Tag: parenting

Web Coolness: A whole rainbow school, a better baby carrier, and vintage Jim Henson you’ll love

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Somewhere over the rainbow (actually Paris) lies a most colorful rainbow kindergarten. Check out which baby carrier allowed Kristen to get rid of three other baby gear items. A fabulously different idea for what to do with goodie bag swag your kids bring home.  Nothing to Fear: A poignant piece by one mama of grown children that will provide comfort to new moms everywhere. See Jim Henson’s first animated short, Alexander the Grape, from way back in 1965. Women everywhere are...

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Don’t miss NBC’s smart new season of Up All Night

Sitcoms have to be seriously good to get my attention at the end of the day. The kids are asleep and the house is quiet, so if I’m going to watch some telly instead of calling it a night, then it had better be worth my time…and crack me up. Make me laugh, or I’m out, people. Thankfully, one of my favorites, NBC’s Up All Night, is back for another season. And it’s starting off with a bang. (Nice going, writers!) I’m a huge SNL fan, especially the old-school SNL. Up All Night creator Emily Spivey and Maya Rudolph...

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6 of the best funny parenting books. Because what new moms really need is a new laugh.

Along with a housecleaner and a personal chef, what I really could’ve used when I was a new mom was a good laugh and a lot more funny parenting books. Because while I sat and rocked my newborn as she screamed, it was sometimes hard to not take it all so seriously. If your new-mom friend is not the type to devour the very serious “expert” books on parenting, instead get her one that’s guaranteed to put a smile on her face. Plus, tucked inside all the “funny” is plenty of sage advice that will give any new parent...

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Web Coolness – Magazine art, LEGO Olympics, and free nursery decor

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  So impressed by these famous-art copies by Brooklyn’s Vik Muniz, made entirely of bits of torn magazine pages.  Love this Parents.com article which advises us to think like an athlete in order to become a better parent.  Great ideas for decorating your baby’s nursery for free using these fun printables.  Our editor Liz has something to say about Mayor Bloomberg’s breastfeeding plan, and her readers leave much food for thought. The London Aquatics Centre made in LEGO bricks is even more adorable with...

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Web Coolness – A coloring book for girls of color, flying with kids, and raising confident men

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We adore this mama’s plan to create a coloring book for girls of color. This has been a long time coming! My Parenting Mistakes: Kristen takes a look at our parenting choices in the wake of the Aurora shootings. A six year old judges classic books by their covers with really hilarious results. This one is even worth putting up with a slideshow, promise. Bostonians, don’t miss this weekend’s Summer Arts Weekend where our favorite Dan Zanes and Friends will...

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8 of the best online bullying resources that we hope you never need

With so many of us parents of school-aged kids, we were surprised that we didn’t realize just how big the impact of bullying can be. According to the National Crime Prevention Council, about 160,000 kids won’t go to school each day for fear of being bullied. To us, that’s about 160,000 too many. So we’re happy to share these amazing resources to help families who might be dealing with this in their own lives.   1. The Bully Project The Bully Project is an important independent film turned non-profit initiative to help kids and families across the USA who are coping with bullying throughout the school year. Whether...

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Web Coolness – DIY sewing cards, the coolest crochet playground, and things we wish we had known as new moms

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Handmade Charlotte has some of the cutest printable sewing cards that you can print right from home. Great hand-eye coordination practice for kids! New moms: Don’t miss Liz’s list of the 12 things I wish I had known as a new mom at Babycenter. And if you’ve got some wisdom of your own, please stop by and leave a comment. Reading about how these moms got into the best shape of their lives after having kids is totally inspiring. And...

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Web Coolness – Superhero silhouettes, Fourth of July, and great summertime learning ideas

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. The striking Superhero Silhouettes by Andy Fairhurst brilliantly capture a child’s dreams of grandeur. And of leaping tall buildings in a single bound. (via Comics Alliance) Independence Day is right around the corner, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Patriotic Picks for the Fourth of July to make sure your holiday sparkles. Do you take care of the kids before you take care of yourself? In this article, our own Kristen looks at why it’s so hard to put...

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Wondering how to get your baby to sleep? Dr. Harvey Karp has a few things to say about that.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever struggled with a baby and sleep. Okay, so 99% of you. (The rest of you…don’t rub it in.) Then, just when we think we have mastered techniques to help our babies sleep longer and more peacefully, new issues arise. In fact, it’s hard to get a handle on what to do as our infants turn into toddlers and beyond. Most baby sleep books are just that, for babies. Thankfully, Dr. Harvey Karp, a big Cool Mom Picks favorite, and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the...

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If toddlers could write poetry, it would go something like this

Poems about children and parenting can be kind of, um, hit or miss. Whether it’s too saccharin or just too earnest, I’m not sure–all I know is that it often leaves me vaguely uncomfortable. (And I was a creative writing major!) Not the case with To What Miserable Wretches Have I Been Born? Revenge Poetry for Babies and Toddlers. Although you might have guessed that from the title. Written by Suzanne Weber–also known as Anita Liberty, the author of books such as How to Stay Bitter Through the Happiest Times of Your Life–it’s a book of poetry from your baby...

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Double Time: Raising twins with hilarity

I’m a big fan of Jane Roper, because I love any author who is willing to laugh at herself. Since 2007, Jane has been baring her soul for the world and now, she lets us into the nitty gritty details of raising twins with a fantastic new book that will speak to all mothers. Presenting Jane Roper’s new Double Time: How I survived–and mostly thrived through the first three years of mothering twins. No issue is off limits, and this is what makes it so endearing. It’s as if you are sharing a good laugh with an old friend–with a...

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What to Expect about the What to Expect When You’re Expecting movie

The What to Expect When You’re Expecting books have spent a million years on the bestseller list. Author Heidi Murkoff has definitely found a way to tap into what expecting and new parents are looking for–although the series is not without its detractors, as you seasoned mamas may well know.  So how does a set of non-fiction advice books on parenting and pregnancy translate into a What to Expect When You’re Expecting movie? That seems to be the question everyone is asking this week, and since catching a preview, I have the scoop. In a nutshell, this movie is trying...

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A four thousand-foot high classroom

Trish Herr takes homeschooling to an entirely new level. Instead of white boards, we are talking white peaks. Her children carry backpacks with more than just pens and pencils–think emergency supplies, whistles, and trail mix. In this very unique memoir, Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure, Trish details the challenges of signing on to an extraordinary adventure with her young daughter. Parents walk a fine balance these days. Between Helicopter Parents, Tiger Moms and Free Range Kids, it’s hard to know where you stand. The good news is that you don’t have to subscribe to any one parenting manual....

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From the mouths of parents

As soon as I finished goo-goo-gaa-ing at my babes, I found myself transitioning into the “Things I Can’t Believe I’m Saying” phase, like Don’t color the cat! and Peas stay out of the nose! Which is one reason I love these art posters that one dad has created, to help remember some of the more absurd things that have come out of his mouth in the name of parenting. I think you’ll be able to relate.Video Producer Nathan Ripperger series of art prints known aptly as Things I’ve Said to My Children pairs his parental commands with some seriously cool...

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How to talk to your daughter about [her period]

My daughter chuckled nervously as the DVD from the My First Period Kit began with the image of Dr. Chrystal de Freitas facing a group of tweens and their moms. But within minutes we were both riveted. Where else were we going to see a tampon inserted into a balloon? Or hear the questions other young girls have right from their own mouths? The video is funny in parts, but mainly what works is how warm and maternal the doctor is. She’s definitely aware of how uncomfortable the subject can be and handles it with great finesse. It turned...

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Making an Uncomfortable Time of the Month a Little More Comfortable

Of course the one month I think ahead and stash tampons and other “lady items” in my purse is the month I get pregnant. But most of the time, I’m a fly by the seat of my panty liner type woman, making me the perfect candidate for the TomKIT. No, it’s not a slightly freakish tabloid couple, but Time Of Month KIT, a handy, super eco-friendly pack to prevent any type of girlie emergency. With the tomKIT, you can flush away your landfill guilt along with these special feminine wipes, and yes, pads. There’s also organic hand sanitizer and...

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