The plan has stirred up a storm of controversy (shocker). For one thing, critics say it amounts to "bribery" which seems to me to be kind of the point. The UK also provides financial incentives to families who vaccinate their children because, ostensibly, the government feels there's a benefit to public health in doing so. Breastfeeding has been proven to reduce health costs over the long term. (This is one reason why, here in the States, the AAP has suggested that breastfeeding success should be a priority for pediatricians, workplaces and communities… Moms aren't in it alone.) In the UK, where health care costs are in fact footed by the government, it'd make sense that theRead More »from Is it Fair for Britain to "Pay" Moms to Breastfeed?
- BabyZone | Parenting – Fri, Nov 15, 2013 11:57 AM ESTBribery isn't always a bad thing. Read why a new pilot program in the UK is ruffling critics' feathers, but aiming to spur important social change.British breastfeeding rates, already among the lowest in the world, are declining for the first time in nearly a decade. Now a government-funded research initiative hopes to reverse the trend by providing shopping vouchers to a small group of moms in low-income areas as an incentive to breastfeed their babies.
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 6:14 PM ESTThinkstock / The Bump
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The latest study finds that expectant moms should get as little as 20 minutes of exercise in at least three times a week if they want a smarter baby. The study, presented at the Neuroscience 2013 conference over the weekend, was aimed at moving exercise when you're expecting to the forefront of every mom-to-be's mind.
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For the study, researchers assigned 60 women to two random groups: The first was women who were provided with an exercise routine and the second was women who were not. All of the women were asked to keep a daily exercise log - and they also wore pedometers and accelerometers so that researchers could keep track of their level of activity.
Once the women gave birth, researchers recorded each newborn's brain activity levels at 8 through 12 days of life. Élise Labonté-LeMoyne, study researcher, said, "We measured directly the brain activity, so it'sRead More »from Exercising During Pregnancy Will Make Baby Smarter
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 2:41 PM EST30-second quiz, "Are You Dateable?" on Christian motivational speaker Justin Lookadoo's website, which is geared toward teens, provided me with some harsh results: "U R not dateable," it concluded. Luckily for me, I'm a grown woman and married, but some kids and parents at Richardson High School, outside Dallas, Texas, are outraged by this and what they call an anti-girl message that Lookadoo gave to students on Wednesday.A
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Lookadoo, who gives talks at schools and to church youth groups nationally, was invited to speak by the Parent Teacher Association. His website includes separate lists for girls and boys on being dateable. The girls' list offers advice such as "Be mysterious. Dateable girls know how to shut up." Also on the list: "You're a girl. Be proud of all that means. You are soft, you are gentle, you are a woman. Don't try to be a guy." The boys' list says, "Men of God are wild, not domesticated. Dateable guys aren'tRead More »from Motivational Speaker's Controversial Dating Tips Outrage Dallas High School
- Get the scoop on all the major winter blockbusters for kids and teens.By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media reviewer
Winter brings all sorts of wonderful family treats: holiday decorations, shiny presents, and relatives from near and far. The season also brings some of the best movies of the year -- and kids, tweens, and teens are all in for some cinematic fun.
Look for animated fairy tales (Frozen) and epic adaptations (Ender's Game, The Hobbit), plus teen-friendly sports comedies (Grudge Match) and superhero flicks (Thor). We'll provide detailed ratings and reviews on everything you need to know, plus suggestions for talking to your kids about what they see. Stay tuned for our full reviews, but, in the meantime, find out the buzz on each winter release so you know what movies will -- and won't -- be on your wish list.
Free Birds (Nov. 1)
Target Age: Young kids
What's the Buzz? What could appeal more to young moviegoers than talking animals -- specifically, the pardoned Thanksgiving turkey? Owen Wilson and Woody
- Free Birds (Nov. 1)
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I found myself thinking about the things I am thankful for this morning, and one of those things is a wonderful husband to parent with. There are many things that I am good at as a parent, but there are also plenty of areas where I struggle. I am thankful to have a co-parent who seems to fill in the gaps where I am lacking. So in honor of my awesome husband/co-parent who I am thankful for, I made a list of things he does better as a parent. The list could probably be longer, but I want him to still think he needs me around here! Click through for 7 ways my husband's a better parent! -By Lauren Hartmann
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 12:25 PM ESTI am a mom of three girls, and I often hear the question, "So… are you going to try for a boy?" which I think is absolutely insane for about thirty different reasons. Obviously I won't be "trying for a boy" anytime ever because: a) I'm 47, b) My tubes are tied, c) I don't want any more damn kids, d) Girls are awesome, and e) Stop reading, 'cause I don't need to give you any more explanations! For some reason when it comes to how many kids you have, people love to comment. But the people who get it the worst are the moms of one child. I'm not immune to it. I one asked an acquaintance who looked young if she was planning to try for another and it turned out that she'd just done a round of IVF which wasn't successful. So that was uncomfortable. And really, I was just making conversation. So after polling my friends, here are 7 comments moms with one child hear that… they'd rather not. I'm learning along with you.
-By Stefanie Wilder Taylor
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The heart of Thanksgiving lies in family and home--but also the numerous small moments of the day. Break out your camera, and capture how your story unfolds on this favorite holiday. - By Kelle Hampton
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- Thankful Laid OffI know how that sounds, believe me. First, let me give you a little history...
Not to discredit my former company, but I was in, shall we say, a lackluster position for years. There were so many things going on in my personal life that were exciting (dating a great guy... getting engaged... married... the birth of our two children) that for a few years, I almost didn't mind the fact that I was completely bored at work. And as we all know, stability and health insurance can go a long way. I began my blog, Baby Meets City, in the midst of this exciting period, and it helped to fill a creative void that was missing too. But as life got busier and busier with small children in an even smaller apartment, and as I started writing more, I dreamed of the nerve to find a new job. The goal was simple: If I had to work and be away from my children every day, at the very least, I should feel creatively inspired. I looked in my spare time but never found the right fit. So I went back to work, dayRead More »from Why I'm Thankful I was Laid Off
- BabyZone | Parenting – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 12:00 PM ESTI hate breakfast when I have gestational diabetes.Confession: I love carbs and sweets. I love breakfast foods such as omelettes, pancakes, French toast, waffles, donuts and cereal. Man, I love cereal so much I'll eat it for dinner.
But I hate breakfast when I'm pregnant.
I developed gestational diabetes early in both of my pregnancies (early being before week 20). Once the placenta took charge, it messed with my hormones and increased my insulin resistance. (At least that's how one specialist explained it to me.) Both times I had to manage my blood sugar levels with diet, exercise and insulin.
The hardest meal of the day was breakfast. I had to keep the carbohydrate count lower at breakfast than lunch or dinner. Do you know how carb loaded traditional breakfast foods are? I didn't until I was forced to examine labels and limit them.
Even staying within the allotted amount of carbs didn't guarantee good numbers. I measured out my favorite cereal and milk, but my glucose test would be too high. Lunch was generally fine as
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Nov 14, 2013 11:41 AM ESTKissing My Kids Goodbye Every DayMy husband's cell phone rang while we were out having dinner Saturday night. He picked up, and I watched his face freeze.
"What is it, honey?" I asked, my heart beating faster. "What's wrong?"
He whispered, "Larry died."
Larry is one of my husband's best friends from childhood, a big-hearted guy with twin two-year-old boys. He'd been in a car accident. I burst into sobs, putting a napkin over my mouth so the people sitting nearby wouldn't hear. We quickly paid the bill, went home, said good night to the babysitter. I tip-toed into my kids' rooms, and planted long kisses on their foreheads. I thought about what would happen if I were never to see them again. But then, I think about that all the time.
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