Dear Mr. Dad: My baby just turned one and I went to pick him up a little early from his daycare to celebrate. When I got there, the kids were crawling around but the TV was on and tuned to some kind of reality show. I asked the sitter why, and she said "So what?" and told me that the TV is often on in the background and that it's no big deal. My gut says she's wrong. But before I fire her, I need something to back me up. What's so bad about TV?
My friend who is a nurse now cleans her own office. In a cost cutting move, the powers that be reduced housekeeping services throughout the hospital. Now, in addition to scrambling to see to patients and process vast amounts of paperwork, my friend or one of her co-workers now lug a vacuum to work once a week.
I'm not one to indulge in nostalgia, yet I'm intrigued by all those old pictures that keep popping up in my social media feeds. You know the ones - pre-digital photos that are stamp-dated by bouffant hairdos and bushy sideburns. Photos that, before they were uploaded and posted, tagged and shared, were stripped from a yellowing page of an ancient scrapbook.
Q: My 23-month-old son does well with potty training when we're at home. We use a "potty bell" and he goes every 90 minutes or so. When we're away from home, however, he seems clueless. He pees in his car seat about 5 minutes into a trip and simply will not use a potty anywhere but at our home or at my mother's (she watches him one day a week at her place). Would pull-ups be a bad thing to use when we leave the house?
My ex and I have been sharing our children's time equally ever since we broke up five years ago. We have a daughter, 14, and a son, 11. We have both remarried and both of us have a healthy relationship with our ex's new partner. However, my daughter has been very moody lately and just recently confided that she doesn't want to go back and forth every few days as we have always done. I have had two other children with whom she is very close, and she misses them when she's at her dad's. My son, however, wants to keep the schedule the same. Should we split up the kids? What's good ex-etiquette?
Closed eyes, wrinkled clothes, goofy smiles, no smiles - these are all flops familiar to school picture day, a day that should be every kid's time to shine.
We don't do the beach the easy way. We drive too long, then walk too far, lugging way too much stuff. The way Eisenhower stormed vital sand, so do we.
SAN JOSE, Calif - These are no ordinary Joes.
Planned Parenthood is now making house calls.
Fall is here and it's truly a beautiful time of the year. If you live in an area where the air is turning cool and the leaves are crisp and changing colors, it's even more amazing. Summer is now over, school is in full swing, football games are plentiful and kids are starting to anticipate Halloween. Fall offers a full range of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy - the options are really limitless. Here are 10 of our favorite ones to share with you. So this weekend, get your family outside to enjoy this special time!
Rosie Pope is not only an actress, she's also a household name in the parenting world. Pope, 34, is the founder of Rosie Pope Maternity, MomPrep and Rosie Pope Baby, as well as author of "Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy."
Monsters under the bed, scary things in the closet and nightmares are often things that plague even the less sensitive of children. Classed as a normal part of child development, you may find that they also occur just before a growth spurt or another developmental milestone. They can also be brought on by our child's over-active, over-stimulated imagination, which is often caused by changes in routine, movies, theme parks, new friends, late nights, extra sugar or stresses from a new environment. The result is a cycle of nightmares, fears and not wanting to go to bed, or be alone. Following are some tips based around your child's dominant sense, that can help alleviate some of the symptoms.
Can celebrities have an impact on the gender ID of their names? You betcha. First there were some earlier actresses with predominantly male names like Glenn Close, Sean Young, Michael Learned and Darryl Hannah, and then, more recently, Bryce Dallas Howard, Elisha Cuthbert, Tierney Sutton, Jules Asner and Mischa Barton, who have opened the door to the gender-bending of their names.
As summer wraps up and your family dives into the school year, family meals can be a great way to reconnect with one another. This week, go on a HONEY-moon with loved ones through making some recipes, both sweet and savory, inspired by National Honey Month. In the scope of a balanced diet featuring foods from all five food groups, using honey is a great way to add flavor to dishes naturally.
Although many kids trotted back into classrooms last month, September is still considered prime season for buying kids' school apparel. For many parents, though, back-to-school shopping for children's clothes can be a costly, harried ritual. Kids want cool stuff, but Mom or Dad can't ï¿½ or won't ï¿½ foot the bill for pricey new duds.
I wasn't sure how I would go on as I stood over my son's bed in the emergency room. These are the mad thoughts that can consume a parent when forced to imagine the unimaginable, think the unthinkable.
Pinterest is great to search for ideas for kids' activities, but a book filled with activities is a great resource to have on hand and go through with your kids. Here are three books that we turn to for fun and games.
It happens to every child or teen at some point in life.
It has always struck me as a little misguided, this notion that our kids need us to teach them life is tough.
"Mom!" my kids are yelling. "You missed the turn! You always do that, turns don't like you."
Four days after his eighth birthday last year, Cayden McCorkel's head slammed into the ground on a football field in Woodbury, Minn. "My friend tackled me super hard, and then I hit my head super hard to the ground," he said, recalling what happened as he fidgeted on his front porch.
MOON, Penn. - As it was two decades ago, this night felt similar : blue-skied and temperate.
The new school year is well underway and, hopefully, the kids are learning a ton of things that will enable them to support us in our old age. In the meantime, though, we want them to have as much fun as they can both in and out of school. For little kids, the key is combining learning and fun, and since we're the ones with the wallets it's up to us to give them the tools to do just that. ALEX Toys, one of our favorites, has a number of wonderful products that you can do with your kids and have fun at the same time.
Well, if he hit her, why did she marry him?
First, the good news: Men who ask for flexible work arrangements to care for their children are considered "very likely" to have their requests granted, according to a new study.
If you were driving by the house last week and saw a small naked boy watering the ivy with what God gave him, I'd like to explain.
Dear Mr. Dad: My son, age 8, is very overweight. We've talked about how he has to start eating less and get more exercise. But he doesn't want to play sports because the other kids make fun of his weight. And even though I'm trying to change his diet - by making him eat more vegetables and taking away his dessert privileges - his weight isn't changing. Just the other day I found a bunch of candy wrappers in his room. What can I do?
I believe most mothers, including me, are yo-yo mamas.