11 Love Lessons All Moms Must Teach Their DaughtersBy Jenna Birch
There are certain lessons only a mother can teach. A grandmother may not be as relatable, and a sister may not have enough wisdom-which is why it's up to Mom to initiate a heart-to-heart about matters of the heart. Although it can be a difficult subject to broach, your greatest gift to your daughter might just be the knowledge to face tough times and come out stronger. Here are the 11 most important things young women need to know about love, and how to explain them. Photo by Getty Images.
1. You are enough. "If ever there were a message daughters need to hear from their moms, it's this," says self-esteem and confidence guru Jess Weiner, author of Life Doesn't Begin Five Pounds From Now. "Believing you are enough means remembering that nothing in you needs to change to be loved." Teach your daughter that anyone who tries to convince her otherwise isn't right for her, and someone who doesn't see her worth hasn't earned a place in her life.
2. You can't get respect unless you
- Woman s Day | Team Mom – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 3:09 PM EDT
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TKSurvive the spooky season with these tips for 'fraidy cats.
By Marisa Cohen
Ghosts and goblins, grinning jack-o'-lanterns, scary skeletons... Some preschoolers love the spooky spectacle of this holiday (not to mention all the candy!), but others can get freaked out around creepy masks, costumes, and crowds of kids. "Halloween can present a challenge for parents of 3- and 4-year-olds because this is the age when children first truly show an interest in trick-or-treating, and yet they're still young enough to get frightened or overstimulated," says Bonnie Zucker, Psy.D., a psychologist in Rockville, Maryland, and author of Anxiety-Free Kids. It's hard to know how much your child will be up for on Halloween. But you can try to anticipate any potential problems before then so you can keep the day low-key and fun for everyone.
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Potty Training and Why I'm Not Stressing Over ItPotty training. Two words that can leave even veteran parents quaking in their boots. From what I know and have experienced, potty training isn't exactly the most fun you'll ever have in your life. It's messy and maybe stressful at times and it's cool when your kid ends up getting it, but in the interim…not so much. It seems like everyone I know is potty training their kids right now. Amongst friends and acquaintances it is a frequent topic of conversation. "Oh? Your daughter is almost two? Is she potty trained yet?" Actually, no. She is not. And also, I am not stressing over it. Here's why.Read More »from Why I Don't Stress Over Potty Training
1. Changing diapers is no big thing.
I've heard many parents talk about how much better life is sans diapers. "Oh my goodness! Potty training made my life so much easier! I hated changing diapers!" But I just don't share this sentiment. Changing diapers is no big thing in my opinion and it's not like I have to change all that many these days anyway.
2. Public restrooms aren't my favorite.
Pumpkin is the hottest flavor of the season, and chef Stuart O'Keeffe has some great no-bake recipes that are truly "easy as pie."
Looking for a fun seasonal dessert to make with your kids? Try these three-ingredient mini pumpkin pies, made simply by mixing pumpkin pie spice with Greek honey yogurt and pouring into mini graham cracker pie shells. Top with whipped cream and ground cinnamon for a perfect individual treat.
If you're in the mood for something a little more traditional, try Stuart's no-bake pumpkin pie, which uses gelatin to set the ingredients. Simply add condensed milk, eggs, gelatin, and spices into a saucepan and bring it up to a slow heat. Mix with pumpkin purée and vanilla, pour into a pie shell, and leave in the fridge to set. "It smells like fall," Stuart says.
To learn how to make these easy pumpkin pies, tune in to this episode of "Easy Does It," and check out the recipesRead More »from Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie
You may be happy to share your baby news with family and friends, but be leery of opening up to prospective employers.Interviewing for a new job can be daunting enough, but if you happen to be pregnant at the time, be prepared for a whole new set of job search jitters.
"The anxiety levels attending my employment and gestational statuses overwhelmed me," expectant mom Erin Keane Scott wrote in a post on The New York Times Motherlode blog. "Who would want to hire someone asking for at least six weeks of leave within a year of being hired?"
Scott, a journalist, said she followed others' advice about keeping her pregnancy under wraps during the first trimester and early in the second.
Was that a smart move? At least one career counselor says no.
"Let's assume you get hired," said Jean Baur, the author of "The Essential Job Interview Handbook." "At some point it's going to be obvious that you're expecting. The person who interviewed you and the person who is now your employer could really feel betrayed because you didn't mention it."
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- Disney Spoonful | Team Mom – Tue, Oct 15, 2013 6:29 PM EDT
A perfect idea for your frightfest. I love gingerbread and cookie houses! Years ago, when I worked as an event coordinator at a craft store, one of my main duties was to make all of the crafty samples that were displayed throughout the store. One of those samples was a ready-to-assemble gingerbread house. This was way before I had kids, so when I finished the house and put it on display, I didn't think about whether or not it would be within reach of passing little ones, and how attractive it would be to them. Sure enough, the next day I checked in on my gingerbread house and all of the candies had been plucked off and a big old bite mark was taken out of the roof! After that, I always made sure to place edible displays under glass. I hope you'll enjoy this haunted cookie house as much as that kid enjoyed my gingerbread house display. It's fun and relatively easy to make since it doesn't require any baking. It uses packaged graham crackers, sugar cones and ready-to-spread frosting to "glue" on the candy details.
There is something I noticed that moms say to other moms all the time: "I don't know how you do it!" Seems harmless, right? Even celebratory. A pat on the parenting back. Well, I'm dubious. Sometimes I think it's said because mom A is truly impressed with the way mom B rolls (juggling a high-powered career while raising three smart, well-adjusted kids and still finding time to volunteer OR being a stay-at-home mom to four and still finding time to shower and get dressed). But, just as often, I suspect it's a euphemism for "I would NEVER do that/put up with that/I feel bad for you/I think you're kinda crazy…."Read More »from A mom compliment that really isn't?
While one can, sincerely or otherwise, comment to another mom about what she does ("you're still breastfeeding? I don't know how you do it!" "You cosleep with your three kids? I don't know how you do it!" "Your husband golfs every single weekend? I don't know how you do it!"), the phrase becomes particularly prickly when exchanged between working moms and stay-at-home moms…
- 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
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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
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
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