How to Provide Nutrition to Children By Shopping, DonatingWhen I was in Kenya last year I talked with an HIV-positive, expectant mother who told me that once her baby was born she would feed her a homemade mixture of millet, nuts, and water - essentially a rudimentary form of infant formula. I was mortified by the thought of homemade formula knowing that her baby would not receive adequate nutrition and that access to clean water in developing countries remains a perpetual problem. To this day, I hope her baby was able to survive on what she made for her to drink and that someone counseled her to breastfeed instead even though she was HIV positive.
Statistics for malnutrition in developing countries are quite startling. Did you know 1 in 3 children in developing countries die from malnutrition and that 11% of diseases like pneumonia are caused by malnutrition?
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How to Provide Nutrition to Children By Shopping, DonatingWhen I was in Kenya last year I talked with an HIV-positive, expectant mother who told me that once her baby was born she would feed her a homemade mixture of millet, nuts, and water - essentially a rudimentary form of infant formula. I was mortified by the thought of homemade formula knowing that her baby would not receive adequate nutrition and that access to clean water in developing countries remains a perpetual problem. To this day, I hope her baby was able to survive on what she made for her to drink and that someone counseled her to breastfeed instead even though she was HIV positive.Read More »from Buy for Yourself, Give Nutrition to Others
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 28, 2012 1:50 PM EST
Too many of us are familiar with this scenario: Aunt June is still peeved about your decision to marry that ne'er-do-well with whom you have two children ("You could do SO much better, dear"). You, a stalwart democrats, find yourself at a dinner table packed with seasoned Republicans. Mix in fatigue and alcohol and you have the makings of a conflagration. So, in hopes of making it through the holiday season without being singed, here are 7 things you might want to avoid discussing at the dinner table: - By Rene Syler
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- Parenting.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 28, 2012 1:30 PM EST
By: Kate at Parenting.comPlus: Man Arrested for Spilling the Beans on Santa to Kids
Although the threat of Santa knowing if you've been bad or good might come in handy to keep kids in line during the holiday season, it turns out to be an empty one. A new study finds that Santa (read: Mom and Dad) will give children presents whether they've been naughty or nice.
Walmart conducted a national survey of parents and kids, asking various questions about holiday gift giving and getting. Eighty percent of parents said their kids will get the same number of gifts, regardless of their behavior. But Santa's hold still works over kids: 62 percent surveyed said they believed they'd get more presents if they were nice over naughty.
Mom Amber Plante told USA Today that she'd rather her two sons have fond memories of Christmas morning, rather than using it to teach a lesson: "I'd rather my boys have fuzzy memories of happy times ripping openRead More »from Kids Will Get Presents Whether They're Naughty or Nice
- Refinery29 | Parenting – Wed, Nov 28, 2012 10:50 AM EST
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It was only seven months ago that Jessica Simpson gave birth to her and fiancé Eric Johnson's first child, the normally named Maxwell Drew - but it appears she's now got another on the way! According to Us Weekly, an inside source reports the couple just found out about the unexpected but very welcome news.
Jessica was the subject of a lot of media scrutiny regarding her post-baby weight, but we're thinking the new mom has plenty of more pressing things to worry about than haters, these days - plus, she's has been looking curvy and gorgeous these days, so really, who care? Being pregnant twice in one year is a lot to handle, so we wish her the very best.
Congratulations to the happy couple - and if you're curious to know more, pick up the latest issue of Us Weekly on newsstands this Friday!
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Helping a Grieving Child As adults, we know that eventually we must deal with the death of someone we know or love. Unfortunately, many children are forced to face it much earlier than adults would like. As a mother and as someone who lost my mother at a young age, I have compiled these tips for parents to help children cope with loss.
Much like the rest of us, children need to feel secure and significant after a loss. They don't want you to forget the loved one that has died, and they often don't articulate their feelings easily. We must acknowledge the reality of the death to be able to cope with it. Gentle, real and honest conversation will eventually help the child as they think through and feel through the grieving process.
When children are in pain, they want and need to be heard. They want to know that someone cares deeply for them. They need anRead More »from Helping Your Grieving Child After a Death
5 things to do with outgrown baby clothesAs I was doing laundry this week, I noticed that many of my baby boy's clothes are several sizes too small. He is nearly two years old, wearing a size 24 months or 2T, and yet, I have clothes in his drawers that are for a 12-month-old! I started setting his outgrown baby clothes aside to make room for new clothes. I will most likely donate his clothes, but there are plenty of other things you can do with your baby's outgrown clothes.Read More »from 5 Things to Do with Outgrown Baby Clothes
Many organizations accept donated baby clothes in good condition. Check your local homeless and women's shelters, particularly, as they can always use clothes for residents.
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2. Sell them
Small boutiques or consignment stores often buy clothes to resell. You won't get as much as you paid for, but you'll be able to get a few dollars to add to your baby's piggy bank. If there are no consignment shops in your area, or you prefer to sell online, selling on eBay might work for you. Lots of parents
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Nov 27, 2012 5:39 PM EST
There is nothing quite like the relationship between a mother and her child. If you are a mama, have been blessed with a wonderful relationship with your own mother or have a mom figure in your life that has provided you with unconditional love and support throughout your childhood and adulthood, you know how special that relationship can be. Here are 7 quotes to remind us how special moms are - By Nadia Carriere
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, Nov 27, 2012 5:05 PM EST
Welcome to the world, baby Hashtag! (Photo: Mashable via Facebook)Crazy baby names are nothing new. In fact, in recent years they've become endemic in our culture, with entire websites devoted to bad baby names, deliberate misspellings masquerading as parental "creativity," and celebrities who go way way past "unusual" and into "Wait. What?" territory (like actor Jason Lee, who named his child Pilot Inspektor in 2003).Read More »from Hello, Hashtag? Parents Give Baby Girl a Twitter-Inspired Name
But Hashtag? As in, well, #hashtag? Really? Really.
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"Hashtag Jameson was born at 10 o'clock last nite," the proud parent announced on Facebook Saturday night. "She weys 8pounds and i luv her so much!!!!!!"
Spelling-challenged friends started leaving equally creative congratulations in the comments.
"Aww babes you finally had youre Tweetybird xxx," one wrote.
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Some internet commenters have questioned whether the announcement is just a poorly executed viral marketing campaign for a certain brand of whiskey -- #Jameson? (Though we
10 Ways to Surrender to Your FemininityThis article by Suzanne Venker on FoxNews had me throwing up in my mouth a little bit today. It's not that she wasn't on the mark. It was that she was on it just barely enough to seem to make complete sense, yet overhanging reality enough to topple her whole premise over.Read More »from 7 Ways to Surrender to Your Femininity
Her theory, in a nutshell, is that women have emasculated men and stripped themselves of their quintessential "femininity" to the point of (GASP) making themselves into the proverbial UN-marriageable daughters - the spinsters of tomorrow.
First of all, hasn't she seen Pinterest? I assure you that Suzy Homemaker (not to be confused with Suzanne Venker) is alive and well on the interwebs and has the time to get your whites whiter, your Sunday roast cheaper and more succulent and your ironing done.
Ms Venker uses a lot of broad concepts, including pretty vague (but vaguely 1950′s American sounding) ideas of what it means to be masculine and feminine, implying that we are all somehow enslaved by these
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Nov 27, 2012 2:50 PM EST
Why Daughters Can Now Blame Their Moms for Teen AngstAs our seventh-grade daughter is on the verge of becoming an official teenager, I have learned that: (1) I am the bane of her existence, (2) I am irrelevant (unless there is a request for a sleepover or a new book), and (3) I am the stupidest mom EVER! The good news is that her teen self and new longing for independence are all right on track developmentally. The bad news is that I just have to weather the next few years and look forward to the day when she emerges from that black hole of teen-dom.Read More »from Why Daughters Can Now Blame Their Moms for Teen Angst
But as I continue to reassure myself that her attitudes toward me are perfectly natural and something I have to manage in my own head, along comes a new study just in time for her 13th birthday to add fuel to that never-ending good mother/bad mother fire. It's conclusion? If our teen daughters are unhappy at this point in their lives, it's our fault!
This recent report puts a new guilt-inducing twist on the old parents vs. teens saga - it turns out that unless you have a WABAC machine, it
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