guns for kidsThis week, I'm reeling over the terrible story out of Kentucky about a 5 year old boy who accidentaly shot and killed his 2 year old sister. The boy was playing with a child-sized hunting rifle he'd recently been given as a gift. His parents said they thought the gun was unloaded but, tragically, it was not.
I am utterly heartbroken for this family, especially the boy who will never get to live a normal life because he has to forever cope with the memory of killing his sister. That burden is simply unimaginable.
But looking beyond the horror of a child killed in such a way, I'm drawn to the fact that the boy had his own hunting rifle. Not a rifle meant for adults, either. This is a rifle scaled and marketed for children. I had no idea such a thing existed and, frankly, I find it very, very upsetting. I have a 5 year old and he is in no way ready to handle lethal weapons, even if he took one of the much touted safety classes the NRA and local gun ranges offer. Hell, he lacks the
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, May 6, 2013 10:19 AM EDT
guns for kidsThis week, I'm reeling over the terrible story out of Kentucky about a 5 year old boy who accidentaly shot and killed his 2 year old sister. The boy was playing with a child-sized hunting rifle he'd recently been given as a gift. His parents said they thought the gun was unloaded but, tragically, it was not.Read More »from Up in Arms: Why We Need to Stop Marketing Guns to Kids
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Fri, May 3, 2013 5:42 PM EDT
allegedly shot his 2-year-old sister by accident with a Crickett gun he received for his birthday.The company that makes real guns for children has taken down its website after a 5-year-old boy in southern Kentucky
While giving a kid a gun at all seems outrageous to people along the coasts of the United States, in many, often rural, parts of the country, learning how to shoot at a very early age is a normal part of life.
“People learn how to shoot before they learn how to read,” Jeff Booher, 53, told The New York Daily News. The Cumberland County, Kentucky, resident said that he taught his own kids (now ages 22, 12, and 9) how to use a gun when they were just 4 or 5 years old.
Crickett's "My First Rifle" and other firearms are made by Keystone Sporting Arms, a father-and-son-owned gunmaker that has been sellingRead More »from My First Rifle: Real Guns For Kids Stir Controversy
Would you put this on your baby?Everyone knows that newborn baby girls are extremely insecure about their baldness. Why do you think they're always crying? Baby wants to get her weave on! Well, not to worry little diva, your dream of luxurious locks is now a reality! Introducing the fantastic Website Baby Bangs with the tagline, "For the girl that has everything--except hair!"Read More »from Insane Beauty Products...For Your Baby
By Rose Surnow
Baby Bangs sells headbands that come with fake hair sewn in, so your mini-me can stop feeling hair shame and start working hair game! According to the Website, "Our patent pending HAIR+band accessory combination allows baby girl's (with little or no hair at all) the opportunity to have a beautifully realistic HAIR style in a SNAP!!" This is a huge relief to infants everywhere that have been dying to sex up their look.
The brains behind Baby Bangs, Lisa Grigg-Campbell, says that after her first granddaughter was born she, "began experimenting with the possibility of creating a miniature hairpiece suitable for newborns to wear."
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By Erin Zammett RuddyOne of the many benefits to having kids is that I'm exposed to this crap more than I was pre-kids and, well, I eat it up...literally.
I must start this post with the disclaimer that I do not feed my kids the things on the list below very often. In fact, I'm rarely the one offering it to them (apart from the first one-guilty there a few times a month). My kids have a varied and very healthy diet, we all eat lots of whole foods, real food, organic fruits and veggies, meats raised without antibiotics, etc. I have read Michael Pollen, I belong to a food coop, I have a big organic veggie garden in my backyard and yet…I dig me some processed kid food. As I established in my last post, I am far from perfect and I break my own rules and I'm OK with that. Especially when the five foods below are involved. Because, well, yum:
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Macaroni and cheese-only from the box, obviously. To me, Kraft is the pinnacle (I once interviewed TopRead More »from 5 Kid Foods I Can’t Resist
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, May 3, 2013 3:20 PM EDT
Playdates: Laissez-Faire Or Organized Fun?Playdates or "mom dates" as I call them become part of our weekly or even daily routine once we have kids. We want them to interact with others after spending every breathing moment on or next to you. Besides, we need some time too - to get out, share a cuppa with a fellow mama and swap spit up stories and indulge in actual adult conversations.Read More »from Over the Top? 7 Moms Take Playdates to a New Level
You might meet at the park to let the kids go wild, brave a group of kids at your own place or you meet at a local kid friendly café (I haven't come across too many in the US, but in London my local Starbucks had a play area and they even made babyccinos). You catch my drift. But then you realize that just letting the kids sit next to each other isn't enough and you take your playdates to a whole new level. You send out Evites, you require RSVPs, you buy snacks and drinks and have an agenda, you may even ask for a donation. I've experienced it all as the playdate guest - I call it it the ULTIMATE PLAYDATE.
I prefer the "laissez-faire"
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, May 3, 2013 2:01 PM EDT
It may seem like a stretch to tie the Star Wars franchise to the struggles and importance of parenting, but a new exhibition called Star Wars Identities does just that. Using the characters in Star Wars, the exhibit shows how the choices we make in life shape who we are. Think about it: Anakin and Luke came from the same planet, and similar stocks in life, but when you look at the end game, things turned out differently. Choices they made, how their parents and caregivers raised them, and their chosen mentors played a role in who ended up on the dark side. I took my kids to the Star Wars Identities exhibit, and as you walked through the exhibit, you made similar choices to the characters in the movie. In the end, you ended up with who you are and there was no hiding it - was I raising Darth Vader?
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Just like any other high school student, Caitlin Tiller of Trinity, North Carolina was excited to take her official senior portrait in the summer of 2012. Read More »from Teen Mom's Banned Yearbook Photo
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That year, Wheatmore High School students were allowed to be photographed with a prop of their choice. Their only directions: "Bring something that represents you and helped you achieve something." For Tiller, then a 17-year-old junior, it was a no-brainer: She brought her 3-month old son, Leelin.
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"I picked my son because he's helped me be a better person," Tiller told Yahoo! Shine. "By having him, I grew up quickly but I learned how to be responsible."
Although Tiller didn't tell anyone that she was planning to bring Leelin, the photo shoot, which took place in the school cafeteria, went smoothly. "Lots of kids were there and the photographer thought Leelin was so cute. Everyone was asking to hold
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, May 3, 2013 10:05 AM EDT
Here we go again. As if our daily encounters in the comments sections of the internet aren't enough to convince us that people are strange, the government of New Zealand goes and releases an updated list of banned baby names. Oh, people. What are you thinking? According to the New York Daily News, people pretty much aren't thinking at all. No, you may not name your child "Mafia No Fear." V8 is also a no go. So are punctuation marks and symbols. If we have to tell you, then you probably shouldn't be having kids. But okay, we'll break it down for you. Click onward to see the names that parents in New Zealand have tried to name their babies and have since become against the law.
-By Monica Bielanko
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By Alyssa Goldman, Cheapism.com
Whether your graduate has completed high school or college, he or she should be equipped with certain tools for the next chapter in their lives. We've compiled a list of cheap graduation gift ideas that will help your soon-to-be college student survive the dorms and help your new adult survive the real world.
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1. Toolbox. Because grown-ups are responsible for fixing things in their apartment or dorm room, the first item on the life-kit list is a toolbox. A hammer will come in handy for hanging artwork, a screwdriver is perfect for assembling furniture, and a wrench will stop that leaky sink. A 53-piece tool set from Apollo Precision Tools includes all the essentials for home repairs and costs less than $30.
2. Shower caddy kit. For a high school graduate heading off to a college dorm room in the fall, a shower caddy is a must. Make the pre-college shopping a bit easier by stocking the caddy with personal careRead More »from 7 Cheap Graduation Gift Ideas
Photo: Laura St. John/Courtesy Renee Glick PhotographyToday my second-grade son told me that there was a boy in his class that bothers every single child in the class -- except for him. "Every single kid?" I said, "...but you?" Maybe that's an eight-year-old exaggeration, but it still was enlightening to me. So I continued our conversation, dug a little deeper, and reflected on how and why my child may be more bully-proof than some of the twenty-something kids in his classroom.Read More »from 3 Ways to Bully-Proof Your Child
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He must be doing something right, but as parents, we can take a little credit here and there along the way -- right?
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Curious minds (that's me) want to know what truly goes on behind the closed doors of school. Don't just stop at, "How was school today?" or you'll probably get the typical, boring old, "Good." Instead, probe like a detective: "Was everyone nice to each other in class today... and at recess?" This opens up the door, and you get the lowdown of who did
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