By Chrisa Hickey, REDBOOK.
If you're a mom like I am, I bet your heart aches at the thought of a sick child who needs help. But some illnesses aren't outwardly apparent, and others are so misunderstood they seem downright scary. That's why, during National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, I'd like you to meet my family.
It might help to first imagine that you have an 11-year-old son, and that he's sick. You're not sure what's wrong, but you know it's serious. Your pediatrician recommends you see a specialist, but when you call the only two in your area, neither one has an appointment available for eight weeks. When you finally get in to see the specialist, he puts your son in the hospital for two weeks of testing and observation, then diagnoses him with juvenile onset diabetes. You know the word, but you're not sure what the prognosis is or the treatment your son will need. The doctor recommends you relinquish your parental rights of your son to the state, as that is the only
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, May 8, 2013 10:04 AM EDT
runaway momHave you ever wanted to run away from your family? I think many of us would say, "No! Never!" out loud to others, because that sounds so terrible, so selfish. But maybe some of us have had those feelings before. Feelings that well up from a deep and dark place within us that tell us that things would be better if we left. Run away, and don't look back.Read More »from Don't Judge Me: The Day I Considered Running Away from My Family
According to CNN, there are an increasing number of mothers who not only have those feelings, but who actually act on them. They run, or walk, away, and leave their families, their children, behind.
It's not an easy thing to talk about. If we are the mother having those feelings, it's not something that most of us would share with our best friends, or our families, our children, our husbands. Much less talk about to the world. And so my hands shake as I write these words, but I think it is important to share my story, because maybe in sharing, someone else will feel like they aren't so alone in the world.
There was a day when I wanted
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, May 8, 2013 9:41 AM EDT
There is no doubt that once you have kids, your stress level will go up. I know that I am more stressed and it's totally understandable. As a parent, you're now responsible for the lives of others. You have their nutrition, happiness, safety, education, and social life all in your hands and if you've got a perfectionist personality, it can get very stressful.Read More »from Critical Mass: Survey Says Having Three Kids is the Most Stressful
It certainly doesn't help that there is a lot of criticism that comes with parenting. We get it from experts, from friends, from family, and other moms. Everyone seems to have an opinion on how to "do it right" that it's no wonder that the stress just keeps piling on.
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Parenting is quite an adjustment and with each new child added to the family, a new routine has to be found. That alone can be stressful, but I believe that it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. A survey that was released exclusively by TODAYMoms.com on Monday, asked more than 7,000
Bethenny is really big on reading to Bryn - and now there's another reason to spend a while turning pages with your little ones, other than the quality time:
A brand-new study shows that picture books without text can actually help toddlers develop more complex language skills than reading a book with words, since you're verbally interacting with what's on the page. Think: "What is the bear doing? Where is he going next?" The upshot: They're more prepared for school and to develop better reading skills, which is always a good thing!
We rounded up a few of our favorite illustration-heavy books - many of which have won big-deal awards - so you can reap the brain-building benefits for your babe!
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, May 7, 2013 4:13 PM EDT
5 Reasons I LOVE Being an AuntI already knew that I loved babies - especially babies from my genetic pool - but man, you guys. I had no idea how much I'd love being an aunt. Of course it doesn't exactly compare to the primal love of a mother and child, but there's a very special and unique bond between an aunt and her nephew.Read More »from Pressure's Off! 5 Reasons Why I LOVE Being an Aunt
1. I get to experience all of the best parts of babyhood, namely the way they feel when they fall asleep on your chest - with those soft, deep breaths that can calm the most high-strung nerves. And the smiles and the laughs and the hugs and the OH MY GOODNESS YOU'RE SO CUTE I CAN'T STOP KISSING YOUs.
2. And then I get to hand him back, namely for the feedings and the poops and cries.
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3. I get to do a two-baby test run without the commitment. Benjamin has shown me what an incredibly nurturing and helpful Big Brother my son will be, and it's been awesome practice for the living-with-two-kids lifestyle.
4. It gets my son
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Tue, May 7, 2013 4:12 PM EDT
If you've got a first-time mom to celebrate this Mother's Day, here are 10 Mother's Day gift ideas for the new mom to add to your shopping list this year. From the practical to the thoughtful, these new mom gifts will be sure to touch the heart of any new mom on her first Mother's Day this year. By Keiko Zoll
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Last week, I wrote about our daily schedule for school days. I also wanted to share how we take our breaks from school on weekends and vacations.
Saturday is our family day. It's just a day of rest. We don't have to do jurisdictions; we don't do chores. The trash fills up in the trashcan. We may or may not empty them and nobody really has to do anything. It's a great day. Everybody loves Saturday!
Sometimes we'll sleep in and hang around the house. Other times, we might go for a picnic, a walk, or a bike ride. It just depends on what that Saturday is like. We typically try not to schedule things on our Saturdays and keep those as a family day, but of course you'll have weddings and other things that come up on the weekends.
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Thinkstock / The BumpWe all know we shouldn't compare ourselves to other moms. It's not right to judge or stereotype. Yeah, yeah… yeah. We also know we all do it and it can sometimes even serve a useful purpose. Who among us hasn't wanted to be a little more like that mom and a little less like that mom?
Here are five of the most common mom types I've encountered:
1. The By-the-Book Mom. This is generally but not always a first-time mom. She knows the recommended amount of sleep, food, dirty diapers and infant Tylenol a baby should have according to his age and weight. She knows exactly when the first teeth should appear and in what order. She can recognize cradle cap, RSV and Fifth Disease on sight. This mom is a font of useful knowledge, but should never be a substitute for your pediatrician. Also, she tends towards anxiety. Wonder why?
"Holy Crap! I'm a Mom!"
2. The Go-With-the-Flow Mom. This mom is the polar opposite of the By-the-Book Mom. She is very attuned to her
Courtesy of Parenting.comWe surveyed a few kids for their mother's day ideas and thoughts. We loved the charming things they had to say.
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, May 7, 2013 11:50 AM EDT
It seems as though everyone around me is repopulating the earth a'la Noah and the Ark - apparently kids come two-by-two. Basically all of my friends are working on, pregnant with, or already have their second child and I'm starting to wonder, "When will I be ready for another baby?" I've always wanted more than one child, so that isn't really the issue, more so that there are just so many things about having another child that seem totally overwhelming to me and like I would be starting all over again. So, I've decided to write out the pros and cons of this second baby business. I already did a post about some reasons I'm looking forward to having another baby, and now I've written up the flip side of the coin…reasons I don't really want another baby. - By Lauren Hartmann
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