All Blog Posts Tagged 'parenting' (1,139)

Blood Oranges and Sunsets

Last week I was so stoked to find blood oranges at the market. I love blood oranges. Actually, I love most any food that's visually stunning. Looks are a lot for me when it comes to food.



And as it turns out, names are a great influence to our girls.



You see, these… Continue

Added by Jeanine Ertl on May 12, 2011 at 2:50pm — 2 Comments

Oh, the Bugs

This is our first year at our home on the Lost Coast. And our first taste of the seasons has been memorable.



Fall was splendid. The mosquitoes dwindled and finally disappeared. The gigantic Laurel out back dropped its leaves in great heaps. The light green moss on our wrap-around porch turned bright green with the moisture in the air. And the weather grew colder. Suddenly.



And then with Winter's arrival. Cold. Frigid. Frost. Ice. Snow. Wait, we didn't know it snowed here. Not… Continue

Added by Jeanine Ertl on May 10, 2011 at 1:34am — No Comments

Affirming Words Can Go Long Way



Clean your room. Study. Go to bed. Cut the drama. Hurry up. Why’d you get a C on that test?

Clean your room. Study. Go to bed. Cut the drama. Hurry up. Why’d you get a C on that test? (I tend to repeat the same phrases when talking to my kids).

However, I’ve discovered that I…

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Added by Vanessa W. Snyder on May 7, 2011 at 8:10am — 1 Comment

Media Gone Wild: Sexualization of Young Girls



The increasingly harmful sexualized images of young girls can be seen throughout media advertising. Sexualized merchandise is offered to an increasingly younger crop of potential consumers and the consequences of this cannot be ignored. The sexualization of young girls is a social issue that…

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Added by Crystal Kennedy on April 29, 2011 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Are You Having Fun With Your Teenager?

Are You Having Fun With Your Teenager? At first glance some of you may think this is a trick question! It isn’t. I ask the question for several reasons.

 

The first is because so many of the parents who contact me for…

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Added by denny hagel on April 26, 2011 at 11:08am — No Comments

Breastfeeding Pains

“There is nothing sadder than finding yourself overwhelmingly homesick for a place which

doesn’t exist anymore”…


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Added by Nicole on April 21, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Tale of the Binkie Fairy

I know I quickly alluded to the fact that the Binkie Fairy made a stop at our house a couple weeks ago and I feel like I should expound on that statement with some background and an update on how it went.  In case you haven't noticed from my many, many photographs, my children love their binkies.  We are binkie people.  My children are binkie children and they were binkie babies.  Jax has been sucking on one since the day he was born. …

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Added by Rebecca Whitney on April 19, 2011 at 9:52pm — No Comments

Pregomommypreneur

 

New Word: Pregomommypreneur 

Definition: An entrepreneur who is a mommy and pregnant.

Definition: An entrepreneur who is a mommy and…

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Added by Arushi Sood Joshi on April 19, 2011 at 5:34pm — No Comments

My Super New Genius Parenting Idea

Ironflower requested a meal the other day. Lovebug asked for more apple just now. Hugmonkey is actually eating the food he asks for these days. Things are freaking weird around here. 

 

My kids have always been lackluster eaters. Not only are they picky, they just don't eat a lot. Even of their favorite foods. After initial anxiety caused by our former pediatrician (who felt that, despite Ironflower's health, height, head circumference and achieved…

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Added by Jennifer Zimmerman on April 11, 2011 at 11:38am — No Comments

Has Your Tween/Teen Been Sexting?

The Skinny Scoop has this question posted: If you have NOT talked to your 11-18 yr. old about sexting yet, is it because: . . .



I was surprised to see that there are so many parents, who like me, are stupid. Really. We're stupid. I too, believed that it wasn't on my child's radar and that she was just too… Continue

Added by Vanita on April 9, 2011 at 8:49am — 1 Comment

The Right To Parent!

What do your children mean to you? Are they the light of your life and the most amazing gift you have ever been given? Why then are some denied the right to parent children of their own. Did you know that surrogacy is illegal in some states for all couples, or that same sex adoption is banned in many states as well?

 

 

Read the rest of the story here.

 

Added by Kathleen Bunn on April 8, 2011 at 10:55am — No Comments

The importance of clarification

As the mother of three children, I am constantly reminded of the importance of clarification.  I have found that I have to be very clear about what I mean when I say something.  For instance, my idea of clean your room is apparently quite different from the definition that my kids have. To get the results I want, I… Continue

Added by Tracy Coughlin Lynch on April 7, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

20 More Years of Hard Labor?!?!?!?!

When in doubt, or I should say riding some kind of mini-breakdown, I call my semi-alcoholic mother.  Over the years I have figured out perfect timing before she goes in for the kill--"utter disappointment" is her nickname for me after say, 5 minutes on the phone. But until that point I find a kind of comfort, the imaginary mommy/cookies kind. Not that she was ever that person.



Despite my 15 years of wanting to live in a lovely white house on the beach, instead I have lived those…

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Added by rhonda talbot on April 5, 2011 at 1:29pm — No Comments

The Third Person Insult

 

 

 

Man, I hate it when moms can be so catty.  After yesterday's post when I was reveling in the golden light that shines upon the sisterhood of mommies everywhere, today was…

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Added by Rebecca Whitney on March 24, 2011 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Defunkifying

We're in a funky stage right now, by which I mean "a stage which puts me in a funk."  The kids are oblivious and happy, but I am less than enamored with their current conditions.  Jax has decided that the art of listening is not high on his priority list and has deemed myself, his gymnastics instructor, his music teacher, and any other adult who tries to corral him into a polite or sedentary state as irrelevant.  No need to listen to them; they're irrelevant. …

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Added by Rebecca Whitney on March 22, 2011 at 8:29pm — 1 Comment

It's Time to Examine Your Relationship With Your Children

Don’t you love how nature provides us with a specific time each year to enjoy new beginnings after a long winter of hibernation? Everywhere we look we see evidence of “new life” appearing. Buds on the trees, blossoms on the flowers and the…
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Added by denny hagel on March 22, 2011 at 5:33am — 2 Comments

A tween's perspective on bullying:

Guest Blogger Mikayla Sez: "Bullying Really Scares Me"



Bullying Really Scares Me



by Mikayla T., age 13



Bullying has to stop. It seems to start when you are a tween and then gets really bad when you are in middle school. In middle school, bullies call people names, push them around and push kids into lockers. I think bullying happens because people don’t understand why other people are different.

When you get to middle school, you start to talk more and not… Continue

Added by Julie Dennehy on March 18, 2011 at 11:53pm — No Comments

Synchronized Screaming, Pooping and other Miscellany

The beauty of having more than one child is the symphonic melding of sounds that often culminates in a concert of sorts. I am talking about the daily aural landscape that is part and parcel of being a parent of more than one, specifically being the parent of twins. When you refine this scenario, clarifying that the twins in question are toddlers boys, and the fact that they have a seven-year-old sister, it becomes… Continue

Added by Samantha Kemp-Jackson on March 16, 2011 at 11:09pm — 1 Comment

Things Never Are Dull With Toddlers are they?

So as my son turns two this week, he decided to let mommy know what is ahead of me in the world of toddlerdum and well maybe "boydum" yep, that's a new word, going in my dictionary.  You never hear of little girls putting rocks in their ears or shoving things up their nose right? That just doesn't happen with girls I don't think...…

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Added by Heather Jones on March 14, 2011 at 11:41am — 2 Comments

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