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- BabyZone | Parenting – 10 hours agoOK, I know I've said you can skimp out on baby's first Christmas. But it's OK to buy one present that's personalized--a keepsake to always remember baby's first holiday experience. I think that's a sweet idea, and with a little digging, you can go beyond ornaments and onesies for an item that's altogether special. Click through for some of my favorites!
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- BabyZone | Parenting – 10 hours agoThey bring us our slippers, inspire us to go out in the fresh air and sunshine to walk them, play catch with the kids and provide affection, warmth and licks on the cheek. Not every family has a dog, and not all dogs are cut out to be doulas or midwvies, but if you think dogs are only man's best friend, read these stories of dogs who helped their mistresses have safe, happy labors and beyond…-By Jennifer Margulis Read More »from “My Dog Delivered My Baby” and Other Tales of Mama’s Best Friend
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"I was petrified that my supervisor would view me as weak because of my pregnancy or not as committed to my job as I had been, even though I'd been with the company for 10 years," Hotchkiss recalls. She was also concerned that her supervisor might ask her questions that she really didn't have answers for at the time, including how long she planned to take off for her maternity leave or whether or not she planned to return to the company at all after having her baby.
"I went into that meeting prepared for some very personal questions," says Hotchkiss.
But what ended up happening was the very opposite of personal.
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- I'm not saying that Santa is a bad thing, but he is a myth. And when kids are getting connected to the Internet at younger and younger ages, how long until the fabrication is impossible to keep going? How long until a YouTube video ruins the fun for hundreds of thousands of "connected" kids? The Internet seems to be responding, with parents finding inventive ways to convince their kids and app companies finding new ways to cash in. While one can definitely make the argument that this extra fluff nudges Santa from harmless magical myth to well-constructed lie, it might just be a new era for Santa. Maybe he has to keep up with the times as much as anyone else. Here are 8 modern ways kids are connecting with Santa in the Age of the Internet:
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- Kids' gift ideas that won't break the bank.By Ingrid Simone, Common Sense Media editor
If you're like a lot of people shopping for kids this holiday, you want to give kids stuff they'll love without breaking the bank. Using digital media in your shopping can actually save you money on gift giving. Check out these ideas:
- Go for board games -- digital and old-school. If you have a tablet such as an iPad, adding classic board game apps -- Scrabble, Monopoly, The Game of Life, and more -- can be less expensive than buying the real thing. But the old-school versions of these same titles are lots of fun -- and generally inexpensive, too. Whatever format you choose, family game night can be a budget-friendly entertainment experience.
- Make your own gifts. Creative websites and apps let kids make cool projects as they learn new technology. With apps like Animoto and Magisto, kids can create videos for free and send links to relatives for the holidays. Kids can design their own scrapbooks, comic books, and more with apps
breastfeeding as a sexual shame-fest should have a word with Pope Francis. The forward-thinking pontiff, in an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa this week, gave the controversial practice his holy stamp of approval.Anyone who looks at public
In a discussion with reporter Andrea Tornielli about hunger, the pope shares a story about how he'd recently seen a mother standing behind the public barriers at the Vatican, holding a baby who had begun to cry.
"I said to her: madam, I think the child's hungry. 'Yes, it's probably time…' she replied. 'Please give it something to eat!' I said. She was shy and didn't want to breastfeed in public, while the Pope was passing," he says in the La Stampa interview, released over the weekend. "I wish to say the same to humanity: Give people something to eat! That woman had milk to give to her child; we have enough food in the world to feed everyone."Read More »from Even the Pope Is Cool With Public Breastfeeding
Some say that letter writing is dead, but 2013 proved it's very much alive and that personal notes can amuse, inspire, and yes, enrage, millions of readers. In fact, the power of handwritten notes to move strangers into action was spotlighted in a controversy over a homophobic note left on a receipt with a message denying a waitress her tip because she was gay. When it was revealed the incident was most likely a hoax, Dayna Morales was forced to quit her job and return donations that had come pouring in from supporters.
Some of Yahoo Shine's most popular stories of the year were about missives and notes that leaked onto the Internet, including what might be the most brilliantly sarcastic break-up letter in the history of jilted lovers. The post, Best Break-Up Letter Ever: Ask 'Kelsi' Where Your Stuff Is, touched a nerve with our audience: It received more than 40,000 likes on Facebook and over 14,000 comments. Here are more of our favorites. -Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior WriterRead More »from 2013: The Year in Letters and Notes
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Dec 18, 2013 2:51 PM EST
Workouts are inherently empowering. They make you feel great, they get your blood pumping and endorphins flowing. They leave you with tons of energy that makes you feel like you can conquer your entire to do-list and more. But certain workouts really push you to new heights and distances - and so far out of your comfort zone that you truly feel like you can do anything. Certain workouts build your confidence in yourself and improve not only your strength and stamina, but they totally change how you view yourself. If you've ever completed a distance event or met a goal you previously thought was impossible, you know what I'm talking about. That feeling of pride in yourself and your abilities and how powerful you feel is palpable. And once you have that feeling, you want it again and again. It's why everyone should have a fitness bucket list and always be working toward goals. But what if you don't have a major fitness accomplishment on the horizon or you're months away from anRead More »from 7 Empowering Workouts that Will Leave You Feeling Strong and Fit
- Incentives may work, but are they a good idea? What's an effective way to get kids to eat their fruits and vegetables? Pay them. A new study finds that a modest financial reward increases children's consumption during school lunch by 80 percent. Not only does this mean that kids eat better, it could save the country tens of millions of dollars each year.
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According to nutritional requirements enacted by the federal government in 2012, school lunches are required to include more fruits and veggies. But that doesn't mean that children are eating them. In a prior study, researchers from Brigham Young and Cornell universities found that the rules added $5.4 million worth of fruits and vegetables to school lunches per day. However, about two-thirds of that amount—or $3.8 million worth—ended up in the garbage can.
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- This holiday season lots of mamas are giving birth to freshly baked babies! Though they would enjoy that scarf or piece of jewelry you're thinking of giving them, there are a lot more gifts they'd appreciate as they recover from birth and adjust to life with a newborn. Check out these 6 great gifts any new mama would totally love! - By Tracy Brennan Read More »from 6 Gifts for the Mom Who Just Gave Birth
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