Three Thanksgivings ago, we had Django just a week or two when we sat down to have our Thanksgiving meal. I made a compromise and brought her lil' crate in beside my chair and then held her in my lap when I was finished eating. She was definitely the center of attention that year. Over time, she has learned her place in the family and while she will sit close by our table, she won't pester us or any guests by begging for food….much. Of course, she does put on a truly pathetic, and perhaps perfected, look on her face that beckons a person to give her a little taste of something. Django isn't the only dog that would love to be a guest at Thanksgiving dinner this year. I'm willing to bet you have a pup in your home who would do anything to have a seat at the table, too. The hungry dogs below would agree…and they are making their pleas now! Seriously, they deserve just a taste of Aunt Shirley's stuffing, don't they? Click through for 7 hungry pups who want a seat at Thanksgiving dinner!Read More »from 7 Hungry Pups Who Want a Seat at Thanksgiving Dinner!
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Recycling around the world varies drastically by country. Sadly, the United States doesn't measure up to the world's top recycling nations … not by a long shot. To encourage recycling, many states in the US have put 5-10 cent deposits on bottles or drink containers, and there are cities in the United States that recycle by requirement. However the country still has a very, very long way to go; only 32.5% of the total waste in the United States is recycled! This a very low number considering the large population. Perhaps the US could learn from the following countries who take recycling very seriously - so seriously that one has actually run out of garbage! In honor of America Recycles Day, which falls on November 15th, check out some super cool recycling ideas that have been put into practice by countries around the world. Click through for 7 recycling practices we should adopt from other countries! -By Nadia CarriereRead More »from Recycling Around the World: 7 Practices We Should Adopt from Other Countries
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- 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"
As far as I know, neither of my kids have fallen victim to bullying **knocks on wood**, but as Boy Wonder gears up for junior high, visions of tight-fisted collar threats and backpack pummeling dance through my worried mom head.
Would I know if my child was being bullied? Would my child tell me? The truth is, I don't know, especially because I never told.
As someone who was bullied throughout elementary school, I know how shameful and frightening it can be to fall victim to a peer aggressor. I never told my parents. I never told my friends. I kept the toxic secret out of fear for myself, and sadly, out of fear for what would happen to my bully.
As parents, we'd all like to think that we'd know if our child was being bullied. Unfortunately, victims of bullying will often go to great lengths to hide their painful truth. Take a look at 7 signs to watch out for:
1. Unexplained injuries
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 15, 2013 12:38 PM EST
It's a lyric in the classic Beatles song, "Come Together." No matter the band's intention with the lyrics, the line has stayed with me because it speaks to my experiences with my own looks. I've been judged on them for as long as I can remember. We all have. It's the one attribute no one can see past, not immediately anyway. Those of us who've ever felt ugly understand the belief that we have to be attractive in order to be seen.
Despite how my parents remember it, I was an unattractive child. This made me vulnerable to bullies and invisible to everyone else. I have distinct memories of being treated differently because of my looks, both by my peers and by adults. Teachers called on me less, asked me to quiet down more. Peers picked on me first and picked me last for teams. A big, fat kid is never going to get the kind of attention she wants, and so the very act of existing is uncomfortable.
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 15, 2013 12:38 PM EST
Our boys love swimming lessons. We've scheduled them so that both my wife and I can take them and watch them splash and learn. It's a great, fun family night out.
We usually split the boys up; with her taking the younger, and I taking the older. (This is how favorite kids are born, by the way.) This week at swimming lessons, I dropped them off at the door because we were running late, and she hustled them through the changing room to get ready for class.
We usually avoid the "family" changing rooms because they are so crowded. So she pulled both boys into the women's room.
Zacharie is 6. Charlie is nearly 4. Until now, we've never thought anything of both boys being the women's room with their mom, and nobody has ever said anything.
But this week, as my wife changed our youngest and left our oldest waiting, she noticed him staring. It was nothing odd, or weird, or creepy, he was just staring at a younger girl getting changed.Read More »from When is Your Son Too Old for the Women's Changing Room?
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Nov 15, 2013 12:28 PM ESTI choose pie.I have zero desire to shop on Thanksgiving Day. It's the one day of the year that my husband's family is all together. It's a day that my kids look forward to all year. In fact, when you ask them what their favorite holiday is, they rank Thanksgiving over Christmas, because they love spending the time with their aunts, uncles, and cousins.
I also rank Thanksgiving over Christmas, but that's partly because while I single-handedly make Christmas happen for my family, I don't really have to do anything for Thanksgiving except pack and show up. Even taking into consideration a five-hour car ride with four kids during holiday traffic, it's still pretty blissful.
So, no, I won't be heading out to KMart or Walmart or any other mart at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. I'll be watching football in a turkey-induced stupor, or I'll be playing Pictionary with my kids and their cousins, or I'll be catching up with my sisters-in-law over pie and coffee.Read More »from I’m Not Shopping on Thanksgiving, but I’m Not Judging Those Who Do
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Nov 15, 2013 12:25 PM ESTStudy Questions Efficacy of Vitamins — Why My Family Still Takes ThemEvery morning my son and I make our way downstairs in the darkness of pre-dawn, where he proceeds to ask for three things: a "nana", milk, and his vitamins. And cartoons.
The banana, milk, and cartoons are probably among the normal things toddlers ask for, but should he really even know what vitamins are at the ripe old age of 22 months, let alone be asking for them?
While I do my best to feed my son a nutritious diet, in good old-fashioned toddlerhood pickiness, it usually doesn't turn out as well as I'd planned. He's allergic to dairy and soy, doesn't tolerate wheat well, and is currently anti-vegetable unless it comes in puff, chip, or stick form. That leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to nutrition, hence the vitamins. (He gets DHA and multivitamin.)
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 15, 2013 12:14 PM ESTMom Blog Goes Viral After Mom Says Kids Need To "Kids are being raised to never have to deal with adversity…I don't think we are raising a generation that will be able to function in the real world."
The latest mom to draw the oh-so-easily-earned outrage of the Internet-at-large is a South Dakota woman who thinks we're all coddling our children too much and raising a generation of victims.
Stephanie Metz, mom to two boys, ages 4 and 2, wrote a manifesto of sorts trashing what she considers to be over-protective parents and said kids being bullied should "toughen up."
Oh no she di-int.
She implied bullied kids are wimps! As you can imagine, it's the slap in the face of bullied kids that's not going over real well.
As ABC News reports, the post, "Why My Kids Are NOT The Center Of My World" was written after Metz's older son, Hendrix, wanted to bring a toy to show and tell but changed his mind because it looked like a gun and it could get him in trouble.