photo credit: AP Photo/CNN Larry King Live - Matthieu YoungWhen Levi Johnston started talking about his relationship with Bristol Palin, his ex-fiancée and the daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, he should have known it would have consequences. But he probably didn't expect the Palin family to prevent him from seeing his 4-month-old son, Tripp, whom he shares with Bristol.
Johnston appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live" Tuesday evening and told King that his relationship with the family turned sour after he appeared on the "Tyra Banks Show" in March. (Johnston told Banks that Gov. Palin allowed him to stay at her home in Bristol's bedroom.)
After appearing on the "Tyra Banks Show," Johnston told King that the Palin family decreased communication with him so he hasn't been able to see his son. He told King, "I still like the family very much and think we can work things out." When he does see Tripp, it's in the Palin home; he rarely gets to take Tripp out on his own.
When pressed if he would pursue legal action to secure his visitation rights,
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- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Thu, Apr 23, 2009 8:11 AM EDT
photo credit: AP Photo/CNN Larry King Live - Matthieu YoungWhen Levi Johnston started talking about his relationship with Bristol Palin, his ex-fiancée and the daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, he should have known it would have consequences. But he probably didn't expect the Palin family to prevent him from seeing his 4-month-old son, Tripp, whom he shares with Bristol.Read More »from Levi Johnston says Gov. Sarah Palin's family won't let him see his son
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Wed, Apr 22, 2009 11:52 PM EDT
April 23 is "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day." Now in its 17th year, the day allows kids to get a first-hand glimpse of what their parents do at work as companies throughout the U.S. welcome kids to the office.
If you're planning on having your kid join you at work, we have some tips to help make sure you all enjoy the day.
- Do make sure your company is actually participating in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. If they aren't, ask your manager for permission to bring your kid to the office so that he or she can shadow you for the day.
- According to the Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day Foundation, kids who are between of 8 and 18 years old are considered "age appropriate" to visit your office. Do check with your company about age limits because you might find out that their rules for the day are different. (Some offices will allow younger kids to participate.)
- If you have more than one kid, do decide how many kids you want to bring with you to the office
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Work + Money – Wed, Apr 22, 2009 9:51 PM EDT
Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesActor Jim Carrey jumped into the blogosphere to write about the link between vaccines and autism. Or rather, how the media is covering recent news about autism and vaccines.Read More »from Actor Jim Carrey wants more research conducted on the link between autism and children's vaccines
Carrey took CNN reporter, Campbell Brown, to task for her reporting on a February ruling by a "special vaccine court"--the Office of Special Masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims--that the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine didn't cause autism in three cases.
According to Carrey, Brown "and others in the media began making assertions that the judgment was in, and vaccines had been proven safe." He asserts this is far from the truth.
Carrey doesn't recommend that parents not vaccine their kids. He wants more the vaccines to be spaced out over longer periods of time, and that more research be conducted to determine which vaccines are ruly necessary.
"We have never argued that people shouldn't be immunized for the most serious threats including measles and polio, but surely there's a limit as to how many
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Tue, Apr 21, 2009 7:26 PM EDT
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesWe've all heard and read about the positive impact and health benefits of breastfeeding babies. But now a new study says that breastfeeding can protect moms later in life from some serious medical issues: heart disease and stroke.Read More »from New study says breastfeeding protects moms from heart disease and stroke
The study was conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and included 139,681 post-menopausal women.
Women who breastfed for more than one year reduced their risk for heart disease by more than 10 percent. Women who breastfed for at least a month had lower blood pressure, better cholesterol and less frequent diabetes. The study will appear in the May issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women. The risk of developing heart disease increases after menopause. The thought that breastfeeding, even for a short time, could reduce that risk is important.
I do wish that data would come out to support non-breastfeeding moms, though. Because aren't they already catching enough heat (and rather unfairly, too)?
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesWhile parents are looking for ways to cut costs while still having fun with their kids, I've noticed something really neat happening: new traditions are being created. And it's one of the reasons I'm such a big fan of the Family Night In concept. You're saving money, but you're also finding creative ways to spend more time together with your children.
Here's an idea to expand on the idea of family game night. Before sitting down for a few hours of Life or Monopoly, start of the evening by making dinner together:
- Choose a dinner theme and plan the menu. I always recommend making pizza dough (you can try my recipe) and letting the kids pick out all the toppings. It's always fun to use cooking gear made for kids, like the Head Chef utensil line. And even the youngest chef needs an apron. If you're in a rush, you can always pick up pre-made dough at your grocery store. I use Mom's Pizza Dough because it's organic and locallyproduced by my pal, but I have heard good things about the Trader
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Tue, Apr 21, 2009 12:29 AM EDT
When my husband was a documentary producer working on this HBO movie, I remember listening to a bunch of young guys talking about taking spills on their BMX dirt bikes how their injuries and scars were badges of honor. As a parent, my badges of honor are a little different: stretch marks; being vomited on by my kid in the emergency room; and the scar on my foot after spraining my ankle a few months ago on my way to pick up my preschooler, to name a few.Read More »from Parenting merit patches: What badges of honor have you earned?
I recently learned of a company called mama merit badges (yes, all lower case). They sell patches akin to the ones that Girl Scouts earn upon completing projects and activities. They include the "Eating Out" patch for mamas who "have picked up pasta from a filthy floor, created a game with empty creamers, straws and sugar packets," and generally survived eating out with a young child. There is the "Shopping" patch, for those of us with insane tales after daring to take our kids to Target or the grocery store with us. And one of my
Sure, every day should be Earth Day. But the "official" day we celebrate Mother Earth is April 22. And if you're looking for some easy, fun and budget-friendly activities to teach your kids about Earth Day, we've got you covered.
Check out the slide show for ideas on how to get your kids involved in Earth Day. You'll find that many of the ideas involve being outside in different ways so that you can appreciate nature. Because once you're outdoors, hopefully you'll be inspired to find even more ways that you and your family can help protect and preserve our environment.Read More »from 7 ways to celebrate Earth Day with your kids
photo credit: momadvice.comThe sun is starting to show itself more regularly in my hood, with blue skies being the norm versus gray, overcast skies. (And we'll just pretend that windstorm this week was a bad movie. It dropped a boat on a local bridge!)Read More »from The perfect homemade slushie
So good weather means coming up with fun drinks for backyard parties and my boys' play dates. Besides making simple fruit drinks (agua frescas) by blending strawberries and other fruits with ice and water, I dig the idea of a little retro fun by whipping up homemade slushies.
Over at The Mother Load, Amy Clark posted her recipe for what she dubs The World's Greatest Homemade Slushies. If you're down on using fruit-flavored drink mixes, you can try using fresh or frozen fruit. But you won't get that true slushie taste or look.
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Work + Money – Thu, Apr 16, 2009 7:51 PM EDT
photo credit: dollarstorecrafts.comBrilliant mom craftiness continues to amaze me. Over at Dollar Store Crafts, Heather Mann creates things based on, well, stuff she buys at the dollar store. She recently made a pair of baby/toddler shorts out of a preppy-colored dishtowel. And they shorts are super cute. This project could challenge my sewing skills, but if you're want to try, check out her tutorial.Read More »from Did you know you can make baby shorts out of a dishtowel?
But a bandana skirt for a little girl? Oh. for. cute. Now this I could make. Simple lines and lots of straight seams. Check it out.
Have you seen any repurposed things turned into kids clothes?
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Work + Money – Thu, Apr 16, 2009 7:18 PM EDT
photo credit: AFP/File/Robyn BeckThis kind of crazy seems normal in the day of the life of octuplet mom, Nadya Suleman. Yesterday she told Life & Style that she was indeed filming a reality television show "a TV show is basically creating documentaries about the lives" of her children. She named the U.K.-based Eyeworks as the production company that would be filming her.Read More »from Octuplet mom Nadya Suleman is closer to landing a reality show -- would you watch it?
But it's a different story today. And we're not surprised!
The official word from Eyeworks CEO Reinout Oerlemans is that the company is still in discussions with Suleman. [US]
CNN reminds us that Suleman would not be the first parent(s) with a reality show following the lives of a super-sized family. We can watch "Jon & Kate Plus Eight," which follows Jon and Kate Gosselin. Or we can peek into the lives of the Duggar family in "18 and Counting," which will now follow the pregnancy of Anne Duggar (she's carrying the first Duggar grandkid).
So why such a fuss over Nadya Suleman? Do we want to see her fail? Or is because she does crazy things, such as