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Catherine Hiles

Catherine Hiles
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Cat is a mama to two gorgeous kiddos: Rose (April 2015) and Liam (August 2018). She has lived in the Dayton area since 2007, when she moved from her home in the UK to be with her American husband. During the day, Cat works as the creative manager at Naked Lime Marketing in Kettering. Outside of work, she enjoys winding down by reading, writing, running, lifting weights, and cooking.

Working From Home… With Kids… During a Pandemic

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In a normal week, I work from home every Monday. It’s my way of easing back into the work week after a busy, noise-filled weekend. I enjoy having a quiet day at home alone...

3 Things My Kids Have Taught Me About Being a Good Person

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Since becoming a parent five years ago, I have learned a lot. First, there was the typical how-to-change-a-diaper-and-keep-a-baby-alive, but as my daughter has grown up and my son has joined our family, my learning...

4 Things I’ve Learned About Parenthood

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Recently, I was listening to an episode of my favorite podcast, Judge John Hodgman (look it up if you’ve never heard it). They were hearing cases from couples who clearly didn’t have children and...

Baby Led Weaning: Is it Right for You?

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When my daughter Rose was old enough to eat solid food, I did the usual. Started her on rice cereal, then oatmeal, and eventually pureed fruits and vegetables. She pretty much loved whatever we...

Breaking Up With the Bathroom Scale

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Like many people, I have an interesting relationship with my bathroom scale. We’ve been through a lot together over the years. Sometimes we don’t talk for weeks or even months, but then I find...

The Best Dressed Preschooler

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My 4-year-old daughter, Rose, is a very independent and strong-willed girl. Ever since she could talk, she has wanted to make her own decisions. As a parent, I know this will serve her well...

Survival Guide: Long-Haul Flights With Toddlers

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Every other year, I make the trek back to my home country for a couple of weeks to see my family. This has been a pretty regular occurrence for me since moving to Dayton...

Keeping TV Out of the Bedroom

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I’ve never been a huge TV watcher. Growing up, we were a one-TV household and only had the basic channels (there were four in the U.K. where I grew up). I never had, or...

Mommy, Are Bad Guys Real?

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“Mommy, are bad guys real?” This is a question my 4-year-old daughter asked me after we read a book with a bad guy in it recently. My instinct was to tell her “no,” because I...

Surviving Life With a Bad Sleeper

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When my daughter Rose was born in 2015, I was prepared for months of no sleep, walking around like a zombie, and just being generally exhausted for the foreseeable future. So when she started...

12 Best Excuses from a 4-Year-Old

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As moms, we all know how elaborate kids can get with their excuses. I am no exception. My daughter, Rose, recently turned 4, and her excuses are getting better and better. Rather than laughing...

Curious About Cloth Pads? Tips for Starting Your Stash

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When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter in 2014, I knew I wanted to try cloth diapering. It just seemed to make sense — it would save me money in the...
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How to Be a Good Mom

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“I’m worried I won’t be a good mom.” That was the start of a conversation I had recently with a coworker, who was getting ready to become a mom for the first time. The closer...

Not So Great Expectations

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There are two kinds of expectations: Those society creates, and those you put on yourself. For me, the latter has been my biggest battle since having my second baby five months ago. Society’s unrealistic expectations...