Social Security Administration data showing that in 2012 alone, nearly 150 American girls were named Khaleesi — after a character’s royal title on “Game of Thrones” — the whole name game has become downright surreal.
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On Wednesday, the website Vox reported on its discovery of the "Game of Thrones" baby-naming trend. After crunching the numbers, it found that the name Khaleesi had become more popular than Betsy, according to SSA data.
“There are certain qualities about a character that makes the name really catch on,” Laura Wattenberg, author of “The Baby Name Wizard,” tells Yahoo Shine. “And in general, it’s shows featuring attractive young people with supernatural powers.”
To wit: Katniss, from the "Hunger Games” trilogy, which was among the
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Apr 10, 2014 3:24 PM EDT
Social Security Administration data showing that in 2012 alone, nearly 150 American girls were named Khaleesi — after a character’s royal title on “Game of Thrones” — the whole name game has become downright surreal.Once upon a time, baby names were a simple affair — Jane, Elizabeth, Susan. Then, for a time, with Sunshine and Autumn and Moon Unit, they got hippiefied. Now, with news spreading over Read More »from Parents Are Naming Their Babies After 'Game of Thrones'
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Apr 10, 2014 1:56 PM EDTPhyllis and Michael SommerIt struck me shortly after I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Jan. 6 of this year how grateful I was to be the one in my family with cancer. I was nauseated with fright and dizzy with all of the details of what lay ahead of me, not to mention nearly paralyzed about the possibility that it had spread -- but I knew that I had more control over myself, my emotions, and how to attack it all than I could possibly have if it were happening to my husband or kids. To see those closest to me in pain and fearing for their own lives? It was a thought that literally took my breath away as it raced through my head during bouts of insomnia at night.
Thankfully my story is one of the good ones. While 2014 will go down as the longest year in history for me as I plod through the painful and painfully long reconstruction process, the cancer was caught early, which means that while I'll still die one day, it won't be because of my breasts (especially since I don't have them anymore).
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Apr 10, 2014 1:52 PM EDT
Most people think they are excellent drivers but others on the road are not. Teens are no exception. Probably because they know it all, yes?
The problem is that if everyone is right about their own exalted driving abilities, it likely means that everyone else on the road is a lesser driver. Which means that you must drive defensively, even if you're an A+ driver. Which means that you cannot be distracted. But not because you're not a good driver. It's because others on the road are bad drivers. Make sense?
Whatever the reason that you need to drive on high alert even if you're a good driver, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration still wants to bring heightened awareness to the fact that, in 2012 alone, 3,328 people died in the United States in distracted driving crashes. That's why they've made a new public safety announcement in the form of a commercial called "U Drive. U Text. U Pay."
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Apr 10, 2014 1:50 PM EDT
My daughters are all about the princesses lately. The Frozen princesses, in particular. If Elsa and Anna aren't available, however, they'll settle for a Cinderella, Sophia the First or Tinker Bell any day. They don't discriminate; if she sparkles, has a tiara and flowing gown, they're good to go.
Which is not to say they won't get their hands dirty (I know this because I am the definition of insanity, telling them like a lunatic that they must wash their hands after going to the bathroom each and every time, even when my 5-year-old declares she only had to wipe once). They like rain puddles, Lincoln Logs, Play-Doh and paint just as much as the next girl -- or boy. I don't worry my girls are condemned to an exclusive life of rainbows and unicorns (unless, of course, it's a rainbow-pooping unicorn), because I know they're well-rounded and not particularly apt to direct their sole attention from here to eternity to castles and treasures.
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- Vanity Fair | Parenting – Thu, Apr 10, 2014 10:52 AM EDTJosh Duboff
Though we're just a few days into the royal family's tour of Australia and New Zealand, the star of the trip has already become clear: he's eight months old, he's single-handedly brought moniker-flaunting clothing back into vogue, and-like his mother-he is seemingly incapable of taking a bad photograph. Let's take a look at George's most adorable moments during the royal tour so far.
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- TheBump.com | Parenting – Wed, Apr 9, 2014 6:27 PM EDT
By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com
Photo: SplashNewsPlaying with the future King of England may sound posh, but hey, it's a fact that all babies drool and love to grab at the nearest toy.
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Prince George was no exception at his first public playdate in New Zealand, where he played with 10 other babies with their parents present as part of Prince William and Kate Middleton's tour. Here's what happened:
1. George knew what he liked when he grabbed the hand of a little girl wearing a polka-dot onesie and chose a purple tambourine to play with first, according to Us Weekly.
2. He's also apparently a healthy-sized baby, since one of the other baby's mothers remarked on her son and George's size. "They're both big boys," she said.
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3. Kate had George dressed to impress, wearing a cute (and $129) Rachel Riley sailboat jumper.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Apr 9, 2014 5:19 PM EDT
firing back against state Rep. Alvin Holmes and the race-based, controversial comments he made during an abortion-bill debate in March. In addition to claiming that 99 percent of white legislators would force their daughters to have an abortion if impregnated by a black man, Holmes also said, "I will bring you $100,000 cash tomorrow if you show me a whole bunch of whites that adopted blacks in Alabama. I will go down there and mortgage my house and get it cash in 20 dollar bills and bring it to you in a little briefcase." Now he may need to head to the bank, as families who have done just that staged a press conference at the Alabama State House Wednesday.Adoptive parents in Alabama are Read More »from Families Protest Alabama Lawmaker's Racist Comments
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“Rep. Holmes’ statements were very offensive. He implied transracial adoptions do not happen in Alabama, which is far from the truth,” notes a press release about the demonstration that was posted on the Facebook page for
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Apr 9, 2014 4:35 PM EDT
parents are totally freaking out about it.What ever happened to imaginative, movie-inspired play? You know, like, where a 5-year-old reenacts the scenes from her favorite Disney film while wearing an odd pastiche of dress-up clothes that are mostly mommy’s castoffs? Or plays the soundtrack of said favorite movie while dancing or singing along or, simply, listening? What’s happened to it, apparently, is that it’s gone the way of the record player (just please don’t tell my daughter that). And how I know that is this: “Frozen” merchandise is pretty much sold out everywhere, and Read More »from Disney's 'Frozen' Memorabilia Shortage Causes Panic
“Enterprising individuals are charging up to $1,000 for ‘Frozen’ items on eBay, which has driven parents completely insane,” Jezebel notes with an understandable tone of schadenfreude. “Frustrated moms are currently freaking out all over Disney's Facebook page, posting angry messages in the middle of the night.” An example, posted Wednesday afternoon: “What is up, Disney? Why are you not properly stocking Frozen
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Apr 9, 2014 3:05 PM EDTThe One Thought That Continuously Haunts You After a Miscarriage After a miscarriage, everything is a reminder of what could have been. Since the loss of my twins at 17 weeks pregnant, I have tried five more times to get pregnant.
With each unsuccessful attempt, I have the same haunting thought.
This wasn't how my life was supposed to be.
I know enough of the sayings about things falling apart so other things can fall into place, everything happening for a reason, being exactly where you're supposed to be, timing is everything, creating your own happiness, counting your blessings, being happy with what you have, and blah blah blah. They're great and inspirational. But you know what?
They're also a crock of sh#t.
Sometimes, life is just hard. Actually, most times life is hard. Life is hard.
But it's not just the hard times that make me think this isn't how my life was supposed to be. It's the great times too.
I was recently promoted at my day job after five months on the job. It's a big promotion. I'm honored and excited by it.Read More »from The One Thought that Continuously Haunts You After a Miscarriage
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Apr 9, 2014 2:30 PM EDTI am a professional blogger and I, for one, would never want a movie made of my career for a couple of reasons. First, my work day is totally boring. I sit at my desk, usually in sweats, and type on a laptop all day. This is not compelling in any way, shape, or form. Secondly, I'm so busy with my day job of writing, writing, and more writing that I don't have time to perfectly accessorize and clean my home and make it ready for the cameras. And forget about lounging in a hammock with a cute hat and waxing poetic about life as a blogger - that will never happen. That said, a documentary about bloggers is not the first thing I would rush out to see. But perhaps others would feel more inclined? The filmmakers behind American Blogger certainly hope so.
The upcoming documentary examines this profession, my profession, and attempts to take what is normally a low-key landscape and a world that is usually only examined in its own blog posts and conferences and turn it into a slick featureRead More »from "American Blogger" Documentary Debuts Trailer, and Everyone Gets Upset
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