Colleen Thomas

Colleen Dilthey Thomas

Colleen Dilthey Thomas is a mother of four, three boys and one girl, and a freelance writer. She offers her life experience and a bit of wisdom to a variety of parenting sites. Colleen is a Listen to Your Mother St. Louis alum and featured humorist. You can find her work on Scary Mommy, POPSUGAR, HuffPost, INSIDER, Her View From Home, CafeMom, Baby Chick, and more. She loves to bring her unique brand of funny and heartwarming words to her readers.

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Review of 5 User-Friendly Labor Contraction Apps

Get the rundown on 5 labor contraction apps for either Apple or Android devices and how they can help you keep track of your contractions.

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Father and Son: The Real Facts of What Makes this Relationship Special

Building a strong father-and-son relationship requires time and effort but can be incredibly rewarding. Discover the ways to bond.

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Emergency C-Sections: When Things Don’t Go as Planned

After her long labor, one woman managed to avoid an emergency C-section. Learn how and what to do - from her personal experience.

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Nanny vs. Daycare: Which Is Right For You and Your Child?

Learn about some of the most important factors to consider if your family is looking to decide between a nanny vs. daycare.

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Why I Regret Not Having More Kids, Despite Having a Big Family

Learn why one mother believes that sometimes the regret is in NOT having just one more kid.

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Tips for Helping Your Child Learn New Words

Learn how to help your child learn new words and build their vocabulary, when children should begin talking, and what milestones to look for.

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30 Relatable and Hysterical Truths about the Postpartum Period

A mom shares some surprising and relatable truths about the postpartum period to laugh about and share with others.

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194 Welsh Names for Your Baby

Find inspiration for honoring your Welsh heritage or to make your baby stand out among our list of Welsh names for boys and girls.

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10 Things Pregnant Women Do When They’re Finally Alone

Pregnant women can’t wait to get a second to themselves. Here are one mom's thoughts on things pregnant women do alone when they finally can.

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5 Tips to Teach Your Child To Clean

Help your kids hate cleaning just a little bit less with these invaluable tips and tricks. Learn to teach your child to clean with ease!

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What I Wish I Had Done Differently As a Mom

Discover the mistakes in parenting one mom made, what she wishes she had done differently, and the advice she wishes she had taken.

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20 Things All Moms Do That Make You Love Them Even More

Find out the things all moms do from the moment of birth, like finding misplaced items and fixing broken toys.

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How To Prevent Video Game Addiction in Children

Learn the warning signs and consequences of video game addiction and find out how you can prevent and remedy this addiction in your child.

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Mom Groups: More Harmful than Helpful?

Are mom groups really worth the hype? Find out from one mom what they can offer you and the ups and downs of the group trend.

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What to Do When Your Kid Says Something Embarrassing

Get advice from a seasoned mama on what to do and how to react when your kid says something embarrassing.

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How Can I Embrace My Shy Child?

A mom explains how no two children are the same, even when it comes to shyness. Get tips on embracing your shy child.

Best Cities to Raise a Family in the United States

Where you decide to raise a family takes into consideration a lot of factors. Check out our list of some of the best cities to raise a family.

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Lazy Parenting: It’s Not What You Think

Lazy parenting is about taking a laid-back, free-range approach to parenting, the opposite of helicopter parenting. Learn how to do it right.

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30 of the Cutest Pregnancy Announcement T-shirts

From puns to pop culture to pets and everything in between, you are sure to find the perfect pregnancy announcement shirt.

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Emergency C-Sections: When Things Don’t Go as Planned

After her long labor, one woman managed to avoid an emergency C-section. Learn how and what to do - from her personal experience.

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I Didn’t Enjoy Breastfeeding . . . and That’s Okay

Discover one mom's experience with nursing aversion, despite having all the breastfeeding essentials and large breasts.

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50 Sweet Class Valentine’s Day Ideas For School

Your kids and their classmates will love these!

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Donor Breastmilk: Where to Get Some and How to Donate

Donor breastmilk is an incredible gift, but it must be properly screened for disease or other contamination. Get expert tips here.

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Why Do I Feel Lonely When I’m Never Alone?

Kids are wonderful and make life worth living. Find out why a mom of four kids feels alone when she's never alone.

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25 Fun Ways to Tell Your Partner You are Pregnant

We've got some fantastic ideas for how to tell your partner you are pregnant! Check out the list to find the perfect way to surprise them.

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The Truth About Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Discover the truth about pregnancy stretch marks, like who gets them, how common they are and what you can do about them.

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Chores for Kids: Bests Lists That are Good for Each Age

Developmentally appropriate chores for toddlers, preschoolers, elementary school kids, middle schoolers, and high schoolers.

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The Most Expensive States to Have a Baby

Having a baby is expensive. Learn how much it costs in each of the top 10 most expensive states, from Alaska to Wyoming.

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10 Thank You Gifts to Give Your Nurses in Labor & Delivery

Get 10 great ideas and suggestions for thank-you gifts to give to the labor and delivery nurses.

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Restless Leg Syndrome During Pregnancy and How to Get Relief

Learn about restless leg syndrome during pregnancy and how to get relief if you're experiencing this condition.

Review of 5 User-Friendly Labor Contraction Apps

Get the rundown on 5 labor contraction apps for either Apple or Android devices and how they can help you keep track of your contractions.

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Little Bellies: A Healthy Baby Snack You Can Feel Good About

Learn about Little Bellies healthy baby snacks and their complete lineup of flavored puffed corn products your growing baby will love.

Man and little boy with shaving foam on their faces looking into the bathroom mirror and laughing. Father and son having fun while shaving in bathroom.

Father and Son: The Real Facts of What Makes this Relationship Special

Building a strong father-and-son relationship requires time and effort but can be incredibly rewarding. Discover the ways to bond.