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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
Fall is officially here and Halloween is right around the corner, which means it’s time for pumpkins! If your town is at risk of suffering from a pumpkin shortage this year, relax, we have you covered.
The Parents Carve-A-Pumpkin iPhone and iPad app is ready to download — for free! — from iTunes. First, pick your pumpkin from a list of choices: traditional orange, eerie black, and more. The next step? Get creative! Draw a face on your pumpkin freehand or use a stencil. Once you’re happy with your Jack-o’-Lantern, you can easily share it with friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
Download the free Parents Carve-A-Pumpkin app here!
Read more about Halloween on Parents.com:
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
We caught up with the single mom of 4-year-old Jack at the launch of the new Let’s Rock! Elmo toy, in New York City, where she accepted a donation on behalf of the charity Baby Buggy.
Do you have any Halloween plans yet?
Bridget Moynahan: Oh my gosh, no! I don’t even know what I’m doing ten minutes from now. What, do you think I’m organized?!
Well, you do look very organized!
BM: I’ll say that I bet he’ll be a Star Wars figure for Halloween. But don’t put pressure on me about the holidays! Honestly. I planned his birthday party about two days in advance.
When was his birthday?
BM: In August. There was a Star Wars theme. He’s already got some stuff. Maybe we’ll keep him on the same theme for a couple of years, so I can recycle!
What was the progression of the obsessions with 4-year-old Jack? Did he start with Elmo?
BM: He did! He had the Tickle Me Elmo. So that was a big thing in the house for awhile. And he still watches Sesame Street. So there’s that but…he’s a boy.
How did he get into Star Wars? Does he watch Clone Wars?
BM: It was me. I got him into it.
Are you a closet Star Wars fan?
BM: I’m not a closet Star Wars fan. I’m pretty much out.
We’ll look for you as Princess Leia!
BM: I will be!
Halloween costume ideas from Parents.com:
Friday, October 29th, 2010
The tricky business of Halloween Sunday: But this Sunday, Oct. 31, matters are not quite so simple. Across the country, people are monkeying with the optimal day to dress up. [New York Times]
Mohammed tops list of English baby names: Last year’s most popular name for baby boys in England has been knocked off — by Mohammed. [CNN]
Dealing with tricky halloween requests: Gone are the days of pumpkin and bee costumes. Now, the bloodier the disguise, the better. And your kids would much rather trick-or-treat sans parents. Manage your cool ghoul-without being a witch. [CNN]
Orphaned baby found alive in storm drain after Indonesia tsunami: Meanwhile, 800 miles away on Indonesia’s main island of Java, a volcano that killed 33 people this week erupted five more times Friday, sending searing clouds of ash cascading down its slopes. The baby plucked from a storm drain was among dozens of injured survivors languishing in one sorely strapped hospital. [MSNBC]
Costume mishaps put the ‘Ow!’ in Halloween: In the past five years, at least 226 people have suffered costume-related injuries, according to reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. At least five people died. [MSNBC]
Obese teens may be lacking in brain size, not willpower: A brain region in charge of controlling impulsively is smaller in obese teens than in lean ones, according to a new study.
First-time dads’ age tied to kids’ schizophrenia risk: Men who are relatively older at their first child’s birth may be more likely than younger first-time dads to have a child who eventually develops schizophrenia, hint results of a large Danish study. [Fox News]
Categories: GoodyBlog, Health & Safety, Holidays, News, Your Child | Tags: Hall, Halloween, Halloween costumes, Indonesia, Mohammed, obesity, schizophrenia, studies, tsunami
Thursday, October 28th, 2010
In case your kids haven’t reminded you countless times already today, Halloween is just around the corner! But don’t be scared if you’re still lacking in the costume department. Our ideas for last-minute homemade costumes will help you whip up a DIY disguise in no time.
What are your kids dressing up as this year for Halloween? Did you buy or make the costume? Share your great ideas so other moms can help their little ghouls look just as good!
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Halloween is right around the corner—do you know what you will be serving up to all the little ghosts and goblins who are sure to come knock, knock, knocking on your door?
If you’re looking for something a little different than the traditional candy this year, we’re currently obsessed with Scarrots, these cute little sealed packages of carrots cleverly disguised as your average bag of Halloween candy. Also included in the pouch are 25 temporary glow-in-the-dark tattoos, so your little visitors can look cool while eating healthy.
Monday, October 25th, 2010
Uh oh. Halloween’s around the corner and you still don’t have any Halloween costumes for your family.
We love the affordable, easy, and do-it-yourself Halloween costume ideas available at Savers.com, the website for a national chain store that specializes in secondhand and gently-used clothes and accessories.
For parents who can’t make it to Savers locations to meet costume consultants, the website has printable costume and makeup tutorials on how to create unique, inexpensive, and memorable Halloween looks for everyone from parents to pets.
By following the simple costume shopping lists and step-by-step makeup instructions, the whole family can be transformed into popular characters from “Avatar,” “Toy Story 3,” or “Sesame Street.” There are also handy tutorials on creating annual Halloween costume favorites such as superheroes and princesses in addition to creating a Steampunk costume, a trend that combines elements of the Victorian era with science fiction.
For budget-conscious families, parents can still save money and time without sacrificing style and personality. Plus, saving on Halloween costumes for 2010 will mean having enough on the side to plan for next year!
Get inspired by other Halloween costume ideas on Parents.com:
Categories: GoodyBlog, Holidays, Shopping & Gear, Time for Fun | Tags: avatar, budget, costumes, DIY, DIY costumes, finances, Halloween, halloween 2010, Halloween costumes, money, saving, sesame street, toy story
Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Parents: How to raise a creative genius: Exposure to creative pursuits early in life is key to helping children get motivated to do creative things themselves, said Shelley Carson, a psychologist at Harvard University and author of “Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life.” [CNN]
Recall of contaminated celery may expand: Texas health officials shut down the SanGar Produce & Processing Co. plant in San Antonio and ordered a recall of all of the produce that had passed through the plant since January. The plant is linked to contaminated celery that sickened at least six people this year, four of whom died. [MSNBC]
Teachers, students and Facebook, a toxic mix: The New York Post reported this week that three New York City teachers are accused of inappropriate “friending” — and worse. One teacher left comments like, “This is sexy,” under girls’ pictures, school officials told the paper. Others made lewder comments, and some even used Facebook to initiate real-life relationships with students, it said. All three have been fired. [MSNBC]
A mother’s suicide, more than a father’s, predicts her offspring’s likelihood of attempting suicide: In the life of a child or adolescent, a parent’s sudden death is an event so psychologically devastating, it’s hard to imagine it could get any worse. But when that sudden death is self-inflicted, the psychological fallout definitely does mount, possibly compounded by the effects of genes and a parent’s behavior in the years leading up to his or her suicide. And when the suicidal parent was Mom, there’s an even greater likelihood a child will go on to make a similar attempt than when Dad was the one to kill himself. [Chicago Tribune]
Prosecutor proposes jail time for parents who miss teacher conferences: A county prosecutor in Michigan is proposing a law that could punish parents with jail time for repeatedly missing their children’s parent-teacher conferences. [CNN]
Is that right? Scarrots for trick-or-treaters?: As part of a multi-million-dollar “Eat ‘Em Like Junk Food” campaign, and just in time for Halloween, the carrot farmers — identified as “A Bunch of Carrot Farmers” and led by the big Michigan grower Bolthouse Farms — have packaged baby carrots in multi-bag packages that are purposely reminiscent of trick-or-treat candy packs. These “Scarrots” are available at stores such as Walmart. [Washington Post]
Study: Young people less empathetic [MSNBC]
Categories: Behavior, GoodyBlog, Health & Safety, Holidays, News, school, Your Child | Tags: Bolthouse Farms, creativity, Facebook, Halloween, Harvard, January, Michigan, parent-teacher conferences, San Antonio, SanGar Produce & Processing Plant, Scarrots, Shelley Carson, students, studies, suicide, teachers, Texas, Walmart, Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination Productivity and Innovation in Your Life
Friday, October 15th, 2010
Is it time to return to caveman parenting?: Hunter-gatherers , the human way of life until the agricultural revolution about 8,000 years ago, were responsive caregivers, who didn’t let a baby cry it out. Moms breast-fed, probably for about five or six years. Cave kids had hours of unstructured free play, with children of all ages. [MSNBC]
Hey kids: tests help you learn: Tests aren’t just a way for teachers to torture their students, according to a new study that finds the brain encodes better mental hints during test-taking than during studying alone. [MSNBC]
Theme parks roll out Halloween thrills: This time of year, theme parks across the nation are transformed into Halloween hot spots. If you’re searching for a destination that has pulled out all the stops to give you a monstrously good time or an attraction that won’t give the littlest trick-or-treaters nightmares, scare up your favorite costume and check out these amusement parks for Halloween fun. [CNN]
10 best resort kids’ programs: More and more resorts are catering to children — though the quality of their kids’ programs still varies. [ABC News]
‘GMA’ gets answers: Newborn baby with pre-existing condition?: She’s heartbroken because she has endured what no mother should have to endure. While pregnant with twins, she lost one of them at 30 weeks. The other baby, Kinsleigh, was born with serious heart problems. But [the mother] is angry because her insurance company, Aetna, held up paying thousands of dollars in medical charges. [ABC News]
911 helps dad deliver baby: A 911 dispatcher helps a Florida father deliver his child. [ABC News]
Categories: Babies, Health & Safety, Holidays, News | Tags: 911, Aetna, cavemen, childbirth, Florida, GMA, Good Morning America, Halloween, resorts, theme parks, vacation