When one of our editors sent a mama-alert email asking for suggestions of how to help her baby with a terrible case of diaper rash, there was a collective shudder across the country. Even though many of us have kids who've long been potty trained and we work in different states, every mother on the staff felt the pain of this baby's bottom.
As the emails flew with recommendations, it reminded me of the early days of my son's life, when I frantically searched online and grilled other mothers for remedies. I didn't care if the cure involved poultices, salves from some thousand-year-old lady in a town twenty miles away, or even my own breast milk -- the crazier it sounded, the more likely I was to smear it on my kid just to make the rawness, redness, tears, and flailing stop.
Every parent seems to develop their own magic formula for diaper rash, sometimes calling on complex genetic code and mathematical formulas and other times just made up out of desperation in the baby care aisle of
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When one of our editors sent a mama-alert email asking for suggestions of how to help her baby with a terrible case of diaper rash, there was a collective shudder across the country. Even though many of us have kids who've long been potty trained and we work in different states, every mother on the staff felt the pain of this baby's bottom.Read More »from What's your best diaper rash advice?
I'm fascinated by the names of children we know. Just as there seems to be a rise in classic names like Mary and James and Alice, there also seems to be a good number of kids with creative names like Santa Monica and Applebaum and CarrieAnnLeighElizabethJunior. OK, that's pushing it, but you know those kids with those names. And you also know their nicknames, like Santy, Api, and CJ. Let's also not forget the subset of names I try so hard to keep straight but inevitably stumble over -- the Kirsten/Kristen/Kirstie/Kyrstyn and Evan/Ethan/Nathan/Ian and Ariel/Arielle/Aria/Arianna groupings. Phew. It's hard work to just say hello at drop-off some mornings.Read More »from When no one can pronounce your kid's name
While I am pouring over all the names on the kindergarten cubbies, my own son (yes, with a top-10 most popular name of his own but an apparently super-confusing hyphenated last name) shrugs it off as what he calls just another kid in the Lego center or leading the line to the water fountain.
But what about those kids with names that
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Parenting – Fri, Mar 25, 2011 11:13 PM EDT
It's no secret that I am fan of some really god-awful pop music. I've shamelessly danced in the car to a Selena Gomez song. I find that blasting "Party in the U.S.A." makes cleaning a toilet much less of a chore. I volunteered to take my son and his friend to see that one girl from "iCarly" on her singing sensation tour. I even cried in the Justin Bieber movie.Read More »from Friday by Rebecca Black: What one mama has to say about this ear-bleeding teen pop song [video]
My tolerance is remarkably high for terrible lyrics about first love, drum machines, and dance moves every kid in America will try to replicate at prom. Or at least I thought so until I heard "Friday" by Rebecca Black. Not only is this song cringe-worthy, it is a mind-worm that will get in your head and stay there until...well, next Friday.
This adorable teen girl doesn't walk into a public bathroom without her shoes or take a huge hit off an "herbal" bong or wear something that would make her mother's eyes fall out of her head. But what she does here is sing a song that is worse than a 15-year-old's diary -- it's a list of
I warn you, the video below is incredibly disturbing. It hurt my heart so much to watch that I barely made it through the entire 1 minute and 39 seconds.Read More »from Is it ever OK teach our boys to fight? [video]
No baby animals die. No small children cry. No terrible car accident happens while teens are laughing, texting, and driving the family SUV. It's just a teenage boy starting a fight with another kid he says has been taunting him -- while his mother cheers him on.
The mother's aggression is not just disturbing to watch on video. A passer-by is shown intervening in the fight and asking the mother why she would encourage her son to fight with another kid and what kind of role model she is for them both. It plays out like a slow-rolling train wreck and the consequences are more than bloody noses.
One repercussion was the arrest of the mother, Jennifer Zuniga, 33, from Ceres, California. After police reportedly received an anonymous tip on a crime helpline, Zuniga was arrested and now faces charges for child endangerment and contributing
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Moments Of Motherhood – Tue, Mar 22, 2011 11:15 PM EDT
Whether you're making six kinds of cupcakes and turning your front lawn into a petting zoo or are having a few kids over for pizza and video games, you want to do a bang-up job building the excitement and energy around your little one's birthday party. And that all starts with the invitation.Read More »from 9 fun (and even funny) reasons to send a paper birthday invitation
There's no need to be crafty, spend a ton of cash, or stress about sending invitations. Here are 9 absolutely adorable, completely enticing, budget-happy, kid-friendly, mama-relieving cards that will get the party started right.
Wild things, loud things, crazy things. Sometimes you just have to give in to the rumpus. These invitations tell guests that your little monster's party will be a loud, rambunctious, crazy-fun, not-orderly time. These customizable flat cards are by Tiny Prints are $1.29 each. Throw in an adorable/oogy UglyDoll key chain for each guest, throw down a tarp, slap some frosting on cupcakes, and the party will create itself.
Happy birthday home run. Are you taking a group of
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Parenting – Wed, Mar 16, 2011 6:27 AM EDT
It is in no way scientific, but I personally believe all parents spend approximately 67 years of our lives listening to, calming, and half-covering our ears from crying babies. That doesn't even count the times we sob along with them. Perhaps this is why we're all so hopelessly addicted to videos of someone's baby caught in a fit of giggles Yes, someone else's baby. Not yours, not mine. Nooooo...our kids have jimmied himself inside a clutter-filled closet to wail over the fact that we've run out of pizza-flavored fishy crackers and now only rainbow-colored fishy crackers remain.Read More »from You know what's SO SCARY! HYSTERICAL! DISCONCERTING! to a baby? Yep, nose blowing [video]
First there was the sweet little baboo who found daddy ripping paper to be Chris Rock-worthy hilarity. Now there's this pumpkin, not even paying mind to being imprisoned in his exersaucer because his mommy's doing something pretty frightening/chubby, little knee-slapping funny/slightly shudder-worthy.
You might think it's some great parent entertainment trick, but it's snot. *
*Apologies. The puns will cease
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Healthy Living – Wed, Mar 16, 2011 5:51 AM EDT
It's that time of year when cheers are heard across cities and towns, when frosty mugs of green beer are handed out at both dive bars and swank establishments, on the holiday that some call "amateur's night" and others insist is the best time of the year to celebrate -- St. Patrick's Day.Read More »from Women vs. men: Shine survey results on how we drink
What's fun for many about this day is also a serious issue. That's why Shine decided it was the perfect time to release the results of our in-depth survey on Americans' drinking habits.
In a survey of more than 2,000 American men and women, Shine asked participants to get honest about the details of drinking. We were most interested in how the genders differed and how they were the same when it came to answering questions about when they started drinking, how much they consume, and when enough is enough. Some of what we found was fascinating (we're really still stuck on frozen, frilly cocktails?) and some of it we are all very familiar with (we all know who is more apt to have the cab on speed dial,
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Parenting – Tue, Mar 15, 2011 7:56 PM EDT
We see them as little gooey balls of perfection, somehow transcending the quirks of ending up with our mother-in-law's nose and colic and a birthmark that looks like Idaho. They are divine. Adorable. Beautiful in every way. Impeccable.Read More »from Let's be honest: Our kids aren't brilliant at everything [video]
Or at least until that first soccer clinic. Or toddler pottery class. Or, in this case, ballet.
Although they may never hit a ball to the outfield, their chances of being the next Matisse are dismal, and, as here, first position is just not going to happen, isn't it funny that often what they struggle with makes them even more wonderful? Maybe even seem a little more perfect?
Of course, I beamed (and let all of Facebook know) when my boy mastered a jump-side kick in Tae Kwon Do. But his many attempts to do a booty-spin in hip-hop had me entertained and lit up with just as much love. I am quite sure this adorable little girl made her mama feel the same way, whether or not those pesky heels of hers ever did meet in time for the three-year-old recital.
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | Parenting – Mon, Mar 14, 2011 11:30 PM EDT
I was prepared to think these videos were crazy. All I could think was, "Congratulations, you just peed on a stick! Now make it public!" and what the social networking of pregnancy reveals might be called: Squatter? FetusBook? America's Funniest Home Pregnancy Video?Read More »from Would you take a pregnancy test on YouTube? [video]
And then I watched some WombTube videos (I didn't make that up but I wish I had). OK, I watched a lot of them. Some were strange, some were funny, some contained little cups of pee that maybe should have been cropped out of the shot. Most of them, made me tear up.
Why would you want to share this most intimate moment with the world --perhaps before you tell your partner or parents or confirm it with your doctor? Maybe the simplest answer is because you can.
Slate.com has a fascinating little tour through WombTube, which author Marisa Meltzer calls an "odd and addictive world." I concur. Maybe it's that way because most of the times I've been sitting in a cramped bathroom with a friend watching the timer tick on a
No one has completely perfect skin, but you don't need a staff of people or celebrity money to win your battle over blemishes, push back the signs of aging, and feel absolutely gorgeous. Here's how to put your best face (and shoulders and neck) forward.Read More »from 11 no-fail ways to get glowing, flawless skin
1. Drink enough water
We know, we know. You've heard this a million times, but staying hydrated remains one of the most significant things you can do to improve your complexion. "This tip is so easy, but it's also the first thing I tell women to do to take better care of their skin," says medical esthetician Peggi Sobota. "Because the skin is one of the last organs to get hydrated when you drink water, it really shows if you have or haven't been drinking enough water."
Conventional wisdom says eight glasses of water a day are plenty, but Sobota recommends a new formula: taking your body weight and dividing that number in half to get the number of ounces of water you should be drinking each day (for example, a 150-pound woman should