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Dumb-ass stuff we need to stop saying to Dads. Recently I got chatting with a nice lady in the queue at the supermarket.

Dumb-ass stuff we need to stop saying to Dads.

(Because when the highlight of your Friday evening is browsing a frozen food aisle, you’ll talk to everyone.) As I loaded a giant bag of nappies onto the checkout conveyor, Nice Lady smiled at me. “Kids?” She asked with a grin. “Yeah, a little boy.” “So, who’s got him now?” “Um, he’s at home with his Dad.” Her grin widened. “Ohhhh,” she said, giving me the look. One little change in how you talk to your kids can help them be more successful.

Why didn't anybody tell me this?

One little change in how you talk to your kids can help them be more successful.

When expecting a child, a lot of parents tend to read anything they can get their hands on to figure out what to expect during pregnancy and the first few years of life. They tell you how to feed your baby, how often to take them to the doctor, and how to prevent choking tragedies and all kinds of other hazards. Ideas about learning start early. Image by Donnie Ray Jones/Flickr. This father came up with a BRILLIANT way to make sure his son has a good day, every day. 18 realistic family photos. Because we know parenting isn't picture-perfect. Family photographer Danielle Guenther gets the struggle that is parenting.

18 realistic family photos. Because we know parenting isn't picture-perfect.

As a mom herself, she lives and loves the daily grind. Sure, she relishes those occasional picture-perfect moments, but she also relates to those very real moments her clients experience before, during, and after she takes family photos. It was after one such family photo shoot that she decided to capture a real moment. The mom "just sort of laid down in complete exhaustion," Guenther told me in a phone interview. Then the dad collapsed next to the mom on the couch. "Parenting Is Exhausting. " It was the opposite of all those nearly flawless pics we flood Facebook and Instagram with. And that's how her photo series "Best Case Scenario" was born. In addition to or even in place of traditional family photos, Guenther takes staged but oh-so-real pictures for her clients. The science of spanking: What happens to spanked kids when they grow up? You know what the most annoying thing in the world is when you are a parent?

The science of spanking: What happens to spanked kids when they grow up?

Other people telling you what to do as if they know better. Backseat parenting drives me crazy. Until I'm the one doing it. I have dear friends who spank their kids, and I always try to talk to them about the science of it. KiddyUp: The Crowdsourcing App That Makes Parenting Easier, And Cheaper. It takes a village to raise a child — an Internet village, that is, according to Zoe Bermant, co-creator of a new Israeli-made app called KiddyUp.

KiddyUp: The Crowdsourcing App That Makes Parenting Easier, And Cheaper

“There’s lots of information on the Internet there that moms can’t get to because they are strapped for time. They can’t spend hours doing research. And there are lots of things they would like to do or buy for their kids but can’t because they’re strapped for cash, and need help finding bargains,” said Bermant. “By bringing all the information, offers, and discounts relevant for moms in one place, KiddyUp makes it easier for moms to raise their families.” If there’s any market that could be considered mature, it’s the one made up of young mothers of infants, toddlers, and early elementary-school age kids.

Related articles The thing is, said Bermant, there is no single marketplace that brings together all these elements. This article was first published on The Times of Israel and was re-posted with permission. Penniless Parenting. 15 hilarious parenting comics that are almost too real. Brian Gordon is a cartoonist.

15 hilarious parenting comics that are almost too real.

He's also a dad, which means he's got plenty of inspiration for the parenting comics he creates for his website, Fowl Language (only a few of which actually feature any profanity). He covers many topics, but it's his hilarious parenting comics that are resonating with moms and dads everywhere. "My comics are largely autobiographical," Gordon told me. "I've got two kids who are four and seven, and often, what I'm writing happened as recently as that very same day. " Stuff Moms say: How To Prepare For Parenthood in 11 Easy Steps.

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Stuff Moms say: How To Prepare For Parenthood in 11 Easy Steps

For a person used to living life on his or her own terms, parenthood can be quite the shock. As with any life change, dutiful preparation can make all the difference in the world. Here are 11 easy steps you can take to prepare: Step 1 Hire an actor to shadow you throughout your day. "Can I close the bathroom door? " Every 15 minutes, make this person a snack. Step 2 Call all of your friends without children. Step 3. Think you are ready to have children? Hilarious new parent test taking mummy blogs by storm MIGHT just put you off.

By Bianca London for MailOnline Published: 15:05 GMT, 16 October 2012 | Updated: 11:25 GMT, 21 October 2014 Most broody mothers see having a child as a wonderful gift from God but one blogger has set about putting paid to that ideal.

Think you are ready to have children? Hilarious new parent test taking mummy blogs by storm MIGHT just put you off

A candid parent test highlighting the high and lows of motherhood is taking the internet by storm after being reposted on countless mothering blogs. The Test For Future Parents by author Colin Falconer comprises 14 steps to follow before you have children and was originally printed in his book 'A beginners guide to fatherhood' in 1992 before finding its was on to parenting blogs in the UK, most recently Mamami by Chet, who was sent the parenting test by a friend.