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Important Advice for Moms as the Unique School Year Begins

Going Back to School During COVID

The 2020 back-to-school season may seem a little different than years before because, well, it is. This change is not only stressful to many moms, it brings new questions to the forefront. Should my little one stay home from daycare? Should I put my kids in school full-time? What if I can’t keep up with virtual learning and my job? Will my toddler actually keep her mask on?

These are worries spinning around the minds of so many moms out there. Though these fears and frustrations are new, much of the advice as to how to handle these emotions is not. Facing these hurdles using some of the following advice (given by real moms facing the exact same challenges) will not only help you now, but also help when other stressors arise. 

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Reasons Why Feeling "Prepared for Motherhood" is Near Impossible

What to Expect when expecting

Many pregnant mamas confidently say they’re ready to be a mom. They may do everything in their power to organize and plan the nursery for the big arrival. They use every oil in the book to prevent stretch marks. They take every class and read up on all the recent research. 

The thing is, mental, emotional, and physical preparation for motherhood is challenging.

Read this article for some real-life-advice from some real-life-moms. They've been there. They've done it. And they want to help you through this next transition in life.

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Helping Children Overcome the Loss of a Pet

Child losing a pet

There is never an easy way to overcome the loss of a pet. It’s hard for absolutely everyone involved – including the little ones. However, young children may not fully understand the reality of such a scenario. This uncertainty leads to parents feeling helpless, their minds littered with questions: Should I explain what happened? Should we hire a therapist? Should we make up a story?

There is never a clean-cut answer because no child is the same.

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Fun Ways to Get Toddlers to Brush Their Teeth

Brushing Teeth for Kids

Innovative and lively methods on how to get kids to brush their teeth

We understand the tough daily battle you have to fight with your kids to make them go through their daily routine. Making them brush their teeth is no easier. However, should we blame the kids for making such a fuss? After all, who likes to leave the toy house to put a bristled stick in their mouth? We don’t. So, what’s the solution? Simple. Let us turn brushing teeth into a fun-filled affair that attracts the little ones.

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Keeping Up With Crafts: What the Heck Do You Do With Them All?

Storing Kids Crafts

Every piece of your little one’s art may seem special – up until you have twenty of the exact same paintings or pictures piling up on your dining room table. Though they are creative memories you wish to cherish forever, storage can get tricky after a while.

Below are some suggestions as to how to either save, send, or scrap some of the projects and crafts your children have created.

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Staying Sane During Quarantine – Part III: Educational Activities

Educational Activities for Children

Whether you’re figuring out homeschool curriculum or trying to entertain your little one in creative ways, one thing is for sure – it isn’t easy. It’s hard work playing the role of mother, teacher, and friend. What can be even harder is stepping into the role of teacher if you don’t fully understand what you’re doing or know what new ideas to plan for next.

Luckily, there are some clever mamas out there who have thought up some ideas for you. Instead of searching Pinterest, emailing your little one’s teacher, or turning on Frozen 2 for the seventh time that week, try some of the educational activities below. These are little projects you can easily make from items you have at home and will keep your kid’s brain moving so you can sip your coffee sanely.

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Staying Sane During Quarantine – Part I: Fun Physical Activities

OCID-19 Kids Activities

The last few weeks have flipped the world upside down. Jobs have stopped. Events have been postponed. People are working from home. Parents are trying to figure out how the heck to teach their children common core math...

Parents are human and can only think up new, creative activities for so long before their brain explodes. Therefore, some moms put their creative energy out there for other moms to use. Below are a few creative activities to try at home to keep your little ones physical and moving so the parents don’t lose their minds.

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A Nonstop Summer of Traveling with Twins: What This Mom Learned

Traveling with Kids

One of the major things I learned early on in motherhood was traveling would be much tougher moving forward. No longer would I just quickly slip on my shoes, grab my phone, grab my keys, and be out the door. No longer could I decide to head out-of-town for the weekend last minute. No longer would a quick trip to the grocery store be just that – a quick trip. 

Good thing I recognized this truth early on because, man, was I right.

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Part III: The Summertime Manual for Mama – Beach and Water Play Hacks

Summertime Tips for Parents

It can be tricky remembering absolutely everything you need once you’re at the beach, a spray park, or pool. Even for infants and newborns, it can be tough packing everything you need to make sure your adventure is a safe and enjoyable one. Of course, the word enjoyable isn’t always the first word you think of when it comes to the long to-do list you try to check off before walking out the door. It isn’t always enjoyable packing towels, sunscreen, diapers, hats, umbrellas, extra clothes, extra bathing suits, snacks, and everything else you need along with remembering what you need.

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Part II: The Summertime Manual for Mama – Sunscreen Secrets

Putting SPF on Kids

Every baby is different. This is a truth that is said over and over again to the point where it starts ringing in a new mother’s ears. Though it is cliché, the truth is a good one to remember – especially when it comes to summertime skin.

Even if you are someone with naturally sun-kissed skin, you never know how your little one’s skin will turn out. If you’re someone with freckled, sensitive skin, your baby may not have the same struggles as you. Either way, it is always good to be as prepared as possible for sun safety.

But, of course, it isn’t all that easy.

Some sunscreens work well for certain babies while some can cause rashes or negative reactions. While some little ones do well with the application of sunscreen, others may fuss and scream and wiggle until their mama gives up.

Therefore, it is good to have many options available when it comes to maintaining your sunscreen sanity.  

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Sleep vs. Sex: What Valentine's Day Really Looks Like for New Parents

Valentines Day Mom

"If we didn’t have kids it would be very different. A hotel room, room service and lots of sexy time!”  

Many couples tell themselves that nothing will change between them once a baby comes into the picture. They will still have date nights and intimate evenings together. They will still say, “I love you” before falling asleep every night and cuddle while catching up on The Good Doctor or The Handmaid’s Tale. They will still hold hands and make-out and make friends and family members wonder how the heck their “Honeymoon Stage” lasted so long.

 For a rare few, this is reality; for most, this is near impossible to maintain.

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Bathtime Bonanza: A Step-by-Step Guide to Surviving Bathtime

Bath time for Kids

Parents either dread bathtime or look forward to it. It can be a bonding time when you truly get to involve yourself in your little one’s life or it can be the messiest, tearful tragedy of the day. However the outcome, it makes for memorable moments – many which are entertaining to catch and cherish on camera.

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Twin Mama Mayhem: Part 2 – Attention Sharing

Twins

Even before the girls were born, people asked me about how I would handle favoritism and the sharing of attention between my twins. For parents who have more than one child, this concept can come up in conversation often. At first, I was nervous. Would I have a favorite? Would I not be able to show my babies equal attention? Would it be harder than I thought it would be?

Well, of course it would be hard – that’s just motherhood in a nutshell.

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Twin Mama Mayhem: Part 1 - Sticking to Schedule

Twins

I was told during my pregnancy that being a mom of twins would be different than being a mom of a singleton. At first, I really didn’t know what that meant because this was my first time stepping foot into motherhood. I didn’t know what to expect and all I knew was what I was experiencing. Of course, it wasn’t easy. However, it was all I knew.

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Triangle and Circle - A Book About Empathy

Sarah Claxton

Hi, I'm Sarah, I handle Mommee Coffee's Instagram account (@mommeecoffee - follow us!) and I'm also an artist and mom.  I live in Philadelphia with my husband Eric, our son Fritz, and too many cats to name. I'm a photographer by training, but over the years I've expanded my repertoire to include illustration and writing.  "Triangle and Circle" is my first children’s book, and the first of a forthcoming series of books. 

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6 Must-Do’s Before an Overnight Without the Kids

Grandma Playing with the Grandchildren

We recently enjoyed a long weekend away from the kids to head to Sonoma, and Grandma was nice enough to babysit. We have a two-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl, so there still are things that they aren’t able to tell her they need. So writing it down is very important! In all the chaos of you leaving, there is no way Grandma is going to remember the things you tell her - or know what you know. I highly suggest writing it all down in order to make it easy on her, and to ease your own mind.

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Keeping Your Little Ones Safe In The Sunshine

SPF for Kids

Once warm weather hit and I could take my girls outside without bundling them up in layers on top of layers, I remembered one thing: They’d never really been out in the hot sun before. Being that they were born at the start of a western New York winter season (a season that seems to never end), all they really knew was snow, long-sleeved onesies, extra swaddle blankets, and, oh yeah, more snow. Never had they really been outside when the sun could be of harm to them.

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Inspiration From All Sides: Squirmy Wormy Children’s Books

Squirmy Wormy

I find inspiration for my books a lot of ways: from the silly things that make my kids laugh, to my husband pushing me to follow my passions; from the teachers at school providing new experiences for my children, to the special family and friends in our lives. Each one adds up to a new book idea and my latest book, “Fiona the Snail Goes to Kindergarten,” gives a shout out to all of them!

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Nighttime Routine Clock

DIY Nighttime Routine Clock

It's not worth the fight. Fighting with your little one about what time it is (time for baths, time for bed, etc.) is an endless battle. And what's worse is they can't tell time yet anyway! So they just keep saying 5 more minutes, 5 more minutes….

Our family created this night time routine clock and colored it so that our toddler knows a little more about what time it "really" is: Dinner, Bath, Books & Bedtime.

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