© Courtesy of ChazBono.comBy Shawn Bean, Executive Editor of Parenting Magazine
If a woman acts like a man on TV, you saw it on The Jerry Springer Show. Oh wait, sorry, Saturday Night Live. Wait, I mean Sally Jesse Raphael. No no no, Oprah. Hold on, oh okay. Dancing with the Stars.
It seems the latest attack on the American family is Cher's daughter-turned-son, Chaz Bono. He will appear on the new season of Dancing with the Stars, which begins next Monday. A lot of pro-family organizations have called this an abomination. They say Chaz will negatively impact our children, that he promotes gender confusion and body mutilation.
Bryan Fischer, a blogger for the American Family Association, says "ABC executives are unashamedly preying on her mental illness, cannibalizing her psychologically disturbed soul for ratings." Psychiatrist Keith Ablow wrote this on the Fox News website: "I was taught to consider Chaz Bono's contention that she is male as a psychotic delusion-a fixed and false belief."
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As a baby, my daughter Anna refused to wear her shoes or socks. Not a big deal if we lived on a sunny beach. But we live in Montana -- and she was born in late October. So the first line of the mother-daughter battlefield was drawn: I put her shoes and socks on, she worked them off. If she was lucky, she'd push them off when we were in transit and they'd be lost forever. Score: Anna 1, Mom 0.
Then one day, while we were on vacation, a stranger wandered into the crossfire. She was older, better rested, better dressed, and apparently a self-proclaimed authority on baby podiatry. She took one look at Anna in the hotel lobby and screeched, "Ooooh! Look at the tiny little baby with the cold feet!"
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The scarcely believable stories that you're sure are made up probably aren'tBy Barbara Rowley
Did you hear about the woman who had hiccups, day and night, for the last five months of her pregnancy? The woman even hiccuped all the way through her delivery. I know this is a true story, because that woman was me.
After suffering with hiccups for months on end, I had a beautiful, healthy baby girl. And a story to dine out on -- probably for the rest of my life. And I'm not alone: The bizarre and the unbelievable are part and parcel of many women's pregnancies. And as unique as some of these tales may sound, the medical facts underlying their specifics are usually applicable to all pregnant women.
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Earlier today I read one of Parenting's blogs about the new breed of playground. Forget about tall monkey bars, seesaws and tire swings. Those are now relics, rendered impotent by federal guidelines and lawsuits. The new ones are really, really safe. No one falls. No one gets hurt. No one has a wide-eyed "whoa!" moment after reaching the jungle gym's apex.Read More »from Is Childhood Going Out of Style?
Let's take a tour of a family household near that playground, shall we? In the living room, there is an entertainment center with an empty, square-shaped space in the middle. Open the fridge, and you won't see Coke, Capri Sun, chocolate milk, pizza, white bread or cupcakes. In the playroom, you won't find toys with small parts or sharp edges. The medicine cabinet in the bathroom holds no medicine - no cough suppressant, no antibiotics, no children's Tylenol. There are no bunk beds in the kids' bedrooms, only organic mattresses flanked by child-safe bed rails. Outside, an eight-foot fence surrounds the property.
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"Twins?" their mom asks, after the four boys negotiate the rules of engagement (the newbies could play with Buzz but not Spidey). "Mine, too," she confirms. With common ground established, we begin sharing the complaints of our kind ("I have to buy two of everything!"). As our kids play superheroes, I'm introduced to her husband, who shares the same strong Boston accent of his wife. We're all chatting amiably when my wife, Emily, returns from checking on our flight status. "You guys sisters?" the mom asks.
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Hot-car deaths are heartbreaking, and shockingly easy to prevent. Here's how to make sure it doesn't happen to someone you love.By Melissa Balmain
Each year about 37 babies and toddlers die when they are accidentally left strapped in car safety seats or become trapped in vehicles that rapidly heat up.
If you think this senseless tragedy couldn't happen to you, think again.
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