- Have a hunch your diapered dude is destined for greatness? Notable leaders have inspired this list of names that will certainly pave the way for your baby boy's bright future. -By Taylor Hengen Newman Read More »from 5 Boy Names for Born Leaders
- BabyZone | Parenting – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 1:12 PM EDTLessons from the magical land of princess.I held up a dress. "How about this one?" My daughter frowned.
"Not dat one. It not a pincess one!" She wanted to wear a white fluffy summer dress, but it was October and snow was in the forecast. I sighed.
"I need ta be a pincess!" She wailed.
There were no winners in this battle. I relented. She could wear the fancy dress if she wore pants underneath. She nodded. "But I wear pink pincess pants." Fine.
When she was dressed and had donned her crown, she insisted I hold her up to look in the mirror. "Wook at dat pincess!" She said to her reflection. "She so pretty."
When it comes to parenting, I pick my battles and at 2-1/2 my daughter is a self-crowned princess. I don't like it, but it's not a something I can fight any more. I tried. I truly did. I dressed her in sensible clothes that were gender neutral colors. I encouraged her to dress up like an alligator. We made pirate ships out of boxes. But one day,Read More »from How to Support Your Budding Princess While Maintaining Your Feminist Cred
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 12:58 PM EDT
Simon Roussel, a senior with Down syndrome at Mandeville High School in Louisiana, loves football. And it's a serious sport in his part of the country. "Football is big and competitive in our entire state," varsity coach Guy LeCompte tells Yahoo Shine. LeCompte says he noticed Simon's enthusiasm for the game in a special-education PE class, and so the school made him an assistant to the coaching staff. The school system has the largest population of special-needs kids in the state, and its motto is, "Every child, every day."
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For the past six years, Simon has managed Mandeville's freshman team. "The coaches wear visors, a towel around their necks, and carry playbooks, and so does Simon," says LeCompte. He adds that although Simon has a speech impediment, he gives the pep talk before and after the games and the players all cheer like crazy.
On Wednesday, at the team's final game — and Simon's last game ever as manager because he'll beRead More »from Student With Down Syndrome Scores Awesome Touchdown
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 12:22 PM EDTShutterstock / The BumpBy Paula Miranda for TheBump.com
Before I share what my partner would say that would literally make me scream while I was pregnant, I will say that I wouldn't trade the experience I had with him ever. This was his first child. Like any other first-time father, he was excited. He couldn't help it if I had absolutely no patience. He did get a couple passes since he was new to the idea of being an expectant dad - but then the day came when I had enough of his comments. I didn't want to hear what "his" suggestions were anymore. Enough already! I had been pregnant before. I knew what being pregnant was like.
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During my first trimester, I was having a rough time with nausea. One night in particular I wasn't sleeping very well; I kept getting up and running to the bathroom, returning to the bed moments later without resolve. He woke up and asked me if I had ever thought of staying in the bathroom until my nausea ended. Really? IRead More »from The Most Annoying Things My Partner Said During My Pregnancy
Okay, think fast: Who comes first in your life? Your spouse? Or your kids?
I know that date night can make you a better parent. But when it comes down to placing or ranking the importance of my kids vs. my husband in my life, I have to be honest with you:
I put my kids first.
Heather Morgan Shott over at YourTango would totally disagree with me; she recently wrote an article called "Why I Always Put My Husband Before My Child," citing examples like taking kid-free vacays together, supporting each others' careers, and keeping the baby out of the bed. Ultimately, Heather chose to make her marriage a priority before her kid, because in all honesty, maintaining a secure and healthy relationship is an essential part of parenting, which is great and something I definitely agree with.
But here's the thing:
Heather has one kid. I have three.
Gone are the days when my husband and I could ask an adoring grandma to watch our sole child so we could jet off on a vacationRead More »from Why I Don't Put My Husband Before My Children
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 11:47 AM EDT
"Would you like me to take your picture?" a woman asked, seeing me in the park with my iPhone, fumbling to get a shot of my husband, Joseph, and son, Norrin.
It was a kind offer, and one I greatly appreciated, because we don't have many photos together. The sun was bright and it was a beautiful fall day in Sleepy Hollow. We were in Patriots Park - the perfect backdrop for a family photo. Taking a family picture doesn't seem like a big deal. But for us, it is.
Handing the woman my iPhone, I walked over to Joseph and Norrin. Joseph had both hands on Norrin's shoulders. Joseph and I, through clenched teeth smiles, urged Norrin to look and smile. Norrin squirmed and tried to wriggle free from his father's grasp.
I tried to bribe Norrin with ice cream while Joseph tickled him, trying to get a giggle. The woman was nice, but we couldn't spend fifteen minutes of a stranger's time trying to get the money shot.
After a few clicks, the woman gave me my phone and I thanked her. IRead More »from What It's like Taking Family Photos when Your Son Has Autism
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 11:19 AM EDTHighwayIf I discovered a pregnant woman about to give birth on the side of a highway, I know exactly what I'd do.
I would panic. A lot.
I think the fact that I've birthed two children of my own would make me even more panicky about the situation than if I were my old, child-free self. I remember how painful and hard labor was, even in the comfort of an adjustable hospital bed…
…but doing it in a backseat or outside with other cars whizzing past at 70 miles per hour? I might faint having to watch some poor woman endure that - and then they'd have to call a second ambulance for me. Awkward!
Fortunately, our first responders are made of heartier stock. They seem to be pretty good at delivering babies on the side of the road, as in the most recent case of Durham, North Carolina police officer Gabriel Munter, who delivered a baby on the side of Interstate 85, WNCN.com reported.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 11:15 AM EDT
This is what 15-year-old Jordan Lewis told his dad after quitting the football team one day into the season. Just a few weeks ago, Jordan killed himself with a gunshot to the heart.
"I'm jumping. I can't take it anymore," Rebecca wrote to a classmate.
In September, 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick jumped to her death from a third-story cement plant structure after being verbally, physically, and cyber-bullied for an entire year.
These are just two recent incidents in a long list of suicides by bullied kids in America, also known as bullycide. Though bullying is nothing new - even Jordan Lewis' dad explained to his son how he himself was bullied as a kid for having red hair and glasses - suicide rates for 15-24-year-olds have more than doubled since the 1950s, according to the American Association of Suicidology. And, as this article in Time points out, the rate of suicides among those under age 24Read More »from Why Apathetic Adults Are to Blame for the Rise in Cyberbullying
- violence in schoolsIt's been a bad week for violence in the schools.
Just four days ago, a NV teacher lost his life at the hands of a middle schooler before the student turned the gun on himself, and late Tuesday, the body of a MA math teacher was discovered behind a high school with a 14-year-old student charged in her murder. With haunting memories of Sandy Hook and Columbine on our collective consciousness, it's hard to accept the fact that violence in the schools is actually pretty rare.
According to NBC News, "An average of 23 youths per year were the victims of homicides at elementary or secondary schools or on the way to a school event, over the years 1992 to 2011, according to the most complete federal study. And those 23 deaths include all kinds of homicides - drug deals gone bad, fights over a girl - in a nation with 130,000 schools and more than 50 million students in grades K-12."
While logic assures us that an unlawful deathRead More »from The Sad Reality About School Violence in America
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 10:52 AM EDT
According to an article over at Live Science, a group of researchers at Duke University determined that a baby's sense of numbers at 6 months of age can predict his math ability at age 3. Woah!
Past research determined that babies have a primitive sense for numbers. In these studies, babies' number sense was measured by repeatedly flashing a grid of 8 dots in front of them and then changing the grid to 16 dots. Researchers concluded that a baby with a good sense for numbers will stare at the 16 dot grid longer when the changeover happens because she will sense the difference in number of dots. (Babies naturally stare at unfamiliar objects longer.)
Live Science reported that researcher Elizabeth Brannon and her colleagues developed a type of baby math test using this grid method. In this study, the researchers flashed two screens of black and white patterned dots at the baby simultaneously. According to Live Science, "The difference is that one screen always shows patterns madeRead More »from Want Your Baby to Become a Math Genius? Look for These Signs
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