Studies show spanking can be harmful to kids. Check out these five punishment alternatives.Ask many people from the older (and often wiser) generation of their attitude towards spanking, and many of them will champion it. "Spanking never did me any harm!" they may proclaim, and they may be right. However, physical discipline can easily turn into abuse, and the effects it can have on a child are vast, varied and can be extremely damaging. Not to mention the fact that it does not always work, either. Also Read: Do You Practice Enmeshed Parenting?
The truth is, there is no perfect way to parent, and often, methods of discipline will be based heavily on a parent's past experiences with discipline themselves, particularly when they were children. There are alternative ways to discipline a child, with some being more popular than others, that do not require physical harm:
1. Time Out. This is a very common method used, designed to allow the child time to think about his/her actions. Placing your child in an area away from distraction can calm them down and, regarding you don't
- YourTango.com | Parenting – Tue, Jul 17, 2012 8:58 PM EDT
Studies show spanking can be harmful to kids. Check out these five punishment alternatives.Ask many people from the older (and often wiser) generation of their attitude towards spanking, and many of them will champion it. "Spanking never did me any harm!" they may proclaim, and they may be right. However, physical discipline can easily turn into abuse, and the effects it can have on a child are vast, varied and can be extremely damaging. Not to mention the fact that it does not always work, either. Also Read: Do You Practice Enmeshed Parenting?Read More »from 5 Alternatives to Spanking Your Kids that Are Just as Effective
- LilSugar | Parenting – Tue, Jul 17, 2012 6:49 PM EDT
LilSugarSource: 9 Pinterest Users to Follow For Amazing Kids' Crafts
You've exhausted your bag of craft tricks, found inspiration through our rainy day guide, and are still hungry for more artsy activities for your kids! We've found nine Pinterest users who have so many fantastic craft ideas for little ones that even we were slightly overwhelmed! (What to make first? Milk-box playhouses? Duct-tape rings?) The crafting possibilities are endless - and beautiful - so start clicking and get ready to repin!
- Come For: A ridiculous abundance of quick projects, creative ideas, and even art "recipes" to cover any and every kind of craft your kid could possibly be interested in.
- Best Craft Boards: "Crafts and DIY" offers some seriously awesome ideas of how to repurpose household items (duct tape, egg cartons, and more) into beautiful kids' crafts. "Art Recipes" offers easy instructions to make your own soy crayons, yogurt paint, glitter
The Boy Scouts will continue to ban openly gay people from being members or volunteers. (Photo: Thinkstock)After two years of review, the Boy Scouts of America announced today that they will uphold their policy of banning homosexuals from volunteering with or being members of the organization.Read More »from Boy Scouts Decide to Uphold Policy Against Gays. Does This Go Against What They Claim to Stand For?
"After careful consideration of a resolution asking the Boy Scouts of America to reconsider its longstanding membership standards policy, today the organization affirmed its current policy, stating that it remains in the best interest of Scouting and that there will be no further action taken on the resolution," the BSA said in a statement.
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The decision was made by an 11-member special committee, whom the organization refused to identify, saying only that the committee members "included a diversity of perspectives and opinions" and their decision "reflects the beliefs and perspectives of the BSA's members, thereby allowing Scouting to remain focused on its mission and the work it is doing to serve more youth."
"With the country moving toward
- LilSugar | Parenting – Tue, Jul 17, 2012 5:53 PM EDT
LilSugarSource: Ice Cream Social: The Best Ice Cream Parlors Around the Country
Load on the sprinkles and put a cherry on top because today is National Ice Cream Day! Summer is in full swing, and there's no better time to enjoy the cold, creamy treat. Every town has their cherished sundae spot, but we've rounded up the best parlors across the land. From a spot serving amazing handcrafted gelato to unique dives, these ice cream parlors are fun for the whole family. Did we miss your favorite? Make sure to leave a comment sharing the best ice cream in your neck of the woods!
- Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlour - Dania Beach, FL: Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlour is so full of excitement that you almost forget you're there for a tasty treat! Featured on the Food Network, Jaxson's is a family-friendly dive that you can't miss if you're in South Florida.
- Big Dipper Ice Cream - Missoula, MT: This local favorite has been featured in Food and Wine as well as Budget Travel. Big Dipper Ice Cream offers
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"I think it's kind of data point upon data point, and nothing is coming up roses," Citigroup analyst Deborah Weinswig told CNBC, citing signs that the weak consumer spending that began in the late springtime has worsened in recent weeks.
As a result, Weinswig lowered earnings estimates for some retailers during the back-to-school selling season, which is the second busiest time for retailers after the Christmas holiday season.
Weinswig's call came in the wake of Monday's report that U.S. retail sales fell for a third straight month in June as demand for everything from cars to electronics to building materials slowed. That report, combined with three months of weak monthly same-store sales reports from retail chains, weak store traffic and
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My memories of summer include bug bites, games of kick-the-can, swimming lessons, and countless hours curled up in a chair reading. My kids have finally reached the age where they experience summer the way I remember it. Penny, who is 6 ½, and William, almost 4, go to camp two days a week. They swim, do arts and crafts, play on the playground, and make new friends. The highlight of camp so far has been Penny receiving her "duck badge" when she swam from one side of the pool to the other and earned the right to swim in the deep end.
The other three weekdays vary. They've gone with their babysitter to the playground and the library. We've taken trips to the beach with plastic buckets and water shoes, and they've scraped their knees and thrown rocks and collected as many varieties of seaweed as they can find. We've created obstacle courses in the front yard. Most days they wander next door to visit their great-grandmother. They know the afternoons hold "quiet times"
- The_Stir | Parenting – Tue, Jul 17, 2012 4:00 PM EDT
ice cream coneFinding fun activities to do with your kids in the summer isn't tough, but after a few weeks of visiting amusement parks, going to movies, and paying admission to zoos & museums, keeping your little ones entertained can get a bit pricey.
But there really are plenty of things you can do with your children that are not only enjoyable -- but also inexpensive and easy to manage, especially on those days when you feel like you don't have much energy left.
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Here are 30 cheap, fun, and simple activities to enjoy with your kids this summer.
1. Run the sprinkler -- For easy fun on sweltering days, put your kids in their bathing suits, turn the sprinkler on, and let 'em run wild while you relax in a lounge chair in the yard.
2. Head to the library -- Encourage your kids to love reading by making regular visits to the library, and check out a few books each time to bring home for some snuggle time on theRead More »from 30 Simple Summer Activities Your Kids (& Your Wallet) Will Love
- The_Stir | Parenting – Tue, Jul 17, 2012 3:58 PM EDT
On the latest episode of Mom vs. Man from CafeMom Studios, host Lauren O'Quinn challenged a group of five men with a very daunting task -- to see if they could collectively assemble a breast pump in 60 seconds or less.
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And I know what you're thinking -- there's no way these guys were able to pull it off, because putting a breast pump together is hard enough for a breastfeeding mom, let alone a bunch of men who look like they're barely out of college.
Take a look at the clip below to see how they fared -- their efforts may surprise you!
LOL! Can you believe that they were actually able to pull it off? And honestly, these guys really seemed to enjoy the process, especially the dude in the pink shirt. After taking the pump for a test drive, he seemed kind of in pain at first -- but then he got pretty into the whole deal. I wouldn't be surprised if he begged Lauren to give it another try once theRead More »from 5 Guys Tackle a Breast Pump: You've Gotta See This! (VIDEO)
We know how it is. After you have kids, the best time to shop is often the middle of the night. Next time you're up at midnight and looking to refresh your kid's room, wardrobe, or just refresh your Pinterest wish list, check out some of our favorite sites to browse.
The Land of NodThe Land of Nod
The goods: Storage collections, wall art, bedroom furniture, and rugs
Why we love it: Things are looking quite colorful at the kids' furniture shop from the same folks who brought you Crate & Barrel. Need proof? The Jenny Lind bed now comes in hot pink. Where: At landofnod.com.
The goods: Fore Axel & Hudson, Chaser Kids, Creative Recreation
Why we love it: Boys will be well-dressed boys, thanks to the L.A.-based Web retailer dedicated exclusively to young gents. The shop-by-look option (skater, punk, vintage) keeps your Mr. Opinionister happy.
Where: At littledudesonly.com.
15 Reasons Why Moms Are BeautifulWithout a rolling introduction, I'm just going to get straight to the goods here. Because we mothers, we need a list like this. One to refer to as often as need be. This motherhood journey is the hardest, most beautiful, nerve-wracking thing we'll ever do. Now pour a cup of whatever you fancy and break off a hunk of dark chocolate from your fridge (I hope you always keep some on hand!) and wrap your brain and heart around each and every one of these 15 reasons why moms are beautiful.
1. You are beautiful when you are disgusted and afraid to do something, like tackle a blowout, or wipe down the poo-painted walls in the nursery. Or scoop poo from the bathtub. Basically any dealings with poo? You are brave, momma. You are beautiful.
2. If you string a sentence of words together while drooling, loosing your train of thought mid-sentence, or using misplaced adjectives, congratulations. You are a hot-mess, beautiful, sleepRead More »from 15 Reasons Why ALL Moms Are Beautiful
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