Many parents find that they have difficulty convincing their children to consume one of life's most basic essentials-water.
Though of course, it's not that kids truly hate water-no thirsty person hates water--it's that they much prefer drinking juice, sports drinks or even soda.
Related: Water is the new gold
"I stupidly went down the juice-as-a-main-beverage path," one L.A.-based mother of a two-year-old told Yahoo! Shine, "And now C. thinks water is the devil's juice."
"Especially when my children were little, they never wanted to drink water," mom and blogger Lisa Cain of Snack Girl told Yahoo! Shine. "And you're watching your kid running around thinking, 'They're thirsty, they need something to drink!' And they're so headstrong at that age. So you give them juice."
"One of the biggest challenges parents face is trying to get kids to drink water early on," says Dr. TJ Gold, a pediatrician at New York City based Tribeca Pediatrics.
Juice, sports drinks or sodas generally taste
Blog Posts by Valerie Isakova, Shine Parenting Editor
Many parents find that they have difficulty convincing their children to consume one of life's most basic essentials-water.Read More »from The Daily Essential Kids Aren’t Getting Enough Of
- Valerie Isakova, Shine Parenting Editor | Parenting – Mon, Jul 23, 2012 10:00 PM EDT
Makers of this baby bottle made no friends with their latest ad campaign.Over the past few days, bottle maker Bitty Lab sent out the following Tweet at least 12 times, according to an original story posted on Care2.com:Read More »from Bottle Company's Bizarre, Sexist Ad Campaign Really Annoys Moms
"New baby? Reclaim your wife. Meet BARE #air-free #babybottles Bittylab.com #bfing"
That tweet was followed with this one:
"Feeling like you're competing with your newborn for mommy's attention? Meet BARE #air-free #babybottles Bittylab.com #breastfeeding"
Where to even begin?
Annie Slaughter, the writer of the original Care2.com story, wrote:
"This offensive marketing tactic presumes that a woman, or at least her breasts, belong to a man. It also attempts to create a false competition between the baby and the father, when the father should be supporting the mother in providing the best care and nutrition for her baby."
Mom bloggers and Facebook commenters--women and men alike--were uniformly outraged and insulted. Some highlights are cataloged here.
We here at Shine had a moment's uncertainty, since we love the idea of a baby bottle
During filming on The Dark Knight Rises on Wall Street.My family and I live in New York City, and we stumbled into the filming of The Dark Knight Rises last summer on Wall Street. It was a beautiful day, the four of us were out for a stroll, and had a plan to stop by my husband's office building to change a diaper when we ran across an area of several blocks cordoned off for the movie. Since my husband had ID for a building in the area of filming, we were eventually whisked past the barricades and into a magically transformed area where the ground was covered with light snow and the streets were packed with commandos in dark clothing, holding guns. Here and there, tanks blocked the road. We were warned that there would be loud explosions. Eventually, post-diaper-change, we ended up with a hoard of other people huddled in the entrance at 40 Wall Street, hoping to see something scary happen. Our kids were too small to care, but my husband and I were transfixed by how totally the movie, even off-screen, transformed the street. The actors wereRead More »from The Dark Knight Shootings for Mothers of Boys
- Valerie Isakova, Shine Parenting Editor | Parenting – Mon, Jul 16, 2012 1:20 PM EDT
Pregnant women can now guilt-free enjoy their morning coffee. This is the best news we've heard all month: Researchers in Amsterdam have concluded that a woman's caffeine intake during pregnancy--i.e. coffee, beloved coffee, liquid gold, we mean coffee, did we say coffee?--doesn't cause problem behavior, hyperactivity, emotional and social problems or a host of other negative results later in life for the pregnant woman's unborn child.Read More »from Study Says It's Okay for Pregnant Women to Drink Coffee
As many pregnant women have discovered, skipping the morning caffeinated beverage can cause severe emotional and social problems for the mom. So, again, yay, coffee! No longer do we have to waddle enormously into the local coffee shop at nine months, ask for a decaf, and be told by the tattooed barista, with disdain, that the coffee shop is too purist for decaf.
The study was published this month in the journal Pediatrics and surveyed 3,400 mothers, whose children it followed up to age six. The results were unambiguous: "Caffeine intake was not associated with a higher risk for behavior problems or with
More middle-aged moms are partying, drinking and doing drugs.It was a rough weekend for being a mother, at least on the Internet. First, there was the novelist Amy Sohn's piece in The Awl about the new "Regressives." These are wealthy urban moms in their late 30s and early 40s who drink, do drugs, cheat on their husbands, complain a lot, and call each other Slut, Hooker, Drug Addict and so on while going to parties in bangs and strappy sundresses. The whole piece, in its excruciating entirety is available here. (And my favorite lighthearted and humorous reply to it is here, mea culpa.) The behavior described is sure to be widely derided, as was the author's intention, since Amy Sohn has a new, controversy-courting novel out about just such Real Housewives of Park Slope.Read More »from The New Worst Moms Ever
But even knowing that the "Regressives" were custom-ordered to shock, the story made me feel sad and anxious. I was worrying about it as I rushed around getting two adorable little people washed and into their pajamas before sitting down to a home-cooked dinner in our
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- Valerie Isakova, Shine Parenting Editor | Parenting – Thu, Jul 12, 2012 2:38 PM EDT
Rory Staunton, who died of sepsis in April, 2012.Read More »from Parents of 11-Year-Old Who Died of Septic Shock Say Hospital Sent Their Son Home "Desperately Ill"
The story of 11-year-old Rory Staunton of Queens, New York, who suffered a routine cut on his arm during basketball practice and died four days later of septic shock --after being sent home from the emergency room at NYU Langone Medical Center--is a cautionary tale for parents.
Related: Faith healer parents let son die of treatable illness
In a statement just released to Yahoo! Shine, Rory's parents, Cieran and Orlaith Staunton write, "Our beloved son Rory was the light of our lives. He should never have died. It is clear to us he did not receive the basic standard of care which would have saved him and which he, as an innocent child, above all, had a right to expect. Our beloved boy is gone but we want to ensure that no other family experiences the utter heartbreak and grief we have because of such substandard care." The Stauntons have announced their intention to pursue Rory's Law, which would require hospitals to discuss the results of a child's blood work before
- Valerie Isakova, Shine Parenting Editor | Parenting – Tue, Jul 10, 2012 4:06 PM EDT
The picky eater, explained.Parents of picky eaters, take heart. Stephanie Lucianovic, author of the new book "Suffering Succotash: A Picky Eater's Quest to Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate" has gone on record saying it's not our fault our kids are picky.Read More »from 10 Common Misconceptions About Kids Who Are Picky Eaters
For me, as a mother of two, this is both great news and something I already suspected. My daughter seemed to be born a picky eater. When she was a baby and I, assiduously following the advice of parenting books, started introducing carefully homemade, organic vegetable purees, her very first response when the first spoonful passed her lips was a comedic shudder and a terrible face. We all laughed and kept trying but to no avail. She shuddered for sweet potatoes, she scowled at squash, she spat out pureed peas. Even the mildest, prettiest, blushiest-pink home-made puree of pears got a big yuck. If it was green or brown, not only would she not eat it and not even try it, she wouldn't deign to see it.
When, a few years later, we stuck the first spoon into
- Valerie Isakova, Shine Parenting Editor | Parenting – Mon, Jul 2, 2012 2:36 PM EDT
The fireworks extravaganzas celebrating America's 236th birthday that you'll see in this slideshow are the country's biggest, best, loudest, most explosive, longest-running, most unusual or most spectacular. But they have one thing in common with the events happening all over America on July 4th: Large or small, they're a celebration of our country, our families, our armed forces, our shared national history, and our great glee in things that go bang.--Valerie Isakova More on Shine: Fourth of July guide to finding free fireworks
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An article in the July 2 New Yorker by writer Elizabeth Kolbert concludes that American children are "spoiled rotten." Kolbert writes: "With the exception of the imperial offspring of the Ming dynasty and the dauphins of pre-revolutionary France, contemporary American kids may represent the most indulged young people in the history of the world." Kolbert wonders why this might be, speculating on our various attitudes towards our children (Do we expect too little? Want too much approval?) and bringing up one anthropologist's theory that a long juvenile/ maturation period is necessary in order to handle the complexities of the modern world.Spoiling our kids is the latest hot topic.
Read More »from Why parents "spoil" their kids
A response by Lisa Belkin in the Huffington Post retorts defensively that maybe spoiling is good for us, or at least not so bad. Our kids, Belkin says, don't need to be obedient, they need to get into college. They're focusing on grades and