.At three-thirty in the morning some months ago, a friend turned to me and said, "I'm going to be so tired tomorrow. And here I was hoping to get up in the morning and do some work. What will you be up to?"
I did not smirk, grimace, or roll my eyes while reminding her that my little guy would be awake in about three hours, in need of breakfast and ready to play, and that my wife would be heading off to her job, leaving me on daddy duty. Instead, I was pleased. I had passed! At some point in the course of the night, which began with a reading and turned into an impromptu adventure to a speak-easy bookstore on Manhattan's Upper East Side, my companion forgot I was a dad.
I've written before about the importance of having dad friends, but I find it rejuvenating as well to have friends who are not parents. But seeing how much The Huffington Post piece "The 5 Things Parents Need to Stop Saying to Non-Parents" was passed around, I wonder if I'm in the minority here. I don't think I've ever said
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Fri, Jul 26, 2013 12:33 PM EDT
.At three-thirty in the morning some months ago, a friend turned to me and said, "I'm going to be so tired tomorrow. And here I was hoping to get up in the morning and do some work. What will you be up to?"Read More »from 5 Important Reasons Why Parents Should Have Non-Parent Friends
Can moms wear heels?I make no apologies that I love fashion, clothes, shoes, and almost all things pretty and womanly. I feel best when I feel put together, which doesn't always mean a fancy dress and a fully coiffed head of hair. For me, it could simply mean a light dusting of makeup, a pretty top knot, and a cute, but casual outfit. That casual outfit needs to be comfortable and functional, and it 99% of the time involves flat shoes of some sort. But lately, my feet have been craving something a bit less functional, and a bit more fancy.
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I love shoes so much that I belong to ShoeMint, a monthly shoe subscription service where you can opt to get charged the same monthly service fee, and order a pair of shoes if you find a pair you like, or "skip" the month if you don't see anything you love. I had a couple of credits in my account, and so when the company was having an incredible 50% off 4th of July sale last week, I decided to use up my credits. I made a vow toRead More »from Can Moms Really Wear Heels?
- Babble.com | Team Mom – Wed, Jul 24, 2013 11:52 AM EDT
.My four-year-old has discovered the art of faking sick. It's very innocent and rough around the edges still: he'll smile as he tells me he's very ill and needs to watch TV for another day, or that his tummy hurts so he can't eat any more dinner, but dessert sounds good.Read More »from Whatever it Fakes: 6 Ways to Tell If Your Kid REALLY Needs a Sick Day
It's not just deliberate pretending that parents have to navigate, though - it's bigger than that. Toddler communication can be confusing when it comes to health and the body. For example, my son repeatedly insisted yesterday as we drove home from preschool that he "did not have a tummy ache. His tummy just felt achy."
Simply put, it's often hard to de-code our young kids' language and get the straight story on whether or not they're sick, and what their symptoms are. With this in mind, here are some ways to understand and help your little one when she says she's feeling bad and you're not sure how to proceed.
1. Monitor the "symptoms"
Little kids who aren't truly under the weather can have mysteriously inconsistent
5 ways to reduce stress
I realize these may not work for everyone, but for all of us mamas, there comes a time when we need to take a step back and really try to relax. I know its hard, but as soon as I take a mini-break I feel so much better!
I am full-on with two kids, work, and a husband who travels quite often. These past two months, I've realized that I simply need to cut back on a few things, take care of ME, and learn to say NO. Just a few small changes here and there have helped me de-stress a bit. Here are five ways to help reduce some of that mama stress we all have - including swapping out my coffee for a green smoothie. YIKES!
What ways have you found to relieve stress?
1. Green SmoothieRead More »from 5 Things that Help Me Combat "Mama" Stress
I know, I know we need caffeine in the morning, but I replaced my cup of joe with a green smoothie after my friend and health coach suggested I try it. It keeps me full for longer, alert, and not to mention it's packed with fruits and veggies, which I was lacking.
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TV you loved as a kid can become your kids' favorites, too. By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media editor
When I was a kid my dad and I would watch Star Trek together, laughing at Capt. Kirk's earnestness and betting on which red shirt would bite the dust. When I was a bit older, Star Trek: The Next Generation began, and Capt. Picard -- the brave but fair leader of the more modern USS Enterprise -- became my hero. Now that my daughter's 9, she's getting a taste of Picard's brilliance thanks to Netflix and my iPad.
Parents have always shared some of their favorite childhood activities with their kids, but before Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services became so easy to access, watching favorite old TV shows was tricky (or expensive). I've put together a list of great older shows that are easy to find and fun to share with kids. Remember, even though these shows are old to you, they're new to kids! (Streaming availability is subject to change, so if you don't find the show in the listed location, seach around and you might find it elsewhere.)
Alyx HodgesIn 1904, David Evans Strickler, a young man working at the soda fountain in a pharmacy in Latrobe, Pa., concocted one of America's favorite desserts, the banana split. In later years, the drugstore chain Walgreens popularized the dessert. Walgreens no longer has soda fountains, but its lasting legacy is clear: The banana split is now a cherished classic.Read More »from How to Make the Perfect Banana Split
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If you're a fan of the banana split, you may be wondering how to make it just right. So The Daily Meal teamed up with Eva Marquez at 66 Diner located in Albuquerque, N.M., on historic Route 66, to bring you the ultimate banana split. It's not just made, it's crafted, with layers of flavor to ensure that each bite is heavenly. And careful construction is key, because as you can see from the photo above, this banana split is huge, and not meant for solitary consumption. So how do they do it?
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To start, they use a glass boat, just like in the
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