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Motherhood Diaries: When Letting Go of Your Child is Hard to Do

Recently, my daughter had her first ever rentrée –an initiation to a ritual every mom faces. My 14-month-old simply started going to a childminder, and while Alice is taking the rentrée in her stride it doesn’t mean that I am. I’m experiencing a host of classic feelings.
Pokemon Go

Pokémon Go: Why a Hip Mama Suited Up for Battle

When an ultra-trendy augmented reality game like Pokémon Go takes the world by storm, what does a mother do? Gear up and join the fun!

The Motherhood Diaries: 6 Tips for Holidaying with a Baby

Recently, my husband and I undertook a major challenge. Now, just for context, you should know that we have both climbed some serious mountains in our time. Yet nothing prepared us for what we did last month. We went on holiday with our baby.
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Internet Age Restrictions: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

At what age is it safe to let your kids use social media? You can say NO — and, for things with age restrictions, here's why you really should.
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Teen Coach: How to Prevent Losing Your Teens Online

A father says that his 12-year old son has entered middle school. He wrinkles his nose and says that he is not working enough, and he isn’t talking much either. Then he laughs, “Oh well.” I laugh back. Then I add, “Whatever you do, don’t get him his own smartphone or tablet.” One look at the father’s face, and I know that it is too late.
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15 Important Things to Know Before Becoming or Hiring a Nanny

Are you thinking of becoming an au pair or nanny as a way of traveling to France or finding work? Or are you an employer seriously looking for that special someone to take care of your most valuable possessions: your children? Here are some things both sides should discuss before the deal is done.
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The Motherhood Diaries: Are You a Competitive Mother?

If motherhood were a competitive sport, the Olympic committee would be overrun with candidates. Every decision you make is judged by someone, and the worst culprits are other mothers clearly going for gold by comparing your pregnancy/delivery/baby/post-baby body with their own. But do you have to enter the competition?
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Man in the Kitchen: Are Smartphones Killing Conversation?

The presidential election. Mom’s new boyfriend. Summer camp. Can we go to France this summer? Can I please have some more pasta??? These are snippets from last night’s dinner conversation with my two children. Human interaction delivered in person. Not an electronic device in sight! Why?
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Parenting in a Digital World: The Best Internet Safety Resources

Digital parenting is no different than ‘regular’ parenting and one of the first things that a parent does is memorize the contact information for emergency services. Well my Digital Parenting friends, this post contains all the contact information that you need in the event of a digital emergency in France, the UK and Belgium. And I hope that you NEVER EVER need them.
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The Motherhood Diaries: Living with Chronic Fatigue

Last week, I plopped down onto the sofa, baby in arms ready for a feed, and asked my husband to pass me a bib. Ever obliging, he brought it over and proceeded absentmindedly to tie the thing around my neck. Once I realized this was not a joke and got over the hysterics than ensued, it struck me just how tired he must be. And how tired I am. All the time.