While one study does not grand sweeping generalization make, we readily admit to being guilty of mobile distraction both at home and when we're out. We're just so programmed to scroll through our phones when we have downtime that it hardly feels like we an attention span at all anymore. Add to that the litany of things we have to accomplish in a given day, and you've got the perfect recipe for "Mom ADD." It's not that we don't want to have a 2-hour tea party with our daughter and her stuffed animals, it's that our brains sometimes won't shut off long enough to let it happen. Sound familiar? HereRead More »from 12 Signs You Have Mom ADD
- A new study released today in the journal Pediatrics reveals what we've known for awhile now: Parents are more distracted by their mobile devices than ever. Researchers watched 55 caregivers and their children eating at fast-food restaurants, and 40 of them used their phones throughout the meal. Of those 40, 16 of them used them constantly.
- BabyZone | Parenting – 2 hours 24 minutes agoWhen you are an adult and you want to let loose, you want to feel free and get crazy, you go to Vegas. There you can see, do, eat, wear, be anything you want, whenever you want. It's a place to escape the daily routine and the normal rules of life. Well, there's a "Vegas" that exists for my 16-month old daughter (and my 11-year old son) and it's their grandparents' house. Here are some ways that Gramps and Gram's house is the G-Rated, baby-version of Sin City. Viva Las Grandparents!
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- BabyZone | Parenting – 2 hours 43 minutes agoFrom PMS to pregnancy to menopause, hormones--those messengers of womanhood--can affect everything from your complexion to your mood to the size of your midriff. Here are at least five things you can blame on hormones.
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When I first decided I would have my third child at home, I was nervous. After having two children in a hospital via induction and epidural, I wasn't sure how well I'd handle the pain. I have a vivid memory of having a very painful contraction at the hospital and asking the nurse what I was dilated to. The answer: a two. A TWO? I had expected a seven, maybe even an eight. But a two? Needless to say, I got the epidural. It was the memory of that contraction that haunted me throughout all the months leading up to our son's birth. If a two blew my mind, how could I even think I could make it through an entire birth? But I kept thinking that millions of women before me have experienced childbirth, and if they could do it, so could I. Turns out, I could do it. I did do it. And it was awesome. More on what a home birth feels like later. For now, here's what a home birth looks like. Just a couple photos from the birth of our son, Charlie Maximus Bielanko. -By Monica Bielanko
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- Jessa Duggar Will Have a Chaste Courtship — and My Kids Will, TooA Duggar girl has gone-a-courtin'!
Jessa Duggar, 20, the daughter long referred to as "the hot one," has entered into courtship with Ben Seewald, 18. She is the fifth oldest of the 20 children of the Duggars, the largest and most well-known Christian family on TV today. Jim Bob and Michelle left the size of their family up to God, and they live frugally, modestly, and in accordance with the teachings of The Bible.
I've been tuning in to this show for years, ever since their first TV special, 14 Kids and Pregnant Again. The Duggar family makes good TV.
While many people have referred to them as religious freaks, I'd care to disagree.
They're a nice family, and their kids are turning out quite well. They interact politely with people and seem well-adjusted. I'd love to see some of the Duggar kids leave home and go to college, but the oldest kids are following their interests and passions, which some would say is even more admirable. Josh started a business and then movedRead More »from Jessa Duggar Will Have a Chaste Courtship — and My Kids Will, Too
- Babble.com | Parenting – 3 hours agoMommy Wars After we sought psychological evaluation for our four-year-old son -- who was having socializing problems in school and on playdates -- my wife and I met with the New York City Department of Education, and Felix will now have more one-on-one attention in his pre-K program. Half the time he's there, he'll be working with a Special Education Itinerant Teacher, a SEIT, or, as his school puts it, a special friend just for him. We've also found a play therapist who we're excited to work with, who will have sessions with Felix and with my wife and I, on how best to handle his high anxiety. We've met with his teachers and principal, and everyone is working together, one team of caring adults focused on helping my son get along better with his friends. Already, in the past couple of weeks, we've seen improvements in his behavior both in school and out.
While this undeniably seems a positive turn of events, not everyone sees it that way. In particular, my wife has found some other working
- What Would Walt Do? A Response to the Scouts, Disney and an Insistence on ToleranceWhen I was invited to opine on the controversy over policies regarding sexual orientation of Disney regarding the Boy Scouts of America, I admit that I am not one that gets wrapped up in the current hyper-divisive socio-political news trends of the day.
I am not a politician or a pundit. I am not a judge. I am just a dad - a dad that loves both Disney and Scouting.
Let me start by saying that I have what many people would consider terrible parties. I look at the people in my life and it's a cornucopia of cultural flavors, from the street cop, the yoga teacher, the ex-hippie graphic designer, the ultra-libertarian day trader, the ex-Marine, the freemason, the orthodox Jewish writer, the Mormon football coach, the Korean physicist, the socialist, Nordic ski coach, the Buddhist gun-carrying small businessman, the African-American ex-cheerleader, the trucking company owner, the entrepreneur, the Lutheran pastor, the ultra-liberal, animal-loving human resource executive, theRead More »from What Would Walt Do? a Response to the Scouts, Disney and an Insistence on Tolerance
Teach kids to approach even the most special days with a sense of humor. These quirky parties are fun to throw and easy to throw together. Now that's something to celebrate!
The big idea here is that it's a small world after all.
Hint at the charm of all things Lilliputian by sending an itsy-bitsy invitation of mostly envelopes -- each opens to reveal one a size smaller, with the last one holding colorful confetti and a wee card.
Guests sip strawberry Tom Thumb milkshakes from cordial glasses and snack on gherkins and mini grilled-cheese sandwiches -- cut bread into quarters to make four servings.
A party banner is 1 1/2-inch-high cardstock triangles taped to thread, with a message spelled out in letter stickers.
Proving that good things do indeed come in small packages, everyone leaves with munchkin toys and mini art and school supplies in palm-size favor bags embellished with pretty flowers.
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Hopefully William packed this shirt from last year's tour of Southeast Asia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have received some public criticism for leaving seven-month-old Prince George behind in the U.K. while they enjoy a luxury holiday in the Maldives, but Royal Watch can understand the temptation of a respite. As well as wanting some time together, the pair was apparently desperate for a break after the headache of ongoing refurbishments at their country home in Norfolk. They were due to move into the Georgian pile, a gift from the Queen, before Christmas, but the house was not ready. Now I'm told renovations have fallen so behind schedule, the Cambridges are unlikely to be in before the summer.
Anmer Hall, located on the Queen's 20,000-acre Sandringham Estate, is currently hiding behind scaffolding. "It was due to be a bolt hole for the family at the weekends, but they have been confined to staying in London because the house is still not ready," a sourceRead More »from Why Kate Middleton and Prince William Went on Vacation Without Prince George
- TheBump.com | Parenting – 5 hours ago
By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com
Why Cause I CanBatman- err, Christian Bale, is expanding his family! The Oscar nominee and his wife, Sibi Blazic, are expecting their second child, People reports.
The famously private couple are already parents to a 9-year-old daughter, Emmeline, and have been married for 14 years.
More from The Bump: 10 things not to give up during pregnancySibi put us on a major Bumpie watch after displaying her growing belly underneath a fabulous figure-hugging black dress at the Academy Awards last Sunday.
More from The Bump: Best maternity lingerieIf Emmeline ends up having a baby sister, perhaps Robin would be the perfect name choice - only because Poison Ivy is just a wee bit daunting to call a newborn.
How long would you want to wait to have another baby after your first child's birth?
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