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- Our first baby's first ThanksgivingOur first baby's first ThanksgivingEven if it's your baby's first Thanksgiving, especially if it's your baby's first Thanksgiving, it's OK to skip the banquet. It's not great to go shopping instead, in my old-fashioned opinion, but if cooking a whole turkey plus stuffing and schlepping across an Interstate with babies crying in car seats is going to make you crazy, there's a solution. You can take this year off. Really!
We sort of did last year. And the turkey police never found out.
Thanksgiving 2012 fell six days after we had arrived in the US from Italy but this wasn't a visit. We were moving. From another continent. With three small kids in tow. Luckily we found refuge at my in-laws' Florida home, but really I've never felt more like a pilgrim. Beleaguered from an already long trip with a baby, a toddler and a preschooler, too, I was also suffering from the flu and trying to figure out if I'd ever get my milk supply back after not holding anything down for three days (I didn't). We basically crash-landed.
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 25, 2013 11:00 AM EST
Any Turkey Day veteran worth their gravy knows that, in reality, every single Thanksgiving dinner table is really just a vast, unforgiving minefield of danger, heartbreak, and looming alienation. People who haven't seen each other since this time last year gather around a dead bird and stare at one another out of the corners of their condescending eye, just waiting for the wrong thing to be said by the wrong person at the exact wrong time. Fear not, though, my tempted warrior, for I have come up with a slightly brilliant list of conversation topics that you should avoid bringing up at all costs this Thanksgiving. If you wish to remain in the good graces of your family then remember: history and tradition have proven, time and again, that the best thing for you to do is eat, drink, and be merry without ever straying from discussing the one and only topic known to be safe to approach with all of twisted mankind: the weather. Ahem. Except climate change. No matter what you do, do NOTRead More »from 7 Awkward Conversation Topics to Avoid at Thanksgiving Dinner
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 25, 2013 10:41 AM EST
As much as my family loves celebrity gossip, good TV, and the latest superhero movies, we don't generally look to Hollywood for our role models. Just scan the headlines and you'll see loads of selfishness, impropriety, decadence, and - I'll say it - smut. It's enough to make a mother gasp! But, you know what? It's not all bad. There will always be "celebrities" who become famous for being famous or famous for being shocking or famous simply for having poor, poor judgement. But some people rise to the top because they have enormous talent, have worked hard, live good lives, and do their best. I celebrate celebrities like this! I am especially grateful for all the women out there like Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway, and Tina Fey who live impressive lives. I can point to them as women I'd like my daughters to emulate. Take a look at these impressive women who are celebrities your daughters can look up to. (Sons, too!) -By Kacy Faulconer
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 25, 2013 10:24 AM EST
The effects of bullying are wide, although sometimes you don't need to go any farther than a glance in the eyes of the victims to know just how deep it goes. Benoit Paillé, a French-Canadian photographer, took a series of photos (that we first saw on My Modern Met) focusing on the reflection in the eyes of kids who have either witnessed bullying or been bullied themselves. The haunting stares of the kids give a glimpse into innocence lost and damage done. There's something about the photos - and the recent batch of bullying stories - that can just affect you in the gut if you're a parent. You project your own children in the role of the target and it eats away at your insides to imagine them having those kind of emotional and physical scars. And for the parents of the actual bullies? Hopefully seeing photos like these will prompt them to do everything in their power to stop it from happening before more kids corrupted too young an age at the hands or words of their peers. Take aRead More »from 7 Chilling Photographs of What Bullying Looks like Through the Eyes of a Child
- Babble.com | Parenting – Sat, Nov 23, 2013 10:05 AM EST
On November 24th, it will have been 20 years since the wonderful family movie Mrs. Doubtfire was released. Twenty years! I feel as old as Mrs. D hearing that! The movie became the second highest grossing film of 1993 (beaten only by Jurassic Park). It starred Robin Williams as voiceover actor Daniel who is out of work and in the middle of a divorce. His ex-wife, played by Sally Field, wins custody of their three children, and Daniel is devastated. Hearing that his ex intends to employ a nanny to mind the kids, he applies for the job in the disguise of tough Scottish nanny, Mrs. Doubtfire. Will he get the job? Is his stunt just a catastrophe waiting to happen? I won't spoil the plot for those who have yet to watch it! I think it's about time I dug my old VHS copy out and watched this classic movie again! Happy Birthday, Mrs. Doubtfire - you have certainly aged well! To celebrate the birthday of one heck of a good movie, here are some fun facts for all you Doubtfire fans. -By SuzanneRead More »from "Mrs. Doubtfire" Turns 20 Years Old! 7 Things You Never Knew About the Film
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 4:48 PM EST
It's inevitable. Every year, right after Thanksgiving and Halloween and (or Halloween and Thanksgiving, depending on which side of the border you're on)… BAM! It's the holidays. Which, for a hardcore lover of all things twinkle lights, pumpkin pie, gourds, gingerbread, and Santa Claus…isn't a bad thing at all. We happen to do more road-tripping, I'm inclined to think, than the average family. For a long-time, my partner was a musician who did a lot of touring. Much of it was local and we'd go along when possible. I now deem myself a seasoned expert, totally qualified in handing out advice in how to win at traveling with toddlers….especially by car, for long stretches of time. So, if you, like me - have lots of road-tripping to look forward to this holiday season, have no fear! Success is definitely in the little things and how well you plan. Click through for 8 tips for surviving holiday road-trips with toddlers! -By Selena MaeRead More »from 8 Tips for Surviving Road-Trips with Toddlers During the Holiday Season
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- Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle | Parenting – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 4:40 PM ESTNon-traditional things I'm thankful for
Yesterday, I was sent a group email asking me to name one thing I'm thankful for that isn't cliche or traditional like: "my family," "food on the table," etc. Other moms on the email tree were coming back with beautiful sentiments about new friendships, the help of strangers, and averting disasters.
I didn't respond because everything I thought of seemed trite, superficial, and a tad less profound. However, I did write a list, and frankly, I'll share it with you because these things totally deserve thanks in my book -- just refrain from saying them around the dinner table.
1. I am thankful that I keep a pair of tweezers in my car.
2. I am thankful my daughter has not lost faith in the tooth fairy, and my son goes along with it.
3. I am thankful for the dimmer switch in my bedroom.
4. I am thankful sweetner packets can be used as makeshift floss - in a pinch.
5. I am thankful I didn't start a Meth Lab after binge watching Breaking Bad (it was tempting).
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It's the little stuff that keeps you coming back for more, isn't it? It's the out-of-nowhere moments - Oprah would likely say "Ah-ha moments!" and then randomly hand out car keys when they happen - that makes parenting worth it.
I've been in bed sick with the flu the past 36 hours. Last night, the boys went to their LEGO table and made me some medicine. This morning, my youngest had a PD day, and while my wife was off to work early for a breakfast meeting, he looked at me and said "Daddy, we need to have a breakfast meeting too!" So after everyone was else was out to school and work, we sat down at the kitchen table and had a breakfast meeting. Just the two of us.
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school district that has severed ties with a bus driver over how he handled a student with a knife, appears to be (a) — though a leading national school safety expert disagrees.OK, time for a pop quiz: As a schoolteacher or an administrator, you should deal with safety issues by (a) always following proper protocol to the letter, or (b) using common sense based on the particular situation at hand. The answer, according to an Ohio Read More »from Bus Driver Takes Weapon From Kid and Loses Job
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The trouble went down last week, when new substitute school-bus driver Dennis Kaliszewski, 60, was driving kids home from Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Parma. Though Yahoo Shine could not reach him for comment, the driver told Cleveland.com that he was heading to his first stop when “it seemed as though the entire bus of students started to yell that a young boy had a knife in his possession.” He says he then pulled over and told the boy, who was probably between 8 and 10 years old, that the bus
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