Heather and Adam Barringer's idea has been called horrible by expertsAdam Barringer, 29, and his pregnant wife Heather, 27, have traveled from North Carolina to Pohoa, Hawaii, to welcome their forthcoming baby, Bodhi, into the world - surrounded by a pod of dolphins. Because when a plain old water birth isn't enough, why not introduce some giant marine mammals to the mix?
Aside from unicorns and narwhals, dolphins may be the creatures most revered by the New-Age set, but as lovely and magnificent as they may be, experts warn that dolphins can be unpredictable and dangerous. They are, after all, wild animals.
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"My professional opinion: this has to be, hands down, one of the worst natural birthing ideas anyone has ever had (and that is saying a lot)," writes Christie Wilcox at Discover Magazine.
Wilcox cites research revealing that dolphins will "toss, beat, and kill small porpoises or baby sharks for no apparent reason other than they enjoy it, though some have suggested the poor porpoises serve as practice
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Parenting – Thu, May 30, 2013 9:39 AM EDT
Heather and Adam Barringer's idea has been called horrible by expertsAdam Barringer, 29, and his pregnant wife Heather, 27, have traveled from North Carolina to Pohoa, Hawaii, to welcome their forthcoming baby, Bodhi, into the world - surrounded by a pod of dolphins. Because when a plain old water birth isn't enough, why not introduce some giant marine mammals to the mix?Read More »from Worst Idea Ever? Couple Plans Dolphin-Assisted Birth
Does your kid want to download inappropriate tunes?By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media editor
I've come to terms with hearing my kids mimic certain iffy words they hear on the radio, but when my 8-year-old daughter asked me to download a few songs off iTunes for the first time, I was not prepared to deal with a song about oral sex. Yikes!
Here's how it started: Since this would be my daughter's first download, I wanted to be upbeat about the experience. Our family loves music, and I don't want to censor such an essential art form. I also knew I needed to quickly establish rules about how this music downloading process would work, so she and I would be on the same page.
So I told her she could choose three songs to download and that I needed to approve them first. The first was by Taylor Swift, whom I admire because she writes her own music and her songs are fairly innocent. The second was by Rihanna, who has a racy popular image, yet my daughter has zero knowledge of it.Read More »from My Daughter Wants to Download Raunchy Music
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, May 29, 2013 2:51 PM EDT
Family quotes. They encourage us, inspire and shine a light on areas of our lives that we may be too busy to see on a regular basis.
The days zoom by so fast you may feel as though you are front and center on your very own racetrack. It's easy to forget about the good things, the important things. I'm the first to admit that there are many times that I get so caught up with work, errands and chores that I don't have time to live in the moment with my own family. I look at the day after it's ended, when those little ones are asleep in their bed.
Quotes are nuggets of wisdom that tend to put us back on track. They refresh, rejuvenate and prepare us for a new day with a brand new outlook in place. Family IS the most important thing. Click through for 7 reasons why from some of the most intelligent and inspiring individuals of our time. - By Nadia CarriereMORE ON DISNEY BABY
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Wed, May 29, 2013 2:10 PM EDT
Six weeks after sustaining a serious shrapnel wound and fearing that she had lost her mother in the horrific Boston Marathon bombings, Massachusetts teen Sydney Corcoran was crowned queen of her high school prom on Tuesday night.
"When I was in the hospital, I didn't think this was going to be possible," she told Boston's WCVB News. "Then I got to rehab and I was up and doing things. I felt like I could do it. So it was a goal. This and graduation, definitely goals."
Still using crutches, the raven-haired 18-year-old looked stunning in a full-length, strapless white gown. "I'm so happy to be back," she said when she arrived at the prom venue, Lowell Auditorium, with her date. "It's just really good to see everyone."
Friends and supporters tweeted their congratulations after she was crowned. "I can't think of a more deserving queen than you, sweetheart,"Read More »from Boston Marathon Survivor Crowned Prom Queen: Fairytale Ending for Brave Teen
- StyleCaster News | Parenting – Wed, May 29, 2013 11:07 AM EDT
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Khloe KardashianKhloe Kardashian appeared on the "Today" show this morning to promote the 9th season of her family's E! reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and revealed that the sex of sister Kim's baby will be revealed this Sunday, June 2, on the season's first episode.
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"I will say-this Sunday we are going to reveal it," she said, after being pressed by Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie to spill the beans. "We find out the sex of the baby on the show." No! Really?!
Conveniently, Lauer (who's probably thrilled to be covering such hard-hitting news) pulled out the music-box invitation to Kim's baby shower-which we've seen, thanks to photos that hit the web last week-and showed off the ballerina inside, spinning to a lullaby, which was written by none other than Kanye West, Khloe said.
Obviously, anyone semi-familiar with the culture of childbearing would assume a dainty shower invitation featuring a spinning
I know they're not all girlie girls. Many of our girls march to their own drum, many have that cute tomboy thing going as well - and all define their own category, but it's always fun to notice the similarities in motherhood. As the mom of a hilariously witty, uber creative, sometimes tomboy, often girlie girl -- I thought I'd put this list together for all the other moms who live in a fog of glitter and have had their nails polished at a faux salon.
You Know You're the Mom of a Girlie Girl IF...
1. You do more pretend cooking in a miniature kitchen than you do actual cooking in the full sized one (and frankly, you're not sure which tastes better).
2. You secretly wish there was some mommy competition involving your child's trendy crafts because you're a freakin' whiz on the Rainbow Loom, you make a mean potholder, and you're not so bad with a spool of gimp ahem, lanyard.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, May 29, 2013 9:39 AM EDT
teethWhen you ask a mother how long she breastfed her child, you are generally relying on her memory. But scientists have discovered a way to tell the length of breastfeeding and they found their scientific solution with the assistance of the tooth fairy.Read More »from Tooth Fairy Scientist Discovers How Long Neanderthals Breast-Fed For
Manish Arora studies tooth chemistry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. He told NPR that, "you can almost visualize tooth development in terms of growth rings that you would see in a tree," says Arora. How? According to NPR, "like tree rings, the layers of enamel and dentin that accumulate day after day mark the passage of time. And the compounds in the enamel can tell scientists a lot about the tooth owner's early growth and development."
But one marker found in the tooth fascinated Arora, he was interesting in discovering, via studying the tooth, a scientific answer to how long it was before a child was weened. He got his teeth in an interesting manner, he collected the teeth that children had placed under
- Parentables | Parenting – Tue, May 28, 2013 9:42 PM EDT
Photo: Cogdogblog/ Creative CommonsI am a closet romantic. I watch every season of the Bachelor, cursing out the contestants for the false pretense they don't see right in front of them. Of course my husband would argue the whole thing is a false pretense.Read More »from Glued to the Premiere of the Bachelorette...Hanging On to Love on TV
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And in TV-land, I am a total sucker for old flames whose romances seem doomed to fail. I kept pulling for Ross and Rachel, even as they cycled through relationships with partners who were probably better for both of them. And years after everyone else on ER had moved on, I was still holding out hope for George Clooney and Julianna Margulies. I must not have been alone, because in the end we find out they've moved to Seattle and are raising a family.
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In real life, the only reunions with old flames I've experienced have been friendly and a little awkward, so I'm pretty sure I learned this storyline from television.
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, May 28, 2013 10:20 AM EDT
Baby Sienna Grace was apparently in a big hurry to be born. Instead of waiting to get into the maternity ward for her debut, she was born right outside of the doors of the Boca Raton hospital and the entire birth was captured in vivid, amazing and completely stunning photos by Miami based photographer Emily Robinson. "It was the first time I ever saw a mother be wheeled INTO the hospital holding her new baby," Robinson wrote. "It was the fastest, most incredible, beautiful, wild birth I've ever had the pleasure to document." The photographer followed the mother Amy Beth Cavaretta and husband Joe from their home to the hospital. This was Amy's second baby, and she knew the birth would be shift, but no one imagined it would be that fast. "When we pulled up to the hospital, there wasn't any sort of panic - nobody thought the baby was going to come right then," Robinson said. "The midwife was out there waiting for us, coincidentally, and that's when Amy walked up to the curb and leanedRead More »from 7 Incredible Photos of a Woman Giving Birth Outside of a Florida Hospital
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, May 28, 2013 10:11 AM EDT
I don't know if it's Bee's personality or her age, but entertaining this 9-month-old has proven to be quite a challenge these days! Bee has always preferred constant, new stimulation, but lately we're experiencing her need-for-speed at a whole new level. Luckily, we've landed on a few tips and tricks along the way. Here's how we're keeping Bee entertained (and trying to keep up while we're at it!). - By Erin LoechnerMORE ON DISNEY BABY
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