The holidays came early for baby Prince George this year, or so it seems. Photographer Alison Jackson, who specializes in celebrity fakes, has just released a remarkable series of look-alike images of four generations of British royals, set at Sandringham, the Queen's country retreat in Norfolk, that appears to be a peek into their private family photo album. Jackson, who has been staging shoots of mock royals for a couple of years, told the UK Telegraph she had to use five different babies on the shoot because they all got so "bored and grumpy." The festive gathering includes Queen Elizabeth, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, a pack of adorable Corgis and, the center of attention, little George dressed in a reindeer onesie. Just what do you give the boy who as everything for Christmas?Read More »from Royal Family Christmas Photos: Can You Spot the Fake(s)?
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- Babble.com | Parenting – 2 hours 15 minutes agoBad reasons to have another babyWriting my last post about what not to say to moms with one kid got me thinking about my decision to have a second baby. After I had my first I was pretty sure I was "one and done." And by pretty sure, I mean not sure at all for one week - a week where I'd furiously Googled "Only Children" and found that most of the data points to only children being perfectly well adjusted, leading me to feel totally secure in my decision … for about another week. It wasn't that I was on the fence so much as I just kept switching sides of the fence. Until the day I was at my friend's house who had just given birth to a little boy. And I smelled that new baby smell. And suddenly I wanted another baby more than I'd ever wanted anything, like ever.
And that's how I became knocked up with twins. Well, that and about three glasses of chardonnay (but that was then). I was pretty freaked out because three kids meant a minivan and because at the age of forty by the time all my kids were out of diapers I'dRead More »from "To Fix Your Marriage," and 6 Other Bad Reasons to Have Another Baby
- Babble.com | Parenting – 2 hours 35 minutes agoWhy a Baby Girl Won't be the Cure for Britney Spears' Loneliness
Britney Spears is the busy working mom of two sons, Sean and Jayden. Her new album, Britney Jean, is out to mixed but mostly positive reviews, so she'll be promoting it for a while. She doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon.
But within a few years, Britney wants to have a baby girl:
"I would like to be busy the first couple of years, but then I would really like to have another baby, a girl," she said in an interview for InStyle's January issue.
"I think she would be like a mini-me. I think it's going to be crazy. I'm not going to feel as alone in the world anymore. I'm going to feel like I have a second person, like, that's me."
I understand the sentiment. I have four children. Raising them is fulfilling and gives my life meaning in startling ways. And I have to admit, there is something especially fun about dressing up a little girl. But having a child to fill something lacking is misguided. Children take. Parents give. That's the deal.Read More »from Britney Spears Wants a Baby Girl so She Won't Feel "Alone in the World" Anymore
- Scarlett Lewis with her son, JesseBy Scarlett Lewis
After my son Jesse died at Sandy Hook Elementary School a year ago, I did what my heart told me to do. Photo courtesy of Scarlett Lewis
I learned a lesson in Bible school that has stayed with me. Matthew asked Jesus how many times he should forgive, and Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but 77 times." I've tried to live by that-I have forgiven a lot in my life. In fact, I forgave everyone, deserved or not, because that's what I was supposed to do.
But that teaching was tested one year ago, when my beautiful, precious little boy, Jesse, along with 19 other first graders and six teachers and administrators, were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School by a disturbed young man who mercilessly gunned them down in the hallways and classrooms.
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When I heard about the shooting, I raced to the firehouse where the children were evacuated. I said to myself over and over,
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"If I had kids, my kids would hate me," she told the magazine. "They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would've probably been them."
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The holidays are coming, and your little geek-in-training deserves more than the average mundane baby gifts out there. Never fear, I found 10 presents sure to grow your child's geek cred. (And your geek parent status, too.) - By Darcy Zalewski
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- BabyZone | Parenting – 3 hours agoYou know the mug. Either your parents already own it or you've considered buying it for them... But never fear! There are a lot of really amazing, fun and unique photo gift ideas out there. Click through for some of my favorite suggestions for your loved ones this holiday season. Say cheese!
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- BabyZone | Parenting – 3 hours agoResearchers find that thousands of children are treated in emergency rooms each year for injuries related to high chair use.Lainie Gutterman is changing her ways. Sometimes, the New York mom of two admitted, she didn't always fully strap her children into their high chairs.
"I will no longer be lax," said Gutterman, who blogs at Me, Myself and Baby I, noting that she was "glad we haven't had a casualty yet in (the) past four years."
Gutterman's about-face comes in response to a new study reporting that more than 9,400 children are treated each year for high chair-related injuries.
Researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, found that 93 percent of the injuries involved a fall, and the most common injuries were closed head injuries, such as concussions and internal head injuries, followed by bumps and bruises.
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- BabyZone | Parenting – 3 hours agoTeach toddlers to give back this holiday season. Watching them run down the stairs to a room full of gifts, a sweet, tender infant crawling (or swimming!) in a sea of wrapping paper, all while sitting on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate enjoying the fruits of your labor--as a mother, it's a vision I look forward to all year long. Those moments of pure happiness from receiving whatever their hearts desired is truly a gift for many of us. However, while it may be difficult in the moment, teaching your toddler to give during the holidays will be a gift that you'll appreciate later in life. Here are five simple ways to teach toddlers to give this holiday season.
1. Give What You've Got: A 'la Toy Story 3, Second Chance Toys is a special charitable organization that rescues, cleans and redistributes gently used plastic toys to children in need. Started by then high school student, Sasha Lipton, who was tired of seeing beautiful plastic toys on the curb on garbage day, she began collecting them one at a time with her mom. Soon, sheRead More »from 5 Ways to Teach Toddlers to Give This Holiday Season
- Why I want a present-free Christmas this yearDear Santa, I want a present-free Christmas.
This has nothing to do with naughty and nice lists. It just has to do with, well, stuff. My kids have too much of it.
We've gotten to a day and age where delayed gratification is impossible. We see something we buy it. A treat here for being good, a treat there because it's on sale. My kids have more toys than they could ever possibly play with already, Santa.
As we go through their Christmas list, I keep trying to tell my wife "No." No, they don't need more LEGOs. No, they don't need more sweaters. No, they don't need more transforming dinosaur car robots.
They don't need it because they'll get it for a birthday, for Valentine's Day, for a good report card. They'll get it because it's Tuesday. My kids have too much stuff because they get too much stuff.
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