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The Parenting Thing: Dads Just Do It Differently

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Dads

OK mom, be honest. Have you ever pushed your partner aside because he didn’t diaper the baby exactly the right way, didn’t make the eggs the way your daughter likes them, didn’t follow the bedtime routine to the letter?

And then did you complain because Dad retreated to the den with the TV remote and didn’t participate with the kids the way you think he should?

According to an article in the New York Times this week, “uninvolved fathers have long been accused of lacking motivation. But research shows that… even as more fathers are changing diapers, dropping the children off at school and coaching soccer, they are often pushed aside in ways large and small.”

It’s easy to disagree on discipline, TV limits — even how to change a diaper. That’s why it’s so important for parents to talk, and for moms to perhaps loosen the reins just a bit and realize that Dad may parent a little differently, but that it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Check out the article and let me know what you think. (This means you, too, dads!)

10 Foods for Strong Kids

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Want to help your kids' bones grow stronger? Faced with kids who don't want to try new foods? You'll want to check out Cooking Light's "10 Foods for Strong Bones."

Registered dietitian Katherine Brooking shows you good food sources for this critical nutrient, then shares great recipes for dishes made with salmon, cheddar cheese, almonds and more.

Check it out. You'll be inspired to amp up your family's grocery list with these bone-friendly foods.


Who’s in Charge, Here?

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Terrific piece today over on Babble.com: "Anarchy in the Pre-K: Is Your Household a "Kindergarcy"? 

The word is defined by Paul
McFedries on The Word Spy as "Rule or domination by children; the
belief that children's needs and preferences take precedence over those
of their parents or other adults. "Who's in charge here," indeed!

"This new word has spread quickly,
concisely capturing the feeling that the lollipops of childhood have
been replaced by royal scepters, with which parents and bystanders are
soundly bludgeoned," says author Mark Peters.

In the Sydney Morning Herald,
Michael Duffy sums up the feelings behind the word: "Ours is a society
increasingly dominated by the needs of children, or rather by the
extraordinarily inflated needs we have come to attribute to them. The
amount of money and attention many parents lavish on their children not
only doesn't do much for the characters of their sons and daughters, it
diminishes the parents' lives as well."

What
do you think? Are parents today raising a generation of spoiled brats?
Are we putting adult needs aside, in favor of those of our children, to
a ridiculous point? Are you allowing yourself to be run ragged in the
name of good parenting?

Once a Mom, Always a Mom

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Seat Belt #1

As parents, we're used to saying to our kids something along the lines of "Buckle your seat belt, honey. If it isn't buckled, we're not going anywhere." Right? I've said it to my son, and to his friends, countless times.

Well, I guess that line is pretty ingrained in my head.

My husband and I were car shopping on Saturday and we decided to take a test drive. I was driving and Randy took the passenger seat. The salesperson — a guy in his late twenties, I'm guessing — got in the back seat. I started the car and automatically turned around to make sure the back-seat occupant was buckled up — and he wasn't.

"Don't forget your seat belt," I said.

"Oh, I'm OK," said the sales guy. And he didn't buckle up.

Without even thinking about it, I said, nicely but firmly: "I'm a mom, and I don't drive a car unless everybody is buckled up."

He buckled up and off we went.

Yep. Once a mom, always a mom!

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009


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