While Jenny McCarthy and Kristin Cavallari are outspoken detractors of vaccines, several other celebrities also support the anti-vaccination movement.
Lyz is a freelance writer, with an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. She also works as a blogger for the Huffington Post and a regular contributor to Mommyish, Mom.me and The Real Moms of Eastern Iowa, a hyper-local mom blog and most importantly BabyZone. Her writing has been published in Real Weddings, Guidepost, The Des Moines Register and YourTango, LearnVest, and Babble.com. She has been syndicated on MSNBC, The Today Show Website, Yahoo! Shine, and MSN Glo. She maintains a blog about pants, chicken nuggets and babies over on LyzLenz.com.
Not all celebrities agree with Jenny McCarthy and Kristin Cavallari. Here are 11 celebrities who support vaccinations.
You always thought your infant was judging you and now you have proof. These six funny Twitter accounts written from the perspective of babies and toddlers are just the thing you need to be able to laugh at the spit-up down your shirt and the temper tantrum at your feet.
I spend a lot of time creating healthy meals for my 8-month-old baby to eat. I don’t know why I bother; here are the meals he’d much rather eat.
After the birth of their daughter, Hector Cruz wanted to help his wife, but without a functioning set of mammary glands he was at a loss. Cruz decided to create a campaign to empower fathers and end the stigma around breastfeeding. The campaign is a series of images that show men pretending to breastfeed with the caption, “If I could, I would.”
The sentiment, while nice, offers no real solutions. I’m at a loss as to how pictures of shirtless men is going to inspire companies to make it easier for nursing mothers to pump at work, or even start offering real maternity leaves instead of the legally mandated FMLA. None of this is going to help nursing women have access to better healthcare and better resources like lactation consultants and support groups.
I text while parenting and I do so frequently. I text to ask my husband to pick up milk. I text the babysitter to find out if she can come over on Friday while I get my teeth cleaned. I text to ask my friend Jeanne if she wants a play date. I text my friend Mel to tell her that I’ve been peed on five times that day and I need more coffee.
I do my best to stay present with my children. I leave my phone in another room on silent while we eat and while we play and I don’t play games. But even with those rules, I know I’ve ignored my children because of my phone. I frequently email, Tweet and Instagram. To be honest, 95 percent of playing with young children is just sitting there. And while I love them dearly, sometimes it’s boring. What am I supposed to do while we are playing princess and I just have to sit on the floor because I’ve been turned to ice? I thought I was doing a fairly good job until a month ago, when my daughter was organizing a picnic with her dolls. She said, “Mom, you can come. Baby brother can come and phone, you can come too! We love you, phone!”
My daughter calls her dad “the king.” When he returns from work each night she runs to greet him and bows saying, “Your majesty.” Then, she leaps into his arms and informs him which princess she is today—Elsa, Belle, or Sleeping Beauty.
My daughter loves her father and I love their relationship. Her first words were, “Hi, dada.” And every night he reads her the Bible and Princess stories before she goes to bed. They have a rapport that I am not part of, but I don’t want to be.
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.
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.