Bristol Palin segment on FOX News
Bristol Palin is finally speaking up about her teen pregnancy and her experiences as a new mom. The 18-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska spoke with Greta Van Susteren of FOX News (Gov. Palin makes an appearance in the interview.)
Palin gave birth to son, Tripp, in late December. The father is Palin's fiancé, Levi Johnston.
The news of Palin's teen pregnancy caused a tailspin last August. Her mom, a staunch advocate of abstinence-only sex education, had just been named as the running mate to Sen. John McCain in the presidential election.
Throughout the interview, Palin was crystal clear that while she loves her baby, she does not support teen pregnancy and wishes it had occurred when she was older. "I don't regret it all. I just wish it would've happened in ten years rather than right now," she said.
"I'd love to be an advocate to prevent teen pregnancy. It's not a situation you want to strive for."
Palin was also adamant that she had her baby because it was
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It frightens me that sexting is becoming common among teenagers. If terrifies me that we're not surprised.
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If you live in Silicon Valley, you can take a college course--at Stanford University, no less.
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photo credit: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts I've held off on writing about the pregnancy rumors swirling around First Lady Michelle Obama. I read a post yesterday from The Mommy Files over at SFGate.com and I thought it was an interesting take on the speculation of a possible First Baby in the White House.Read More »from Michelle Obama pregnancy rumors: Why do we want to see a new baby in the White House?
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"Are American women desperate for a positive, healthy pregnant role model? Are we tired of celebrities, such as Britney Spears, who pop out babies in between rehab? Do women simply need a down-to-earth mom-to-be who they can actually relate to and look up to?"
What do you think?
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photo credit: secret-agent-josephine.comMost grade school Valentine's Day class parties are taking place on Thursday or Friday this week, depending on when your kid's out for the President's Day holiday. So if your late to the game and need some ideas to help your kid make quick, easy and inexpensive Valentine's Day cards, here's a roundup of tips and free downloads from the parenting blogosphere:
- You can start right here on Shine with a slide show of DIY Valentine cards ranging from super simple to slightly more difficult (read: a parent will have to help, but not too much). If your kid is in the preschool crowd, check out the easiest Valentine's Day card. Ever.
- The adorable image to your left is a free download from mega crafty blogger mama Secret Agent Josephine. And if you don't have a color printer, she even has version in black and white. (Secret agents think of everything!) One sheet has 12 cards. Print it out, cut them up and put the kid to work signing them.
Octuplet obsession: A state medical board investigation, the names of the babies, and photos of where the octuplets will liveBy Charlene Prince Birkeland, Senior Editor | Octuplets – Mon, Feb 9, 2009 10:00 PM EST
photo credit: REUTERS/Paul Drinkwater/NBC/Handout It's been a busy weekend in octuplet obsession land. We're all still talking about the many questions we all have related to their birth; their mom, Nadya Suleman; and the idea of being addicted to having kids.
But more news abounds. Here's the latest:
- Suleman's mom, Angela, spoke with Radaronline.com about how she believes her daughter is simply incapable of taking care of her kids. More disturbing? Check out the photos of the home where the family currently lives-and imagine 8 newborns in the picture.
- The Medical Board of California has launched an investigation into the fertility doctor who implanted Suleman with six embryos. (He works at West Coast IVF in Beverly Hills, Calif. The site is currently down.) And one big concern is that this same doctor handled the in vitro fertilization for her other pregnancies, which resulted in six births.
- Suleman was interviewed by Ann Curry of NBC's "Today Show." (Part two of the interview will air on Tuesday.) She showed off her babies,
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More photos and details over at Mom in Madison. [via Crafty Crow]
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Bring on the tooth fairy.
My buddy sent me a link to this very formal looking tooth fairy kit (US$16), complete with a letterpress Certificate of Record where mom and dad can jot down their kid's name, age, tooth lost and the "method of extraction."
Here's the funny part: Mom or dad also writes down how much the tooth fairy should compensate their kid for the lost tooth.
The tooth and certificate go in a reusable deposit bag and get left under a pillow for the tooth fairy to do her thing.
I'll admit this kit is really cute. But I think I'll stick with a more mysterious tooth fairy tradition.