• Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!

    By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    GettyChelsea Clinton is pregnant! She and husband Marc Mezvinsky openly spoke about last year about wanting to make 2014 "The Year of the Baby" and start a family, and by golly, they did.

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    The former first daughter fittingly announced her pregnancy today at a No Ceilings women's event in NYC hosted by The Clinton Foundation.

    According to Politico, Chelsea said, "Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year, and I certainly feel all the better - whether it's a girl or a boy - that she or he will grow up in a world full of so many strong young female leaders, so thank you for inspiring me and thank you for inspiring future generations, including the one that we'll be lucky enough to welcome into our family later this year. I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child, and hopefully children, as my mom was to me."

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  • Why?Why?As parents, we've all had to turn some pretty ridiculous phrases at one time or another. The question is, have we, the parents, gone bat shit crazy for uttering these words, or is it our children who are certifiable for doing things that require us to speak them?

    Just last week, I had to ask my 9yo daughter, Ry to stop smelling the cat. And not so long before that, I had to explain motorboating to my tween son (with an audio demonstration), so he could keep up with the middle school cafeteria banter.

    Here are some of the weirdest things I've had to say to my children over the years (I surprise myself daily), plus some phrases from my awesome Facebook Fans, who never disappoint.

    1. "You can have a favorite shirt, but you're not allowed to have a favorite pair of underwear."

    2. "Gum you find under tables is NOT 'free' gum."

    3. "I don't care how much she annoys you, your sister is not for sale."

    4. "Please stop riding the dog."


    5. "You cannot charge your friends at school for massages. And please stop massaging people at school."

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  • 16 Years Later: How I'm Changing My Parenting Strategy as the Mom of a Teen16 Years Later: How I'm Changing My Parenting Strategy as the Mom of a TeenI was never one to follow any one particular parenting strategy or style, especially one with a fancy name or rules to follow. When my girls were babies, I felt like the only parenting strategy I needed to master was what I refer to as "recalibration". With each passing stage or phase, I found myself having to assess and reassess how I did things. Just when I thought I hit my stride, the current would change, and I would have to shift my parenting rudder accordingly. With each of my slight modifications, I questioned my ability to be a good parent, wondered if I was doing right by my children, and hoped that how I was parenting was going to help my children grow up to be secure, happy, and healthy people. As I've heard it said, "Parenting is not for the faint of heart."

    Some phases of childhood were easier than others for me to manage. For example, I remember four being easy. Good thing, because three was brutal. I could go on and on in detail about the ups and the downs, with the

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  • A Disability Does Not Define a PersonA Disability Does Not Define a PersonI can't deny that when my kids were born, I succumbed to the typical behavior of a new parent whose child has Down syndrome. For a long time, I thought they were angels - that they would be kids forever and that they would never be capable of acting with malice.

    My attitude about their lives wasn't any different from that of most new parents. We love our angels and can't imagine them ever being anything but the perfect beings they are at birth. On top of that, when a child is born or diagnosed with a disability, the immediate response from those around us is to try to make us believe how blessed we are for receiving such a special being, someone out of this world.

    When a child is diagnosed with autism, society leads us to believe that they are savants or have special powers. When a child is born with Down syndrome, people believe they are sweet, innocent, and wonderful beings. Perhaps this is supposed to be the consolation prize that comes with having a child with special

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  • 5 Ways My Parenting Has Changed Over the Years5 Ways My Parenting Has Changed Over the YearsAt first I was going to title this post "5 Ways My Parenting Has Changed the Second Time Around" - because I actually thought for a minute that it was as simple as that. You know, the usual naive parent stuff, going from using binky wipes with your first baby to popping it in the ol' mouth to 'give it a clean' by the time we're into our second baby.

    Nothing in parenting is ever black and white, and my particular style definitely doesn't fall into one category. When I got pregnant with Wyndham, I was that mom who wanted to do things as holistically as possible - everything from the birth to the wooden Waldorf and Montessori toys we'd only allow in the home and organic garments I'd dress, wrap, and swaddle him in.

    How annoying was I?

    Perhaps a lot, or perhaps not much to you, depending on where you fall, dear reader. And I don't even care about any of that, because I'm still that mom. I still have a great respect and admiration for natural childbirth, and I LIKE wooden toys

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  • (Click to enlarge image)A Nebraska school is facing criticism for what many are calling an ill-intentioned effort to deal with bullying. Fifth-grade students at Zeman Elementary School in Lincoln were recently given pamphlets containing what may be considered tone-deaf advice, shaming the victim and sending the wrong message to bullies. 

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    The pamphlet, which was posted to sites such as Reddit and Jezebel, features nine "rules" for students dealing with bullies.  One rule states: "Do not tell on bullies."

    "The number one reason bullies hate their victims, is because the victims tell on them," the flyer reasons. "Telling makes the bully want to retaliate. Tell an adult only when a real injury or crime (theft of something valuable) has occurred. Would we keep our friends if we tattled on them?"

    This goes against most antibullying advice, which encourages young people to get a trusted adult involved in the situation before it escalates.


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  • I wonder how many times a day/week/month/year we find ourselves as parents saying or thinking, "Do as I say, not as I do."

    Like when we pull out the carrot sticks at snack time, then sneak into the pantry and grab a handful of potato chips?

    Or when we insist that they go to bed on time, and then we stay up until midnight and wake up cranky, tired and irritable -- precisely the behaviors we were trying to curb in them by getting them to bed right on time.

    Or even when we shoo them out the back door to go play in the yard and, you know, get some exercise while we watch them from the safety of the kitchen window? (Maybe so we can nibble on a cookie without having to share for once?)

    We know better. Obviously. We know what the healthy choice is: to eat our (not deep-fried) veggies. To get a good night's sleep. To make time to play and move our bodies. And yet, again and again, we don't do it.

    Oh the hypocrisy of parenthood! It's a shame that kids are so darn good at scouting

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  • A 13-year-old huntress in Mongolia defies tradition.Ready for your daily dose of breathtaking wonder? Allow us to introduce Ashol-Pan, a 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia, and perhaps the world's only female apprentice falconer. Ashol-Pan belongs to a Mongolian tribe known as the Kazakhs. Inhabitants of the Altai mountain range on the west side of the country are the only people that use golden eagles to hunt.

    Apprentices, generally Kazakh boys, start honing their craft at the tender age of 13, learning how to use the magnificent creatures to hunt foxes, hares and other game, though the massive birds weigh heavily on their still-developing arms. Ashol-Pan, as the daughter of a particularly celebrated Kazakh hunter, has been gifted with a rare opportunity and astonishing natural talent, according to Asher Svidensky, photographer and travel writer.

    It's not an easy profession, as one could well imagine. Hunts occur in winter, when temperatures reach as low as negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Prior to the hunt, falconers spend

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  • 8 Birth Stories Crazier Than Yours8 Birth Stories Crazier Than YoursThe group of us sat around the dining room table, gaping at a cellphone. I was hanging out with a bunch of other moms from the neighborhood, and one had just told us that years ago she'd given birth on a local highway. Even more incredible: they'd gotten a copy of the recording of her husband's call to 911, and she had it on her iPhone. It lasted nine minutes, and we all listened in fascination as the husband grew more and more nervous ("When are you getting here?!") and the officer on the other end of the line advised her not to push (!!!). She had the baby before the ambulance arrived.

    Like meeting cute stories, you never get tired of hearing about birth stories. These are some of the most memorable ones out there.

    1. Woman gives birth to twins on separate highways

    "The babies are coming!" yelled Siobhan Anderson. She and her husband, Bryan, were on a highway in Long Island, New York, en route to the hospital. He pulled over and called 911. As the EMTs got her onto the

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  • Life Would Be Easier Without My Youngest Child"What's your favorite animal?" My 3-year-old asks, green eyes wide, blonde hair haloing her face.

    "Giraffe?" I mumble. It's barely 6 AM.

    "Me, too!" my daughter cries gaily. Then she grows serious. "I also love bunnies and hippos and those other ones with the big horns on their noses. What'rethosecalledMommy?"

    I stumble into the kitchen to get breakfast ready. She stands beside me on a chair and makes "little eggs" in the flour with a teaspoon, bellows to her big brother and two big sisters, "PANCAKES ARE READY!" and then helps me do laundry by folding dishtowels into messy squares and squishing them into the drawer.

    Before this little girl was born, I worried we were being greedy. My husband and I were already blessed with three healthy children, could we really be lucky enough to have a fourth?

    I adore this child. She is good-humored, philosophical and bright. She has a question -- and an answer -- for everything. But sometimes, more often than it is safe to admit (and

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