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Thursday, September 27th, 2012
Every week, Rosie Pope, star of Bravo’s “Pregnant in Heels,” will be blogging for Parents.com! This is her first post.
Let’s face it, parenting is full of life’s best moments, but it can also be very stressful. Even if you’re Mom of the Year, you’re bound to make mistakes. I had one of my own recently when I decided to try a new bedtime routine with my boys, ages 4 and 19 months.
My sons share a room, but go to bed at different times. For some crazy reason, probably because I was dramatically sleep-deprived from having a newborn—I’m also the mom of a four-month-old girl—I decided that the two boys were going to go to bed at the same time, not staggered, as had worked so well for so long. Everyone would get to sleep earlier and have more energy the next day, I reasoned.
Ha. Instead, chaos ensued: My little boy could see his big brother and wanted to get out of the crib and play. Then he cried, which freaked out my older son, who ran out of bed and into the living room screaming. Next the baby woke up. Nobody fell asleep and soon everyone, including me, was crying!
Once I’d finally got my younger son to sleep after rocking him and singing a thousand songs in my terrible singing voice—I’m no Christina Aguilera—I found my big boy, looking confused, sitting on the couch. I felt so defeated I could’ve collapsed on the floor, or at least ask my husband to pour me a glass of wine, but instead I smiled, gave my boy a hug and said, “Well, buddy that was not a good idea of Mommy’s!” I explained that I tried something new but that it didn’t work very well, and the important thing was that when I realized it wasn’t working, I decided to change my plan.
Evaluating your actions—and then changing course should they be misfiring—was a great lesson for my son. I often see professionals from politicians to doctors sticking to plans that are failing. The best leaders are those who can evaluate as they go, and be big enough to admit when they’re wrong and change direction.
I know that I taught my son something very valuable that night, even though I’m bound to make some crazy mistake again soon! Whether your error or your child’s is big or small, remember to teach him that in failure, we can almost always find success.
Now, please pass the wine.
Want to meet Rosie? Attend one of her upcoming author events for her new book, Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy. The full schedule:
Monday, Oct. 1 | Ridgewood, NJ | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | Bookends
Tuesday, Oct. 2 | New York, NY | 5:00 – 7:00 PM | Destination Maternity – Madison Avenue Store
Wednesday, Oct. 3 | Calabasas, CA | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | Barnes & Noble
Thursday, Oct. 4 | Glendale, CA | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | Barnes & Noble
Saturday, Oct. 6 | Dallas, TX | 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Barnes & Noble – Lincoln Park
Sunday, Oct. 7 | Minneapolis, MN | 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Mall of America – Macy’s Court
Monday, Oct. 8 | Chicago, IL | 12:00 – 2:00 PM | Macy’s State Street
Monday, Oct. 8 | Chicago, IL | 5:00 – 7:00 PM | A Pea in the Pod – Water Tower Place
Wednesday, Oct. 10 | Atlanta, GA | 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Fox Tale Book Shoppe
Friday, Oct. 12 | Bethesda, MD | 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Bethesda Row Mall
Saturday, Oct. 13 | Cherry Hill, NJ | 12:00 – 2:00 PM | A Pea in the Pod at Macy’s
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Friday, August 17th, 2012
The Motherhood Penalty: We’re in the Midst of a ‘Mom-Cession’
Married mothers find it harder to secure a new job after being laid off and when they do, they earn less than married fathers. (via Time)
8 Children Die in August After Being Left in Hot Cars
Twenty-three children have died of hyperthermia in cars in 14 states this year and eight of the deaths occurred in the first week of August. Nearly 40 children die this way each year, according to Kids and Cars. (via ABC News)
FDA Investigates Codeine Safety After Children’s Deaths
A new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics finds that delaying gratification longer at 4 years of age is associated with having a lower body mass index (BMI) 30 years later. (via ABC News)
Smoking in Pregnancy Increases Asthma Risk in Preschool
Maternal smoking during pregnancy is associated with wheeze and asthma in preschool children, even among children who were not exposed to maternal smoking late in pregnancy or after birth, according to a new study. (via Science Daily)
Children’s self-control may help keep them thin
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The ability to delay gratification as a child may lower a person’s chances of being overweight later in life, according to new research. (via MSNBC)
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Monday, August 6th, 2012
Violent Cartoons Linked to Sleep Problems in Preschoolers
Swapping Batman for Big Bird could help young kids sleep better, a new study found. The study of sleep habits among 565 preschool-age children found that those who tuned in to age-appropriate educational programs were less likely to have sleep problems than those who watched sparring superheroes or slapstick scenes meant for slightly older kids. (via ABC News)
A White Dad Does His Black Daughter’s Hair, and the Internet Smiles
The little family moments are often the ones we wind up treasuring over the years. Usually, they’re lost in the shuffle of daily life, but sometimes they’re captured on camera. And sometimes, those pictures capture the hearts of people everywhere. Such is the case of a picture posted on Facebook by Frank Somerville, a TV news anchor in Oakland, CA. (via MSNBC)
Parents Get Physical With Unruly Kids, Study Finds
Parents get physical with their misbehaving children in public much more than they show in laboratory experiments and acknowledge in surveys, according to one of the first real-world studies of caregiver discipline. (via Science Daily)
Gold Medal Mom: ‘I Felt Selfish’ Training for Olympics
For every woman who feels like she’s had to scale back her personal ambitions since becoming a mother, gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong has a message: Don’t give up on your dreams. (via Today.com)
Motherhood May Make You Smarter, New Study Says
In the study, women who were new mothers scored better on tests of visuospatial memory — the ability to perceive and remember information about their surroundings — compared with women who didn’t have children. (via MSNBC)
Growing Up Grateful Gives Teens Multiple Mental Health Benefits
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Grateful teens are more likely than their less grateful peers to be happy, less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and less likely to have behavior problems at school, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s 120th Annual Convention. (via Science Daily)
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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Editor’s Note: Ellen Seidman, from the Parents.com blog To the Max, sent this to us from her friend Jill at Scary Mommy.
This guest post is by the awesome Jill Smokler of Scary Mommy, one of the most popular mom blogs out there. That’s because Jill is extremely funny, extremely wise, extremely real and all about extreme honesty. Jill’s mom to Lily, 8; Ben, 6; and Evan, 4. Somehow she’s managed to write a book, Confessions Of A Scary Mommy. It’s out this week, and it’s every bit as relatable and delicious as her blog. I asked how she squeezed that in—who has time to write a book?! “I wrote a lot of it at 3:00 a.m.,” she explained. Ah. And now, her top 5 mom moments that drive ya nuts.
There is absolutely nothing in the world that compares to the love that I have for my children. It is consuming and overwhelming and simply the most powerful emotion I have ever felt in my life. It’s perfect.
So, how is it that these children whom I love more than anything in the world have a way of getting to me like nobody else ever has? The intensity of the annoyance and frustration I can feel for creatures I love so much never ceases to amaze me. Maybe it’s the balance of loving people so much — that the other emotions have to be equally as intense. I’m not sure what it is, exactly, but it’s a good thing that I do love them so much, or I’d have a pretty tough time liking them. Especially at times like these…
1. When they fuss over bedtime. I just don’t get it — if someone were to give me a bath, put me in clean pajamas, read me a story and rub my back until I fell asleep, I would think I’d died and gone to heaven. Instead, my children insist on bargaining on the timing, refusing to brush their teeth and fighting over bedtime stories. It always ends up being the least pleasant way to end a long day.
2. When they act up during a work call. It’s hard being a work at home parent — hard for the mom to maintain a level of professionalism when she’s chewing leftover grilled cheese crusts for lunch and changing diapers in between assignments, and tough for the kids to understand that they need to respect a role other than mother. The toughest part by far is the work phone call. If I have an important call, I will set my children up with TV show or a computer game, a snack, and instructions not to interrupt me unless there is massive blood, broken bones or an intruder in the house. When the door bursts open because someone changed the channel or they ran out of popcorn, visions of throwing the TV on the floor and bolting off to an off-site office dance in my head.
3. When they whine. When my daughter was a newborn, she cried a lot. Like, constantly. I was convinced that the worst sound in the world to a mother was her darling offspring’s inconsolable cry. What on earth could compare to that? And, then she hit the whining phase and those tears suddenly became melodic.
4. When they wet the bed. I know, I know, it’s not their fault that their bodies aren’t yet wired to wake up in the middle of the night, but still, little pisses me off more than seeing a figure next to my bed at 3AM whimpering that he is soaking wet. The most infuriating part? It always, always, seems to happen on the very night when I have finally washed the sheets and freshly made the bed.
5. When they trash a clean playroom. It’s a rare occurrence when I actually get around to deep cleaning and organizing the playroom. Hours and hours of Lego sorting and Barbie organizing and putting every last toy in the proper box pays off, though, when I can step back and admire the beauty of everything being where it belongs. Sadly, it never lasts more than five minutes before one of my children will inevitably look for some minuscule item and dump out every last box in the process.
Like I said, it’s a good thing I love them so much. Remind me why I do, again?
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Your Child, Your Life
Monday, April 18th, 2011
Are you a mom with a great kid-inspired idea or product solution that you just know is destined for success? If so, April could be your lucky month! For the second year in a row, Huggies is helping moms like you take ideas from your memorable parenting moments and make them a reality with the Huggies MomInspired™ Grant Program. The theory? Nobody does a better job figuring out what parents need than those who are with their little one daily!
Beginning on the 14th of April, 2011 and spanning the course of 11 weeks (until June 30), you will be able to visit the Huggies MomInspired™ site and apply for a grant to begin the start-up business of your dreams. You never know– your creativity might just land you some serious cash!
If you’re in need of a little inspiration, be sure to check out the amazingly unique ideas from last year’s grant recipients. From a spill-proof training cup and a device that relieves the stress and pain of child vaccinations, to an online tool that helps moms balance their busy lives and an organized system for on-the-go parents with children on oxygen, each winner received $15,000. See rules and more important info on the grant program here. Good luck!
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Monday, March 7th, 2011
On “CSI: Miami,” she totes a gun as Detective Calleigh Duquesne, but in real life actress Emily Procter is now toting something softer–a new baby girl, Philippa Frances.
According to a new story on Parade.com, the new mother just gave birth at 42-years-old, after struggling for a long time with infertility. Speaking openly, Procter shares she had IUI (intrauterine insemination) and IVF (in vitro fertilization) two times. She and her husband, music producer Paul Bryan, also considered adoption.
As a child, Procter herself was adopted by a couple in North Carolina, who later divorced when she was 3-years-old. Depite the divorce, Procter grew up feeling very loved and close to her family, which also included an adopted brother. In the end, Procter and her husband decided to forego the long process of adoption and also stop the treatments. Once this happened, Procter became pregnant naturally and gave birth to a baby around 7 pounds.
However, adoption isn’t fully off the table–Proctor may adopt a child over 5-years-old in a few years. In the meantime, she’s finally enjoying the sweet joys of motherhood.
Read more about Emily Procter’s motherhood:
Photo: Courtesy of Parade.com
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Monday, March 7th, 2011
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our two winners: Mae A. of North Carolina (boy basket) and Pamela Z. of Illinois (girl basket).
We’re collaborating with GrowsUp.com to celebrate new moms of 2011! GrowsUp.com is giving away two gift baskets full of sweet, well-crafted, and unique goodies.
One basket will be filled with sweet items just for girls, worth over $400, with these items:
One basket will be filled with adorable goodies for boys, worth over $380, with these items:
Whether you’re pregnant, you just gave birth, or you know a new mom, you have a chance to win one of two baskets for a newborn. Post an answer to the question, “Who is the special baby boy or girl arriving in your life?” in our comments section from now through March 18. We’ll choose two winners in a random drawing. Click here to read the complete contest rules. Goody luck!
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