1138 rights are denied by not allowing gay marriageYes, it's true, even though I am gay, I hope that my future children are not. Before you bash me for saying such a horrible thing, read on…
Things are heating up around the country with the Supreme Court hearing arguments for Prop 8 and DOMA this week. As a married gay woman who is starting a family with my wife, I'm feeling very vulnerable that my rights and the future of equality in this country hang in the hands of nine Supreme Court justices, one of whom is a self-admitted homophobe.
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With all the coverage of what's going on in D.C., you can't escape the ignorant comments: homosexuality is a choice; God hates fags; marriage equality is harmful for children (more about why that is totally not true here and here); allowing gays to marry will ruin straight marriages (If your marriage is really so weak that the marriage of total strangers can tear yours apart, I think you have some other issues you should be focusing your
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Mar 28, 2013 11:26 AM EDT
1138 rights are denied by not allowing gay marriageYes, it's true, even though I am gay, I hope that my future children are not. Before you bash me for saying such a horrible thing, read on…Read More »from Confessions of a Gay Parent: 7 Reasons Why I Hope My Kids Aren't Gay
What can your family learn from The Croods?
By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media reviewer
The Croods is in theaters all across America (check out our review!). What kind of takeaways can you expect from this visually dazzling new adventure?
Not all cartoon cavemen are like Fred and Barney. Unlike another Stone Age family (the yabba-dabba-doo-ing, socializing-with-the-neighbors, and rock-quarry-working Flintstones), the Croods don't get out much, at least at first. Grug, the caveman clan's patriarch (voiced by Nicolas Cage), thinks there's no reason to leave the safe confines of their cave -- except for some serious food-hunting, that is. But he soon learns that life is that much more fun, even if it's a little (OK, a lot) unpredictable, when you step outside your comfort zone.
- Anything boys can do, girls can do, too -- sometimes better! Adventurous heroine Eep (Emma Stone) jumps, runs, scales mountains, and more just as enthusiastically as her dad and Guy (Ryan Reynolds) -- and, in the case of
- Not all cartoon cavemen are like Fred and Barney. Unlike another Stone Age family (the yabba-dabba-doo-ing, socializing-with-the-neighbors, and rock-quarry-working Flintstones), the Croods don't get out much, at least at first. Grug, the caveman clan's patriarch (voiced by Nicolas Cage), thinks there's no reason to leave the safe confines of their cave -- except for some serious food-hunting, that is. But he soon learns that life is that much more fun, even if it's a little (OK, a lot) unpredictable, when you step outside your comfort zone.
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Mar 27, 2013 5:36 PM EDT
Why parents need to take a step backI used to hate the snow.Read More »from Power Down the Helicopters: Why Parenting from the Sidelines is Good for Your Kids
No, I am not immune to the mysterious beauty of snowfall. And yes, shoveling makes for an invigorating start to the morning, sledding's a rush of fun, and I love how a blizzard muffles the near-constant drone of New York City's bustle and traffic. But honestly, I'd trade these pleasures for mild days, a floor clean of salt-encrust piles of snowmelt, and dry socks. Guess I'm just a hot, passionate man of the tropics at heart!
I'm coming to change my tune though, not because I've taken up cross country skiing or snowshoeing - winter sports, and all the expensive Gore-Tex-lined gear they require, don't appeal - but because my son loves playing in the snow. And I don't mean with me. By himself.
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For a kid who demands a lot of attention - he wants Mommy or Daddy involved even when playing with his most treasured toys - snow provides a rare opportunity for independence. Red of cheek and, since he refuses
gave birth to her son George six weeks ago—and he came out weighing a whopping 15 pounds 7 ounces.A new mom in England got the shock of her life when the she Read More »from 15-Pound Baby Doing Well After Scary Birth
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“He’s a little miracle—well, a big miracle, really,” Jade King, who birthed George vaginally, told the BBC.
No one realized just how big George was until his head had emerged, at which point his shoulders got temporarily stuck and he went without oxygen for five minutes.
“There was about 20-odd doctors in the room, and that’s when it got really scary,” King recalled.
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Once the baby was out, he was given a 10 percent chance of survival and transferred from Cheltenham to another hospital, in Bristol. He was kept there for four and a half weeks and then went home, and just received normal results from an MRI.
“It might just be that he’s a little big slow with his learning,” his mom added. “So hopefully
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Mar 27, 2013 2:04 PM EDT
One of the best things about having a little one is having an excuse to make holidays extra special and just because your child is still a baby, doesn't mean you can't get a jump start on those traditions. Even though your baby may not yet be able to participate in all of the holiday traditions, it can still be fun to begin celebrating them and there are definitely plenty of fun traditions that your little one can enjoy already! By Lauren Hartmann
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Mar 27, 2013 1:52 PM EDT
Babies learn their world through all of their senses, even when it comes to words - hearing, seeing, touching. By teaching a simple, straight-forward vocabulary, you can promote more positive communication experiences with your little one. I was lucky enough to talk to Erika Cardamone - the licensed speech and language pathologist behind the insightful blog TheSpeechies.com - to get some insight into simple, effective first words. Erika explains that since babies are fascinated with faces, they'll be watching your eyes and mouth intently when you speak. These 7 words are "visual" sounds - sounds you can see (like "m," "p," and "b"). By Amy Heinz
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- Disney Spoonful | Parenting – Wed, Mar 27, 2013 11:25 AM EDT
There's nothing sweeter than a kid in Easter Bunny ears! Make a pair for your child with materials you may already have at home. From cardboard boxes to an old tank top, you can transform common items into an adorable holiday headband or hat. Make your own with these 7 DIY crafts - and don't forget to snap priceless holiday photos! By Marigold Haske
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- TheBump.com | Parenting – Wed, Mar 27, 2013 10:01 AM EDT
I don't think it's exaggerating much to say I've spent at least half my life as a mother in my car with sleeping children. From the colicky infant days when nothing else would soothe them besides a drive around town, to the not-quite-ready-to-drop-a-nap days when my cranky toddler and I both desperately needed for him to take a short rest, I'd say my car is Mommy's little (expensive) helper.Read More »from 5 Baby Must-Haves No Mom (or Dad!) Should Travel Without
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Thinkstock / The BumpIn all that time spent behind the wheel with tiny passengers, I've come up with a list of 5 essential items you should carry in your car or minivan at all times:
1. A snack. I'm guessing you already tote around Cheerios or puffs or something for your little ones if they're old enough for solids. But I'm talking about a snack for YOU. How many times have you skipped breakfast or lunch because you're in a rush, only to find yourself ravenous and at the mercy of the closest drive-thru? I keep protein bars and a bottle of water in the center console of my car.
- Parenting.com | Parenting – Tue, Mar 26, 2013 5:06 PM EDT
YouTubeBy Leonora Desar
Meet Daniel Martinez-Leffew, a 12-year-old boy from California who wrote a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts urging him to end the ban on gay marriage and strike down Proposition 8.
In a moving video, Daniel reads aloud from his letter, which talks about how he and his sister Salina were adopted by their two dads when he was five. Daniel had been told in foster care that he was "unadoptable" because he has Goldenhar syndrome, a genetic disorder which affects the whole left side of his body. "I lost my little brother Emilio because some people wanted to adopt him, but they weren't willing to adopt me because of my medical conditions," said Daniel as he read aloud from the letter. "Lucky for me, that's when my two dads came along."
Daniel goes on to write about how he recently discovered that Justice Roberts adopted a boy and a girl, which reminded him of him and his sister.
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, Mar 26, 2013 5:04 PM EDT
Whether you intentionally choose a name for the meaning, or choose a name you like first, and then confirm the meaning, picking out baby names is one of the most fun, challenging, and exciting things you can do as a new parent-to-be. For both of our first two children we chose the names months in advance, and with our third we just couldn't decide, and in fact, Hayden was baby boy H for the first 36 hours of his life! In the spirit of the upcoming Easter season, I compiled a list of boy and girl names inspired by the holiday. Including both spiritual and seasonal names, the list contains 10 names both common and uncommon! By Andrea Howe
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