I received my dose of Daily Candy this morning and it focused on bathroom and potty training products and tips. The email listed a product called a Puj tub as a way to clean up tiny bottoms in the sink. The product is cute enough, but why would anyone spend a hundred bucks on an infant bathtub that
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- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Thu, Feb 19, 2009 9:33 PM EST
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Work + Money – Wed, Feb 18, 2009 10:55 PM EST
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesSince his pre-kindergarten days, my oldest kid has occasional play dates with his school friends at their homes. I've seen the good, the bad and the ugly. And when you're picking up your kid from a play date, it's crushing to know their intended few hours of fun turned into "the bad." Even worse? When you know your ride home will turn into "the ugly" because of something that happened at the play date.
Based on what I've seen, I've learned three tips to host a perfect play date for your kids. And trust me, the parents of your mini guests will appreciate you for it.
- Serve healthy snacks, and serve them early. True story: I picked my kid up from a play date at 4:30 p.m. The kids had just finished eating mounds of chocolate-frosted cake that they had helped make. Not only was my son hyped up beyond belief, he wouldn't eat his dinner. Also? The worst, worst, worst, sugar-low tantrum of all time. Now, I love sweets and tasty treats like a kid. But unless you want to deal with kids on
photo credit: mbutterfudge.typepad.com/We're on week four of the never-ending gross, wet cough, runny nose and endless tissue in the crazedparent house. You know what I'm talking about: the cold that gets passed back and forth among the entire family for about two months and then it magically disappears.Read More »from More sick day survival: Make a "get better box"
A few weeks ago I wrote about some things you should have on hand in case your kids get sick and four things to cheer your little ones up on sick days.
I'm adding this to the list: Make a 'Get Better Box'
Clare over at Mbutterfudge gathered some little treasures and toys in a tin container and it only comes out when her little ones are under the weather. She got the idea after reading the book My Naughty Little Sister. So cute and easy to assemble because you don't need to go out and buy a single thing. Use toys your kids haven't played with in a while and maybe some cute knick-knacks you've picked up over the years (colorful buttons, bracelets, stuffed animals) and place it in a tin or box that you decorate.
The key to
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Work + Money – Tue, Feb 17, 2009 9:58 PM EST
It's early in the week but there's still enough news out for a little update in the land of Octupletgate. (And please, don't act like you don't want to know more details.)
Here are three interesting tidbits:
- The publicists hired to represent octuplet mom, Nadya Suleman, have quit because they've received death threats. Joann Killeen, president of Killeen Furtney Group, told the Los Angeles Times that the Los Angeles Police Department said the threats were "the worst they had seen since the O.J. Simpson case." Jeez.
- Suleman was interviewed by U.K rag, The Sun. Guess what? She revealed that she has a nanny and pays her US$500 a week. We wonder why this piece of news wasn't revealed during her NBC Dateline interview. Suleman also said she doesn't date and doesn't plan on dating until her babies are 18.
- And lastly, it appears Suleman has reconciled with her once-bitter and angry mom. Or maybe someone told Angela Suleman to stop knocking her daughter around in the media--that's
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Work + Money – Tue, Feb 17, 2009 9:12 PM EST
Bristol Palin segment on FOX NewsRead More »from Bristol Palin says teen pregnancy is not glamorous
Bristol Palin is finally speaking up about her teen pregnancy and her experiences as a new mom. The 18-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska spoke with Greta Van Susteren of FOX News (Gov. Palin makes an appearance in the interview.)
Palin gave birth to son, Tripp, in late December. The father is Palin's fiancé, Levi Johnston.
The news of Palin's teen pregnancy caused a tailspin last August. Her mom, a staunch advocate of abstinence-only sex education, had just been named as the running mate to Sen. John McCain in the presidential election.
Throughout the interview, Palin was crystal clear that while she loves her baby, she does not support teen pregnancy and wishes it had occurred when she was older. "I don't regret it all. I just wish it would've happened in ten years rather than right now," she said.
"I'd love to be an advocate to prevent teen pregnancy. It's not a situation you want to strive for."
Palin was also adamant that she had her baby because it was
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesI was really thrilled (insert eye roll) to read about a new trend amongst teens. It's called "sexting" and involves teens sending nude pictures of themselves via text message to their friends.Read More »from Should teens be jailed for "sexting"?
Where to begin?
According to a survey conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 21% of teen girls and 18% of teen boys admit to posting nude/partially nude photos OR videos of themselves online, or sending this content via text messaging. Fifteen percent of those teens said they sent "sexually suggestive content" to someone they only knew online.
It frightens me that sexting is becoming common among teenagers. If terrifies me that we're not surprised.
It bothers me that teens don't think enough of themselves to take nude photos of their bodies and post them in public forums, or email them to a boyfriend/girlfriend and hope that those love shots will stay private. According to the survey, 44 percent of teen girls and boys say they know it's common that these
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesMy boys sleep in bunk beds with lots and lots of handmade quilts. My older kid rearranges his blankets most mornings to make the bed look slightly assembled.Read More »from Parenting poll: Do you make your kid's bed?
My younger kid, who is nearly four, digs a messy nest. Why? Because over the course of a day, his bed is a pirate ship, a diesel train, a jet airplane, and a fire engine.
Here's the thing: I'm slightly obsessed with having the beds made in the house. So I straighten the blankets out and such (but only once in the morning).
We know that first kids Sasha and Malia Obama have to make their beds as part of their daily chores.
But what about your kids? Do you make your Little Boo's bed?
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Work + Money – Wed, Feb 11, 2009 9:25 PM EST
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesHow will parents stay in-the-know about social media and online networking?Read More »from Facebook 101 for parents (it's a real college course)
If you live in Silicon Valley, you can take a college course--at Stanford University, no less.
Stanford (or as we UC Berkeley Golden Bears spell it, Stanfurd) is now offering a class called "Facebook for Parents" and it's already full.
Facebook originally started as a social network for college students. Now it's available to anyone with an email address. And believe you me; moms and dads are all over the site.
The "Facebook for Parents" class is geared towards moms and dads with kids under 18 years of age, and will be taught by college students. I initially wondered why parents would need an actual class to learn about Facebook. It's fairly easy to navigate through the site. Aside from the many different applications you can add to your personal profile, the biggest challenge is deciding what kind of information you want to divulge. I do think the sessions "Ten steps to protect loved ones on Facebook" and
photoe credit: neatorama.comFor the past two weeks, my little guys have been pouring over their children's cookbooks and spending time before and after school in the kitchen. I chalk it up to a momentary culinary stage that will probably pass once the weather gets better.Read More »from Cute pancakes for a very hungry caterpillar kid
Our morning routine usually starts with my older son getting all the ingredients to make pancakes for breakfast. After seeing this adorable photo of pancake caterpillars, I think mama needs to take their skillz to a whole new level.
Okay Shine parents, how do you dress up your pancakes for the kids?
Related links on Shine
Cooking with kids: Children's cookbooks that they'll love to read
Wackadoodle food art we make for our kids (contest alert!)
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Wed, Feb 11, 2009 8:05 PM EST
photo credit: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts I've held off on writing about the pregnancy rumors swirling around First Lady Michelle Obama. I read a post yesterday from The Mommy Files over at SFGate.com and I thought it was an interesting take on the speculation of a possible First Baby in the White House.Read More »from Michelle Obama pregnancy rumors: Why do we want to see a new baby in the White House?
Blogger Amy Graff asks, "Why does everyone want Michelle Obama to be pregnant?" Celebrity baby bumps are followed with such intensity. What are celebrity toddlers wearing? Which bottles are they using? What diaper bags do their parents tote around?
But is the desire to see an Obama more complex? Here are the questions Amy posed to her readers:
"Are American women desperate for a positive, healthy pregnant role model? Are we tired of celebrities, such as Britney Spears, who pop out babies in between rehab? Do women simply need a down-to-earth mom-to-be who they can actually relate to and look up to?"
What do you think?
Related links on Shine
President Obama's letter to his daughters
Shine Woman of the Year: Michelle Obama