Mary Vaughn

Mary Vaughn
Mary is an Army wife of 7 years, mother to three wild boys, and owner of a small business helping other moms as a sleep consultant and potty training coach (yes- it is a thing!) called Mother Together. She is originally from Gettysburg, PA, has an undergraduate degree in education from American University in Washington, DC, and taught middle school before following love into the adventure that is a military marriage. Mary proudly considers herself the millennial everymom: rocks the side part, overuses the laugh crying emoji, looks forward to a daily glass of wine, and will probably be buried in skinny jeans. Her hobbies and interests include exploring local businesses and restaurants, camping when the weather is just right, knitting, coffee, and casual amounts of moderate exercise to create balance to her love of cooking. Mary is perpetually seeking new binge-worthy shows and audiobooks, so feel free to connect and share your interests!
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Toddler Bed Transition: Professional Tips + Tricks

Oh mama, the toddler bed transition is a bittersweet milestone for most parents. Yes, it marks a major development for your growing little one. But it can be a headache while everyone adjusts to your...
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Screen-Free Activities to Keep Your Kid Busy While Potty Training

Once you know that your child is ready to potty train, one of the most important parts of potty training is making it worth it to "go" with activities for potty training. This means not...
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The Perfect Bedtime Routine at Every Age

Helping your children get their best night's sleep starts with creating the perfect bedtime routine. The benefits of sleep for children are too many to count. Adequate, quality sleep is correlated to improved attention, behavior,...
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Our Self-Talk Should Sound More Like the Way We Talk to a Friend

If your best friend, neighbor, sibling, or a total stranger in the parking lot of the grocery store told you that: they felt like they were failing as a parent that their children’s behavior...
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Non-Food Rewards for Kids

For as long as parents have been trying to teach children how to behave, make desirable choices, and become good adults, they have been using sweets as incentives. Research is out on the impact of...
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Getting Your Kids Back on Schedule When the Clocks “Fall Back”

It’s just a few weeks away now! Daylight Saving Time ends each year at 2am on the first Sunday of November, and the clocks will "fall back" one hour. Remember before you had kids, when...
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A Letter to My Best Friend from Before

Before I had children. Before I was married. Before I moved away to follow my soldier across the country. Before all of that, there was you, my best friend from "before." In what now feels...
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{I Wish I Hadn’t Waited} How Anti-Depressants Changed My Life for the Better

I wish I hadn’t waited. If I could go back and change one single thing in my entire life, it would be to get help sooner. I knew something was probably “off” within a few...
two boys on tablets on a blue couch, "Limiting Screen Time Without Punishing Yourself: Activities to Save Your Sanity" in text with MMC logo

Limiting Screen Time Without Punishing Yourself: Activities to Save Your Sanity

Our home is a pretty low-screen-time-household. And every few months, I am moved to limit screen time totally. No television, no tablets, no video games. Completely unplugged. My kids' brains need the break to rewire when...
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Six Signs Your Child is Ready to Potty Train

For moms and dads in military families, teaching your children be even a shade more independent can be a game changer. Though potty training may feel like a massive undertaking, the freedom from diapers is...