Why I Hate the 100th Day of School


I have no recollection of “celebrating” the 100th day of school as a child. Now that I’m a mom, this arbitrary holiday seems like the worst.idea.ever. I’m certain it was specifically designed to send moms over the edge. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for teachers making education fun and engaging. I’m all for parent participation.… Read More

The Mom Rage List

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As moms, the day is sometimes a series of events which call on our best efforts to swallow rage and exercise patience. Those days when all we’re doing is getting through it, possibly throwing up a prayer to the good Lord that we don’t maim an innocent bystander. On these days, we don’t give a… Read More

Mastering the Handoff: Knowing When Mom Needs a Break


About the Author: Tom is the other half of “Lauren and Tom Tate” who together manage the blog, Little Old Home. While Tom isn’t managing projects at a software company, he loves playing guitar, reading, and spending time with Luca, their 18 month old son.   I have been a parent for 15 months. I… Read More

Super Fun Baby Shower Games for Super Fun Moms


If you and your gal pals are like me and mine, your sense of humor is odd, yet awesome. Regular old baby shower games just won’t do. Here are some super fun baby shower games for super fun moms (and their friends): 1) Baby Bottle Chug Fill the smallest, cheapest baby bottles you can find… Read More

Seven Potty Training Tips that Work (VIDEO)

Potty Training

Potty training is one of those rites of passage that every parent must go through. It’s easy for some (or so they will tell you!) but for many, it is an ongoing struggle that can last anywhere from a month to two years if you are talking about complete potty training, nighttime and all! I was… Read More

Are you there, Babble? It’s me, Baby Gizmo.


Over a week ago, the giant parenting site, Babble.com, was quietly shut off. Yep, Babble just went offline as if it never happened. No goodbye. No real explanation. No tweets about the ongoing outage. No Facebook updates. What’s even crazier is that no one is talking about it? When Baby Gizmo goes down for 5… Read More

10 Things Dads Should NOT Do With Their Babies (VIDEO)

Dad Video

Happy How-To Monday! We focus on moms so much around here at Baby Gizmo that we decided to turn the attention on dad today. Becoming a new dad is a whole new world for a guy, and sometimes, things aren’t exactly second nature. We recruited some of our favorite dads to help demonstrate 10 Things… Read More

How NOT To Babywear (VIDEO)


It’s time for our next installment of our “Baby Gizmo: How To” videos. I may or may not have gotten slightly injured during the filming of this one (throwing myself down a sledding hill is never good for old lady bones!) but it’s all for you guys! Yep, I do it for the audience. This… Read More

Oscars Parenting-Style #dayaftervideo

Holderness Family

The Raleigh-based Holderness family is at it again! We don’t know how they did it but they produced a whole music video between last night end of the Oscars and now!  That’s fast! It’s another song you are going to be humming for days to come! I’m right there with them but I have to… Read More

Do I at least get a t-shirt with that?

Frat House

Warning: This article is part of “The Edge” series and may not appeal to those without a sense of humor or those who are completely opposed to any and all swear words. Mandy is a famous astronaut turned writer. Just kidding, but she has been writing embarrassing poems about boys and zits since she was… Read More

Nine is the New Thirteen

Nine Year Old

We are on the edge at my house. A very delicate, confusing, frustrating edge. You see, I have a nine year old. And not just any nine year old, but one of the female kind. We are teetering on the edge of being a kid and coming into her own, and let me be the… Read More

Time to Schedule That Mama Daughter Date

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This week I read an amazing blog post. I’m sure some of you saw it, but if you didn’t … here it is. Sarah’s words really struck me. First, because I’m tired and I too, both love and dread bedtime. Nothing like finding another mama who so eloquently phrases what is stuck in your mind.… Read More

5 Best/Worst Things About Having Children Close in Age


  I am often asked how I do it with three children under the age of four. And usually my answer to this question is some variation of “Who me?” I don’t really know how I do it. But I do do it because I have to, and because, really, there’s no alternative when you… Read More

Do you rate your friends as moms?

Rate Your Friends

I receive weekly emails from babycenter.com that include information about my twin toddlers’ stage of development, as well as parenting news and advice. One of the recent emails included a link to a poll entitled, “How would you rate your friends as moms?” The title alone of this poll horrified me. I’ve got a lot… Read More

My Favorite Parenting Magazines

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It’s sad, but since becoming a parent I haven’t had much of a chance to read “real” books. I still consider myself a voracious reader, but my attention has just been channeled to kid’s books, blogs and magazines. Last year I let my subscriptions to Marie Claire and Glamour expire and I switched my magazine… Read More

Reasons Why Parenting Is Tough, But Rewarding

Best Job

In my opinion, being a parent is the toughest job in the whole world. It is also the most rewarding. Today I wanted to compile a list of five reasons why this special job can  be so tough and then reasons why it’s the very best! Five reasons parenting is the toughest job in the… Read More

Kids and their Pets – Lessons to be Learned

I never had many pets growing up but I always longed for a dog. As soon as I got married I begged my husband for a puppy. A few months after we were married we brought home the cutest baby shih tzu in the world. I always joke that he’s our first born child because… Read More

The Same Mistake Over and Over (VIDEO)


I admit it – I make the same mistake over and over. It’s like I never learn. There is one thing lately that I’ve been burned on over and over and it’s so frustrating. Totally my own fault but frustrating nonetheless. So, I wanted to do a Mom Tip Video on it so that maybe… Read More

Balancing Mom-Me-Hood (VIDEO)

I was on a Fisher-Price panel yesterday about Balancing Mom-Me-Hood. The discussion was all about how moms balance being the best mom they can be while still remembering their personal identity. I thought it would be a great discussion point with you! Watch my quick 2 minute video below and I’d love to hear what… Read More