Let me say that with a little more emphasis: after undergoing invasive plastic surgery, dealing with massive changes in diet, enduring dental surgeries, and getting coached within an inch of her life, ONE WOMAN STILL WENT HOME A LOSER. She still wasn't good enough, pretty enough, or changed enough. If that's not enough to completely wreck aRead More »from The Mean Girl Evolution: What it Looks Like, and What Parents Can Do
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 3:05 PM ESTThe Mean Girl EvolutionBack in 2004, I found myself thoroughly disgusted with reality television though, admittedly, I'm not fond of any of it. That was when a new show was introduced called The Swan. Do you remember that one? It was full of women who were "ugly ducklings," but who would be given extreme makeovers that came with surgery, personal trainers, dentists, coaches, and therapists. The transformation would take months, and episodes were contests between the two women they chose to feature for the week. Each week, a woman was voted off while the winner continued on until the final beauty pageant at the end of the season. This was bullying in reality TV form.
people in a good mood are 77 percent likelier to eat healthy food than those feeling bad.You work out regularly. You eat healthfully (most of the time) — so, why are you gaining weight? For starters, check your mood. A forthcoming study of 787 people conducted by Cornell University found that Read More »from Weird Reasons We Gain Weight
“When people are upset, they want immediate relief, which may include grabbing what’s easiest and most comforting,” Brian Wansink, PhD, author of "Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life," tells Yahoo Shine. “However, people in good moods feel optimistic and tend to make choices that benefit their overall health.” Of course, there’s no magic bullet for perking up before you reach for the cookies, but the study also found that taking a moment to ponder a happy thought helps steer people away from the kitchen. But it's not just your mood, of course; here are other surprising reasons you’re tipping the scale.
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 2:45 PM EST5 Things Dads Must Know Before Staying Alone with Baby Overnight
It's so hard when I am away from my babies. When I leave town without them, sure, it's nice to sleep through the night, but I miss my little ones so much. I don't travel much. But a few times a year, I pack up my bags, load up the fridge, and head out of town. When I'm gone, I tend to worry about leaving my husband alone with the kids for a few days. My worry definitely doesn't stem from a lack of trust, because he's great with the kids. I think my worry just stems from wondering if I've left everything he needs to manage the home and the kids while I am gone.
I get wrapped up in all the details of the day-to-day stuff before I leave town, because I feel like the more I do to prepare things, the easier it will be on my husband while I am away. I make sure the refrigerator is loaded. I cook a few meals. I even do all of the laundry and make sure the kids' rooms are clean. But, lately, I've realized that I although my husband appreciates all of the preparation, it may not be what heRead More »from 5 Things Dad Really Needs Before Staying Alone with Baby Overnight
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This month marked my return to work (outside of the home). Gone are the days of working in my pajamas alongside my little one. To say I miss her terribly is an understatement. Adjusting has been no easy feat. Although my heart aches for my baby girl, I've found a few ways to help me feel closer to her even when we are apart. Here are some of the things that I do until we are reunited:
Look at pictures - My camera roll and Instagram feed is filled with photos of my little one. Each time I look at one, I smile.
Calling her daycare - Initially, I was worried that I would be annoying if I called my baby's daycare to check on her but I let that go well before her first day. Not only has the staff at her daycare encouraged me to call, but doing so puts my heart and mind at ease. Calling and hearing the classroom void of her cries and getting a glimpse into her day soothes my still tender heart. I know eventually my calls will be less frequent but for now I am thankful to be able toRead More »from 7 Ways to Feel Closer to Your Baby as a Working Mom
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 2:28 PM EST
everything you know about the safety of air travel can change.In a split second,
That's what happened to the 114 passengers on a United Airlines flight this past President's Day.
Unexpected turbulence hit mid-flight, catching even the crew off guard. People went flying, two passengers were sent to the hospital, and the mother of an infant was unable to hold on to her baby in her lap -- other passengers reported her heartbreaking cries as she called out for her little one in the chaos that followed.
Thankfully, everyone survived. But that isn't always the case -- and lap babies are sometimes the most at risk. The physics of extreme turbulence make it almost impossible to hold on to the weight of a child. A flight attendant from a crash where a lap baby died went on to become a vocal advocate for car seats on planes, pushing for an end to lap babies entirely.
In 2005, the Federal Aviation Administration addressed the issueRead More »from Babies on a Plane: How the Parent Wars Have Spread to the Skies
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 1:48 PM EST
a new study has suggested that its benefits might actually not be all that. The research, out of Ohio State University, found that when siblings raised in the same family were fed differently—one breastfed, the other not—the long-term health results were virtually the same.Though breastfeeding has been declared the gold standard by everyone from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the World Health Organization, Read More »from Breastfeeding Just Might Be Overrated, Study Finds
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“I do think a lot of the effects of breastfeeding have been overstated,” lead researcher Cynthia Colen, assistant professor of sociology, tells Yahoo Shine. Because it’s been well-established, including by the Centers for Disease Control, that the rate of breastfeeding differs substantially by demographic—with non-white, poorer women among the least likely to nurse—Colen was curious about how other factors played into negative health benefits usually blamed on formula feeding.
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Experts are united on this topic: Stepparents are in no way entitled to punish their spouse's children. Instead, they should report back to the biological parent, who then takes action. Patricia Papernow, one of America's foremost experts on stepfamily dynamics, shares how to handle a typical scenario. From The Remarriage Blueprint: How Remarried Couples and Their Families Succeed or Fail.
As the mother of three spirited daughters, I have always looked at this stepparental stricture as somewhat unrealistic. Many worrisome or obnoxious kid behaviors seem to me to demand more than a delayed response. When I said so to Papernow, she shook her head and said that all of the research findings-and her own experience-were in accord on this point. The stepparent can face up to the children in an authoritative manner but is never the one who can set their punishments.
"Suppose I am the stepparent and my husband is away on a business trip," I asked Papernow, "and IRead More »from Why You Shouldn't Discipline Your Stepchildren
- BabyZone | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 1:06 PM ESTCar seatKeeping up with car seat recommendations can make your head spin, but this is one change you'll want to be aware of. The 2014 rule requires child-seat manufactures to advise against the use of LATCH (required in cars since 2001) if children and their car seats have a combined weight of 65 pounds.
What is LATCH?Read More »from 2014 Car Seat Changes and LATCH: What You Need to Know
LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. Lower anchors connect the car seat to the vehicle without the use of the vehicle's seat belts. The tether is a strap that secures the car seat to the frame of the vehicle. When asked if LATCH was safer than a vehicles seat restraint system, highly respected The Car Seat Lady states, "No! Seat belts have always been a very safe and effective way to secure a car seat… the problem is that getting a secure installation with a seat belt is often confusing and challenging. LATCH was invented in an attempt to decrease the misuse rate for car seats by giving parents an easier way to secure the child's car seat to the
- Looking for a cute and quirky theme for your baby's nursery? Prepare for a robot invasion! With their bright geometric style and fun retro vibe, robots add geeky cool to any baby's crib. For nursery decor inspiration, check out these 7 robot-inspired ideas.
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- We all know kids won't understand cassettes and eight-tracks, but what about the technology we grew up with? How much of what we know will be completely lost on our kids? Here are 6 pieces of technology that confound and befuddle my 2-year-old.
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