My daughter's fourth birthday was last month, and she was SO EXCITED to celebrate with her preschool class. She especially couldn't wait to bring in cupcakes, and told me every day what kind she wanted me to make. Over the school's winter break, they changed their policy, and food can no longer be brought in for celebrations, birthdays or otherwise. This was 100%Read More »from My Kid's School Banned Cupcakes for Birthdays -- so What?
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 2:43 PM ESTBanned Cupcakes in School My birthday is in the summer, so I never grew up celebrating it in school with my classmates. I used to be jealous of the kids that got a cupcake in class. As I got older I realized that while they got to wear a birthday crown, they also had to go to school on their birthday. So I got over it. I still got to celebrate my birthday, but it was at home. Carina Hoskisson, a writer for the Huffington Post, however, thinks it's the end of the world that her children can't have homemade treats in school on their birthdays. HOW HORRIBLE AND LIFE SCARRING.
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 2:34 PM EST
The Today Show's Tamron Hall: Mom Wiped Her Face with WHAT to Make Her Pretty?!The Today Show's new co-host for the third hour, MSNBC alum Tamron Hall, shared a startling and somewhat unusual story from her childhood this week. She confessed, live on the air, that her mother wiped her face with a pee-soaked diaper when she was a baby.
Right now you are probably thinking one of three things:
1) Why would her mother do this?
2) Why would Tamron share this?
3) A bewildered mixture of both.
Thankfully, I have a couple of answers for you.
During their daily telecast, Tamron Hall - along with co-hosts Natalie Morales, Willie Geist, and Al Roker - tackle a whole slew of hot topics. Lately, it seems that the third hour of The Today Show has put an emphasis on sharing personal anecdotes, from stories about their children, to their spouses, to their feelings about their own body image. On Tuesday, the topic was superstitions.
After Al Roker went off on something to do with flying and ice cream sundaes, Tamron dropped an overshare bomb. She first admitted that she isRead More »from 'The Today Show's' Tamron Hall: Mom Wiped Her Face with WHAT to Make Her Pretty?!
- Vanity Fair | Parenting – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 1:37 PM EST
Readers of Royal Watch will have known for some time that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on the hunt for a full-time royal nanny to help take care of Prince George. As the couple's forthcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand approaches, the Daily Mail reports today that the couple have turned to a posh U.K. agency, Nannies of St James, to try and find a nanny for Prince George.
I reported last month that the couple's current help-Jessie Webb-who looked after Prince William when he was a boy, has come to the end of her contract. The 71-year-old matronly Jessie, who has white hair and a way with infants, understandably wants to put her feet up, and only came out of retirement last summer as a favor to Prince William.
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Now the couple are said to be "desperately" seeking a replacement, as they need someone to accompany them to Australia and New Zealand in April. Although Kate is said to be keen for
- BabyZone | Parenting – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 12:58 PM ESTIs your little one a fan of Disney's Frozen? Throw them the coolest birthday party any time of the year with these Frozen-inspired ideas.
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- BabyZone | Parenting – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 12:57 PM ESTEvery year, Hollywood throws the "biggest party of the year," otherwise known as the Academy Awards. The Oscars are full of glitz, glam, surprises and no-brainers, but among the 24 categories awarded, only one film has the honor of being named "Best Picture." While parents have long been taking baby name inspiration from celebs, Best Picture winning films also feature some Oscar-worthy choices.
-By Emily Kelley Read More »from 6 Baby Names Inspired by Best Picture-Winning Films
- baby on a planeA slew of severely bumpy flights have reignited the debate about airlines' policies to allow lap babies--is it safe? This is something I've wondered about for a long time. When our first daughter was born we lived in Rome and having access to all of Europe within a couple hours' time was too tempting to pass up. We flew all over with her, not to mention back to the U.S. to visit family.
Each airline, each country, had a slightly different policy about lap babies, who fly at 10 percent the cost of an adult ticket for international trips (and free domestically). Some offered seatbelt extensions that you looped around your own seat belt but most didn't. On long international flights, some airlines have attachable bassinets available in bulkhead rows. They're only for infants but we used one for our daughter and it was great.
But is it dangerous? I can see why a lap baby might get hurt in roller coaster turbulenceRead More »from Are “Lap Babies” Safe Enough on Airplanes?
- BabyZone | Parenting – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 12:49 PM ESTmean faceMy friend's daughter walked up to my child and kicked her in the shins. "Oh, she's so fierce," my friend said. "I had to squash her spirit." Then the little girl, screamed right in my daughter's ears. "Don't 'cream in my earrings," my daughter said on the verge of tears. The little girl, screamed again. My daughter cried. I stepped into separate them. I held my daughter and said gently to the little girl, "Please don't kick and scream at your friends, that hurts their feelings."
My friend quickly spoke up. "She's an independent fighter, it's what I love most about her."
That was our last play date together.
I have a hard time criticizing the parenting of others. I believe that we are all on this journey together as parents and we all have moments of helplessness, hopelessness, of stupidity and wisdom. I hate to hold the behavior of anyone's 2-year-old against them, mostly,because I've seen my 2-year-old kick sand in the faceRead More »from The "My Child First" Parenting Style Ruined My Playdates
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 5:05 PM ESTParents Record Toddler's iPad Tantrum — and the World Freaks Out
A viral video currently making the Internet rounds has a bunch of armchair parenting quarterbacks all hot and bothered.
Daniel Brooks uploaded the video below of his 2-year-old daughter, Ashlynn Hobbs, having a tantrum because she wants to play with an iPad.
Naturally, Brooks had no idea the video would explode in popularity after posting it on his YouTube account.
But, you and I both know that there is no shortage of opinions on the Internet -- least of all from us parents. Soon, Brooks found himself subjected to some harsh criticisms over his parenting style, with people pointing fingers and blaming the tantrum on our technology-obsessed society.
People magazine called Ashlynn "a cautionary tale of the power technology has over children today" and says the video "will make any parent think twice about letting their child get started on a new tech toy."
The endless comments after the People article are filledRead More »from Parents Record Toddler’s IPad Tantrum -- and the World Freaks Out
Those trendy DVDs and books that teach your kids how to read are a waste of money, according to new research conducted at New York University. “We can’t say they stunt a child’s reading ability or that kids this age can't learn to read, but these products certainly don’t help,” lead study author Susan Neuman, PhD., professor of early childhood and literacy education, tells Yahoo Shine. “And of the many reading products we tested, Baby Einstein was one of the worst.”Read More »from Baby Einstein Products Don't Work, Say Scientists
In the study, Neuman and her team divided 117 infants, aged 9 to 18 months, into two groups. They gave one group a reading product (DVDs, word and picture flashcards, flip books) to use over a seven-month period; the other group didn’t receive any materials. Results showed that the kids who received the products could read no better than those who had been sent home with nothing.
“The average child begins reading at age 2 and these materials are marketed to babies as young as 9 months — of course they won’t be able
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 4:52 PM ESTCircumcision I agreed to have my first son circumcised. My husband preferred it, and my (male) OB assured me it wouldn't be a big deal at all. In fact, he promoted it, saying circumcision reduces HIV contraction risk. The subject matter -- and the discussions surrounding it -- felt very much like male territory, and in a way, I wanted to allow my husband some role in the otherwise mother-centric sphere that is all things pregnancy and birth.
The circumcision was performed in the hospital just a day or two after my baby was born. My husband and doctor took my son for the procedure. When they returned, my baby was asleep, but he no longer wore the content, dreamy newborn expression he'd left with. Looking at photos of our first few days with our baby, I know exactly which ones were taken before and after his circumcision, and I regret consenting to it.
Everything about it -- everything I was assured was normal -- didn't feel normal, or right at all, from his bandaged penis to his lethargy thatRead More »from Rethinking Circumcision: Why I’m Over This “Boy’s Club”
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