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Mood From Food?

By Christine L. Pollock Web Exclusive “He giggled!” Melissa Cole told me. “My son actually giggled. He’s never done that before–he’s always had an uncontrolled laugh. I almost cried when I heard it.” Five-year-old Michael Cole’s behavior had been unusual since he was a few months old. His parents first noticed that he pushed them away at feeding times and didn’t want to be touched, even when he was hurt. Their son was very sensitive to change and would become completely uncontrollable if something unusual happened. Melissa and Aron Cole felt like they were terrible... read more

Growing Up Without A Specific Faith or Religion (and the Reverence of Mary)

You can find Kris on Twitter, Facebook and writing occasionally at her blog. I’m not an atheist, but I don’t necessarily believe in God as it is presented in, say, Christianity or any of its factions. I don’t hold myself to any specific religion. I do not deny the existence of such a spiritual being-perhaps there is something like that in the world. But, like I said, I don’t believe there is a ‘guy in the sky’. I don’t remember having too much of a strict spiritual guidance when I was a kid. I seem to remember Sunday school, briefly, around... read more

The Saddest, Most Awful Thing

By Kimberly Chisholm Web Exclusive "When Andie gets to first grade like me she will see the saddest, most awful thing." My son's voice is measured, his chin down-tilted and eyes serious. I lower Jamberry and two-year-old Quentin hops off the couch. Will sits on one side of me. On the other sits Andie, who scoots forward. "What will I see, Will?" Irrationally, my mind touches on "Red Asphalt" from Drivers' Ed, Biafran babies, Clockwork Orange. "It's awful," Will says again. Andie blinks. "You'll see it next year," he says. He looks to me. I raise my eyebrows,... read more

On the Teeter-Totter

By Tsgoyna Tanzman Web Exclusive, July 17, 2006 "I don't want to be like you, I just want to be like myself!" my daughter raged. I knew this was coming. Everyone said it would. I just didn't expect it for another ten or twelve years. My daughter was two-and a half when she declared her independence. I had forty years and a hundred pounds over the two-foot tall, twenty-five-pounder that stood defiantly in front of me. Yet, she took me down like a Sumo wrestler. Wasn't I supposed to be her universe? Her everything? They say be careful what you wish for you because you... read more

A Bad Bedtime

Sometimes everyone is happy and getting along well ... and sometimes (like at bedtime after a long day) we're notRecipe for a Difficult Evening: Take 1 cup of overtired almost 7-year-old boy who has kept it together at school all day. Combine with 1 cup of 9-and-a-half-year-old girl who has homework to do that does not interest her. Stir in 1 11-month-old baby who has only napped for 20 minutes all day. Add 1/4 cup of 11-year-old who does not feel like emptying her lunchbox. Mix these ingredients with 1 insomniac mom who has been up since 5:30 a.m. and has not been able... read more

On Raising a Reluctant Reader

I got a message from my son’s school the other day. “It’s nothing to worry about,” his teacher was quick to say into the machine. “I just wanted to let you know that your son’s been identified as a kiddo who needs extra help with reading.” Etani, though he loves to be read to and has a prodigious vocabulary, has really been struggling with learning to read. We’re a family of readers. James is reading Kafka’s short stories now; Athena is reading the Warrior series and the Sisters Grimm; Hesperus, who has read the Twilight series three times, plows... read more

Kissing ass, quantum leaps, and the power of being unqualified

(Disclaimer: this vocational approach does not apply to heart surgeons, shrinks, or pharmacists. Or the guys who engineer bridges.) I took a survey last week looking for “unqualified successes,” trolling for crackerjack people who bypassed the diploma, the pecking order, or the security guard to get to the top of their game. Here’s what we surfaced: The Top 30 College Drop Outs Who Made It Big In Business list, which includes: billionaires Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and Steve Jobs – who, by the way, took a Calligraphy class in college…and then dropped out. Jimi Hendrix... read more

Win a Hand Puppet Washcloth from Challenge & Fun!

Enter to Win! Leave a comment below telling us you want to enter and two lucky winners will get a FREE Hand Puppet Washcloth from Challenge & Fun! Make bath time lots of fun with a scrubby friend! The perfect size for little hands to rub-a-dub-dub, these 4″ x 6″ animal washcloths are made from 95% Oeko-Tex certified cotton. Check back tomorrow, Wed,Oct 13, at 5pm EST to find out if you are the winner! - - - - - - - About Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager... read more

Becoming an Aunt

In July, I became an aunt. This past weekend, I finally got to meet my nephew, Noah. I was a little nervous about how I’d handle the encounter. Even though I was excited, I wondered: Would I be an emotional train wreck, given my infertility struggles? Turns out, holding Noah eased the ache I’ve often felt in my arms. Being an aunt is great fun. Here are the top ten things I love about my new role: 10 ~ Sniffing Noah’s head. Ahh…that newborn baby smell. 9 ~ Watching my brother and sister-in-law take care of him. Such good parents. 8 ~ Wondering... read more

Safe Cosleeping

Hi Judy, Our daughter is just about to get too big for her Co-Sleeper. I would love a recommendation on how to safely keep our eight month in our king sized bed. I have seen one or two bed rails on the internet....but they don't look particularly sturdy (at least from the pictures). Thank you very much!Many moms and dads just put the king bed top mattress directly on the floor.  That way, the kids don’t fall from the bed.  You could keep her in between you and your partner, but be sure that she doesn’t overheat with covers and your body heat.Best wishes,Judy Arnall read more

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