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- Some people say the "terrible twos" are the worst, while others think the "threenager" days are the most insufferable. Regardless of which camp you fall into, everyone agrees that toddlers of all ages can throw some epic meltdowns. These are the top 10 things famous for triggering a toddler meltdown. --By Mike Spohr Read More »from 7 Things that Will Make a Toddler Melt Down
- If you're a fan of The Artist's Way, the bestselling guide to living a more creative life, you're in for a treat! Author Julia Cameron is back with The Artist's Way for Parents, a follow-up book that's packed with fun tips and activities for encouraging creativity and imagination in children. Lesson number one? Just like those airplane emergency instructions that tell you to put on your own air mask first, the same is true with creativity. To raise a creative child, you need to first foster your own creative spirit. Not quite sure how to find the whimsical side of life? Here are some tips to get you started. -By Jacqueline Tourville Read More »from 4 Tips for Becoming a More Creative Parent
- Amber teething necklaceMaybe it was Gisele Bundchen's much-talked about photo with her infant daughter wearing one that started the trend, but I can't seem to scroll through my Facebook newsfeed lately without seeing photos of cute babies wearing amber teething necklaces. They're pretty, that's for sure, but what about the safety risks involved with putting a tiny beaded necklace around a baby's neck? And beyond that, do they even work?
According to a recent NY Times' Well blog on the topic of teething necklaces, amber resin contains succinic acid, a substance valued as a natural analgesic pain reliever. In theory, when worn against the skin and warmed by Baby's body temperature, amber releases some of this acid, which is then absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. Eventually, so amber fans claim, it makes its way to sore gums to provide relief.
Is there any science to back this up? No. However, this hasn't stopped the necklaces from becoming popular as an alternative teething remedy acrossRead More »from Are Amber Teething Necklaces Safe?
Parenting books claim "spirited" to be an adjective of girls that are difficult to parent, but I object. My spirited girl is adventurous, loving and destined to be an amazing woman. As long as I stay focused on my end game as a parent, my girl's innate character will suit her beautifully into adulthood. Here are the great joys of raising a spirited baby girl. - By Vanessa Bell
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- Child age gapWhen I told my OBGYN that I was pregnant with my second just 18 months after the first, he audibly winced. "Psychologists and other experts typically recommend a three-year age gap between kids," he explained when I looked at him questioningly.
I soon found that this concept of three years being the ideal spacing was well-known in the baby-having world. Friends and relatives would often bring up concerns about my children's well-being (despite the fact that it was OBVIOUSLY a little late to address timing). What gives with all the unwarranted opinions? I decided to do a little digging.
It turns out, studies are inconclusive on the "best" interval between children. While three to four years is generally viewed as enough time for the older child to understand the toll of pregnancy and let mom have some much-needed downtime, a Canadian study has shown that aggression peaks in children at age three, leading some to the conclusionRead More »from Is There an "Ideal" Age Gap Between Kids?
- BabyZone | Parenting – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 3:00 PM EDTmariska hargitay no more campaignDid you know that between four and eight percent of all moms-to-be experience domestic violence during pregnancy? That's approximately 1 in 20 pregnant women. And according to actress and celebrity mom Mariska Hargitay, that's one too many.
Just in time for October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Hargitay has stepped up to direct a series of public service announcements (PSAs) for the No More campaign, co-sponsored by Hargitay's charitable group, the Joyful Heart Foundation. The goal of No More is simple: end domestic violence by ending the silence and shame that still surrounds the topic.
"Society continues to misplace shame and blame on survivors. That has to end," Hargitay said in a No More press statement.
In the series of commercial-length PSAs set to start airing this month across all media platforms, more than 40 celebrities including familiar faces such as Courteney Cox and Hargitay's Law & Order SVU co-star, Ice-T, let viewers know that it's time to start talkingRead More »from Mariska Hargitay Says "No More" to Domestic Violence
- We all know the ebbs and flows of pregnant life. Sometimes hard, sometimes hysterical. Here are a few thoughts on the matter from pregnant mommas past and present via their tweets. You'll be nodding your head along with them and giggling to boot! - By Tracy Brennan Read More »from #Pregnantlife in Tweets
- BabyZone | Parenting – Wed, Oct 30, 2013 3:58 PM EDTCelebrate the many experiences of our world by building your baby's worldly and multicultural library.
Raising tolerant global citizens can truly start at birth, and building a children's library of these 7 multicultural-inspired reads is a great way to start. - By Vanessa Bell Read More »from 7 Multicultural Children's Books for Baby's Worldly Library
- 7 week old baby smiling.When my first baby was born three years ago, I put a sign on his little hospital cart that read, "Breast milk only!" Upon my discharge, however, when I mentioned to the hospital pediatrician that I had breast reduction surgery at 17, she told me--point blank--"Oh, breastfeeding isn't going to work for you." The surgeon who'd performed my reduction had said it would, but, as a brand new mom, I panicked. I purchased a canister of formula on the way home and supplemented heavily from the beginning. I did my best to nurse and pump as well, but my supply was minimal. When I returned to work three months later and faced pumping in a phone booth (closet) shared between three corporate floors and without a lock, I gave up on breastfeeding altogether.
I was disappointed not to have had the breastfeeding relationship with my baby I'd hoped for, and that he'd been raised largely on formula, especially when I later learned that breastfeeding can, in fact, work after reductions. (Doctors don'tRead More »from In Defense of Milk Sharing
- BullyLike death and taxes, your kid screwing up is inevitable. And when they are little, it's cute. My daughter with her hands on her hips, telling me "I 'issapointed in you, mom!" never fails to make me laugh. But research shows that a toddler's self-control is one of the first and earliest predictors of success. And how you go about teaching your child that self-control can have a profound impact on the rest of their life.
One popular form of discipline is public humiliation. Images of parents dressing like their teenage daughters in short skirts or sons standing on the side of the road with signs announcing their sins to passersby have gone viral. And while it may be tempting to post a picture of your toddler on Facebook with a caption announcing, "My name is Roxie and I poop on the floor!"--think again. Publicly shaming your child can have a profound impact on their psyche.
According to a recent article in Time:Studies Read More »from Are You Raising a Bully?