Having heard stories about how expensive law school can be and coming to the realization that working while in law school was not a possibility, I decided to take a job working in an oil field the summer before I began law school. For those who don't know, the companies that work in the oil field have a lot of money. As in, more money than they really know what to do with, which means that many of the employees in the oil field make some pretty good cash while they're there. The trade-off for that big paycheck is that you have to put up with a pretty crappy atmosphere. My first week in the oil field was a real eye-opening experience. I had never been verbally berated before to the point that I hated everything about my job. After two weeks of working in the oil field, I was ready to quit. Thankfully, things turned around for me that next day, and I now somewhat miss working in the oil field. As destructive an atmosphere as the oil field was, I learned some lessons that I've appliedRead More »from 7 Things I Learned About Parenting While Working in the Oil Field
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 12:28 PM EDT
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Every October, my eyes scan shelves of magazines, darting past pictures of windbag politicians, orange body builders and cars with electric paint jobs. Evading the latest celebrity gossip, they finally settle on Rajon Rondo, point guard for the Boston Celtics. Perfect. Just what I'm looking for: this year's pro basketball preview issue, chock full of news, analysis, team capsules, and the all-important fantasy rankings.
Back in 1980, a bunch of New Yorkers developed a league where fans could compete in the game they loved. Each participant "drafted" a team of actual professionals to form their own "fantasy" team. Over the course of a season, teams were allowed to swap players, drop under-performing ones, and pick up un-drafted players for a needed boost, just like real teams. The statistics of those players were tabulated over the course of a season and the team with the best overall statistical output was declared the winner. As time moved along, the community of the InternetRead More »from Why You Should Introduce Your Kids to the World of Fantasy Basketball
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 11:19 AM EDT
Yesterday, my 7-year-old brought home an assignment that was to be completed with the students' families and returned to school the next day. We've had many of these over the years. We've decorated turkeys, created timelines, and made family trees. I know the assignments are just to encourage families to do something together. For some kids, I'm sure it offers some much-needed interaction with their parents. However, we do things together as a family continually, and searching for feathers, buttons, felt, and markers to decorate a turkey isn't a fun activity; it's a pain in the butt. Nevertheless, we participate anyway. Yesterday's assignment was a little different. When I read the instructions I was left a bit dumbfounded. And by 'dumbfounded,' I mean I was saying, "What the crap? This can't be real!" See for yourselves:
I understand why this activity was sent out. It makes perfect sense that a 7-year-old should be able to identify and know the difference between prescriptionRead More »from My Child’s School Does Not Need to Know What Medications I’m Taking
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 11:09 AM EDT
Over 8 years ago, I gave birth to my first child; a beautifully healthy 7 pound little girl, with a face like her daddy's and toes just like mine. I went through the usual range of emotions that a new mother goes through - happiness, joy, anxiety, worry, fear, and delirium. I was exhausted but thankful, and when I began crying at the drop of a hat a couple of days after giving birth, it was brushed off as the "baby blues."
Several weeks later, and instinctively I knew that this overwhelming case of sadness I was experiencing wasn't simply the baby blues. I went in to see my OBGYN and after a series of questions, many of which I cried at answering, she diagnosed me with Postpartum Depression, and sent me on my way with a prescription for Zoloft. Things got better, I got a little happier and a little less worried, but still, I never felt that overwhelming sense of connectedness, that "baby moon," that I had heard so many women talk about.
Two years later, with the birth of myRead More »from I Ate My Placenta — and I'm a Happier Mom Because of It
"When we have kids, I don't want to do the whole Santa lie." That's what my then-boyfriend confessed in one of our when-we-have-kids-so-far-in-the-future talks, and I was pretty taken aback by that statement. No Santa? I mean, why have kids at all then? How could you deprive kids from the bubbling anticipation - from the sparks of magic? Even after learning the truth, I was never angry or resentful toward my parents. You know what I did? I helped keep the lie alive for my little sister because belief > reality, even if only temporary. (My now-husband changed his tune; he's an even bigger Santa propagator than I am.) But I never realized how prevalent lying can be in parenting, and how easy and convenient it is to use a teeny tiny lie to comfort/quiet/explain to them. And I never expected I'd hate it so much - including the Santa shebang. -By Michelle HortonRead More »from The 8 Biggest Lies Parents Tell to Their Kids
Three wacky witches, two magic spells, one hilarious comedy -- it's all part of everyone's favorite spooktacular cult classic: Hocus Pocus. It's been 20 years (!) since the world first met the Sanderson sisters, and we'll never forget how awesome it was to watch them run amok through Salem while trying to steal the souls of children so they could live forever. I watch their hijinks in what is quite possibly the best Halloween movie EVER every single year. Every time my family and I watch, I notice something I hadn't before - glaring goofs, historical inconsistencies, and "facts" that may or may not be true. But hey, no one said it was a documentary. Besides, it gives me a good reason to nerd out about all kinds of random trivia I've picked up over the years… To that end, here are 10 things you didn't know you wanted to know about the this mainstay of camp Disney culture. -By Pilar ClarkRead More »from 10 Things You Never Knew About "Hocus Pocus"
- .There's a woman in Fargo, North Dakota, who plans to hand out "fat letters" to kids she deems "moderately obese" instead of giving them Halloween candy. She said in a radio interview, "I just want to send a message to the parents of kids that are really overweight … I think it's just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just 'cause all the other kids are doing it." When I mentioned this story to my fellow Babble writers, my colleague Joslyn Gray said, "It's worth noting that LOTS of parents have their kids "trade in" all/most of their candy anyway for a variety of reasons - allergies, dental health, whatever." Joslyn says her kids give at least half of their candy to Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages to military soldiers.
If the nasty ol' witch behind this Halloween letter really wants to make a difference in the lives of fat kids, she could hand out sugar-free gum or real-fruit fruit snacks or bags of baby carrots -Read More »from An Open Letter to the Halloween "Fat Letter" Lady
- 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
“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
- 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
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