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I'm new at this whole parent thing. Though I read about it and listened to other parents for years, I've been surprised by parenthood's unusual joys. Your baby lighting up at the sight of your face is heart-expanding, but I expected it would be. What has surprised me is not the love that I feel, but the way such a tiny creature forces me to do the things that are good for me — the unexpected self-actualization from parenting…

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Despite knowing the importance of diversity in our kids' lives, we live in a mostly white, hetero-normative neighbourhood. So we have to use books to introduce them to a wide variety of people of all shapes, sizes, colours, and lifestyles. Are there any kids' books with a diverse set of characters that do fun things while just happening to be gender-neutral or gender-bending?

12 cute but not eye-roll-cutesy baby shower thank you notes

Here's the question: "My little guy is due in July, but I'm already starting to get shower gifts. I want to be prompt with the Thank You notes, but pretty much all "baby" notes are cutesy — which is fine, but not me. Do you have any recommendations for notes that are still baby-based but not so saccharine?"

Here's the solution…

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Pruning negative, toxic people from your garden of friends and family is essential, basic self-care, and never something you should feel bad about doing. But how do you know if someone is truly toxic, and not just having a bad moment? When do you know when it's time to finally cut ties, and how do you go about it? Here's how I do it…