Sometimes it feels as if the Food Police is on my case. I admit it: I don't feed my kids organic. Does that make me a bad mother?
I'm tired of feeling like a negligent parent because I let my kids eat Happy Meals every now and then. OK, once a week. My kids eat healthfully enough most days, but I've never gone out of my way to keep things like sugar or white bread out of their diets. And so far their health hasn't suffered. Kids can't live on organic produce alone, you know?
Don't Call My Kid Shy!
I'll be the first to admit that things have gone seriously wrong with the care and feeding of America's children in recent years. But I'm also tired of carrying the guilt of non-Annie's macaroni and cheese and pork hot dogs (nitrates included) on my already burdened shoulders.
I'm not saying we should feed our kids Mickey D's three times a day. (I've seen Super Size Me. I get it.) I just don't think we should walk around with our heads hanging because we let the kids eat ice cream and
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Sometimes it feels as if the Food Police is on my case. I admit it: I don't feed my kids organic. Does that make me a bad mother?Read More »from I'm Not a Bad Mom for Giving My Kids Junk Food!
Does it bug you when strangers label your kid? This mom can't stand it when people call her daughter "shy." Here's why:Read More »from Don't Call My Kid Shy!
Look, just because my kid doesn't wave to your goony goo-goo face or say "hello" when you do, don't slap a scarlet letter S on her.
"Oh, she's shy," they say all frowny. Um, no, she's not. She doesn't know you from Adam or Eve. Why you think you can ask her for one of her pretzels as a conversation starter is beyond me! Why should she talk to you? And frankly, why should I force her to?
Imagine if we were so quick to judge everyone like we do little kids. "Excuse me, sir. You're not ordering a salad? Oh, I see. That's because you're a fat slob." Doesn't really work, huh? Yet folks throw around the "shy" word like it's kiddie confetti. But the truth is, labels can have a negative effect on kids' self-esteem; they can spend their lifetime trying to overcome them.
Keep Your Hands Off My Pregnant Belly!
So shut up. And don't even whisper or spell the word S-H-Y.
Some hospitals are no longer allowing people to videotape their births -- and I don't think that's a bad thing!Read More »from Keep That Video Camera Out of My Delivery Room!
Videotaping in the delivery room may be a way for some parents to document and preserve the moment when they first laid eyes on their baby.
But a movie of my private bits, grunts and pushes and other gross childbirth stuff was not on my birth plan. I wanted my husband to be focused on supporting me, not getting a good shot. And I didn't want another friend or family member in the delivery room...let alone working as a cameraman!
I didn't want to worry about how I might look on camera and I certainly didn't want to distract the medical professionals who were there to make sure me and my baby were safe.
Keep Your Hands Off My Pregnant Belly!
But after my kids were happily out of the birth canal, crying and pronounced healthy, then we grabbed our Flip cam and filmed our beautiful babies. The video we have of our kids being weighed and cleaned and meeting mommy and daddy are
Valentina & Valentino Pretty much guaranteed you're raising a hopeless romantic with names like these!
Rose Always better by the bunch. We'll take two dozen, please! It also fits in with the trend towards old-fashioned names and flower names.
Romeo & Juliet These star-crossed lovers' names are the epitome of just how far true love will go. (Ok, so it's a little creepy, too, but, hey, it's Shakespeare, people!) Here are other Shakespeare-inspired names.
Love, Honor & Cherish They'd be the cutest little triplets ever, and with virtuous names like this, they're bound to be the most loyal, too!
Cara Mia Even if it's NOT your name, what romantic could resist being called Cara Mia? It's an Italian phrase
Why is it that people just can't keep their hands off a pregnant woman's belly? Sure, we're all fascinated by The Bump, but does pregnancy suddenly rob a woman of her right to privacy? This mom has had enough. She wants the world to know that just because she's got a bun in the oven, she's not public property. Read what she has to say:Read More »from Back Off My Pregnant Belly!
I'm pregnant for the fourth time. Every time-including this one-I've felt like I had a sign on my belly reading, "FEEL ME UP."
I get groped by grandmas in grocery stores and manhandled in parking lots. Sure, these strangers beam as they fondle me like a midwife in training, but it's still downright disturbing to me.
I'm down with that whole miracle-of-pregnancy thing. Fine. But that doesn't give Jane or John Q. Public the right to cop a feel. They're not touching the baby, they're touching ME. (By the way, if the baby kicks during your full-frontal assault, did you ever stop to think it's probably from the jolt of "stranger danger" adrenaline? Or that
Have you ever met a mom (or dad, for that matter) who won't stop gushing about how brilliant her kid is? After a while (like 2 minutes), it gets a bit annoying, right? Sure, we all think our kid is special, but there's no need to brag about it. This mom wrote an anonymous letter to a fellow mom -- telling her to back off and let her "gifted" kid be a kid!
Dear Mom of Gifted Smarty Pants,I actually get rashy when you say "he likes to play with his math flash cards for fun" (really?) . . . that he stays up late so he can read "chapter books with no pictures" (sounds like YOU put those words in his "gifted" mouth) . . . and does he really greet the Chinese delivery guy in Mandarin and watch French movies without subtitles? (C'mon, he was barely speaking English in Read More »from Don't Tell Me Your Kid is Gifted!
I'm totally impressed that your son is super bright for a first grader, and, yes, I admit that he probably can answer more Jeopardy questions than me, but can you PLEASE stop telling me how gifted your kid is!?!
It's f-f-f-freezin' outside, but instead of complaining (more snow?!), we're using the weather as inspiration for some fun and frosty baby names. Grab your earmuffs and read on!
Winter Okay, so this one's obvious, but it's not necessarily an obvious choice for a baby name. Unless of course you're super-cool, like Nicole Richie, who dubbed her daughter Harlow Winter Kate.
January She might not be as warm as her cousin April or her brother August, but we love January all the same! Think of the ultra-glamorous "Mad Men" actress January Jones.
Aspen Winter getaway anyone? Hey, if there have to be 12-foot snow drifts, you might as well get to dress up in cute ski clothes and go "zushing" down the slopes!
Blanca Because it's way prettier then calling your kid Blizzard ... and white is about the only color you've seen for weeks! Plus, It's a great name with international flair (it's popular in Spanish-speaking countries).
"Toddlers and Tiaras" makes child beauty pageants out to look scary. But Traci Eschenberger thinks beauty pageants have been a great influence on her daughter, Taralyn, 6, who appeared in last night's episode of the show.Pageants are a great activity for the whole family. Taralyn's dad is involved in everything she does-he builds the pageant props, helps with her outfits and tans her. And I started competing in pageants to show her that I have to practice too!
I always said I would never put a fake tan, hair extensions and makeup on her at such a young age, but I thought we should try glitz pageants and see what they were really like. Taralyn fell in love with the lights, cameras, and the entire theatrical production of it all.
Would You Spy on Your Kids?
The truth is that pageants have helped Taralyn gain poise, confidence, showmanship, discipline and grace. She loves the stage and loves to perform in front of people.
Some people say parents are abusing their kids by puttingRead More »from Why Beauty Pageants are Good for Girls
Your in-laws are great and your kids love when they visit. So why can't they come over and lend a hand? Is that too much to ask?Read More »from Why Don't Grandparents Help Out More?
One mom recently wrote an anonymous letter to her in-laws asking for them to step up to the plate. Can you relate? Read her letter and see:
You guys are great. Really, love ya, you're marvelous people. I'm proud to call you my second mom and dad and my kids' grandparents. But I sure wish you would start acting like grandparents and get more involved with my kids!
Hubs and I were so happy to be living near you when we decided to become parents, and you were so excited too to be grandparents. Back then you talked endlessly about the joys of babysitting and future outings with the little ones. But guys, it's been five years now and those babysitting gigs and trips to the park with the kids are VERY few and far between.
Do Your Childless Friends Drive You Crazy?
It seems that almost every time we kindly ask you (with lots of notice!) to watch the
We've all met twins with names that rhyme (Chad and Tad) or that naturally go together (Brian and Brianna). If you were pregnant with twins, would you opt for names that worked together as a pair or that express individuality?
Now that Mariah Carey's about to become a musical mama and rumor has it she's carrying twins (Her hubby, Nick Cannon isn't denying it, either!), we've rounded up some sweet, singing-inspired twin names for the diva's upcoming duet! Do you think they might work for Mariah and Nick's kids or are they a tad too cutesy?Check out the best Harry Potter-inspired baby names Read More »from Best Baby Names for Twins