Photo: Katherine MartinkoShortly after my first son was born, I left Toronto and moved to a small town where my husband had a job. It was a big adjustment since I didn't know anyone, didn't have a car, and my husband was working 12-hour shifts, often at night. We lived in a cramped two-room cottage with no phone, Internet, or laundry facilities, so I mostly spent my days walking through residential streets and exploring trails along the edge of Lake Huron. Despite being a bit boring, it was also incredibly special to spend so much time focused on my baby. He was my constant companion and gave structure and focus to my day.
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That was three years ago. Now I have a second child and life is very different. I have friends, a car, and a washing machine that never seems to stop. There is very little time for boredom and spontaneity because my calendar is full of social obligations. There are nursery school pick-ups and drop-offs,
Photo: Katherine MartinkoShortly after my first son was born, I left Toronto and moved to a small town where my husband had a job. It was a big adjustment since I didn't know anyone, didn't have a car, and my husband was working 12-hour shifts, often at night. We lived in a cramped two-room cottage with no phone, Internet, or laundry facilities, so I mostly spent my days walking through residential streets and exploring trails along the edge of Lake Huron. Despite being a bit boring, it was also incredibly special to spend so much time focused on my baby. He was my constant companion and gave structure and focus to my day.Read More »from What's Baby Number 2 Missing Out On?
So it went for writer Claudia Lonow, a one-time stand-up comic who has taken that experience, filtered it through a Hollywood lens, and is now letting it unfold on primetime. Her new show, "How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)," premiering Wednesday night on ABC, is loosely based on her own "boomeranger" story.
The show, which stars Sarah Chalke (of "Scrubs" fame), finds the funny in an increasingly common side effect of the recession.
"I moved in a long time ago when the economy was great, not everyone was doing it. I was ahead of my time in terms of bottoming out in my '30s," the executive producer tells Shine.
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I just read an article (and why do I feel the need to click on articles about parenting that have nothing to do with my life?) on MSNBC that said that a lot of women are starting their babies on solid food too young.
Apparently specialists recommend not starting any type of solid food before your baby is 6 months old. Okay, fine. I'm not completely irritated by that. I mean, sure my pediatrician recommended starting at 4 months and six months if a child exhibited allergies to breast milk/formula or was having digestive trouble. The article basically calls out moms (because we all know dads have no responsibility for feeding their children right?) for starting too early thereby risking diabetes, Celiac disease obesity and other horrors. According to the article, the moms who started solids too soon had reasons like "A doctor or health care professional said my baby should start eating solid food" or "My baby wanted the food I ate" or "It would help my baby sleep longer
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Apr 2, 2013 3:28 PM EDT
Let's get this out of the way up front: we all love our kids. That being said, being a mom also has its less-than-awesome moments. We all have little things about being a parent that DRIVE US NUTS. For me it's clipping little fingernails. I always let it go too long so they have talons. Then they wiggle and squirm while I'm clipping them so it's a little like wrestling an octopus, if octopi had claws and were willing to rake them down the side of your face. Every time I find myself clipping tiny fingernails, I wonder if it would be acceptable to send a 5-year-old and an 8-month-old to a nail salon so I can outsource the whole thing. Lucky for me, there are lots of other moms out there willing to share what they don't like about parenting. Solidarity, people! Here 7 moms share their least favorite things about motherhood. - By Rebekah Kuschmider
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Beach vs Water ParkLiving in Florida has taught me that if you want to feel really crappy about yourself and guilt yourself into a starvation diet, you should simply go to South Beach.
Yep, the beaches here are filled with hot, svelte, uber-tan, scantily clad, could-be models who do things you would normally see in cheesy 80s spring break movies or the making of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, like whip their hair out of the water in a single choreographed move in slow motion.
For this reason, I always have a cover-up no more than an arm's distance away as I sit under an umbrella and wonder, "When did I stop being that young, hot, frolicy, slow-motion girl? Wait, was I ever her? Shoot, I don't know if I was ever her, and now I'll never be her again or for the first time..."
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Apr 2, 2013 1:37 PM EDT
As a parent, you spend a lot of your time trying to teach your child things, but if you stop to think about it, they are constantly teaching you as well. Recently I've realized just how many great life lessons I've learned from my own little one. Click through to see what I've learned and then I'd love to hear what life lessons your little has taught you below in the comments! By Lauren Hartmann
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Apr 2, 2013 1:33 PM EDT
6 months already!When my first two children were born, time seemed to move very slowly for the first year of their lives: in part because I was a new(er) mother, and in part because my babies had difficult stages, some days seemed to drag on. Eight years after the birth of my first child though, and time is going way too quickly for my liking. Hayden is almost 7 months old already, and between his sweet temperament that literally goes with the flow, and our busy lives involved with having two school-aged children, the days are flying by. Here are some things I'm already missing about Hayden being 6 months old, and reasons why I wish time would just slow down!Read More »from 6 Months Already? Why I Wish Time with My Baby Would Slow Down
1. The empty baby book
I feel tremendous amounts of guilt over the lack of entries in Hayden's baby book. Everyday that passes and I realize that gosh, he's already 6 months old, I realize that if I don't get started on that thing soon, he'll be 6 years old before I know it and I will have forgotten all the important stuff to take note of.
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Apr 1, 2013 2:52 PM EDT
On January 24th, somewhere between Aswan and Luxor, Egypt, I wrote in my journal; "We have made it to the Felucca sailboat. It slips slowly down the Nile's black, evening waters, almost not moving. The sun has set, and the silhouette of the palm trees outline the banks of the river. One of our three Nubian captains is cooking a pot of stew. The aroma of saffron, cumin, and tomatoes fill the air. Our Egyptologist Guide, Sam, and our accommodations manager, Tom, speak together in Arabic, erupting into loud bouts of laughter without warning A lone, mud colored cow, calls out along the grassy banks. A camel grazes behind him. Beyond the palm trees is miles of desert, stretching long and wide. There is a peace in this moment that I have not experienced anywhere else. This is sailing down the Nile." Here are 10 of my favorite images with captions from our family's Felucca experience, beyond the pyramids. - By Me Ra Koh
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Image: Maaike Bernstrom PhotographyToday is my daughter's fourth birthday. Gretchen Rubin says about parenting: "The days are long. but the years go fast." I can't help but refer back to this phrase over and over again as my kids get bigger. Yes, the days before my children were born seem like forever ago, but they also seem to be growing up so quickly. I knew parenting would be hard (although nobody ever knows how hard it really is until they do it), and I knew that I would always look back at their baby and toddler years and wish they were longer, but what has surprised me the most in the past (almost) seven years of being a parent is truly how quickly they grow up; not so much physically or in years, but cognitively and emotionally.Read More »from The Most Surprising Thing I’ve Found About Parenting
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When my son was a baby, I envisioned him at six-years-old as enjoying playing sports, learning how to read and write, and playing LEGOs. I wasn't prepared to have a little boy who was running into my room on
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Apr 1, 2013 2:17 PM EDT
New York Times report.A 6-year-old Afghan girl sold by her father into an impending marriage to pay off a family medical debt got a reprieve Monday: She will now get to stay with her parents, thanks to an anonymous donor who is paying off the debt of $2,500 through an American lawyer, according to a still-developing Read More »from Afghan Girl, 6, Rescued from Child Bride Fate; Countless Others not so Lucky
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The girl, Naghma, wound up being bartered by father Taj Mohammad after he borrowed the $2,500 from a fellow refugee-camp resident over the course of a year. The money was to pay for a hospital treatment for his wife and medical care for some of his nine children, including a three-year-old who later froze to death. If he couldn’t pay it off in another year, Naghma would be forced to wed the lender’s 17-year-old son.
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“They said, ‘Pay back our money,’ and I didn’t have any money, so I had to give my girl,” Mohammad told the
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