A quick YouTube search of NekNominate turns up a wealth of videos -- a challenge issued to do something more outrageous than drinking a pint of Sambuca mixed with another spirit in 24 hours, two guys helping lift their buddy upside down to help him drink out of a toilet bowl, a woman spending a minute strolling through a store before discarding her trench coat and
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Feb 20, 2014 3:03 PM ESTUnderage Drinking Game Move over keg stands, funnels, quarters, and beer pong, there's a new drinking game in town and it's called NekNominate. The premise of the game is simple -- capture a video of yourself drinking and once you're done, challenge a friend to do something more outrageous in their video then you did. The point? To ridicule each other via Facebook and Twitter if one doesn't comply to videotaping themselves. The game originated in Australia, and then quickly spread to the United Kingdom via social media. The concern is that this dangerous game, that CNN reports has claimed 5 lives, will hop the pond to the United States next.
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Feb 20, 2014 2:57 PM EST
When I first saw the headlines about a mom in Utah who bought out a store's inventory of certain shirts because she found them offensive, I was ready to roll my eyes. As a longtime writer, I'm no fan of censorship, whether it's mandated by a government or somehow enforced by an individual person or group.
But the more I read about it, the more I began to see things in a different light. For one thing, what this woman did was an attempt to censor material targeting minors - PacSun's apparel is largely aimed at teens - and that's not so different from other protections for children, such as limiting what films they're allowed to see in theaters, for instance. Censorship is always a slippery slope, however, so I still feel it necessary to handle the subject with kid gloves - more on that later.
There is something, however, I can say about this issue with total confidence: The mom's strategy was brilliant.
Here's what happened: Judy Cox and her teenage son were shopping lastRead More »from Utah Mom Buys Out PacSun’s “Offensive” T-Shirt Line in Brilliant Protest
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Feb 20, 2014 2:02 PM ESTA Sobering Look at the Impact of Did you know that the catchphrase "there's a chance this is vodka" is trademarked? And that the trademark owner is a mother of three and a wildly popular blogger?
I learned this recently after the blogger, known as Hot Mess Mom, mentioned it in a status update on Facebook. I think it's common knowledge to her longtime fans, but, as a relative newbie to her page, it came as a surprise to me.
It shouldn't have. When it comes to drink-related humor, moms are bingeing big time. Wherever you turn, someone is chuckling about "wine o'clock" and Pinot-soaked playdates. Nowhere is this more true than online and on social media, home to blogs and Facebook pages with names like "Moms Who Drink and Swear," "I like beer and babies" and "Martinis and Minivans."
The bloggers behind all three, by the way, are very funny and write about much, much more than just drinking. I cite them -- as well as Hot Mess Mom -- not to pick on them, but rather to show how ingrained alcohol is in the momRead More »from A Sobering Look at the Impact of “Mom Likes to Drink” Jokes
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Feb 20, 2014 1:12 PM EST
The Surprising Natural Treatment for Colds, the Flu, and Even NorovirusMy toddler is sick. Again. At this point, mommy intuition can tell me hours before the first symptoms appear that illness is impending. I saw it in his eyes this weekend when we were already snowed in and raging with cabin fever.
Any parent knows that kids, especially the little ones, get sick all the freaking time. Every time we recover from one bout of illness, another one makes its unwanted appearance. We do whatever we can to prevent colds and other bugs, but we're obviously not scoring high marks considering the rap sheet of colds and viruses we've already rung up this year.
The two things we haven't gotten, knock on wood, are the flu and the stomach bug. I want to do everything we can to keep the flu and stomach bugs at bay. Though I've ramped up our cold and flu prevention strategies (we use Elderberry syrup and even the 2-year-old knows how to wash his own hands), we could still use some help when it comes to kicking the colds to the curb instead of letting them dragRead More »from The Surprising Natural Treatment for Colds, the Flu, and Even Norovirus
- When Baby No. 2 arrives, all the rules you used with your first child fly out the window. Here are 5 things you let go of with your second baby... whether you want to or not.
-By Esther Carlstone Read More »from 5 Things You Let Go of with Your Second Baby
- Angel BabyWhen my 7-month-old son grabs my daughter's hair, she cries and he laughs. In that moment, I'm not sure if he doesn't know he's being a little bit evil. But how far does an infant's moral compass expand? Do babies know right from wrong? These are the questions being examined at the Yale Infant Cognition Center, where Karen Wynn and Paul Bloom are studying infant morality. Bloom, the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen professor of psychology at Yale University is also the author of the new book, "Just Babies," wherein he argues, "Babies and toddlers can judge the goodness and badness of others' actions; they want to reward the good and punish the bad; they act to help those in distress; they feel compassion, guilt and righteous anger."
Thus, making babies even bigger jerks than we realized.Read More »from What Your Baby Knows Will Shock You
- Lauren Tuck, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Feb 20, 2014 11:53 AM EST
The 86th Annual Academy Awards are just around the corner, which means it’s time to start cramming for the biggest movie event of the year. But if spending the next 10 days (not to mention the money) watching a bunch of deep, dark dramas doesn’t fit into your schedule, instead check out some adorable kids reenact only the most pivotal (and appropriate) parts of the best picture noms.Read More »from And the Oscar for Cutest Movie Reenactments Goes to ... These Kids!
In the 4-minute video compilation titled "Kid Oscars," pint-size actors act out a heated fight from “Captain Phillips,” bedtime talk in “Her,” mini Bradley Cooper-Christian Bale negotiations in “American Hustle,” and a G-rated anthem from “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The potential Oscar hopefuls of 2030 also donned spacesuits for “Gravity,” became drug pushers for “Dallas Buyers Club,” acted out the one scene producers deemed suitable enough for children to redo in “12 Years a Slave,” and were even given the Benjamin Button treatment to become the elderly characters in “Nebraska.” As for “Philomena,” you’ll
not smart when you’re trying to lose the baby weight. But there’s another side effect of this mindless grazing that I hadn’t anticipated until now. I share it with all of you as a cautionary tale…We all know sneaking bites of our kids’ pancakes or sampling their macaroni or polishing off their PB&Js isn’t the best idea for our waistlines. I used to treat my kids’ dinner as my appetizer — Read More »from The Hidden Dangers of Eating Off Your Kid’s Plate
Over the weekend my husband and I cooked a special dinner for his parents, who were visiting from Michigan. Salmon, steak, mashed potatoes, a big salad and roasted Brussels sprouts (with bacon and toasted pine nuts — yum!). My six-year-old eats really well and I was so proud when he asked for seconds on the Brussels (my daughter, who’s four, kept demanding mac and cheese, but that’s another story). As dinner was winding down I noticed Alex had left a few sprouts on his plate so I grabbed them (they had bacon in them, what can I say?). And that’s when it happened. I was chewing and felt something that
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 19, 2014 2:47 PM EST
Bode Miller's Custody Case: What It Means for Pregnant Women Everywhere
For all the focus on athleticism at the Olympics, it's the emotional backstories of the athletes themselves that really tug at the public's heart strings. Who can resist the tale of the underdog who emerged a champion, the injury survivor who battled back to greatness, or the retiring veteran hoping to make one last push for victory before skiing off into the sunset?
Among the U.S. athletes, perhaps no one has experienced more personal drama before even arriving in Sochi than skier Bode Miller. When Miller won a bronze medal in the super-G event, media outlets were quick to report the hardships he had faced in the past year -- the sudden death of his brother, recovering from knee surgery, and a custody battle over his infant son.
The custody battle, in particular, has seen a fair share of headlines, but to be honest, I hadn't heard of it until Miller's medal win put it back in the spotlight. Even then, I was primed not to care -- at first glance, a celebrity's nasty relations with anRead More »from Bode Miller’s Custody Case: What it Means for Pregnant Women Everywhere
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