- By Tracy BrennanRead More »from 5 Affordable Toddler Boy Coats
- You don't need to spend a lot of money to keep your kiddo warm through the season especially as they grow so quickly! Better yet, take my parenting pro-tip and purchase next year's coat when all these coats go on sale at the end of the season. You'll feel you're really getting your money's worth. Here are five coats for your little dude to be on the lookout for!
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Getting organized is always a challenge, but when it comes to one of the smallest rooms in the house, a little creativity can go a long way. New Orleans designer and "DIY guy" Chet Pourciau shares some of his favorite tips for organizing the bathroom with things you probably already have in your home.
Chet's first tip is to use containers like baskets or boxes to store towels, soaps, and extra toiletries. "If you can see it, you'll use it," Chet explains.
Is your makeup bag a mess? The designer has a useful idea to organize all your cosmetics: a cutlery tray. Store your brushes, mascaras, eye shadows, and powders so that you can see everything you might need. "I'm all about repurposing, recycling, and ... upcycling," Chet says.
If you're running out of space to store all your towels, try thinking outside the box with items you might already have around your house, like a wine rack. "Take yourRead More »from Tool-Free Storage Solutions
- Bond with the kids over a movie from the comfort of your couch.By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media editor
We say this a lot, but we think it's worth repeating: It's important to get involved in your kids media lives -- and your kids will love it too (within reason!). But helping them become critical media consumers can be easier said than done.
What's a sure-fire way to stay involved with your kids' media picks and create an opportunity to discuss them? Host a family movie night!
Some tips for making it work:
1. Schedule it. Make it a regular date and time and don't break it. Turn off cell phones and ban multitasking during the show.
2. Take turns choosing the movie. If you've got little kids, pre-select a group to choose from (to avoid watching Care Bears IV over and over again). If you've got teens, tell them you'll watch anything they choose as long as they return the favor when it's your turn. Enforce a "no complaining" rule.
3. Location, location, location. Hang a sheet in the backyard, rent a projector, and sit on beach chairs on aRead More »from 5 Easy Ways to Make Family Movie Night a Success
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Tue, Nov 19, 2013 12:37 PM ESTCDC, AAP Issue New Guidelines Limiting Antibiotic Use in ChildrenThe US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is urging pediatricians to limit use of antibiotics in children to when, you know, antibiotics will actually be helpful. (C'mon, that's just crazy talk.)
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has simultaneously released a report that helps pediatricians identify when antibiotics will be helpful for respiratory infections.
Both the CDC and the AAP note that children's respiratory infections are most often caused by viruses, which won't be helped by antibiotics. The CDC says that every year as many as 10 million U.S. children risk side effects from antibiotic prescriptions that are unlikely to help their upper respiratory conditions. For example, antibiotics will not help colds and flu, most coughs and bronchitis, sore throat (other than strep throat), and runny noses.
Over-use of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance, which occurs when bacteria evolve and are able to outsmart antibiotics, making even common infections difficultRead More »from CDC, AAP Issue New Guidelines Limiting Antibiotic Use in Children
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Fri, Nov 15, 2013 12:43 PM EST
I love the endless opportunity our kids have, but do you ever wonder if our kids are too busy? Don't get me wrong, I am a Title IX baby and relish every opportunity available to my daughter and my son. When I was little I wanted to play soccer, but there wasn't a girls' team, so I watched my brother. And then I found swimming, thank goodness - I loved it because I am not really sure what else was out there for me to do (other than cheerleading, which I learned in 9th grade was not for me).
My kids, on the other hand, can't seem to fit all their activities into a 24/7 week. I have already written a lot about about "fighting for my kid's free time" in a another blog about keeping it all together as a parent, but I feel like I am losing the fight. And frankly, maybe "fight" is too strong of a word. Maybe I am just their lobbyist or advocate. I feel like I need to picket outside their bedrooms just to remind them how cool an afternoon of make-believe and play can be.Read More »from Olympic Athlete Summer Sanders Wonders If Her Kids Are "Too Busy"
- BabyZone | Team Mom – Mon, Nov 18, 2013 11:53 AM ESTDinner is the hardest part of my day, and for that I am truly grateful.Because I can.
Because I have a healthy body, arms, legs and all of these fingers that make mistakes--"Was it three eggs or four? Yep, the garlic is officially burnt."--and it's certainly a big mess, but it ultimately produces a warm meal for my family every time.
Because there are three gorgeous little faces sitting at a table waiting for me. Yes, the hands will soon be spilling food all over the floor, but those cherub faces, they get me every time.
Because I have enough money to actually go to the store and buy almost any ingredient I want (except at Costco. I get into trouble there). There are many people in the world, most people in fact, who simply lack the resources to buy enough food for their families. The last time I saw our cart, brimming with broccoli ready for roasting, organic milk, salted butter and fresh meat without any disease in sight, I almost gasped. What a windfall. What an honor. Then the kids started squawking about who was going to put the bread on theRead More »from Why I'm Thankful for Making Dinner (Even Though It's Every Night)
With winter fast approaching, it's always nice to make your home a little cozier. However, you might overlook one room: the bathroom. Interior designer and HGTV host Genevieve Gorder explains that the bathroom is "a colder room in general because there's tile, stone, ceramic, metal; all the hardscaping is in this one little room. So we need to address it like we do every other space and warm it up."
Genevieve offers a few great tips to make things a little more homey. She recommends heated bathmats, and encourages thinking outside the box when it comes to floor coverings. "You can bring in most natural fiber rugs into the bathroom," she explains.
Another important factor is lighting. "Most of us just have those big overheads that have the glare and make us look bad," she says. Genevieve suggests sconce lighting and setting your bathroom lights to a dimmer to alter the brightness according to your mood and time of day.
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- Babble.com | Team Mom – Tue, Nov 12, 2013 11:28 AM ESTChildproofing BooksMy literary friends are all ablaze this weekend over Lynn Messina's piece in the New York Times Motherlode section, in which she child-proofs the Harry Potter series to her 5-year-old son as she reads them aloud to him. My librarian friends, mostly, are seething. My parenting friends are cluck-clucking. I am doing all three. To understand her version of "pinkwashing," as she calls it, you have to know that Messina changes words, plot lines, and character defects. Motherlode is the parenting section that offers opinions from mothers and fathers (some of them are friends of mine), but I don't mind taking Messina to task over this awful editing and bowdlerizing of J.K. Rowling's books.
My oldest daughter, Mallory, read the first book in the series as a 12-year-old who became an avid reader by virtue of having a mother who took her to college. While I was reading Chaucer's Canterbury Tales for my English LiteratureRead More »from Why You Should Never "Child-Proof" a Book for Your Kid
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