Yes, the first year of motherhood is hard. When you hear other parents venting about it, they are not exaggerating. It pretty much goes that as soon as you think you have one issue under control, a slew of new difficulties will follow. There is so much to learn and master for both you and your baby, that there really is no respite. Nevermind the intense bouts of teething, ear infections, colds, and other problems that you're likely to experience in this short span of time.
Despite how physically and emotionally taxing it can be, it is incredibly rewarding and humbling in the best of ways.Continue Reading >
Everyone already knows that kids say the darndest things, but it turns out they are even funnier in writing--test writing, to be exact. Apparently when it comes to writing in answers on their exams, students like to make their sense of humor know. Enter the round-up below, which chronicles 10 of the most hilarious test answers we've EVER seen. Check it out below and enjoy!
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Regular exercise is good for everybody and the earlier you get into the habit, the better. That's why it's important to motivate your kids to stay active. The best way to do that? Sports!
Though most children may be able to get their endorphins by running around with their friends, getting them involved in a sport will do much more for them to keep them active. In fact, organizations like the Women's Sports Foundation have found that playing on a team can provide a myriad of advantages for young female athletes. Below, check out four surprising benefits of sports for girls:Continue Reading >
Breastfeeding supply company Medela just announced a partnership with the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago that will help make life a lot easier for mothers who need to pump milk for their nursing babies while they are traveling. While it appears that this program is currently one-of-a-kind (it's not even offered in any of the other Hard Rock outlets), a number of establishments throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world are instituting practices and offering amenities to support nursing moms and babies. Read on for more info about the new Medela/Hard Rock Chicago program and some of the other venues that are discreetly lending a helping hand--or room actually.Continue Reading >
Just last week I covered a story about the excessive amount of sodium found in convenience foods for toddlers, and not so surprisingly I've once again found myself pouring over a report chronicling just how little food companies care about what they are putting into foods prepared specifically for children, but this time around, it's chain restaurants. The Center for Science in the Public Industry has found that among nearly 3,500 kids' meal combinations, nutritional standards were not met 97 percent of the time, and some even contained enough calories to meet the recommended daily intake of 4- to 10-year olds. So what are parents to do when they want to enjoy a meal out with their little ones without loading up on fat, salt and calories?
I'll tell you what, MacGyver, known for his ability to come up with clever solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems, has got nothing on parents. Anyone who has been an active and participating parent for a minute or more has come up with some clever solutions to all kinds of situations. Parents are master hackers. Parenting hacks should be passed on because they really do make life so much easier.Continue Reading >
My little guy will be turning one in a month and one thing I still regret is that I didn't take monthly photos to document his growth. I fully intended on it and even had a great idea--my husband is a firefighter and we were going to sit the baby in or next to his helmet. But life got busy and it slipped through the cracks.Continue Reading >
Not everyone can say that they have a really good relationship with their mom. I know we may not always see eye-to-eye when it comes to certain things (like religion and politics), but in the end I always know that I can count on you no matter what. You're not just an exceptional mother to my siblings and I, but also my best friend. I'm so grateful to have been blessed with a mom like you and with Mother's Day just a few days away I thought I'd take this time to thank you for all the amazing things you've done for me.Continue Reading >
It was just March when Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, hit bookstores and has been making headlines ever since. Sandberg basically suggests that women should have faith in themselves and stick to their career goals whether they choose to have a family or not--that it is in fact possible to have the best of both worlds. Catherine Rampell of the New York Times, however, thinks that men also need to start leaning in--at home that is.Continue Reading >
Procter & Gamble (P&G) hosted a "Thank you, mom" panel to discuss the ever changing roles of parenting in today's society. One of P&G's panelists was MamásLatinas co-founder Lucia Ballas-Traynor who, along with the other speakers, expressed their thoughts on parenting in their respective households.
But Lucia brought to light the one thing the majority of moms have in common: the need to be in touch with their culture.Continue Reading >