Not too long ago, a parent who didn't set firm rules, tell her children to behave themselves or punish them when they acted out was thought to be an irresponsible parent. Now, in contrast, some of the most popular and commonly used words in parenting are considered to be off limits for the up-to-date and discerning parent. When did these words become, well, dirty? Here are some examples:
Her kids always sleep through the night; she always has dinner on the table; she “gets her body back” two months after labor; she never gets tired (ha!); and never feels like she’s running on empty (which is totally possible, if "never" means "usually.") Does this sound like a standard of motherhood you'd like to acheive?
By the time your child is 5, more than 30 percent of his classmates will have tooth decay, which can be well advanced even by age 3. “Early preventative care is the key to keeping your baby cavity-free,” says Elizabeth a. Shick, D.D.S., M.P.H., assistant professor of pediatric dentistry at the University of Colorado, Denver School of Dental Medicine.
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Heidi's Klum's catchphrase, "One day you're in, and the next day you're out," might as well have been spoken about baby names. Over the years, we’ve seen names come, go, and even make a few comebacks. So, to help you find the right name for your baby-to-be, we polled the nation’s leading baby name experts on what we can expect from the coming year. Here are the baby name trends that will rock the name runway in 2014.
Looking for a place to hang with other breastfeeding moms and chat about the issues you're facing—without judgy glances? Baby Cafés, popular with European moms for years, are springing up across the U.S. Typically, they take over local community or children's centers, serve lattes and other hot bevvies, and are open one or more days a week.
You’ve heard the horror stories: toddlers who will only let PB&J or white rice pass through their lips for weeks on end. Sadly, the rumors are true. “The majority of kids go through a rebellious eating phase,” says Christine Wood, M.D., a pediatrician in Encinitas, Calif., and author of How to Get Kids to Eat Great and Love It.
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Did you give birth after January 1, 2014? Do you have your doc's all-clear to exercise? An amazing celebrity trainer would like to train YOU over the next few months to lose the baby weight and get back your bangin' pre-baby bod.
If you’re fluent in two or more languages, you might be considering passing that knowledge down to your little one. Experts like François Grosjean, Ph.D., author of four books on bilingualism, point out that teaching your tot multiple languages will mean that he can speak with family members who don’t know English (more bonding time!). Bilingualism will also help with open-mindedness and, once Baby’s all grown up, even job opportunities. Most importantly, bilingual education won’t confuse your tyke.
During the years in which an Olympic Games competition takes place we are treated to stories that surprise, move, and inspire us in ways we couldn't even imagine. This year, thanks to the Sochi Winter Games and the Paralympic Games, is no exception. Case in point: Alpine skiers and Paralympians, Rob and Danelle Umstead. Legally blind, Danelle skis to the sound of her husband’s guiding voice. Talk about facing trust issues head on!
Relationships need a whole lot of care and attention and effort—and it’s all worth it. I’ve been married for only three years, and I’ve already learned that while love feels like magic, being sprinkled with long-term pixie dust requires long-term investment and a healthy dose of fun.
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According to a recent HuffPost article, the little challenges in our relationships tear couples apart as often as the big ones. In other words, while some marriages end with a bang, many go out with a whimper, a small oversight, a facial expression or forgetful moment when, something that didn't get done or remained unsaid, turned into the last straw.
People joke that having kids is the best form of birth control, but if you don’t want another baby right away, you need a method that really works. Plus, research shows it’s optimal to wait at least 18 months before conceiving again in order to reduce the risk of having a preterm birth or a baby with low birthweight.