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6 myths about fatherhood, debunked!

Most men and women have a certain idea of what it's like to a good father. But the truth is, adapting to parenthood is different for everyone and there's no one on right way to do so. Unfortunately, there are tons of misconceptions out there about how guys adjust to having babies. Check out a few myths about men and fatherhood you need to know below: 

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SEE: Baby girl greets army dad for first time with HILARIOUS sign

Whenever I watch one of those videos of a child reuniting with a parent who's been on deployment, I always end up dissolving into a sobbing mess of happy tears. But one mom's recent method of introducing her baby to her army dad for the first time ever might just be my absolute favorite.

Nebraska woman Logan Tesar gave birth to her and husband Cole's baby girl, Harper, while he was still overseas and the father-daughter duo had never been together in person.  So when they went to pick up Cole after his 9-month-old deployment to Afghanistan came to an end, Logan decided to create a special sign for the occasion—and it's pretty much the cutest thing I've ever seen. Check it out after the jump!

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This shocking video will change you as a parent, guaranteed

Having a child is a huge responsibility. I know that's a big (and obvious) understatement, but it's also something that's easy to forget in between work, chores, and the general day-to-day craziness of your life. But now, a shocking new video is here to remind every parent just how huge an impact they have on their kids.

The eye-opening clip, created by child abuse prevention organization NAPCAN, is only 60 seconds long, but it carries one very powerful message: "Children see, children do."  Watch it below--trust me, by the end, it'll have you thinking of parenthood a whole different way!

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5 Surprising things you didn't know about breast milk

At this point, I'm pretty sure everyone knows that breast milk is the healthiest choice for babies--your obstetrician, your pediatrician, your best friend, your third cousin, have probably all spouted the virtues.

Before I became a mother, I had no intention of ever breastfeeding, but once pregnant, the evidence of the greatness of breast milk was just too convincing to ignore. So of course, I gave it a whirl and my son was lucky to get 13 months of the good stuff. He hardly ever got sick during that time, turned into a fabulous eater of solid foods afterwards, and has always been ahead of the curve developmentally. The benefits of breastfeeding are awesome, but the milk itself is even more fascinating than most of us realize. Here are five cool facts about breast milk you might not have heard:

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Are you a Gringa mommy or a mamá Latina?

My gringa friends have been raised much more independent thinking than so many Latinas whose identities and self-worth are largely defined by the collective experience and success of their familia.

Today my youngest sister and her family are relocating to Miami and leaving Chile (where my mom, dad, abuela and extended family all live) because her husband got a better job there. My youngest sister is the last one of my siblings to leave Chile. My other sister lives in South Africa. Only now do I truly understand what it's like for a mamá Latina to let go of her pollitos as they grow older and pursue their own dreams no matter where they may take them.

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Sleep-deprived couple leave kids hilarious note & every parent can relate

As most parents will tell you, it's pretty much impossible to sleep in when you have young kids as they're sure to barge into your room the minute they wake up, ready to start the day! But when an already sleep-deprived Washington couple recently found themselves awake way too late one recent night, they decided it was time to take drastic measures.

In an effort to get their kids to give them a few extra precious, uninterrupted hours of shut-eye, Samantha Manville and her husband left them this HILARIOUS note on their bedroom door.  And from what they wrote, it's very clear they were desperate for sleep.

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6 Children's book publishers you should know if you're raising bilingual kids

One of my biggest complaints when I became a mom more than seven years ago was that I couldn't get my hands on quality bilingual and Spanish children's books. As an advocate for raising bilingual kids, I'm well aware that reading to our children in the minority language is of extreme importance in order to succeed. Fortunately, things have changed a lot in the last few years, which is why I'm able to share the following list of outstanding publishers you should know if you're raising bilingual kids. 

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Latina girl gets her period at 7 & it's more common than you think!

It's nothing new, but it's definitely more common than most of us would ever imagine. I'm talking about precocious puberty--the kind that starts before age 10. In some cases, several years earlier. Just ask Tanginika Cuascud, a Puerto Rican woman who began menstruating before age 7 and nobody bothered to explain what was happening.

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Baby teeth jewelry is making a yucky comeback

I remember when my daughter's first tooth came out like it was yesterday--even though it's been seven long years since it happened. I also remember her own excitement when she was in first grade and her first tooth became wiggly. She couldn't wait for the Tooth Fairy and for the Ratoncito to come and take her tooth when it finally fell off! For me, it was a bittersweet moment. I was excited for her, but I was a bit sad that my firstborn was no longer a baby. 

And yet, no amount of sadness would make think it'd be a good idea to grab her fallen tooth and have it turned into jewelry like some moms have started doing. 

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10 Things no one will tell you about being a stay-at-home mom

Five years ago, I couldn't have guessed that I would be a stay-at-home mom. But here I am--a year into quitting my full-time job--and I can say with all sincerity that this is the most challenging thing I've ever done. It has topped moving out on my own at 18, working my way through college (sometimes doing three jobs plus school at the same time), getting married while still in school and pounding the pavement for almost two years to score a job in journalism. Below you'll find some of the things I've learned about being a stay-at-home mom--the good, the bad and the ugly.

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