Let's be honest: Every generation has unique mistakes that we can look back on and criticize. Boomers were spanked and shunned, Gen-Xers were latch-key kids from broken homes, Millennials were coddled by helicopter parents, etc. But how will our current culture/parenting tactics screw up Generation Z (or whatever the heck we'll eventually label them)? I am a Millennial Mom - part of the next generation of parents to rise up the ranks. We were raised in the Digital Age, pioneering the Internet and social media and cell phones during our most formative years. So that's the perspective I'm viewing the world - which, to be fair, might not be that different than the Gen-Xers who are raising kids right alongside us. We'll probably put our kids in therapy for the same exact reasons. Here are 7 predictions in how we're all screwing up modern kids. -By Michelle HortonRead More »from 7 Reasons Why the Kids of Millennials Will End Up in Therapy
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I've had 2 toddlers before, and those 2 toddlers made it through just fine. At least, that's what I've always told myself. Our youngest 2 boys are in the toddler stage and it's like we cannot childproof enough! Like most parents with toddlers, there are the obvious things you child proof for. There's the stairs, the electric outlets, high locks on some doors, bells on the backdoor (my boys will run!), chemicals are kept out of sight and inaccessible to the boys. You think you've childproofed for just about everything, but then a toddler incident happens causing you to rethink everything. Here's a look at 7 household items that can become a toddler hazard! -By Molly ThornbergRead More »from 7 Common Household Items that Are Hidden Dangers for Toddlers
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- Babble.com | At Home – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 12:16 PM EDT
Raise your hand if, like me, you're a big Anthropologie fan! Yeah. I suspect most of you are raising your hands right now. There is just something about Anthro's boho look that speaks to me. That being said, few and far between are my Anthropologie purchases because the price tag is often just a little too big for my home decorating budget. But you know what that means …where there's a will, there's a way and whole slew of crafty bloggers have taken on the challenge of bringing that Anthro look home without breaking the bank. For that we can all be thankful because the Internet is loaded with amazing DIY Anthro-like tutorials. Want to jump on the bandwagon? (I know I do!) Dress your home in designer style for a whole lot less with these 7 Anthropologie inspired crafts!
-By Cyd Converse
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- Babble.com | Fashion – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 12:16 PM EDT
Whether you made a profile when it first started, or are just jumping on the bandwagon, following fun people on Instagram is often even more enjoyable than posting yourself. You can get up-close-and-personal access to your favorite celebrities, as they are behind the scenes of your favorite television show, or snapping candids with their loved ones. You can also follow your favorite friends to watch their kids grow up or share moments of the day that you wouldn't get to experience with them. For those of you looking to fill that Instagram feed with some more fabulousness, I have put together a list of ten of my favorite Instagramers, who happen to wear glasses.
-By Brooke White and Summer Bellessa
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- Babble.com | Fashion – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 12:16 PM EDT
The DIY friendship bracelets from our summer camp past are making their way to grown-up arm parties - but they've had quite a makeover. Which is a good thing, because you and your BFF aren't exactly sporting the same styles as back in the middle school cafeteria. Luckily, the friendship bracelet has evolved as well. From woven chains to sparkly rhinestones, here are 7 handmade friendship bracelets that'll remind your bestie why you've stayed tight throughout the decades.
-By Michelle Horton
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Are you eating food dyed with bugs? Many people get a little queasy when they think about eating bugs. But as I've mentioned before, bugs are popping into the culinary world, from restaurants to protein bars made from cricket flour. If I were to ever try bugs, I'd rather try them in the ground-up form, rather than seeing the actual insect I'm ingesting. But little did I know that I've eaten bugs before - and I'm not just talking about bits of insects that make their way into processed foods.Read More »from Are You Eating Food Dyed with Crushed Up Insects?
One food coloring, known as Red Dye 4, cochineal extract or carmine, is made from crushed up insects. While this dye is deemed safe - although you can be allergic to it, which is all the more reason to know about it - it's also a little yucky to think about. And if you're a vegan, kosher, or halal consumer, it's necessary to be informed of the animals that are being used in foods.
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 12:11 PM EDT
When my daughter and I arrived at her school this morning, there was a marching band playing in the courtyard. Not a big brass band that you'd see take the football field at halftime. No. This was a bite-size, boutique British brass band visiting Brooklyn as part of a festival celebrating street music. Don't get me wrong - I don't mean to make fun, because they were terrific musicians and all children deserve to start their day with music at school. Scratch that - everyone deserves to start their day with the organic, free-range joy provided by a hipster marching band, but not everyone lives in Park Slope.
As I walked away from school and landed at my local locavore coffee shop, I realized that I may never be able to truly enjoy the quaint safety of Park Slope. I feel an itchy satisfaction knowing that I sacrifice my rough-and-tumble preferences so that my daughter has the opportunity to grow up in an urban cocoon, but I have too much love for the hard knocks of my blue-collarRead More »from How America's Wealth Gap is Destroying Neighborhoods and Schools
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 12:10 PM EDT
A recent blog post over at Cognoscenti caught my attention this week. In her post, Hinda Mandell discusses her reaction to the results of a study in the New York Times this week that dogs have complex emotions, similar to human children. In effect, dogs are people, too. Mandell reports the finding led her to the admission that her dog Nigel had dropped in status after the birth of her first baby. She also realizes "doggie ownership in no way prepared me for motherhood" (Cognoscenti).
Mandell continues that dogs are great companions and need daily care (similar to a baby) but her love for her baby is much deeper than her love for the dog. She argues that caring for dogs, while somewhat laborious, takes minimal effort in comparison to an infant and therefore didn't really prepare her for the arrival of her baby. When both the baby and dog need her, the baby's needs are more urgent since the dog is a "big boy" and the baby demands more attention.Read More »from Think You Want a Dog? You Might Just Want a Baby Instead
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 12:05 PM EDT
When I dreamed about my wedding day as a young woman, I pictured hours holed up in a Starbucks somewhere, latte after latte consumed as I pored through my wedding-specific binder full of detailed plans. I pictured my new husband whisking me off to a tropical honeymoon, a day of love captured forever for our future children to see. I pictured a wedding that would make the hundreds of hours of watching "A Wedding Story" on TLC with my college roommate completely worthwhile. What I didn't exactly picture was planning a wedding for 500 people. In less than two months. During my senior year of college. While pregnant. But as the saying goes, such is life. Or maybe that's not really a saying, but it should be. Because boy, did I get a fast lesson into what true love and marriage are really about, and it's definitely not a day or a binder full of seating charts. With some help from the people that loved us most, my soon-to-be husband and I were able to pull off the wedding of our dreams,Read More »from 7 Surprising Ways to Save Money on Your Dream Wedding
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 12:05 PM EDT
benefits of running on your heelsSeveral years ago my brothers suggested I read a book called Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. In it, McDougall asserts that running "barefoot" - or with minimal shoes - will reduce injuries and encourage better form and a more efficient stride which will lead to faster times. My husband and I were intrigued. We went out and got some of those funny looking toe shoes - the Vibram FiveFingers - and we put them to work.Read More »from Stride Right: Study Reveals the Surprising Benefit of Running on Your Heels
We loved the shoes immediately. We felt much more comfortable in them. Our feet felt much freer. I did have some pain as I transitioned, but I chalked it up to the fact that I was 7 months pregnant. After I had my baby and started running again, I made an effort to land on my forefoot rather than striking with my heel. Before too long, the pain I'd been having in my feet disappeared and I began to love running more than ever.
And I loved it even more when I started racing again and found that I'd gotten much faster. Again, I credited the magic shoes and the change