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- Babble.com | Pets – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 11:30 AM EDTWith Halloween approaching, black cats come into the limelight. I have always been partial to black cats. I love their shiny fur and striking bright eyes. And no, I don't worry when one crosses my path! As a bit of related trivia, did you know that in Europe many believe that owning a black cat is good luck? It is only when coming across one that the bad luck superstition sets in. For your Halloween viewing pleasure, here are 7 particularly striking photos of black cats. - By Carleen Coulter Read More »from Frightening Felines: 7 Beautifully Spooky Black Cats for Halloween
- Babble.com | At Home – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 11:29 AM EDTOne of the biggest cons about moving from the warmer weather into the colder months is the lack of gardening. I love working with all that pretty greenery! But just because it's chillier outdoors doesn't mean the gardening has to end... not all of it, anyway. Bring the greenery indoors this fall with some of these pretty planters! They are simple and pretty and will look amazing with your favorite plants and flowers you're not quite ready to part with. Trust me, you'll love them.
-By Melanie Blodgett Read More »from The Great Indoors: 8 Pretty Planters to Garden in Your Home
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 11:28 AM EDT
Every October, my eyes scan shelves of magazines, darting past pictures of windbag politicians, orange body builders and cars with electric paint jobs. Evading the latest celebrity gossip, they finally settle on Rajon Rondo, point guard for the Boston Celtics. Perfect. Just what I'm looking for: this year's pro basketball preview issue, chock full of news, analysis, team capsules, and the all-important fantasy rankings.
Back in 1980, a bunch of New Yorkers developed a league where fans could compete in the game they loved. Each participant "drafted" a team of actual professionals to form their own "fantasy" team. Over the course of a season, teams were allowed to swap players, drop under-performing ones, and pick up un-drafted players for a needed boost, just like real teams. The statistics of those players were tabulated over the course of a season and the team with the best overall statistical output was declared the winner. As time moved along, the community of the InternetRead More »from Why You Should Introduce Your Kids to the World of Fantasy Basketball
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 11:19 AM EDT
Yesterday, my 7-year-old brought home an assignment that was to be completed with the students' families and returned to school the next day. We've had many of these over the years. We've decorated turkeys, created timelines, and made family trees. I know the assignments are just to encourage families to do something together. For some kids, I'm sure it offers some much-needed interaction with their parents. However, we do things together as a family continually, and searching for feathers, buttons, felt, and markers to decorate a turkey isn't a fun activity; it's a pain in the butt. Nevertheless, we participate anyway. Yesterday's assignment was a little different. When I read the instructions I was left a bit dumbfounded. And by 'dumbfounded,' I mean I was saying, "What the crap? This can't be real!" See for yourselves:
I understand why this activity was sent out. It makes perfect sense that a 7-year-old should be able to identify and know the difference between prescriptionRead More »from My Child’s School Does Not Need to Know What Medications I’m Taking
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 11:16 AM EDTCondomsThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that while abstinence should be encouraged as the best way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, teens also need to be given more access to free or inexpensive condoms, and sex education. The AAP says that in order to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, condoms should be available to teens in healthcare settings like pediatricians' offices, but also in schools and other places teens frequent.
The AAP's Committee on Adolescence, which authored the updated policy statement, points out that while teen pregnancy and birth rates have declined in the U.S., the rate is still higher here than in other developed countries. Each year, almost 850,000 adolescent girls in the U.S. become pregnant, says the AAP.
Another huge area of concern is the alarming rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among teens. In some areas of the U.S., the problem has become "near public health crisis,"Read More »from AAP Says Teens Need More Access to Condoms and Sex Education
- KudrowLisa Kudrow felt that she was hideous at the age of 16. After she had a nose job, she didn't feel hideous anymore.
Kudrow spoke to The Saturday Evening Post about being a victim of bullying in junior high and the effects of her rhinoplasty, among other things:
"That was life altering. I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous. I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn't know how hideous I looked before. That was a good, good, good change."
I read this yesterday, and was immediately saddened. Then I read a few essays written about it by other thoughtful people, and some news stories. One news story contained a photo of Lisa in high school, and this confirmed my belief that she really didn't look that much different before and after the surgery, and in both cases looked beautiful to me. Still sad, and baffled for the countless times that a perfectly attractive woman sawRead More »from Why Lisa Kudrow's Teenage Nose Job Makes Me Sad
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 11:09 AM EDT
Over 8 years ago, I gave birth to my first child; a beautifully healthy 7 pound little girl, with a face like her daddy's and toes just like mine. I went through the usual range of emotions that a new mother goes through - happiness, joy, anxiety, worry, fear, and delirium. I was exhausted but thankful, and when I began crying at the drop of a hat a couple of days after giving birth, it was brushed off as the "baby blues."
Several weeks later, and instinctively I knew that this overwhelming case of sadness I was experiencing wasn't simply the baby blues. I went in to see my OBGYN and after a series of questions, many of which I cried at answering, she diagnosed me with Postpartum Depression, and sent me on my way with a prescription for Zoloft. Things got better, I got a little happier and a little less worried, but still, I never felt that overwhelming sense of connectedness, that "baby moon," that I had heard so many women talk about.
Two years later, with the birth of myRead More »from I Ate My Placenta — and I'm a Happier Mom Because of It
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 11:03 AM EDTHalloween is not just a day to celebrate candy, black cats, not-so-scary witches, and the ability to wear pretty much whatever anyone wants anywhere, from the street to the office to school. It also happens to be the birthday of many stars of film, television, music, and the cultural arts. I feel a certain solidarity with these Halloween birthday celebrities, because I know from experience that holiday birthdays can be tricky. My birthday is December 27. Two days after Christmas can be a dicey time to celebrate anything that isn't directly related to that major holiday. I don't think that Halloween kids (or grown-ups, for that matter) have it quite so bad. (And no, I didn't have it that bad. Work with me, here.) School is definitely in session this week, so the odds that they get to see their friends are pretty high. Plus all bets are off as far as sugar consumption goes, not just at school, but in most neighborhoods, too. Halloween is a great big party, so no matter how old you are, Read More »from Happy Halloween Birthday! 7 Celebs Who Were Born on October 31
"When we have kids, I don't want to do the whole Santa lie." That's what my then-boyfriend confessed in one of our when-we-have-kids-so-far-in-the-future talks, and I was pretty taken aback by that statement. No Santa? I mean, why have kids at all then? How could you deprive kids from the bubbling anticipation - from the sparks of magic? Even after learning the truth, I was never angry or resentful toward my parents. You know what I did? I helped keep the lie alive for my little sister because belief > reality, even if only temporary. (My now-husband changed his tune; he's an even bigger Santa propagator than I am.) But I never realized how prevalent lying can be in parenting, and how easy and convenient it is to use a teeny tiny lie to comfort/quiet/explain to them. And I never expected I'd hate it so much - including the Santa shebang. -By Michelle HortonRead More »from The 8 Biggest Lies Parents Tell to Their Kids
Three wacky witches, two magic spells, one hilarious comedy -- it's all part of everyone's favorite spooktacular cult classic: Hocus Pocus. It's been 20 years (!) since the world first met the Sanderson sisters, and we'll never forget how awesome it was to watch them run amok through Salem while trying to steal the souls of children so they could live forever. I watch their hijinks in what is quite possibly the best Halloween movie EVER every single year. Every time my family and I watch, I notice something I hadn't before - glaring goofs, historical inconsistencies, and "facts" that may or may not be true. But hey, no one said it was a documentary. Besides, it gives me a good reason to nerd out about all kinds of random trivia I've picked up over the years… To that end, here are 10 things you didn't know you wanted to know about the this mainstay of camp Disney culture. -By Pilar ClarkRead More »from 10 Things You Never Knew About "Hocus Pocus"