Pregnancy and your growing baby bump… it's a strange time. You watch your shape change almost daily and while you know it's for good reasons, sometimes it can catch you off guard. You wake up and out of nowhere, you have a large bump in front of you and suddenly none of your clothes fit. You try to eat something, but quickly find out there's little room for any food and you end up having a food baby on top of your real baby. The growing bump can also cause a whole slew of aches and pains. From the baby kicking you in the ribs to trying to tie your shoes, it can be inconvenient, no matter how much you know it's amazing, wonderful, and you want it. There are some unexpected benefits you can get from a growing baby bump though too-good things that can be a direct result of your new pregnant shape. You may even miss some of them when the baby is in your arms and out of your mid-section. Check out these 7 unexpected benefits of a growing baby bump (I'm realizing all over again!). -ByRead More »from 7 Unexpected Benefits of Growing a Baby Bump
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 1, 2013 12:26 PM EDT
Every thirty minutes during church the other week, I poked my head into my toddler Vivi's class and said "Potty?" We visited the church bathroom at least seven times before having success, a satisfying pee complete with a sturdy wipe, flush and wash. Of all the parenting activities that have tested my resolve, potty training is at the tippy top of that list. Now that I've survived it once, I realize that it's not the end of the world, it's just a somewhat difficult part of the world that will someday resolve itself. Heck, I've been potty trained for 30 years and there's still times (thanks to two kids!) that waiting for a potty seems impossible. As I venture down potty road with Vivi, the milestones involved in potty training are coming back to me, some of them funny, some of them a little messy, but all of them necessary in order to send a toilet trained human out into the world. Whether you're in the thick of training, well past it, or just beginning, I think you'll relate to someRead More »from 10 Potty Training Milestones Every Child Goes Through
When you know better, you do better. It's just that the process of how, exactly, to know better can be a tough one. Especially when you're a mom, and what you know, and how you do it, affects not just you, but your child. Joan Wickersham wrote on The Huffington Post about seven truths that women have to learn the hard way, which got us to thinking about truths that moms have to learn the hard way. It's a nice idea to think it's our kids who learn lessons the hard way, and that by the time we're old enough to have kids, we know better and will take the path of least resistance. Yeah, it's a nice idea. Here are seven truths that moms have to learn the hard way. Quite unfortunately. -By Meredith CarrollRead More »from 7 Truths Moms Have to Learn the Hard Way
Parenting books claim "spirited" to be an adjective of girls that are difficult to parent, but I object. My spirited girl is adventurous, loving and destined to be an amazing woman. As long as I stay focused on my end game as a parent, my girl's innate character will suit her beautifully into adulthood. Here are the great joys of raising a spirited baby girl. - By Vanessa Bell
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(Newser) - Baby boy or baby girl? As of today, parents in Germany have the option of choosing neither, leaving the gender spot on their newborn's birth certificate blank if the baby's sex can't be determined. As many as one in 2,000 people are born with ambiguous genitalia, and the new law basically creates a third gender category for "indeterminate" or "intersex" people, the BBC reports.
Currently, passport holders in the country are listed as either M (male) or F (female); with this change, a third option will be added: X (intersex). Individuals whose gender is left blank at birth can choose later to become male or female, or can remain intersex, Der Spiegel reports.
Newborn BabyGermany, the first European country to make such an allowance, reviewed cases of intersex babies and found that many who were subjected to sex assignment surgery at a young age ended up unhappy. The law is an attempt to relax the pressure on parents, who may feel forced to make a quick decision about gender andRead More »from Germany Creates 3rd Gender
What?! A single baby that weighs as much as a good-sized family's Thanksgiving bird? Is this even possible? Is this something from The Onion?
Evidently not, and thus one mommy in Utah is probably glad she decided to go with a Caesarean section in the end. According to a piece over at the Huffington Post, earlier this year Sarah Brandon knew she had a big boy in her belly, but no one quite knew the reality of the situation.
"My last ultrasound showed that he was going to be around 11 pounds," the mother of 2-year-old twin girls told the Huff Post.
Now, let's all agree upon one thing here and now, okay? An 11-pound baby is nothing to shake a stick at, is it? That's about 4 pounds bigger than what I'd say your average new kid on the block weighs in at.
Still, at that point in time, even though everyone from doctors to nurses to mom and dad, and anyone else who got wind of the very, very big baby on the way, young Joel 'J.J.' Brandon Jr. wasn't even close to stepping awayRead More »from Utah Mom Gives Birth to 14-Pound Baby Boy
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 1, 2013 11:22 AM EDT
My mother was strict about makeup and not very strict about much else. I wasn't allowed to wear any until I got into high school, supposedly.
Did that stop me? Of course not. I simply hid my makeup use from my mom. I put it on each day on the school bus, using a lighter to heat up the blue pencil liner so it would glide on smoothly (don't ask how many times I burned my eyes but it was A LOT) before I added my blue eyeshadow and shiny Bonnie Bell lipgloss (it was the '70s DON'T JUDGE).
Can we pause for a moment about how unlikely it would be today that ten tween girls would be allowed to use lighters on a school bus? It was like a weird thing; the bus doors closed, the bus moved, and a dozen lighters lit up.
It's Halloween weekend, of course, which is pretty much the only time kids of all ages are allowed to enjoy using a little makeup (or even a lot). So when my daughter and her playdate friend asked if they could have some makeup to play with this weekend, I saidRead More »from Should 7-Year-Old Girls Be Allowed to Wear Makeup?
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 1, 2013 11:19 AM EDTKimreyTwelve-year-old Madison Kimrey has a problem with recent changes to voting laws in North Carolina, and she's speaking up about it. In a speech given on Monday, she railed against new restrictions that are likely to limit voter turnout of young people.
Before the new voting law went into effect, 16- and 17-year-olds in North Carolina could pre-register to vote, and would be automatically added to the rolls when they turned 18.
The new law also requires voters to show photo identification, shortens early voting from 17 days to ten, eliminates same-day voter registration during early voting, and restricts counting on some provisional ballots. Last month the federal Justice Department filed suit to block parts of the law. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has defended the changes.
Gov. McCrory also dismissed Madison Kimrey's request to meet with him on the issue, saying that she is a "prop for liberal groups."
Madison, who hasRead More »from 12-Year-Old Activist Madison Kimrey Takes North Carolina Politics by Storm
- Erin Zammett Ruddy | Parenting – Fri, Nov 1, 2013 11:01 AM EDTMade up or stripped down--what's your delivery room deal? I've seen some seriously glammed up "I just had my baby!" shots popping up in my Facebook feed and around the web recently. You know, where the baby is literally just out of the womb but the mom looks like she's heading out for the night…in Vegas. I'm not judging, but as someone who's about to give birth, I'm curious how everyone feels about this seemingly new phenomenon….
I'm not talking about celebrities. Frankly, I don't consider them real anyway, so what they do and how they present themselves postpartum doesn't really affect me (though I was happy to see that Kate Middleton still looked a little pregnant in her post royal-birth reveal). Plus, so many of them don't share photos right after giving birth anyway, and once they do, it's an airbrushed staged thing in People or Us Weekly and their trainers have already had their way with them. Not real. I'm talking about women like you and me and how they share their post-birth selves on social media—and whether their decisions affectRead More »from Is it Wrong to Wear Makeup in Your Post-Birth Photo?
- Claudine Zap | Parenting – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 5:44 PM EDT
It’s not yet Christmas, but Seth Miller has already gotten his dream gift: a family. The 18-year-old teenager from Rockwall, Texas, had been in and out of foster care since the age of 7 and lived with five different foster homes over the years, according to Dallas's WFFA News 8.
More on Yahoo Shine: One Year After Hurricane Sandy, Does Your Family Have a Disaster Check List?As a legal adult, Miller had aged out of the system and was on his own, living in his car. Thanks to donations and a volunteer, Virginia Barrett from Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, he moved into an apartment of his own.
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His hard-luck case was featured in a local story on WFAA. And here’s where things got interesting. It turns out Miller has a
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