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  • 25 Things I Want to Teach My Daughter Before She's a Teenager..


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    This morning I was having a conversation with my daughter on the way to the babysitter's house. Like, a full out, coherent conversation. And it struck me that my baby is not a baby anymore. I'm not even very sentimental, but I was immediately choked up thinking how fast the time has gone. She will be in school in no time and then she'll be in college and that's when the floodgates opened.

    Now that I've composed myself, I decided to make an important list of things I must teach my little girl before she starts hating me becomes a teenager. So here goes...

    1. Being a reality star is not a viable career path. I would honestly rather you work at

    2. No matter how much people pay you, you should never fight, strip or act like a complete fool in front of cameras.

    3. It's okay if you want to cut your hair short like Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. I will love you just the same.

    4. It's also okay if you want to wear fur and heels like Suri Cruise. Just don't

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  • 6 Signs You're Headed for a Bad Baby Name..

    I wasn't one of those expectant moms who labored over a baby name. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I wrote down two baby names I liked--one for a boy, one for a girl. Once I found out I was having a girl, the decision was made. I stuck to that original name and never looked back.

    Not everyone is like that, however, and that's why there are entire sections of bookstores and websites dedicated entirely to choosing the perfect baby name. But you know what? I tend to think the more you grapple with a decision, the more complicated you're going to make the answer. And I think this is especially true for baby names.

    I can understand if you're going back and forth between two names, but then to over-analyze how to spell it or how it will look on paper... Seriously? I get that your kid will have this for the rest of his/her life, but it's not rocket science.

    Given some of the names I've seen popping up recently, I thought I'd offer some helpful tips to all you moms

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  • Should Heidi Klum & Seal Have Stayed Together for Their Kids?

    By now you've probably heard the sad news. Model Heidi Klum and Seal, her husband of 7 years, are separating.

    It's sad, of course, because breakups suck. And Heidi Klum and Seal always seemed especially in love. What makes the whole situation even sadder, though, is that they have 4 children. (Three are Seal's biologically--1 is Heidi's from a previous relationship, but Seal adopted her.)

    Now it's no secret that I'm an advocate for sometimes putting your needs and your happiness before your child's, but something about this breakup isn't sitting well with me. Perhaps it's because there are so many young children to consider or because the couple's only reason for the divorce is that they "grew apart," but I can't help but think how their children will be impacted.

    Heidi Klum and Seal two extremely busy celebrities who are always jetting from one place to another. Heidi tapes Project Runway in New York, another reality show in Germany and makes L.A. her home base.

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  • Sh*t Moms Say... 10 Momisms that Make Us LOL

    Tell the truth: how many of the "Sh*t _______ Say" have you watched? Me? At least 15. Some are funny, some not so much. But you know what I was thinking? Why hasn't anyone done a really good "Sh*t Moms Say"? I mean, as a mom I can admit we say some pretty cooky things. I'd be willing to bet that no group of people talks more about bowel movements than us.

    So because I think people should stick to what they do best, I won't attempt to act. Instead, I've compiled some of our favorite "Sh*t Moms Say" for your reading pleasure.

    1. "Can you watch him for a minute?" Never would you think to ask a complete stranger to watch your purse or your unlocked car with the keys in the ignition, so why moms think it's perfectly normal to ask someone they've known for all of 5 minutes at the playground to watch their kid is completely baffling.

    2. "OMG, I haven't had a full night's sleep in months." It's no secret that moms are basically walking zombies, especially new moms. And it

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  • Stuff Moms Say

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    Tell the truth: how many of these videos have you watched? Me? At least 15. Some are funny, some not so much. But why hasn't anyone done a really good one of moms? I mean, as a mom I can admit we say some pretty cooky things.

    So because I think people should stick to what they do best, I won't attempt to act. Instead, I've compiled some funny things moms say for your reading pleasure.

    1. "Can you watch him for a minute?" Never would you think to ask a complete stranger to watch your purse or your unlocked car with the keys in the ignition, so why moms think it's perfectly normal to ask someone they've known for all of 5 minutes at the playground to watch their kid is completely baffling.

    2. "OMG, I haven't had a full night's sleep in months." It's no secret that moms are basically walking zombies, especially new moms. And it just wouldn't be fair if we didn't remind all you well-rested folks out there just how little sleep.

    3. "Is this BPA-free?" Before children, we were perfectly

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  • 5 Signs You're Headed for a Bad Baby Name

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    I wasn't one of those expectant moms who labored over a baby name. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I wrote down two baby names I liked-one for a boy, one for a girl. Once I found out I was having a girl, the decision was made. I stuck to that original name and never looked back.

    Not everyone is like that, however, and that's why there are entire sections of bookstores and websites dedicated entirely to choosing the perfect baby name. But you know what? I tend to think the more you grapple with a decision, the more complicated you're going to make the answer. And I think this is especially true for baby names.

    I can understand if you're going back and forth between two names, but then to overanalyze how to spell it or how it will look on paper… Seriously? I get that your kid will have this for the rest of his/her life, but it's not rocket science.

    Given some of the names I've seen popping up recently, I thought I'd offer some helpful tips to all you moms

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  • Just Because You Didn't... Doesn't Mean You're a Bad Mom

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    Is anyone else sick of Beyonce baby news yet? Yeah, me too. Don't get me wrong-I love Beyonce. But enough is enough.

    As I was reading the couple's statement-ha!-about the birth of baby Blue Ivy, I couldn't help but get tripped up on the fact that they made special note to say, "She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs." Okay, so what exactly is an unnatural birth? One via C-section? One that involves an epidural?

    I'd like to think Beyonce didn't choose this particular phrasing to assert some kind of superiority, but let's be honest: moms are judgy. We've all experienced some sort of guilt trip because we didn't do something the "right" way. But at the end of the day, if your kid is happy and healthy, does it really matter if you had an epidural or only dressed him/her in organic clothes? Probably not.

    So before your next playdate with the judgy mom on the block, read these 10 reminders and commit them to memory. Just because you didn't _____, doesn't mean

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  • So It's Okay for Net-a-Porter to Sell This Mammy Doll Because It's Lanvin?

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    Yesterday, a coworker sent me these crazy $400 Lanvin dolls. She initially sent me this doll , but I was more alarmed when I looked down at the You May Also Like section and saw the black doll above. Umm, no Net-a-Porter, I don't like.

    Of course, the price is ridiculous, but what's even more insane is that the doll is basically a glammed up mammy. Sure, her apron is gone and she's wearing a little more eye makeup, but there's really no denying the likeness. From the red headscarf right down to the red lips, that is definitely a mammy.

    I'd like to give both Lanvin and Net-a-Porter the benefit of the doubt and say there was no harm intended. But no. I'm not going to do that because there's just no way they didn't know this was a mammy doll. Maybe if they had chosen any other color besides red or removed the doll's headwrap, then maybe I would have let things slide. But the Lanvin mammy doll is just too blatant.

    Whether you're African American or not, I think there's

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  • Is This Homework Assignment Racist?

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    Yup, this is really a question from a 3rd grade math assignment.

    A teacher at Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Norcross, Georgia allegedly included this question, and others referring to slaves picking cotton and oranges, in her homework assignment for her 3rd graders. And surprise, surprise-parents are not happy.

    You know what, though? I don't blame them. Even though children do learn about slavery and the horrific treatment of African Americans in social studies, I think the question is inappropriate. For one, the references to slaves and beatings are totally unnecessary. There are so many other examples the teacher could have used to convey the lesson without conjuring up images of discrimination and racism.

    Also, 3rd graders are what, 8-years-old? That's pretty young and it's not that unlikely that the kids haven't even been taught about slavery yet.

    What would you think if your child came home with this assignment? Do you think it's racist?

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  • 10 Things Every Mom Should Do in 2012

    Admit it: resolutions are made to be broken. Every year we say this is the year I'm going to "live life to the fullest" or "lose all my baby weight" and you know what? It never happens. So stop wasting your resolutions on things that don't really matter and make 2012 the year things change. Don't resolve to get skinnier or exercise more--just decide this is the year I'm going to be an even better mom. Start with these 10 2012 to-dos...

    1. Stop posting all your kid's pics on Facebook and instead make a real, tangible album with the photos. Yes, it requires actually going to a store and printing the pics, but imagine how much better it will be in 25 years to sit down with your kid and look through an actual photo album. Clicking through a slideshow just doesn't have the same effect and who knows where Facebook will be in 25 years anyway.

    2. Tell your kid you love him/her 5 times more than you already do. If you only say it before bed, find 4 other times throughout the day

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