Buckle up!It sounds simple enough. Buckle the baby into his car seat before you go, but it turns out that for short trips many of us aren't. And I know why. Because it's a pain.
You've got two squishy little arms that don't want to go through the straps, maybe it's hot and if your kids are anything like the three I strap into our Mazda everyday, not one of them has ever WANTED to get into that seat. Our one-year-old assumes his stiff-as-a-board pose every time. It's you against him with his Incredible Hulk-like strength, suddenly boosted by the outrage of being strapped in. You have to push down on his tummy and bribe him with the pacifier that we keep right in the car seat for just such an occasion. Every single time.
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This is Child Passenger Safety week, so it's a timely article that USA Today issued, citing some pretty scary stats. "One-fifth of parents say it's OK to skip child seat belts on short trips, survey finds. That could
- BabyZone | Team Mom – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 12:20 PM EDT
Buckle up!It sounds simple enough. Buckle the baby into his car seat before you go, but it turns out that for short trips many of us aren't. And I know why. Because it's a pain.Read More »from Why Aren't 20 Percent of Parents Buckling Kids in Car Seats?
Next time you’re about to toss that toilet paper roll in the trash, think again! On this episode of "Easy Does It," crafter Kirsten Earl shows Ereka just a few of the many innovative ways to reuse and recycle old rolls.
Looking for a great way to impress people at a party? You can create your own boom box out of a toilet paper roll and a set of cups. Simply decorate the roll as you like, cut out a slot the size of your phone, and cut holes in the cups just big enough for the toilet paper roll to fit in. The best part? It really works. “It’s a fun party trick and a great craft,” Kirsten says.
If your cords are a tangled mess under your desk, Kirsten has a great tip to organize them. “All you need are some trusty toilet paper rolls and a box,” she says. Wrap up some of your stray cords, slide them into toilet paper rolls, and label each roll with its proper use. Arrange the rolled up cords in a box for easy access in the future.
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Kristen, left, with Helena and their babies at the finish line! Warning: This is not about Snooki or Kim or Kate or any other celeb whose post-baby weight drop is (frustratingly, inexplicably) deemed front-cover-of-a-magazine worthy. This is about real moms like you and me who wanted to do something good for others while doing good for themselves.Read More »from Totally Inspiring Way to Lose the Baby Weight
Kristen Hill and Helena Scott met in a new mom's group in New York City — their babies, 6 weeks old at the time. "We immediately hit it off and realized we were both looking for an outlet that enabled us to meet other moms, get back in shape and do something charitable," says Helena. They had something else in common: Helena is the senior director of Team In Training, the endurance training/fundraising arm of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in NYC. Kristen, who works in finance, had participated in TNT events in the past. "We'd both run marathons, but since that wasn't a reality at that moment, we wanted to create a more flexible/laid back version of TNT that catered to moms of all fitness levels," says
What are contents of the average handbag? For most women the answer is: a wallet, a cellphone, lipstick, keys — and hundreds of thousands of E. coli and other harmful bacteria.
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A recent U.K. study revealed that about a third of those surveyed admitted that they never clean their purses, briefcases, or gym bags. It also reports that 100 percent of bags swabbed and lab tested were contaminated with harmful bacteria like E. coli, which can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting, and fecal streptococcus, which is associated with pneumonia and bacterial meningitis.
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This data backs up previous research that discovered that the number of bacteria on some purse handles rivals what can be found in a toilet bowl. Other studies have detected bacteria that can trigger skin infections and viruses that cause cold and flu on handbags.
"I don't want to make people paranoid, but yes,Read More »from Dirty Purses: Is Your Bag Making You Sick?
- The Daily Meal | Team Mom – Sun, Sep 15, 2013 4:05 PM EDT
Here's how to get more dairy into every one of your child's meals.Your child's health is important to you. Whether it's helping them grow big and strong, keeping them safe against illnesses or bacteria, or making sure they have enough energy to get through the day, dairy can be one of your best assets when it comes to their well-being.Read More »from 6 Easy Ways to Get More Dairy into Your Child’s Meals
Milk and eggs are packed full of essential protein, calcium, riboflavin, and vitamin B12, and can easily be enjoyed at your breakfast (and dinner) tables. Low-fat dairy foods can also help you fight childhood obesity, too, because they're great for burning fat. Products such as Greek yogurt, mozzarella, and cottage cheese contain very little amounts of carbohydrates and a large amount of good bacteria that help promote a healthy gut, which in turns promotes satiety and healthy digestion.
While a yogurt on the go for breakfast and a glass at milk at dinner may be the norm, there are other easy and delicious ways to incorporate dairy into your child's diet. Dishes like Peach and Carrot Muffins, Barbecue Mac and Cheese, and
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This clever, quick and easy mac and cheese recipe eliminates the baking time, as well as the need for a white sauce. More Macaroni and Cheese
Stovetop Mac and Cheese Stovetop Mac and Cheese
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme
2 cups half-and-half
Freshly ground pepper
3 cups elbow macaroni (12 ounces)
4 ounces Gruyère, shredded
4 ounces sharp white cheddar, shredded
4 ounces imported Fontina cheese, shredded
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
1. Preheat the broiler and position a rack 8 inches from the heat. Put a kettle of water on to boil. In a large, deep ovenproof skillet, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until softened, 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and thyme and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the half-and-half and 2 cups of hot water and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Add the macaroni and
WAHM is no joke.So you want to be a Work at Home Mom? You want to stay home with your babies, do freelance work while they nap, earn some extra money for the household (heck, maybe even take your family on vacation) all while sitting comfy in your pj's for no one to see. Well, while earning the extra cash is nice, you can throw the dream of casually working in your immaculate home while your kids stay properly nourished and appropriately entertained out the window.
By no means do I want to persuade a woman from pursuing her goals outside of motherhood; my transition from working girl to SAHM to WAHM has fulfilled me in ways that motherhood alone did not. I love what I do and have no plans of stopping, but let's get real. The perks and added financial security are great, but my kids, marriage and household sometimes suffer from my lack of attention. So before you cash in your chips for a work at home gig, here are 3 real confessions from someone who's down in the trenches...
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By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Why should a young man listen to an old guy about the best way to become a man? Because the typical teen is not yet able to see a future past the next few months. That's not a fault of character, but the fact that teens' brains have not yet physically matured. The pre-fontal cortex (PFC) does not fully develop in most people until they're twenty-four years old. Yet, the PFC is responsible for regulating mood, attention span, impulse control, and the ability to plan ahead and understand the consequences of one's actions. In the meantime, it's up to the adults to guide them by showing them possible consequences-good and bad-of their behavior. With that in mind, here's my guide to becoming a man:1. Learn who you are as an individual.
Figuring out who you are, what you care about, what you believe in, and what you stand for is the most important-and most difficult-challenge of becoming a man. We're all raised with people telling us what to think, how toRead More »from 20 Things Boys Can Do to Become Men
child sleeping in bedBy Anna DysingerRead More »from Foolproof Ways to Get Kids to Sleep
Ringing school bells mean earlier wake-up times, which certainly take some getting used to. But rubbing eyes and stifling yawns could be a sign of sleep deprivation-a serious problem as kids head back to school. Photo by Thinkstock
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"We know that the effects of sleep deprivation are various, including poor performance on tests and activities to behavioral problems," says Michael Breus, PhD, a psychologist and sleep disorder specialist. Other potentially more serious problems include suppressed immune systems, impaired short-term memory and weight gain. Even more, the issue is becoming almost commonplace in schools: According to a recent study by Boston College, 80% of 13- and 14-year-olds in the U.S. are sleep deprived.
Younger kids should get 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night, while teens need 9 to 10 hours. But how do you make sure your child starts off the year with a solid sleep routine? Dr. Breus recommends waking your
Would you do it?This is a hot topic in my house right now. I'm not talking about forgetting kids in cars during hot summer days and the unspeakable tragedies that occur. I'm talking about running into Dunkin' Donuts or the dry cleaners and leaving your little ones for just a minute or two. My husband, Nick, thinks this is totally unacceptable under any circumstances. Even though I never do it, I wonder if maybe there's a gray area…
Yesterday I was at a gas station and a dad pulled up in his Audi wagon. He left it running with his 2-ish-year-old kid in the backseat while he ducked into the mini mart. He was still in there when I pulled out, which was at least two minutes later. He was parked in front of the mini mart (not in a spot) but he definitely could not see the kid from where he was in the store. I gotta say, I was a little shocked to see this and, to me, it falls in the unacceptable column. Someone could have jumped in the car and driven away.
But I get it. I have a 3- and a 6-year-old andRead More »from Is It Ever OK to Leave Your Kid in the Car?
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