April 24, 2017

Listen Up! Stop Asking About Baby #2

My baby just turned four months old today and I have already gotten quite a few comments about "number two." This is rude on so many levels, so listen up to why you need to stop asking about baby number two.

Getting pregnant was not easy for us. It took us nine long months and we were extremely lucky to conceive without any assistance. My OBGYN was ready for me to go through all sorts of testing to start the infertility drug, Clomid, but oops! I got a positive test before I could start the process. Our miracle baby was born on Christmas Eve and she was the best present we could have ever asked for!

Now just because we got lucky with our baby girl, does not necessarily mean we can have a second baby on our own. There are plenty of people who suffer from secondary infertility, where baby number two just does not happen. Just something to consider before you ask a couple about "number two."

I am actually fine with being one and done, but people expect you to have at least two children and they refuse to believe you when you say you are done with one. There is the classic "Oh, you'll change your mind in a year or two," as if they know you better than you know yourself. Think of it this way, I have been married for four years now, did I change my mind about my husband after two years? Nope, I still love him as much, if not more, as when I first met him seven years ago. Yes, I could change my mind, but that's for me to decide and right now, my focus is on our little girl. There is no room for "number two."

Honestly, besides the fact that pregnancy is no cake walk, conceiving was the worst part. Seeing negative after negative, being told it may not happen, etc. is just not something I want to go through again. I got lucky the first time, but what if I end up being that couple we met in our birth class, they tried for 10 years before having a baby! I just couldn't put myself through all that again. It was too stressful, too heartbreaking the first time around.

If we did decide on more kids, they would most likely be adopted, but right now I am over the moon with our little girl and intend to spend as much time as I can with her. We are so blessed to have her in our lives that I can't even think of having another at the moment,

Another reason why this is rude is my baby is only four months old! (but even if she was a year old, it would still be rude to ask about having another baby). I am so focused on her, watching her learn and grow, that I can't even think about number two! Just let us enjoy our new little one and stop worrying about how many kids we may or may not have. How and if our family grows is our decision.

All I ask is that you please stop and think before you consider asking someone about baby number two. You have no idea how long and hard it might have taken them to have baby number one or maybe they are trying for number two, but it just isn't happening, or maybe they can only have one for medical reasons. You have no idea what someone may be going through, so please stop asking about "number two."

To learn more about infertility and for support, please check out Resolve.org and NIAW's website.

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April 21, 2017

Please Vaccinate!

I wrote a post about the flu shot and why I think that is important here, but I have avoided vaccinations as it is a heavily debated topic, when I personally believe it should not be, especially with the recent measles outbreak in Minnesota.


It is crazy to think that a disease that was eradicated from United States in 2000, is now entering the US via travel from other countries due to people choosing not to vaccinate (source). Measles is a deadly disease and can easily be prevented with a vaccine.

"U.S. measles cases are at a 20-year high this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week. As of May 30, the agency had received reports of 334 measles cases in 18 states" (source).

Back in 2015, there were 84 cases in 14 reporting states, so the fact that this number is only increasing is scary!


It is sad that these parents chose not to get their children vaccinated as"nine of the children ultimately infected were old enough to have received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine but had not" (source). There were a total of the 19 children affected, because these 9 didn't get the vaccine not only did they hurt themselves, but the younger children as well who are not old enough to get the vaccine.

This angers me as a parent because my daughter is about to be 4 months old. She is still too young for this vaccine (have to be at least 12 months), meaning she could get the measles if she comes in contact with someone who has it, which is something I shouldn't have to worry about if these parents had done their job as parents and protected their children.

Also the sad thing is the rumor that vaccines lead to autism is still floating around even though that research has been discredited. Wakefield was even "stripped of his right to practice medicine in Britain," due to his fraud and "many other published studies have shown no connection between the MMR vaccination and autism" (source).

Even the Autism Speaks website clearly states: "Each family has a unique experience with an autism diagnosis, and for some it corresponds with the timing of their child’s vaccinations. At the same time, scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. The American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a comprehensive list of this research. You can view and download the list here" (source).

The fear of autism was the reason why many of these parents didn't vaccinate their kids (source). This is a good example of if you hear something, do the research, you can't trust everything you are told!

For the sake of your children's health and for the sake of my child's health, as well as those whose children can not get the vaccination, be it they are not old enough or medical reasons, please vaccinate your children! Measles is just one example of a disease that can be prevented and shouldn't be in the United States, but there are many others, so please keep your child up to date on their vaccinations. There is no reason measles or any other disease should be a problem in our country.

Also if you are traveling to another country that is known to have diseases not common in the United States or if you just aren't sure, make sure you tell your doctor and get the recommended vaccinations before traveling! This will not only protect you, but the many people who might be on the same plane, boat, etc with you and anyone you interact with when you arrive home.


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April 10, 2017

Playgro Music and Lights Comfy Car Giveaway!

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April 7, 2017

Shnuggle Bath Review & Our Bath Time Routine

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Shnuggle Bath Review

I recently received the Shnuggle bath and have been using it for over a week now, and I love it!

This is the first time I actually saw my baby girl smile while giving her a bath and she seemed more into it as this was the first time she was actually immersed in water! I loved seeing her kick her feet and move her hands in the water, testing it out.

I was even able to float her rubber ducky (which also lets me know if the water it too hot - buy it here) in the tub with her and she noticed it for the first time! Probably because she was able to sit up and thus see it better, unlike with our previous bath time arrangement. It was a great distraction for her while I wiped her down.

My favorite thing about the Shnuggle bath is that it allows Elsa to sit upright, so she can't slide down or off unlike our previous bath seat (see photo below). It also has a very comfy foam back rest for her, which you can buy in gray, pink, or blue (I received the gray one as seen in main photo and one at the bottom of this post).  Also, the Shnuggle will age with your baby, so you can use it up to 12 months!

This was the bath seat I was using prior to the Shnuggle. Originally from Babies R Us. As you can see there isn't much support for baby and you have to have a bathtub in order to bathe baby.

I am of course watching her and am with her the entire time during her bath, but it is nice to not have to have one hand on her at all times just to keep her from falling off. It makes bath time quicker since I can use both hands to wipe her down with a washcloth, instead of just one. (Please never leave your baby in a bathtub unattended, no matter how secure you think they might be, it only takes a couple inches of water for them to drown and it can happen in minutes!)

The Shnuggle also has rubber feet for grip, which prevents it from moving in the tub or on the floor, unlike the Babies R Us one that I had, which would slide if I wasn't careful. The Shnuggle is also light weight and compact, so it doesn't take up much space, making it easy to store.

Another great thing about the Shnuggle is that it saves water as I no longer have to fill the bathtub in order to bathe Elsa. You also don't need a bathtub! You just fill up the Shnuggle and place it on the floor, maybe wrap a towel or two around it if you have a splasher, and you are good to go! This would be great for anyone taking a long vacation and aren't sure if there will be a tub available to bathe baby.

As for downsides, it can make cleaning the neck area trickier, but I usually wash her hair over the sink anyway so I can just wipe her neck before washing her hair. However, to leave a proper review, I did try washing her hair while she was sitting in the Shnuggle and it actually was not that hard! I just squirted some shampoo in my hand, ran it through her hair, and then used a wet washcloth to wash away the shampoo, worked just fine! You might have issues if you are trying to poor water on your baby's head with a cup though (I don't recommend that method by the way as you are more likely to get water in baby's ears and eyes).

My Shnuggle - You can buy one here!
Another downside is that this product is also only available in the US via Amazon Prime for $35 or in the UK, so it is not easily accessible to everyone yet. If you don't have Amazon Prime, you can get a 30 day trial here for $3!

Price wise I think it is a great deal, considering the bath seats similar to the one I have are in the $15 - $20 range. I would happily have spent the extra $15 for this tub as it is way better quality and way more comfortable for baby.

Also note that my baby girl was 3 months old by the time I got the bath and tried it, so I am not sure how well it would work for a newborn. However, I do wish I had known about this product sooner! The Shnuggle would have saved me from some unpleasant bath times!

You can learn more about the Shnuggle bath on the Shnuggle website, and purchase the Shnuggle here!

Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for an unbiased, honest review. In no way did the discount affect my review of the product. All opinions are my own.


Our Bath Time Routine

First I want to state that it is very important that you do not over bathe your baby. Yes, too many baths is actually bad as it will dry out your baby's skin! My pediatrician recommends twice a week, but I have also heard 2-3 times a week from other doctors. I give Elsa a bath every 2-3 days, so depending on the timing (and how messy she gets), it ends up being 2 times some weeks and 3 times other weeks.

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When Elsa was a newborn, she would often poop or pee before getting in the tub, luckily I was smart enough to lay a towel on the floor in preparation for this so I never had a mess I couldn't handle. As she got older and gained more control of her bodily functions, she stopped peeing and pooping during diaper changes. I also learned to wait till she poops before giving her a bath to eliminate the messy towel, though I have heard from others that their baby will poop no matter what during a bath, even if they wait! So that may not work for you and you will find yourself changing the bathwater.

First thing I do is fill the tub, using a little bit of Sebamed Bubble Bath, and check the temperature of the water. I have the Munchkin White Hot Safety Duck, but find myself using my elbows more often. The duck has never been wrong, but I just feel more confident in my ability to tell if the water is too hot or too cold, so the duck is more of a fun toy to distract her. I then lay a towel on the floor just in case, but haven't had an accident in a long time due to the fact that I wait till after she goes before giving her a bath.

I highly recommend the Skip Hop Moby Bath Elbow Saver and the Skip Hop Moby Bath Kneeler for your comfort when bathing baby. You could also use a towel, but I found having the kneeler was more convenient, easy to pull out and store away, and the elbow saver has suction cups so it sticks and stays on the bathtub, unlike a towel which would move around.

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Once the bath is set up. I get the baby ready. I undress her, take off her diaper, and wipe her bottom down. I always dip her toes in the water first before sitting her in the tub so the bath doesn't come as a shock. She used to cry a lot during baths before I learned about this trick. I guess the shock of being in water made her cry and she just wouldn't stop, but if she gets a warning that the water is coming, she is calm the entire time.

Every other bath I start with using baby oil on her hair as a way to help prevent cradle cap. I would put a little on my hands and rub it on her head, then I would use a baby brush to help massage it in. Once that was done, I would proceed with the bath, using a washcloth to wipe her down.

At the end of the bath I would use some shampoo (I currently use Acure Yummy Baby Shampoo) on her hair and then rinse it out with warm water.

The baby oil - shampoo wash method was recommended by my pediatrician (she actually recommended coconut oil, but I had baby oil on hand at the time, so I looked it up and it works just the same). If your baby has cradle cap, you will want to do this at least twice a week until it has cleared up, and then switch to doing it every other bath or less often.

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After her bath, I dry her off well, especially the neck area, as those little folds are terrible at getting milk and spit up trapped in them. If she spits up on a non bath day, I just use a warm wet wash cloth to wipe around her neck to help keep it clean and prevent yeast infection.

I then apply baby lotion to help prevent dry skin. I have both the Acure Yummy Lotion and Seventh Generation Coconut Care Lotion. Both work great at keeping her skin soft and smooth, but I love Seventh Generation more because it has pure coconut oil! Plus it smells better in my opinion.

When Elsa had a little bit of cradle cap, I rubbed the Seventh Generation lotion on her head and I believe it helped (along with using the baby oil at bath time), because her cradle cap cleared up in just a few days! I plan on sticking the Seventh Generation brand from now on and will probably switch to their shampoo as well since it has coconut oil too!

After bath time is also a great time to do some naked time! This allows baby to air dry after a bath before putting on clothes. Plus naked time helps with their development as it allows them to discover their body parts. You can combine this with tummy time as well, but I like to do that before the bath instead so if baby does spit up or drool, it will get cleaned up right away. You can also do naked time before a bath too!

Well you know what comes next, I get her dressed, and we are good to go!

Elsa enjoying bath time in her Shnuggle!


March 31, 2017

First Easter Onesies

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March 24, 2017

How to Introduce Your Pets to Baby

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I want to start off this post by saying my pets are my babies. No matter what the outcome was when we brought home our newborn, getting rid of our pets was not an option. We would make it work, no matter what it took. Now with that being said, our pets took to our newborn within no time.

I read a lot online about how to introduce your pets to your new baby, but I think the best advice we got was in the birth class we took. Our instructor provided us information from this site: Family Paws Parent Education (FPPE). FPPE has a great Dog and Baby Safety sheet that you can print out here.

Here is a step by step of how we introduced our pets to our new baby.

Step 1

First introduce your pet to an item of clothing or blanket that has been worn by the baby. This allows your pets the chance to familiarize themselves with the new scent.

What we did after bringing baby home was keep her in her bedroom. Our dog immediately started barking because she knew something was different. I laid a blanket and some items of clothing outside the door for our dog and cats to sniff. 

Step 2

Let your pets come to you and baby. Do not force anything, let them take their time to get to know the newest member of the family.

The same night, after our dog had time to sniff the baby's belongings and calm down, we took baby out of her bedroom and sat in the living room, allowing our dogs and cats to take their time to come to us while were holding baby. 

Also, do not scold your pets for being curious and wanting to sniff your baby. You want to encourage them to interact with baby. By yelling at or shooing them away, you are preventing them from ever bonding. 

Step 3

Whenever pets are in the same room as baby, you or someone else needs to be present until you are confident in your pets behavior.

We were afraid the cats might try to jump in our baby's pack n play, so we had bought netting to cover it to keep them out. We also purchased a bassinet that had a cover to keep them out as well.

After a few weeks it became evident that the cats had no interest in either the pack n play or bassinet, and we gradually got lazy at using the netting and cover. I think it was a little over a month that we finally didn't use them at all and our girl is now almost three months, so soon she will be transitioning to the crib (which we plan to keep her room door closed, so that means checking that all the pets are out of the room before leaving.) 

As for the dog, well she follows me everywhere so the dog and baby are never alone in the same room, but I have no concern that the dog would intentionally hurt baby at this point. The worse she's done is lick baby's toes and wag her tail in baby's face while baby was sitting in the bouncer. We have a very calm dog who is pretty much content with sleeping on the couch all day, though if you mention going on a walk, she becomes super excited, so if you have a high energy dog, you might not ever want to leave baby alone in the same room (FPPE recommends you shouldn't anyway).

I will admit that I have left baby alone in a room with the cats, but because our cats have proven to show no interest in her. They ignore her and have never once attempted to jump in her bassinet or pack n play. They basically sniffed her the first couple of days and then lost interest, typical cats. If you have a more friendly cat or dog trapped in a cat body, then you might want to make sure if you do leave baby alone, that they are in a room alone, without pets present.

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And that's all there was to it! Our pets were pretty easy as I have heard some rough stories of jealous dogs. In many of these stories though it is because the owners neglect the dog due to the stress of taking care of a newborn. Plus many people have this crazy idea to get a puppy at the same time they are having a baby. A puppy is basically a newborn, so you are taking care of two babies! 

Sometimes I think these people have never owned a dog before so they don't know what they are getting into. Puppies are cute, but a ton of work. We got our puppy when she was 7 months old and we still had to work on potty training, kennel training, and we had to deal with her chewing on things we didn't want her chewing on! Luckily she was easily trained in a month and her chewing was gone by her first birthday.

But I digress, if your dog is jealous, consider spending more time with your dog and doing things with your dog that include baby, like going on walks. I push our baby in the stroller while walking our dog at the same time. I get exercise, dog gets attention and exercise, and baby gets a nice nap and fresh air. Everyone wins! If your dog likes fetch, you can hold your baby or use a baby carrier and throw a ball, Frisbee, or stick in the backyard or at the park. These are just a few ways you can give your dog attention while caring for your baby. 

March 19, 2017

HighFive Easy Mattress Protector Giveaway!

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Whether we like it or not, those bedtime diaper leaks do happen and it’s good to be prepared for when they do. Before learning of HighFive Easy, I always used a waterproof mattress protector on my daughter’s bed and then covered it with a fitted sheet. Now, with HighFive Easy to the rescue that’s not something I need to do anymore! HighFive Easy makes a 100% cotton crib mattress protector that is also a waterproof fitted sheet thanks to its TPU layer. TPU fabrics are made using a (slightly more expensive) heating process that “bakes in” the laminated waterproofing properties rather than using chemicals. Then the top layer of material was chosen, so that it was comfortable and breathable for your child.

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March 18, 2017

Campbell's Well Yes! Soups Giveaway

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March 17, 2017

Born Free Bottle Genius Review

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A year ago we won this awesome formula maker called the Born Free Bottle Genius and after having used it for over two months now, I feel the the need to share how awesome it is! (I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.)

This little machine sits right next to our coffee maker. It makes getting a bottle ready quick and easy! There is no measuring out formula or water, as the machine does that for you. It is preprogrammed to do formula scoops of 8.6-9.0 grams, so Enfamil works great with it. However, you can also program it to do less, which wasn't complicated at all. We also use Similac (which is 8.2 - 8.3 grams per scoop).

The tank holds enough water to do eight 4oz bottles, which is about right from my experience. The tank will also flash blue when it is low and needs refilling. We usually try to avoid this because then you have to stop and fill the tank before you can finish making a bottle, which defeats the purpose of this device, which is making a quick bottle.

It comes with a stand you can place on the scale for shorter bottles (4-5 ounces). For taller bottles (8-9 ounces), you don't need the stand.

The only con we have discovered is that due to the steam being released so close to where the formula is dispensed, sometimes the formula clumps and it clogs the dispenser. The machine lets you know when this happens by beeping and flashing red. We have just made it a thing to check after every other bottle or so. You can easily clean it out with a toothpick though if in a hurry. The thing that is odd is that the manual warns you this can happen, so the company knows it is a problem, yet they didn't bother to find a solution before marketing it other than to have the user clean it periodically.

All the parts are easy to clean and wash, we usually wait till we go through a container of formula before cleaning it (or if changing to a different formula type/brand), so for us it is about every two weeks as we only supplement formula, if you are doing formula only, it claims it holds enough to do 2-3 days and you can only fit about half a container (~22 oz) of formula in it, so that would be 4-6 days to empty a container of formula,

Overall I highly would recommend investing in the Born Free Bottle Genius (retails for around $150) if you are formula feeding. It makes warm bottles in less than a minute, all you have to do is shake the bottle and feed your baby!

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March 14, 2017

Ziggy Baby Photo Contest

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Ziggy Baby is having a a baby photo contest starting March 14, 2017 and ending March 28,2017! Submit your baby's photo for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to use at ziggybaby.com! More information and link to enter contest at bottom of post!


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March 10, 2017

Why You Should Keep Your Relationship Off Facebook

During my pregnancy, I had joined a few mom groups on Facebook for women who had babies due in January, which are probably now parenting groups for moms that gave birth late December to early February. (I ended up leaving all of these groups because I could not stand all the man hating.)

Theses were groups where we could talk about our pregnancies and a go to for parenting advice. However, what amazed me was how many of these women would complain about their spouses or partners.

I have seen certain family members do this in the past on Facebook as well, but not as often, so I never thought to do anything but unfollow those individuals. Now it is a big enough pet peeve that I decided to make a post with reasons why you should keep your relationship off of Facebook (at least the messy bits).

1. You are communicating with the wrong person. 

A lot of women in these groups like to complain about how their husbands or boyfriends don't help out. I swear there is a new post every day that basically sounds like this: "My husband doesn't do anything!" Well, the obvious response to this is "Have you tried asking him?"

A lot of women are quick to bash their husbands on social media about how he never helps out, but the reality is, you are probably not even giving him a chance! I remember a couple weeks after having our baby, I was feeling super stressed and upset at my husband because it seemed like I was doing all the work (but I had the decency to not complain about it on social media). My husband noticed that I seemed more irritated than usual and actually confronted me and stated: "I want to help, but I don't know what you need help with, just tell me what to do and I'll do it."

Men aren't psychic (I don't think anyone is for that matter). They can't help you if you don't ask, so instead of complaining on Facebook about how your husband doesn't seem to notice the mile high pile of dishes in the sink, get off your phone or computer, and simply ask: "Honey, could you please do the dishes?"

One thing I was bad at was just assuming that if I noticed something needed to be done, he would notice too, but that was not the case and was also wrong for me to make that assumption. I have now learned the importance of just asking and being direct. If you say something like "The garbage is looking full," that means nothing to him. If you want him to take out the garbage then ask! (and ask nicely). "Honey, could  you please take out the garbage?" will get you what you want and save you from this entire mess!

Also, have you ever thought that maybe YOU are the problem? If you aren't asking for help, then you are the one causing the problem. It is easy to blame your spouse, and even easier on social media where other women who are having relationship problems will gladly join you in bashing men (somehow all men end up being the same in these conversations).

However, none of them appear to ever give advice! So my advice to you is to get off of Facebook, figure out what the problem is, consider what YOU can do to change that problem, and then talk to your husband. Usually it is as simple as just asking your partner to do something you want help with.
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2. It only makes you look bad. 

You may think you are making your partner look bad by complaining how he never does this or that, but in reality, when I see a post like that on Facebook, it is YOU that looks bad. I actually feel bad for your partner because one, they probably have no idea how you feel, two, you aren't even giving them a chance to tell their side of the story, and three you are embarrassing them publicly (just think about how you would feel if your spouse was to make a post complaining about you).

Instead of coming off as the unsung hero, you come off as the grumpy housewife (to put it nicely) to those of us following you on Facebook, while your partner becomes the poor puppy that got hit by a car (you being the car).

Complaining about your husband on Facebook is not going to get him to stop doing whatever it is you want him to stop doing, you need to communicate to him how you feel and the both of you need to figure out a solution.

Another thing to keep in mind is once you post it for the world to see, you can never take it back. Sure you can delete your post, but your mom, grandpa, your best friend, etc all now know you have relationship problems. They might also be more cautious to share things with you because they now know you will post anything on Facebook. Just something to think about.

3. How would you feel if it were the other way around?

I think these women in the Facebook groups feel safe to bash their partners because one, we are all women (supposedly), and two, it is hidden from family and friends (if you have the Ovia parenting app, then it is completely anonymous, which is why I think the posts on there are way worse).

Since I am not "Facebook friends" with any of these women, I can't say if they do or don't post about their partners directly on their Facebook page, but either way it is childish.

I say childish because that is what a child does: they tattle on everything, "So and so ate the last cookie!" is pretty much the same as: "My husband never takes out the garbage!" You are basically whining to your mommy and daddy (aka "Facebook friends") about your partner, when what you should be doing is sitting down with your partner and having a civil, adult conversation about your problems and how to solve them.

Anyway, I don't think many of these women consider how they would feel if they found out their partners were doing the same to them. I know I would be upset if I found out my husband was telling his family and friends (or even strangers for that matter!) that I was a lousy wife who only watched Netflix all day (and no that is not what I do all day, but you get the idea). If he had a problem with something I was doing, I would rather him confront me so we can come up with a solution, not complain about it for the world to see. But that's just me, maybe you don't mind if your significant other is out there complaining about you; that is your call. Just something to think about the next time you decide to post that nasty little status update about how your partner does nothing.

4. Your children will see it.

Now this doesn't apply to the Facebook groups, but I have personally witnessed this on my Facebook. (Also may not apply if you have kids too young for Facebook, but they will grow up, and Facebook is good about hanging onto past posts). Some people really need to think "Do I want my children to see this?" before making posts on Facebook. I have even witnessed children of parents apologizing for what their parents said/posted! It just appalls me how people think it is okay to post their fights or arguments on Facebook, as if they are trying to get people to take their side!

That is not a healthy relationship! Instead of taking your fight to social media, you should be trying to work it out among yourselves, and if you can't, then get a counselor, therapist, or other qualified professional to help out, You should be working on fixing your relationship problems, not making them worse or ignoring them and just whining about them on Facebook.

Not only are you embarrassing yourselves with this childish behavior, but your children and other family members for that matter. Also, your kids will likely respect you less because of your immature behavior. They will tell you less because they fear you will post about them on social media and the last thing they need is their own mother or father complaining about how crappy they are to all their family and friends. So if you want to keep your child's respect, then respect your spouse and deal with problems inside the house, not on the internet.

March 3, 2017

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