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Matt Damon Talks Fatherhood

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Matt DamonWait! Before you toss your Sunday newspaper, check out Parade magazine‘s interview with Academy Award-winning actor, screenwriter, and father of four, Matt Damon.

In the interview, Damon talks about how he is able to maintain a low-key lifestyle despite his fame. Once named People‘s sexiest man alive, Damon now says “I try to stay away from the beefcake shots.”

Shirtless roles might be out for the actor, but we can’t begrudge him; Damon’s busy with his biggest role yet: fatherhood. He has three daughters with wife Luciana and one stepdaughter, 13-year-old Alexia. Damon told Parade:

“I jumped into the deep end with Lucy. I mean, Alexia was already 4. I was an extra dad…The only way I can describe it – it sounds stupid, but – at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows, like, five times its size? Everything is full; it’s just full all the time.”

Read more from the interview on Parade‘s website or in this week’s print edition.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Sleep Medication: Mother’s New Little Helper
Nearly 3 in 10 American women fess up to using some kind of sleep aid at least a few nights a week, according to “Women and Sleep,” a 2007 study by the National Sleep Foundation, a nonprofit research group.

Extra Brain Cells May Be Key to Autism
Children with autism appear to have too many cells in a key area of the brain needed for communication and emotional development, helping to explain why young children with autism often develop brains that are larger than normal, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

Soda Bans in Schools Have Limited Impact
State laws that ban soda in schools — but not other sweetened beverages — have virtually no impact on the amount of sugary drinks middle school students buy and consume at school, a new study shows.

Infant Growth Can Predict Later Obesity, a Study Indicates
Babies who grow too fast have a much higher risk of becoming obese, a study indicates.

Fatherhood Helps Men Cut Back on Drinking, Smoking and Crime
A new study suggests that fatherhood’s transformative power is responsible for new dads’ decreased rates of tobacco and alcohol use and crime.

Antibiotics Overprescribed for Children: Study
Pediatricians in the United States write more than 10 million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions every year for conditions such as the flu and asthma, contributing to potentially dangerous drug resistance, a study said.

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Interview: New York Yankees’ CC Sabathia Talks Baseball and Fatherhood

Friday, September 30th, 2011

CC and Family

Tonight is officially the start of playoff season for Major League Baseball! One of the most watched games this evening will be between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers.

On the mound for the Yankees at 8:37 P.M. ET tonight will be CC Sabathia. We were lucky enough to get an interview with the pitching ace and his wife. CC talks about managing a career in professional baseball and being a father to four children ages 8 and under.

Don’t like baseball? It doesn’t matter, CC’s words will resonate with any parent trying to find the balance between work and family time.

I’ll even add — though it’s hard for me to admit — that I’m a huge New York Mets fan and I enjoyed it. Check out the interview with CC Sabathia!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

After Arrest, a Wider Inquiry on SAT Cheating
When Samuel Eshaghoff, a 19-year-old sophomore at Emory University, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly accepting money to take the SAT for six Long Island high school students, testing officials said it was an isolated event. But school officials and prosecutors disagree, and a continuing investigation is focusing on other schools and students.

Does Fatherhood Make You Healthy?
A new study says being a dad decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Anneli Rufus on whether having a baby can lengthen your life—if the 3 a.m. feedings don’t kill you first.

10 Years of Hope, Trying to Save Abandoned Newborns
When Bloomington police officers pulled a newborn baby from a toilet early Sunday, it was the first time in more than a year that an unwanted Illinois infant had been left in a potentially dangerous place.

Fish Oil Pills Don’t Improve Kids’ Braininess
Despite some evidence that taking fish oil pills during pregnancy can help children’s brain development, a new study suggests that the supplements make no difference in measures of intellect when the kids are six years old.

Faith-healing Couple Found Guilty in Baby’s Death
In front of a packed courtroom Thursday afternoon, a jury found a faith-healing couple guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of their newborn, who died hours after his birth in 2009.

Colds and Stomach Bugs Not Tied to Cerebral Palsy
Despite concerns that a mother’s infections during pregnancy may raise her baby’s risk of cerebral palsy, common colds and stomach flu were not tied to the birth defect in a new study.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Mississippi Voters Can Decide ‘Personhood’ of the Unborn, Court Rules
Voters in Mississippi will be given a chance to decide whether life begins at conception, a controversial abortion-related ballot initiative that the state’s highest court has refused to block.

In Study, Fatherhood Leads to Drop in Testosterone
Testosterone, that most male of hormones, takes a dive after a man becomes a parent. And the more he gets involved in caring for his children — changing diapers, jiggling the kid on his knee, reading “Goodnight Moon” for the umpteenth time — the lower his testosterone drops.

Study: IUD’s Lower Cervical Cancer Risk
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) prevent unwanted pregnancies, and as an added benefit they may also help protect against cervical cancer, according to a new study in the Lancet Oncology, a British medical journal.

In Suburb, Battle Goes Public on Bullying of Gay Students
A sprawling suburban school system north of Minneapolis is caught in the eye of one of the country’s hottest culture wars: how homosexuality should be discussed in the schools.

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Interview: Harry Connick, Jr., His Daughter, and Their ‘American Girl’ Collaboration

Monday, September 12th, 2011

I recently had the chance to sit down with singer and actor Harry Connick, Jr. and his 13-year-old daughter Kate to talk about their partnership with American Girl as well as Harry’s parenting experience. American Girl’s newest dolls, Cécile and Marie-Grace, are from New Orleans circa 1853.  Despite their different appearances and backgrounds, the girls become best friends. To accompany the release of the dolls, Harry wrote a song about friendship, “A Lot Like Me,” and Kate recorded it. All proceeds from downloads of the song benefit the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, a performance space and center for music education in New Orleans.

Harry and Kate

How did you become involved in this partnership with American Girl?
Harry: American Girl was interested in two New Orleans–themed dolls, and I’m from New Orleans, so they wanted to see what I had to offer. We thought it would be cool to have Kate be a part of it too. We like working together anyway, so I couldn’t think of anybody better to sing a song that I wrote. Kate truly lives the message of, ‘It doesn’t matter what’s on the outside, it’s all about what’s on the inside.’

The song is aimed at young girls. What was it like to write for a younger audience?
Harry: It’s just a matter of writing what feels best for me. I read the stories and thought they were great. The message was so clear, it wasn’t difficult to come up with a way to try to express that with a piece of music.

What do you hope girls take away from this song?
Kate: I hope they learn, as my dad said, that it’s what’s on the inside, not on the outside [that matters]. I’ve been able to travel the world and see the different backgrounds that people come from and the different religions that they follow. I’ve realized that it’s not about what they look like.

What’s important in your friendships? What do you look for in your friends?
Kate: I look for trust, loyalty, and kindness. I think if you have those three things then you have something special.

You two share an interest in music. Do you plan to collaborate in the future?
Harry: I hope we get to do something again. My life is spontaneous and things just kind of happen. I look forward to years and years of working with Kate in different capacities. (more…)

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‘Show Dad How,’ An Illustrated Guide for New Dads

Friday, June 24th, 2011

bean-show dad howNew dads, now you can learn how to prepare for fatherhood with “Show Dad How” by Shawn Bean.  Bean, the Executive Editor of Parenting magazine (often confused with Parents magazine) and his staff put together this 156-page, illustrated guide to help dads through the toughest, most puzzling challenges of baby’s first year and beyond. 

Divided into three sections (Prep, Deal, Play), the book offers a mix of practical and tongue-in-cheek advice for every situation: how to pack a diaper bag, decipher the color of baby poo, and serve green eggs and ham as a meal.

For new moms, there’s even a “Show Mom How” illustrated guide.

Read more about new fathers on Parents.com

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Homemade Gifts for Father’s Day

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and we have plenty of ideas to make the #1 dad in your life feel extra special.

Nothing quite says “I love you” like homemade gifts the kids spent time putting together.  We have 12 Father’s Day crafts that moms and kids can make — from a super neat desk organizer to a personalized paperweight.  Print a “Greatest Daddy in the Galaxy” certificate or create a royal crown to make dad king for a day

If there’s a new dad in the house, alleviate his new father fears with these tips and teach him the how to be an awesome dad.

Handmade cards are also great to give, like these printable Father’s Day cards kids can color and decorate. 

Happy Father’s Day!

More Father’s Day ideas on Parents.com

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