-By Jacqueline Tourville
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Most of the pressure starts out with good intentions, or at least with the vibe of helpfulness. Questions from family members and other moms about when I'm enrolling my 3-year-old in preschool. Blogs and Pinterest boards filled with activities to fill every minute of the day. Sign-ups for classes and playdates.
When my daughter was a year old, I started to doubt myself and wondered if I was being a lazy mom. I didn't have our days and activities scheduled out. Heck, most of the time when I tried to do an impromptu project I didn't even have the "materials from around the house" on hand. Instead, we spent our days with a general routine and lots of play.
According to Dr. Peter Gray, a research professor of psychology atRead More »from Giving My Children Their Childhood
seven godparents, but none as cool as his own mother, Kate Middleton, who became a godparent herself this weekend. On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their seven-month-old son, attended baptism services at St. Barnabas Church in Mayland, Chelmsford, for the child of an old university friend.
“I think my usual congregation were surprised at who was joining us,” Reverend Ken Dunstan told the Mirror. But while the presence of the royal family may have been somewhat shocking, Dunstan added that Middleton "did what I asked her to do, which was to make the promises that all godparents make," he told People. "She was here as a godmother, not as a princess.” During the 50-person intimate ceremony, Prince George was reportedly “very well-behaved.”
The 32-year-old duchess was one of four people tapped to become a godparent. This is just one more responsibility to add to Middleton’s regular and royal duties. In addition to being a new mother and serving
Turn basic kitchen towels into a set of darling dolls -- fun to make now and cuddle with later.
Sewing machine and sewing supplies
1. Print desired doll template and cut out.
2. Fold fabric in half with right sides facing; press, and trace template onto fabric. Cut out for 2 layers.
3. Allowing a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew almost all the way around the body. (Leave a 1-inch opening on the torso.)
4. Turn doll right side out, using a chopstick for corners.
5. Stuff with filling. (Use chopstick as needed to push stuffing into arms and legs.) Handstitch the side opening.
6. Embroider facial features: A few back stitches create eyes and a mouth.
7. Make the hair. For ponytails and braids, cut 20 to 30 strands of yarn about 12 inches long. DrapeRead More »from Kids Sick of Their Toys? These DIY Dolls Will Delight Them Now and Later
Authentic happiness. What is that, even? As a family that lives with the beast that is depression (I hate that guy), I often wonder how we can manage the dark dips together and still raise happy children -- children who hopefully aren't too affected by what they see, what they soak up, and what they, too, have to migrate through. Children are incredibly resilient, it's true. And by all honest counts, we have a happy home life. We're doing it. It's happening. Our kids are happy -- and not in the spoiled, let's live in a bubble sort of way.
Yet, when depression rears its ugly head to engage in some twisted tango, hiding it is pointless. Shaming is not how we choose to live or raise our kids. We want them to know about mental illness and not hold embarrassment or shame about it like those of older generations. But I believe that kids don't need to know everything. Mine don't need to hold the key to my locked closet of skeletons.
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(Newser) - Pretty much everything about Kimberly Fugate's pregnancy was surprising. The Mississippi woman had no intention of getting pregnant again, only to learn, at age 41, that she was expecting. The day before she turned 42 came the second shock: She was expecting triplets.
Mother holding infant's hand - or perhaps letting it go.But when Fugate gave birth at at the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Feb. 8, something else entirely happened: She had quadruplets, and identical girls at that; the odds of that happening are believed to be 13 million to one, and there's thought to be only about 60 such sets in the world, the Clarion-Ledger reports.
The four girls-Kenleigh, Kristen, Kaleigh, and surprise Kelsey-were born at 28 weeks, and are expected to stay in the hospital until May, at which point they'll join sister Katelyn, 10, at home. The Ledger notes that Kelsey never surfaced in ultrasounds throughout the pregnancy.
As for the moment Fugate learned about the additional baby, she tells Good Morning America, "TheyRead More »from Woman Expecting Triplets Births 4 Babies Instead
When your kids experience their first snow day, it’s pretty special. You hunker down and get pumped right along with them. No school! Let's start eating everything in sight! Where are the sleds?! Yay for cozy family time! It brings you back to when you were a kid and snow days were a once-in-a-blue-moon occurrence, not part of the Common Core curriculum like they seem to be now. My kids are so used to school being cancelled that if there’s more than a dusting when they wake up they just assume — and start demanding hot cocoa. The novelty has completely worn off for all of us. And when you’re on your 18th snow day like we are here on Long Island (note: it’s not actually the 18th but it certainly feels like it) you go through what I like to call the five stages of a snow day…Read More »from What Happens to Parents When You Have Too Many Snow Days
1. Denial. “They’re definitely going to have school tomorrow, right?” you ask your spouse the night before, even as the weather people use words like “nightmarish,” “treacherous,” and “do not go out unless you have
Really? Barbie on the wrap cover of what has become the "sexiest" magazine cover of the year? The unveiling of which is surrounded by as much pomp and circumstance as People's "Sexiest Man of the Year" or Time's "Person of the Year?" This is not only sexualizing a child's doll, but making the ultimate unattainable body (that's not even human) the epitome of female perfection. (Yes, I know it is the promotional wrap and not the actual cover but STILL!)
Mattel had this to say about Barbie's Sports Illustrated wrap cover:
"As a legend herself, and under constantRead More »from Barbie Graces Cover of "Sports Illustrated," Mom Wants Apology