• Josh Duboff

    Kate Middleton and Prince GeorgeKate Middleton and Prince GeorgePrince George handled his first public engagement skillfully: he allowed for some excellent photo ops, wore a nifty outfit, and only made one child cry. Yes, as anticipated, George shared crawl space with 10 other babies on Wednesday at Government House in New Zealand, as his parents looked on. George-sporting blue Rachel Riley dungaree shorts with a sailboat on the front that no doubt will sell out before the end of the day-played with building blocks and a xylophone, and generally looked quite at peace. Meanwhile, Kate-in a Tory Burch black-and-white dress-"watched on protectively, occasionally wiping his chin," according to People. Oh, and Prince William was there, too, reportedly remarking, "It's madness, there are babies everywhere!" which gives us a sense of what William's Twitter account might be like ("Driving home, there is so much traffic!!").

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  • Tech-savvy toddlers? Indeed. One mother of two swears she never even taught her 17-month-old daughter how to unlock the iPad. "Every time she sees the iPad she goes for it," says 37-year-old Brooklyn mom Lucia Madueno, in Heidi Evans' NY Daily News piece.

    Her story is not unique, according to a report by Common Sense Media which claims that 38 percent of babies under two years old are now using tablets or smartphones on a somewhat regular basis. This number is up ten percent from just three years ago. Certainly if we grown-ups are more attached to our devices than ever before, it would stand to reason that our children, even the ones barely forming sentences, are demonstrating a fascination that mirrors our own. Handing over an iPhone can be a quick fix before a temper tantrum ensues in public, an easy distraction at a restaurant, a source of entertainment in the car or on the subway. We've all seen it happen, and a lot of of us are probably guilty of participating too. After all,

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  • In my mind, my daughter is always dressed like an unironic version of Quinoa the Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler, or one of the Olive Us kids, or a girl from an Emily Winfield Martin illustration: all primary colors and stripes and anchors, simple, pale sundresses that billow as she races around a grassy field somewhere, or else a chic tiny trenchcoat for riding the subway and pretending I'm not sitting right next to her (because as she's already telling me, I ruin all her fun). Whimsical and classic. No brands, obviously, or cartoons. Please! Before I had children I wondered why I was always seeing tiny girls dressed head-to-toe in pink (hadn't their parents read those articles about how girls are brainwashed into liking pink?) or slathered in trademarked Disney princess everything (weren't their mothers concerned about the whole princesses-eating-their-daughters thing?).

    It's the primal before/then of parenthood. I was, after all a perfect mother before I had children. We all were.

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  • I wrote this blog post on my phone, in my parked car, after participating in one of the most salacious, shameful activities in my mom-repetoire, so embarrassing that I felt compelled to immediately share with the world. It involved… sleeping children.

    And… fast food.

    But before I dive in, let me just provide some context. After an exciting morning of having a cavity filled (honestly, the most restful moment of the day), I spent an hour getting the kids ready to go to the doctor. This had me a little anxious already; last time we went to the doctor's my daughter distinguished herself by shouting, "I'm not listening to you! I'm going to escape!" and running out of the room. This particular morning she was especially contrary, vetoing the sweater I offered, turning down the suggested boots with disgust, really wanting Special Baby (that would be her doll) to go in the car seat instead of her baby brother. (How do you argue with something like that?) Getting downstairs takes cajoling,

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  • Teacher Says She Lost Her Job for Taking a Sick Kid to Hospital and Paying the BillTeacher Says She Lost Her Job for Taking a Sick Kid to Hospital and Paying the BillQuick! Pop quiz! Your high school student is sick. Would you want your kid's teacher driving him to the emergency room and footing the bill?

    My immediate instinct is to say yes because I'd want my kid to receive help as quickly as possible. But then, when I step back and ponder different variables I wonder that maybe a Tennessee teacher made the wrong call even if she did have the best of intentions.

    As reported on The Huffington Post, Jennifer Mitts, who has been at Red Bank High School for 14 years, says she lost her job because of those good intentions. Mitts says she was forced to resign after taking the student to the emergency room and footing the bill. Upon learning of her actions, Mitts told WTVC-TV that school officials "dictated to (me) what (I) should write in the resignation letter, including forcing (me) to waive (my) right to a hearing."

    That's not what the school says, though. Stacey Stewart, assistant superintendent of human resources for the district tells

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  • The Heartbreaking Mugshot Of A Mom Who Risked Her Children's Lives For A Job InterviewThe Heartbreaking Mugshot Of A Mom Who Risked Her Children's Lives For A Job InterviewI can't imagine how desperate one must be to leave two children in a parked SUV in a sweltering parking lot while going for a job interview.

    But that's the choice Shanesha Taylor made when she left her 2-year-old and 6-month-old in her SUV while she went in for a job interview with a Scottsdale, Arizona insurance agency last month. The mother was trying to get a leg up and get off food stamps -- instead she got herself arrested for child abuse.

    How desperate one must be to make that choice.

    She couldn't find a babysitter to look after her kids for the interview, so she brought them, and left them in her SUV outside the office.

    After being inside her appointment for an hour, Ms. Taylor was arrested when she returned to her vehicle parked in the 100 degree temperatures. She had left the keys in the ignition, and the windows open a crack. Witnesses called authorities after finding the children sweating and "crying hysterically."

    As much as I want to scream, "How could you do

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  • Please Stop Telling My Son He's Exceptional. He's Not.Please Stop Telling My Son He's Exceptional. He's Not.My 5-year-old son is used to hearing how smart he is. How his memory is "incredible" and his vocabulary is "impressive" and his brain is just so, so, so amazing.

    "Michelle! Did you hear what your son just said?! He's soooo smart," he hears.

    Now I'm not saying it's completely unwarranted. What I am saying is that it's often coming from love-beaming family members who are astounded that this little boy is suddenly using big words and reading sentences. He was the first baby our family had in decades, and I so appreciate the pride and unfiltered love that they wrap around my little boy like a safety net.

    But is it healthy for him to be over-praised for things that are basic parts of growing up? Because the truth of the matter is this: He's not all that exceptional.

    While he's certainly smart - and by smart, I mean he learns the way we expect him to learn, and he has an innate hunger for information - he's developmentally on par with the ordinary 5-year-old kid. He wasn't

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  • By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    Photo: Shutterstock / The BumpChoosing a surrogate is one of the hardest choices to make in life - especially after undergoing IVF four times.

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    Sandi and Philip Palmisano's failed results were discouraging, but met Andrea and Mark Rivas in 2010 at the Shady Grove Fertility Center in Washington, DC, where they were also trying IVF.

    Andrea gave birth to twins after one failed IVF treatment, and became good friends with the Palmisanos in the process- so good, in fact, that Andrea offered to be Sandi and Philip's surrogate.

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    "We knew we would be life-long friends no matter what the outcome," Philip told the Today show.
    Andrea became pregnant with Sandi and Philip's twins two years after her own pregnancy and gave birth in February to Grayson and EmmaLee. The couples are still very close and consider one another family. Who wouldn't, especially after five failed IVF Read More »from Mom of Twins Gave Birth to Friend’s Twins After This Many Failed IVF Cycles
  • Josh Duboff

    Prince GeorgePrince GeorgePrince George has become something of a "fashion darling" over just a few public appearances. His personalized sweater-prominently on display in the window-frame royal portrait which we still have saved as our iPhone wallpaper-immediately sold out. And yesterday, photographs of George from the family's arrival in New Zealand seemed to be found wherever you turned on the Internet (you know you've made it when you're being compared with Grumpy Cat).

    So, how much of George will we be seeing for the remainder of the three-week tour? Well, it's somewhat unclear. CNN reports that while the prince's private secretary pinpointed a few events in Australia and New Zealand where George might accompany his parents, it will be very much played by ear. "George being just a little over eight months old by the time they travel, I'm sure you will appreciate that the couple will have to make a final decision on those moments much closer to the time," he said.

    One event that seems to be

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  • Photo: Erin Zammett RuddyYesterday morning I rolled into Dunkin' Donuts with my 4-year-old daughter who had just rolled out of bed — and looked like it. She was still in her nightgown, bare-legged, hair an unruly mess, giant red rain boots covering her sockless feet (we couldn't find her sneakers, naturally). To say she looked like a ragamuffin is putting it kindly. She doesn’t get bed head, she gets bed dreadlocks and they were in full effect because, well, hair brushing is way too strenuous an activity to attempt before 9 a.m. Fortunately, I was wearing actual clothes.

    Still, I never would have thought I'd be the kind of mom who would leave the house with disheveled kids in tow. In my pre-kid days I probably would have judged any parent who stepped out like that. I mean, how hard can it be to get everyone dressed in the morning? (Um, turns out it can be very hard some days, am I right?) But there I was. And you know what? I didn’t care.

    If she was my first kid, I would have been embarrassed to have her in

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