mommy wars” just became the “daddy wars”—or a spirited battle, at least, led, perhaps unwittingly, by a Kentucky father of 5-month-old twins. Matt Walsh, a blogger and WLAP radio personality and defender of stay-at-home moms everywhere, has blogged on the topic this week, inspired by what he calls the “subversively condescending” questions he frequently gets from working moms about his wife’s child-rearing status. And the piece has been causing a major dust-up on social media, much to his surprise.
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“I thought (hoped) the post would resonate with my readers, but I never expected the response to be anything quite like this,” Walsh tells Yahoo Shine through a Facebook message exchange. “Naive as I am, I also didn't anticipate the vitriolic negative reactions. This has turned out to be the most divisive thing I've ever written, and I never intended for that to be the case. I wrote it because I wanted to defend the beauty of
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Team Mom – Fri, Oct 11, 2013 2:27 PM EDT
mommy wars” just became the “daddy wars”—or a spirited battle, at least, led, perhaps unwittingly, by a Kentucky father of 5-month-old twins. Matt Walsh, a blogger and WLAP radio personality and defender of stay-at-home moms everywhere, has blogged on the topic this week, inspired by what he calls the “subversively condescending” questions he frequently gets from working moms about his wife’s child-rearing status. And the piece has been causing a major dust-up on social media, much to his surprise.The “Read More »from Daddy Blogger Defends Stay-at-Home Moms, Gets Blindsided by Critics
Did you know that 82 percent of phones show some sort of bacterial contamination? You might be diligent about washing your hands, but cleaning your phone is probably a different story. Luckily, Ereka's here to share some easy tips.
First, turn off your phone and grab a microfiber cloth. Use distilled water, not tap water, to clean your screens and camera lenses. Use rubbing alcohol for the keypad, if you have one, and for the hard plastic areas around the screen. Dampen the microfiber cloth but don't get it completely wet. And for the little crevices? Q-tips will do the trick.
Now that you know how to clean your phone, it may make all that bathroom cell use a little more acceptable. In a recent survey, 75 percent of people said they use their phones in the bathroom. Are you one of them?
To hear people explain why they use their phones on the throne, tune in to this episode of "Easy Does It."Read More »from What's on Your Cell Phone?
Yum! Homemade cheddar crackers!My little girls love snacks, and Baby Z is no exception. I'm always on the hunt for quick and healthy bites that can hold them over until it's mealtime or to keep their energy sustained while playing at the park. I try to avoid processed and store-bought snacks as much as I possibly can. Like many others, I believe all the added preservatives, colors, and other ingredients I can't even pronounce, are harmful for my little girls' growing bodies.Read More »from Homemade Cheddar Crackers for Kids
I stumbled upon this recipe and thought I'd give it a try. It uses simple ingredients and seemed easy enough to pull together. My daughters helped along with the entire process which was a great experience to share together. It was nice knowing exactly what went into the making of their snacks and they actually tasted like real cheese! Imagine that.
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• 2 cups, sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
• 4 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
• 1 cup flour
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 tablespoons cold water
October is National Bullying Prevention Month.By Ingrid Simone, Common Sense Media app editor
Kindness and compassion. These "soft skills" are ones that parents may think come naturally to their children. After all, your kids are good kids. You show them kindness and compassion, therefore they'll show it to others.
As many parents have discovered, it's not always that simple. Kids can be cruel. And online tools make it easier to torment a peer in an ongoing, public, and often anonymous way.
Schools deal with bullying -- cyber and otherwise -- on a daily basis, and many are trying to address this behavior before it starts by helping kids develop crucial social-emotional skills like kindness, empathy, identifying emotions, and looking at things from another's perspective. My kids' elementary school offers a couple of great programs -- Second Step and Roots of Empathy -- and my son's teacher is currently stocking her classroom library with books on social-emotional skills.
But with young kids today spending a quarter of theirRead More »from Apps and Games to Spark Kindness and Compassion
Just thinking about getting a flu shot makes my arm sore. Receiving an influenza vaccination isn't pleasant, and its not 100 percent effective, but the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and infectious-disease experts recommend that everyone over 6 months old get one, with only a few exceptions. And now is the time. "This is absolutely the best time to get your vaccination," Andrew Pekosz, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine tells Yahoo Shine. It takes about two weeks for the body to develop maximum immunity, and he warns, "We've already seen cases positively diagnosed."
This year, there are many vaccine options, some of which are available for the first time. The variety can be confusing, and the CDC isn't recommending one particular vaccine, but that's not a reason to avoid getting vaccinated. "Go to your health care provider," William Schaffner, MD, professor ofRead More »from Planning to Blow Off That Flu Shot? Think Again
- Team Mom Staff | Parenting – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 1:27 PM EDT
Each year, as we welcome students back into the classroom, we educators find ourselves with a new bunch of little people (or bigger, depending on the age you teach) who are new to us and our classrooms, but whom parents are, obviously, very familiar. The first thing teachers do is try to learn every students' name and then we figure out who these students are and how they operate in the classroom setting. Next up, it's time to pass out books, begin lessons, take grades and then before you know it, it's time for parent teacher conferences. This can be a daunting, scary thing for parents who have had bad experiences in the past, but it doesn't have to be that way if you're armed with specific questions about your child and their learning.
As a person who has been on both sides of the table, I can tell you it's not really easy on either side. Your job as a teacher is to tell families how their child is faring, what they're learning, and how you plan to help them achieve academic goals.Read More »from 6 Important Questions to Ask at Your Next Parent-Teacher Conference
Understanding the importance of family date night!When you have kids, one of the pieces of advice that you will hear over and over again is to remember to still make time for date nights with your partner. It can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day of parenting and lose track of nurturing your relationship. One thing you won't hear about as often is the importance of having family date nights, but they really are wonderful.Read More »from Why I Would Never Skip Family Date Night
Like a lot of families, we work hard. My husband heads off to work everyday and I work from home, and by the end of the day we aren't feeling particularly motivated to do a whole lot. Relaxing at home is great and home is my most favorite place on the planet to be, but getting out and doing things as a family is so important too.
Family dates are a great way to focus on one another without the distractions of being at home - particularly for families where one parent stays home (or works from home) while they other is gone at work. Because I am home all day with our daughter we get to do a lot of fun things
- Martha Stewart | Team Mom – Mon, Oct 7, 2013 11:19 AM EDT
Going to the supermarket takes on a whole new meaning when the goal is to look for ingredients for costumes. Who knew you could use ordinary household supplies to create Halloween haute couture? Add some craft supplies, and construct the costumes in most cases with just staples, packing tape, and glue. They're easy to make, and you and your child can work on them together. But the first thing you'll need to do is go grocery shopping. Take your trick-or-treater on a trip down the aisles, and let your imaginations run free.
Cowboy Costume How-To
Howdy, pardner. To turn your kid into a charismatic cowboy, just rustle up some brown-paper grocery and trash-compactor bags. When you get home, snip and punch them into a fringed vest and chaps, then add paper-fastener studs and candy-cup conchos. A mop-maned horse is ready to accompany this rider on a hunt for candy.
MaterialsRead More »from Halloween Hacks: 7 Brilliant Costumes Made from Household Objects
1 pack trash-compactor bags
1 box brass paper fasteners
1 paper grocery bag
1 pack foil candy cups
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Mon, Oct 7, 2013 11:19 AM EDT
While I was going through years of infertility, I made certain to read everything I possibly could on the topic. Let's just say that there are some interesting approaches to fertility out there, from eating pineapple to drinking milkshakes.
According to the CDC, there are 6.7 million women of childbearing age who are coping with infertility in terms of getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term.
Infertility is an awfully difficult process to go through. It can be painful, depressing and demoralizing. I've been there. Actually, I was there twice. Multiple miscarriages, countless procedures and hundreds of appointments later, I became one of the lucky ones.
The biggest obstacle for me was polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Affecting up to one in ten woman of reproductive age, PCOS can disrupt a woman's menstrual cycle and reproductive abilities. In women with PCOS, the ovary doesn't make the hormones it needs for an egg to mature. Without progesterone, a woman's menstrual cycle isRead More »from Study Shows How Eating Breakfast Can Improve Your Fertility
When the weather gets cooler, there's nothing quite like the comfort of a warm, buttery grilled cheese. Vanessa Palazio and Adam Schneider are the soon-to-be married couple behind Little Muenster, a New York City grilled cheese shop specializing in adult versions of the classic comfort food, and they're here to show us just how extreme — and extremely delicious — grilled cheese can be.
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Ereka challenges the almost-newlyweds to come up with "his" and "hers" takes on grilled cheese. First up is Vanessa's: a gooey blend of herbed goat cheese, Muenster, and heirloom tomatoes on hearty bread. But the cheesy goodness doesn't end there — Vanessa adds a surprising ingredient to make her sandwich extra cheesy: Parmesan on the outside of the sandwich. "You think outside of the box when you put cheese on the outside of your grilled cheese," she says of the crispy Parmesan crust.
Adam's version featured pork belly, Gouda, and caramelized onions. Adam fries the pork bellyRead More »from Surprising Trick for Extra-Cheesy Grilled Cheese
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