My son is at that awkwardly perfect age where he is honest about other people's appearances. "Look, Mommy! That man is short," or "Why is that woman covered in wrinkles?" or "That person is fat!" have all been uttered by him at a decibel level usually reserved for jackhammers.
We try to mitigate this at home by celebrating people's difference. We focus on the differences…Continue
If you knew there was one thing our nation could do to improve every area of a child’s development, would you be in support of that one thing? Research shows children that have involvement from both a father and mother perform better in all developmental areas. Children need their fathers to be involved. For far too long, our country has seen fathers at best as an add-on to what mothers provide for children and in some cases fatherhood has been discounted altogether.
Added by Stacy Hladek on February 14, 2014 at 12:22pm — No Comments
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Added by Lisa M on February 10, 2014 at 11:41am — No Comments
If you haven't been paying attention, I love peanut butter. I cannot quite describe my love of peanut butter accurately, but let me just say that if I was positive my husband wouldn't look at me funny, I would eat it straight from the jar with a spoon in front of him. (I may or may not have done this outside of his eyesight; I'm not…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 4, 2014 at 6:26am — No Comments
I'm a big advocate of eliminating artificial colors (aka food dyes) from our children's diet. Why? Well, it's because I have first hand experience with the negative effects on my two sons' behavior and attention span. It started when my oldest son was only two years old. I noticed how he would go from cooperative and having an active (i.e. busy but not atypical for a 2 year old child) behavior, to bizarrely defiant and hyperkinetic behavior for the next two or three…Continue
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Added by Cynthia ~ The Girlz Korner on December 16, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
I am standing at the kitchen sink eating my cereal. All by myself. And I'm OK with that.
Most of us have seen last year's study about prolonged sitting being detrimental to our health. If you haven't read the study, and you don't want to click on that link, I'll…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 10, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Any parent who has survived potty training/toilet learning/whatever you want to call it deserves a medal, or at the very least, deserves to have that accomplishment listed on their resume. Parents who have survived potty training have acquired a bevy of skills which includes patience, high-stakes negotiation and grace under pressure. I believe that parents who have…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 21, 2013 at 7:04am — No Comments
I was by a peaceful lagoon somewhere, having a glass of something multicolored and delicious with an umbrella in it. There was soft music playing and someone was approaching me to ask if I was ready for my massage, which I could have by the lagoon in a private cabana if I so desired.
Then I woke up to…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 20, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
To all my food blogger friends and chefs debonair:
I need your help. I am on a mission to try 100 new recipes in the next year. I have lots of recipe books and websites to help me, but I thought I would reach out to the experts: Other moms.…
Added by Lauren Markman on November 9, 2013 at 7:49pm — No Comments
I'll be upfront about this - I am not qualified to write about circumcision. And it's because I am a woman. But I want to talk about it anyway.
The Center for Disease Control reports that the choice to circumcise boys is on the decline in the U.S. The…Continue
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It was six weeks after having my son. My C-section scar was recovering nicely, I had giant breasts from nursing and like all mothers of babies, I was incredibly sleep deprived. There I stood with seven pages of forms to fill out to enroll my son into school, and I had full-on mommy brain. I tried my best to answer their questions:
Weight? No idea. It…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 25, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments
Landscapes across the country are vibrantly changing to a colorful array of russet, orange, gold and shades of red. With that beautiful display of nature’s pageantry, is the excited anticipation of our fall season holidays,…Continue
Added by Cynthia ~ The Girlz Korner on October 18, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Here are some helpful tips thanks to Mountainland Pediatrics:
Added by Stacy Hladek on July 24, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Gatorade....... H2O, Gatorade........ H2O! Do you guys remember that scene from the movie The Water Boy. In the movie, Bobby Bouche (Adam Sandler) is a water boy playing for a college football team. Bobby has a passion for water, sharing it, taking care of it and educating people on it. Although the film is centered around Bobby quickly rising to one of the greatest college line backers in the movie, his love and passion for water is profound.
Have you ever stopped to think…Continue
Understanding how your body will use the calories you consume can help you in setting up your nutritional program. Simply counting calories will not lead to body fat loss.
Not all foods are burned completely to produce energy. Some of them are only partially degraded to provide building blocks to support repair and growth.
Generally speaking, the calories coming from protein are used to maintenance, repair and growth of new tissue and organs.
Added by Celinet Ortiz on June 7, 2013 at 8:24pm — No Comments
Parents/primary caregivers are the most important advocate for their children in all areas of their development, including social-emotional. May is Mental Health Awareness month. Children as young as newborns can have social-emotional issues. Research shows, behavior problems that surface in early childhood are the single best predictor for several long-term outcomes, such as adolescent delinquency, gang involvement, incarceration, substance abuse, divorce, unemployment (Center for…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on May 23, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Nobody would argue that people are busier than ever these days. Between work, spouse, children, home and other commitments, there is more and more competition for our time. And those companies that manufacture goods understand this and cater to the demands of convenience and ease. But at what cost?
Added by Penny Roach on April 16, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments