- As parents, it doesn't take much to "wow" our children and create a memory that can last forever. The holidays are a wonderful time to instill family values, evoke childhood wonder and write cherished stories in your family books. Create some more magic this season by adding one of these fun family traditions to your holiday. -By Kelle Hampton Read More »from 5 Holiday Family Traditions to Start This Year
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- I know what it's like to be the I am a lot of things, but skinny is not one of them. I was thin once a long, long time ago back when I was a little kid. At 8 pounds, 1 ounce, I was a fairly averaged-sized baby, not in the range of the recent big baby trend. Throughout my toddler and preschool years, I was considered a skinny-mini who wore size XS. But somewhere around the time I reached the third grade I started gaining weight. A lot of weight... and I wasn't so skinny anymore.
While there are many positive traits I hope to pass along, there are a few aspects of my life growing up that I never want her to experience. Being the "fat girl" is one of them. My daughter was born weighing less than 7 pounds and has grown steadily but on the smaller side. At the age of three, she is barely 27 pounds. While I'm thankful for her steady growth, I can't help but wonder if she will continue to be slim and healthy, or if she'll suddenly start putting on the weight like I did.
I will always love her regardless of her size.
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photo credit: Cayusa via photopin ccA conversation that I seem to have, both offline and online, each with a moderate amount of frequency, is about teaching. Much of the time it comes up when I'm talking with a parent who is upset about something their child's school has done. I am actually asked for my advice on it from my point of view as someone who makes daily decisions about students as well as my position as a parent who has put children through both the private and public school system. (This happens a lot at parties where people just want to "pick my brain.") What astounds me is not so much how often I find myself in the middle of a discussion, but how quickly the conversation spirals toward that old myth that "teaching isn't that hard" and that's where I push back with ferocity.
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If you have never been with a child who has autism, or even just kids with sensory issues, you may not understand why a quiet visit with Santa Claus is such an awesome deal.
But it is.
As ABC affiliate WVEC reports, this past Sunday, Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia invited the Autism Society of Tidewater, and any child with autism, the chance to visit with Santa Claus before the mall opened.
Santa is such a huge part of Christmas for lots of kids, but what some consider the traditional visit to Santa can be a nightmare for others. Many kids, especially those with autism, have an aversion to strangers, loud noises, crowds - anything can trigger an outburst, especially when they feel over-stimulated by their environment. What may just sound like a door slamming to you can feel like being struck by lightning to someone with sensory perception issues. But it doesn't mean these children don't long to sit on Santa's lap like any other kid.Read More »from Mall Offers Kids with Autism “Quiet” Santa Visits
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Yes, I realize that headline sounds absolutely insane and like a total impossibility, but it's 100% true. As reported by The Telegraph, "A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers." The woman, who cannot be named in the press for legal reasons, is an Italian citizen who was in Britain during the summer of 2012 for job training with an airline. While at her hotel, she suffered a panic attack because she couldn't find two passports belonging to her daughters at home in Italy and called the police, who told her they were taking her to a hospital to make sure her baby was okay. Instead, police took her to a psychiatric facility, where her rights and freedoms were stripped from her in an unbelievably egregious way.
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I've finally come to accept that the parents who look like they know what they're doing are only putting up a good front. The truth of the matter is, when it comes to raising our kids, we're all just feeling our way into uncharted territory.
Back in the spring, I wrote about how I began co-sleeping with my son, Felix, who was then on the verge of 4. He's officially four-and-a-half now, and my nighttime position remains the same. After reading next to my wife, I kiss her goodbye and head to Felix's room, where I sleep in the bed beside his sleeping nook - he has a cozy nest of pillows and blankets on the floor. Every night, at some point between midnight and dawn, he crawls into bed with me.
Obviously - do I even need to say it? - this is not ideal. For starters, there's a woman slumbering in the next room whom I'd rather be cuddling in the early morning hours. When Felix comes home with a cough or sniffle from school, he passes it right to me as he snores in my face. And duringRead More »from I Co-Sleep with My 4-Year-Old — And That's Okay
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