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  • Teen strippers: the new summer job?

    Some teens looking to earn a little extra cash get jobs at Starbucks or McDonald's or babysitting the kids next door. Others can work at strip clubs-and it's perfectly legal.

    In Rhode Island, teens can't drive until they're 16, vote until they're 18, or drink until they're 21, but they can work at strip clubs, taking off their clothes for a bunch of men who feed them dollar bills. Scary stuff considering a study that found that 60 to 70 percent of strippers have been sexually assaulted.

    So why isn't it against the law? Because no one ever thought about it-until police found a 16-year-old runaway from Massachusetts working at a strip club in Providence, Rhode Island. During their investigation, they discovered that there was no Rhode Island law making it illegal for minors to work as strippers.

    City officials are now working to get a law on the books that would fine strip clubs for hiring minors.

    Is it legal for minors to strip in your state? Would you ever approve of

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  • Is the Twilight series good for your teen's vocabulary?

    Is your teenager unable to resist the allure of Edward Cullen's myriad charms - his ocher eyes and tousled hair, the cadence of his speech, his chiseled alabaster skin, and his gratuitous charm? (I know I am; I just started the third book in the Twilight series haha!)

    Well, Brian Leaf, teacher and author of the books Defining Twilight and Defining New Moon, has actually found a way for your teen to improve her/his vocabulary using the Twilight books.

    Defining New Moon

    "Tons of my students recommended that I read Twilight," says Leaf. "So I picked it up, started reading it, and I was immediately shocked by how many really great SAT, ACT, GED, SSAT standardized test vocabulary words there were in the book. It's kind of amazing."

    So Leaf put together two new Twilight series study guides for mastering these vocabulary words. Teens can use these workbooks side-by-side with their own copies of Twilight and New Moon to learn vocabulary words based on their context - learn

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  • 3 tips for a better brown bag lunch

    I'm a newbie to the ins and outs of public school, and in combing CafeMom and the Web for new ideas and recipes for my son's brown bag lunch, I've come to a conclusion: Most of the time, we're still going to pack the same old thing anyway.

    The Cafe Cynthia Take-Out Menu is pretty much in sync with most other moms: PB&J, ham and cheese, crackers and cheese, fruit, yogurt.

    Last school year, I felt like a bad mom for packing the same-old every day. So I experimented. Avocado with cheddar on whole grain fell flat. My pasta salad came home picked through. A boiled egg? Yuck!

    So, on days he's not buying lunch in the cafeteria, I always go back to what I know he'll eat.

    Now I think that it's not so much what you pack for lunch, it's how you pack it. Here are three essential school lunch tips I picked up in my travels:

    1. Buy an insulated cooler. These open up the possibilities a lot, especially when used with a frozen juice box or small ice pack. Though a lot of us do

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  • Would you let your child name your baby?

    Trying to come up with a baby name? My friend's parents let her older sister name her. Her sister, then six, chose the name Mary Magdalene. My friend hates it, and goes by the nickname Maggie. She's always blamed her sister.

    It turns out that many parents let their children name their new sibling.

    According to an article in the Toldedo Blade, Marilyn Stevenson of Michigan was named by her older brother. "My parents had seven children, six girls and one boy. My brother was the second born and became very frustrated when one sister after another joined the family. When my parents announced another pregnancy, they told my brother that he could name the baby. I was born when he was 9 years old. He had a boyhood crush on a girl named Marilyn and decided that would be a good name for me."

    When Cheryl Brockman was 8 years old, her parents told her that she could name her new sister. She chose "Queen Elizabeth," for the recently crowned Queen Elizabeth II, and "Liberace," for the
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  • Mom confessions: I wish I had a fulfilling career outside the home

    It's time for a Mom Confession - because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

    This Week's Confession:

    I wish I had a fulfilling career outside the home.

    I am a stay-at-home mom and never had a "fulfilling" paid career, so I can't really imagine the draw to the workplace. While I am fulfilled in many ways being home with my kids, sometimes I wish I had something outside my family, something that was my own. -- anonymous

    Question: Do you ever wish you had a career or something of your own outside the home?

    Take Our Poll

    We all have secrets and opinions - so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgemental!

    Past Confessions:

    I Use My Kid's Flushable Toilet Wipes

    I'm Going to Disney Without My Children

    I Bribe My Children

    I Hate Reading Children's Books

    I Sleep Naked With My Toddler

    I Hate My Neighbor's

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  • Toddler meal — 4 fruit smoothies for picky eaters

    Twins are in the air around here -- Cafe MicheleZ is expecting them, as is the mom star of our Pregnancy Week by Week feature, and my friend Patty.

    So it was perfectly on schedule for another CafeMom to send me not just one but FOUR Super Smoothie Recipes for Picky Eaters the other day. I guess when you have twins you multiply everything.

    "I have picky twin boys and it's so difficult to get veggies in them, so I do a lot of smoothies in the summer," this CafeMom says. "I puree up fruit and freeze them in ice cube trays."

    To make these delicious and nutritious drinks, just dump the following ingredients into the blender and puree to the desired texture.

    Strawberry Pumped (The Iron Booster)

    1 cup strawberries

    1 banana

    2 mango cubes

    1 cup apple juice

    tbsp honey

    ½ cup ice

    1 tsp. milled flax seed

    Vitamin C Crush

    1 cup orange juice

    2 pineapple rings

    1 very ripe banana

    2 tbsp. cream of coconut

    1 tsp. milled flax seed

    1

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  • Is divorce easier when your kid is still a baby?

    Getting divorced sucks. I've never been divorced, and I have no plans on getting one, but I am the child of a "dissolved marriage."

    Lilsugar wants to know if divorce is more devastating when kids are involved. I think it absolutely is. Sure it's sad when two people break up, but when there are kids, that affects even more people. No matter how "right" the split might be for the couple (and for the kids), no child wants to see her parents get divorced.

    So here's what I want to know: Do you think getting a divorce is easier or harder when your child is still a baby?

    Written by Suzanne Murray for CafeMom's Baby Buzz

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  • My vagina & 9 other things I miss most during pregnancy

    I'm not one of those happy, smiley, everything is the best in the world kind of pregnant ladies. Not that there is anything wrong with being one -- it's just not me. Not yet.

    Maybe in a week or two when I am into my second trimester, but I've been a pukey, pimply, cranky mess. Ah yes, a pukey, pimply, cranky, scared mama-to-be mess who is really happy to be pregnant. As you know, if you read this blog.

    The other night, at about 3:34am, after getting up to pee and not being able to fall back asleep, I tossed and turned thinking about the things I miss most during pregnancy.

    I know...I should shut off the brain and try to sleep. But it thinks without me! I try -- I even count sheep!

    So here's my top 10 most missed things....

    1. Margaritas. I never even knew I liked tequila so much! I'm not a lush -- maybe it's because it's summer and it's fruitlicious. But, here are some mocktail recipes.
    2. My ankles. They barely exist anymore.
    3. Sex. I've been too
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  • Mom confessions: I use my kid's flushable toilet wipes

    It's time for a Mom Confession - because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

    This Week's Confession:

    I use my kid's flushable toilet wipes.

    We bought some of those flushable Kandoo toilet wipes for our toddler son who was, well, not doing a very good wipe job on his own. They work marvelously, and we always keep a supply on the back of the toilet for him.

    One afternoon, I was using the toilet and realized we were out of toilet paper, and there was none in the cupboard either. So I reached for one of my son's wipes. Well, it was pretty nice - all moist and soft, and I felt so clean! Now I use his wipes the time. -- anonymous

    Question: Do you use your kid's flushable toilet wipes?

    Vote on Our Poll

    We all have secrets and opinions - so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgemental!

    Past Mom Confessions:

    I'm

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  • Does your kid's sunscreen work?

    According to the 2009 Sunscreen Guide from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), found via Five Flowers, the sunscreen we've been spraying our kids with this summer gets a score of 6, meaning it ranks as a "moderate" sun and health hazard.

    Yikes!

    Does your child's sunscreen work?

    The EWG says "3 of 5 brand-name sunscreens either don't protect skin from sun damage or contain hazardous chemicals - or both." That's why they've put together this sunscreen guide, rating over 1,500 sunscreens.

    The EWG site also says, "Five percent of high SPF sunscreens (SPF of at least 30) protect only from sunburn (UVB radiation), and provide poor protection from UVA, the sun rays linked to skin damage and aging, immune system problems, and potentially skin cancer. FDA does not require that sunscreens guard against UVA radiation."

    Argh, the two daily face moisturizers with SPF that I use don't make the non-hazardous cut either.

    I try to take findings like these with a grain of

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