Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
In case you missed it, Time magazine sparked controversy this past week after debuting the cover of their weekly news magazine, which featured 26-year-old Jamie Lynne Grumet breastfeeding her 3-year-old son, Aram, with the bold headline “Are You Mom Enough?”
The article accompanying the cover discusses attachment parenting–which includes three principles: breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and “baby wearing.” Discussion has been heavy over the controversial cover and the principles it attempts to discuss. Three of our Parents blogs weighed in on the topic: High Chair Times, Parents News Now, and Love & Diapers. Check them out by clicking the link. Then, tell us what you think in the comments section below.
Image via Time magazine
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Actor David Koechner and his wife, Leigh, are the proud parents of 5 children, but how do they manage to balance a busy career with their family life? The pair talk to GoodyBlog about their best parenting moments and the importance of finding time for family.
You’ve had a great career in acting as a comedian. How does your sense of humor help during stressful parenting moments?
David: Parenting has many parallels to comedies. When I get into a situation of cross-purposes with a child and refuse to give in or try to hold onto a power position, it helps to smile and realize I am being a fool.
Looking back over the past couple of years, do you have any advice for busy parents like yourself?
Leigh: Make yourself a priority, and give your kids both boundaries and attention. It does wonders to give your kids some quality face time and remind them that they’re a priority in your life, too.
David: Get up early if you want to get something done for yourself, and try and turn your career world off after 5pm. Also, figure out what works best for your family; when everything jives together, being busy isn’t so hard.
What about your approach to disciplining your kids? Do you play good cop/bad cop?
Both: We’ve found that not reacting to bad behavior works the best. Stay calm, walk away, and then talk to them after the outburst passes. We also try to be a united front when disciplining so that the kids don’t see one of us as the bad guy. A more positive atmosphere that’s filled with appropriate praise keeps the outbursts manageable.
Tell us about your messiest parenting moment.
Leigh: Our oldest, Charlie, was 3 months old and we were at our friend’s house for Easter. I had bought him a sear sucker suit that was just adorable. About an hour into the party, he had an explosion that shot straight up the back of the diaper and soiled his darling new Easter suit. I had forgotten to bring a back-up outfit, but thankfully I came prepared with Huggies wipes to clean up such a mess!
Sounds like mom to the rescue! David, what’s one parenting task that you’d say you’re better at?
David: I am way better at getting on all 4’s and giving my kids a horsey ride. There really is no competition.
What is something your kids have said lately that made you crack up?
Leigh: My 5-year old daughter Audrey said, “Oh mother I feel so bad for you. You’re turning into an old lady. Your skin is so dry. Hold on I need to get some lotion.” Then she rubbed lotion on my arm while we sat in her bed at bedtime.
David: I taught my kids to do an impression of the comic actor Paul Lynde. We will go around the dinner table and everyone takes a turn saying, “I’m Paaaaul Lynde!”
That sounds like quite a tradition! What other family moments do you enjoy together?
Leigh: Friday night family night, exercising and going to church.
David: I enjoy Friday night family night, which includes making a big mess at dinner and then spending time to clean it up together. We also love playing “frozen fish” in our pool, which is a combination of Marco Polo and freeze tag and somehow daddy is always ”it.”
Which of your children would be most likely to be president of the United States?
Both: Audrey. She is fierce, funny, smart and truly wise, and she’s only five!
If your kids had superpowers, what would they be and why?
Charlie, who is 12, would be able to hurl people who cause heartache into another galaxy.
Margot, who is 10, would sing like an angel on a cloud with Adele.
Sargent, who is 5, would be the incredible hulk in a Lego world.
Audrey, who is also 5, would dominate all with her power of personality.
Eve, who is 15 months, would be a super-napper and have the power to sleep through the racket of barking dogs.
Those sound like some awesome super heros! Are there any of qualities in your children that you most admire?
David: I can already tell that they will be there for each other long after we are gone. Like any kids, they do fight, but they really take care of each other and truly understand the importance of family.
Leigh: I am most impressed with how they are each so unique and different from the other. They have a certain way of looking at life and are honing who they are way sooner than I. I also love how each one of them has a compassionate heart.
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Calling all moms and kids with stand-out dads! Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast has just launched their search for “America’s Most Deserving Dad,” with the grand prize winner receiving a 2012 Jeep Wrangler, a one-week stay for six in a luxurious Destin beach house, round-trip airfare, and a $500 shopping spree to the Destin Commons.
To enter, contestants must create a video no longer than 1 minute that explains why their dad or husband is most deserving of this year’s lavish grand prize! Comedic acts, tearjerkers, and knee slappers are encouraged, as creativity and originality are they key from making it past the initial public voting round and into the top 10. Video submissions will be accepted through May 20, and voting begins the next day. For more info, visit the Facebook page for Florida’s Emerald Coast. Goody luck!
Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
A believer in natural beauty, makeup artist (and mom) Petra Strand recently teamed up with The Walt Disney Co. to create her latest collection, PixiGlow. The idea behind the six-product color line was to capture the glowing, timeless look of Disney’s most iconic fairy, Tinker Bell. The result is something that will appeal to your grown-up sensibility and your inner child. Strand worked closely with Disney character artist John Quinn to re-invent Tinker Bell as a vintage-inspired beauty that graces the case of the Fairy Face Palette ($34). The kit includes five eye shadows, three blushes, and five lip creams that look good on everyone. Other standouts from the collection are the Magic Tink Tint ($16), a gel lip pencil that, once applied, delivers a pink hue perfectly matched to your lips, and the Pirouette Pink Nail Colour ($8), a bright pink nail polish with just a hint of shimmer. Available on Target.com now and in Target stores beginning in March, this magical makeup collection won’t be around forever, so be sure to check it out before—poof!—it’s gone.
Friday, January 27th, 2012
The thought of witnessing someone in danger can send chills down your spine, but the thought of that person being your own child is downright terrifying. NBC News recently did a report on how 9-year-old Malik Gipson performed the Heimlich maneuver after his 2-year-old brother started choking on a piece of candy. Gipson’s quick thinking and heroism ultimately saved the life of his younger brother.
While the emergency technique is good for everyone to know, this story shows how important it is to prepare your children for emergency situations. Gipson was lucky to have seen the Heimlich on a show on Disney XD—and it stuck with him. There are creative ways you can appeal to your kid’s need for entertainment while teaching him or her about safety.
- Try turning playtime into an opportunity to practice an emergency evacuation from different areas of the house to a designated safe spot outside.
- Have your kids draw colorful posters to display as a reminder of what they’ve learned about emergency situations.
- Read a picture book that teaches the do’s and don’ts of safety. Amazon has titles for every age group.
Looking for more ideas? Check out these emergencies guides on Parents.com. And find more safety at Ehow.com and Surfnetparents.com–both have some creative tips to help get you started. For a more direct approach, don’t forget about the American Red Cross, which offers safety classes on a wide range of subjects from first-aid at schools to water safety for the summer.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
How about some word association? I say “gender neutral” you say? Green? Yellow? Wrong.
Welcome to the world of orange nurseries. This fun hue is taking over the baby’s room left and right, and it’s easier to work with than moms may think.
You’ll be surprised when you find how versatile orange can be when paired with your existing nursery furniture. Using a subtle pastel shade of orange on your baby’s wall (think: sherbet) and mixing in some fresh white linens and soft green or blue accents will create a fun, funky look for your little one’s first room. If you’re looking for less “fresh” and more “vibrant,” try a brighter orange accent wall and add in your own flair, like blue baby bedding or a cool rug.
Not feeling the look on your walls? No worries. Try starting off with white or light neutral walls, and work your way into this trend with accents such as bedding, a rocker for mom, or any of your other nursery essentials.
Image: Wide shoot of a mother and child in a well designed small but comfortable baby room via Shutterstock.