At this time last year, I made a very ambitious decision for 2012: I vowed not to change a thing. Seven months into motherhood, and inspired by an article that suggested readers resist the mad dash to "New Year, New You" themselves, I decided to be content with who I was. How did it work out? Keep reading.
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...
From attachment parenting to mommy porn to the latest in gender reveals, here's a look at some of the parenting trends that caught our interest and got us talking over the past year.
Kate Middleton is pregnant with the heir apparent to the throne of England. Bringing up baby to the manor born stirs up fairytales of happily every after and raising a blue blood. Here are some ideas to give your little one the royal advantage in life and love:
The holidays are upon us! I can guarantee you we aren't the only parents bracing ourselves to be buried in plastic, battery-sucking toys with flashing lights and other items that our 19-month-old daughter will play with a few times and then abandon.
By now, you've probably heard the widely touted statistic that the divorce rate in the U.S. is 50%. According to the Pew Research Center, though, the rate of divorce is on the decline (along with the rate of marriage). This success is likely due, in large part, to the fact that people are waiting longer than ever to walk down the aisle. But I don't buy into the idea that age is a deciding factor in whether or not a marriage ends in divorce. In fact, I would go so far to say my own marriage is divorce-proof — and I can tell you why.
Parents, in all honesty: Have you ever wanted to just close your eyes and disappear for a while? It's not an uncommon feeling. We all fantasize about doing severely irresponsible things. No judgements on parents who sometimes want to run screaming after a particularly trying day! But acting on those impulses? That's kind of unusual.
The 100 hottest baby names of 2012 were released today, and it's a familiar-looking list. Sure, there are a couple of newcomers to BabyCenter's top 10 boys' and girls' names, but Sophia and Aiden retain their iron grip on the #1 spots for yet another year. Here's why I'm glad we didn't chose any of them.
BabyCenter just released a list of the most popular boy and girl names for 2012.
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.