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After using it as a convenient, all-purpose excuse, Johanna discovers the very real advantages to having a "Mommy Brain."Read More »from The Truth About "Mommy Brain"
What's your kid's favorite way to be creative? By Common Sense Media editors
You've got a creative kid, and summer break gives your kid more time to stretch those creative muscles in fun ways. And creativity is more than arts and music -- making, tinkering, and experimenting are all ways kids can be creative. Whether they want to write code for a video game or make an origami crane, kids can explore their creative side with these 14 apps, games, and websites we love. And check out our Digital Fun for Creative Kids guide for 100+ more ideas to keep kids occupied all summer long. Let the making begin!
**CRAFTING AND CREATING ART**
Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity
For ages 2-6
This stellar app encourages kids to create art from common objects, and video lessons teach about artistic inspiration and symbolism. The overall design is kid-friendly and fun, and kids can share their creations via email and social media and with other app users worldwide.
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For ages 7-12
More like a virtual art
- TheBump.com | Team Mom – Thu, Jun 6, 2013 11:16 AM EDT
By Abigail Green for TheBump.com
Veer / The BumpI have a small Ziploc bag in my desk drawer containing a lock of hair from my son's first haircut. I'm not sure exactly why I saved it (or what I'm going to do with it) but it seemed like something a mom is supposed to save. Same with other stuff I've kept for sentimental reasons - the extra birth announcements, the burp cloths, the binkies and every stuffed animal he ever snuggled.
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I know some people who've made lovely shadow boxes and scrapbooks with their baby keepsakes, but I'm not that crafty. And besides, what do you do with the bigger stuff, like the teddy bears?
Here's what I've decided to save and toss:
The birth announcement. Well, duh, right? But with my first baby, I handmade my birth announcements (I was 10 days overdue and had a LOT of time on my hands), but forgot to make myself one. I thought I'd remember every detail - time of birth, weight, etc. I didn't realize then what years of
Finnish mothers are crediting a simple cardboard box with saving their babies' lives and providing them with a hopeful future. Read More »from Finland's 'Starter Kit' for New Moms Is Brilliant
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The boxes, a 75-year-old tradition in Finland, are given to new mothers as they leave the hospital with their newborns, according to a story published Tuesday on the BBC. Dubbed a "maternity package" or a "baby starter kit," a typical box is lined with a mattress on which babies take their first nap during the ride home. Mothers are also given the option to accept the box or a cash grant set at 140 euros (approximately $180), but most mothers opt for the box. Here's what's included:
Bedding: An under sheet, mattress cover, duvet cover, blanket, and sleeping bag or quilt.
Clothing: A snowsuit, a hat, insulated mittens, booties, socks, mittens, leggings, knitted overalls and facemask, onesies, and a romper suit.
Bathroom products: A hooded bath towel, a hairbrush, a toothbrush, diaper cream and diapers, nail
- Woman s Day | Team Mom – Wed, Jun 5, 2013 12:03 PM EDT
Recognize when you, your spouse or your kids could use a break from each otherBy Melody WarnickRead More »from 10 Signs You're Spending Too Much Family Time Together
"Too much of a good thing" tends to apply to chocolate consumption and marathons of The Real Housewives, not to something as wholesome as family togetherness. After all, research shows that children who spend a lot of time with their families do better in school, make better choices and are happier. But hanging out too often, especially if you force it, can cause problems like making kids dependent and leaving parents feeling resentful. These 10 warning signs tell you when it's time to take a break. Photo by Getty Images
1. You and your husband haven't been to the movies in five years…
…because you won't leave your kids with a babysitter. It's tough to tell whose separation anxiety is more agonizing: yours or your little ones'. But hire a sitter anyway-for the kids! "Life has turned into one long, teachable moment, but we think we're the only teachers," says Lenore Skenazy, author of Free Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children Without Going Nuts
WHAT?! Kids have strong desires to be tan.When I was younger, getting a tan was pretty much my only goal for the summer. That is, until I realized that routine sun exposure would make me look like an old leather handbag someday if I wasn't careful-not to mention that it could lead to deadly cancer.Read More »from Kids Start Coveting a Tan at Scarily Young Ages
By Natasha Burton
It's a good thing I traded my baby oil for sunscreen sooner rather than later: According to a company spokesperson for Superdrug, which just released the results of a poll on sun exposure, the average person gets 80 percent of his or her lifetime skin-to-sun contact before hitting age 18.
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Of course, this means that slathering on the sunblock is super-important when you're young. Only, scarily enough, the Superdrug poll found that 50 percent of children age six to eight are jonesing for a tan this summer and one in five say they won't wear suncreen. Um...where are their parents?
We just hope this doesn't lead to a creation of a Tan Kid. Tan Mom is quite enough for us.
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- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Tue, Jun 4, 2013 3:58 PM EDT
My little Monet.Let's face it, once your itty-bitty baby enters oh-so-opinionated toddlerhood, life changes. Most of it's outrageously fun - the discovery, the vocabulary, the interactions, the independence. But every now and then, these little people decide to dig in and show us who's boss. Having been through this a few times myself, I've learned that sometimes it's really as simple as using our words. By adjusting your perspective, you'll adjust your toddler's too.Read More »from 3 Ways to Talk to Toddlers so They Won't Freak Out
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Here are a few examples.
1. Consider avoiding the word "no."
Let's say your toddler decides her body is a canvas (obviously this one isn't too hard for me to imagine). While, upon discovering you have a little Monet, you may be inclined to react with a "No!", I've found that only fuels the fire - or marker, in this case. Reminding her, instead, that a marker draws on paper not bodies, or hands are for hugging, not hitting, empowers your toddler to be the boss the next time around. Because
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Team Mom – Fri, Jun 14, 2013 1:28 PM EDT
Kate Middleton may be royalty, but she’s not too posh to push.Read More »from Kate Middleton Sparks Interest in HypnoBirthing. What's It All About?
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The Duchess of Cambridge, whose first child is due in mid-July, is said to be leaning toward birthing her baby in as natural a way as possible. And to make that process easier, according to reports, she might be planning to use a calming technique known as HypnoBirthing.
The duchess was rumored to use hypnosis to overcome her acute morning sickness so this technique would be “second nature for her,” noted Alisha Tamburri, a Los Angeles HypnoBirthing practitioner whose clients have included Jessica Alba, Bridget Fonda, Melissa Joan Hart, Alanis Morisette, and Emily Deschanel.
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The method, popular both in Hollywood and outside of it, has “kind of replaced what Lamaze was years ago,” Tamburri said. It was founded in 1989 by New Hampshire hypnotherapist Marie Mongan, and essentially
footballI'm a dad. We have four kids that range in age from 5 to 19, and I have a confession to make.Read More »from Why I Never Let My Kids Win
I never let my kids beat me in anything, at any time. Basketball, soccer, UNO, coloring, it's all good! I know, someone just gasped- I heard you through the computer screen.
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How could I allow this to happen in the age of everyone gets a trophy? Easy: I let it happen because Everyone Gets A Trophy (EGAT). I want to cultivate a desire in my kids to win, because in life you rarely win if you don't try hard and give maximum effort. In the EGAT world, effort is rewarded and you can lay on the side of the field pulling up weeds and still be a winner.
We can't even get away from the EGAT syndrome when we send our kids to school. Our oldest son was allowed to retake high school tests as many times as needed to pass. If you knew you basically couldn't fail, why would you study in the first place? Why not just take the test and see how you make out, then regroup
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Team Mom – Mon, Jun 3, 2013 9:06 AM EDT
microwave popcorn became popular in the early 1980s, fans of the whole-grain snack have faced a familiar problem. If you don't stop the microwave at exactly the right moment, you end up with either too many tooth-shattering unpopped kernels or a bag of scorched popcorn and a smoke-filled kitchen.Ever since
"Our consumer services team found that this is the most frequent difficulty that consumers have," Craig Tokusato, vice president of marketing for Diamond Foods and the person in charge of its Pop Secret popcorn division, told Yahoo! Shine in a phone interview. "It's a highly frequent and annoying problem."
How frequent is "highly frequent?" According to an informal in-house study by Deutsch LA, about 400 people per week send some sort of angry message through social media about having burned their popcorn.
"We needed to find an interactive way to fix an age-old problem," DeutschRead More »from How to Avoid Burning Your Popcorn: The Perfect Pop App
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