A woman named Cheryl (she declined to provide her last name) is making headlines for her plan to hand overweight kids who knock on her door with a letter addressed to their parents, reprimanding them for their children's unhealthy eating habits. The letter reads:
“You are probably wondering why your child has this note; have you ever heard the saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child?’ I am disappointed in ‘the village’ of Fargo Moorhead, West Fargo. Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season. My hope is that you will step up as a parent and ration candy this Halloween and not allow your child
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Oct 30, 2013 6:42 PM EDTAs a kid, there was always one family to avoid on Halloween: The one that doled out toothbrushes, apples, or worst of all, raisins. Well, kids in Fargo, North Dakota, should steer clear of one more — the neighbor that celebrates Halloween by fat-shaming trick-or-treaters with a mean letter.
A woman named Cheryl (she declined to provide her last name) is making headlines for her plan to hand overweight kids who knock on her door with a letter addressed to their parents, reprimanding them for their children's unhealthy eating habits. The letter reads:Read More »from Halloween Fail: Woman to Give Fat-Shaming Letter, Not Candy
- BabyZone | Parenting – Wed, Oct 30, 2013 3:58 PM EDTCelebrate the many experiences of our world by building your baby's worldly and multicultural library.
Raising tolerant global citizens can truly start at birth, and building a children's library of these 7 multicultural-inspired reads is a great way to start. - By Vanessa Bell Read More »from 7 Multicultural Children's Books for Baby's Worldly Library
pink slime, school junk food, obesity — and cell phones, at least when it comes to his own kids having them. “Poppy’s the only girl in her class still not allowed a mobile,” Oliver, referring to his 11-year-old daughter, tells U.K. magazine Closer in an interview published on Tuesday. Oliver also says he bans Poppy and her 10-year-old sister, Daisy, from using social media sites, noting, “I found out my two eldest girls had set up Instagram accounts in secret, which I wasn't happy about and soon put a stop to.”Celeb chef Jamie Oliver is against
The Naked Chef and father of four — Oliver and wife Juliette Norton also have Petal, 4 and 3-year-old Buddy — explains that his girls have been given a hard time by peers in the past because of his fame and that he wants to avoid giving other kids opportunities to bully them online.
The 38-year-old's admission comes on the heels of the American Academy of Pediatrics updating itsRead More »from Why Jamie Oliver's Kid Can't Have a Cell Phone
- 7 week old baby smiling.When my first baby was born three years ago, I put a sign on his little hospital cart that read, "Breast milk only!" Upon my discharge, however, when I mentioned to the hospital pediatrician that I had breast reduction surgery at 17, she told me--point blank--"Oh, breastfeeding isn't going to work for you." The surgeon who'd performed my reduction had said it would, but, as a brand new mom, I panicked. I purchased a canister of formula on the way home and supplemented heavily from the beginning. I did my best to nurse and pump as well, but my supply was minimal. When I returned to work three months later and faced pumping in a phone booth (closet) shared between three corporate floors and without a lock, I gave up on breastfeeding altogether.
I was disappointed not to have had the breastfeeding relationship with my baby I'd hoped for, and that he'd been raised largely on formula, especially when I later learned that breastfeeding can, in fact, work after reductions. (Doctors don'tRead More »from In Defense of Milk Sharing
- BullyLike death and taxes, your kid screwing up is inevitable. And when they are little, it's cute. My daughter with her hands on her hips, telling me "I 'issapointed in you, mom!" never fails to make me laugh. But research shows that a toddler's self-control is one of the first and earliest predictors of success. And how you go about teaching your child that self-control can have a profound impact on the rest of their life.
One popular form of discipline is public humiliation. Images of parents dressing like their teenage daughters in short skirts or sons standing on the side of the road with signs announcing their sins to passersby have gone viral. And while it may be tempting to post a picture of your toddler on Facebook with a caption announcing, "My name is Roxie and I poop on the floor!"--think again. Publicly shaming your child can have a profound impact on their psyche.
According to a recent article in Time:Studies Read More »from Are You Raising a Bully?
- Astrology.com | Parenting – Wed, Oct 30, 2013 12:24 PM EDTDoes Halloween Scare Your Kid? Check Their Sun Sign!
Halloween has crept back around again! Is your kid spooked by all the hocus-pocus and scary antics? Or do they love the night's dramatic atmosphere? Here's a look at how your youngster's Sun sign will react!
Aries possesses a vivid imagination, so they're sure to revel in the prospect of dressing up as a dashing adventurer to slay the forces of evil. There's certainly no need to worry about your Ram kid on Halloween!
Taurus isn't a sign to get spooked by anything supernatural, since they don't believe in any of it for a moment. No, these kids are more interested in the prospect of tons of scrumptious treats to devour!
Gemini's mind can work overtime, and they're often wary of what can't be explained. Distract them by helping them study Celtic mythology so they can explore what inspired Halloween in the first place.
Cancer adores anything that brings family, friends, and food together, so they'll enthusiastically throw themselves into the Halloween festivities, regardless ofRead More »from Does Halloween Scare Your Kid? Check Their Sun Sign!
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:55 AM EDT
As the spooky season approaches, there is nothing better than closing the curtains, turning out all the lights, and snuggling under a blanket as you have the wits scared out of you. No? Not your idea of fun? Although it one of my favorite genres, it isn't for everyone. So for all the folks who love Halloween but want some family-friendly spooky fun that isn't going to scare the willies out of them - there are plenty of great movies to choose from. Have a look at the list below, and let me know what your favorite is! Happy Halloween! -By Suzanne CowieRead More »from 7 Non-Spooky Halloween Movies You Can Watch with Your Kids
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:40 AM EDT
Having a sick toddler: Is it harder on them or us? Obviously they're the ones hurting. I know this. Yet as I watch my little pneumonia-ridden 2-year-old run around, laugh, giggle and cause her general ruckus, I have to wonder, as I rub my eyes and take a big, desperate gulp of black coffee.
We spent hours upon hours at the hospital last night with Abby, who was rocking a fever of 104° F. Normally, we wouldn't go to the hospital at the onset of a fever. Kids get fevers. They're normal, and letting them ride out a low-grade fever is supposed to be good for them.
Not in this house. Not anymore. Specifically for my daughter. This past July, she had a low-grade fever which hadn't even hit 100° when she had a febrile seizure. (A convulsion in a child caused by fever.) These are apparently normal and for the vast majority, not harmful and short. You know, except when they stop breathing during the seizure, which is what happened.
We didn't know enough about febrile seizures then,Read More »from Fevers Can Cause Seizures in Kids?! What You Should Know
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:30 AM EDT
Potty training my daughter Bella was a dream. It took a few days, and that was it. She has been daytime diaper-free since she was 2 1/2. No drama, no fuss. When she realized she could reach the big potty, she started going in there, too. By herself.
I know several friends that have really struggled with potty training, so I don't take that easy milestone for granted.
I appreciate it even more now that we've tried to do nighttime training.
It's been a disaster.
I didn't bring it up until a few months ago when she was getting ready for bed, and I casually said, "One night you won't need a diaper anymore." We talked about what that meant and how her daddy and I didn't wear diapers to bed (but give us 50 years and we might).
About 2 weeks ago, I decided that she might be ready. I don't know what made me think that, as we'd had maybe a dry overnight diaper twice in her life by accident. I think it was mostly her age and the call of, "she should be nighttime trained," thatRead More »from Why We’re Postponing Nighttime Potty Training — Indefinitely
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:23 AM EDT
Is touching a woman's belly a warm expression of awe and wonder, or is it just really bad manners or maybe even a violation? Apparently in Pennsylvania, touching a woman's belly without her permission has been against the law all along. Recently, however, that law made national headlines and created a storm of debate when it was renewed in relation to a harassment case in Pittsburgh involving the touching of a pregnant woman's belly.
We turned to our own Disney Dads bloggers to get a dad's point of view on the subject. We wanted to know if they ever felt uncomfortable when someone touched their wives' bellies. Do they feel it necessary to specifically mention contact with pregnant bellies in harassment laws? Or do they think putting something like this on the law books crosses the line into the absurd?
David Noel Edwards says this: "If you want to touch a woman's belly, you should ask. And if you don't have the wherewithal to ask, then a written law could save you considerableRead More »from How Dads Feel About the Pregnant Belly Rubbing Controversy
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