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Today is the National Day of Unplugging. The event–created by Reboot, a non-profit organization–is supposed to be observed from sundown to sundown, March 7th to 8th. In this 24-hour time period, you are challenged to “unplug,” and that means give up your smart phones, computers, iPads and other digital devices… aka YOUR LIFE. I appreciate the message. In an age where all of us, adults and kids alike, are distracted by technology, we should try to take a breather from it all once in a while and to make efforts to connect with our children and encourage them to do the same with the people around us that we love. And hopefully, this unplugging for the day will help us be more mindful of our use of technology going forward. I mean, that’s great and all, really warm and fuzzy stuff, but I’m not doing it. You see, these digital demi-gods actually help me to bond and connect with my children. They help me to be a better parent, a more efficient person. So, while everyone else is doing trust falls and staring at each other blankly, I’ll be “plugging” the day away. Here’s why.
When I quit my job to stay at home, I thought I knew what I was getting into. I had worked from home for the past five years as an editor for a love and sex website. And when my daughter was born, I juggled part-time work from home with full-time parenting. Working over nap times and in the evenings, then spending the rest of the day with my children, it seemed very straight forward. Of course, with parenting, nothing ever is as easy as you think it will be.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, several news outlets, including CNN and ABC News, are reporting the selling of positive pregnancy tests on Craigslist. Unbelievable, right? It appears that in most cases the purpose is to initiate a prank, with one seller stating, “Wanna get your boyfriend to finally pop the question? Play a trick on Mom, Dad or one of your friends? I really don’t care what you use it for.” Cost appears to range anywhere from $10 to $25, with the seller sometimes requesting the buyer to purchase the test, too.
I’m really not sure what to say here, other than people be crazy.
Dr. Seuss’ birthday falls in March, as does World Read Aloud Day in the United States and World Book Day in the UK. What does this mean for you? There’s no better time to pick up a book and read to your little one at bedtime, nap time or just any time you want to snuggle close. Need some suggestions? Here are 14 picture books for babies and toddlers I’ve read so many times that I can recite them by heart!
Looking for the perfect name for your future leader? Here are 28 names inspired by First Ladies and wives of Vice-Presidents.
Her looks may deceive you. She’s small. A wee little thing. Barely the size of a pug, standing on its hind legs. She’s got ringlets that bounce in her big, brown eyes which sparkle when you read her any book about giraffes. She may be young, just a baby in fact, only 16 months old. Yet, she commands your attention. She demands your respect. The truth is, she runs things like a mob boss. Yes, she’s our family’s little Godfather. So don’t cross her or get in her way. Capeesh?
Truth time: I didn’t teach my firstborn to nap, the babysitter did. When it came time to teach the second child to nap, I was at a loss. I spent a lot of time texting the babysitter for input and advice and it took a month, but we finally got the crib nap to work. Here are nine tips that helped my baby transition from napping in my arms and in the car seat to the crib.
We all know parents love snapping and sharing their family photos on Instagram. And with this growing trend, there are many unique ways to get those photos out of your phones and into your hands. (And in one instance, you can even get your images into your mouth!)
In honor of those little leprechauns at your house and mine, we’ve made nine toddler and preschooler-friendly dishes. From rainbows to Irish recipes made kid-friendly to food gone green, these are some of our favorite ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the kitchen.