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.
2. Clingy days Recently Fern has been going through a clingy phase where she wants nothing else in
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 times
baby 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 typically
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
Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and every major American retailer is doing its best to remind you that Christmas is hot on its heels.
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 a
Of course, I quickly started clicking on all of these because I confess to adore Gwyneth for all the reasons so many people envy and resent her. I was anxious to read a juicy story that would show that her and I have so much in common - like the obsession over making sure our kids speak Spanish fluently.
I was oh-so disappointed to see just another link bait after the paparazzi and gossip obsession over Gwyneth's parenting skills. Her "forcing" her kids to speak Spanish was witnessed by who-knows-who that was present at the same wedding (Cameron Diaz's assistant) she was at. The grand story is that, supposedly,