When you first get that double line on a pregnancy test it can be all kinds of exciting and scary and everything in between. via GIPHY And soon — lots of planning and preparing begins. Picking a name. Starting a registry. Getting the nursery ready. via GIPHY And, if you’re planning to be a working mom (or just want some extra help with childcare — um, full support for that here!), now is also the time to start your childcare search. The childcare search may seem overwhelming at first, but if you start early and plan ahead, you’ll save yourself…

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The first time we hired a sitter for our daughter, I was clueless. What was the going rate? Should I order her dinner? Do we tip? via GIPHY After quite a few texts back and forth with my mom tribe, I settled on a rate that felt fair — and decided to order pizza for her and round up the total amount. And it’s worked well ever since. Although, sometimes I do wonder if it’s the best thing … or if I’m over- or under-paying for my area. via GIPHY Which is exactly why this infographic from UrbanSitter is so…

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I was lucky enough to go to a fantastic summer camp as a kid. My mom, being the savvy lady that she is, negotiated a deal with an all-girls outdoor wilderness camp near Bemidji, Minn., Camp Birchwood. My mom would work as the camp nurse and her four daughters would attend camp for free. I spent my adolescent summers kayaking, hiking, and learning how to backpack in the great Northern Minnesota wilderness. Needless to say, this was exactly what I needed as a teenager. My summers at Camp Birchwood helped me gain confidence, learn how to stay organized, and be…

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