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How’d You Pick That Name?

Friday, June 5th, 2009

12188813 A few weeks back I posted about a contest to guess the top baby names of 2008. Well, I'm a little late with this update, but the Social Security Administration's list is now available. Looking at last year's "winners" (Jacob, Emma, Michael, and Isabella topped the lists) got me thinking about how people pick their baby names. People look to all different sources of inspiration—family names, the bible, movie stars, sports legends, cities they've lived in, etc. (I know my mom named my sister and me after characters in her favorite books—Little Women and Jane Eyre.) So tell us—how did you pick out your little one's name?

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

News Image NEW Whooping cough makes a comeback as parents skip vaccines. USA Today

As Sesame Street turns 40, a look back at the show that changed the face of children’s programming. Newsweek

If you’re pregnant and obese, you should only be gaining between 11 and 20 pounds, according to updated guidelines from the Institute of Medicine. ABC News

Mike Tyson's tragic loss highlights the need for parents to watch out for these hidden dangers in their homes. CNN

You probably know your baby’s Apgar store, but do you know anything about the doctor behind it?  Wall Street Journal

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Pick a Name, Any Name

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Picture 5 Each spring, just in time for Mother's Day, the Social Security Administration releases figures on the most popular baby names of the previous year. Not surprisingly, last year the chart-toppers were Emily for
girls and Jacob for boys. So which names will emerge as favorites for 2008?  Take a stab at guessing the year's top monikers and you could win an advance copy of naming experts Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz's newest tome, Beyond Ava & Aiden: The Enlightened Guide To Naming Your Baby—plus signed copies of their other classics, The Baby Name Bible, Cool Names For Babies, and Cool Irish Names For Babies.

The contest ends May 7. For more details on entering (or to see a full 2007 Top Ten list) visit

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

News Image NEW Baby-food lessons from chefs? Some parents skip the jarred stuff and get to work in the kitchen. Washington Post

How stressed you are might depend on what state you live in. CNN

10-years post-Columbine: What are schools doing about security? Wall Street Journal

Cash-strapped parents see value in investing in straight teeth for their kids. New York Times

Dealing with kids’ health decisions, no matter how small, can get tricky when parents are divorced. Washington Post

Bedbugs are on the rise and the Environmental Protection Agency is trying to figure out how to stop the pesky biting insects. AP

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

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Brand-new baby boom. More babies were born in 2007 than any other year in our nation’s history. Yahoo! News

It’s back to work for many mothers whose husbands are out of jobs. USA Today

Toy manufacturers are cutting back on big-ticket items as parents choose less expensive, simpler playthings. Wall Street Journal

Your cooking and eating habits have an effect on your entire family. New York Times

Finally: A new study gives hope for a peanut allergy cure. The Washington Post

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Racing Stripes

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

It's not especially practical (who wants to let their kids tape up the house?) but I just love the idea of this Autobahn tape from Up To You in Toronto. Super-fun.

(Found via notcot.)

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In the Market for a New Car?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Deciding which car to buy is perhaps one of the biggest decisions a family can make — Is it safe? Is it green? Does it get good mileage? How long will it last? Is it dependable? New site CarZen seems like a great starting point: Topics include family safety on the road, ownership tips, insurance info, and traveling with children and pets. There's even a section on Top 10 Features for Moms, which includes of list of 10 handy-dandy, mom-friendly car gadgets, like DVD players with wireless headsets and soft-close doors to save tiny fingers from pain.

And of course for more info on the best family cars, keep your eyes peeled for the Parents annual car guide, which is coming soon!

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Do you believe in horoscopes?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I know they’re purposely written in a way that readers of every sign will find something that applies to their own personal life. And I know there’s no scientific basis behind them. And yet  . . . every time I indulge the guilty pleasure of reading what the stars say about what’s in store for this Capricorn or how being born a Libra affects my daughter’s personality, it all seems to make uncanny sense. But what do you think: Do zodiac signs really have something to offer for you—and about your loved ones?

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