When you think of all the wonderful things about living in a small town, you probably think of stuff like the slower pace of life, the lack of lines and traffic, inhaling fresh, clean country air, and knowing dirt on every third person you encounter in the grocery store. And those are all great reasons for moving to a small town (though not so great when your fellow grocery shoppers know all the dirt on you). But that's not why I like living in a small town. No, I like small town life because it means I get to eat things like Taco in a Bag at the local county fair and enjoy a faint whiff of potpourri every time I step into the ladies room at my local municipal park. That, my friends, is the true splendor of small town living. Feel free to click through 7 more of those reasons here. -By Jessie KnadlerRead More »from 7 Truly Wonderful Things About Living in a Small Town
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:47 AM EST
- Martha Stewart | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:34 AM EST
Not all the gifts your child receives will be hits. Explain to him ahead of time that the gift giver's thoughtfulness should be appreciated all the same.
Suggest specific things to say when he opens the present. For example, he can mention something that he does like about the item, such as "Red is my favorite color!" Let him know that a simple but enthusiastic "thank you" will be fine, too.
Replace 2nd section with: Kids will delight family and friends when they add an extra touch to thank-you notes -- a fun sticker. To make, print out onto self-adhesive paper; then cut out. Affix stickers to handwritten thank-you notes or envelopes.
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Show kids that writing thank-you notes is easy when you know the basic elements. A child age 7 or older can write a short note like this one. For theRead More »from Tis the Season...To Keep Handwritten Thank-You Notes Alive
I don't care what anyone says, a miscarriage is never "just a miscarriage." It's a phrase I've heard so often, it makes me want to scream from the highest mountain top. Grief hits everyone differently, and while it may take "x" amount of time for one person to feel the fog of grief lifted, it doesn't mean that same timeline should be held to another person or family.
Miscarriage can be more complicated than the simplicity of the term "pregnancy loss" seems to bring with it. A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy, of a child, a family member, of hopes and dreams, of holding your child, of knowing them, of watching them grow, and the list can go on. No, I am not being dramatic; I know these losses firsthand.
It's important to take time to grieve after a miscarriage, and if you've not been through grief before, that alone can hit you hard. The conflicting emotions, the not knowing if it will all be okay again, and just how to help yourself heal after such a loss. I was so lostRead More »from 7 Steps I’ve Taken to Heal After My Miscarriage
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:25 AM EST
We've hired foreign nannies, local nannies, older nannies, younger nannies. They've quit, they've been fired, things dissolved with mutual agreement. We've seen it all, and it's been crazy.
The market is so demanding for childcare that it's like buying a house at the peak of the market. You know that if you don't put an offer in right away, you'll lose the chance. So instead of finding the perfect person, you end up taking the first available. At least that's been our experience working with caregivers.
We finally have it right with our latest hire, but it has taken much trial and error to get there.
If you've ever been online dating, you know what it's like to try and find a nanny. You sign up for agencies and referral services and networking websites. You read profiles, backgrounds, resumes, and references. You trade a couple of emails, maybe do a Skype call, and then you have to decide. You go a lot on gut feeling.Read More »from 5 Things Parents Need to Consider Before Hiring a Nanny
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:18 AM EST
The members of the Olivet Eagles could teach some professional football players a thing or two about character. The football team from Olivet Middle School in Olivet, Michigan, devised a plan to give a learning-disabled teammate an opportunity to score a goal, "just, like, to make someone's day."
Just as we're finding out that Miami Dolphins coaches may have actually instructed Richie Incognito to "toughen up" teammate Jonathan Martin, here are some kids who plotted out kindness all on their own -- even keeping their coach out of the loop.
What's really striking about this report from CBS Evening News isn't just how happy Keith Orr was about scoring a goal. It's not that a group of middle school football players good-naturedly put up with an overabundance of hugs from another boy and make sure he feels like he's part of the team. What's remarkable about this story is the effect it had on the team itself.
Even though theRead More »from The Middle School Football Team that Could Teach the NFL a Thing or Two About Character
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:18 AM EST
There are many things MOBs (moms of boys) know all about: the art of distracting a young son in the women's dressing room while we discreetly try on clothing, the importance of expending pent-up boy energy before going inside a restaurant, and challenges of getting a boy to pee inside the toilet of a women's restroom.
But what happens when bringing your son into the women's restroom begins to feel … weird?
Around the time Boy Wonder began protesting his admittance inside the ladies' restroom, I began getting what I perceived to be "looks" from fellow ladies saying, "Hey lady, your kid is too old to be in here." Perhaps we was, but at 8 and 9 years old, was my son really too old to occupy a stall in a women's public restroom? Personally, I don't think anything of a young boy with a female guardian in a public restroom. I mean, what's there to see? A tampon machine? If we're all just behind stalls searching for purse hooks and flushing the toilets with our feet, what's the bigRead More »from When Should Boys Be Allowed to Use Public Restrooms Alone?
- Redbook | Parenting – Thu, Nov 7, 2013 6:39 PM EST
By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.
I can't believe we're still fighting about breastfeeding. Memo: It's not gross or indecent or weird, end of story. The ACLU had to bring a case against a factory in Pennsylvania on behalf of a new mom, Bobbi Bockoras, because she was harassed at work when she tried to find a place to pump. Men yelled and pounded on the door of the room she was using, then she had to move to a room that was so dirty there were bugs on the floor. Oh, and someone took away the only chair in there, so she had to sit on that gross floor to pump. The men at her workplace did so many outrageous, offensive things, it made me look back on my own pumping days fondly (not something I do often).
I cried the day my stupid plastic storage bags leaked on the way home and I ended up with a cooler--and purse--full of unusable milk. But at least nobody where I work covered the doorknob to the pumping room with grease andRead More »from True Story: We're Still Fighting About Breastfeeding Rights
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, Nov 7, 2013 2:20 PM ESTPhantom pregnancy?There were plenty of things that surprised me about pregnancy, but the one that took me for a loop was how my husband experienced his own set of symptoms. I don't know whether it was psychological or his way of going through each pregnancy with me, but my husband seemed to go through the weeks in his own way.
After talking to other moms about the topic, it seemed as though we weren't alone. Plenty of men experience pregnancies in a variety of different ways and go through each of the trimesters with their wives. One woman said that her husband gained weight right along with her while another complained about backaches and sore joints, sleepless nights and unusual cravings, right along with his wife. I was surprised to learn that this series of symptoms has its own name - Couvade syndrome, a.k.a. sympathetic pregnancy - and is in fact a common occurrence!
Weight gain? Check! Sleepless nights? Check! Unusual cravings? Check!
Here are 5 of the most common pregnancy symptoms thatRead More »from 5 Surprising "Pregnancy" Symptoms Dads Can Experience
- Anthony Russo declares By Peter Gambaccini, Runner's World
Anthony Russo, a 5-year-old from Jackson, New Jersey, will run Saturday's Trenton Half Marathon and could become just the second person his age to officially complete a 13.1-mile race.
Athlinks.com lists another 5-year-old, Matthew Feibush, with a time of 3:02:32 at the Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon in Irvine, California in May.
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Russo's father, Nick, says that the idea of the youngster doing a half marathon came from the example and the subsequent encouragement of a family friend who has trained for Ironman triathlons. "He has been giving us so much advice since Anthony started," the elder Russo told The Trentonian. "I thought it was a friend complimenting my kid. But as time progressed it was like, 'Wow, I can't believe this kid is doing this.'"
Anthony has done a 13-mile training run in 2:32 and an 11-miler in two hours, his father told Runner's World Newswire. Many of his runs are doneRead More »from 5-Year-Old is Youngest to Run Half-Marathon
There is no shortage of picture books written by famous people. But which ones are worth your tot's time? Here's a rundown of nine children's books by celebrity authors kid-approved (by my own kids!) as bedtime favorites.
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