Momversation - Season 2008

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  • Are People Online too Negative?
    3/23/09
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    You know the old saw, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." Turns out, that's not quite true. Anyone who spends time on the Internet has seen some major negativity from vulgar comments to angry blog posts, and all that nastiness can affect one deeply. And with the crummy economy, crooked companies, and wars on two fronts, do we really need to add to all the pessimism in the world? Maybe we should use our little corners of the Web to spread sunshine and happiness. So, Rebecca Woolf of Girl's Gone Child asks, "How do you retain your optimism online?"

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  • Your Responses to "Is Circumcision Wrong?"

    Talk about a hot topic! With over 200 comment and growing (literally) every day, our discussion about circumcision, Is Circumcision Wrong?, really hit a nerve with our viewers. The video has generated passionate feedback, some pro and some con. It also generated impassioned responses from our panelists. In this video, Daphne Brogdon of Cool Mom shows us bonus footage from the original video as well as responses from our Momversation members.

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  • Do You Lie to Your Kids?
    3/18/09
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    "What a lovely picture!" "These cookies are delicious!" "Santa knows when you are sleeping!" The little white lie is designed to minimize hurt feelings, fear, and anger... and to keep our kids innocent as long as possible. But don't we teach our kids to value truth? So where do you draw the line between acceptable lying and unacceptable lying? Mindy Roberts of The Mommy Blog asks, "Do you lie to your children?"

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  • How Do You Deal With Bullies?
    3/16/09
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    They knock you down. They call you names. They steal your lunch money. And they're just another part of growing up. They're your friendly neighborhood bullies. We've all met with a mean girl or boy in our time, but it stings to think of your kid going up against a bully... or worse yet, being the bully. So what to say? Alice Bradley of Finslippy asks, "How do you talk to your kids about bullies?"

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  • How Important Are Family Meals?
    3/13/09
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    It's the consummate Donna-Reed-esque image: the family, gathered around the table, ready to partake in a glorious evening meal... probably of some red meat and potatoes (it was the '50s). Fast-forward a half-century: Mom's working late; Dad has a business dinner; the kids are at play practice and a friend's house, and dinner is taken to go. It appears in these busy times, that the family meal is going somewhat the way of the dinosaur. So, is the family meal still an important tradition? Heather Armstrong of Dooce.com asks, "Are family dinners important to your family?"

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  • Momversation Member's Responses to Nadya Suleman

    Our video about Nadya Suleman, Octomom, spawned numerous comments with varying viewpoints, from support of Suleman to outrage over her decision to birth octuplets. On today's episode, Heather Armstrong from Dooce shares some of these text and video comments from our Momversation members, as well as bonus footage not seen in the original video.

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  • Do you Care About Diversity in Schools?

    Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder called the U.S. a "nation of cowards" when it comes to dialogue about race. And it's true, talking about race can be difficult, but the Momversation panelists are not scared to talk about tough issues like school diversity. Sadly, segregation in schools is on the rise, and students in schools with large minority populations tend to get the short of the education stick. But is diversity a factor when it comes to selecting your child's school? Karen Walrond from chookooloonks.com asks, "How important is diversity in your child's education?"

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  • Why is it so Difficult to Make Mom Friends?

    Aristotle said that "friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies." And while that would certainly be nice, a soul to go have a cup of coffee with would be good too. But sometimes, it seems like even a java buddy is hard to find when you're a mom.

  • What are Your Tips for Traveling With Kids?

    The baby screaming on the plane. The tired 8-year-old at an amusement park. The teen texting during a museum tour. Family vacations are supposed to be relaxing, right? Then why do you so often feel exhausted after you travel with your kids? For one thing, it's difficult to plan a trip and juggle the needs of each of your children, your spouse, and (oh yeah) you. Then, there's the unfamiliarity of the location, the crankiness from jet lag, food poisoning, botched hotel plans... it's enough to make you wonder why you leave your house at all. But you don't want to give up traveling for 18 years either! So, Heather Armstrong of Dooce asks the panelists, including guest Karen Walrond of chookooloonks.com, "Got any tips for traveling with kids? Please?!"

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  • Do Boys Get a Bad Rap?
    3/2/09
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    Men's rights. Sounds a bit strange to the ear, doesn't it? But to people like radio show host Glenn Sacks, the need for pro-male campaigns is all too real. After all, shirts like designer David & Goliath's "Boys Are Stupid. Throw Rocks at Them" are popular but are also, to some, unfair and downright wrong. And they're not easily explainable to young, impressionable boys.

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  • Are You OK With Your Post-Baby Body?
    2/27/09
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    Rounder tummies, stretch marks, and big changes, um, "down there." A woman's body gets knocked around during pregnancy, and it usually doesn't bounce right back after giving birth. In fact, most women's bodies are permanently changed, and that can be hard to accept. Mindy Roberts of The Mommy Blog asks our panelists (including Kierna Mayo, Big Kid Buzz Editor of CafeMom), "Are you OK with your post-baby body?"

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  • How Do You Talk To Your Kids About Death?

    It's a subject that's as fun as it is easy to discuss: death. It's a fact of life, but it's a fact that is, ultimately, unknowable. And that uncertainty can make it difficult for parents to talk about dying with their children. After all, parents often feel they need to provide their kids with definitive answers, and there is no "right" answer about what happens when a person dies. And that can make moms and dads feel helpless or uncomfortable.

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  • Should We Judge Nadya Suleman, "Octomom?"

    By now, you've probably heard of the case of Nadya Suleman, dubbed "Octomom" in the press. She's become a freakish celebrity, featured on shows like Dateline, The Today Show, and Extra. Pictures of her distended belly, heavy with 8 children, have popped up on TMZ. Her supposed obsession with Angelina Jolie even made headlines in the "legitimate" news.

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  • Fighting in Front of Your Kids
    2/20/09
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    The current wisdom is that fighting with your partner in front of your children is a big no-no. Dr. Phil even likens it to child abuse. But Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks wonders, "Is fighting in front of your kids always wrong?"

  • Toxic Friends
    Toxic Friends
    Episode 42
    2/18/09
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    One day she's your best buddy; the next day she won't return your phone calls. She's your frenemy... you know, your friend/enemy. She's a part of your life, but should you invest in a relationship that makes you feel bad? Dana Loesch of Mamalogues asks our panelists, including guest Karen Walrond of chookooloonks.com, "How do you handle a toxic friend?"

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  • Keeping Your Marriage Fresh
    2/16/09
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    There's the children... and work... and (of course) peeing with the door open. All of these can drain the romance out of a marriage, so what do you do to keep your partnership fresh? Daphne Brogdon of Cool Mom asks, "How do you keep the romance alive?"

  • The Mommy Wars
    The Mommy Wars
    Episode 40
    2/13/09
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    The so-called "mommy wars" have been a go-to story in the media for years now. Working moms vs. stay-at-home moms. Breastfeeding mothers vs. formula feeders. Conservatives vs. liberals. Sure, moms might disagree with each other over the issues of child-raising, but are they really "at war?" Maggie Mason of Mighty Girl asks, "Are the mommy wars a myth?"

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  • Childfree By Choice
    Childfree By Choice
    Episode 39
    2/11/09
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    There's a growing movement across the blogosphere of people who have chosen to remain childless. It's called childfree by choice, and its proponents claim societal discrimination due to their decision not to have kids. But does their desire to remain kid-free cause them to look down on moms and their children? Heather Armstrong from Dooce asks the panelists, "What do you think about the childfree by choice folks?"

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  • The Toxins Around Us
    2/9/09
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    Salmonella in the peanut butter. Mercury in high fructose corn syrup. Lead in children's toys. It seems that everywhere we turn, there are toxins galore. But are the risks from these blown out of proportion? Alice Bradley from Finslippy asks, "Is the toxin danger real or just hype?"

  • Should You Tell Your Kids About Past Drug Use?

    Of course, most of you never used drugs or alcohol in your youths, but for those of you who did imbibe, how do you talk to your kids about your past use? Or are you not planning on sharing? Giyen Kim of Bacon Is My Enemy asks our panelists (including special guest panelist Kierna Mayo, Big Kid Buzz Editor of CafeMom) how they tackled the tough topic.

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  • Finding Time for Yourself
    2/4/09
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    Welcome to our first guest panelist, Michelle Lamar, the Entertainment Buzz Editor of CafeMom! She joins our Momversation panelists in discussing how to attain that elusive "me time." Moms are used to caring for others, but do they spend any energy caring for themselves? Mindy Roberts from The Mommy Blog asks, "How do you find time just for yourself?"

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  • Breast Feeding Fanatics
    2/2/09
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    You're in a restaurant bottle-feeding your baby when a stranger approaches you, demanding to know why you aren't breast-feeding. It appears to be a ridiculous scenario, but it's one some of our panelists know all too well. Breast-feeding bullies exist, and they're not afraid to make their opinions known. Rebecca Woolf of Girl's Gone Child asks, "Why is my breast-feeding your business?"

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  • Momnesia
    Momnesia
    Episode 34
    1/30/09
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    Do you constantly forget to pay the phone bill? Have you accidentally left your bath water running till it overflows? Are you wearing two different shoes? Congratulations! You just might have Momnesia, the unique malady that fogs the brains of moms, leaving them addled and forgetful. But does this condition really exist? Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks asks the panelists, "Do you suffer from Momnesia?"

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  • Homeschool: Good or Bad?
    1/28/09
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    It's estimated that over one million American students are currently homeschooled. Bring up homeschooling, and one will hear a multitude of theories and opinions. On one hand, homeschooled students typically do better on standardized tests. On the other hand, homeschooled students can miss out on social and academic opportunities. So is homeschooling a good idea? Dana Loesch of Mamalogues (and our resident homeschooler) asks the panelists, "What do you think of homeschooling?"

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  • Circumcision?
    Circumcision?
    Episode 32
    1/26/09
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    It's a tough decision that every American mother of a baby boy has to make: to circumcise or not circumcise? Opponents claim that it's akin to mutilation. Proponents site studies showing the health benefits of circumcision. Still others have strong cultural ties to the procedure. Daphne Brogdon of Cool Mom asks the panelists, "What do you think about circumcision?"

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  • Are We Overscheduling Our Kids?
    1/23/09
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    Dance lessons. Music lessons. Gymnastics. Sports. The list of children's activities goes on and on... and on. There are loads of education and entertainment opportunities for the wee ones these days, but Nataly Kogan of Work It, Mom! wonders if we're overscheduling our kids.

  • Do You Swear In Front of Your Kids?
    1/21/09
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    You're blissfully driving along when it happens. Another driver cuts you off; you slam on the breaks, and out come the curses... of course, the kids are in the back seat, listening to the torrent of swear words. Whoops. But is it really that big of a deal? Mindy Roberts of The Mommy Blog wants to know, "Do you curse in front of your kids? And do your kids swear?"

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  • Are You a Facebook Fan?
    1/19/09
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    Social networking sites like Facebook are a great way to communicate with friends old and new. But do they take us out of the "real world?" Or do they make stay-at-home moms feel less isolated? Rebecca Woolf of Girls' Gone Child asks the panelists, "Are you a Facebook fan or foe?"

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  • Censoring Your Blog
    Censoring Your Blog
    Episode 28
    1/16/09
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    We love our Momversation panelists because they are honest, affecting, (and awesome) writers. But they've sometimes received criticism for the openness of their blogs. Panelist Rebecca Woolf of Girl's Gone Child asks her fellow mommy bloggers, "How (and when) do you censor your own blogs?"

  • Plastic Surgery: Pro or Con?
    1/14/09
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    Botox and boob jobs and tummy tucks, oh my! Procurement of plastic surgery is on the rise in the United States; in 2007 alone, 11.7 million people went under the knife in pursuit of the perfect nose, cellulite-free thighs, and a pouty mouth. But is it all just superficial? Daphne Brogdon of Cool Mom asks the panelists, "What do you think of plastic surgery?"

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  • Punishing Your Children
    1/12/09
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    Spanking? Timeouts? Bribery? It seems like there are a bunch of ways that parents discipline their children, but which is the best? Alice Bradley from Finslippy asks the panelists, "How do you discipline your child?"

  • Wife or Mother: What's Harder?
    1/7/09
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    With marriage, there are arguments, compromises, and the dreaded D-word: divorce. With motherhood comes a slew of responsibilities from potty training to PTA meetings. Both roles are difficult, but Heather Armstrong from Dooce wants to know from the panelists, "Which do you find more challenging: being a wife or being a mother?"

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  • New Year's Resolutions: For the Birds?

    Ah, New Year's resolutions. They're those little personal promises that we swear we're going to keep; that is, until we break them in February. How effective are they, really, and should we encourage our children to keep up this tradition? Giyen Kim from Bacon Is My Enemy asks the panelists, Do you make resolutions, or do you think they're a waste of time? And do they just set us up for inevitable failure?

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  • I Don't Like My Kid's Friends
    12/29/08
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    There's always one iffy kid in the bunch. Maybe the child's obnoxious, destructive, or disrespectful. And maybe you'd rather not have your children play with him or her. But how do you handle this sticky situation? Mindy Roberts from The Mommy Blog asks, What do you do if you don't like your kids' friends?

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  • Happy Holidays From Momversation
    12/31/08
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    Our panelists have created a very special video card wishing you all the best this holiday season and beyond. What are your plans for the New Year and your hopes for 2009?

  • Are You Raising a Religious Child
    12/24/08
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    This past week, millions of American Christians headed off to church to celebrate the religious traditions of the Christmas holiday. With this in mind, Cool Mom's Daphne Brogdon wants to know of our panelists: Are you raising your children with religion? Why or why not?

  • Parenting in the Age of Google
    12/22/08
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    The Internet holds a wealth of knowledge. But sometimes a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Between WebMD-diagnosed diseases and neighborhood sex offender sites, Rebecca Woolf of Girl's Gone Child wonders, Is the Internet turning us all into a bunch of paranoid parents?

  • Momversation Men Strike Back!
    12/19/08
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    Our Momversation panelists blog about everything and anything: children, politics, sex, and, of course, their relationships. But how does that affect the people closest to them? Jon Armstrong (husband of Heather from Dooce.com) asks other "Men of Momversation" how they feel about their lives being exposed on the Internet.

  • Am I Turning Into My Mother?
    12/17/08
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    Do you parent like your parents, and is that a good thing? Asha Dornfest from Parent Hacks asks our panelists (including new panelist Giyen Kim): Are you turning into your mothers? Or are you completely different?

  • Is Oprah Too Powerful?
    12/14/08
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    Oprah is everywhere! There's Oprah's Book Club, Oprah's Favorite Things, O Magazine (with Oprah's picture on the cover), and of course, The Oprah Winfrey Show. With millions of viewers and followers, Oprah has a lot of power... but does she have too much? Heather Armstrong of Dooce asks the panelists to opine on Oprah's empire. What do you think?

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  • Should I Have Another Child?
    12/11/08
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    In the grand tradition of Whitney Houston, Alice Bradley of Finslippy asks, How will I know... when to have another baby? Today on Momversation, our panelists (including our newest addition Dana Loesch) weigh in on the complex issue. So, how can you tell when it's time to add to your family? Can you ever really be sure? And are kids missing out by being an only child?

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  • Funniest Bits and Outtakes
    12/9/08
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    Because our panelists are such witty and talented ladies, it's been so difficult to leave stuff on the cutting room floor. Well, it's the cutting room floor no more! This week on Momversation, we bring you the best of the rest... all the funny comments, embarrassing stories, and ARGH! moments that we just couldn't fit into our previous episodes.

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  • Why Do You Care How I Parent My Kid?
    12/8/08
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    Did I ask for your opinion? Rebecca Woolf from Girl's Gone Child is tired of all the unsolicited advice she gets about raising her child. So, today on Momversation, she asks the panelists how they deal with people's unwanted comments. What do you think; should you butt in or butt out? Is there ever a time when you should comment on someone's child rearing?

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  • How Bad is TV, Really?
    12/5/08
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    Television is called the "boob tube" and the "idiot box," but is it really all that bad? Mindy Roberts from The Mommy Blog asks the panelists, is there any benefit to TV? Or is television harmful to kids? What's your take on television watching? How strict are you when it comes to TV time? Do you think too many parents are using television as an electronic babysitter? Special thanks to Momversation subscriber mom2amara who suggested this topic.

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  • Mommy, Where Do Babies Come From?
    12/2/08
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    The stork. A "special hug." Magical elves? Today on Momversation, Heather Armstrong from Dooce asks, What do I tell my four-year-old daughter about sex? What's your advice for moms who cringe at the thought of the sex talk? At what age should you talk to your kids about the realities of conception?

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  • Losing the Baby Weight
    12/1/08
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    With stars like Jessica Alba and Heidi Klum sashaying down the red carpet mere weeks after giving birth, Maggie Mason from Mighty Girl wonders if there are unrealistic expectations about losing pregnancy weight. So, is it the baby... or is it the fries? What do you think? How long did it take for you to lose the baby weight? When should this become a priority?

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  • Why Do We Care About Suri Cruise?
    11/25/08
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    Forbes Magazine recently named the top ten influential celebrity babies. So, Daphne Brogdon of Cool Mom asks the panelists, why the obsession with celebrity kids? Why do you think people are curious about celebrities' children? Are you interested? Should the personal lives of celebrities be fair game for gossip?

  • Surviving the Holiday Season
    11/24/08
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    The holidays are here! Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks asks how other moms deal with the stress and fatigue of holiday travel with kids. What are you doing for Thanksgiving this year? What are your tips for how to make the holiday season less stressful?

  • How Do You Talk to Your Kids About the Economy

    What's the best way to discuss the current economy with kids? Today on Momversation, Nataly Kogan of Work It, Mom! wants to know if you've talked to your children about money and the economic crisis. How do you explain family "budget cuts" to your little ones? What are your tips for other families?

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  • Balancing Work and Motherhood
    11/19/08
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    How do you balance work and motherhood? Today, Heather Armstrong of dooce asks the Momversation panelists how they deal with working while raising children. Do you feel guilty about the time spent at work or away from your kids? What's your advice to Heather and other working moms?

  • Sex After Baby
    Sex After Baby
    Episode 6
    11/16/08
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    How do you mentally, emotionally, and physically regain your sex life after giving birth? Rebecca Woolf of Girl's Gone Child asks the ladies of Momversation how their sexuality was affected after they had a baby, and what it took - or takes - to get back to their sex lives.

  • Childbirth Choices
    Childbirth Choices
    Episode 5
    11/13/08
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    Natural childbirth or C-section? It's a popular question, but Daphne Brogdon of Cool Mom wonders: What's with all the judgment around a mom's childbirth choices? Watch what the ladies of Momversation say, and tell us what you think. Is there a "right" or "normal" way to have a baby? And what's the best way to deal with the judgment?

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  • Disagreeing With Your Partner's Parenting Decisions

    Today on Momversation, we're talking about how to deal with parenting differences between partners. Alice Bradley of Finslippy asks: What do you do when you disagree with your partner's parenting decisions? Is it okay to disagree in front of your kids, or should you present a united front and duke it out later?

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  • Do You Use Food as a Reward With Your Kids

    Today on Momversation, Mindy Roberts of The Mommy Blog asks: Is it okay to use food as a reward with your kids? Will dangling dessert as a reward for eating vegetables come back to bite you later? Or is it sometimes okay to harness the appeal of a candy bar to "grease the wheels" and get things done? Take a look at Mindy's dessert flowchart, and tell us what works in your family.

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  • Are Your Online Friends as Important as Your Real Life Friends?

    Making new friends can be really hard after you have kids, but blogs and social networks can help moms keep in touch and meet new friends online. Asha Dornfest of Parent Hacks wants to know: Are your online friends as important as your real friends?

  • I Love You, But I Hate Your Politics!

    You know who we're talking about: the people who share your blood don't always share your politics. Since tomorrow is Election Day, Heather Armstrong of dooce asks: What do you do when the people you love disagree with your political views?