A lot of things happen once you've become a mother. Some changes are great, like the amount of love you feel for your little one, and some things are not as great, like your fashion choices. You can blame it on lack of sleep, the rearranging of priorities, or your changing body, but it's hard to feel good about yourself if you're not taking care of yourself. This doesn't mean you have to keep up on every trend on the pages of your favorite fashion magazines, but you do have to put in a little effort. We've put together the most common mom faux pas - 4 things moms should never wear - and a few easy alternatives to make your life comfortable, but still stylish. Take a good hard look in your closet and what you're been reaching for. Clean out the old pieces, and look for a few new pieces that can be your go-to items. Click through the slides below to identify any areas you might be slipping into bad mommy style, and remember, this list wasn't created to make you feel bad about what you'reRead More »from 4 Things Moms Should Never Wear (and Easy Alternatives)
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- Babble.com | Parenting – 8 hours agoBald is Beautiful! Famous Cartoon Characters Shave Their Heads for Kids with Cancer"Famous cartoons from all over the world have gone bald, sending out the message that a child with cancer deserves to be seen just like any other child." These are some very powerful words from the Bald Cartoons website.
Iconic and famous cartoon characters such as Snoopy, Olive Oyl, and the Equestria Girls have shaved their heads in support of children who have lost their hair due to their battle with cancer.
Beyond the physical toll that cancer treatment can take, the side effect of baldness can have a huge emotional toll on a child. Kids on the playground and in class can be cruel, especially when they are met with something unusual, like a peer that has lost his hair. The award-winning ad agency Ogilvy & Mather's Brasil headquarters are striving to put a stop to the stigma of baldness by creating a campaign featuring beloved cartoon characters who have shaved their heads in a message of not just unity but trying to create a sense of normalcy.Read More »from Bald is Beautiful! Famous Cartoon Characters Shave Their Heads for Kids with Cancer
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – 8 hours agoEven Dietitians Succumb to the Hidden Dangers of SugarWhile I was never one to pass up a decadent treat after dinner, I've never really been one to crave sweets.
Not until I had a baby, that is. It was like growing a human triggered a massive switch; post-baby, I'm a sugar gremlin. It was especially the case when I was nursing, but even now it persists, lingering on in the background.
Maybe it's the natural stress that comes with being a mom. Maybe it's the sleep deprivation. Maybe it's not eating enough protein. Maybe it's having things to worry about besides what's going in my mouth. I consider myself lucky if I actually get to eat something that hasn't already been half-chewed or pawed at by grimy banana-covered toddler hands. I tell myself I don't have time to worry about the sugar content; if it's there and it's easy, I'm eating it.
But I should be worried. Research has shown that sugar is as addictive, if not more addictive, than cocaine. I would never in a million years consider doing cocaine, especially now that I'm a momRead More »from Even Dietitians Succumb to the Hidden Dangers of Sugar
- Babble.com | Parenting – 8 hours agoWhy Michelle Duggar Is a Great Homeschooling AdvocateFor years now, I've been torn about what to do with my children's education. At the ages of 6 and 3, I know that I have plenty of time before they begin taking statewide exams, filling out college application forms, and picking out University majors, but I'm still pretty split when it comes to the public vs. private school debate.
Paying a good chunk of tuition money for my kindergartner doesn't make much sense to me, but neither does FCAT testing, Common Core requirements, and dealing with a lack of school art supplies because of budget cuts. Like many families across the nation, we struggle with the cost of sending our kids to a private school, but at the same time feel underwhelmed with the quality of our public school systems, with their educational practices getting more confusing and less attractive each year. For example, one year no child is left behind while the next year first-graders are expected to know what "perseverance means" and to be able to identify whether a
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Apr 23, 2014 5:54 PM EDTBREAKING NEWS! John Legend Has a Baby Doppelganger!They say that everyone on the planet has a doppelganger out there somewhere, another human being who looks almost exactly like them.
In one way, that might be the creepiest thing I have ever heard. I mean, I don't know about you, but up in my head, the very idea of wandering down the aisle of Walmart and steering my cart around the corner only to see another staring back at me from out in front of the big display of Duck Dynasty Fruit Snacks really freaks me out.
I don't even know if there's really any truth to the whole idea of it anyway. It could all just be urban legend.
Or, should I say … JOHN LEGEND?!
That's right, people. Just when you thought it was safe to go about your business unencumbered by the possibility of running into your unknown twin down at the Burger King, along comes proof that doppelgangers do exist!
And, even crazier than that, they're cute! Well, musician John Legend's doppelganger is anyway.
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Apr 23, 2014 5:53 PM EDTCameron Diaz: Cameron Diaz is known for being a "girl's girl" in Hollywood, so it's no wonder that the actress loves opening up about being a woman, aging, and motherhood. The California beauty talked to the Telegraph this month about why she doesn't feel like an "old spinster who didn't have a child" (that's Bridget Jones talk for those of you in the know), and how she doesn't feel childless in her life thanks to all of her female friends and their kids.
When asked about the possibility of motherhood, Cameron says that she never planned on not having children, and she's still open to the idea of becoming a mother in the future (she's only 41, after all). She says:
"I'm certain that if at any point I wanted a child, that child would find its way into my life, whether through adoption, or through being in a relationship with somebody who has a child. I can't see the future, but one thing I do know is that I'm not childless. I have a ton of children in my life. I can have a kid any second, if IRead More »from Cameron Diaz: “It’s Not like I’m the Spinster Who Didn’t Have a Child”
- Couples in Love Are Ruining the City of Love
I marveled over the couples that swarmed the city of love, gaping even a little at the ahem, openness, of the French people in displaying their affection for each other on sidewalks, benches, and pressed up longingly against bridge walls. I swooned over the love letters that I would write to my then-boyfriend, whom I'm sure, was puzzled when he received the love-swept passages.
So yes, while it can't be denied that Paris is, in fact, a city for lovers, it apparently is also getting a new reputation.
A city for lovers to trash.
The tradition goes a little something like this:
Lovers, enamored with the romance that will most certainly sweep them off their feet for all of time, scratch their initials (or purchase a rather expensive inscribed version) onto a lock, fasten it on a "love bridge" along the Seine River, and forever throw away the key into the shining watersRead More »from Couples in Love Are Ruining the City of Love
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Apr 23, 2014 5:52 PM EDTWhy Don't Kids with Cancer Get the Drugs They Need?
A little over a week ago, 8-year-old Josh Hardy was discharged from the hospital after a deadly battle with adenovirus. A four-time cancer survivor, Josh still has a hard road ahead of him, but after a massive social media campaign helped him get last-minute access to an experimental drug, the turnaround in his health was nothing short of amazing.
That lifesaving drug, by the way, was an antiviral medication, not a cancer drug. Here's a hard truth: If the Hardy family had needed a new pediatric cancer drug, they probably wouldn't have found one.
In the last 25 years, just two drugs have been approved specifically to treat pediatric cancer in the United States, Vickie Buenger, president of the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer, told me.
The Hardy family and their supporters are advocating for more pediatric cancer research funding and they suggested that I talk to Buenger.
Buenger's daughter Erin died of the cancer neuroblastoma before her 12th birthday. Unlike Josh,Read More »from Why Don’t Kids with Cancer Get the Drugs They Need?
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Apr 22, 2014 5:32 PM EDTZero Tolerance Policies at Daycares Are Getting Pretty RidiculousThere is an alarming new trend sweeping the country, and no, I'm not talking about the new "style" trend lamely known as "normcore," I'm talking about kicking preschoolers out of class as a result of zero tolerance policies.
HELLO? You run a daycare, you should be familiar with the behavior of this particular age group. Basically they are tiny psychopaths who care not for your policies. This is the entire gist of toddlerhood. So I ask you (insert Jerry Seinfeld voice here) what's the deal with zero tolerance policies at daycares? That's like trying to enforce a no fighting policy at hockey games.
Not gonna happen.
And yet, foolish daycare owners across this great nation are kicking out toddlers right and left for violating various policies. The latest incident comes to us from Texas where a 3-year-old was kicked out for cursing. Yes, cursing! Probably mimicking her parents, by the way. But yeah, as an NBC affiliate in San Antonio notes, Arianna is banned from Jubilee ChildRead More »from Zero Tolerance Policies at Daycares Are Getting Pretty Ridiculous
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Apr 22, 2014 5:31 PM EDTStudy: There Is No Such Thing as Too Much LoveJust minutes before I gave birth to my first born daughter, Harlan, I sat in the delivery room absolutely terrified at how my life was going to change and the type of mother I was going to be.
I read every single parenting book I could possibly read to try to prepare myself for motherhood. My first couple of months I tried to do what the books told me to do, but I was miserable and Harlan wasn't happy either. It was then that I realized there is really nothing that can truly prepare you for the reality.
Fast forward two years when my other daughter, Avery, was born and I threw all of my parenting logic from the books away and decided to parent purely based on my motherly instincts. I was exponentially happier and so was Avery. It turns out that all of the fears I had with Harlan that I was going to spoil her too much were completely illogical.
I'm not alone in my lack of understanding on what to expect with a new baby. But the unpreparedness that parents have could take aRead More »from 40 Percent of Infants in the U.S. Live in Fear of Their Parents, Says Study