Cressida BonasYou know when you have an okay first date and there's the prospect of a second, but the activity proposed is sort of a . . . commitment? ("Was thinking we could grab drinks on this rooftop and then head downtown to the opera and then there's an awesome ice cream place nearby!") You end up declining mainly because it all just seems like such a production. Well, here is a royal thing that is (basically not at all, but maybe in the slightest bit) just like that!
Cressida Bonas, Harry's scrunchie-loving, overalls-flaunting paramour-who was Hermione Granger's best friend during their fourth year of Hogwarts but then they had a weird falling out-hasreportedly been invited to Prince George's christening on Wednesday, the social event of the year. Only about sixty people have made the cut, according to the Mail (Princesses Anne and Sophie, for example, did not receive the Paperless Post invite), which makes Cressida's inclusion all the more significant. This is serious!
- Vanity Fair | Parenting – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 2:04 PM EDT
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 12:56 PM EDT
Two weeks ago, 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo ran out of his Queens school and has been missing since. Avonte is autistic and non-verbal. His school is a District 75 school and shares a space with a "typical" school. On the day that Avonte walked out, a security guard asked Avonte where he was going. When he didn't answer (because he's non-verbal), the guard let Avonte go, assuming he was "one of the regular kids."
Autism is an invisible disability, and it's easy for many autistic kids to pass for "regular." But when there is a population of kids with autism in the same building as "typical" kids, officials should be trained and prepared to act accordingly. Everyone in the building needs to understand what autism is and what it "looks" like. If the Department of Education is not prepared to do that, then maybe they should start creating public schoolsRead More »from Why NYC Schools Aren’t Equipped to Handle Kids with Autism
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 12:35 PM EDT
Let's be honest: Every generation has unique mistakes that we can look back on and criticize. Boomers were spanked and shunned, Gen-Xers were latch-key kids from broken homes, Millennials were coddled by helicopter parents, etc. But how will our current culture/parenting tactics screw up Generation Z (or whatever the heck we'll eventually label them)? I am a Millennial Mom - part of the next generation of parents to rise up the ranks. We were raised in the Digital Age, pioneering the Internet and social media and cell phones during our most formative years. So that's the perspective I'm viewing the world - which, to be fair, might not be that different than the Gen-Xers who are raising kids right alongside us. We'll probably put our kids in therapy for the same exact reasons. Here are 7 predictions in how we're all screwing up modern kids. -By Michelle HortonRead More »from 7 Reasons Why the Kids of Millennials Will End Up in Therapy
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 12:19 PM EDT
I've had 2 toddlers before, and those 2 toddlers made it through just fine. At least, that's what I've always told myself. Our youngest 2 boys are in the toddler stage and it's like we cannot childproof enough! Like most parents with toddlers, there are the obvious things you child proof for. There's the stairs, the electric outlets, high locks on some doors, bells on the backdoor (my boys will run!), chemicals are kept out of sight and inaccessible to the boys. You think you've childproofed for just about everything, but then a toddler incident happens causing you to rethink everything. Here's a look at 7 household items that can become a toddler hazard! -By Molly ThornbergRead More »from 7 Common Household Items that Are Hidden Dangers for Toddlers
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 12:10 PM EDT
A recent blog post over at Cognoscenti caught my attention this week. In her post, Hinda Mandell discusses her reaction to the results of a study in the New York Times this week that dogs have complex emotions, similar to human children. In effect, dogs are people, too. Mandell reports the finding led her to the admission that her dog Nigel had dropped in status after the birth of her first baby. She also realizes "doggie ownership in no way prepared me for motherhood" (Cognoscenti).
Mandell continues that dogs are great companions and need daily care (similar to a baby) but her love for her baby is much deeper than her love for the dog. She argues that caring for dogs, while somewhat laborious, takes minimal effort in comparison to an infant and therefore didn't really prepare her for the arrival of her baby. When both the baby and dog need her, the baby's needs are more urgent since the dog is a "big boy" and the baby demands more attention.Read More »from Think You Want a Dog? You Might Just Want a Baby Instead
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If you listen to my kids, you'd think I was the meanest dad on the planet. According to them, I deprive them of all of the fun things that their friends get to do. However, I'm just trying to protect them, teach them important values, and raise them to be productive adults. Of course, they don't see it that way. They just think I'm a mean dad, and here are 7 reasons why. -By Frederick GoodallRead More »from 7 Reasons Why My Kids Think I’m a Mean Dad
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 11:40 AM EDT
I'm pretty sure I'm bisexual. I say "pretty sure" because I was raised Mormon, a religion that proclaims homosexuality is a terrible sin, so I never really experimented until my twenties. Residual guilt kept me from fully exploring that side of myself that had been so repressed all those years. Mormon hangover, I call it. So I had a few encounters with women in my twenties and then fell in love with and married my husband.
So that's that. Except we all know that marriage doesn't stop us from being attracted to other people, it's part of life. I often find myself attracted to other women and not in the "girl crush" way that straight girls describe when they meet a girl they click with or admire. When I occasionally find myself attracted to a girl I experience the same feelings as when I'm attracted to a guy. I have felt this way since I started having sexual feelings. I remember wanting to kiss a friend in high school but revealing that side of myself seemed impossible.
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Babies vomit all over your plans like it's their job."Do you have the stuff?" I asked in a hushed voice.
My friend nodded and handed me a bag. I cast a furtive glance around the parking lot to make sure no one saw, then stuffed the bag in my trunk. The bag was heavy, and it clanked when I set it down. Inside was my deep dark secret: store-bought baby food.
My friend was my supplier, giving me her stash of leftover food from her baby who was just nine months older. (That stuff lasts forever). We made our exchange in the church parking lot. Like a drug deal except a whole lot less cool.
I had sworn I would make my own baby food. But between working and trying to figure out life with a baby, I was exhausted. Sure, I mashed up some sweet potatoes and gave her some banana. And her first food was an avocado. What's more foodie baby than that? But I got tired. Cleaning a blender is work. It devolved from there.
It's not a big deal, really. Everyone who has kids who are in their 20s or older laughs when they read this sort ofRead More »from Confessions of an Unnatural Parent
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 1:48 PM EDT
Halloween with an infant was pretty easy. I put him in a cute outfit, I took a picture next to a pumpkin, and that was pretty much it. I could've put Eli in just about any costume and it would've worked out beautifully. But this year is a bit different. As much as I love my toddler, he is a toddler and he has opinions. Some things are good: Elmo, shoes, socks, toys. Some things are bad: hats, anything uncomfortable, anything new. So basically, Halloween is like a train wreck speeding rapidly towards us. When I was trying to figure out what costume to pick for Eli, I knew that it had to hit a few criteria. There couldn't be a hat or mask that "made" the costume, because there is no way of knowing if Halloween is one of the days where he'll wear a hat (those days definitely exist, but are unpredictable). It couldn't be uncomfortable because getting him into it would be torture for both of us. It couldn't be too different from normal clothes because my toddler is scared of new things,Read More »from 7 Simple Halloween Costumes Perfect for Picky Toddlers
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