- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 2:52 PM ESTThe day after Thanksgiving starts the official Christmas season for me. Let me be totally honest - I LOVE CHRISTMAS AND IT'S MY FAVORITE. In the past few days, I have trimmed trees and decked halls and strung more lights than you can count. I have listened to a million holiday songs and watched Christmas movies with my kids. It's great! But there's a certain degree of holiday amnesia that I experience every year, not unlike the amnesia that women are supposed to experience around childbirth. Because Christmas is not all snowflakes and smiley time. It's a lot of work, and there are some aspects of it that are kind of a pain in the parts. So I present to you, the 9 most annoying things about Christmas that I always forget. - By Julie Miner Read More »from The 9 Most Annoying Things About Christmas that I Always Forget
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 2:51 PM ESTThe holidays can be such a special time, especially if you are expecting a little bundle of joy during the holiday season. With my third child on the way in just a couple of months, I am really trying to make the best of this time of year and enjoying all that it has to offer. Sometimes being pregnant during the holidays can leave others feeling at a loss for what to get you. This is my second time being pregnant during the holidays, which means that I've really pinpointed exactly what a pregnant woman wants for the holidays. If you have a pregnant woman on your list or are struggling to tell your loved ones what to get you, take a look at 7 of my favorite holiday gifts for pregnant women. - By Lauren Jimeson Read More »from No Time like the Present: 7 Holiday Gifts Perfect for Pregnant Women
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 2:39 PM ESTA Connecticut father was arrested on multiple charges Thursday following a fatal drunk driving crash that stemmed from a teenage party held on his property.
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Paul Sibiga, 50, who police say allowed his teenage sons and their friends to party on his Hebron property throughout the summer of 2013, was arrested on 28 counts of both reckless endangerment and permitting minors to possess alcohol — one count for each teen that was at the party, held in August, according to the Courant.
The charges came following a police investigation, launched after four teens left the party in a pickup truck and crashed into a tree. Seventeen-year-old passenger Paige Houston died, two others fled the scene, and the allegedly intoxicated driver, also 17, was charged Thursday on various counts, including first-degree manslaughter, drunken driving and reckless endangerment. The crash led police back to Sibiga’s vast, wooded property, Read More »from Father Arrested After Son's Party Leads to Drunk Driving Death
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 2:33 PM EST
12 tips for throwing a stress free first birthday!Last week, unbelievably, my baby turned one. We had a little party, like we did for our first daughter, and it was delightful. I've been really happy with how both of the first birthday parties we've thrown have gone off - everyone ended the party happy and pleasant, and it wasn't stressful for us to throw.
Here are a few of my tips for making the party fun for everyone, from the guests to the birthday child:
#1: Realize they won't have any idea what's going on
To them, it's just another day. So, the most important person at the party is pretty low-stress. No one to impress!
#2: Keep it simple
I keep the decorations low-key. I love fresh flowers, some balloons, and some sweet photos of the baby throughout the first year. Easy, classic, and beautiful.
#3: Aim for a combination of kid and adult food
I made tiny cupcakes (in ketchup cups!) that were easy for kids to eat and also a big spinach and artichoke dip that the adults loved.
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- Please text, don't call.I love my children. I love watching my 2-year-old pretend the tummy time mat is a magic carpet, and I love how her little brother laughs at her when she yells, "Magic carpet away!" I love reading books, building blocks and going to the park. But let's be honest, life as a stay-at-home mom isn't all magic, pretend and couch snuggles. At least 70% of my day is boring--mind-numbingly boring.
Sure, the first 15 minutes of lunch are fun, but after that, I just sit there bouncing the baby, reminding my daughter not to stand on the chair, not to spit, not to throw food and watch out with her cup. And when it's potty time, my daughter likes to just sit and sing songs, while I stand outside the door because she wants to "be weft awone!" Then, there is playing restaurant where I have to just sit and pretend to eat wooden tomatoes. And time out, where I hide in the kitchen, while my daughter yells from her little wooden stool, "I all done doin' naughty fings! I all done!"
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- I've got one word for you: memory. Your sweet, precious little baby will have no memory at all of his/her first Christmas. Take it from me and don't break the bank on a lot of presents.I truly believe Christmas takes on a whole new excitement and meaning when there is a little one sharing the holiday with you. Christmas and children just go hand-in-hand, and I honestly feel like I have rediscovered the magic of this special holiday through my daughters. While I have always loved this time of year, having young children running around who are excited about every little thing (Santa notwithstanding) just makes the entire month of December so fun and special.
Now, before I go too far and wax nostalgic on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I do want to point out something. If this is your first Christmas with a new baby at home, please don't go overboard on the gifts (or, maybe, no gifts at all).
I've got one word for you: memory. As in, your baby will have no memory of his/her first Christmas. I'm no Suze Orman, but buying a slew of gifts just because you're excited about having a baby at Christmastime honestly doesn't make a lot of fiscal sense. Take my small bit ofRead More »from Why You Can Skimp Out on Baby's First Christmas
- Erin Zammett Ruddy | Parenting – Fri, Dec 13, 2013 10:45 AM EST
First grade teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis and her students had just sat down for their morning meeting on December 14, 2012, when the unmistakable sound of gunshots rang out. Roig-DeBellis could tell the blasts were coming from near the entrance of the school, less than 50 feet from where her class sat. Knowing she had only seconds to act, Roig-DeBellis ran to turn out the lights and close the door (the keys were in her desk on the other side of the room so she couldn't lock it). Then she told her students to get into the bathroom. "They looked confused and said, 'what do you mean?' so I just repeated myself with the same firmness and seriousness and they knew they needed to listen," says Roig-DeBellis. "They could tell something was very wrong." She packed her entire class into the tiny three-foot by four-foot space — lifting some kids onto the toilet — barricaded the door with a rolling bookshelf and waited. "Ours is the first classroom you come to after entering the school so the Read More »from How One Sandy Hook Hero is Honoring the Lives Lost
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