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  • Meet the Mother Who Risked Her Children’s Lives for a Job Interview

    The Heartbreaking Mugshot Of A Mom Who Risked Her Children's Lives For A Job InterviewThe Heartbreaking Mugshot Of A Mom Who Risked Her Children's Lives For A Job InterviewI can't imagine how desperate one must be to leave two children in a parked SUV in a sweltering parking lot while going for a job interview.

    But that's the choice Shanesha Taylor made when she left her 2-year-old and 6-month-old in her SUV while she went in for a job interview with a Scottsdale, Arizona insurance agency last month. The mother was trying to get a leg up and get off food stamps -- instead she got herself arrested for child abuse.

    How desperate one must be to make that choice.

    She couldn't find a babysitter to look after her kids for the interview, so she brought them, and left them in her SUV outside the office.

    After being inside her appointment for an hour, Ms. Taylor was arrested when she returned to her vehicle parked in the 100 degree temperatures. She had left the keys in the ignition, and the windows open a crack. Witnesses called authorities after finding the children sweating and "crying hysterically."

    As much as I want to scream, "How could you do

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  • 7 Annoying Things You Should Expect when You Have a Cat

    7 Annoying Things You Should Expect When You Have a Cat7 Annoying Things You Should Expect When You Have a CatI have grown up with cats in my life since I was a small child. I have been around them so long that I don't really see those little quirks we take on when bringing a feline friend into the home.

    Just like people, cats and life with cats, have their good and bad points. Most of the negatives are not big enough to justify not having the best in our lives, but that doesn't mean we have to love every bit of it.

    If you've not lived with a cat before and you're thinking about getting one -- there are some annoying things that are bound to happen at least once. They're not deal-breakers to own a cat, but just don't say no one warned you.

    Here are 7 annoying things that you should expect to happen when you have a cat in your life -- because they're basically inevitable.

    1. Your new wake-up time will be 5 AM.

    I don't know what it is about this particular time of the morning, but it doesn't matter which cat we're talking about -- they like 5 AM. It's the universal time cats want

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  • Stronger Than Fiction: What a Real Life Marriage Proposal Looks Like

    Stronger Than Fiction: What a Real Life Marriage Proposal Looks LikeStronger Than Fiction: What a Real Life Marriage Proposal Looks LikeI've watched hundreds of bogus, unreal, crazily old-fashioned "will you marry me's" on TV, and I have rolled my eyes quietly to myself through each and every one. What is this sham that we're continuing to perpetuate? Is this truly anyone's reality when popping the big question?


    Maybe there was a time when couples really didn't talk about their future and really didn't know if his or her significant other wanted to get married. Heck, maybe those couples still do exist, and I've been living in a sheltered world over the past 20 years of my life - and that should surprise no one. Regardless, pretty much every married couple I've ever talked to about how the couple got engaged went pretty similar to how I ended up being engaged to Casey.

    Casey and I didn't know each other for very long before we began having the serious talks about our futures. It was about two weeks into our relationship when Casey asked me if I wanted to drive to Las Vegas to get married over the weekend. She

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  • Please Stop Telling My Son He’s Exceptional. He’s Not

    Please Stop Telling My Son He's Exceptional. He's Not.Please Stop Telling My Son He's Exceptional. He's Not.My 5-year-old son is used to hearing how smart he is. How his memory is "incredible" and his vocabulary is "impressive" and his brain is just so, so, so amazing.


    "Michelle! Did you hear what your son just said?! He's soooo smart," he hears.

    Now I'm not saying it's completely unwarranted. What I am saying is that it's often coming from love-beaming family members who are astounded that this little boy is suddenly using big words and reading sentences. He was the first baby our family had in decades, and I so appreciate the pride and unfiltered love that they wrap around my little boy like a safety net.

    But is it healthy for him to be over-praised for things that are basic parts of growing up? Because the truth of the matter is this: He's not all that exceptional.

    While he's certainly smart - and by smart, I mean he learns the way we expect him to learn, and he has an innate hunger for information - he's developmentally on par with the ordinary 5-year-old kid. He wasn't

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  • The 5 Strangest Wedding Trends of 2014

    The 5 Strangest Wedding Trends of 2014The 5 Strangest Wedding Trends of 2014It's been a long time since I got married; this summer will mark our 10-year anniversary. Our wedding was was all done before smartphones, Pinterest, and before I had any interest in online forums for any subject. I have been thinking a lot about my wedding day lately, and I've realized how much different the whole experience would be if I got married now versus 10 years ago.

    The trends are a lot different now, from how we invite guests to wedding fashion and all things in between. We have social media now, which is becoming a key part in weddings and a new way to entertain our guests while they celebrate our big day with us. I am not planning to ever plan a wedding again, so I don't have to keep up with the trends. However, I couldn't help but notice there are some new ones that are a bit on the strange side -- at least for an old married lady like me. if I got married now versus 10 years ago.

    Here are 5 strange new wedding trends we're seeing in 2014:

    1. "You're Not Invited"

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  • Mom Confession: Sometimes, It’s Good to Be Alone

    Mom Confession: Sometimes, It's Good to Be AloneMom Confession: Sometimes, It's Good to Be AloneI spent much of last week lying on my couch, sick and tired. My two younger children played (cars, trucks, planes, trains strewn all over the living room) and raided the fridge as only a 20-month-old and 4-year-old can (cheese sticks, cheese sticks, and more cheese sticks). We watched some movies, took some naps, read some stories.

    And for much of the time, I felt very, very alone. I know that many, maybe even all, moms feel this way at times -- perhaps especially when being crowded, climbed on, pestered, and pulled in several directions at once. There's nothing like being the most popular girl in the room to make you feel … apart, different, other, isolated. In my illness-induced haze, all I wanted was for someone to come and take care of me (or, more accurately, to take care of my kids so that I could take care of me). I wanted to be surrounded by people, to have everyone over for a play date -- or at least to have someone to commiserate with over the injustice of still having to

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  • Why the Mets Baseball Player's Paternity Leave Uproar is Great News

    Home Run! Why the Baseball Paternity Leave Uproar is Great NewsHome Run! Why the Baseball Paternity Leave Uproar is Great NewsAs a proponent of paternity leave, I'd like to take a moment to thank Boomer Esiason and Mike Francesa for all they have done in support of the cause.

    No, I'm not being sarcastic.

    If you haven't heard of the baseball paternity leave kerfuffle, here's my quick and dirty summary: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has the audacity (!) to take three days of paternity leave after his wife's water breaks and she gives birth to the couple's first child via cesarean section. The timing of his leave means he misses the Mets' first two games of the season, much to the dismay of talk radio hosts like Esiason and Francesa. Both men blast Murphy for his decision, with Francesa denouncing paternity leave as a "scam and a half" and Esiason arguing that Murphy's wife should have had a scheduled C-section before the season began so he wouldn't miss any games.

    I'm not going to bother delving into how obviously ludicrous Esiason and Francesa's respective statements are, other than to say that you

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  • Infant Circumcision is the Healthiest Choice, Says New Study

    A new study has raised a lot of eyebrows and tempers in the ongoing debate about infants and circumcision.

    According to an article over at the The Daily Beast, the recently released study, published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings medical journal claims that having your infant circumcised promotes health benefits that actually outshine any risks by a factor of 100 to 1.

    Of course, this viewpoint isn't exactly a fresh one. Over the past decade or so there have been a slew of advocates for and against circumcision, many of them fueled by perpetual argument about it all over the Internet.

    Still, whenever an opinion comes down from the world of medical professionals, it inevitably makes waves.

    This particular study, according to The Daily Beast, is largely the work of one of its authors, Professor Emeritus at The University of Sydney, Australia and Brian J. Morris, a well-known supporter of circumcision. Using a comparison to vaccines as an example, Morris has been advocating

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  • You Bet I’m Raising a Mama’s Boy (Otherwise Known as a Good Human)

    You Bet I'm Raising a Mama's BoyYou Bet I'm Raising a Mama's BoyI didn't think I was on a stalwart mission to raise a mama's boy. It's the sort of pursuit that evolved as my relationship with my son has developed and deepened over the years. We are tight, my son and I. He's the sort who initiates luxuriant rounds of sweet cuddles and kisses. He has, in fact, dubbed himself my "kissy-bear."


    "I'm your kissy-bear, right mama?" he asked me, glowing with pride and a huge smile, immediately after coming up with the phrase all on his own.

    It was inevitable, I suppose, since I'm a hands-on, affectionate person. I'm secretly relieved that it hasn't blown up in my face yet and that my son still savors all of the physical touch, doting, and love I shower upon him. When I think about our tender, close mother-son connection, I don't think about whether this means I'm raising a mama's boy.

    I just think (and hope), that perhaps I'm raising a good human. A sweet and sensitive one, an emotionally-developed and confident one who will one day shower endless

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  • The Truth About Young Marriage

    The Truth About Young MarriageThe Truth About Young MarriageCan I say something crazy?



    (Yes, sorry, but after watching the movie non-stop straight for the past week, it's kind of in my head, ok? #FrozenForever)



    At 27, my husband and I have been together for a shocking 11 years. In five years, we will have been together longer than we have lived apart. How strange is that?



    Yesterday, I wrote a piece about some of the most common mistakes couples make in a marriage that can lead to a divorce, and one of the factors that kept popping up over and over in my research was something that hit a little too close to home for me:



    Couples who get married too young.



    It's really not an uncommon idea - many studies cite getting married too young as a factor in divorce, like this one that says that young couples with low education are one of the most likely groups to get divorced. One divorced woman even advocates that no one should get married before age 25.



    And while I'm of course biased because we got married at the ripe old age of 21, I am

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