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Ten Things Never to Say to Other People. Period.

Posted by Kara Baskin January 30, 2013 01:00 PM

I chortle along with everyone else when I read the lists that come out about once a month of things not to say to this mom or that mom (witness this popular post today on HuffPo: What Not to Say to a Working Mom). What bugs me is that the media tends to divvy up parents into segments: moms versus dads, bottle-feeders versus breast-feeders, stay-at-home moms versus working moms. I think there some universal truths that most people can agree on—moms and dads, please—whether you work 60 hours a week and pump in your conference room, or stay at home and want to climb up your walls, or don't have kids and don't plan to anytime soon.

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Eight Tips for Feeling Better About Your Babysitter

Posted by Kara Baskin January 23, 2013 06:00 PM

At one time or another, most of us feel guilty about leaving our kids in someone else's care. Maybe you work and drop your child at daycare. Drop-offs can be wrenching, I know. You get back to your car, crank up the radio, and wonder if your child is splashing at the water table or spewing mucus bubbles through his nose in a state of permanent caterwaul. Or maybe you're just stealing away for dinner and happen to look back toward your house ... only to see sad eyes peeping through the blinds. Horror stories like the one about Aisling McCarthy Brady, the Quincy nanny who allegedly beat her infant charge to death, don't help. It's a piercing reminder that, yes, leaving your child with a stranger really is a leap of faith. Yesterday morning, I was on NECN offering up my tips for feeling better about your choice.

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Shocking: Most Parents Lie to Their Children to Get Them to Behave

Posted by Kara Baskin January 21, 2013 03:00 PM

Most of us teach our kids that lying is always bad (unless you're telling a friend that her new haircut is lovely even though she looks like she stuck her finger in a toaster, etc.). However: New research from the University of California, published by the International Journal of Psychology, makes hypocrites out of us. According to the research, "The vast majority of parents lie to their children in order to get them to behave." Busted.

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Now I’ll Cry Before I Get Old

Posted by Kara Baskin January 15, 2013 08:00 AM

It's a universal realization, I suppose: Oh god. I am not 16 anymore. Maybe it hits when we bend to lift our toddler from the tub and can’t stand up again. Or when we awake on a post-book-club morning and realize that life hurts on post-Chardonnay nights. For me it came this Sunday, the morning after my 34th birthday.

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Family Goals for 2013, Or: No Pooping Behind the Plant

Posted by Kara Baskin January 1, 2013 09:00 AM

OK, I’ve accomplished some of my 2013 goals already (I cheated and did ‘em over the holiday break, 'cause they were easy). These included buying actual big-girl makeup (I’d never used eyebrow pencil before—how is this possible? It gives you a whole new face, I tell ya!) and rearranging the furniture in our bedroom (our neighbor, a feng-shui consultant, gave us complimentary suggestions, since apparently our “relationship corner” was stacked with old bills). Now I just need to pay off my credit card by next week, and I’ll be happy. But I have some bigger-picture family issues that need attention.

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About the author

Kara Baskin (@kcbaskin) is a Boston-based writer, editor, and mom to Andy. She thinks Sriracha and garlic make everything tastier. She loves Steely Dan and "Murder, She Wrote." Her More »

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