Until a few days ago, I'd never heard of an annual celebration called Week of the Young Child. My youngest son's preschool sent home a flyer informing about their activities to commemorate the week and it sounded pretty rockin': baking cookies on day, special arts and crafts the next, a surprise visit from a magician and party of the final day. Dang, can I play?
Turns out Week of the Young Child runs from April 13-29 this year and was started by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. (And they define young child as kids ages 8 and under). You can get all the deets on their site, but the basic idea is to show kids how much they rule while raising awareness in communities about what young children need.
I love any excuse to celebrate something with my little guys. Everyday this week I'll be posting some links out to fun, easy activities you can do with your kidlings for Week of the Young Child. And if you've got a party goin' on with your kids, at home or at
Blog Posts by Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff
Until a few days ago, I'd never heard of an annual celebration called Week of the Young Child. My youngest son's preschool sent home a flyer informing about their activities to commemorate the week and it sounded pretty rockin': baking cookies on day, special arts and crafts the next, a surprise visit from a magician and party of the final day. Dang, can I play?Read More »from Celebrate Week of the Young Child, April 13-19
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Fri, Apr 11, 2008 11:18 PM EDT
I'm not sure why, but I like the coupling of actor Harrison Ford with Calista Flockhart. The fact that they starting dating after she adopted her son, Liam, makes me love him just a little more.
And he has awfully nice things to say about Calista's parenting skills. In the latest issue of Reader's Digest, he says his ladylove is "the best mom in the world."
Say it with me...oooh, Indy.
(Photo Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Fri, Apr 11, 2008 8:06 PM EDT
See that photo to your left? The little girl sleeping peacefully while she cuddles her stuffed animals while her dad is watching also peacefully?Read More »from Ciao Baby: Should airlines have family-class sections?
It's awfully sweet. And so fake because you just know in reality that dad would be thinking, "Oh sweet Jesus, please let that Bendaryl work for another four hours."
Young kids strapped into miniscule spaces on long trips is the work of the devil.
I'm a mom, I know my boys can be annoying on flights despite my every effort to make them use their inside voices and not kick the seat in front so that its occupant doesn't turn around and roll their eyes while looking at the bad mom and dad who clearly lack any control of their kids.
You know who you are. You wish those of us with kids should be sitting somewhere else. Maybe even a separate section of the plane? That's the question Aviation.com posed to its readers in a recent survey and 91 percent of respondents wondered "What the eff are you waiting for?"
Can you imagine a whole section just
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Fri, Apr 11, 2008 6:41 AM EDT
Baby spas aren't new with their mommy and me yoga, infant swimming, baby massage and breastfeeding classes. All geared towards helping the new mama feel more comfortable in her new role. And new bod.Read More »from Baby spas and belly dancing -- where were you when I needed you?
I'm not a yoga gal and the thought of getting into a pool with a bunch of screaming infants makes me shiver. Baby massage I figured out on my own.
But mommy and baby belly dancing? Awww yay.
Along with the regular lineup of traditional baby spa classes, Itsy Bitsy Baby Spa in Cary, N.C. is the only spa I've found to offer Mommy and Baby Belly Dance. Here's the class description:
"Belly Dance in a relaxed, supportive environment while wearing your baby! You'll bond with your baby and enjoy a great postpartum workout. Your baby will love the movement and the music, you'll love the workout and connecting with other moms. Previous dance experience is not necessary."
Personally, I think they need to swap it out with the description for the solo Belly Dancing Class
"Belly dance is a great
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Thu, Apr 10, 2008 10:30 PM EDT
"Without the Kids" offers up date night (or date day) ideas that are a little more interesting and active than "The Two M's" -- a meal and a movie. Date nights that bring you back to those old skool days when you and your spouse/partner would go out and actually have serious fun instead of running errands together (liking picking out a new couch) or sitting in a classy restaurant watching teenagers with bad table manners.Read More »from Without the Kids: Knockin' pins down at the bowling alley
And what's more old school than the bowling alley?
In a strange twist, I rediscovered the bowling alley when we took our two sons to one on a rainy day. The four of us played one game and it didn't take more than a few tosses of the old 8-pound ball before an little couple competition kicked in, just like old times. The kids, of course, amused to hear mom and dad smack talking each other.
It hit me: the bowling alley, with all it's gaudy glory, would be an nice change-of-pace date night. You can definitely take it upscale by hitting some of the new retro-chic
Photo Credit: Cookie MagazineI am currently obsessed with birthday cake ideas. I'm starting to think I just need to make them for no other reason than to pretend I'm a pastry chef specializing in kid's birthday cakes. This concept would certainly make my sons giddy.Read More »from Itty Bitty Bites: A cake for brainiacs
My current favorite comes from the latest issue of Cookie Magazine. One of the ideas for a Mad Scientist birthday party includes this hideously gross yet amusing Brain Cake. And here's the beauty of it: the frosting design is so simple with it's "S" piping that you could make a mess and now one would know the difference. In fact, this would probably add to the "Ewww" factor.
I'm filing this one away for a class party when my kids start learning about the brain at school. A mom's always thinkin' ahead. (But I really may try to make it this weekend.)
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Wed, Apr 9, 2008 11:02 PM EDT
A six-year-old boy was hospitalized in Britain last year for alcoholism according to a report published today by Hull Citysafe.Read More »from British study reports six-year-old boy hospitalized for alcoholism
The study was created to look at youth drinking habits in the city of Hull. Nearly 500 children and young adults were questioned over nine months and 95 percent of respondents are at a point where their drinking is considered harmful to their health.
As for the six-year-old boy, no details are available on his current status but The Sun reports he was admitted to the hospital suffering from acute alcohol excess, acute alcohol intoxication, alcohol withdrawal and alcoholism.
A story from Good Housekeeping that appeared a few months back (via MSN) points to how parents need to start talking to their kids about the dangers of alcohol early on, which frightens me because my kid is six and still is learning to tie his own shoes. And if you had any thoughts of giving your wine kid sips at home, real grape juice still seems like the safest bet.
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Wed, Apr 9, 2008 9:49 PM EDT
Whenever my kids see me grabbing my gardening gear, they follow me to the backyard like I'm carrying around the makings for s'mores. They always want to help, whether it's pulling weeds or just digging dirt -- the perfect ingredients for mud pies.
Playing in the mud and pulling scraggly, annoying plants are all good. But there's something special about having your kids plant seeds and watch them turn into colorful, gorgeous, wild and sometimes edible flowers.
Trust me, I am far from a green thumb (my husband is nodding in agreement as he reads this). So teaching my kids to garden is sometimes laughable. But I have learned a thing or two about which plants are easy and fun for them to grow, even for toddlers.
If you and your kids are ready to get your hands dirty, grab a big flower pot, some planting soil and find a sunny spot to try these out (just don't forget to have your kids water them!):
- Zucchinni: You know you can't go wrong with zukes. Plant a few seeds in a long flower
Actress and Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Tiffani Theissen won't be be part of any 90210 spinoff because she wants to focus on a reality gig: motherhood.Read More »from Actress Tiffani Theissen has babies on the brain
Theissen, best know for her stint as 90210's vixen Valerie Malone, is married to actor Brady Smith and according to The Celebrity Truth, the two are having the baby chat.
Perhaps she could get some tips from 90210 gal pals Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling. But let's hope she doesn't follow the lead of Valerie Malone, who faked a pregnancy to scam and spurn a (married) ex-boyfriend when she was in her senior year at CU. Remember when she threw diapers into guy's house and then sped away in some slick sports car (that she drove while a student at CU after helping Dylan recoup his lost inheritance. I know way too much about this show).
Happy babymaking, Tiffani!
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Photo Credit: NYC Moms BlogI'm feeling a bit proud as I read post after post and watch a fantastic little video about CBS evening news anchor Katie Couric meeting with a group of mom blogging mavens.Read More »from Katie Couric chats with mom bloggers
As women bloggers descended on New York City last weekend for BlogHer Business, CBS News welcomed a group of mom bloggers into Couric's office. Along with Lisa Stone, one of the founders of BlogHer, members of the the Silicon Valley Moms Blog, New York City Moms Blog, DC Metro Moms Blog, and Chicago Moms Blog met Couric for an informal chat about their passion for writing online about motherhood.
Couric was inspired enough to post about it on her own blog for CBS.
As a mom blogger, it's always exciting to see your blog peeps be recoginzed for the power of their work. And mom blogging = super powerful.
As Couric wrote in her post, Moms Rock!