- Throwing a gender reveal party is an exciting way to share the big news of your baby's sex with friends and family. So, the big question is: Boy or girl? Here are some party ideas that will keep your guests guessing until you're ready to reveal all! -By Jacqueline Tourville Read More »from 8 Fun Ideas for Throwing a Gender Reveal Party
- It has come to my attention that women in Chile are lining up to be seen by the hottest gynecologist ever. 24-year-old Manuel Rico, originally from Spain, also happens to reside in Concepción, Chile. Seriously. I can't even make this stuff up! Is he easy on the eyes? OF COURSE! But would I want him to be my gynecologist? Nope. Nada. No interest.
As I sit here, 40 weeks and 1 day pregnant, I can't help but think about my pregnancy, my annual visits to my gynecologist and why I'm steadfast with my answer. Under no circumstances could I fathom having an underwear model become my real life McDreamy. Could you? - By Tracy BrennanRead More »from Could You Handle Having a Hot Gynecologist?
- Oftentimes referred to as liquid gold, breast milk has lots of amazing qualities and benefits as well as unconventional uses.The more breast milk studies I read the more I am fascinated by it. When I began my breastfeeding journey three years ago, I marveled at the body's ability to produce milk tailored to an individual baby on demand. The way it changes as baby grows or gets sick--it's truly remarkable in my opinion. With its antibacterial (and other) properties, it's also kind of like an "all purpose" liquid that is useful beyond simply feeding baby.
Here are some interesting things I've learned about the magic of breast milk:1. Helps protect baby from illnesses. Drinking breast milk provides a boost to the immune system which can help prevent baby from getting sick (or help alleviate symptoms) because of the antibodies it contains.
2. Reduces baby's risk of future health and medical problems such as obesity, diabetes and childhood leukemia. A recent breastfeeding study showed a decreased risk in overweight school-aged children in Japan. Researchers concluded that "the protective association isRead More »from The Magic of Breast Milk
- Newser | Parenting – Thu, Dec 5, 2013 5:00 PM EST
(Newser) - A 13-year-old girl who survived a rockslide that killed her parents, her sister, and two cousins says she's alive today for one reason: her self-sacrificing dad. "I did cover myself, but I was just standing in the open," Gracie Johnson said on the Today show.
"He did push me to a rock that was bigger than I was, and he just saved me." Despite losing her parents, Gracie has been able to keep living in the small town of Buena Vista because an aunt and uncle moved there after the tragedy.
"I'm doing really well, and I'm healing a lot," says Gracie. "It's a lot different. Nothing is going to be the same for me." She suffered a broken leg in the Sept. 30 rockslide but was able to ditch her crutches this week, notes the Denver Channel.
Her uncle, Daryle Johnson, says the small town has stepped up. "We got just everybody supporting us up there," he says. "You don't know how many times you hear, 'Anything we can do for you, just give us a call.'"Read More »from Daughter, 13, Recounts How Dad Lost His Life to Save Her
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Dec 5, 2013 12:57 PM EST
When I heard about the shootings in Sandy Hook, it was right after I had dropped my two preschool-aged boys off at school. I had my baby girl in the back seat of the car, and as we drove home, I listened to the updates on NPR. I began to sob immediately. As the story emerged, I cried more. I don't think I did much that day but cry, and then after my children were home, hug them and try to hide my tears.
My oldest son is now in elementary school. His school is so much bigger, and while I fully trust the faculty, a larger school feels that much more dangerous to me. The playground is wide open, as it should be. But in these days of school shootings, I now look at playgrounds and think about how easily children could be targeted.
It's an awful, horrible thought.
Earlier this year, my boys and I discussed bullies. This was triggered by a few incidences of mild name-calling at school. Toward the end of the conversation,Read More »from One Year Later: How Sandy Hook Parents Are Working to Prevent Gun Violence
My son is having social development problems. He gets frustrated easily and then lashes out physically or screams. He's bossy and has a temper. At school, his teachers find him anxious and so shy around other kids that he barely talks to them, though he chatters to grown-ups with ease. They recognize that he's a nice kid deep down, and obviously smart, but he's having trouble connecting with his classmates and has begun getting into altercations when not supervised.
I'm trying to change this situation, but everything I do seems to be wrong. If I don't talk with him about his behavior at school, then it feels like I'm doing nothing to help him and that I'm avoiding the problem. And yet when I raise the subject in a gentle, reassuring way, Felix becomes uncomfortable and resistant. He's only four years old and has yet to work out how to articulate his feelings or understand the connection between his emotions and his actions. If I insist on discussing his problems in school, FelixRead More »from Where Do Our Kids’ Personalities Come From?
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Dec 5, 2013 12:46 PM EST
Last month, my husband and I saw the movie Gravity. It was a huge deal for me to go, because I am terrified of space (shut up) and I abhor 3D movies. Since my husband looooves both of those things, I went along. Also, he promised me zebra popcorn. The movie completely destroyed me. Not because of the space stuff (because that was scary for sure), but because Sandra Bullock's character is, like me, living after the death of her daughter.
The death of the character's daughter is presented very plainly, in only a few sentences, almost as an aside. It wasn't done for cheap tears; rather, it establishes that the character has no one back on Earth waiting for her. More ominously, as the character is fighting for her life, her daughter's death looms in the background: You Have Nothing To Live For (so why are you trying?).
Am I projecting? Maybe. The most common thing I, andRead More »from How "Gravity" Speaks to Parents Dealing with the Loss of a Child
- The holidays are upon us once again, which means, let the gift buying begin! But, as most of us know, gift buying is not as easy as it sounds. Need some ideas about what to buy for the little ones on your list? Here are 12 gifts for under $50 that any baby or toddler will love. - By Andrea Wada Davies Read More »from 12 Baby and Toddler Gifts Under $50
- Manny with child. According to a recent segment on Good Morning America, "mannies" (as in male nannies) are quickly gaining popularity among parents. And while you may have also seen the new "manny" storyline on "Modern Family," the idea isn't just growing on television. NYC Mannies, a manny placement service, asserts they are "revolutionizing the way we think about childcare," with male babysitters who prefer the title of mentor, friend and big brother. And according to the mothers interviewed in the GMA segment, their children were happy to have someone with as much energy as they did to keep them engaged and active during their care. What do you think? Would you hire a manny?
Annabelle Corke, co-founder of Hey Day Nannies, states, "Men have steadily been 10 percent of our placements for the past few years."Related: The Dos and Don'ts of Hiring a Nanny
A similar trend has been found at Nannies4Hire.com, another popular nanny referral database. "We have seen a 10 percent increase in male nanniesRead More »from Are "Mannies" the New Trend in Childcare?
- When reality star Kim Zolciak gave birth to twins Kaia and Kane, it brought the number of children she and husband Kroy Bierman are raising together to a grand total of six. "We are officially the 'Biermann Bunch' now!" Zolciak shared via Instagram. Other celebrities who believe that bigger is better? Check out these famous--and famously large--families. - By Jacqueline Tourville Read More »from Celebrity Couples with Large Families
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