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Baby smiles, like this one from the author's 11-month-old daughter, are one of the pluses of parenting, says Alicia Strnad Hoalcraft. Alicia Strnad Hoalcraft / The Forum

Parenting Perspectives: Motherhood full of pros and cons

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Parenting is a whirlwind of good and bad all mixed together.

You can be playing with your sweet baby one minute, and covered in baby vomit the next. Likewise, an adorable sleeping child can become a screaming monster in seconds.


Those bad moments are part of why some people decide parenting is not for them – a decision I whole-heartedly respect.

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Alicia Strnad Hoalcraft

Alicia Strnad Hoalcraft is a news page designer at The Forum. She lives in Moorhead with her husband and their daughter, Calliope. She can be reached at