Photo: If you have more than one kid, you quickly realize they are born different from one another. And I don't just mean boy-versus-girl different. I mean that the nature vs. nurture thing for me went right out the window as early as when my kids were in utero: My first child was way more laid back and easygoing, whereas my second child was a mover and a shaker (and an extreme kicker -- ouch). We're still figuring out our third.
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Well, six years later that little mover and shaker is still just that. Simply put -- he doesn't like to take no for an answer. His nagging is persistent. He digs into every excuse in the book to try to get his way. Take tonight for an example:
Will: Mom, can I play a computer game?
Me: Honey, you can play one tomorrow morning. Now it's time for a bedtime snack.
Will: But mom, I'm not really hungry, and I didn't get to finish the other day.
Me: Oh honey, I wish you could, but it's time to
Photo: If you have more than one kid, you quickly realize they are born different from one another. And I don't just mean boy-versus-girl different. I mean that the nature vs. nurture thing for me went right out the window as early as when my kids were in utero: My first child was way more laid back and easygoing, whereas my second child was a mover and a shaker (and an extreme kicker -- ouch). We're still figuring out our third.Read More »from Why a Nagging Child is a Good Thing
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Apr 15, 2013 2:56 PM EDT
guns booksMoms Demand Action make a poignant and powerful point in their new ad.
The stunning image is of two girls sitting in a school library. One is holding a massive gun white the other is holding a copy of Little Red Riding Hood. The copy reads, "One child is holding something that's been banned in America to protect them. Guess which one." And no, they're not talking about the semi-automatic, they're talking about the fairy tale.
The Charles Perrault version of Little Red Riding Hood, the one that was banned by two California school districts, was controversial not because both the grandma and the little girl are eaten by the wolf by the end of the story, but because - as the Christian Science Monitor notes, "one of the refreshments for her grandmother that Little Red Riding Hood carried in her basket was wine." Yes, parents evidently had an issue with the depiction of the alcoholic beverage and were less concerned that the wolf ate Little Red Riding Hood.
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Seeking safe sunscreen? Shield baby's skin from the harsh rays with these natural lotions.
By Jessica Hartshorn
Mineral-based sunscreens are best for your baby. (And not a bad idea for you either!) In the following seven sunscreens, zinc oxide is the primary active ingredient; it stays on top of your baby's skin to physically block rays.
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An additional mineral, titanium dioxide, helps get Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Lotion up to an SPF 50. Even so, you'll want to reapply after you've been outside awhile, and it's always best to avoid being out between 10am and 2pm. ($10-$11)
Green Babies SPF 30 Sunscreen is lightly scented with essential oil. It's also PABA-and paraben-free. With all sunscreens, put them on before you head outdoors if possible. ($17)
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Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple SPF 50 stays water-resistant for 80 minutes. Reapply after you towel-dry your baby. TheRead More »from 7 Safe Sunscreens
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Mon, Apr 15, 2013 2:32 PM EDT
Were you a "flower child" or were your parents part of the whole hippie era? During the mid '60′s, hippie fashions, names and values were a huge part of our American culture and took everything from music and television to fashion and baby names (yes baby names) by storm.
Flower, Storm, Ocean, names inspired by nature or those having a very carefree, earthy feel to them were popular and I've noticed that quite a few of them are beginning to make a comeback. Celebrities are notorious for choosing unique names for their little ones and more than several have chosen bohemian names for their child.
Looking for something a little groovy baby? Click through for 10 of the most bohemian-inspired names for your little guy or girl. By Nadia Carriere
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- Disney Spoonful | Parenting – Mon, Apr 15, 2013 1:22 PM EDT
3-2-1 blast off! On a space odyssey, searching for parties from galaxies far, far away, I found everything you need for your own outer space party -- including free printables, games, favors, themed recipes, and more! Check out these space-tastic party ideas now! By Jillian Tohber Leslie
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As a parent, you want to give your child every advantage in life, so it's a no-brainer that you'd want to try boosting her intellect. While parking a tot in front of a Baby Einstein video didn't turn out to be such a smart idea (a University of Washington study found that such video viewing delays small children's language skill building), the following approaches actually up IQ scores. Photo by Thinkstock
1. Nurse your newborn.
Breastfeeding bestows many benefits, including immunity defense and disease protection. But until recently, we didn't know whether breastfeeding influences intelligence, or if breastfed kids tested better because of other factors. A study from McGill University in Montreal has shown a clear causal connection. Looking at 14,000 children, those whose moms participated in a program that encouraged exclusive and prolonged breastfeeding scored 7.5 points higher on verbal IQ tests at age six-and-a-half than those whose mothers didn't take part.
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Apr 15, 2013 11:41 AM EDT
Her mission is simple: represent children with disabilities in an honest, favorable light and give kids with disabilities a friend for life.Read More »from Mom Launches Line of Dolls for Kids with Down Syndrome
Connie Feda is certainly doing that. The Pittsburgh mom to 13-year-old Hannah described to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette the day her daughter, who has Down syndrome, was flipping through a doll magazine in search of a doll that looked like her. "There's no doll that looks like me." So Feda, mother of six kids ranging in age from 10 to 25, became determined to find a doll that looks like Hannah. But she couldn't find anything. "Nobody had any dolls that were at all attractive," Feda, 49, tells the newspaper. "So we said, 'Hey, let's just make one.'"
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Make one she did. And ended up starting a business in the process. Feda worked with a doll sculptor in Michigan and a manufacturer in China to design 16 male and female versions of dolls with Down syndrome's physical
By Raechel Conover, Cheapism.com
It's no secret that a baby costs a lot in the first year (and the second, and the third ...). A middle-income family welcoming a second child can expect to spend about $12,370, according the most recent estimate by the USDA, which releases an annual report on the subject. For parents, the numbers are downright scary. But as I prepare for my second baby, who is due to arrive very soon, I realize I've picked up some ways to cut baby costs this time around. These seven tips should help even first-time parents spend a lot less.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Apr 12, 2013 3:10 PM EDT
With Iron Man 3 and Superman: Man of Steel coming out this summer, there are going to be a lot of kids running around in capes. And I think it's great. My kids love super heroes. Super heroes are fun and imaginative. Movies based on the comics are usually family friendly so we can enjoy them together. Along with their entertainment value, I love super heroes for what they teach kids about living heroically. Here are 8 life lessons your kids can learn from super heroes. - By Kacy Faulconer
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Apr 12, 2013 1:31 PM EDT
Back in 2012, I used a mixture of baby name stats and pop-culture know-how to predict which baby names might be the future Sophias and Aidens. (Watch out for Harper and Penelope, and don't underestimate Declan and Asher.) Yet the name experts at Nameberry.com did their own charting and analyzing to come up with their own list of unique names on the upswing. A list of names that are getting popular at a faster rate than the norm. Whether they signify a temporary trend or an eventual rise to the tippy-top - well only time will tell. By Michelle Horton
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