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Streamlining summer snacking » Kristen Duke Photography. Now that school is out, the snacking can be out of control!

Streamlining summer snacking » Kristen Duke Photography

I had this idea last year, and wanted to share how we control that boredom snacking around here. First, I printed some fake money that I found online here. I told the kids that at the beginning of the week they get 5 $1′s and 5 $5′s. ParentsConnect.com - Parenting Advice, Parent Stories, and More! Easter Egg Hunt Ideas. The traditional Easter egg hunt gets a fun upgrade with these inspiring egg hunt ideas Easter egg hunts haven't changed much through the years: Groups of eager kids search high and low for colorful (and well-hidden) treasure.

Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

But if you're looking for a fresh take on the classic, look no further than these clever ideas for mixing up the traditional Easter egg hunt: Try a novel twist on the traditional daylight search: Arm your kids with flashlights, and send them out at dusk to hunt for eggs. For even more fun, make it a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt: Just fill plastic eggs with lit glow sticks and candy, tape them shut and hide them. If you're having a hunt for kids with different age groups or searching abilities, consider ways to ensure the bounty is well distributed. FreeRangeKids. Daring Young Mom. I was a mom pretty much all day today.

Daring Young Mom

Here is my report: I cruelly forced someone to wear pants outside in 40-degree weather. I cut peanut-butter sandwiches in the shape of dinosaurs and delivered them to an alfresco restaurant-for-2 at the end of our driveway. Sign language cuts frustration levels, helps babies communicate   A DIALOGUE WITH SARAH, AGED 3: IN WHICH IT IS SHOWN THAT IF YOUR DAD IS A CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR, ASKING “WHY” CAN BE DANGEROUS. SARAH: Daddy, were you in the shower?

A DIALOGUE WITH SARAH, AGED 3: IN WHICH IT IS SHOWN THAT IF YOUR DAD IS A CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR, ASKING “WHY” CAN BE DANGEROUS

DAD: Yes, I was in the shower. SARAH: Why? Message With A Bottle. Please look like you’re surprised and pretend that it’s the first time you’ve ever heard this idea. Down Syndrome Babies are Children, Not Tragedies. People who have sons. People who have sons For those who have sons & those of us who are happy that we don't.

People who have sons

And you also find out interesting things when you have sons, like... 1. A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq. ft. house 4 inches deep. Baby swimming. Tripped Up  At an Orlando hospital emergency room, I watch my three-year old daughter sleep, hard.

Tripped Up 

A thin tube snakes up from her hand to a bag of fluids above her head. She lies on her side, curled into a ball, looking even smaller than she is. There are some moments, as a parent, that you never forget. Cure For Colic In 5 Easy Steps. A California pediatrician says he may have found the "off switch" for crying infants.

Cure For Colic In 5 Easy Steps

"This may be the solution to a 3,000-year-old medical mystery of what causes colic," said Harvey Karp, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, University of California at Los Angeles Medical School, and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block. "There is a lot of advice on baby feeding, but almost nothing on how to help crying babies," Karp says. The term "infant" means without a voice in Latin, he says. Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids. What 'Batman' Taught Me About Being a Good Dad - Adam Rogers - Culture. DC Comics On the cartoon Batman: The Brave and the Bold (and in DC Comics), Bwana Beast is one of the Dark Knight's crime-fighting colleagues.

What 'Batman' Taught Me About Being a Good Dad - Adam Rogers - Culture

He's a D-list superhero whose powers enable him to combine two animals into one: a mosquito gets crossed with a buffalo into a flying, stinging, ramming monster—that kind of thing. He wears a pointy mask and an animal-skin loincloth. My son, five years old, watches this iteration of Batman religiously—we save stacks of them on the TiVo. Kids birthday party ideas, themes, tips and snack ideas from real moms.

Navajo Baby Laugh Ceremony - Child Development. Babies need their big brothers, sisters and cousins. Ponijao and older sibling playing with rocks Recently, I was watching the amazing and wonderful documentary, “Babies,” and I was struck by how different our culture’s approach to older siblings’ interactions with babies is compared to some other cultures around the globe.

Babies need their big brothers, sisters and cousins

In particular, I was fascinated to watch the way baby Ponijao, born into a Namibian tribal family, is cared for, loved on and played with by his older siblings and cousins, even as a very young infant. Through these interactions, lots of good things happen: Ponijao’s mama gets much needed breaks, the older kids become full participants in family life, and Ponijao has built in playmates, right from the beginning. I love it. Po-tate-o, Po-tat-o. "Look at that dumb fuck, Daddy," said my 3-year-old from his car seat.

Po-tate-o, Po-tat-o

"Where? " I asked. There were quite a few around us, he could have been talking about any of them. Teach Your Baby Sign Language. Baby Name Voyager:Names starting with 'BELLE' per million babies. A bit of this and a bit of that. Handle A Picky Eater. An interview with Adele, the mother behind "Mila's Daydreams" In January 2012, Harper Collins published Adele's book called "When My Baby Dreams," filled of the pictures from Mila's Daydreams! You can purchase the book on Amazon. Ariel discovered Adele's website Mila's Daydreams last week, and immediately knew that we had to have an interview with Adele! Things Ruined By Kids. If you have kids, chances are they probably ruined some of your stuff by now. If you don’t have kids, this collection of pictures and stories from around the net will help you remember to wear a rubber. Permanent marker, Clearasil zit cream, and nail polish. We’re so proud. Clover the dog meets a permanent marker.

Pack Nutritious Lunches Your Kids Will Eat. Dear Son: - Myorities. In exactly one month, on August 26, 2010, Mommy and I will drive you to your new school for your first day of Kindergarten. On that day, you’ll see Mommy and I shed tears that you don’t quite understand. If past patterns hold true, you’ll cling to us fiercely – refusing to let go until the last possible moment. Then we’ll share one last hug, we’ll shower you with desperate kisses, and you’ll walk alone – heart pounding -- into an unfamiliar world, full of strange faces and new ideas. ParentsConnect.com - Parenting Advice, Parent Stories, and More! Climbing the Gate. Babies on Diets: A Distrubing New Trend. Email Babies come in all shapes and sizes, and for some, that means chubby legs and a big of healthy baby fat. But more and more parents are going to extremes and doing the unthinkable — putting their babies on diets.

Several news outlets have recently reported that some parents are restricting their babies’ caloric intake and in one especially disturbing case, starving and feeding laxatives to their baby girl to keep her thin. Of course your baby’s health is of utmost importance, and with childhood obesity doubling in the past 20 years, it’s certainly not a path you want your kid to go down, but this approach is downright disturbing. What’s even more disturbing about the recent baby diet trend is that, in many cases, it’s less about the child’s health, and more about parents projecting their own weight issues and insecurities onto their kids.