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Baby Name Trends 2011

Baby Name Trends 2011

I have several co-workers and friends expecting a baby in the coming months.  It got me thinking about baby names.  I never realized until I was pregnant the sense of responsibility that comes with naming another human being.  And no wonder – it’s a name that will stay with them throughout their life. My husband [...]

Best Job

Best Job

If you’re a mom and you watch this video it will likely bring tears to your eyes. It captures those little everyday moments of being a mom- waking up your child, making breakfast, washing their clothes, cheering them on, fixing those boo-boos, lifting them up after disappointments, encouraging them to go on and helping them [...]

Red Shirting: When should a parent hold their kid back in school?

Red Shirting: When should a parent hold their kid back in school?

red·shirt  [red-shurt]  noun   “a high-school or college athlete kept out of varsity competition for one year to develop skills and extend eligibility.” Red shirting is a term that has typically been applied to athletes in high school or college.   But these days, you’re just as likely to hear discussions of red shirting among parents of [...]

“WE JUST HAD A SHOOTING AT OUR SCHOOL!!”

“WE JUST HAD A SHOOTING AT OUR SCHOOL!!”

Listen to the 911 calls from the shooting at Chardon High School in Ohio:    http://bit.ly/zruwjH Three teenagers were killed. Two others were injured. Over what?   The alleged shooter TJ Lane was in juvenile court Tuesday.   According to the prosecutor, Lane picked his victims randomly. He fired 10 shots.  All I could think of was one [...]

Am I pretty or ugly?

Am I pretty or ugly?

There are several YouTube videos that have gone viral of young girls posing the question: “Am I pretty or ugly?” There is something very disturbing about these videos and some of the comments that they are receiving. I remember being a young child, probably about the age of 5, not caring much what others thought [...]

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night?  10 Tips You Must Read

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night? 10 Tips You Must Read

ParentsDesk recently sat down with sleep consultant Annika Brindley of Annika’s Little Sleepers. She shared with us her top tips for getting baby to sleep through the night 1.   Sleep is a learned skill Parents will say to me, “Oh I thought sleep was an easy thing, you know, ‘sleep like a baby.’”  But sleep [...]

Are Pregnant Women and Working Parents Being Discriminated?

Are Pregnant Women and Working Parents Being Discriminated?

  “If we still have employers who don’t understand the basics- you can’t fire a woman because she is pregnant- then we are failing as a commission.”  Constance Barker,  US Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner 2/15/12   Women make up 47% of the workforce, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.    Two-thirds of working [...]

14 Ways to Show Love for Your Child This Valentine’s Day and Every Day

14 Ways to Show Love for Your Child This Valentine’s Day and Every Day

Reprinted with permission from the American Academy of Pediatrics Use plenty of positive words with your child. Try to avoid using sarcasm. Children often don’t understand it, and if they do, it creates a negative interaction. Respond promptly and lovingly to your child’s physical and emotional needs and banish put-downs from your parenting vocabulary. Be [...]

The Oprah interview with Whitney Houston, September 2009.

The Oprah interview with Whitney Houston, September 2009.

Oprah interviewed Whitney Houston, September 2009.  She described the interview as jaw dropping, candid and frank.   Below is part of the transcript.  What resonates with me is how desperately Whitney Houston’s mother tried to intervene to get her daughter to kick her habit with drugs and live a healthier lifestyle.  Reading it now, in hindsight, [...]

I am more than a title

I am more than a title

I read this interesting piece in the Washington Post today by Janice D’Arcy.  It’s a great read. It asks the question:  Should women who blog about issues related to childcare and parenting simply be labeled “mommy bloggers” and is the term demeaning? http://tinyurl.com/8yunml3 D’arcy writes:  “When the consumer marketing firm Scarborough Research released a report this [...]