Blog Posts by Parenting The Shine

  • Wake-up call to parents: Children’s fast food meals to avoid

    Let's face it: we all love fast food kids' meals. Kids love them for the toys and packaging; parents love them because they're easy and convenient. Plus, when they include apples and cheese, they have some nutritional value, right?

    Well, not exactly, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. According to PCRM, the meals are loaded with sugar and sodium, and really offer very little nutritional value. They've come out with a list of the 5 worst "healthy" fast food kids' meals. See if some of your favorites are on the list, but remember, the best advice…everything in moderation.


    The Committee says that certain fast food kids' meals marketed as "healthy" are anything but. "Frankly, passing off these meals as 'healthy' ought to be a crime at a time when 16.9 million American children and adolescents are obese,"  says PCRM president Dr. Neal Barnard. "The focus on junk food targeted to kids is important, given how miserably the fast-food industry has

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  • The Shine: Breastfeeding questions you're too afraid to ask

    Breastfeeding is one of those topics where women are very divided – some mothers highly encourage it and others never even consider it. Co-founders of Best for Babes (a foundation aiming to alter the cultural perception of breastfeeding and beat the breastfeeding “booby traps”) Bettina Forbes and Danielle Rigg are hoping to change all that. On today’s episode of “the Shine” Bettina and Danielle speak candidly about the breastfeeding experience including the best ways for moms to prepare, the benefits, and most of all, how they are on a mission to make people more supportive and embracing of breastfeeding.

  • The Shine: Which celebrity parenting book is best for you?

    Celebrities offering parenting advice isn’t new, but recently, stars have been making more of a public declaration of their unique parenting techniques (a la Mayim Bialik's attachment parenting strategy). Some female celebs have taken that guidance to the next level by publishing parenting guide books--but how valuable, accurate, and, frankly, realistic is their advice? Shine’s editor-in-chief Jennifer Romolini sits down with “The Shine” to provide her take on what each of these new books has to offer, and, which advice is best taken with a grain of salt.

  • Three Biggest Fears for Raising Boys Today

    Attorney, TV legal analyst, and author Lisa Bloom is out with her new critically-acclaimed book "Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture" and she's here to give a wake-up call to parents raising young boys. From failing schools to an economy of incarceration, Lisa explains the major threats hindering our boys ability to succeed in today's world and offers up real solutions to these urgent issues.

     In Lisa's words:

    "At this very moment, through no fault of their own, our boys are caught in the vortex of four powerful, insidious, often invisible forces that conspire to rob them of their future. First, our heartbreakingly subpar schools. To say that twenty-first-century America doesn’t value education is like saying Donald Trump doesn’t prioritize humility. Class sizes grow, as kids sit on the floor or are crammed into “temporary” classrooms in hallways or bathrooms. School buildings crumble, leak, and emit toxic Read More »from Three Biggest Fears for Raising Boys Today
  • Top 5 Pregnancy Books

    Finding the right pregnancy book can be a daunting prospect so we've enlisted NY-based OBGYN Dr. Rebecca Brightman along with Shine's Editor in Chief Jennifer Romolini to dish on the top 5 pregnancy books around. Whether you're more of a formal guidebook kind of gal, or, prefer the hilarious, real women accounts of pregnancy, we've got something for you.

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