Parenting

Surprising News: An Only Child May Be A Happier Child

By: Joanne Hinkel / November 20, 2010

While growing up — with one sister, a mother, and a father — I’d sometimes fantasize about being part of a massive family. This was, no doubt, because my favorite TV reruns – like “The Brady Bunch” and “8 Is Enough” – made it look like all fun and giggles to have scads of sibling… More »


Girl Talk: Don’t Judge Me Because I Had A C-Section

By: Gillian Telling / November 19, 2010

When I was pregnant and watching DVDs about the birthing process, the OB-GYN onscreen kept insisting that no matter what, “You do NOT want a Cesarean!” She herself had managed to have twins out the viola without drugs, and if she could do it, so could you! She drove this point home over and over:… More »


Move Over Girlies, Boys Are Taking Over The Pageant Scene

By: Simcha / November 19, 2010

There’s some new pageant competition in town: boys! Over the past five years, the number of tap-dancin’, lip-gloss wearin’, catwalk-workin’ lil’ dudes has doubled. Nearly 10 percent of beauty pageant contestants are male. Yeah, break that glass ceiling, kiddies! While normally, I’d probs take this opportunity to make a few jabs at the whole… More »


Kraft And Chef Marcus Samuelsson Team Up To Feed Your Kid

By: Annika Harris / November 18, 2010

Children are notorious for being picky eaters. There was a time when I would only eat peanut butter on a spoon, and after tiring arguments and discussions with my doctor, my mom gave in and let me eat only peanut butter for some meals. It’s too bad personal computers were an extravagance back then and… More »


Get Your Kid The Pony She’s Been Begging For

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 18, 2010

Raise your hand if you wanted a pony when you were a kid. All hands raised? Good. Behold the horse bike — $220 for the next best thing to a real, live mini-pony? That’s a deal. It’s sad that they only make them in kid sizes because I WANT ONE! [Boing Boing]… More »


Would You Pay Extra For A “Child-Free” Flight?

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 17, 2010

I’ve said it a million times, but I’ll say it again: I love kids. But being stuck on a six-hour flight with a squalling toddler right behind me, killing my enjoyment of my millionth bag of peanuts and whatever crap movie is on, totally sucks. But is a screaming infant so annoying that I might… More »


What Your Baby’s Name Says About You

By: Gillian Telling / November 16, 2010

What’s in a name? A lot, actually. Naming your kid is one of the hardest parts of starting a family, fraught with arguments, opinions and bad choices. You need to make sure your child’s name is something unique but not too weird, easily rolls off the tongue, and most importantly, totally reflects the kind of… More »


Father Of 88 Wants An Even 100 Kids

By: Julie Gerstein / November 15, 2010

How many kids is too many kids? If you’re Daad Murad Abdul Rahman, then you can never have enough. The 64-year-old Arab Emirates citizen already has 88 children but wants to make it an even 100. So he’s marrying an 18-year-old Indian girl named Aisha and hopes to have 100 kids by 2015 (this i… More »


A Super Mario Brothers Nursery

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 13, 2010

These parents-to-be decorated their baby’s nursery with baby Mario and Yoshi from the Super Mario Bros. video game. Mario’s so little he doesn’t even have his trademark mustache!

See another wall of the nursery with baby Princess Peach after the jump:… More »


New Parents Kiss Romance Good-Bye

By: Wendy Atterberry / November 12, 2010

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m beginning to think seriously about trying to make a baby soon-ish (with my husband’s help, of course). Recently, I made a “cradle list,” a list of things I’d like to do and accomplish before having a kid (I’m crossing off one of the items this weekend when I make my… More »


Girl Talk: Breaking The Cycle Of Bad Parenting

By: Annabelle Charbit / November 10, 2010

We love to blame our parents for all sorts of things. It’s their fault that you’re still single. If only they hadn’t made you wear corduroys, you might not be so self-conscious today! If mom had been less hard on your schoolwork, then you might not be failing to get that promotion. And, oh Dad,… More »


In San Fran, Happy Meals Will Soon Be Sad

By: Joanne Hinkel / November 10, 2010

Although Prop 19, legislation that would have legalized marijuana in California, didn’t pass on Nov. 2, a new controversial bill has just gone into effect in the state: San Francisco passed an ordinance yesterday that prohibits toy giveaways in fast-food children’s meals that have more than 35 percent of their calories from fat. Yes, kids,… More »


These Pregnant Women Sure Look Fat In A Bikini Contest

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 9, 2010

I’m the last person to say a new mama can’t be sexy. But this bikini contest for pregnant women is bizarro. Moms-to-be don’t need to pop every which way out of a thong bikini to look beautiful. And seriously, anyone who is that knocked up shouldn’t be allowed to wear platform boots unle… More »


Facials Are A “Brainy” Toy For Girls

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 9, 2010

What sort of “brainy” toys can your little girl play with from the MindWare catalog, which prides itself as “the nation’s best resource for educational toys for kids”? Facials! Your little Einstein-ette can “whip up a body scrub” or make fairy dust, fairy glitter and lip balms “from scratch” with her very own all-natural dayMore »


The Daily Ovulation: Octobaby

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 5, 2010

A Halloween costume that has tentacles on ovaries everywhere. [Reddit]… More »


Mom Defends 5-Year-Old Son Dressed As A Girl For Halloween

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 4, 2010

Halloween! A day for children to get dressed up like anyone or anything they want to be, rewarded with candy and compliments. Well, not always. What do to if your youngster innocently wants to wear a costume that challenges narrow-minded gender expectations? Like, say in the case of “Boo,” a 5-year-old boy who decided he… More »


Girl Talk: Why The Third Trimester Is The Best Trimester

By: Annabelle Charbit / November 4, 2010

I know all the baby books wax on about how the second trimester is the most amazing, because you’re high on estrogen and so horny that you’re likely to sexually assault strangers in the street. That your husband can expect a lot of sex out of you at this time and that you’re simply a… More »


Girl Talk: Let’s Be Real — Pregnancy Hormones Will Drive You Mad

By: Annabelle Charbit / November 3, 2010

So pregnancy is supposed to be the most exciting time of your life, right? Yet, you are going bonkers. The train is late, the new office chair you ordered won’t be delivered on time, you just ran out of cereal and the deli is closed. This is so cataclysmic that you are seriously considering throwing… More »


The Cutest Mummy Baby You Will Ever See

By: Susannah Breslin / November 3, 2010

American Apparel is having a Halloween costume contest, and submissions close today. Regardless of how you feel about the company, the kids’ Halloween costume competition is totally adorable. Take, for example, this mummy toddler, Ryland from the UK. We’re also fans of mini-Mr. T, this tiny Incredible, and the beastly Max. So far, I believe,… More »


Stroller/Scooter Hybrid Makes Traveling With Your Baby Fun!

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 2, 2010

I may not have a baby (yet!), but I’m still completely obsessed with this scooter/stroller hybrid created by award-winning Austrian inventor, Valentin Vodev. With the click of a switch, the Roller Buggy transforms from your usual baby stroller into a scooter capable of going up to 10 miles per hour. As soon as this become… More »


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