Hands up those of you who owned, loved, and positively cherished Cabbage Patch Kids. No? I'm sorry. I'm not sure how you got through childhood. When I heard tell that Cabbage Patch Kids were celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, I was intrigued. Memories of one of my most favorite toys of my childhood came flooding in. A slow, nostalgic smile crept across my face. So I called BabyLand General Hospital, and a sweetheart of a secretary took my name and number. Two hours later, I was greeted with a phone call from Margaret McLean, Director of Corporate Communications for BabyLand General Hospital and the Cabbage Patch Kids. From her house on a sick day at that! We chatted for a long time and she filled my ear with historical facts and tidbits about the evolution of Cabbage Patch Kids that I hadn't a clue about. Margaret has been with the company for 25 years and passionately supplied me with a wealth of pictures, stories, and fun facts and legends to share with you today! -ByRead More »from The 30-Year Evolution of the Cabbage Patch Kids
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 1:22 PM EDT
I finally joined Instagram, and then I fell down a rabbit hold of tween social media usage. Some of what I found was innocuous, some was not.
As soon as I joined, the app used my phone's contact list to tell me who I might want to follow. Because many of my kids' friends (and their parents) are in my contact list, Instagram had plenty of recommendations for me. The vast majority of both kids and adults that I found did not have their accounts set to private. By looking at the lists of who each kid was following, or was followed by, I was able to jump around pretty easily and see the photos of tons of kids I know, and kids I don't know.
From Instagram, I fell down a rabbit hole of social media sites. The Instagram profiles link to ask.fm pages. The ask.fm pages link to Twitter. Twitter leads to Tumblr. It's a baklava of social media out there, and the layers never stop accumulating.
By searching Instagram for my kids' school, I found a group where kids submit their photos toRead More »from A Parent's Guide to Social Media: What Are Tweens and Teens Using Right Now?
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 12:11 PM EDT
The very first concert I remember going to was Michael Jackson's Victory tour. (My mother swears she took me to see Kenny Loggins, but I have no memory of this so it clearly does not count.) It was a packed stadium in Jacksonville, Florida and a very overwhelming experience. I loved it! The concert was held during a hot and sweltering July and the next day I went to summer camp, business as usual.
Concerts and shows happen on week days. It makes economical sense, and it moves the tour along. Lately, however, there has been a growing interest by parents in trying to make adjustments to concert schedules so that they don't interfere with school schedules. Failing to do that, they are imploring the schools to make schedule changes.
Earlier this month several parents at Raheen Gaelscoil, an Irish primary school, attempted to change the date of one of the biggest events of the class. The reason: Thirty students in that class had purchased tickets to a One Direction concert that justRead More »from Should Kids Be Allowed to Skip School to See a One Direction Concert?
- Erin Zammett Ruddy | Parenting – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 9:34 AM EDT
But man are they cute...I'm three weeks away from giving birth to my third kid. While I've obviously done this before, it's been almost four years since I've had a newborn baby. And, well, you forget what that's like (or you block it out…whatever works). I know it will all come back to me, but I also want to prepare myself for what lies ahead. Right now, I go back and forth between thinking it's going to be a piece of cake (babies come out sleeping through the night, right?) and thinking it's going to be a total effing nightmare. I recall the time with my first two babies being not bad at all. But I think maybe I'm delusional (see blocking it out, above).Read More »from 12 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Taking Care of a Newborn
As a refresher course of sorts, I reached out to my many mom friends who've recently given birth—some for the first time, some for the second or third. I asked them what they were most surprised by (pleasantly or not-so pleasantly) in those first weeks home and what they wished they would have known before. While everyone's experience—and baby—is different, I
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Oct 17, 2013 3:46 PM EDT
How to know when to start disciplining your childLately, Bee has been testing the waters (and the patience of her parents!) around the house. From simple acts of disobedience to willful tantrums, we've been toying with the idea of beginning a more strict discipline regimen. After all, Bee's far from an infant at a ripe 15 months of age (where did the time go?).Read More »from The Unmistakable Sign It's Time to Start Disciplining
But how do you know when it's time to start disciplining your child? Last week, I heard some fantastic advice…
When your baby gets that certain glimmer in their eye right before doing something unruly, disobedient or ornery, that's when you know.
At first, I'd shrugged off the advice. Will I really be able to tell by the look on Bee's face whether or not she's disobeying intentionally?
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And then, it happened. Bee's favorite "trick" is to throw her plate on the floor to signal that she's finished eating. Our dogs love this, of course, but we've been taking strides to teach her an alternative: holding her hands up and saying "All
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Oct 17, 2013 3:42 PM EDT
Why I'm Glad I Took My Baby to See Disney Junior – Live on StageA few weeks ago, we headed to Disneyland and California Adventure for my oldest daughter's birthday. We were especially excited because some of our friends were joining us, and there is nothing more fun than watching little eyes light up as they immerse themselves in the magic that comes with being at the happiest place on earth. Because it was my older daughter's birthday, I wanted to make sure that we spent the day doing things that she wanted to do, but it was also important to me that Lola had fun too and wasn't forced to spend the day in her stroller or on our hip.Read More »from Is Taking a Baby to a Live Show Asking for Disaster?
Prior to going I did some quick research to see what shows were taking place at the park. When my oldest was a toddler we took her to see a show at California Adventure, and always said I would take Lola when she got a little bigger. But once I learned that the Disney Junior - Live on Stage show had some very special characters including Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates joining
- Smitten, Glamour Magazine | Parenting – Thu, Oct 17, 2013 3:07 PM EDT
by Marissa GoldRead More »from Is the Concept of "You Complete Me" Romantic -- or Unhealthy?
Getty Images Someone forwarded me an article by Akirah Robinson titled "Why I Told 150 Wedding Guests That My Husband Does Not Complete Me." It's a great article, and you should go read it, and here's the gist of it:
"As great as he is, Dan does not complete me. He certainly makes life funnier. Busier. Happier. And tastier. (Dan's a chef.) But he does not complete me. And I do not complete him. Our lives are so much bigger than each other."
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I have to admit, it sounds so liberating and rational, I want to agree with it. And part of me does. Of course, my inner feminist nods. Of course another person can't make you feel complete. But my inner romantic really hesitates to agree. I mean, I hate to reference Jerry Maguire (and you knew it was coming, didn't you?), but if a man you loved told you that you complete him, wouldn't you be flattered? And let's be honest: most of us, no matter how great and full our lives
A plea to my daughters: Stay true to yourself.Dear Daughters,Read More »from Dear Daughters: Be You
My beautiful girls, right now you are 6 and 3--the stories of your life just beginning, the first few chapters already filled with people who love you, places we've explored and experiences that, unbeknownst to you, have already begun to shape your thinking and strengthen your character.
I am beyond blessed to be the mother of three children, each of you so special in your own unique way. But today, I write to you two. My girls. Now listen to your mother, loves.
By the time you are able to read and understand this, I hope you'll have a giant list of women in your life who have modeled what it means to be a beautiful girl. A beautiful girl is kind, hard-working, caring, curious about life, strong yet vulnerable. Today, I want to tell you about something else that makes a girl beautiful-something important.
Each of you was born with a light inside of you-the light that makes you who you are. All of your talents, all of your gifts, all of the joy and love and
Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving in October. Last weekend, in fact.
So our family was getting ready to have a big feast. While my son likes ripping up the bread to help stuff the turkey and loves making our easy pumpkin pie, he was having a change of heart about actually eating the turkey dinner.
While not really knowing what a vegetarian is, or the politics behind it (he hasn't seen these PETA ads), he's just come out against eating animals.
I picked him up from school last week clutching his paper turkey with feathers showing all the things he's thankful for. He loves his brother and sister and mother and fish and friends. And, while not on the list, he's developed a huge love of Mother Nature.
When we went camping this summer, he asked if he could "play hide and seek with nature" because "I just love nature so much, Daddy."
So when I picked him up I was only half surprised when he blurted from the back seat,"I don't want to eat anything from nature, Daddy. AndRead More »from Why My Kid Already Wants to Be a Vegetarian
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Oct 17, 2013 1:09 PM EDT
PregnantAs if being a teenager in foster care isn't tragic enough, imagine having to go to court to get permission for your abortion. Going to court would entail telling your case worker and then your attorney and probably a dozen other people before even getting to the judge. And if you're lucky enough to have a closed court room, there's still the bailiff, stenographer, and attorneys present.Read More »from Should This Foster Teen Have Been Denied an Abortion?
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Now, imagine after going through all of these channels, plus counseling, THREE ultrasounds, and testifying twice, being told by the Nebraska SUPREME COURT that you're too immature to consent to an abortion.
Yet, somehow she's mature enough to become a mother against her wishes.
Nothing about the court's decision makes sense to me, and it breaks my heart. During the appeals process for consent for an abortion, this foster teen's own parents' rights were terminated. Her world is being turned upside down, and she doesn't have any say in the
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