From an early age, boys are encouraged to "act like a man," "man up," "tough it out," or "suck it up." These expectations give boys a very narrow view of masculinity. I grew up in a single parent household, and people always told me that I was the man of the house and should behave accordingly. However, I had no idea what that meant. I had a steep learning curve and picked many of the wrong lessons by watching older men and boys in my neighborhood. It wasn't until I was in my 20s that I encountered more positive images of manhood and masculinity. Now, I work with young boys to help them cope with their own masculinity. Many of them are confused and have distorted views on what it means to be a man. But there is hope, and it starts with parents. It's crucial for parents to offer their sons a more holistic view of masculinity. Here are 7 things parents must teach their boys about masculinity. -By Frederick J. GoodallRead More »from 7 Things Parents Need to Teach Their Sons About Masculinity
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Oct 28, 2013 12:15 PM EDT
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Oct 28, 2013 12:04 PM EDT
Yesterday was one of those days. The exhausting kind filled with toddler cliche moments that I had really only seen "other people's kids" engage in up to this point. It was a day that left me feeling like I am so ill-equipped for this toddler business.
The basic gist was that while out shopping for pajamas with my daughter, Fern decided to go all terrible twos on me and run like a banshee through the store while pulling clothes off the racks and tables. I tried to hold her, and she just tried to launch herself out of my arms in typical toddler fashion. And when I tried to hold her hand, she flopped herself on the ground. Not a pretty sight.
When I got home later that day, I texted a friend who was my co-teacher back in my preschool teaching days. She has two children of her own now - the oldest is four - so she's been at this parenting business a while longer than I have. I have always admired her calm and gentle approach with children, so I wanted to find out if she had goneRead More »from Want to Be More Patient with Your Kids? Just Pretend They Aren't Yours!
- Barbie"Are we doing the right thing?" I asked my husband the night before our daughter's sixth birthday, as I wrapped her present. "Or is this doll going to give her an eating disorder?"
"You know it's not that simple," my husband replied, for the third or fourth time that night.
"She's just so skinny," I complained, frowning at the doll in the box. "And I don't like the way she sticks her butt out so suggestively."
"We've given this a lot of thought, and at the end of the day, it's just a doll," he assured me.
I've never had a problem with my daughter playing with dolls; she's been playing with Barbies since she entered the princess phase in preschool. Sure, I wondered what kind of impact playing with such impossibly perfect-looking dolls would have on her body image. I tried to throw an "I can be President" Barbie into the mix when I could, but I was a hard-core Barbie-lover myself as a kid, and really, dolls areRead More »from Why I Bought My 6-Year-Old Daughter a Sexy Doll
I'm pretty sure the day the first parents were placed on this earth, they never intended to be the best. They did what they had to do - protect and care for their children the best way they knew how.
Once the population grew and more and more parents inhabited the earth, I'm guessing they weren't all too concerned with one-upping each other. You know, on account of survival and everything.
Can you imagine? "My kid's spear is sharper than yours!" "Oh yeah? My kid can lift a boulder three times his weight!" Maybe it happened. I dunno. All I do know is that competition in parenting is hurting our children.
It's no secret that there are people in life who need to win, and not necessarily because they want you to lose; they just need to win more. And sadly, this need to win translates to parenting.
Sure, there are non-competitive parents who are winning every day. Like that dad who freaked out with excitement over his son's math grade? Winner. Or that dad who built an amazingRead More »from How Competitive Parents Are Hurting Their Kids
By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
Inexpensive high chairs may lack the sleek and modern design of some luxury high chairs, but the best ones offer comfort and safety without a price that makes you feel like throwing food against the wall. They are easy to use and may actually have more amenities than pricier models. The budget high chairs recommended here cost $80 or less and were selected by Cheapism.com based on their affordability, features, and reviews by experts and consumers.
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association certifies high chairs that meet certain specifications and have been tested against a set of safety standards. Before purchasing a high chair, look for the "JPMA Certified" seal. Parents can opt for even more safety features than the certification mandates. For instance, one standard is a three-point harness thatRead More »from Best High Chairs with Low Prices
- Babble.com | Parenting – Sat, Oct 26, 2013 11:55 AM EDT
My pregnancy is rounding out now, with just about six weeks left until this baby greets the world with a bang. It's gone by so fast, and while there are some strains in my pregnancy right now that are making me wish time would speed up a bit, I don't want it to go by too quickly. I love being pregnant - side effects and symptoms and all - and as I reflect on the past 32 weeks of pregnancy, I am thankful for this experience. This will likely be my last, because this will be our fourth child, and with all the complications we've encountered with this pregnancy, my husband and I are finally feeling that closure we've heard others talk about. It's hard to close that door. But when you know, you just know. So today, as I reflect on my past three pregnancies and my fourth now, I can recount all the unforgettable moments I'll always carry with me - even if I'll never experience them firsthand again. Here are 10 unforgettable moments in pregnancy that I hope you all get to experience, evenRead More »from 10 Unforgettable Moments Every Pregnant Woman Goes Through
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 3:35 PM EDTLetting my baby explore!"Let them be little."
These words have been floating around in my head a lot lately. I believe in the magic of childhood and allowing our children to dance in it while it lasts. But sometimes I forget when it comes to my baby. I forget that part of being little involves exploring beyond the safe haven I've tried to create for her in our living room and in life. And part of being little means cruising beyond the comforts of the soft carpet and popping that little bubble I inadvertently created that surrounds her.
Over the weekend I read a beautiful post by a fellow blogger Lauren Hartmann, sharing how her daughter was becoming her own little person. She spoke to the fact that parenting is a bit of a paradox: "A limbo of give and take, hold and release."
Hold and release.
If I can be honest with you - with myself - I've probably been doing a little more holding than releasing. So, I'm increasing my efforts to release a bit more as it is often in those moments that the trueRead More »from Am I Stealing the Magic of Childhood Trying to Keep Her Safe?
- BabyZone | Parenting – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 2:22 PM EDT
Got a Halloween party or preschool snack in your near future? If you're looking for ways to get kids excited about food without the thud of a sugar crash, these treats are for you. -Charity Curley Mathews
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