Last year, as the days got shorter, the temperatures colder, and the year wound down to an end, I braced myself for what I expected to be one of the most difficult, numbing experiences of my life. In April I would be running my first Boston Marathon, and if I was going to get to the finish line in decent time and with a minimal amount of pain, I was going to have to run all winter long. However, I was surprised that before too long, the cold didn't bother me. In fact, far from hating to wake up early, bundle up in so many layers, and head out into the cold and dark of morning, I began to look forward to it. I don't necessarily think winter running is going to be as exciting or fulfilling for everyone as it was for me, but I do think that there are ways of making it tolerable, and possibly even enjoyable. I've been working with Paul Smedley, running expert at Sport Chalet, to come up with some tips make that jump into becoming a winter runner safe, comfortable, and enjoyable. ClickRead More »from Winter Sprinters: 7 Genius Tips for Running in Cold Weather
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 12:30 PM EST
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 12:18 PM ESTThe Case for an Open Adoption: Why I'm Glad My Daughter Has Two MomsWhen my husband and I first set out to adopt, I assumed that babies placed for adoption were unwanted by their biological families. I gave little thought to what happened post-adoption, other than to imagine that the formerly unwanted kids were whisked into a happier life. Ten years later, I look back on my ignorance about everything related to adoption, and a deep shame burns my cheeks.
During my first pregnancy, our baby Matthew passed away from nephrosis, a silent and deadly disease that snaked its way through our baby's kidney cells. After the autopsy showed that Matthew's condition was autosomal recessive, meaning any future baby of ours would have a 25-percent risk of dying from the same disease, my husband and I agreed we wanted to pursue adoption.
The first time I ever heard the term "birthmother grief" was from our adoption counselor, Maggie. "Don't fixate on your own loss while talking to a birthmother," she advised. "Adoption is just as much about her loss and herRead More »from The Case for an Open Adoption: Why I’m Glad My Daughter Has Two Moms
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 12:03 PM EST
Victoria Beckham posted a shot yesterday on Twitter, showing just how much she has packed up to donate to charity - specifically to support the Red Cross Shop Drop in aid of the Philippines.
The 39-year-old fashion designer kindly raided her closet to donate some of her designer threads, all in the name of charity. The items in the boxes include dresses, tops, suits, and shoes from labels including Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, and Roberto Cavalli. Victoria even got hubby David in on the act! From the couple's matching Dickensian outfits worn at the Venice Film Festival in 2006 to David's baseball caps - they are all being boxed up!
And she didn't stop there. VB raided her shoe collection and has donated over 100 beautiful pairs!
The collection is being delivered to the British Red Cross and will go on sale at their shop in Old Church Street, Chelsea, in the heart of London tomorrow. The Red Cross has asked people to drop clothes to any of its 330 stores in the UK - and theyRead More »from Victoria Beckham Donates 20 Boxes of Designer Threads to Help Victims of the Philippines
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 11:59 AM EST
In just one day from now, the Toy Story movie franchise leaves its childhood behind - the original Toy Storymovie turns 18 on November 22nd. Welcome to adulthood, Toy Story! Over the last 18 years, we've all learned important life lessons while watching Toy Story grow from a small cast of characters within the walls of Andy's room to include friends (and enemies) at Sunnyside and beyond. If you're like me, I'm sure you're still wondering what those toys are up to, how they're adjusting to their new home, and how Andy's doing in college. Toy Story has become a part of our lives during these 18 years. While the list of lessons learned from Toy Storycould reach to infinity … and beyond! Here are my favorite 18 life lessons learned from Toy Story. -By Amy Lupold Bair
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 11:56 AM ESTAre your beauty products hurting your baby?Hey! How's your day going? Debilitating Braxton Hicks contractions like me? No?
Well, I'm still going to rain on your parade. You know, give you yet another thing to worry about, because you clearly don't have enough on your mind right now what with all the life you are busy creating.
Apparently some of the stuff that you're using to make yourself pretty now that you're pushing maximum density could be hurting your baby.
As The Huffington Post reports, your personal care products are not so much caring about you personally. In fact, they contain a chemical that could increase your risk of preterm delivery. Preterm birth is defined as the birth of an infant before 37 weeks of pregnancy. It's the leading cause of death or long-term neurological disabilities in children and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one out of every eight children is now born prematurely.
Phthalates. I can'tRead More »from Chemical Found in Personal Care Products Linked to Preterm Birth
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 11:55 AM EST
Michael and Debi Pearl are the "ministers" behind No Greater Joy Ministries Inc., the organization responsible for publishing To Train Up A Child, a parenting guide used by some evangelical Christians to teach their children complete obedience. To Train Up A Child advocates the use of severe corporal punishment and even starvation as a means of training children to be wholly submissive. In the last seven years, the deaths of three children - all adopted - have been attributed to use of the Pearls' book. 4-year-old Sean Paddock was killed by his adoptive mother Lynn Paddock in 2006, 7-year-old Lydia Schatz was killed by her adoptive parents Kevin and Elizabeth in 2010, and 13-year-old Hana Williams was killed by her adoptive parents Larry and Carri in 2011. In all three cases, the parents were convicted of murder.
Alicia Bayer, who has written extensively about the Pearls for Examiner.com, notes that their training methods include:
- Using plastic tubing to beat children, since it
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 11:51 AM ESTOnly One-Third of Kids Get the HPV Vaccine — What Parents Should ConsiderThere's no question vaccines are a hot-button issue these days. I know it's definitely something I struggled with when it came time for my son's first round of shots, and not just because I knew they would hurt. I feared adverse reactions, autism, and developmental decline. I still question whether I should have done them and if I should continue to do so, but seeing as it's a requirement for schools and daycares around here, that'd be a pretty tough battle to fight.
Many of the standard vaccines seem to be for diseases we can't currently relate to in the 21st century: measles, mumps, rubella, even chicken pox is uncommon thanks to the vaccine. What we tend to forget when we read all the controversial headlines is that these diseases are foreign to my generation because of vaccines. Most of these diseases seem like they'd be unfortunate and unpleasant, but for the most part treatable. But can you argue the same for cancer? Did you even know there was a vaccine for cancer?
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 11:45 AM ESTThere are a thousand reasons to decide when to have kids. (Spoiler alert: it's never when you're "ready" - no such thing.) When my husband and I started thinking about it, we felt a little young to even be talking about kids, but when we started doing the math it felt like we were already behind. It didn't take long to figure out that meant we could be in our mid-30s and still be having kids. Since 35 is considered advanced maternal age, we figured it was time to get going, or else we would never be able to keep up with our kids - we'd be too old and too tired. I've heard it over and over from older moms; they're just too tired to keep up with energetic, active kids.
Are our kids less active than they should be?Related: 10 genius ways to sneak fruit and veggies into your kids' breakfast
But we're assuming our kids would be energetic and active, and that we wouldn't be. While that sounds completely logical, for the first time in decades (or longer), parents are more fit than their kids. For once this isn't just an AmericanRead More »from Kids Today Are 15% Less Fit Than Their Parents Were. What Can We Do About It?
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 11:22 AM EST
I shared how I overcame the myth that almost destroyed my marriage, how I learned to stop badmouthing my husband to my girlfriends, and I took some time to reflect on all the wonderful lessons about marriage that my husband is passing on to our son.
And in my quest to better my marriage, I borrowed a book from my mother-in-law that caught my eye. (Sidenote: our power went out for three days this week and we camped out at our in-laws the entire time…I highly recommend it.) The title was what did it: The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands by none other than the infamous Dr. Laura.
I have to admit, I'm not really a Dr. Laura fan. She's a bit, well intense, for my liking, but I was curious to find out what she had to say about keeping husbands happy, so away I read.
And um, wow.
Turns out, Dr. Laura has a lot to say about the "proper" way to keep your husband happy.
Some of the advice I agreedRead More »from Why Dr. Laura Thinks You Should NEVER Turn Your Husband Down in the Bedroom
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 10:29 AM EST
Thanksgiving is known to bring out the best and worst in families. While it undeniably reminds us to appreciate our loved ones more, it also tends to initiate a bevy of emotions and squabbles. One minute you're laughing with your relatives, and the next minute you're fighting with your mother-in-law about the best way to prepare sweet potatoes. If there's any medium of entertainment that truly captures all the highs and lows of this particular holiday, it's television. For the past several decades, TV shows have been known to feature Thanksgiving-themed episodes that consistently hit the nail on the head. Whether the silver screen characters are reminding us to be more thankful or making us laugh with their over-the-top familial drama, we can always find something to relate to in these shows (except, hopefully, getting a turkey stuck on your head). To help you celebrate Turkey Day this year - and to remind you that your family isn't that bad - take a look at 8 of the bestRead More »from 8 Thanksgiving TV Episodes to Get You in the Holiday Spirit