- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:18 PM ESTFor a national holiday that encourages to take stock of our blessings, Thanksgiving can be fairly stressful…especially for parents. All the preparations and cooking and a more formal mealtime are not exactly kid-friendly. But gratitude isn't just for adults, and neither should Thanksgiving be an adult-only activity. That's why I like to get the kids involved as much as possible. Here are a few of the ways we suggest doing it, from helping prepare the table to giving a hand in the kitchen. - By Kristen Howerton Read More »from Little Helping Hands: 7 Easy Ways for Kids to Help with Thanksgiving
- For me, Thanksgiving means 12 hours or more of non-stop cooking and baking. And I love every minute... keeping the kids busy while I'm taking care of such toddler un-friendly tasks as deciding what to do with turkey giblets and preventing the boiling stockpot of potatoes from bubbling over can be tricky. Are you juggling Turkey Day meal prep with taking care of your toddler? Here are some fun and easy (and mom-tested--by me!) ways to keep little ones occupied and happy this Thanksgiving.
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- With Thanksgiving just around the corner, here are some tips to keep in mind when deciding what's safe and not safe to eat.Don't worry, we won't ruin all the fun. It IS a whole holiday revolving around eating after all. Here are just a few reminders of what experts have deemed safe, or off limits for this year. Happy Thanksgiving!
1. Raw Vegetables
The issue: Toxoplasmosis
The rule: You don't have to avoid the crudité altogether but be sure to wash, and rewash any produce before eating it, especially if it's not going to be cooked. (If you're a guest for dinner, consider volunteering to bring this so you can double wash at home, ask the host to oblige your pregnancy safety needs or just skip the baby carrots this year.)
2. Still No Soft Cheese
The issue: Listeria
The rule: On your first doctor's visit they probably told you to stay away from soft, unpasteurized cheeses like brie, goat cheese, etc. and you might have thought, "No problem. When does that come up anyway?" Well, now! Cheese balls and cheese plates usually appear at Thanksgiving feasts so this year head for the cheddar andRead More »from 6 Thanksgiving Foods Pregnant Women Should Avoid
- From Pilgrim and Native American names to names taken from modern Thanksgiving traditions, if Turkey Day is one of your favorite holidays (or your due date is in late November), check out these Thanksgiving-inspired baby names! -By Jacqueline Tourville
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- TheBump.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 10:49 AM ESTThinkstock / The Bump
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A new study conducted at the University of British Columbia found that two components found in garlic will help reduce the contamination risk of infant formula. Published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, researchers identified diallyl slfide and ajoene (two components in garlic) that work to significantly lower the contamination risk of Cronobacter sakazakii, which is found in dry infant formula powder.
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The bacteria is an organism that can cause bacteraemia (bacteria found in baby's blood, which can poison him), meningitis and necrotising enterocolitis (a fatal bowel issue found in premature babies) in baby. Though it's not only found in powder formula mix, in the last five years it's been most commonly detected there. Though the infection is rare, it's typically fatal in infants - and it's not only found in the US; it's been detected all over the world.
Xioaonan Lu,Read More »from Something Hiding in Your Spice Rack Could Make Baby's Formula Safer
Feathered headdress place markers and Thanksgiving-themed crafts make this kids' table colorful and playful. Minimal prep work will ensure small guests stay happily entertained while the adults enjoy conversation and a peaceful meal nearby.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 4:33 PM EST
Faith Christian Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Yahoo Shine. And VanDyke’s mother, Sabrina Kent, could not be reached for comment.
Update: School officials said Tuesday they would require VanDyke to style her hair differently, but not necessarily to cut or straighten it.
A 12-year-old girl will be expelled from a Florida school unless she gets her hair under control, school officials have told her. Vanessa VanDyke, an honors student and violinist at the Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, tells WKMG that administrators have given her one week to decide whether to cut and shape her hair or leave the school, which she has attended since the third grade.
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But WKMG reports that the school’s handbook includes a section on hair that says it “must be a natural color and must not be a distraction,” stating examples that include mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails. However, notes Kent, “A distraction to oneRead More »from Change Natural Hairstyle or Get Expelled, School Tells 12-Year-Old Girl
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 4:33 PM EST
Baby AdoptionMy [foster-to-almost-adopted] daughter, Clementine, will never hear me tell her that she was 'born in my heart.' A new adoption book by Berta Serrano is being published called Born from the Heart, and I was quite surprised that the title wasn't already taken. I've heard the term for years now, and it's always made me cringe. My first thought was, "I'm really glad my [adoptive] parents didn't pull that born-in-my-heart crap on me."
I was adopted at birth and was given the direct "You were in another lady's belly" line. It worked for me. It also worked for all of the other adopted kids I grew up with, none of whom have identity issues, drug abuse problems, or violent criminal records. My adopted peers are all boring, well-adjusted adults who look at me quizzically when I ask them about adoption themes such as this. They aren't reading about adoption; they are pursuing other endeavors.
I, however, am doing theRead More »from Why I’ll Never Tell My Adopted Daughter She was ‘Born from My Heart’
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 4:20 PM ESTLockdownThe first Friday of every month at my daughter's school, parents are invited into the classroom to see whatever project the kids have got going on in class. I go in to see my daughter's work, to chat with the other kids (most of whom know me pretty well), and sometimes to read for them as a group. Last week, there was a class "publishing party," where all the parents and students walk around silently reading the "books" the kids have written. (They're just two or three pages of story plus a hand-drawn cover, but still. Calling them books makes the kids feel proud. And in New York, part of your schooling is learning how to attend publishing parties and art openings - for the free food, if nothing else.) I walked in a few minutes after the party started - because I can't read much of anything without having a cup of coffee first - so in between dropping my daughter off at school and coming back for the party, I grabbed a latte from the joint down the street. Read More »from The School Lockdown I Didn't Know was Just a Drill
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 3:11 PM ESTHe's not walking yet... and I'm fine with it!These little ones have so much learning to do their first few years of life, it continually amazes me how fast they're able to catch on to things. So while my almost 15-month-old still isn't walking (don't worry, I'm not worried), he is working extremely hard at practicing his walk. This past weekend we took him out to the park so he could have some wide open space to put his new push walker to use. Within minutes he had caught on and got the idea of this thing called walking. Now, is he walking on his own yet?
Well, he is still not any closer to walking on his own yet, and I wasn't expecting him to be. I love the vast options of physical toys out there to help encourage development and practice things like fine and gross motor skills, but the one thing we parents need to remember is that milestone development all comes down to the baby.
Some babies walk brilliantly from the get-go, and hit the ground running. Some babiesRead More »from My 15-Month-Old Isn't Walking yet (And That's OK!)
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