
Favorite Posts:
A Dad’s Letter to His Son on His 2nd Birthday
8 Non-Religious Reasons to Take Your Kids to Church

Tech-Savvy Parents
Popular Post:
4 iPhone Apps to Reinforce Toddler Learning
Favorite Posts:
10 Photo Tips for Fabulous Holiday Cards
Age-Appropriate Resources to Keep Kids Cybersafe

The Homeschool Den
Popular Post:
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Favorite Posts:
Beginning Reader Worksheet Pack to Accompany the Bob Books
Germ Experiment — Where Do Germs Grow in Your House??!

High-Chair Times
Popular Post:
I’m Mom Enough Not to Be an Attachment Parent
Favorite Post:
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: The Biggest Breastfeeding Bully of All
Did Your Pregnancy Cravings Influence Your Child’s Eating Habits?

Unexpectedly Expecting
Popular Post:
Wisconsin Bill Aims to Penalize Single Moms
Favorite Posts:
Conversations with a 3-Year-Old
More Conversations with a 3-Year-Old


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Meet TV’s New Moms

Monday, August 13th, 2012

For the past few years, it seems like all the major networks have been playing with the wacky-family formula to try to find the right mix for the next Modern Family. A dash of parental dysfunction here; a splash of kid snark there. This season, the main ingredient seems to be single moms. There’s at least one new series with a single-mom character in the lead on most channels this fall. Check out a few of the shows:


Ben and Kate


Malibu Country


How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)


The New Normal


Not to worry, Dads! There’s also a show for you….

Guys With Kids


What do you think? Are any of these shows must-see TV?




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