As someone who started having kids at a very young age (22) and is building a community to support and encourage other young and formerly young parents, I know about the grass on this side of the "parenting age" fence. And like all of our metaphoric yards, some spots are greener than others. A lot of the negative assumptions of young moms - that we're doomed to have failed relationships, failed careers, and eternally live in poverty - are often ridiculous. That being said, there are some very real challenges to being a young mom. I'm not talking about money or maturity - both of which, in my opinion, are quite subjective. But through my own experience and the countless other women I've met, here are the most common challenges that young moms should be mindful of. -By Michelle Horton
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As someone who started having kids at a very young age (22) and is building a community to support and encourage other young and formerly young parents, I know about the grass on this side of the "parenting age" fence. And like all of our metaphoric yards, some spots are greener than others. A lot of the negative assumptions of young moms - that we're doomed to have failed relationships, failed careers, and eternally live in poverty - are often ridiculous. That being said, there are some very real challenges to being a young mom. I'm not talking about money or maturity - both of which, in my opinion, are quite subjective. But through my own experience and the countless other women I've met, here are the most common challenges that young moms should be mindful of. -By Michelle HortonRead More »from The Problem with Having Kids when You’re Younger
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 11:04 AM EDT
In the first national survey of its kind, the US Centers for Disease Control says that a troubling number of teens are smoking cheap, sweet, flavored "little cigars." Also called "mini cigars" and "cigarillos," they come in candy flavors like watermelon, grape, and sour apple. One brand has flavors that sound like frozen yogurts: White Vanilla, Blueberry, and Pink Berry. (Note: not related to upscale fro-yo chain Pinkberry.)
About 1 in 30 middle and high school kids smoke flavored little cigars, the CDC reported in theJournal of Adolescent Health. Not surprisingly, the rate increases with age: nearly 1 in 12 high school seniors said they smoked the sweet, small cigars. And while tobacco companies claim they're not marketing mini cigars to kids, it doesn't look like they're working very hard to deter kids, either:
A brand of little cigars called Splitarillos sells single-wrapped cigars in flavors "Da Bomb Blueberry," "SwagCherry," and "G6 Grape." Are you kidding me?Read More »from Survey Shows More and More Teens Are Smoking Candy-Flavored Little Cigars
- Vanity Fair | Parenting – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 10:48 AM EDT
It's Christening Day! It's all happening! Hold onto your fascinators! The ceremony itself is due to begin at 3 p.m. London time (that's 10 a.m. on the East Coast), but the names of the seven godparents have been released in advance. As expected, the majority of the individuals are pals of Kate and William's, as only one royal-William's cousin Zara Tindall-made the cut.
Here's a quick look at the seven chosen ones:
Zara Tindall, 32: The only Royal on the squad, she's been a close friend of William for their whole lives. She's expecting a child of her own next year, so perhaps she'll soon be returning the "godparent favor"?
William Van Custem, 34: The youngest of the four Van Cutsem brothers. His niece, Grace, gained immediate international fame (at least on the internet) in 2011 when she adorably covered her ears during the Royal Wedding.
Julia Samuel, 54: A close friend of Princess Diana's, she's aRead More »from Prince George’s Seven Godparents: Prince Harry and Pippa Not on the List
- Martha Stewart | Parenting – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 10:37 AM EDT
To incorporate leaves in a wreath or an arrangement, or to enjoy them spread out along the table as a centerpiece accent, use a glycerin solution to preserve them.
Pure liquid glycerin (available at drugstores)
1. Combine one part glycerin with two parts water in a shallow dish. Arrange the leaves in a single layer in the bath, making sure they're fully submerged; allow them to soak for at least one day.
2. Then remove them and gently lay them out on paper towels to dry.Read More »from After-School Project: Preserve Fall Leaves for Year-Round Crafting Fun
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 10:37 AM EDT
Back when the world was pure (ha), there was a little weekly television extravaganza known as TGIF. Every Friday evening, kids would settle in for a line-up of their most beloved shows, such as Boy Meets World, Family Matters, and Step by Step. Every week was exciting, but none more so than the one leading up to Halloween. That was the week when you knew television would be extra scary and extra awesome. While TGIF obviously made everything better, the yearly tradition of Halloween-themed television began long before the 90s, and it certainly has continued to this very day. To help us prepare for this year's spookiest season, let's take a look back at some of the greatest Halloween TV episodes of all time. From lighthearted spoofs to legitimately creepy scream-fests, you're sure to remember these small screen scares! -By Caitlin MortonRead More »from 8 Classic Halloween TV Episodes to Re-Watch This Year
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Speed up your time in the grocery store (Newser) - The routine part of this shoplifting story out of Miami is that police stopped a woman trying to leave a supermarket with $300 worth of unpaid-for food.
The not-so-routine part: Upon hearing that the accused was a mother of three in dire straits, the arresting officer went back in the store and shelled out $100 from her own pocket to buy the woman groceries, reports WSVN. "I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn't going to solve the problem with her children being hungry," says officer Vicki Thomas.
She still charged Jessica Robles with a misdemeanor, but she also educated her about local food banks and other sources of help. "She asked, 'Do you even have food at the house?' And I looked at her in her face, and I told her, 'Not at all,'" recalls Robles.Read More »from Cop Buys Groceries for Mom Caught Shoplifting
For the record, the Miami-Dade department has no problem with Thomas' actions. "Police officers do have discretion, and what Thomas did was completely in bounds," a spokesperson
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 7:49 AM EDT
Prince George Louis Alexander's christening took place on Wednesday in a brief private ceremony at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace. The baby, who turned 3 months old on Tuesday, looked robust and adorable in a frilly ivory christening robe.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge selected two hymns, two lessons, and two anthems for the service, and Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton each recited a reading.
Catherine Middleton looked chic and feminine wearing a beautifully tailored ivory coatdress by Alexander McQueen—the same house that designed her wedding gown—featuring a dramatic ruffle down the front, which echoed the lace details on baby George’s robe. She wore a fascinator by Jane Taylor Millinery, tilted elegantly on her head with a swish of netting and a large silk rose. Pippa Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also wore ivory.
The chapel where the ceremony was held was built by King Henry the VIIIRead More »from Meet the Godparents of Newly Christened Prince George
- BabyZone | Parenting – Tue, Oct 22, 2013 7:07 PM EDT
One of the biggest hurdles faced by couples dealing with infertility? The cost of fertility treatments. From IVF to IUI to prescription fertility meds, what can you expect to pay? Seven women share the cost of their treatments-and whether they were successful. You may be surprised at some of these prices!
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- Grandparents play a very special role in our kids' lives, but they're also famous for overindulging them. This can wreak havoc in our homes after grandma and grandpa leave, but the good news is that it doesn't have to be this way. Here are 4 common "grandparent problems" and how you can fix them. - By Mike Spohr Read More »from 4 Ways Grandparents Spoil Kids—and How to Stop It
Is the cup half full or half empty? Nevertheless, it's filled with alcohol. (Newser) - It was just like something out of a TV show, at least at first: Two Connecticut parents returned home from a trip a day early to find their teenage daughters hosting a party at their Glastonbury house last Sunday.
But here's where it diverges a bit from the script: Mom and Dad didn't just yell, they called the cops, reports the Hartford Courant. It was "the right thing to do," an officer says. The girls, 15 and 16, were arrested and charged with permitting a minor to possess alcohol.
It's just a wee bit different than what happened two weeks prior in the same town, also as reported by the Courant: Christopher Nixon, 49, and his wife, Shawn Nixon, 50, were arrested after their teen threw a Sept. 27 party attended by more than 100 teens; neighbors complained, and the responding police found beer, liquor, and a vomiting teen, and picked up the scent of marijuana.Read More »from Parents Have Their Party-Throwing Kids Arrested
The Nixons, who were home during the party, didn't supply the teens with the items, but police say they
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