parenting

Baby-Led Choreography Is A Thing

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"Squatting, collapsing, flat-footed running -- ...these adults are moving like babies." Straight out of a review from The New York Times, that assessment really nails it. Because, after all, the performance described was inspired by a 14 month old and a 5 year old. Milkdreams, the latest performance at La Mama in New York... Read more

The Unbearable Loneliness Of Pumping

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Meet Jessica Shortall, a working mom with a career dedicated to the intersection of business and doing good. As the former Director of Giving for TOMS Shoes, she literally circumnavigated the globe with a breast pump. Pre-order her upcoming book by Abrams, “Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom’s Guide to Breastfeeding and Going... Read more

Recall Reminds Parents To Anchor TV And Furniture To Wall

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Earlier this week, Pali Design recalled several pieces of furniture. Restraint straps that anchor armoires and dressers to the wall can break, posing a risk of falling when curious kids play on the furniture. While the recall was relatively small -- affecting 18,000 pieces of furniture in the US -- it points to the larger... Read more

Better Perception Skills, Better Chance Of Autism

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Roughly one out of every 68 kids are diagnosed with autism in the US, although not usually before ages four or five. But new research is identifying superior perceptual skills linked to the disorder early in infancy, before the onset of other symptoms. And it's suggesting this advanced perception be the hallmark of autism, rather than social... Read more

92-Year-Old Proves It's Never Too Late To Adopt

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We love a good adoption story -- a reminder that everyone's road to starting a family is different. And this one is particularly unique. The new mom? Muriel Clayton, a 92-year-old Dallas resident. The adopted daughter? Her 76-year-old cousin, Mary Smith. While the mother-daughter relationship was only made official this week in a Dallas... Read more

Is Sesame Street Just As Educational as Preschool?

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Some screen time's not such a bad thing when your toddler's learning a lesson from Elmo or Cookie Monster. A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that kids who watch Sesame Street are 14 percent less likely to be behind in school. That's about the... Read more

When Sharing Becomes Shaming: The Question of Parents on Social Media

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Punishing your kid has gone public, and one father is speaking out against it. From endless Facebook photo albums to lighthearted Instagram accounts, millions of adults document the highs and lows of parenthood through social media -- but "kid shaming" is a growing problem, warns YouTube user mikeknowsbest. In the video, a father threatens to cut off his son's... Read more

How Your Home Helps (Or Hurts) Baby's Motor Skills

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To you, it's just a sofa. But to baby, it's a challenge. Standard household objects, from furniture to toys, can play a role in baby's motor skill development, a new study published in the journal Physical Therapy determined. "Parents, doctors or other infant caregivers might ask 'What does a toy or a coffee table do?'... Read more

How To Raise a Kind Child, According to Harvard

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Like most parents, you probably have several ideals for raising your kids. You want them to be smart, successful, happy, kind -- but which values are you actually demonstrating as important? Concerned that "our youth’s values appear to be awry," researchers from Harvard decided to tackle this question. As a part of the Read more

Best Gear For Smarter Babyproofing

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June is National Safety Month. So if you feel like everything is an accident waiting to happen now that baby is here or on the way, now's the time to beef up your babyproofing. Bath Spout Cover Bath time should be fun, not fearful. This adorable soft rubber whale spout cover by Skip Hop protects... Read more