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Alice Gomstyn is a professional writer who worked as a reporter at several newspapers and as a web producer at a national television network. As a journalist, she wrote pieces on everything from the economy to entertainment to crime and also founded a parenting news blog. A mildly inappropriate mommy to two boys, Alice enjoys strolling, sleeping and crafting rhyming poetry and song parody lyrics at a moment’s notice–a talent she’ll share with anyone in return for gratuitous flattery. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Alice majored in government and still gets excited when anyone mentions the New Hampshire primary. See more from her at Mildly Inappropriate Mommy.
When her two elementary school-age boys were toddlers, New Jersey mom Ilana Friedman followed long-held conventional wisdom on children and outdoor time: the former should get lots of the latter.
“We always went for walks and went to the park—things like that,” she told BabyZone.
But with her youngest son, now 3, Friedman has even more reason to make sure he gets out of the house and into the sunlight.
“I don’t think many of us have been as aware as we have been in the last year or two about the increasing evidence showing that outdoor light is beneficial for children and visual development,” she said.
Here, in no particular order, are a few things my grandmother—aka Babushka—opts to do when she visits my house: play with the baby, fold laundry, take stock of the food in my fridge and scold me for letting the potatoes go bad, wash dishes, answer the phone when market research firms call and hang up because she has no idea what they’re saying, make the toddler’s bed, water the plants and cook tasty mash from the few non-rotten potatoes.
There’s more, but if I keep going this blog will never stop and I’ll never get to say this:
Thank you for being almost 83 but acting 30 years younger.
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My mother-in-law’s name is Edith. Her mother’s name, not coincidentally, was also Edith.
“She liked her name,” Edith said of her late mother, a tall woman often called “Big Edith” in contrast to her daughter, “Little Edith.” (No relation to the Big and Little Edies of “Grey Gardens” fame.) “She wasn’t quite sure what to call me, so she named me after herself.”
A new study has confirmed what I’ve long suspected: When it comes to women being named after their mothers, my MIL doesn’t have much company.
Is that message you’re posting about your little one really just an innocent update—or is it a boast in disguise?
From “super” backpacks to playful plates, enterprising moms have put innovative spins on traditional products.
Michelle McCaffrey says her two young boys, ages 1 and 3, don’t know what fast food is.
“They haven’t ever had it, and we stream shows (online instead of watching TV), so they haven’t ever seen a commercial either,” the Pennsylvania mom said.
McCaffrey’s kids may be in the minority.
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