Whether you are looking for advice on the best methods for potty training or just want someone to commiserate and tell you that, yes, potty training is hard, but your kid will undoubtedly know how to use the toilet...
Before kids, diaper changes scared me the most about parenthood. (We can all pause and laugh at a younger me!) I had a weak stomach and dry-heaved when changing litter…how was I going to deal with lots of diapers? Over...
Darling Girl, I can't believe your time as a preschooler has come to pass. Everyone told me it would go quickly, and of course they were right. I didn't want to believe them. I mean, three years is a long...
I hear this almost daily.  From strangers, coworkers, family.  Shopping, at a funeral, on walks with my kids.  They are 3-and-a-half and 1-and-a-half.  I do have my hands full.  My kids are rambunctious, daring, emotional, curious.  My daughter has no...
If you're an adult biological female, chances are you vividly remember getting your period for the first time. I was twelve years old when it happened–I hid it, deeply embarrassed, for a couple days before I screwed up my...
A couple of years ago I read this awesome post on another City Mom's Blog site. Just to give you a quick summary, the author described a decision she made with her husband to eschew the traditional gauntlet of...
Chances are, if you’re pregnant, you are somewhat like me–worrying about the future and trying to plan ahead. As I get closer and closer to my due date, the one thing I constantly think of is my hospital bag....
I looked up and realized the little girl in the red shirt I had been watching was not MY little girl. Another toddler with a red shirt, dark hair, and of similar height had taken the place where Gwen...
The Scene Spring break; a six-year-old, three-year-old, and two parents; and a 19-hour car ride (as projected by Google Maps, without stops). ROAD TRIP! The Task Come up with things to keep both kids happy and quiet in a small space for a...
My husband went on a work trip recently. He went to Florida. He stayed in a massive suite. Facing the ocean. Without me.  That is neither here nor there. This post isn’t about how he left me for eight days...

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Guide to Swimming and Safety in the Iowa City Area During...

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When I think about summers growing up, I immediately think about swimming. My grandparents had an amazing in-ground pool and hot tub. I learned...