For such tiny creatures, babies sure know how to make some huge messes. Although I love neatness and organization, I generally dislike the process of getting there. Shockingly enough, I don't mind cleaning up some of the major messes my ultra-energetic and curious 9-month-old makes. I mean, I usually have to clean up what seems like the same wreck 50 times a day, but his interests and discoveries are just so much fun that I can't form a true complaint. Here are the four baby messes I don't mind cleaning up:Continue Reading >
It's so amazing to see how the messages that we receive from our parents as children play such a significant role in shaping our life priorities and who we are today. I have 5 key beliefs that I have passed on to my kids:Continue Reading >
About a year ago, I was reading a blog post and the writer mentioned that she used elimination communication (EC) with her baby, rather than diapers, and I was both intrigued and mystified. EC is basically letting your baby go diaper-free and watching his cues in order to predict when he needs to urinate or defecate. I had mostly forgotten about ECing until this morning, when I read that it's becoming a trend among attachment parenting New Yorkers. Now, I'm all about getting back to basics when it comes to parenting--I adore baby wearing, breastfeeding, and homemade baby food--but I'd venture to say that relying on an infant's ability to communicate when they need to use the bathroom is crossing the boundary from crunchy to extreme ... or perhaps these parents are already well past that boundary.
Oh what a difficult decision the Supreme Court justices have to make in the case of a Baby Veronica! The adoptive parents of the 3-year-old girl were ordered to return her to her biological father, Dusten Brown, who gave up his parental right when she was born, but later said he was tricked into doing so. Understandably, her adoptive parents want her back and now it's up to the Supreme Court to decide who'll raise the little girl.
But before you take sides, you have to understand that this is an extremely difficult case because Baby Veronica's dad is Native American. And there's a strong law, known as the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) enacted to maintain Native American families together and to prevent adoptions outside tribes which appears to support Brown's parental rights.Continue Reading >
As I read a Time magazine article about how parents tend to rely more on their "social networks"--made up of their friends and family--to decide whether or not they should vaccinate their children, one particular line stood out to me:
In the U.S., where parents haven't seen firsthand the deadly consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases, pediatricians are frustrated about spending more and more time defending the importance of immunization.
I immediately thought of the 1.5 million children that die every year around the world because they don't have access to life-saving vaccines while we waste precious time debating their safety from our privileged position in the world's most powerful country.Continue Reading >
Isabella Barrett is a 6-year-old millionaire. The former Toddlers & Tiaras star has made her fortune from beauty pageants, TV appearances, and her own jewelery and makeup line. Impressive,no? Go ahead and be impressed, not every 6-year-old has accomplished so much in their short life. You know what else most people in general don't get to do? Most human beings on this planet don't get to live the lavish lifestyle of this 6-year-old gazillionaire.
Oh boy, cue the temper tantrums and unreasonable requests! Here's what mini-mogul Isabella Barrett has to say about her wealth and lifestyle:Continue Reading >
We've officially reached the stage where I'm constantly chasing my son around to make sure he's not getting into anything dangerous, dirty or otherwise off-limits. For the better part of each day it's me against him, and with work, household duties and such there's no way I can have my eyes on him at all times. Plus, that little bugger is FAST. So, yes, I have already found him knee deep in crud a few times. However, there are some gross things he just can't seem to keep his hands off, no matter how often I scold him. Here are his six favorite less-than-sanitary things to get into:Continue Reading >
Most women say they would feel incomplete without having children, but it turns out childless men actually suffer depresseion at way higher rates than women! A new study found that found that men are more likely to feel isolated, depressed, angry, and sadder than women if they don't have kids. This challenges the idea that women are more likely to want children than men and the effects it has on them.Continue Reading >
Okay, so you all know I adore my son, right? I really, really do. But in all honesty, he has been driving me absolutely nuts over the past few days. I swear it's sometimes like a little demon has taken over his body. I'm sure much of his erratic behavior is stemming from the fact that he's going through a lot of developmental stuff right now. At 10 months old, he is figuring out how to walk, learning new words, and starting to understand the relationships between things--and I'm sure it's all super-overwhelming, but as a new(ish) mom I often find myself at a complete loss about how to handle some of his wilder moments. Here are four of his baby behaviors that are driving me crazy:Continue Reading >
Now that my son has exited the eat, sleep, poop stage, he's becoming a whole lot of fun. At three months old, he loves to play, to see new things, and to meet new people, and I take each of these things as an opportunity to further his development. We try to get out of the house for some fun and social interaction at least once a day, and we now have a short list of activities to engage in on a regular basis. Here are our favorite things to do with our young baby: