American Academy of Pediatrics endorses same-sex marriageA couple of years ago I was at a birthday party for one of C's friends. As the various kids played downstairs, all the parents at the party sat around snacking and talking about parenting stuff. I was a bit chagrined when other families started talking about family mealtimes. Inwardly, I lamented our long, staggered commutes that made family dinners impossible. Then I chuckled to myself when I thought how tweaked some gay-marriage opponents would be if they heard the conversation. See, all the wholesome-eat-dinner-together families were same-sex pairs. It was only my hetero family that was failing the traditional family values test.
In five years of hanging out with parents off all sexual preferences, I can say with some certainty that there's no major difference in how we raise our kids, apart from the usual personal idiosyncrasies that differentiate all parents. We all love our kids insensibly and we all struggle with things like potty training, bedtime routines, teaching empathy
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Mar 22, 2013 11:37 AM EDT
American Academy of Pediatrics endorses same-sex marriageA couple of years ago I was at a birthday party for one of C's friends. As the various kids played downstairs, all the parents at the party sat around snacking and talking about parenting stuff. I was a bit chagrined when other families started talking about family mealtimes. Inwardly, I lamented our long, staggered commutes that made family dinners impossible. Then I chuckled to myself when I thought how tweaked some gay-marriage opponents would be if they heard the conversation. See, all the wholesome-eat-dinner-together families were same-sex pairs. It was only my hetero family that was failing the traditional family values test.Read More »from American Academy of Pediatrics Endorses Same Sex Marriage
Tea TimeWinnie the Pooh's Christopher Robin used his favorite stuffed animals to create a wonderful world of make-believe, something that every toddler needs. Here are a few magical ideas to not only entertain your toddler (which, as we all know, is harder than it sounds), but also spark creativity and imagination in your own Hundred Acre Woods.
Boy or girl, all young kids love having an imaginative tea party. Case in point: my 20-month old excitedly yells "Tea time!" whenever she spies her "fake" tea set. And while the standard tea party is an oldie but goodie, why not make it interesting (and keep Mom and Dad from getting bored) with a few creative enhancements:
- Invite all of your child's favorite dolls and stuffed animals to tea. Sit them around in a circle and have your little one serve all of them. Trust me, this is a huge hit in my household.
- Serve dainty tea sandwiches on appropriately small plates. Perfect for little hands to grab and eat, meal time just got
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Thu, Mar 21, 2013 2:45 PM EDT13-year-old daughter's increasingly disrespectful behavior, Gentry and Renee Nickell of Crestview, Florida, decided to make her punishment humiliating and public. On Saturday, the teen (whose name has not been released) spent 90 minutes standing at a busy intersection with a hand-written sign describing her sins.Worried about their
It read: "I’m a self-entitled teenager w/no respect for authority. I’m also super smart, yet I have 3 'D’s' because I DON’T CARE."
Passing motorists saw the teen, who was standing with her dad at the corner of Ferdon Boulevard and U.S. Highway 90 in Crestview, and snapped pictures of her with their cell phones. Some of the photos ended up on Facebook, where they were shared within the Crestview community (the Nickells said that they have not seen those photos; Yahoo! Shine was not able to find them online). Someone called the police, who showed up to talk to the teen and left after deciding that she wasRead More »from Parents Force Girl to Hold Sign as Punishment for Being Disrespectful. Tough Love or Too Much?
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A surprising new study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood undercuts what pediatricians and parents have long thought: that drinking low-fat milk is part of a healthy diet to keep your child's weight in check. In fact, researchers found kids who drink skim or 1 percent are actually more likely to be overweight than those who drink 2 percent or whole.
"We were very surprised," says study author Mark Daniel DeBoer, M.D., an associate professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA. "Our original hypothesis was that skim and 1 percent milk would be associated with lower baseline weights and less weight gain. Instead we found that children drinking skim and 1 percent were heavier, potentially because when children are overweight their parents are more likely to give them skim milk. We next looked at weight gain over time and were surprised thatRead More »from Study: Skim Milk May Not Reduce Obesity Risk
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Mar 21, 2013 2:41 PM EDT
We can always count on celebrities to entertain us -- not only with their movies, music, and fashion choices, but with their everyday actions and choices. Take choosing a baby name, for instance. Celebrities are known for ignoring tradition and introducing us to new, fun, and, yes, sometimes just plain weird names for our babies. And yet, whether they intend to or not, celeb's baby name choices often start trends and inspire the names of new babies born all around the world. Sometimes their choices seem to come out of nowhere, but other times they're inspired by the world around us or even the season. Here are 10 celebrity baby names inspired by spring! - By Amy Soukup, Jenn Gimbel, and Caitlin Palmer
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Mar 21, 2013 2:24 PM EDT
While never frequent enough, birth announcements are by far my most favorite piece of mail to receive. Like clockwork, I open the envelope and the photo announcement goes straight to the refrigerator, where it will stay for weeks on end. Every time I pass by the announcement, I just can't help but smile! New babies being born, it doesn't get much better than that. Easter Sunday is March 31st, and if you're a new parent, you have a great opportunity to send out an Easter-themed birth announcement. And the best part about these super cute announcements? You can print almost all of them yourself, at home or at your local printing place! Here are my 7 favorite Easter birth announcements! - By Emily Elling
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Mar 21, 2013 11:02 AM EDT
10 ways to celebrate world Down syndrome dayIf you are the parent, family member or friend of a person with Down syndrome, you should be contemplating how to celebrate one of the most important days of the year: World Down Syndrome Day.Read More »from We're More Alike Than We Know: 10 Ways to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day
Today, March 21, is set aside to celebrate the triplication of chromosome 21 that is the genetic composition of people with this condition.
This special event has been created to generate awareness about the abilities and possibilities of people with Down syndrome. As a special fact, it is estimated that around 6 million people in the world live with this condition and we are all more alike than we know.
Related: 21 reasons why you should celebrate World Down Syndrome day
Here are 10 ways to celebrate:
1. Watch (and share!) this great video from the International Down syndrome Coalition WDSD.
2. Follow and share the National Down syndrome center updates. Every day, they post information on their Facebook page featuring a worker with Down syndrome, supported by Briggs and Associates. This is
c/o ParentingThis is not your father's fatherhood. Muddling through with a little ingenuity (and a lot of coffee), these benchwarmers offer their dad's-eye view of the playground. They are masters of their corner of blacktop. They are Lords of the Playground.
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Mar 20, 2013 2:17 PM EDT
It has been a little over a year since my toddler Izaiah has been at home and out of regular daycare. While I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 14 months having him by my side, we are now settled into our new home and it's time for us to get him on a schedule. The best way for this schedule-free house to get our kid on a schedule is to enroll him in preschool. Three weeks ago, Izaiah started at his new school. I honestly didn't think that there would be any issues. Izaiah does go to church several times a week. He enjoys his friends and teachers there, so this preschool thing would be no big deal, right?WRONG, MOM. It's been a new adventure, with many lessons learned -- here are 7 of the most important ones. - By Molly Thornberg
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Mar 20, 2013 2:15 PM EDT
What a month! With St. Patrick's Day and Easter so closely together, it can be a bit of a whirlwind of family celebrations and photo-ops. As a DIY'er, shutterbug and new(ish) mom, a whole new world of inspiration has opened up to me. Now I have holidays and themes to sink my teeth into - with the main object being memory making. (And adorning my walls with adorable photos of my children.) Of course, one doesn't necessarily need a photo prop to do this - babies are mesmerizing and cute all on their own. But please. Tell me what's cuter than a fresh baby in a bunny or chickadee outfit? Here are 10 adorable accessorites to inspire your Easter photos - By Selena Burgess
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