I was in. Hell, yes. After a long day at work and a rough week with a grouchy, teething baby, this was just what mama needed. I hadn't been out for a "grown up" night with the girls in months. We continued to fleshRead More »from My Girls' Night In
- Forget Girls' Night Out. Now I'm all about the Girls' Night In.Last Saturday, I got a phone call from a girlfriend about a girls' night out. The call came in the middle of me cleaning smashed pear off both my legs and the legs of the high chair while my 11-month-old daughter teetered around eating sweet potato puffs behind me. My group of girlfriends had decided we were due for a get together, and they were all in. It would be a night, they had decided, of drinks and dining at one of our favorite spots, followed by more drinks at another favorite spot, followed by possible late night booty shaking and anything else that would entail quality, female bonding. My ears had been perked up like a Great Dane the entire time she was talking. I started to feel manic at the prospect. She didn't need to say more. She had me at GIRLS NIGHT OUT.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Nov 12, 2013 11:56 AM ESTThe Science of RoughhousingMy son's preschool has an activity choice that might seem a little odd: wrestling. During wrestling time, the teachers pull out mats, and the kids sit around the edges and watch as two little ones get in the center and repeatedly try to pull each other down to the ground.
At an age when most parents are trying to keep a lid on physical aggression, it sounds counterintuitive to encourage it at school. While I was watching it one day before picking up my son, my heart thumped to see him struggle, arms locked with a friend, and collapse in a tussle on the floor.
The school sanctions this with a purpose, though: it gives the kids a safe space to practice physical play. The kids talk to each other about the rules before they start, and they learn to communicate about personal boundaries while they're pushing and pulling - what feels okay, and how to tell when your friend has had enough. It's not just for designated wrestling time, either; the teachers allow the little three- andRead More »from The Science of Roughhousing - and Why Your Kids Need It
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Nov 12, 2013 11:09 AM EST
I've been married for 7+ years and my son is 4 years old, so it's not a surprise that most of my friends are already parents. On the other hand, I still have many childfree friends. On a selfish level, they are some of the greatest friends because they ask me to go out for margaritas on a Tuesday night or encourage me to slip away for a girls weekend to the beach. Telling them stories about motherhood helps me remember why I love it so much since they don't have their own stories to share - for the most part, they find the moment I found humiliating funny, or the moment I found annoying to be endearing - so they help keep motherhood in perspective. It's also no surprise that they have loads of questions about the realities of parenting past Facebook highlights and Twitter complaints. Is puke really that disgusting? Will I ever sleep again? Will my body ever be normal? So here are some truths about kids that the childfree may wonder about. -Beth Anne Ballance
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Nov 12, 2013 11:02 AM ESTDyslexia Turned My Family Into a Bunch of Devil Worshippers
This was definitely the case with the sidelong glances, stand-offish attitudes, and palpable distrust we sensed from other parents during the years my daughters attended a local charter school.
We were baffled at the time. We just couldn't put our finger on why our kids got the kid glove treatment.
It was subtle, but undeniable. Certain parents wouldn't allow their daughters to sleep over at our house. Our girls were consistently excluded from group playdates organized by certain moms.
One mom, who volunteered daily in the school office, would shoot exaggerated eye daggers my way every time she saw me. She did nothing to disguise her hatred of our entire family, including my then one-year-old son. Once, when I waved to her at the mall, she fled into a store.
I'm pretty thick skinned and don't suffer from a need to be super popular. Where my kids are concerned, though, I have anRead More »from How Dyslexia Turned My Family into a Bunch of Devil Worshippers
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Nov 12, 2013 10:50 AM ESTYou Should Beat Your Kids
Classic link bait.
The author crafted a sensational headline where it appears he's going to go off on people getting married too young, or fight to turn the tide on gay marriage, and then he switches it up and writes a super sweet piece about how marriage is a selfless act, not a selfish one.
This headline could be seen as that. Many of you drifted over here thinking I was going to advocate corporal punishment and make a case that you should not spare the rod when raising your child.
Not going to do it.
Honestly, I think when we spank or hit our kids, it says more about you than it does about the act they've done. It shows your lack of ability to keep it in check. Lashing out is selfish. I've done it, and each time it hurt me more than it hurt them. It's embarrassing (and in some countries, it's illegal).
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Nov 12, 2013 10:49 AM EST
When my son, Norrin, was first diagnosed with autism, I cried every night for weeks. My body curled in the fetal position, trembling, with my husband beside me, trying his best to offer consolation, even though he was scared too. I accepted autism a long time ago, but acceptance doesn't have an ending point. It's an ongoing road. And that road stretches far beyond the horizon. People ask if I hope there'll be a cure for autism. Even with all my worries and fears, I can honestly say that I don't care about a cure. I just care about Norrin. Having a kid with autism doesn't mean that I've given up on hoping for my son. Ironically, all of my hopes seem to have been born from all of my fears. I'm not writing this for sympathy -- autism parents don't want anyone to pity us or our children. I'm sharing because I'm hoping that our honesty will help others understand. I hope the more people understand, the more our worries and fears can be alleviated. -By Lisa Quinones-Fontanez
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- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Nov 11, 2013 5:13 PM EST
Twerking is the unofficial dance of 2013 (thanks, Miley Cyrus!), and similar sexually suggestive dance moves favored by teens aren't sitting well with the adults in their lives. With bans on inappropriate dancing now the norm at many schools around the country, one high school is going a step further to make sure its students aren't tempted to bump and grind, by banning most school dances.
Jeff Maher, principal of Stowe High School in Stowe, Vermont, wrote on the school’s blog last month:Read More »from Will Canceling School Dances Stop Kids From Grinding, Twerking?
“This morning I announced to students that we are canceling school dances for the remainder of the year. The Prom in May will be the only exception. I arrived at this decision following considerable feedback from parents, faculty and staff, and students. All of this feedback was directed at the 'style' of dancing common among students in high schools across the nation; students and adults alike are uncomfortable with 'grinding' as this style of dance is called. It is inappropriate, demeaning, and does
- Newser | Parenting – Mon, Nov 11, 2013 3:41 PM EST
(Newser) - The Motion Picture Association of America wants young people to know that piracy is a crime-and the group is hoping to get the message out early. It's teaming up with the Recording Industry Association of America and Internet service providers to push an anti-piracy program in elementary schools, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The California School Library Association and iKeepSafe, a nonprofit aimed at kids' online safety, are also on board with the "Be a Creator" program, aimed at kids from kindergarten through sixth grade.
The draft curriculum, commissioned by the MPAA-backed Center for Copyright Information, features lessons like "Respect the Person: Give Credit" and "It's Great to Create," the Times notes.
But some educators and experts aren't happy with the idea, and have two main complaints: One, that the curriculum is biased because it doesn't teach fair use. (A rep for iKeepSafe says the concept of fair use could be better understood by teens.) Second,Read More »from Piracy-Fighting Plan: Teach Copyright Law to Little Kids
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