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Friday, November 16, 2018

"And what's my wife doing? Not much really."

A dad posted a sarcastic but realist take on his wife's "easy" day as a stay at home mom.  The rundown of her day is detailed and exhausting and points out how challenging a stay at home job can be.  "Exhausted from non-stop torment and not a second to herself all day she'll call me again to see where I'm at. She'll be tired, smelly, frustrated and sick of being touched. She'll be irritable, yucky, and want nothing more than a shower, a shampoo, and a hot cup of tea."  And she definitely deserves it! popsugar - We should lift one another up and appreciate each other for the daily struggles we all go through whether we are working parents or stay at home parents.  Simply, thankfulness can start right in our homes.more

suck on it

New findings reported by huffington post touts that sucking on your child's pacifier or "dummy" could be healthy for your child. “Parental pacifier sucking may be an example of a way parents may transfer healthy microorganisms to their young children." Within the study, parents who quickly cleaned their child's pacifier by sucking on it had lower IgE antibody levels. The higher the IgE levels, the higher the risk of having allergies and allergic asthma. “We know that exposure to certain microorganisms early in life stimulates development of the immune system and may protect against allergic diseases later.” Obviously, do not assume that the only way to clean a pacifier is to suck on it. Make sure they are sterilized properly as needed.more

twist on the time-honored turkey craft

Who doesn't love a good 'old turkey fashioned from the tracing of a cute little toddler's hand? Adorable! A cute twist on this idea is creating a turkey napkin ring from recycled toilet paper rolls, coffee filters and colored paper. Check out the adorable photos from super make it  and bring some to your thanksgiving feast.more

no longer a "kids table"

A new survey reveals that more often than not, families are forgoing the kid's table during their Thanksgiving meals and seating their little ones right next to grown-up dinner guests.  The poll, conducted by Juicy Juice , says more than half of parents — 61 percent of those surveyed — do not create a separate kids' table for their holiday gatherings."In truth, it's way easier to park the kiddos right there next to you rather than one of you — me — leaping up 400 times during the meal to monitor the shenanigans happening over at the animal house — I mean the children's table." Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate what you're thankful for — so it's a good idea to have kids seated with their adult family members to enjoy each other's company. today

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"hey mom, how long do you microwave a turkey?"

Grown children are pranking their parents by texting them and asking how long they should cook a giant turkey in the microwave  - and their responses are going viral and are absolutely hilarious. Responses are similar to this one: Daughter: "Do you know how long I need to cook a 25 lb. turkey in the microwave?" Mom: "Hahaha. Is this a sick joke? Are you trying to upset me? It's working... I didn't raise you this way" For more text exchanges check out abc action news more

milk allergy

It's often believed that peanut allergies are the most common of allergies, however, cow's milk is actually the most common food allergy in children under the age of 5. "Children in the U.S. spend their early years drinking milk, so it's important to know that many of them—at least in the first few years—may be allergic," says Christopher Warren, Ph.D.(c), lead author of the most recent milk study . "Our findings suggest that while milk allergy is relatively common during infancy, many children are likely to outgrow their milk allergies. We observed that while an estimated 53 percent of food-allergic infants under age 1 have a milk allergy, the number drops to 41 percent of 1-2-year-olds, 34 percent of 3-5-year-olds and 15% of 11-17-year olds." There is some confusion surrounding milk allergies - a child may have a milk intolerance that his parents mistake for a milk allergy. It's important that any child suspected of having a milk allergy have the allergy confirmed with an allergist. For more information on identifying if your child has a milk allergy visit allergy insider more

cultivating gratitude

Thanksgiving can be a time to hit pause for a moment and focus on cultivating a family that appreciates gratitude.  If you are searching for some tips, check out positive parenting solutions:
  • schedule service for you + your family - if you prioritize service, your children will see how fulfilling it is to make a difference in someone else's life - through that service, you may become more connected and thankful as a family.
  • shut off conveniences - when you make do with less you are grateful for what you have in your life - this can be a huge lesson for children and make them generally aware and thankful for what they do have.
  • look for silver linings - recognize that setbacks can have positive results if you search for the silver lining - stay away from sermons, but allow your children to realize that when one door closes, another may open
  • practice gratitude - make being thankful a part of your daily life + voice your gratitude early and often - your children will see you do it and model it and they also will love to be on the receiving end of your appreciation.

transitioning to a two-child family

The transition from a one-child family to a two-child family is big – for parents and, particularly, for the toddler who arrived first. Parenting expert Val Mullally , knows expectant parents, second time around, worry about the psychological effect the new-born will have on their older child.  That's why she has written a book, Baby and Toddler on Board – Mindful Parenting When a New Baby Joins the Family.   One piece of advice -  do not refer to the new baby as the “new baby” in front of the sibling.  She believes when a child asks - “Mommy, when you get the new baby, what happens to me?” ... as a parent you should “Think of it... When you get the new car, the new sofa, the new TV – what happens to the old one? It’s discarded!” Subconsciously, the child will think it will get discarded. Parents need to begin thinking as the child - "cross the bridge."  Meaning, parents must park all their emotions on one side and cross the bridge to understand the child's emotions.  Try to understand their acting out as a sign they feel they are not receiving the attention they crave from their parent during this time of transition. Reprimands of the “don’t be naughty” are more likely to escalate situations rather than reassure. And lastly, parents often secretly worry beforehand about whether they could really love two equally? “It’s not about loving children equally but rather uniquely,” Mullally replies. “They will be different.” The always enough love to go around! irish times more

debilitating hyperemesis

Amy Schumer announced via social media that she is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG); a rare but serious complication during pregnancy. During the 4th and 6th week of pregnancy, pregnant women may suffer severe vomiting which can lead to dehydration and weight loss. Although morning sickness often fades after the first trimester, HG could last longer and women could suffer the worst of it around 9 to 13 weeks. Only less than 3% of women suffer from HG during pregnancy but there is no way to cure it. Without treatment, the chance of a premature birth is more likely. If you are suffering from HG, please obtain the treatment you need. motherly more

Alert - Jenni-O Ground Turkey Recall

CBS News Reports: Jennie-O Turkey is recalling more than 91,000 pounds of raw turkey in an ongoing salmonella outbreak. The recall is the first tied to an outbreak the U.S. Department of Agriculture says is widespread and likely affects a number of different producers in the industry. So far this year, the outbreak has resulted in one death and 164 reported illnesses in 35 states. About half of those sickened had to be hospitalized. Regulators did not say how many of those people were exposed to products sold by Jennie-O, a subsidiary of food industry giant Hormel. They say additional products from other companies could be named as their investigation continues. The products being recalled include one-pound packages  of raw, ground turkey and were sold nationwide. They had a use-by date of October, but could still be in freezers. For more information please visit fsis.usda.gov more
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