The Affordable Care Act has sparked endless political debate, but now that Obamacare is officially the law of the land, how has health insurance coverage changed for moms and moms-to-be?
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As a mom to a young toddler, I do all the normal, every day parenting things that other parents do… for the most part. I abide by most of the widely accepted parenting rules. I care for my daughter. I show her love. I keep her safe. But I admit that I sometimes do some quirky things and bend some rules when no one is around.
It’s late and one of the kids has a fever or you suspect they are sick because something just seems “off.” You can’t call your doctor’s office and doing a Google-search just scared the crap out of you. Here are 7 helpful alternate ways to get answers to your questions. Please note these suggestions are ideal for non-emergency situations.
I love you, sweet baby!
Can you repeat this five-word phrase at least 20 times per hour? If you’re a mom to a preterm baby, adding these 100 words (or any 100 extra words) to how much you say to your baby may make a big difference in your child’s speech development, according to new research linking adult speech exposure in preterm infants with their later speech development as toddlers.
Making baby food is simpler than it sounds. I head up a blog about cooking for kids and with three small fries of my own, you can believe I’ve made a lot of baby food. I’m gearing up to do it again when our fourth is born in May and these are my favorite ways to do it.
Want to play music for your little one that has toddler-appropriate lyrics but isn’t sung by a cartoon, a puppet or a grown man dressed like a dinosaur? In other words, want to play music for junior that entertains children without ostracizing adults? Here are 7 albums intended to delight the youngsters and parents, alike.
To All The Grandmas:
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as a parent, especially as my brood has grown, is how the old adage, “It takes a village,” is one of the truest statements ever uttered. The learning curve as a new parent is so very steep, and the more children that are added, the more of a roller coaster this parenting gig is. Grandmas, you especially play such an important role when it comes to helping to raise and support your grandchildren, which in turn helps to shape us as parents.
Thank you for coming over to hold the newborn so us moms can take a shower.
Thank you for your willingness to field phone calls, no matter what time of day or night, to help pass on your experienced parenting wisdom.
Deciding when to try for baby number two was easy. We knew we wanted our kids to be about two years apart, but weren’t sure how long it would take to conceive the second time around. It took much less time to get pregnant with my son than with my daughter. Since having my son, we’ve been contemplating whether or not to have a third. Even though there are plenty of signs that I’m not done having babies when you look around my house, the decision has not been as clear internally until recently.
How long we’ve been trying: 260 days
Number of pregnancy tests to date: 25
How many times we’ve had sex: 70
The strategy: Just do it.
Everything I’ve read about baby-making, baby-having, and life in general leads me to this conclusion: sex is good for you. Sex makes the world go round. It helps you lose weight, boosts immunity, and can reduce chronic pain. Scientists believe that having sex even boosts libido and makes people want more sex in an awesome self-perpetuating cycle. A recent study even showed that sex actually makes you smarter. Perhaps all those girls who screwed their way through college were onto something…
With all that in mind, though, I still feel like I’m having to force myself through the motions. Don’t get me wrong—my husband is a stud! On the surface, there is no reason for me not to want sex all day, every day. I love my kids so much that I am positive I want more of them. But I’m tired. I get up early, run my own business, attempt to keep the house in some semblance of order, wrangle the children, and try to make sure we all get a certain standard of sustenance throughout the day. Given the choice between sleep and sex, I often opt for the snooze button.
Making a list of baby names is easy. Picking one that your baby will carry for the rest of their life is harder. There are lots of names I like, but wouldn’t necessarily give to one of my children.
Some parents go to great lengths to select baby names. They research name meanings and trends. They scour their family tree for ancestral names to pass on. They make and compare lists. Some may even go so far as to collect data through name surveys. While the idea of picking a name based on collecting and analyzing data may seem a bit extreme as depicted in NPR’s “How Not to Name Your Baby,” many of us do this informally on a smaller scale.
I remember making my new list of girl names at the beginning of my second pregnancy (before I knew I was having a boy) and searching prospective names to see what others were saying about them. I didn’t want to ask anyone directly for their opinions but I secretly wanted to know what random strangers might think—and I only wanted to know during the list making stage. Usually once I’ve decided I might use a name, I don’t want to hear negative opinions about it.