- Erin Zammett Ruddy | Parenting – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 1:49 PM ESTCheers! I have more than my share of amazing things to be thankful for this year. I just gave birth to my third child — a healthy baby girl — 10 days ago. I was off my cancer meds (I've had chronic leukemia for 12 years and had to stop treatment while pregnant) and the disease stayed in a deep remission the whole nine months. My older two kids have adjusted seamlessly, they're behaving like angels (I kind of don't recognize them) and we are basically in post-birth bliss over here. Trust me, I could definitely get sappy and sentimental this holiday. I am sappy and sentimental. But that's not what this post is about. This is about the other stuff that makes life as a parent worth living, or at least easier to live. The treats and tricks and corner cutting that I've come to rely on as a mom. The stuff I secretly celebrate on a daily basis. When my family goes around the table on Thursday to share what we're thankful for, I won't be mentioning this list but it doesn't mean I'm not deeply Read More »from What I'm Most Thankful for as a Mom (The Not-So-PC Version)
- 5 unexpected things I'm thankful forWith Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I've been seeing a ton of posts from friends about thankfulness. Of course, I am thankful for all of the usual things…my family, good food, clean water, and a roof over my head. But, there are a lot of little things that I am thankful for that are a bit more unexpected - things that I might not always feel thankful for, but when I stop to think about it, I realize how wonderful these little things really are. So here is my thankfulness list filled with unexpected reasons I am thankful as a parent.
1. Her stubborn streak
My girl is fiercely independent and determined. She wants to do things her way and will dig her heels in about it. Sometimes this can be incredibly frustrating, but then I remind myself that this just might be the sign of a strong, brave and self-assured woman one day and that is something that I definitely would love for her to be.
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In October, Gavin McInnes, self-styled bad boy journalist and co-founder of the provocative magazine Vice made headlines when he proclaimed, "People would be happier if women stopped pretending to be men." Now, he's making a spotlight grab again by posting an ostensibly comedic video of brawling with his infant son.
The video opens with McInnes exhorting dads not to be scared of babies because he says, "There are a lot of moves you can do to kick a baby's a**." It then shows him tossing the baby onto a bed, flipping him over, tackling him and pretend chocking him. In the video, McInnes also cuddles his son and tickles him, causing an explosive fit of giggles from the infant. The baby does not appear to be hurt at any point during the filming, though he looks at the camera nervously. It closes with McInnes wearing an eye bandage because he says his son scratched his cornea.
Yes, "How to Fight a Baby" is getting a lot of attention — the clip has been viewed over half a million timesRead More »from Dad's Viral 'How to Fight a Baby' Video: Not Funny, Dude
- BabyZone | Parenting – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 12:27 PM ESTbaby on airplaneBoy, do I dread getting on a plane with our kids. Always have. But without fail, the most stressful part of every trip is worrying about whether the other passengers are going to be annoyed--not managing our kids. Are we taking up too much space? Oh no! Was that a little cry or just noise from the baby? Either way, was it too loud? How am I going to fit this diaper bag "beneath the seat in front of [me]," yet still reach the wipes when I need them? I'll just wait for the guy in the aisle seat to get up before we try to slide out and change the baby. I don't want to bother him.
Our three children were all born overseas and we traveled a lot in the early days, especially with the first one. We took her from Rome to Amsterdam, Prague, Brussels and, of course, all the way to the US to visit family. I was a nervous wreck on these flights. But it wasn't really necessary. A pretty easy baby, Phoebe was (and is) a good little flyer. Every time we land, the passengers around us typicallyRead More »from Fellow Passengers Don't Hate Flying with Your Kids as Much as You Think They Do
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- BabyZone | Parenting – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 12:23 PM ESTFrom helping me remember how magical life with young children can be to helping me sleep, keeping a gratitude journal has taught me several important life lessons over the past few years. Interested in starting a gratitude journal? Here's why taking stock of the things you're thankful for shouldn't be something you only do in November. - Jacqueline Tourville Read More »from 4 Lessons I've Learned from Keeping a Gratitude Journal
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 10:44 AM ESTThe image of a pregnant woman with headphones on her belly pumping classical music into her unborn baby's ears is by now an old comedic trope. The idea that classical music makes us smarter, more effective people is so familiar, and yet, how many of us actually listen to classical music? Sure, we all want to be the type of people who love opera and go to the symphony, but we don't love opera or go to the symphony. Not even former music majors like me who used to sing classically! (Little known fact: after graduating with a BFA in Musical Theatre, I almost went on to get a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music, Renee Fleming's alma mater.) In an era filled with techno and dubstep and hip-hop and pop, how can we make classical music interesting and relevant?
How about through the use of flash mobs?
In this flash mob video below, which takes place in Spain, an entire orchestraRead More »from Ode to Joy Flash Mob Gets Kids Excited About Classical Music
- The day is coming, and I know it. My little girl, Violet, who turns 5 in a couple of months, is going to walk in the front door from school someday down the road and sit down at the kitchen island and flop her pretty little head down into her arms and start bawling like a fresh widow. Yes, I know it's all so presumptuous and even a little ridiculous, but hey, I am a daddy and because of my bottomless love for a certain kid, it's my job, my very destiny, to talk about things with her as long as I can flap my gums, even when she's looking at me someday down the road, laughing and crying at the very same time, with the sweetest "Dad, please just shut up" eyes you've ever seen. So without any solicitation or queries from anyone anywhere in the entire galaxy, I am nevertheless hereby offering up my very own dating advice for my daughter when she is a teenager. Hopefully, it might help other parents along the way, too.
-By Serge Bielanko
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The holidays are usually a combination of leisure and stress for most people-budgeting for gift-giving and wrangling with your boss for time off, followed by lazy afternoons drinking eggnog in your pajamas. But for working parents, the holidays can be a particularly difficult time as we try to do the impossible: alter our routine without causing massive meltdowns.
This is my first "real" Christmas as a mom, since last year I was on maternity leave, and my 12-day-old son came along wherever my breasts went without much of a fuss. This year will be quite different: I am working for a busy startup, my husband is with a new company, and my son is on the verge of walking (and, judging by his fearlessness, I think he'll quickly graduate from a walker to aRead More »from A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Holidays
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