- BabyZone | Parenting – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 12:23 PM ESTFrom helping me remember how magical life with young children can be to helping me sleep, keeping a gratitude journal has taught me several important life lessons over the past few years. Interested in starting a gratitude journal? Here's why taking stock of the things you're thankful for shouldn't be something you only do in November. - Jacqueline Tourville Read More »from 4 Lessons I've Learned from Keeping a Gratitude Journal
- Check out which names are most commonly passed down from generation to generation and the celebs who are part of this naming tradition. -By Alice Gomstyn Read More »from 6 Most Popular Inherited Names
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 10:44 AM ESTThe image of a pregnant woman with headphones on her belly pumping classical music into her unborn baby's ears is by now an old comedic trope. The idea that classical music makes us smarter, more effective people is so familiar, and yet, how many of us actually listen to classical music? Sure, we all want to be the type of people who love opera and go to the symphony, but we don't love opera or go to the symphony. Not even former music majors like me who used to sing classically! (Little known fact: after graduating with a BFA in Musical Theatre, I almost went on to get a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music, Renee Fleming's alma mater.) In an era filled with techno and dubstep and hip-hop and pop, how can we make classical music interesting and relevant?
How about through the use of flash mobs?
In this flash mob video below, which takes place in Spain, an entire orchestraRead More »from Ode to Joy Flash Mob Gets Kids Excited About Classical Music
- The day is coming, and I know it. My little girl, Violet, who turns 5 in a couple of months, is going to walk in the front door from school someday down the road and sit down at the kitchen island and flop her pretty little head down into her arms and start bawling like a fresh widow. Yes, I know it's all so presumptuous and even a little ridiculous, but hey, I am a daddy and because of my bottomless love for a certain kid, it's my job, my very destiny, to talk about things with her as long as I can flap my gums, even when she's looking at me someday down the road, laughing and crying at the very same time, with the sweetest "Dad, please just shut up" eyes you've ever seen. So without any solicitation or queries from anyone anywhere in the entire galaxy, I am nevertheless hereby offering up my very own dating advice for my daughter when she is a teenager. Hopefully, it might help other parents along the way, too.
-By Serge Bielanko
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- Parent's Guide to the Holidays
Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and every major American retailer is doing its best to remind you that Christmas is hot on its heels.
The holidays are usually a combination of leisure and stress for most people-budgeting for gift-giving and wrangling with your boss for time off, followed by lazy afternoons drinking eggnog in your pajamas. But for working parents, the holidays can be a particularly difficult time as we try to do the impossible: alter our routine without causing massive meltdowns.
This is my first "real" Christmas as a mom, since last year I was on maternity leave, and my 12-day-old son came along wherever my breasts went without much of a fuss. This year will be quite different: I am working for a busy startup, my husband is with a new company, and my son is on the verge of walking (and, judging by his fearlessness, I think he'll quickly graduate from a walker to aRead More »from A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Holidays
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 25, 2013 1:54 PM ESTGwyneth PaltrowI have a Google Alert set up with the keywords "Spanish for Children" to monitor that trend for fodder for my posts about raising bilingual kids here and on SpanglishBaby.com. Yesterday's email alert was flooded with headlines about Gwyneth Paltrow "urging" and even "forcing" her kids to speak Spanish to her. The gossip headlines ranged from the factual to the sensational.
Of course, I quickly started clicking on all of these because I confess to adore Gwyneth for all the reasons so many people envy and resent her. I was anxious to read a juicy story that would show that her and I have so much in common - like the obsession over making sure our kids speak Spanish fluently.
I was oh-so disappointed to see just another link bait after the paparazzi and gossip obsession over Gwyneth's parenting skills. Her "forcing" her kids to speak Spanish was witnessed by who-knows-who that was present at the same wedding (Cameron Diaz's assistant) she was at. The grand story is that, supposedly,Read More »from What's Wrong with Gwyneth Paltrow "Forcing" Her Kids to Speak Spanish?
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 25, 2013 1:50 PM ESTGraduationI officially graduated from high school on Friday, and to be honest, I have mixed feelings about it.
On the one hand, I'm glad to leave because I've been at this school for thirteen years, worn the same uniform for thirteen years, and am sick and tired of the place.
But there's a part of me that just didn't want to leave. This place has been my second home; the one thing that remained constant in my life for the last thirteen years. It's the place where I've grown up. I lost my first tooth on the playground when I was five, had my first ever broken bone (my finger in the school bathroom door) when I was nine, and had my first crush (he was a male exchange student that visited my school from France when I was twelve).
It was within these walls that I learned my multiplication tables, which excuses will get me out of PE, how the only good thing about going to after-school care wasRead More »from Moving On: One High Schooler Reveals What She'll Miss Most After Graduation
Winnie the Pooh: How do you do just nothing?
Christopher Robin: Well, when grown-ups ask, "What are you going to do?" and you say, "Nothing," and then you go and do it.
I love doing nothing. Ok - so obviously, a person can't just do nothing, but you know what I mean, and what Christopher Robin is talking about, I think.
For me as a kid, doing nothing meant spending most of an afternoon on the front porch with a friend, idly talking about this and that while kicking my brother's big wheel trike back-and-forth between us. Or shooting hoops alone for hours on end in the driveway, not out of a passion for basketball, but simply to give my hands something to do while my mind wandered. Or staring out the window at the recess yard during fifth grade math class, wishing I could be fooling around in the sun instead of tallying numbers.
I have a writer's personality; I'm a lover of long walks to nowhere inRead More »from The Trouble with Having a Type-A Kid
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 25, 2013 12:35 PM EST
If you're a parent but, somehow, not a smartphone addict (do you people even exist anymore?), you may have missed this trend: the development of apps that monitor everything from your baby's heart rate to sleeping position, as Fast Company reports. I would argue, however, that we've only scratched the surface of apps that might prove useful to new parents. Below, check out my wish list for baby apps. Tech innovators, please take note - you're welcome to move forward on prototypes based on my brilliant ideas, as long as you agree to pay me bajillions in royalties. I'll take payment in cash, check, gold bullion, or a diaper supply large enough to be worth the aforementioned bajillions. -By Alice GomstynRead More »from The "Sock Saver," Plus 6 More Baby Apps I Wish Existed
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 25, 2013 12:19 PM EST
One of the best Thanksgivings I have ever experienced took place in 1994. I was a freshman at NYU and my mother decided to travel up to the city and join me for the holiday. It is the only time I have ever seen the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in person. If you haven't experienced this exhilarating spectacle that is so completely unique to the Big Apple, I am going to suggest you put it on your bucket-list. Some interesting math for you: The parade is in it's 89th year. The only years the nation went without the Parade were during World War II. That makes this year, 2013, the 87th parade. What began as a Christmas Parade in 1924 for the flagship department store in Manhattan evolved into something truly magical for Macy's. For many of us, when we finally see Santa on the screen at the end of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, we officially begin to embrace the Christmas season. To get you in the holiday spirit, take a look at some of the greatest moments from the past 89 years. -ByRead More »from The 89-Year Evolution of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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