12 reasons why having a big family is awesome!Ever wonder why some people have so many kids? I have four (ages 8, 5, 3, and 1) and in my experience, after announcing the 4th pregnancy, you start to get third degree from friends and strangers alike.
Did you want all these kids? (Um, of course.) Do you know how to prevent that? (Sure do.) You must have your hands full (Yup, and it's the way I like it.) Are you crazy? (Possibly!)
But honestly, raising a large family has always been a dream of mine. And while it does come with its own set of challenges, being a mom to these four little ones has been the best thing that's ever happened to me.
A few reasons I absolutely adore being a mom to many:
1. Baby gear is an investment.
One way to make sure you get your money's worth out of all that baby gear is to use it OVER AND OVER AGAIN!
2. Because cuddling is the best.
Being a mom to many means that at any moment of the day, someone needs a snuggle and some extra love. Who could argue with that?
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12 reasons why having a big family is awesome!Ever wonder why some people have so many kids? I have four (ages 8, 5, 3, and 1) and in my experience, after announcing the 4th pregnancy, you start to get third degree from friends and strangers alike.Read More »from Yes, I Have Four Kids! Here's 12 Reasons Why
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Congratulations to Ellen's Mother's Day Giveaway Winner!
Last week, Ellen announced she was giving away every single prize from her Mother's Day Show to one lucky Yahoo Shine reader - and we've picked a winner! Congratulations to Stephanie M. from Kansas, Illinois. Enjoy all your gifts and congratulations on your first baby!
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, May 16, 2013 6:28 PM EDT
Brooke and EvieIn honor of Food Allergy & Asthma Awareness Week, I've invited Brooke to share her thoughts as a parent of a little daughter with severe food allergies. Feeding Beck is hard enough - I can't imagine also having to consider allergies. Thank you to Brooke for sharing her story so I'm more aware.Read More »from Confession of a "Food Allergy Mom": I Feel Isolated
Ever since Matt Damon played that hard-to-catch ex-assassin Jason Bourne, I have wished for such specialized skills. It's awesome that he no sooner enters a room than he has observed every detail pertinent to his survival. Then he whoops up on everybody who's out to get him!
Unfortunately, since my daughter was diagnosed with three severe food allergies a year ago, I have had to hone those same skills.
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Ready for school! Surprise! Casey's out of town again and I'm a single parent for what feels like the umpteenth time this year. My stint as a single parent will last for nearly two weeks this time around and it didn't get off to a very good start.Read More »from Parent/Teacher Fail: My Kid was Sent Home from School to an Empty House
Before Casey headed off to Florida for a conference, she arranged for Addie to go to a few friends' houses on certain school days. Some of those friends live in our neighborhood and only require Addie to walk a few houses away from her bus stop with her friends. Other friends require Addie to ride a different bus. Whenever Addie has to ride a different bus, we have to make sure we've either called the school to let them know or we have to send Addie to school with a note.
This time around nobody called the school and nobody gave Addie a note so she could ride a different bus home from school-oops.
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There's no question we as parents screwed up. Casey usually takes care of the notes or the calling of
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, May 16, 2013 11:50 AM EDT
celebrating Disney for pulling from its website a controversially redesigned, sexier version of “Brave” princess Merida should hold their horses.Moms who are
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On Tuesday, Carolyn Danckaert, the activist behind last week’s wildly popular online petition to “Keep Merida Brave,” announced via Facebook news from supporters that "the new makeover version of Merida is no longer appearing on Disney.com." But the controversially modified version of the princess still appeared on Target's Disney princess website, where new product tie-ins are sold.
“From our standpoint, it’s not a victory,” Danckaert, who has garnered more than 200,000 signatures on her Change.org petition, told Yahoo! Shine Thursday morning.
It may not have been a victory from any standpoint.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, May 16, 2013 10:37 AM EDT
kids surfing the web for adult content
This is not good.Read More »from The Birds and the Babies: Survey Says Kids Start Surfing for Porn at Age 6
My son turns 6 in a few weeks and I can't for the life of me imagine him digging through the internet for this kind of content. He knows apps, and how to watch his favorite movies. That's it. I think.
Bitdefender, a Hungarian antivirus company has surveyed parents on the web habits of their kids and has found that kids will start watching porn online as early as 6.
What? How in the world does that happen?
Do they click on a link in the archive from a parent or do they actually go out and seek this kind of content?
The survey results, published in USA Today, paint a dramatically different picture of children from just two years ago.
According to 2011 results from the same company, 95% of parents confessed their children had used the internet to access pornography. The parents noticed it during homework time. The kids minds would wander and then - woah, whaddya know - look at what they're looking at.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, May 15, 2013 5:49 PM EDT
BoBo Design Ltd, unveiled the latest in a growing line of innovative creations today: tiny baby booties made of hardened breast milk, made to promote World Breast Milk Donation Day, which will be celebrated by 24 countries around the world (not including the US) on Sunday.Are these folks milking their talents or what? British sustainable designers Nick Gant and Tanya Dean, of Read More »from Breast-Milk Baby Booties: The Latest Thing Brought to You by Lactation
“Turning waste material like breast milk, which couldn’t otherwise be used, but which is embedded with meaning and personal history, into something new, gives the products created greater meaning and value,” Gant told the UK’s Daily Mail. “We want to show that they can be used to raise awareness and communicate issues about material culture, ethics and sustainability.”
The one-inch booties, which are not for actual wearing, were made through a process that involves gently heating the donated milk, adding vinegar to form curds, and then pressing those curds into silicon molds and leaving to dry over a four-day
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, May 15, 2013 4:23 PM EDT
8 baby name brainstorming tips!Choosing a baby name can sometimes seem like a daunting task with so many factors swirling about. Will it stand the test of time? Is it too trendy? Too dated? Do the initials spell something embarrassing? The good news, of course, is that if you choose a meaningful name that embraces sentiment, purpose and character, the rest kind of all falls into place. Here's how!Read More »from Name that Baby! 8 Ways to Find the Perfect Moniker for Your Little One
1. Consult your family tree.
Do some digging into your family's heritage and you might uncover some surprisingly great names. (Hint: The 20's generation spawned a particularly adorable set of girl names like Hazel, Ida and Pearl!) Even better? You might uncover some family history gems or interesting facts about your ancestors - all the better to share with your baby someday!
2. Reminisce about your childhood.
What are some of you or your spouse's favorite childhood memories? A vacation to Europe? An afternoon spent with your favorite childhood book? Conjure up a few sentimental memories and brainstorm words that might
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, May 15, 2013 4:23 PM EDT
Every moment with baby is worth a thousand words, so it's important to capture every beautiful, funny, sweet moment you can! May is National Photography Month - so what better time to capture your baby's magical moments on camera?
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