Now that the initial back-to-school adjustment period (a.k.a. when my kids act like crazed monkeys because they can't handle major schedule changes) is over, it's time for me to start thinking about ways to set them up for success this year. So I spoke with my friend Ann Dolin, who is a very smart and fancy author, and an education expert. She gave me some suggestions for things I could be doing to help my kids academically. She shared several dos and don'ts, and I'm very grateful for that! I have to say, I think I might be most grateful for the don'ts. Some of her don'ts were things I was doing or saying, and I'm about to put a hard stop on them. Check out her suggestions and find out how you can set your kids up for success in school. -By Julie Miner
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:41 PM EDT
Now that the initial back-to-school adjustment period (a.k.a. when my kids act like crazed monkeys because they can't handle major schedule changes) is over, it's time for me to start thinking about ways to set them up for success this year. So I spoke with my friend Ann Dolin, who is a very smart and fancy author, and an education expert. She gave me some suggestions for things I could be doing to help my kids academically. She shared several dos and don'ts, and I'm very grateful for that! I have to say, I think I might be most grateful for the don'ts. Some of her don'ts were things I was doing or saying, and I'm about to put a hard stop on them. Check out her suggestions and find out how you can set your kids up for success in school. -By Julie MinerRead More »from A Lot to Learn: 7 Critical Dos and Don'ts for a Successful School Year
- Babble.com | At Home – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:41 PM EDT
I enjoy cooking as much as the next person. But sometimes you just need a little something fun in the kitchen to make cooking a tad bit more enjoyable. These awesome cutting boards are great for just that. I love how unique they are! Use them in the kitchen to chop up your ingredients or use them to serve up your favorite cheese spread at a party - whatever you plan on using your cutting boards for, here are 7 fantastic options to choose from.
-By Melanie Blodgett
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:40 PM EDT
I find baby name inspiration from a lot of places, and when I was searching out the perfect name for this baby I'm carrying, I looked far and wide. I wanted something for this baby boy that was going to be strong, would fit well with his last name, and would meld with my other three kids' names. I don't like anything common and prefer the more unusual without being too out there. I am hugely in love with last names being used as first names - they tend to sound really strong and are never too common. Have you ever checked out the top surnames in the United States? They have some great baby name fodder in there for your to choose from, and I've picked out 7 surnames that you are sure to love for your little one! -By Devan McGuinnessRead More »from Welcome to the World, Kennedy! 7 Common Last Names that Make Great Baby Names
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:38 PM EDT
I suppose it could be argued that after I decided to lose the "Newlywed 19," I started on the weight loss plateau. For several weeks after my husband and I began running together and trying to figure out how to feed ourselves good food, I didn't see any progress. I'm not going to lie - it was discouraging. Slowly, however, things began to change. I kept at it, ran until it hurt, cut back on sweets, and learned to cook. And pretty soon I started to feel like a better version of myself: more energetic and confident in my body, more capable of doing the things I needed to do, and more interested in making healthy choices and leading an active lifestyle. My experience with losing weight and building a healthy living pattern is pretty typical. Common, even. Whatever the reason, don't let a little (or a lot) of time on the weight loss plateau keep you from working toward the healthy lifestyle you have planned. These tips will help you out of your rut and on the track to better health. -ByRead More »from Sense of Scale: 7 Smart Tips for Overcoming a Weight Loss Plateau
- Babble.com | Back To School – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:37 PM EDT
Is there a difference between defending myself and protecting myself?
Do I really want to intervene every time another kid hurts my child?
These were the questions going through my mind as my son came in crying because the younger neighbor hit him for the 30th time in the past two weeks. My son is 9, but he is not a violent or aggressive kid. The younger neighbor kid has hurt him countless times: throwing rocks at his face, tripping him…
This week I've about had it when my son came in crying because the neighbor kid knocked him off his bike onto the concrete floor. Then it was that the neighbor kid took a giant rock and smashed his fingers.
This is what I have taught my son:
- Don't fight.
- You use your words.
- Tell him what he's doing is not okay and he needs to stop.
- Look at him in the eye and with a stern voice tell him, "It's not okay to hit me."
- Go tell his mother so she is aware of the situation. Or tell another
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Sep 10, 2013 12:08 PM EDT
Last week, my social feeds were all abuzz with chatter about whether it is responsible or not to post photos of your kids online. There was a Slate article that was making parents feel guilty about posting pictures of their children. The author didn't just list kid photos not to post online, she said NO photos were acceptable. It was intense. I will admit that it gave me pause, for about a split second, then reality settled in. My children weren't born into the digital age, they were already here when it came about. They have grown and evolved alongside it just as I have. Of course their situation is a bit unique, because not only does their mother work in the social media sphere, she is also a nationally recognized children's TV personality. People know and recognize them. That's why I never bothered to mask their names in my postings. It seemed rather futile. That doesn't mean that I post willy nilly about my kids. I don't. I have specific rules that I crafted to serve as my veryRead More »from When Parental Overshares Go Too Far: 7 Photos of Your Kids You Should NEVER Post Online
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Tue, Sep 10, 2013 11:55 AM EDT
Cole slaw is, in its most basic form, a combination of shredded cabbage and mayonnaise. It comes to us from Germany and is often a complement to those other popular German imports: hot dogs and hamburgers. Cole slaw is a wonderfully cooling dish and is perfect for a cookout. It's also a great complement to rich meat dishes that can be a bit too much on their own, which is why it so often accompanies barbecue. But slaw is more versatile than that. You can sub all kinds of vegetables for cabbage, tinker with the flavor by using other condiments besides mayo, and add new ingredients to the mix. Here are 7 creative and healthy slaw recipes to go with whatever you're cooking!
-By Elizabeth Stark and Brian Campbell
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Tue, Sep 10, 2013 11:54 AM EDT
By now we know that the secret to wealth is no secret at all. Save more money. Period. Do this via spending less and making more. Simple, right? Yes, actually, it's very simple. But just because you don't have to do calculus doesn't mean it's easy. There's a limit to how much you can save by living a frugal life. However, there is no limit (or if there is, it's quite a bit higher!) on the amount of money you can earn. The best way to start earning more money is to ask for a raise at work. However, in today's economy, that's not always an option for everyone. So here are ten home-based businesses you can start for cheap. Note: these do not offer a get-rich-quick scenario. Not at all. But over time, if you work at it, you can make a decent side income working right out of your home! Click through for 7 home-based business you can start for cheap! -By Kathleen O'MalleyRead More »from Work for Yourself: 7 Home-Based Businesses You Can Start for Cheap
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Inspired by the hilarious viral images of #BabyMugging which was created by fellow Babble blogger and super funny friend Ilana from Mommy Shorts, we thought it was time for some of that spotlight to be taken off the adorable babies for one moment and given to our fuzzy, loved pets. Basics of it - you take an image of your pet that makes it look like they're sitting inside a cup or a mug and let the hilarious ensue. With the help of Ilana, we asked fellow Instagram users to share images of their dogs and cats sitting in mugs (#PetMugging) and the images are just as cute as could be. I've even got my own cat participating and like everything else with my cat Ariel, she's thrilled to be included. Click through for 7 adorable "pet mugging" photos! -By Devan McGuinness
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- Babble.com | Get Happy Now – Tue, Sep 10, 2013 11:34 AM EDT
It feels good to give. Sure, giving back should be an altruistic, selfless notion, but the truth is that giving back is good for both the giver and the recipient. Studies even prove that there are amazing benefits to giving, whether you are taking on a regular volunteer position, donating money, or simply doing a random act of kindness.
Giving back is important to me. Growing up with a handicapped sibling, I saw the importance of volunteerism and paying it forward almost every day. Now that I am a parent, making sure that my kids are empathetic towards others is also extremely important to me.
After you read the reasons why it's good to give, you may just take some time today to give to others!
1. You may live longer
Volunteering may not just be good for the recipient of your time and kindness, but it may be good for your own health too. ResearchersRead More »from The Charity Case: 6 Reasons Why Giving Back is Good for Your Body and Mind