They say that it is the most wonderful time of the year, but they often conveniently forget to say that it can also be the most stressful time of the year. We want to enjoy the holidays, celebrating happily with family and friends, but not quite knowing how we are possibly going to get it all done. Sound familiar? Please don't tell my kids, but I still have no idea what my kids are getting for Hanukkah gifts this year. A couple of them are planned out, but for the most part it is going to be a holiday-by-the-seat-of-our-pants kind of year. I should probably decorate the house today too. (Yikes!) Between wrapping up year-end items for work, entertaining family, budgeting for gifts, buying gifts, wrapping gifts, sending cards, cooking, baking, and decorating, when is there time or energy left over to spread that good old holiday cheer? Talk about a Christmas miracle. It turns out that there are a few simple, handy-dandy ways to make the holidays more enjoyable with family and friendsRead More »from 7 Tips for a Less Stressful Holiday Season with Your Family
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 12:37 PM EST
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 12:37 PM EST
photo credit: Cayusa via photopin ccA conversation that I seem to have, both offline and online, each with a moderate amount of frequency, is about teaching. Much of the time it comes up when I'm talking with a parent who is upset about something their child's school has done. I am actually asked for my advice on it from my point of view as someone who makes daily decisions about students as well as my position as a parent who has put children through both the private and public school system. (This happens a lot at parties where people just want to "pick my brain.") What astounds me is not so much how often I find myself in the middle of a discussion, but how quickly the conversation spirals toward that old myth that "teaching isn't that hard" and that's where I push back with ferocity.
While everyone's experience is different, I've tried to use my own background to defend the top 7 myths I hear about education. It's too easy to paint with a wide brush, so I've tried to be fair in each assessment of the myth.Read More »from The Top 7 Most Infuriating Myths About the U.S. Education System
- Babble.com | Beauty – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 12:36 PM ESTSince I'm a DIY-er at heart, the idea of pulling together and creating my own special nail art gift set for a friend sounds super creative, fun, unique, thoughtful, and surprisingly affordable. While nail art sets for the holidays are fabulous and easy go-to gifts, they can get pricey and don't always include all the fun stuff a nail art enthusiast would really enjoy. I've rounded up everything you might want to include to create the ultimate nail art gift set with products I've used on my own, nail art designs, and links to find the products. Amazon has amazing prices on fun nail art accessories, but you can also go to your local drugstore or Target to find similar items. Below are the key items you'll need to create the ultimate nail art gift set for the holidays. - By Maegan Tintari Read More »from Holiday Spirit Fingers: 8 Must-Haves for Creating the Ultimate Nail Art Gift Set
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 12:36 PM ESTOne of the best parts about cold fall and winter mornings, I think, is a piping hot breakfast straight from the oven. My favorite kinds of these breakfasts are savory baked breakfasts like eggs, savory breakfast enchiladas, and vegetable bread puddings. For some reason things like this taste so good to me while I sip my tea. I also try to fill them with lots of eggs and meats for protein to hold me throughout the day. Here are some delicious savory baked breakfasts that would be delicious to make this fall. - By Kelsey Banfield Read More »from Warm Up to the Idea: 7 Savory Baked Breakfasts Perfect for Chilly Mornings
- Babble.com | At Home – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 12:31 PM ESTTired of the traditional green (or even pink or white) Christmas tree? Lack the space to put one up? Don't fret, I've got you covered. Here are 8 alternative Christmas trees, from space-saving to Scandinavian to just plain funky. I promise there's something for everyone. Unless you like green trees - then I've got nothing here for you, people.
-By Nicole Balch Read More »from Branch Out: 8 Crafty Alternatives to a Traditional Christmas Tree
If you have never been with a child who has autism, or even just kids with sensory issues, you may not understand why a quiet visit with Santa Claus is such an awesome deal.
But it is.
As ABC affiliate WVEC reports, this past Sunday, Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia invited the Autism Society of Tidewater, and any child with autism, the chance to visit with Santa Claus before the mall opened.
Santa is such a huge part of Christmas for lots of kids, but what some consider the traditional visit to Santa can be a nightmare for others. Many kids, especially those with autism, have an aversion to strangers, loud noises, crowds - anything can trigger an outburst, especially when they feel over-stimulated by their environment. What may just sound like a door slamming to you can feel like being struck by lightning to someone with sensory perception issues. But it doesn't mean these children don't long to sit on Santa's lap like any other kid.Read More »from Mall Offers Kids with Autism “Quiet” Santa Visits
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 11:44 AM EST
Yes, I realize that headline sounds absolutely insane and like a total impossibility, but it's 100% true. As reported by The Telegraph, "A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers." The woman, who cannot be named in the press for legal reasons, is an Italian citizen who was in Britain during the summer of 2012 for job training with an airline. While at her hotel, she suffered a panic attack because she couldn't find two passports belonging to her daughters at home in Italy and called the police, who told her they were taking her to a hospital to make sure her baby was okay. Instead, police took her to a psychiatric facility, where her rights and freedoms were stripped from her in an unbelievably egregious way.
According to The Telegraph, "She has told her lawyers that when she said she wanted to return to her hotel, she was restrained and sectioned under the Mental Health Act." The woman remained in the psychiatric hospital for fiveRead More »from British Social Workers Take Woman's Baby in Forced C-Section
I've finally come to accept that the parents who look like they know what they're doing are only putting up a good front. The truth of the matter is, when it comes to raising our kids, we're all just feeling our way into uncharted territory.
Back in the spring, I wrote about how I began co-sleeping with my son, Felix, who was then on the verge of 4. He's officially four-and-a-half now, and my nighttime position remains the same. After reading next to my wife, I kiss her goodbye and head to Felix's room, where I sleep in the bed beside his sleeping nook - he has a cozy nest of pillows and blankets on the floor. Every night, at some point between midnight and dawn, he crawls into bed with me.
Obviously - do I even need to say it? - this is not ideal. For starters, there's a woman slumbering in the next room whom I'd rather be cuddling in the early morning hours. When Felix comes home with a cough or sniffle from school, he passes it right to me as he snores in my face. And duringRead More »from I Co-Sleep with My 4-Year-Old — And That's Okay
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Dec 2, 2013 2:08 PM EST
I'll let that sit there for a second while you ponder it.
Your kids are that chance, by the way. The way we raise our kids is our way of righting our wrongs. It's a way of making sure our mistakes aren't made twice. Why do you think parents push kids so hard, bubble wrap, and helicopter them?
Because our kids are the chance we have to do life over, and get it right. That's why we try so hard.
I saw a wonderful photo on a Facebook page last week where someone had taken that desire we all have as parents and adults and turned it into a letter to her younger self as a way to set all that angst free.
Dear Little Me it was called, with the letter to her younger self written over top of a photo of the author as a child.
I've been thinking about my regrets lately as I look at my childrenRead More »from Dear Little Me: What I Wish I Could Tell My Much Younger Self
- Babble.com | Pets – Mon, Dec 2, 2013 11:47 AM ESTAn amazing photographer Sarah Beth, from Minneapolis, MN has been offering a unique service she calls "Joy Sessions" under her distinctive pet photography business Sarah Beth Photography. And when I saw her photos, I instantly fell in love. Joy Sessions began almost 4 years ago and it was inspired by a black lab service dog named Joy, who Sarah Beth met when she was commissioned to photograph her owner Joan, who didn't have much time left on this earth. Sitting and talking with Joan, who shared her incredible bond and love for her service dog Joy, an idea sparked. Sarah Beth decided to offer end-of-life photography sessions, which highlight the relationship between human and elderly or terminally ill pets. These sessions, according to Sarah Beth, "really are for people who want to celebrate the happiness - the joy - their pets have brought to their lives," and her images capture this joy and happiness so beautifully.
-By Devan McGuinness
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