On November 24th, it will have been 20 years since the wonderful family movie Mrs. Doubtfire was released. Twenty years! I feel as old as Mrs. D hearing that! The movie became the second highest grossing film of 1993 (beaten only by Jurassic Park). It starred Robin Williams as voiceover actor Daniel who is out of work and in the middle of a divorce. His ex-wife, played by Sally Field, wins custody of their three children, and Daniel is devastated. Hearing that his ex intends to employ a nanny to mind the kids, he applies for the job in the disguise of tough Scottish nanny, Mrs. Doubtfire. Will he get the job? Is his stunt just a catastrophe waiting to happen? I won't spoil the plot for those who have yet to watch it! I think it's about time I dug my old VHS copy out and watched this classic movie again! Happy Birthday, Mrs. Doubtfire - you have certainly aged well! To celebrate the birthday of one heck of a good movie, here are some fun facts for all you Doubtfire fans. -By SuzanneRead More »from "Mrs. Doubtfire" Turns 20 Years Old! 7 Things You Never Knew About the Film
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It's inevitable. Every year, right after Thanksgiving and Halloween and (or Halloween and Thanksgiving, depending on which side of the border you're on)… BAM! It's the holidays. Which, for a hardcore lover of all things twinkle lights, pumpkin pie, gourds, gingerbread, and Santa Claus…isn't a bad thing at all. We happen to do more road-tripping, I'm inclined to think, than the average family. For a long-time, my partner was a musician who did a lot of touring. Much of it was local and we'd go along when possible. I now deem myself a seasoned expert, totally qualified in handing out advice in how to win at traveling with toddlers….especially by car, for long stretches of time. So, if you, like me - have lots of road-tripping to look forward to this holiday season, have no fear! Success is definitely in the little things and how well you plan. Click through for 8 tips for surviving holiday road-trips with toddlers! -By Selena MaeRead More »from 8 Tips for Surviving Road-Trips with Toddlers During the Holiday Season
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- Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle | Parenting – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 4:40 PM ESTNon-traditional things I'm thankful for
Yesterday, I was sent a group email asking me to name one thing I'm thankful for that isn't cliche or traditional like: "my family," "food on the table," etc. Other moms on the email tree were coming back with beautiful sentiments about new friendships, the help of strangers, and averting disasters.
I didn't respond because everything I thought of seemed trite, superficial, and a tad less profound. However, I did write a list, and frankly, I'll share it with you because these things totally deserve thanks in my book -- just refrain from saying them around the dinner table.
1. I am thankful that I keep a pair of tweezers in my car.
2. I am thankful my daughter has not lost faith in the tooth fairy, and my son goes along with it.
3. I am thankful for the dimmer switch in my bedroom.
4. I am thankful sweetner packets can be used as makeshift floss - in a pinch.
5. I am thankful I didn't start a Meth Lab after binge watching Breaking Bad (it was tempting).
6. I amRead More »from 20 Things I'm Embarrassed to Admit I'm Thankful for - Even Though I Am
It's the little stuff that keeps you coming back for more, isn't it? It's the out-of-nowhere moments - Oprah would likely say "Ah-ha moments!" and then randomly hand out car keys when they happen - that makes parenting worth it.
I've been in bed sick with the flu the past 36 hours. Last night, the boys went to their LEGO table and made me some medicine. This morning, my youngest had a PD day, and while my wife was off to work early for a breakfast meeting, he looked at me and said "Daddy, we need to have a breakfast meeting too!" So after everyone was else was out to school and work, we sat down at the kitchen table and had a breakfast meeting. Just the two of us.
It's the little things that make your heart smile and sigh that make parenting worth it. It's watching your son catch a puck at a hockey game, it's that "I just won the lottery smile" when they lose their first tooth, it's flying a kite.Read More »from 7 Dads Share Stories of Their Best Day Ever!
school district that has severed ties with a bus driver over how he handled a student with a knife, appears to be (a) — though a leading national school safety expert disagrees.OK, time for a pop quiz: As a schoolteacher or an administrator, you should deal with safety issues by (a) always following proper protocol to the letter, or (b) using common sense based on the particular situation at hand. The answer, according to an Ohio Read More »from Bus Driver Takes Weapon From Kid and Loses Job
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The trouble went down last week, when new substitute school-bus driver Dennis Kaliszewski, 60, was driving kids home from Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Parma. Though Yahoo Shine could not reach him for comment, the driver told Cleveland.com that he was heading to his first stop when “it seemed as though the entire bus of students started to yell that a young boy had a knife in his possession.” He says he then pulled over and told the boy, who was probably between 8 and 10 years old, that the bus
(Newser) - A Denver teen doesn't credit his parents or music teacher for his musical genius, he thanks ... lacrosse. Specifically, concussions he sustained while playing the sport, injuries that he says brought on his musical gift.
Bummed about not being able to play contact sports after the injuries, which brought on epileptic seizures and hallucinations, Lachlan Connors found he took to musical instruments with ease, though his mom says he had no musical talent whatsoever prior to the injuries, CBS News reports, as spotted by Gawker.
pianoHe now plays 10 to 13 instruments, including the piano, mandolin, karimba, and bagpipes. The kicker: He can't read music and plays only by ear. "The thought is just a theory-that this was a talent laying latent in his brain and somehow was uncovered by his brain rewiring after the injury," Connors' doctor says. "His brain had to recover from injury and change happened.
And change may have uncovered this ability no one knew he had." As forRead More »from Teen: Concussions Gave Me Musical Gift
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 12:34 PM EST
Portland, OR, mom Lori Ferraro loves the 80s. "Movies, fashion, television, giant hair … pretty much everything makes me nostalgic for that decade," she says. Her son, Sam, is now 5, but he's been steeped in all things 80s since birth; at age 2, he told his mom his favorite song was "Whip It" by Devo. Like most 5-year-olds, Sam loves to draw, "furiously and with great passion," Ferraro says. "We mostly listen to 80s music at home and in the car and one day after hearing "Hold Me Now" by The Thompson Twins on our way to school, Sam came home and drew this for me." It's the first photo, below, a Pictionary-like interpretation of the song lyrics. Now as Sam and his mom listen to all the hits from Ferraro's favorite decade, Sam is drawing them one tune at a time. His super literal drawings are so simple, and as a result so funny. Ferraro says, "I hope you enjoy scrolling through the hits of the best decade of music ever through fresh eyes." -By Carolyn CastigliaRead More »from 5-Year-Old's Literal Drawings of Popular '80s Songs Are the Best Thing You'll See Today
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 12:18 PM ESTThe Case for an Open Adoption: Why I'm Glad My Daughter Has Two MomsWhen my husband and I first set out to adopt, I assumed that babies placed for adoption were unwanted by their biological families. I gave little thought to what happened post-adoption, other than to imagine that the formerly unwanted kids were whisked into a happier life. Ten years later, I look back on my ignorance about everything related to adoption, and a deep shame burns my cheeks.
During my first pregnancy, our baby Matthew passed away from nephrosis, a silent and deadly disease that snaked its way through our baby's kidney cells. After the autopsy showed that Matthew's condition was autosomal recessive, meaning any future baby of ours would have a 25-percent risk of dying from the same disease, my husband and I agreed we wanted to pursue adoption.
The first time I ever heard the term "birthmother grief" was from our adoption counselor, Maggie. "Don't fixate on your own loss while talking to a birthmother," she advised. "Adoption is just as much about her loss and herRead More »from The Case for an Open Adoption: Why I’m Glad My Daughter Has Two Moms
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 11:59 AM EST
In just one day from now, the Toy Story movie franchise leaves its childhood behind - the original Toy Storymovie turns 18 on November 22nd. Welcome to adulthood, Toy Story! Over the last 18 years, we've all learned important life lessons while watching Toy Story grow from a small cast of characters within the walls of Andy's room to include friends (and enemies) at Sunnyside and beyond. If you're like me, I'm sure you're still wondering what those toys are up to, how they're adjusting to their new home, and how Andy's doing in college. Toy Story has become a part of our lives during these 18 years. While the list of lessons learned from Toy Storycould reach to infinity … and beyond! Here are my favorite 18 life lessons learned from Toy Story. -By Amy Lupold Bair
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 22, 2013 11:56 AM ESTAre your beauty products hurting your baby?Hey! How's your day going? Debilitating Braxton Hicks contractions like me? No?
Well, I'm still going to rain on your parade. You know, give you yet another thing to worry about, because you clearly don't have enough on your mind right now what with all the life you are busy creating.
Apparently some of the stuff that you're using to make yourself pretty now that you're pushing maximum density could be hurting your baby.
As The Huffington Post reports, your personal care products are not so much caring about you personally. In fact, they contain a chemical that could increase your risk of preterm delivery. Preterm birth is defined as the birth of an infant before 37 weeks of pregnancy. It's the leading cause of death or long-term neurological disabilities in children and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one out of every eight children is now born prematurely.
Phthalates. I can'tRead More »from Chemical Found in Personal Care Products Linked to Preterm Birth
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