As we say goodbye to the Gosselins tonight on the last episode of Kate+8, the Parentables team took a look back at the show's run -- and at the many lessons we learned from Kate herself. From motherhood and fitness to education and hairstyles, here are ten teachings that we'll remember long after the credits roll.
1. Take Control: Order is possible in the midst of chaos. Kate's keen sense of organization makes daily adventures with her eight kids a reality.
2. Get Organized: Organize as much of the chaos that you can, and just roll with the rest. I've always admired how she could mobilize eight kids in under a half hour when it takes me 20 minutes to get my little urchin out the door.
3. Hit the Road: Education doesn't have to happen in school. Kate takes education where ever they go...she is a closet homeschooler!
4. Teach Your Children Well: Kate makes education fun, and she incorporates it into everything they do -- even vacations. The kids learn in hands-on environments, giving
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- Parentables | Parenting – Mon, Sep 12, 2011 4:51 PM EDT
As we say goodbye to the Gosselins tonight on the last episode of Kate+8, the Parentables team took a look back at the show's run -- and at the many lessons we learned from Kate herself. From motherhood and fitness to education and hairstyles, here are ten teachings that we'll remember long after the credits roll.Read More »from 10 Parenting Lessons We Learned from Kate Gosselin
- Parentables | Parenting – Thu, Sep 1, 2011 7:53 PM EDT
This post was written by Marla Garfield. Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.
Beyoncé Knowles and I have sooo much in common. For instance, we've both ridden on airplanes. Both of our mothers' names end in a. She is married to Jay-Z; I am married to J.B. Clearly, we are kindred spirits. So it stands to reason that I am more than qualified to introduce the singer to motherhood and give her some of my best advice.
1. After you have your baby, you'll still be expected to run your fashion line, because a working mother's day job doesn't hit the brakes simply because she's given birth. This is a perfect opportunity to launch the clothing trend we all need: Bedazzled-panel non-maternity pants. While you're pregnant, you'll find that the stretch panel on your pants is so comfortable that you'll never want to wear regular trousers ever again, but that panel is crazy-fugly. So while you're looking for something to do during your maternity leave while the baby naps, please get rollingRead More »from Dear Beyoncé: Parenting Pointers for the Superstar Mama-to-Be
- Parentables | Parenting – Wed, Aug 31, 2011 7:23 PM EDT
This post was written by Michelle Duggar. Photo credit DCI.
My husband Jim Bob and I recently celebrated our 27th anniversary. We laugh about how it took us 25 years to learn this one simple concept that we shared in our book, "A Love That Multiplies." It's so simple, but yet I think each couple probably has certain things that maybe have been tripping them up along the way in their communication skills.
A couple of years ago we went to a Courageous Conversations marriage counseling conference, and we were so encouraged by many things at the conference, but the one thing we really came away with -- that took us this long to learn -- was that Jim Bob and I have very different styles of communication. And maybe this is just my personality, but I tend to talk more. It's often said that women like to talk about a subject more, whereas men are just short, sweet, straight to the point and that's all they need, they're done.
And so I would talk and talk and talk and talkRead More »from Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar's Happy-Marriage Secret
This post was written by Michelle Duggar. Photo: DCL.
When you're traveling with family -- whether you're on a bus, like we are sometimes, or flying -- I think one of the ways to help keep everything calm in close quarters is to stick to the same rules you have at home.
One of the most important ones for us is to respect one another, and to respect each other's space and things -- don't try to step on somebody else's space or get into their stuff without permission.
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And then just honoring one another and trying to look for ways to help each other, instead of having the attitude of, "I don't want do anything." Traveling together is a lot of fun, but we all have to work hard to make it happen.
If we're staying for the entire trip on the bus and not staying at a hotel it's a little bit more cramped and crowded and not as easy to do much else than just survive -- because we have a lot of people in one smallRead More »from Michelle Duggar: Respect Doesn't Take a Vacation
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This post was written by Susan Wagner. Photo: Stella and Dot.
Let's get one thing clear up front: any trip you take with the kids is not a "vacation," at least not in the way travel magazines would have you believe. Sure, you're away from home, but you're still the mom, and unless you're schlepping the nanny along with you, you'll need to be packing for full days on the go with the family (i.e., the kids).
Pack these simple, elegant basics for fuss-free style in any destination.
The urge when we pack for vacation is to pull out all the pieces that we never get around to wearing on a normal day at home. But if that cute skirt won't work for a day of romping at the neighborhood park, it won't work for a day of hiking at a national park. So how do you know what to take?
Instead of standing in your closet staring at all the cute things you wish you could wear, start by looking at the laundry. What are you really wearing? Those are the pieces you want to pack for vacation. I know, that
This post was written by John Cave Osborne. Image: nicolasnova/Creative Commons
Ah, toys. They can go either way, no? I mean, a good toy can buy a busy parent some much needed peace and quiet. But an annoying toy? Well, let's just say that it can somehow make the incredibly taxing job of parenting harder still.
With five kids, I've developed a reasonably high tolerance for annoying toys. But recently, I ran across one that was so bad, I momentarily contemplated leaving my family. Instead, I vented my frustrations via a Facebook post, asking parents to chime in with the toy that they despised most. The end result is this list of 10 astonishingly annoying toys.
1. Sing A Ma Jigs
These guys seem innocuous on the surface. Just a bunch of little furry fellows that harmonize when you press their bellies at the same time. Kinda like a stuffed animal version of a barber shop quartet. But if you really stop and think about it, barber shop quartets are entertaining for likeRead More »from 10 Astonishingly Annoying Toys
This post was written by Marla Garfield. Photo: clevercupcakes/Creative Commons.
One of the first posts I did for this site was about my son's hypotonia. He has low muscle tone in his back and he cannot support weight on the palms of his hands and the soles of his feet. He's 17 months old and can roll and sit, but he still cannot transition from lying to sitting, he can't crawl, he can't stand, he can't cruise, he can't walk. He can kick and stretch and throw himself around, he has good fine motor skills, he's rejecting his straw cup because he wants to eat like the big kids, but he cannot do these other things. When gross motor delays are present, that can lead to speech delays, then developmental delays in play and communication. It can be treated with therapy. Lots and lots of therapy. He has improved, but slowly.
There are worse problems. But it's terrifying.
My husband, Josh, and I haven't buried our heads in the sand. On the contrary, Stefen has been seeing aRead More »from How My Denial Compromised My Son's Health
This post was written by Jessica McFadden. Photo credit: iStock Photography
A few months after a woman has had a baby is usually not a gal's hottest time. She is sleep deprived, has loose skin and extra pounds hanging around her midsection, and if she is nursing she is serving as a walking milk truck. But at least she still has that thick, lustrous hair leftover from pregnancy, right?
Wrong. In fact, her hair very likely is falling out...sometimes in clumps.
Is this a dirty trick of Mother Nature? A sick joke? The side effect of all those salads you're consuming to slim down to your pre-pregnancy dress size, or those deliciously deserved glasses of wine after baby finally goes to sleep?
Nope, it's totally normal. Technically, your hair is just going back to its normal, pre-pregnancy state. During pregnancy the extra estrogen in your system is responsible for less strands ending up in your brush and down the shower drain. The average non-pregnant woman loses aboutRead More »from Postpartum Hair Loss: It's Normal!