- Parenthood holds a myriad of moments that grab our attention and make us thankful. As a photographer and mother of three, I have thousands of photos of my children, but there's one folder reserved for the most special moments captured. I return to these photos often, and they never fail to make me feel deeply grateful for my children, our family and the thousands of tiny moments--both good and bad--that make our lives purposeful. Here are 10 of my favorite grateful moments, captured. -By Kelle Hampton Read More »from 10 Best Grateful Moments, Captured
- BabyZone | Parenting – Mon, Dec 2, 2013 12:07 PM ESTMost child development experts will tell you that the best age to potty train a child really is an individual thing. Still, aren't you curious to know when other moms achieved potty training success with their tots? At age 1, 2, 3... or what? To get to the bottom of the matter, I asked five moms to answer the question, "When was your child potty trained?" Their answers may surprise you!
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Dec 2, 2013 10:53 AM EST
When the Ms. Magazine blog featured a post last month on a feminist parenting topic that is recycled more often than plastic deli containers at my mom's house, I dug in. Again. The post was a forthcoming dissection of the confusion and regret author Careen Shannon feels years after choosing to hyphenate her daughter's last name.
Hyphenation. It's a big issue. An annoyingly incessant discussion that parents who choose to hyphenate a child's name must have over and over. And over again.
I appreciate Shannon's honest discussion of the downsides of what felt like a logical, equitable feminist decision to name the young Shannon-Solomon, including how often her daughter is called by one of her last names, the order of the names is flipped, and the two names are smooshed together. She also says it is tricky and tiresome for her daughter to fill out any forms, from standardized tests to health insurance information, because her name won't fit in the allotted space.
These things, theRead More »from Stop Complaining About My Kid’s Hyphenated Last Name
- Is it playtime yet? Toy expert and TimetoPlayMag.com content director Chris Byrne promises these 10 gifts--chosen exclusively for REDBOOK readers--will remain favorites past Christmas and well into 2014. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
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1. Give kids a surprise to wake up to (and gain an extra hour or so of sleep for yourself) by hanging stockings by their beds filled with breakfast snacks such as cereal bars, travel-size board games, crayons, and activity books.
2. In Sweden, families mark the beginning of the holiday season on December 13 with the celebration of Lucia (the word means "light"): Kids wake up at dawn to deliver breakfast in bed to their parents, carrying candles to illuminate the dark morning.
Kids here might enjoy treating their parents, carrying flashlights instead of candles.
3. For this tradition, it's good to be the youngest: On Christmas morning, have kids wait before going into the living room. When everyone has gathered, a parent goes in and turns on the tree lights to reveal the presents Santa brought. Then the kids can enter -- youngest to oldest -- and run to their stack of gifts.
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- BabyZone | Parenting – Fri, Nov 29, 2013 1:12 PM ESTHoliday pregnancy'Tis the season to be jolly--unless you're pregnant and hormonal, in which case you may feel more like decking the stranger who asked if you were carrying twins than decking any halls with boughs of holly. Having been pregnant during two recent holiday seasons, myself, I know it can be a challenging time--braving hordes of shoppers and hitting the party circuit were the last things I felt like doing while my ankles swelled to the size of grapefruits. However, there are some perks, which I've highlighted to cheer up the not-so-jolly pregnant ladies out there:
The 10 Best Things About Being Pregnant During the Holidays
10. Maternity pants will surely accommodate an extra gingerbread cookie. Or four.
9. Santa Claus has made big, round bellies quite fashionable this time of year, so you'll be right on-trend!
8. You will become the most popular person among friends and family--for serving as the official holiday season designated driver.
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- BabyZone | Parenting – Fri, Nov 29, 2013 1:11 PM ESTFeeding kids turns out to be the great equalizer. Famous people, even famous people with major bank accounts, say they struggle at the dinner table when it comes to getting healthy food into kids. Here are our favorite been-there quotes from celebrity parents in the kitchen, including chefs, models and more.
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- BabyZone | Parenting – Thu, Nov 28, 2013 11:50 AM ESTCan the It doesn't take much to make a habit, especially when you're small. In fact, our little sponges learn most of their habits--monkey see, monkey do-style--from us. A parenting coach, a Montessori teacher and a Buddhist monk recommend three practices to help your little one develop a habit of gratitude.
1. Feed Your Kiddo "Emotional Snacks"
The best way to help your child form a gratitude habit is to form one yourself, as well. Carrie Contey, PhD., a parenting and family-life expert and co-founder of the Slow Family Living movement, recommends recognizing and articulating, five things you appreciate about your little one each morning. For example, upon waking up say, "Ooh, I'm so grateful I get to see you this morning!" Then, while eating breakfast, tell your child, "What fun it is to share a meal with you." As you say goodbye in the morning, say, "Thank you for a beautiful morning, and thank you for being in my life."
These "emotional snacks," as Contey dubs them, will help keepRead More »from 3 Gratitude Practices for Preschoolers and Tots This Thanksgiving
- BabyZone | Parenting – Thu, Nov 28, 2013 11:48 AM ESTWe're Americans but after spending the last few years in Italy, this is our first Thanksgiving with our kids in our own home on US soil. Our three kids were born overseas and the oldest is 4, so when it came time to talk turkey this fall, I looked to a few great books to help explain the concept of Thanksgiving. From sincere to silly, here are some of our favorites, including recommendations from friends across the country. -By Charity Curley Mathews Read More »from 5 Great Thanksgiving Books for Toddlers & Preschoolers
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Nov 28, 2013 8:47 AM ESTIt's that time of year to get all warm and fuzzy about the stuff we're thankful for in life. As parents, of course, we're eternally grateful for our kids. Except when they have epic meltdowns in the supermarket, blow their noses on your sleeve, tell us we are the worst moms in the whole wide world and glare at us... and, well, OK, we're not grateful for our children every single second because we are not Mother Teresa. But there are so many everyday ways they rock our lives. These are ones that top my list.
-By Ellen Seidman Read More »from Little Blessings: 8 Precious Reasons We're Thankful for Our Kids
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