I read a mocking review of Gwyneth Paltrow's It's All Good in the early summer of 2013. I couldn't help it -- I was intrigued, so I decided to check out a copy from the library, not wanting to commit to purchasing it. Thirty pages in, I was hooked, and I had to admit that I was more
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Mar 4, 2014 3:33 PM ESTClean Eating Asking kids to scale back on eating chicken fingers is akin to asking them to give up their pacifier, their favorite "lovey," or even their best friend. At least in my household it was, anyhow. My 6-year-old son still mourns the loss of this fare, as evidenced by his response when his speech teacher asked him what makes for a good day. I could feel guilty, but he's got all of adulthood to indulge in chicken fingers. Right now, though, feeding his growing body is my responsibility, and I decided last year to break our family's weekly habit, along with noshing on other unsavory things. How did we come to this extreme decision, and how did I get there? It all started with a celebrity cookbook, and a whim.
- Happiest Couples Do In Morning How are the happiest couples different from other couples? What do they do first thing in the morning that other couples don't do? In my recent post where I interviewed Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, you learned about the importance of rituals and routines, especially in the morning. As busy parents, this is the time of day most under our control, and it's a great time to devote to enriching our relationships.
Creating a morning ritual doesn't take a lot of time and effort, either.
How do successful couples spend their mornings? I tracked down some of the most successful relationship experts and authors around, all people who happen to have fantastic marriages, too. I asked them about their morning routines. This is what they told me:Read More »from What the Happiest Couples Do Before Breakfast
- Babble.com | Fashion – Tue, Mar 4, 2014 3:28 PM ESTMy daughter had one big reason for wanting to watch the 2014 Academy Awards®; she wanted to see Idina Menzel (or Adele Dazeem if you prefer) perform "Let it Go" from Frozen. But Idina's performance was the last of the night, forcing countless children across the nation to stay up past their bedtime to see their favorite song ever performed live. In our home, to pass the time until the BIG moment, I had my Frozen-loving 8-year-old give her opinions on what the rest of the stars were wearing, giving her unique take on the Oscar® red carpet fashions. -By: Sunny Chanel Read More »from What Happens when an 8-Year-Old Judges Oscar® Red Carpet Looks
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Mar 4, 2014 3:27 PM ESTHow to Be a Compassionate ExWhen I am in the midst of a breakup, I rarely see things reasonably or clearly. Everything is doom and gloom. I sob daily and curse the day that my then ex was born. It isn't pretty. It is actually full of negative talk and bashing. At the time, it's what I need to do to heal.
But that's not all. I have a process that helps me mourn and move on from a relationship. Almost like a personal 12-step program. First, I cry. For about 24 hours I am so sad that it's over, that I am single … again. Then I flip a switch and I am fine. We call this denial. It takes me about a week to realize that I am so not okay. As a matter a fact, I am angry. I am enraged. Let the ex-hating commence!
Soon, I feel guilty for trash-talking a man that I shared my life with and cared about, and probably still do. I go back to crying. I do a lot of thinking between sniffles. I miss him. I want him back. Why didn't we work? What did I do wrong? What do I need to learn from this relationship so I can move on?Read More »from Heartbroken? How Being Compassionate Can Help You Move On
- Babble.com | Pets – Tue, Mar 4, 2014 3:22 PM ESTIs Your House Puppy Proof?Getting a new puppy is exciting, but it can also be stressful. Your new addition to the family is likely to chew and get into things. Until your puppy grows up and learns some basic rules of what is off limits, your home can be a dangerous place. For example, a plugged-in electrical cord can kill a puppy that chews on it. Snack bags left on tables pose a suffocation danger. This is true not just for puppies, but for full-grown dogs and cats too.
To be sure that your house is pet safe and puppy-proof, use this checklist:
-Electrical cords are out of reach or covered in a way that your puppy cannot access them: Electrical cords present a large danger since your puppy will look for things to chew on as he teethes. You can spray cords with an agent such as bitter apple, but that is not always effective. The best thing is to assure that your puppy cannot access any electrical cords.
-Pick up small items that could choke your puppy, and remove anything that you do notRead More »from Is Your House Puppy-Proof? Use This Checklist to Find Out!
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Mar 4, 2014 3:16 PM ESTBreastfeeding vs. Formula: Equal Benefits, Study FindsFor the past 17 months, I've been up to my elbows in baby formula -- 24 to 32 scoops of powder a day to be exact. And I don't expect my kids to be any less for it in the long-run. As an adoptive mom, breastfeeding versus bottle feeding was one less mommy war I had to deal with -- or so I thought.
I am shocked by the amount of judgment and disapproving glares I receive while formula-feeding my daughters in public. You'd think I was putting a stick of dynamite in their mouths. Just a few months ago, I was happily strolling through a flea market and stopped to mix formula for one of my fussing babies. A woman watched and then condescendingly informed me, "There's a BREASTfeeding area a few rows over for BREASTfeeding." I snapped back "Great! Are they giving out free samples?" My friend saw the fire in my eyes and dragged me away.
A study from Ohio State University looked at the differences between 8,237 children, 7,319 siblings and 1,773 sibling pairs in which one child was bottleRead More »from Why This Adoptive Mom is Thrilled About the Latest Breastfeeding Study
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Mon, Mar 3, 2014 6:12 PM ESTHow to Start an Office Lunch Club
When my husband started his first real office job, it didn't take us long to realize we needed a new budget category -- the office lunch. He was leaving work daily on his break, spending an hour away with coworkers over lunch. It wouldn't have been as big of a hit if it were once a week or even fast food. But these were daily, sit-down meals.
I understood the need to socialize with his coworkers and sit down over a good, hot meal. Our budget, however, wasn't nearly as understanding. We tried packing lunches, but who wants a sandwich in the break room when your coworkers are at a steakhouse? We tried cutting it down to weekly coworker meals, but the interaction was a big part of developing strong, working relationships.
That's when I came up with the idea of the lunch club.
Instead of packing a simple lunch and dining alone in the break room, he invited several coworkers to join him in preparing hot meals -- kind of a co-op for office lunch. They took turns providing meals toRead More »from Save Big! 8 Tips for Starting an Office Lunch Club
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Mar 3, 2014 6:11 PM ESTThis Dad Sings Taylor Swift with His Daughter and the Cute Is off the Charts
"The same week my daughter was born, Taylor Swift played one of my songs. Now here we are four years later, and we're playing all of hers."
Bryan and his daughter sing "22," "Mean," and "You Belong With Me," while they're hanging out at home, driving in the car, and during one elaborate face-painting session. (I have to admit that his little girl seems way more into getting the makeup job done on his face than singing, but a lady has to have her priorities.)
What this all adds up to is cutecutecute and a little girl who may have a future in the biz like her dad and Taylor. Nice pipes.Read More »from Dad Sings Taylor Swift with His Daughter and It’s Off-the-Charts Adorable
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Mar 3, 2014 6:06 PM ESTWhat Body Image Should Really Be About
Last week was National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. That means we've been inundated by news segments, blog posts, and videos on both eating disorders and body image in general. While I think it's extremely important, there's one thing that stands out to me over and over again: it's all about the girls. Boys deserve to have good body image, too. At least they should be able to appreciate it enough not to be the ones judging others or making them feel uncomfortable because of their weight. I don't think boys should be excluded from the focus of body image campaigns, but I also don't think body image programs should be focusing so much on weight.
The Today Show hosted a #loveyourselfie catwalk this morning, and the one smiling face that stood out among the rest was that of Whitney Way Thore. You may remember her from the Fat Girl Dancing video. This girl oozes confidence. She's the type of role model I'd want for my daughter ifRead More »from The Conversation About Body Image More Women Need to Have
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Mar 3, 2014 5:40 PM ESTStay-at-Home DadYesterday, my wife came home from work and posed a question that, for a moment, almost made me cry: "How was your day?"
Thinking back on the 8+ hours at home with my four-and-a-half-year-old son Felix made me feel like a volcano in an eggshell. There were the bright moments of doing arts and crafts, and working together to make Chinese New Year decorations, the dark spots when we snapped at one another in the lead up to lunch, and then that long, silent stretch in the afternoon of playing with LEGOs that felt both lovely, as my imagination wandered, and boring to the point of suffocation. At times, when telling myself I should be valuing this quality time with my son instead of wishing I had another 15 minutes to sit down and write, I experienced confusion and guilt.
"It was intense," I told my wife. And then I wondered if staying at home with a child is more intense than other jobs.
"I had an intense, emotionalRead More »from 5 Surprising Truths About the Lives of Stay-at-Home Parents