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- BabyZone | Parenting – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 12:57 PM ESTEvery year, Hollywood throws the "biggest party of the year," otherwise known as the Academy Awards. The Oscars are full of glitz, glam, surprises and no-brainers, but among the 24 categories awarded, only one film has the honor of being named "Best Picture." While parents have long been taking baby name inspiration from celebs, Best Picture winning films also feature some Oscar-worthy choices.
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- baby on a planeA slew of severely bumpy flights have reignited the debate about airlines' policies to allow lap babies--is it safe? This is something I've wondered about for a long time. When our first daughter was born we lived in Rome and having access to all of Europe within a couple hours' time was too tempting to pass up. We flew all over with her, not to mention back to the U.S. to visit family.
Each airline, each country, had a slightly different policy about lap babies, who fly at 10 percent the cost of an adult ticket for international trips (and free domestically). Some offered seatbelt extensions that you looped around your own seat belt but most didn't. On long international flights, some airlines have attachable bassinets available in bulkhead rows. They're only for infants but we used one for our daughter and it was great.
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- BabyZone | Parenting – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 12:49 PM ESTmean faceMy friend's daughter walked up to my child and kicked her in the shins. "Oh, she's so fierce," my friend said. "I had to squash her spirit." Then the little girl, screamed right in my daughter's ears. "Don't 'cream in my earrings," my daughter said on the verge of tears. The little girl, screamed again. My daughter cried. I stepped into separate them. I held my daughter and said gently to the little girl, "Please don't kick and scream at your friends, that hurts their feelings."
My friend quickly spoke up. "She's an independent fighter, it's what I love most about her."
That was our last play date together.
I have a hard time criticizing the parenting of others. I believe that we are all on this journey together as parents and we all have moments of helplessness, hopelessness, of stupidity and wisdom. I hate to hold the behavior of anyone's 2-year-old against them, mostly,because I've seen my 2-year-old kick sand in the faceRead More »from The "My Child First" Parenting Style Ruined My Playdates
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 5:05 PM ESTParents Record Toddler's iPad Tantrum — and the World Freaks Out
A viral video currently making the Internet rounds has a bunch of armchair parenting quarterbacks all hot and bothered.
Daniel Brooks uploaded the video below of his 2-year-old daughter, Ashlynn Hobbs, having a tantrum because she wants to play with an iPad.
Naturally, Brooks had no idea the video would explode in popularity after posting it on his YouTube account.
But, you and I both know that there is no shortage of opinions on the Internet -- least of all from us parents. Soon, Brooks found himself subjected to some harsh criticisms over his parenting style, with people pointing fingers and blaming the tantrum on our technology-obsessed society.
People magazine called Ashlynn "a cautionary tale of the power technology has over children today" and says the video "will make any parent think twice about letting their child get started on a new tech toy."
The endless comments after the People article are filledRead More »from Parents Record Toddler’s IPad Tantrum -- and the World Freaks Out
Those trendy DVDs and books that teach your kids how to read are a waste of money, according to new research conducted at New York University. “We can’t say they stunt a child’s reading ability or that kids this age can't learn to read, but these products certainly don’t help,” lead study author Susan Neuman, PhD., professor of early childhood and literacy education, tells Yahoo Shine. “And of the many reading products we tested, Baby Einstein was one of the worst.”Read More »from Baby Einstein Products Don't Work, Say Scientists
In the study, Neuman and her team divided 117 infants, aged 9 to 18 months, into two groups. They gave one group a reading product (DVDs, word and picture flashcards, flip books) to use over a seven-month period; the other group didn’t receive any materials. Results showed that the kids who received the products could read no better than those who had been sent home with nothing.
“The average child begins reading at age 2 and these materials are marketed to babies as young as 9 months — of course they won’t be able
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 4:52 PM ESTCircumcision I agreed to have my first son circumcised. My husband preferred it, and my (male) OB assured me it wouldn't be a big deal at all. In fact, he promoted it, saying circumcision reduces HIV contraction risk. The subject matter -- and the discussions surrounding it -- felt very much like male territory, and in a way, I wanted to allow my husband some role in the otherwise mother-centric sphere that is all things pregnancy and birth.
The circumcision was performed in the hospital just a day or two after my baby was born. My husband and doctor took my son for the procedure. When they returned, my baby was asleep, but he no longer wore the content, dreamy newborn expression he'd left with. Looking at photos of our first few days with our baby, I know exactly which ones were taken before and after his circumcision, and I regret consenting to it.
Everything about it -- everything I was assured was normal -- didn't feel normal, or right at all, from his bandaged penis to his lethargy thatRead More »from Rethinking Circumcision: Why I’m Over This “Boy’s Club”
(Newser) - "Dyslexia" is a meaningless term that should be scrapped, two academics argue in a new book. In The Dyslexia Debate, Julian Elliott of Durham University and Dr. Elena Grigorenko of Yale say the misstep comes in searching for a blanket term with which to label children who have trouble reading.
Boy reading a book"In every country, and in every language, a significant proportion of children struggle to master the skill of reading," and our instinct is to "search for a diagnostic label ... because we believe that this will point to the best form of treatment," says Elliott. But the authors' five years of research-which the Independent reports touched on education, genetics, neuroscience, and psychology-indicated that that approach doesn't apply in this case.
Quite simply, the authors explain that two children diagnosed with dyslexia often wouldn't share the same symptoms, indicating that the intervention that might work for one could be fruitless on another, reports the Telegraph. TheRead More »from 'Dyslexia' is a Meaningless Term, New Book Argues
- Redbook | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 3:48 PM EST
By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.
I just love it when Mayim Bialik surfaces with something new to say about breastfeeding, like she did recently when she talked about breastfeeding in public during an interview about her new vegan cookbook and her role on The Big Bang Theory. (BTW, I'm pretty sure she could get the Nobel Prize for her work as a neuroscientist 30 years from now and still have to talk about the years she breastfed her kids.) She can absolutely be counted on to separate the merely opinionated from the vitriolic do-it-my-way-or-you-are-a-terrible-gross-person types. She also provides a grand opportunity for a little refresher course on breastfeeding. Here are three things breastfeeding is not:
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1. Breastfeeding is not like going to the bathroom. There's always someone, like one of the commenters on the HuffPo piece, who is clearly so pleased with him- or herself for thinking of this to say: "Excreting your waste is a
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 3:30 PM EST
There is something so incredibly special about sharing a favorite film from your childhood with your children, and it's even more special when your kids really and truly enjoy the movie as much as you did when you were their age. This wonderful phenomenon happened just last week for me when our family watched the Walt Disney classic The Jungle Book, which has just been released as a Diamond Edition Blu-Ray combo pack. I remember adoring the adventures of Mowgli and his pals when I was little, singing along with "I Wanna Be Like You" and "Bare Necessities." My daughter is having just as much fun with the film, humming and dancing along. It looks like appreciation of great animation runs in the family, and now, as an adult, I wanted to know more about this 46-year-old film, a classic that has really delighted generations. Don't you? Check out these 7 things you probably didn't know about The Jungle Book. -By Sunny Chanel
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Feb 26, 2014 3:23 PM EST7 Ways Leonardo DiCaprio Teaches Our Kids How to Win at LifeDid you ever think Leonardo DiCaprio would provide the fodder for some pretty amazing parenting advice? The former child star has been nominated for 31 industry awards. Of those nominations, five have been for Academy Awards® and 10 for Golden Globes. He has won three of the awards he was nominated for. In a week, we will find out if the Oscar® that has eluded him for his entire career will finally be his.
But 90% of the time, Leonardo DiCaprio has lost. Or has he? Winning a trophy isn't all there is to life. We know this, but more often than not, our kids need to be reminded of how to gracefully lose. Leo has a horrible record for winning film awards, but when it comes to winning at life and achieving? The kid has done all right.
7 Ways Leonardo DiCaprio Taught Us How to Win at Life
1. Keep trying new thingsRead More »from 7 Times Leonard DiCaprio Taught Us How to Win at Life
In 1993, Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award® for his performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. He lost both times to Tommy Lee
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