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I feel like a "bad mom" for giving up residential custody

I strongly believe that one gender does not parent better than the other. I fully believe men are just as good at parenting as women when put in the same situations. And that the societal idea that men are idiots when it comes to kids and don’t know what they are doing is ignorant.

So why is it that, as a strong feminist, I cannot help shake the guilt that I am sending my child away, or that I am a failure or a bad mom if I let my daughter live with her father?

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When baby sleeping techniques fail, will our marriage survive?

I don't know what I expected regarding sleep with a baby, but it certainly wasn't that he'd be waking up every hour to two hours at night at six months old, having done this for several months.

We fully intended to follow the National Health Service's guidelines on reducing SIDS — keeping him in our room until six months old before moving him into the nursery down the hall. Because of course, by that point he'd be sleeping through that night.

Surprisingly, that isn't where we are now. And I had given little thought to our relationship would cope in this situation.

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I'm losing my baby fever

My husband still wants kid, but I've found my baby fever has started to fade. I love kids, but I sometimes find myself thinking, "Maybe I don't want this for myself after all." After a lifetime of wanting kids, it's a super-weird feeling.

Has anyone else experienced this? If so, what advice do you have?

Goodbye screen time, hello awesome kid

My husband and I freely cop to having used television as a coping method. As two working parents with up to three hours of commute time each per day, free time to clean the house, cook meals, or attempt a conversation is seriously lacking. So, for about a half hour on weekday mornings and around half hour to 45 minutes in the evening on those days, we'd turn on the Roku and let our three-year-old kiddo watch Wonder Pets, '60s-era Spider-Man, or any other variety of parental-approved idiot box entertainment while we powered through chores and tried to plot out each day.