I've written quite a bit about our experience with daycare. How we decided to make the move to daycare from a private nanny, how we chose our daycare, even the benefits of daycare. We are lucky that we've found a place that we trust to take care of our son as well as we do at home. There are side effects of daycare that are expected -- language explosions, your kid being sick all the time, that moment when your kid calls out for his teacher instead of you. We've seen all of those and handled them in stride, along with the increase in birthday party invitations and testing my ability to remember fresh napping materials every Monday. On the other hand, there are side effects of daycare that we didn't plan on… -By Beth Anne BallanceRead More »from 7 Surprising Effects Daycare Has on Your Kids
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Nov 7, 2013 11:48 AM EST
When I think of a "bully," I think of that classic mean kid on the school yard, or the more contemporary version of an online teen harassing their peers virtually. I may be naive in my thinking, but I would love to believe that bullying is something that the aggressor grows out of. I want to hold onto hope that those bad seeds will emerge from their angst for the better and stop harassing their fellow human beings. But some just don't grow out of that bully stage -- for them it's not a temporary stage, but a way of life.
One who never learned their lesson is, reportedly, Miami Dolphins player Richie Incognito. On Monday, Incognito's teammate Jonathan Martin took a leave of absence from his team, apparently due to being bullied by Incognito. But the Miami Dolphins are on the defensive; it's part of the game, right?
"Our primary concern for Jonathan is his overall health and well-being," part of the statement read. "As an organization, we take any accusations of player misconductRead More »from The Miami Dolphins Prove Adult Bullying is Alive and Well
When my son, Norrin, was first diagnosed with autism, I remember telling the doctor: I will never put my son on medication.
That was five years ago. I was ignorant. I didn't know what autism was, what it looked like, or what it took to be a special needs parent.
During these last five years, we've worked with multiple therapists. We've done ABA, OT, PT, and Speech. Norrin attends a special education school, and he still gets ABA therapy at home (every day after school) 20 hours a week.
Norrin is almost eight years old. He has a dual diagnosis of autism and ADHD. He is a bright, friendly, and lovable kid who is fast on his feet and so easily distracted. He needs constant redirection to get through a single homework page. He still has difficulty following two or three step directions. He can't be left unsupervised. He runs and has no awareness of danger. I can't tell you how often a therapist has said they believed Norrin is capable of doing so much more, if only he'd slowRead More »from Is it Time to Put My Autistic Son on Medication?
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Nov 7, 2013 11:44 AM EST
For the third year in a row, late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel asked parents to prank their kids by telling them they ate all their Halloween candy. Parents video their kids' teary responses and upload them to YouTube, so that Kimmel and his staff can pick their favorites.
Reactions to the video seem to fall into three categories:
1. That's hilarious.
2. Those parents are horrible for making their kids cry on purpose.
3. Those parents are horrible for raising kids who are behaving that badly.
I don't think any of the parents are horrible, and I don't think there's anything wrong with good-natured family pranking. However, I am uncomfortable with the idea of grown adults making kids cry, on purpose, in the hopes of 15 seconds of fame. And while some of the kids' reactions are sort of cute/funny, most of the kids react exactly the way you'd expect when you take candy from a baby.
I also don't think the kids are behaving badly. I mean, yes, it's just candy, butRead More »from Is Jimmy Kimmel's Segment About Pranking Kids Hilarious — or Just Plain Mean?
- BabyZone | Parenting – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 12:13 PM EST
Is there a harder-working garment in a pregnant woman's closet than her maternity pants? After two pregnancies, check out why I'm grateful for my maternity pants--and why you should treasure yours, too!
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:18 AM EST
Did you ever look at an old necklace and think, "I used to really love this, but now it just seems like there's something missing"? If you're a mom with a teething baby, I'll tell you what's missing: drool. Like it or not, if you're wearing something colorful or dangly, your baby is going to want to get his fingers on it and then, of course, put it in his mouth. The drool itself isn't so bad -- look how it makes your baubles glisten! -- but the risk that your little grabby guy is going to slice his gums on a sharp edge or accidentally swallow a precious stone just isn't worth wearing whatever shiny thing you hope will distract passersby from the fact that you haven't washed your hair in days. Happily, I just learned that there's actually specially designed jewelry for moms that is touted as safe for babies to gnaw on, also known as -- of course -- teething jewelry. Thanks to Smart Mom Jewelry for providing pics of their silicone "teething bling." -By Alice Gomstyn
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:17 AM ESTIf you watched this great video featuring kids trying to comprehend the racist backlash to the Cheerios ad about an interracial family that began airing back in May, you're familiar with The Fine Bros' interview style. They gather a group of children of all ages for their "Kids React" series and ask them to examine media, then answer some questions about what they saw and the larger cultural issue attached. In their latest video, The Fine Bros asked their collective of California youngsters to watch this popular video of the gay marriage proposal that took place in a Utah Home Depot, as well as another lesbian marriage proposal video that went viral. The kids were then asked how the videos made them feel, and what they think about gay marriage. Take a look:
My 8-year-old daughter watched this video with me last night and laughed and nodded along as the kids gave their responses. Because we live in New York CityRead More »from Watch Adorable Children Explain Why Gay Marriage Should Be Legal
We all work hard, but being a work-at-home parent definitely has a unique set of challenges. It is a role that is often misunderstood. So today, I am setting the record straight and speaking for not only myself, but for the other work-at-home parents that I know.
I am going to share a few things that we really wish people would understand about the job that we do each and every day.
1. I don't "just" stay home.
So many people refer to those of us who work from home as stay-at-home parents. There is definitely a difference. I am not saying that stay-at-home moms and dads aren't working incredibly hard, because parenting is a freaking hard, full-time job. But doing it with a pile of work and deadlines on top is totally different. Sure stay-at-home parents have a ton of other jobs to do during the day like laundry, cooking, etc., but the world isn't going to end (in most cases) if that laundry has to be pushed back until tomorrow. When you have work deadlines, you often can'tRead More »from 8 Things Work-At-Home Parents Want You to Know
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:09 AM EST
A report from the nonprofit Child Care Aware of America found that in 31 states plus the District of Columbia, it's more expensive to pay for infant care than college tuition and fees.
As it should be.
It will be quite some time before I send one of my daughters off to college, although I have no doubt that when the day arrives, I will be an ugly, crying, nose-running, mascara-streaked, hot mommy mess. But I also imagine that it will not be the same kind of panic that ensued when I wasn't sure if I was going to have to send my older daughter to daycare when she was just a few months old.
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THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH DAYCARE, but it wasn't what I wanted for my firstborn. Daycare wasn't cheap - and in the end I was able to figure out a way to work from home so I could care for her (and now my younger daughter)
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:09 AM EST
I had lunch with some family members yesterday afternoon, and we were discussing good gift ideas for my son Eli for Chanukah, since it is rapidly approaching. We have already bought a toy that I've been searching for (off eBay; turns out they don't make it anymore!) and were considering buying him a play kitchen, but what I'd really been thinking about was getting him a baby doll and play stroller.
A few weeks ago, he was playing at his cousins' house and came across their baby doll strollers. He loves pushing his own stroller, so I wasn't surprised when he started pushing theirs. Soon he was squealing with delight as he tried to manage pushing two of them down the long hallway. An hour later, he cried and cried when he had to leave them to go eat dinner. He didn't show a ton of interest in the dolls themselves, but really liked pushing them around in the stroller.
I'm not one of those people who have strong opinions on gender roles. I mostly figure that toys are toys, but theRead More »from Should I Be Concerned when My Son Wants to Play with "Girly" Toys?
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