Well, this is familiar, I thought as I helped my 4-year-old daughter into fishnet stockings and corrected the frankly amateurish lacing on her faux-corset Taylor Swift sings, "It's the age of princesses and pirate ships," and that couldn't apply more precisely to this bonding moment between the two of us.
In grade school all students were forced to learn the recorder, and it was fun but it didn't go anywhere. Then I tried singing and I embarrassingly auditioned to get in my middle school's chorus with no success so I called it quits. So, is it fair to say that all the attempts to get me to break into music were a waste of time? According to a child psychiatrists, even though I wasn't a natural I should have probably stuck with it or at least moved onto another instrument.
Mindless consumerism can lead us to believe our value lies in what we wear. I wanted my daughter to have the freedom to divorce her self-worth from her clothing. But how could I teach her that when here I was—29-years-old, wallowing in a pile of cheap cotton-poly blends and feeling worthless? It was time to go on a clothing fast. I called it "The Year Of No Pants".
Apart from being many families' new favorite Christmas tradition, the Elf on the Shelf is also a multi-million dollar industry. But not everyone loves the Elf, myself included. In fact, it seems there's been a bit of an elphin backlash this year. Here's why...
We think this goes without saying, but parenting is no easy feat. For starters, unlike a 9-5, this is one job that never ends. But being given the task of loving another human life unconditionally, despite any and every flaw they may have is the greatest job of them all. Even when they're hormone, raging teenagers who take you on a first class flight to hell up until the day they leave for college and then some.
From easing an ear infection to tending to a scrape, here are some of our favorite medical hacks for moms.
A new study out of the University of Antwerp in Belgium has found that sharing with someones makes people kinder and more gentle. The study was conducted by Charlotte De Backer, who explained that because people are forced to consider the what seem to be the small things such as: "fairness" in portion size and serving orders, we are given insight on the type of person you may be.
Stephanie Lucas, 22, was faced with the hardship of burying her fiancé, Cameron Robinett, 25, after he lost his life in a bad motorcycle accident. While his life was not saved, she was able to salvage what was left of their dreams and hopes for their future together. After discussing it with both her family, as well as Robinett's family, Lucas made the decision to extract the sperm from her dead fiancé and save it for a little later in life, when she is ready for motherhood. The sperm is good for a year from the date of the procedure.
As a parent, it can be awfully tempting to spoil your kids, especially around the holidays. And while it's okay to regale the with gifts every so often, it's essential that they learn to appreciate what they have. With that in mind, here are some tips from our experts about how to teach your kids the importance of gratitude.
Some women have taken the path of IVF for one reason or another. New findings show that by freezing your embryo, your child may be more social than most.