I've always been a fan of names that aren't heard very often. We named our oldest daughter, Harlan, after my mother-in-law (it was her maiden name), and since then I've had a little bit of an obsession with giving my children names that are more unique. I will only give my children family names, which makes my situation a little bit more difficult, but still fun. With my little guy making his arrival in less than two months, we have his name picked out because he will be the fifth in his namesake. What we don't have is a nickname picked out for him. I want it to be something unique but still on track with his name, Robert MacKay. Nameberry recently released its Best 100 Cool Unusual Boys Names, and I used that as inspiration to think outside the box for boys' names of my own. I'm sharing some of my favorites from the list, as well as some of my favorite unusual yet cool names that I've loved throughout the years, including possible nicknames for my little guy. Click through for 7Read More »from My Son Cash: 7 Unusual, but Cool, Baby Names for Boys
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – 1 hour 34 minutes agoErick and Marlise Munoz with their first child/photo: WFAA
On November 26, Erick Munoz woke to the sound of his year-old son crying and found his 14-weeks-pregnant wife, Marlise, lying on the kitchen floor, blue in the face and without a pulse. As a firefighter and paramedic, Munoz called 911 and performed CPR to no avail. When they arrived at the John Peter Smith Hospital (JPS) in Fort Worth, Texas, he thought he would have to make an agonizing decision: refuse life support even though that meant losing both his wife and his future child. Munoz says in a WFAA News report that four years ago, when Marlise's brother was killed in an accident, she told him that she would never want to be on life support — something that they had discussed many times since.
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A month later, against his requests, she is still on a ventilator. Not only does Munoz want to honor his wife's wishes, he also believes that the fetus she is carrying has been seriously harmed. "I don't know how long she wasRead More »from Texas Father Barred from Taking Pregnant Wife Off Life Support
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – 2 hours 1 minute agoChrist has been officially removed from Christmas. At least that was the case at one middle school on Long Island, where its holiday-concert chorus sang a version of "Silent Night" that had all references to "the savior" and "holy infant" removed by school administrators. But the effort to avoid alienating people seems to have backfired.
"It's offensive," one father of a student at the Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School in Kings Park told CBS New York. "If you're going to remove words to not offend other religions, what about the religion that that song belongs to, which is Christianity?"
The fifth-grade students sang the edited classic — which mixed and matched verses in a way that left out the most religious references — at the concert, on December 12. But that upset some parents who felt the song was sacred, and should have instead been left intact, performed as an instrumental, or kept out of the concertRead More »from School Omits 'Christ' from 'Silent Night,' Upsetting Parents
- Babble.com | Parenting – 2 hours 54 minutes agoIt's no question that our society had a major shift in the early 2000s - everything from the way we communicate to the way we do business. Our leisure time has been completely infiltrated by technology - the way we get information, the way we interact in a social setting (with phones in our faces), the way we spend our downtime. And even the way we make money! My job - as a new media freelance writer and blogger - didn't exist a decade ago. I was born in 1986. I was born before cell phones and AOL and DVD players - but all of those things came to be in my early adolescence. So I had an entire childhood of pre-technology (or, I should say, primitive technology), and then the world changed as I was coming of age. In the context of human history, we're riding a monstrous wave of innovation and change. And maybe this is most apparent when looking through the eyes of a brand-new human, who only knows this as normal. Of course each generation has their differences - their "Well, when I was aRead More »from 8 Ways My Kid's Childhood is Different from Mine as a Millennial
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A feature on the late Nelson Mandela on Sunday's "60 Minutes" told of how he insisted to prison guards that political prisoners, such as himself, be treated with dignity. "You better remember you are a prisoner," said the general, who was "intent on putting Mandela in his place." "General," Mandela replied, "you and I may be generals on the opposite side of this war. At some point, even if it is to accept the surrender from the other, we'll have to meet. And how we treat each other now will determine how we interact at that moment." To me, it was a tremendous lesson in maturity, caution, respect and foresight. And it made me think of my young kids and all that I should be teaching them now to benefit them later. A blog called Marc and Angel Hack Life posted about 10 choices you'll regret in 10 years - choices that lead to the phrase "if only," which they call "one of the saddest phrases in the English language." That lead me to 7 choices I think my kids will regret in 10 years -Read More »from Trust Me: 7 Choices My Kids Will Regret in 10 Years
- Pussy Riot Moms Released from Prison
Imagine this scenario: You are a mother to a young child, and you happen to be a political activist, in a band whose music speaks out against injustices in your home country. Your band makes the decision to hold an impromptu concert in an unconventional place. Next thing you know, your life is completely turned upside down. You are arrested and sentenced to two years in prison and taken away from your friends, your family and, worst of all, your children. A nightmare, right? But that's just what happened to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of the Russian band Pussy Riot.
Pussy Riot is a band that does not shy away from controversy; rather, they welcome it and dive head first into creating a scene and igniting debate. The Moscow-based band - which was formed in 2011 - is comprised of about eleven members who perform wearing ski masks and tackle such topics such as feminism, LGBT rights, and criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The women choose to keep theirRead More »from These Moms Were Willing to Go to Prison for Their Beliefs — Could You?
- Are you one of those parents who goes full bore with the holiday cheer? Do Christmas decorations cover every square foot of the inside of your home, and is the outside of the house lit up like the Griswold's? If this sounds like you, then you must also love to dress up your child in holiday attire for the ol' Christmas photo or family party. Well, forget the ugly holiday sweater and put your baby in one of these nine, awesome Christmas costumes instead. - By Andrea Wada Davies Read More »from 4 Cute Christmas Costumes for Baby
- When it comes to babies, it is better to keep clothes simple, no fuss and absolutely adorable. Here are 5 holiday pieces that are almost as cute as your baby and will keep him looking dapper this holiday season. -By Lyz Lenz Read More »from 5 Holiday Outfits for Baby Boys
- In 2013, we saw a lot of sweet, modern names (Avery and Mason, anyone?), but also a lot of really terrible names. And while we know that North West is a big offender, it was nowhere near the worst of the bunch. Here are the 15 most cringe-worthy names from the past year. -By Emily Kelley Read More »from The Worst Baby Names of 2013
- Actor and writer Nia Vardalos chats with us about her journey to motherhood, her recent adoption advocacy award and her new book, Instant Mom.Actress and screenwriter Nia Vardalos was recently honored by The American Fertility Association with the Carolyn Berger Adoption Advocacy Award for her outspoken leadership in the area of foster care adoption. It's an award she couldn't be more proud of as the AFA, an inclusive organization committed to helping others create their families of choice, "welcomes all people and all ways of becoming parents." Vardalos and her husband, actor Ian Gomez, adopted their little girl (almost 3 years old at the time) in 2008, and she has since become a proud advocate for the adoption community.
With her book, Instant Mom, (a recent recipient of the Mom's Choice Award), Vardalos chronicles the long journey of becoming a mother in a way she never expected.
After countless unsuccessful fertility treatments, she found the adoption process long and frustrating as well. Finally, with the help of an American Foster Family Agency, she became a mother overnight... literally. (They were given 14 hoursRead More »from Nia Vardalos, the Instant Mom
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