By Amy Shearn, REDBOOK.
These come in Much has already been said about the trend of high heels and other "mini-me" versions of adult fashions. One complaint: They're a bit sexy for little girls who might still sleep in pull-ups. Another: They look "just like mommy's," which is what draws in many kids. Except a 4-year-old girl's job is not to imitate mommy, but to be her own tiny, forming human.
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I personally don't have to worry about it, because even though my daughter loves to clomp around in whatever high heels she can magically excavate from the inner reaches of my closet, she's more invested in being able to run around efficiently. Because really, maxi-dresses and wedges are not apparel for kids that age.
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For all my eye-rolling at Harper's preferred pink/sparkly/ruffly everything and deep inner longing for light-up sneakers, I also love how she is unapologetically, completely her. When she goes to pre-K in
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TKBy Richard Rende from Parents.com
Kids have heroes. They always have, and they always will. Adults have them too.
But what do we tell our kids when our heroes fall? The world of sports offers lots of opportunities to see personal success and failure. When the success happens, it reinforces why athletes are heroes to our kids. When they fail though, it's not clear what it means to them.
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Baseball, for example, has been plagued for years now with issues related to Performance Enhancing Drugs. While the "steroid era" has seemingly passed us by (one in which a good number of players with Hall of Fame numbers will probably not get elected because of confirmed or assumed use), we still see suspensions and new scandals emerging. Sometimes the fall is even more severe - as in the case of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, who is now in prison, charged with murder. So my question is what do we say to our kids? Are there lessons here?
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What's he smiling about?When researcher Megan Smith set up a study to find out what stressors were impacting the mental health of moms, she was expecting to hear tales of babies who didn't sleep or expensive doctor visits. She wasn't expecting to hear that one stress that affected roughly 30 percent of the moms in her study came from their inability to fill one of their baby's basic needs. It's not food or even shelter. It's diapers.Read More »from Low-income Families Struggling to Afford Diapers
In her study, Smith, an assistant professor of psychiatry, child study and public health at the Yale School of Medicine, spoke with 877 women at various income levels in New Haven, Conn. She talked to women through their health care providers, at schools, in beauty shops, at bus stops, on playgrounds and in grocery stores. She wanted to find out out what stresses these moms were experiencing, particularly the stresses that were affecting each mom's ability to bond with her child.
Smith was shocked to learn that almost one-third of the women she surveyed experienced a time when
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Tue, Jul 30, 2013 11:59 AM EDT
Let's say my son Felix does something inappropriate, like eating his pasta with his hands. Or, as he did yesterday, throwing the remote control when I tell him to turn off the TV.
Not every time, but often, he will lash out when I reprimand him, either by sticking out his tongue, or screaming, or giving me a light slap. Oh, little boys! They can be beasts in cute clothing.
In the face of his outbursts, I'm presented with two options. Accept that his reaction indicates he's embarrassed, or feels bad about his behavior, and let it go without remark. Or else tell him that his reaction is inappropriate, and perhaps punish him for it.
I make the call based on the extremity of his response. Hitting me - or throwing the remote control - means I'm going to say something, because that's wrong. The other stuff, like the spitting, while gross or annoying, I might ignore.
Parents are faced with these kinds of discipline options all the time, every day. How much do you call your kid out on theirRead More »from The Surprising Truth: Sometimes Parents Need to Let Their Kids Fail
Yummy vegetablesEating more fruits and vegetables is one of the central tenets of a healthy diet.Read More »from 5 Great Ways to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables
And because meat and dairy typically require more resources to produce than vegetables, eating lower down the food chain is also one of the easiest ways to green the impact of your food. (As food writer Michael Pollan puts it "Eat food. Mostly Plants. Not too much.)
It's relatively easy, of course, to make changes to your own diet. But how do you go about encouraging children - many of whom are notoriously picky eaters - to put down the hot dog and reach for the broccoli instead?
Even if you're not trying to raise 100 percent vegetarian children, there's little doubt that children will benefit for years to come if they can develop a taste for plant-based foods.
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Here are a few ways to help make that happen.
1. Connect to the source
Children often live in a world of mass marketed, processed foods. Try reconnecting them with the source of
Thinkstock/iStockphotoCookies - some are round, some are square, some are chewy, and some are crunchy, but no matter what they look like, cookies consistently top the list of America's favorite baked goods. For many of us, cookies are the very first thing that we learned to make in the kitchen; because they don't require the use of sharp objects or direct heat, they're safe for young, beginner cooks. Not only are cookies relatively simple to make, but baking a batch can teach us important basic foundations and principles about cooking and baking in general.Read More »from Make America’s Favorite Cookies at Home
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Cookies taught us to be consistent. The final step of making cookies is placing them on a sheet pan and whether you're making chocolate chip cookies or gingerbread men, the goal is to be consistent so that they bake evenly. Lastly, cookies taught us to be appreciative of cooking. Can anyone object to the fact that there's often nothing better than a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie, warm and soft and dripping with
- TheBump.com | Team Mom – Thu, Jul 25, 2013 3:33 PM EDT
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Getty Images / The BumpHis Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge isn't the only one who made a big debut on Tuesday. The 8 lbs., 6 oz. little fella appeared on the hospital steps along with his proud papa, his beaming mama… and her postbaby bump.
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Yes, people, 'tis true: After women give birth, their stomachs typically take weeks, if not months, to deflate, as the uterus contracts, skin snaps back, water weight drains and pregnancy pounds are shed.
And yet, this is the first celebrity-type new mom I can remember seeing with her postbaby bump so evident and just out there for the whole world (literally) to see. It almost seems purposeful to me - she appears to be cradling it with her hand, drawing her dress material in to highlight the roundness of her belly. Now, this might just be old habit; an ingrained move leftover from 40 weeks of pregnancy. But might it also be strategic? Part of her "I'm
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Fri, Jul 26, 2013 12:33 PM EDT
.At three-thirty in the morning some months ago, a friend turned to me and said, "I'm going to be so tired tomorrow. And here I was hoping to get up in the morning and do some work. What will you be up to?"Read More »from 5 Important Reasons Why Parents Should Have Non-Parent Friends
I did not smirk, grimace, or roll my eyes while reminding her that my little guy would be awake in about three hours, in need of breakfast and ready to play, and that my wife would be heading off to her job, leaving me on daddy duty. Instead, I was pleased. I had passed! At some point in the course of the night, which began with a reading and turned into an impromptu adventure to a speak-easy bookstore on Manhattan's Upper East Side, my companion forgot I was a dad.
I've written before about the importance of having dad friends, but I find it rejuvenating as well to have friends who are not parents. But seeing how much The Huffington Post piece "The 5 Things Parents Need to Stop Saying to Non-Parents" was passed around, I wonder if I'm in the minority here. I don't think I've ever said
Can moms wear heels?I make no apologies that I love fashion, clothes, shoes, and almost all things pretty and womanly. I feel best when I feel put together, which doesn't always mean a fancy dress and a fully coiffed head of hair. For me, it could simply mean a light dusting of makeup, a pretty top knot, and a cute, but casual outfit. That casual outfit needs to be comfortable and functional, and it 99% of the time involves flat shoes of some sort. But lately, my feet have been craving something a bit less functional, and a bit more fancy.
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I love shoes so much that I belong to ShoeMint, a monthly shoe subscription service where you can opt to get charged the same monthly service fee, and order a pair of shoes if you find a pair you like, or "skip" the month if you don't see anything you love. I had a couple of credits in my account, and so when the company was having an incredible 50% off 4th of July sale last week, I decided to use up my credits. I made a vow toRead More »from Can Moms Really Wear Heels?
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Wed, Jul 24, 2013 11:52 AM EDT
.My four-year-old has discovered the art of faking sick. It's very innocent and rough around the edges still: he'll smile as he tells me he's very ill and needs to watch TV for another day, or that his tummy hurts so he can't eat any more dinner, but dessert sounds good.Read More »from Whatever it Fakes: 6 Ways to Tell If Your Kid REALLY Needs a Sick Day
It's not just deliberate pretending that parents have to navigate, though - it's bigger than that. Toddler communication can be confusing when it comes to health and the body. For example, my son repeatedly insisted yesterday as we drove home from preschool that he "did not have a tummy ache. His tummy just felt achy."
Simply put, it's often hard to de-code our young kids' language and get the straight story on whether or not they're sick, and what their symptoms are. With this in mind, here are some ways to understand and help your little one when she says she's feeling bad and you're not sure how to proceed.
1. Monitor the "symptoms"
Little kids who aren't truly under the weather can have mysteriously inconsistent
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