Anastasia? or Zoe?The 100 Hottest Baby Names of 2012 were recently released, and it's a familiar-looking list. Sure, there are a couple of newcomers to BabyCenter's top 10 boys' and girls' names, but Sophia and Aiden retain their iron grip on the #1 spots for yet another year.
Here's a look at how the top 10 lists round out:
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Sophia was actually tossed about when my husband and I were picking names for our first daughter, as were Olivia and Ava. Emma would have been, but we'd already bestowed it upon our first child, our golden retriever. I love all of these names, but I'm glad we didn't end up picking any of them.
Our first daughter is now six years old and on every playground, every playdate, at every soccer practice and school assembly, these are the names we hear.
- YourTango.com | Parenting – Mon, Dec 3, 2012 8:05 PM EST
Anastasia? or Zoe?The 100 Hottest Baby Names of 2012 were recently released, and it's a familiar-looking list. Sure, there are a couple of newcomers to BabyCenter's top 10 boys' and girls' names, but Sophia and Aiden retain their iron grip on the #1 spots for yet another year.Read More »from Why I'm Glad I Didn't Pick One of the Top Baby Names for 2012 for My Child
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Add a breast pump to the mix and suddenly it's easy to feel like what's supposed to be so very natural is far, far from it.
After my middle child was born I worked full time in a counseling center. I was very lucky to have a private space and a nursing-friendly work environment. I was dedicated to breastfeeding so I spent time between sessions attached to my pump, writing client notes and making phone calls. It wasn't always easy and it took a little getting used to, but after a few months I was a pumping pro.
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For those of you who may be facing a return to work soon, I thought I'd share some tips that I found helpful. I hope they're
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Christmas is my favorite time of the year, and I'm especially excited this year because it's my daughter's first holiday! A baby's first Christmas is a big milestone and therefore something that should be commemorated. Here are some of my favorite ways to do just that! - By Lauren Jimeson
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Over the course of several weekends we scheduled shoots. Then someone got sick, or someone was out of town… We tried to take pictures ourselves, dressing up in semi-matching outfits and sitting on the front steps.
My sons made weird faces. My daughters rolled their eyes.
I actually considered using the bad photos. My husband has a comical drawerful of awkward family photos from his own childhood. We love to look at the pictures of him and his siblings glowering in front of a tree in their front yard. What family cannot relate to the agony of taking holiday pictures?
But no, I couldn't do it. The home attempts at "family portrait" as we know it, were just too awful. So I gave up. Forget it. Who needs holiday cards, right? Who wants to see another faked out and forced photo of some perfect people pretending that they all like wearing matching pj's or sweaters? Like they
- Parenting The Shine | Parenting – Mon, Dec 3, 2012 2:37 PM EST
There’s definitely good reason why the holidays are “the most wonderful time of the year”, but do you ever feel like it’s also the time of year when your kids think they can get away with anything? Parenting guru and New York Times best selling author of “Swagger” Lisa Bloom says that maintaining rules and boundaries with your kids around the holidays is especially important for a number of reasons. Lisa advises parents on what to say “NO” to when it comes to the kids this holiday season. What are you saying “no” to?
Without a doubt, Lisa’s biggest thing parents should give a big “NO” to is using technology during holiday family gatherings. Whether it’s their smartphone or the iPad, kids need to put it away! Technology should be off limits during family time. Quality family time isn’t quality at all if your kid is glued to his iPhone. And since grandma and grandpa may not be around for much longer, it’s important our kids focus on, well, what’s important, and not on Angry Birds.Read More »from What to say "no" to with the kids this holiday season
- Mia Redrick | Parenting – Mon, Dec 3, 2012 2:31 PM EST
No matter what stage of motherhood you are in, you have probably wished at some point that someone had been around to tell you all the things you had to learn the hard way. You've probably read quite a few parenting books, which can be helpful, but no book covers all the bases. What advice do you wish someone had shared with you once you became a mother?
Most of the lessons I have learned have been through trial and error and I certainly wish that someone had told me the best places to nurse in my local mall, for example, or what the real story is with vaccinations -- almost like cliff notes for parenting.
None of us have a crystal ball to see what is ahead, yet we all see the value of perspective. It seemed that if I asked a direct question to a group of local mothers, I could get an answer, but mostly it took my making a mistake for someone to share their wisdom with me. Generally, people don't want to impose or have others think they're sticking their nose in theirRead More »from 8 Things You Wish Someone Had Told You About Motherhood
- Harry Harrison | Parenting – Mon, Dec 3, 2012 2:08 PM EST
Fall is when many moms are busy making a list of all the things every teacher should know about their child. And not only do moms spend days on this list, they honestly believe that a teacher who averages six classes a day with sometimes 30 kids each actually remembers every child's name, quirk, allergies, sleeping schedule, or has time to remember Heather's dad was a math genius so she only may appear to be numerically challenged.Read More »from 20 Things Teachers Don’t Need to Know About Your Kids
The fact is teachers don't need to know how special, needy, wonderful, talkative, sweet, quiet, smart or moody our kids are. They They don't need to know what motivates them or scares them or excites them. They don't need to know their dad is president of a bank or their mom is a VIP at a tech start-up. They just need your kids to show up to class on time happy, well fed, awake and if necessary, properly medicated.
But that doesn't stop moms from scheduling times with overworked teachers to impress upon them that their child requires special attention,
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