Seems like a no-brainer to meI just signed my 1st grader up for a school lunch account (he's been begging for pizza Fridays and with a newborn in the house I could use one less lunch to make each week). When I called the school to set it up, they informed me that he would only be allowed to use the account for lunch (which is relatively healthy thanks to federal guidelines) not snacks or juice — for those he'd need to bring in cash. The cafeteria sells chips, ice cream, cookies and all sorts of crap snacks, so I love that my son won't be able to treat himself whenever he feels the urge (he's six so something tells me he'd feel the urge for ice cream a lot). I told the woman that was a great rule and she said, "Well, a lot of parents hate it." Apparently, there's been some pushback to get it changed. I'll admit I was kind of shocked. This is a K-2school we're talking about, not high school.What my kids eat is really important to me. We try to feed them healthful, mostly organic, real food (as opposed to food Read More »from The Controversial School Lunch Policy I Fully Support
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Scientists conducted studies on mice and found that any exposure to alcohol alters fetal brain development, particularly in the regions that control cognition, vision, hearing, touch, motor skills, and language. Study author Kelly Huffman, assistant professor of psychology at University of California, Riverside, says the findings are applicable to humans. "Any amount of alcohol during pregnancy or breastfeeding is unsafe for the baby," Huffman tells Yahoo Shine. "It's no different than pouring whiskey right into the baby's bottle."
Yet earlier this year a study published from BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, concluded that light drinking was not associated with behavioral or cognitive problems. "The data is pretty conflicting and it's impossible to sort through it all," HildaRead More »from Booze, Caffeine, Exercise: What's Really OK for Pregnancy?
By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.
Babycenter.com just released their list of the top 100 baby names of 2013 (sorry, late December babies-you don't count), and Jackson and Sophia top the list. In honor of all those babies who will have the first initial of their last name attached to them forever after, I share with you the five types of baby namers:
1. The people who want a popular name for their child. I'm not sure I know these people--most everyone I meet who has a baby with a name in the top 10 seems sort of embarrassed by it. But then, I don't have a lot of friends who are the type to camp out overnight for the new iPhone either. I think these traits have something in common.
2. The people who want an unpopular name for their child, so they can show off their "originality." There is a subset of this group whose real reason for wanting an odd, unpopular name is so that in three years, when that name cracks the top 50,Read More »from The 5 Types of Baby-Namers
- TKThe world of baby making got some big boosts this year.
By Melanie Abrahams
Getting pregnant isn't always a piece of cake, but some major advancements in 20 are making it so much easier for couples who need a boost. We're counting down the top five fertility breakthroughs of the year.
#5: Ovarian Tissue Transplant Leads to Viable Pregnancy
Ten years ago, an Australian woman had to have her ovaries removed during cancer treatments. Her life literally depended on the procedure, but doctors said that without her ovaries, she'd never be able to have children. Thanks to the ingenuity of some amazing doctors who had the foresight to save and freeze some tissue from her ovaries, this woman became pregnant with twin girls in 2013!
#4: Embryos Up for Adoption
It's common for couples to have frozen embryos left over afterRead More »from 5 Most Exciting Fertility Breakthroughs of 2013
- Newser | Parenting – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 2:51 PM EST
A Hanging MistletoeA security guard informed her she'd have to move outside the city park's boundaries-or she could just plunk down on the sidewalk and simply ask people for money.
"I don't want to beg," says Madison Root, who was trying to make a few bucks to help pay for new braces but opted against the suggestion. "I would rather work for something than beg."
One bright spot: One viewer who saw the story on the local news promptly placed 30 orders.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 12:53 PM ESTWould you do it for the money?I've always thought the decision to become a surrogate is a fascinating choice, and yet, I admit, I've assumed it comes down to the money. Why else would someone agree to carry somebody else's baby for nine months and then give it away?
Apparently, that's the single biggest misconception about American surrogates. So says Sherrie Smith, who, as The Atlantic reports, has run the East Coast office of the Center for Surrogate Parenting since 1998.
"Having a baby for someone else is as far from easy money as you can get." She tells The Atlantic.
Sherrie is the program administrator for the Center for Surrogate Parenting, one of the oldest, most respected surrogacy agencies in the world. She spends her days guiding prospective parents from around the globe through the surrogacy process. They're usually wealthy and very anxious. But CSP is the right place to be. It, along with Sherrie, have helped nearly 1,700 surrogate babies comeRead More »from Misconception: What Americans Get Wrong About Surrogates
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 12:42 PM ESTWhat happens when you get older but you don't stop wetting the bedMandy Stadtmiller is an extremely giving writer. In her hundreds of pieces on xoJane, she's shared all kinds of intimate, eviscerating stories about her personal life, her interactions with the rich, famous and powerful and her intense, painful childhood. In a recent post, she shares the trauma of wetting the bed until she was 15-years-old in snippets of memory that end in sentences like, "My life was definitely over," and "I'm the bad one. Nothing seems to fix me. I am hopeless. Disgusting. Unlovable."
Experts say that bedwetting can be cured by fixing constipation issues or using enuresis alarms that wake a child who has wet the bed, but I remain skeptical that those things work for everyone. (Even experts admit that constipation is only a factor in 80% of bedwetting cases.) Stadtmiller's parents tried solving her bedwetting issue by using an alarm, but it didn't make a difference. In a particularly moving passage about the alarm, she writes:
I crawl up onto my old stiff sheetRead More »from What Happens when You Get Older but You Don’t Stop Wetting the Bed
- BabyZone | Parenting – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 11:56 AM ESTVisiting BabyI've had three babies in the last four years and there have been plenty of visitors, but honestly, I don't think I ever had a germ policy. And I certainly have never considered shots. In fact, this whole question initially seemed a little silly. A little overkill. A little too "Hello, here's the hand gel." Then I started asking around and just like that, I may have a new germ policy.
When I posed the question, moms from all over the country, and some abroad, immediately sent their two cents about germs, new babies and keeping the two as far apart as possible. The responses ranged from totally reasonable requests that visitors wash hands to indeed asking about immunizations. One mom of two in Tennessee told me, "I asked the grandmothers to get the flu vaccine in preparation for my fall-born newborns." And many moms said they requested TdaP vaccines for visitors, especially before babies are old enough to be immunized themselves.
Now toRead More »from Would You Ask People to Get Vaccinated Before Visiting Your Baby?
- BabyZone | Parenting – Wed, Dec 4, 2013 11:55 AM EST10 useful tips for dealing with the infamous toddler tantrum.My baby has just turned 1, and I can't believe how much she is growing now. It's almost as if when babies turn 1, they just know that they are supposed to be toddlers now and do toddler things like walking, saying words and developing an independence and personality all of their own. In the last few weeks, my daughter has introduced me to another fine, toddler trait--the tantrum.
Oh yes, the toddler tantrum, that spontaneous fit of fury and flailing that can really catch a mama off-guard, as well as test her nerves. Thankfully, most of my daughter's tantrums thus far have been short-lived, but she really makes them count. Quality over quantity is her approach. Turns out, there are a lot of things you can do to curb the fits and frustration. Here are some tips that I find particularly useful when dealing with a toddler tantrum.
1. DON'T let them smell your fear.
You may be in the middle of a quiet, public place: a library, a nice restaurant, a fancy store, a Japanese Zen garden.Read More »from Some Dos and Don'ts when Dealing with a Toddler Temper Tantrum
- As parents, it doesn't take much to "wow" our children and create a memory that can last forever. The holidays are a wonderful time to instill family values, evoke childhood wonder and write cherished stories in your family books. Create some more magic this season by adding one of these fun family traditions to your holiday. -By Kelle Hampton Read More »from 5 Holiday Family Traditions to Start This Year
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