Image: Sarah FernandezShy is not a word that I would use to describe my four-year-old daughter. "Look at me! Look what I can do!" is what is typically coming out of her mouth. So when it was observation day at her ballet class a few months ago I couldn't figure out why she froze. She started out participating and then suddenly she wouldn't move other than to hold the teacher's hand and hide behind her leg while gazing at the floor.
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Afterwards I discovered that she didn't want anybody except for me and the mothers of her good friends, who are also in the class, watching her. She had stage fright and didn't want all those other parents watching her too. I totally get it as I don't like speaking in front of large crowds either (ironic since my audience is the Internet!), but I wanted her to feel confident and be able to perform the ballet moves that she's been working so hard all year to learn.
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- Parentables | Parenting – Thu, Apr 25, 2013 5:12 PM EDT
Image: Sarah FernandezShy is not a word that I would use to describe my four-year-old daughter. "Look at me! Look what I can do!" is what is typically coming out of her mouth. So when it was observation day at her ballet class a few months ago I couldn't figure out why she froze. She started out participating and then suddenly she wouldn't move other than to hold the teacher's hand and hide behind her leg while gazing at the floor.Read More »from The Trick that Helped Relieve My Daughter's Stage Fright
Khalil Mohamed "Niko" Atteya,12, must have been terrified when a woman in a burka grabbed his arm as he stepped off a school bus in Alexandria, Egypt and hauled him toward a motorized cart—until he saw her bright blue eyes through the slit in the dark fabric. "My first reaction was…[wondering] if that was my mom or not, and then I saw her eyes," Niko told Fox News. "I thought, 'Thank God. I'm going to finally get out of here. I'm going to be free.'"
It's a parent's worst nightmare. In August 2011, Kalliope "Kalli" Atteya of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, agreed to travel to Egypt with her ex-husband, Mohamed, and only child, Niko. A few days later, her son was gone.
Mohammed had abandoned the family in 2000, only three months after Niko was born. "Basically he married me for a visa," Kalli told Fox. They divorced in 2005.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Thu, Apr 25, 2013 2:36 PM EDT
"Why gay people should be able to get married is you can't stop two adult's [sic] from getting married because there [sic] grown and it doesn't matter if it creeps you out just get over it," the student wrote.
The teacher was so impressed that he posted it on Reddit on Wednesday, saying that the student shows "More sense than some adults."
"He chose his topic," the teacher, who goes by "rafa3l2," wrote. "I am following the school's curriculum for writing. We attempt to write in a different style every week."
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Apr 25, 2013 1:58 PM EDT
I love being pregnant (when I'm not sick and being constantly poked and prodded). So much so that there are things I'll really miss after it's over. A lot. Being pregnant tends to give you a free pass to do/say/act in ways that might never be acceptable outside of your obvious pregnancy state. Many of us start to enjoy these little "freedoms" while we're given the chance. At 19 weeks, I'm finding myself getting used to this pregnant way of life, and it's going to be hard to change back to normal. The majority of them seem to put a bit of a - damper - on the rest of life. When you're back to your post pregnancy state, you might start to wonder why anyone would willingly go back or long for the days of no cravings, regular jeans, and dull hair. These are my (and I know many others) experiences during pregnancy that *ruin* the rest of an un-pregnant life. Enjoy! - By Diana Stone
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"What's that on her head?"
It was my daughter Chloe's second day on Earth, and already the mom anxiety had kicked in over what looked like a bruise just above her forehead. "That's just a hemangioma birthmark. It might get a little bigger, but it will go away by the time she's 2," the pediatrician told me. Google gave me more details: A hemangioma, often called a strawberry, is a benign blood-vessel tumor. One in 10 babies (usually girls) will develop one.
My husband, Justin, and I tried to laugh it off as we fell madly in love with our Baby Gorbachev. But as Chloe grew, the hemangioma showed no signs of shrinking. In fact, it had ballooned to the diameter of a golf ball, and was puffed ominously full of blood. People who knew Chloe saw a spunky, smiley, and beautiful kid; strangers just stared at that thing on her head. The pediatrician brushed off my concerns, saying it was just a cosmetic issue. But I couldn't help the nagging feelingRead More »from Why My Toddler Had Plastic Surgery
- Parenting.com | Parenting – Thu, Apr 25, 2013 1:20 PM EDT
© Brian HagiwaraBy Brian Braiker
You would be hard pressed to find parents who didn't believe in the importance of giving their kids a financial education.
A recent survey that Parenting conducted with Citi Community Development found that parents overwhelmingly believe in the importance of talking about household budgets, savings and financial goals-but not many are actually doing it on an ongoing basis.
Ninety percent of the 1,026 parents surveyed agreed that teaching their kids the financial facts of life was an important parental task, and yet nearly half of them (48 percent) admit to not talking about money and finances with their kids on a regular basis.
The reason? Parents report feeling that their children aren't quite old enough yet: 79 percent of those surveyed agreed with the statement that "my children are too young to understand money concepts."
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- Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle | Parenting – Thu, Apr 25, 2013 12:56 PM EDT
"Well Jenny, cough again, but harder this time," said Dr. Pollen from her cushy position directly underneath me and looking up into my nether regions. How did the doctor get such a view, you ask? I was on a special type of birthing chair (one that was probably used in the Salem Witch Trials). Not only was there barely any seat to hold me up, I was hoisted about 6ft in the air, so that the doctor's assistants (people with weird fetishes who pay to be called doctor's assistants, as I like to call them) were looking my vajajay dead in the eye, ahem, the labia. The doctor then sat on her stool and literally rolled underneath me as if she was checking out my chassis. Which makes sense because she did mention the need for a tune up.
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Courtesy of Parenting.comBy Janelle Hanchett
A couple weeks ago, we were leaving one of those insane, horrible giant trampoline bouncy places and my 11-year-old daughter says to me "I don't think I'm very physical. You know, like Rocket [her brother]. He seems to be really good at sports and flipping and I'm not."
What came out my mouth surprised me: "No, you're kind of not."
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Okay let me back up. As you may have surmised, this child has been with me for approximately 11.5 years, not counting the time she was in my belly, so I've had ample time to observe her engaging in physical acts: jumping, climbing, running, organized sports.
And the kid is just like me: two left feet. If anybody was ever NOT a "natural" athlete, that person is me.
But even knowing these facts, and relating perfectly to the sentiment my daughter was expressing, my first instinct was to snow her with some BS: "Oh, no, honey. You're good at sports! You just have to keepRead More »from Why I Told My Daughter She Sucks at Sports
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Whenever I have to actually write something by hand, I feel obligated to make some self-deprecating aside about the results, which resemble hieroglyphics after many millennia of erosion. But our mothers, who grew up in pre-typing-everything times, really know how to write fancy cursive Fs and Gs and Ws, and as a result there is a bit of everyday elegance infused into even their shopping lists.
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You used to make fun of your mother for rescuing mushy, overripe bananas from a trash-can fate, but listen, guess where all that delicious banana bread came from? We know how to cook the holiday favorites we helped our mothers make, and probably a cultural biggest hit--hello, noodle kugel! But what about the everyday, unglamorous, using-the-leftovers standbys? We're all capable of transforming rotisserie-chicken guts into a delicious soup, but when do you get that special ability
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Apr 24, 2013 4:42 PM EDT
Spring is here and that means that soon there will be a rainbow of flowers blooming everywhere you go. If you love the colors of spring, perhaps you should consider one of these colorful baby names. Colorful names are gaining popularity so any of these options would be great for a first or middle name! By Becka Robinson
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