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Stop Asking Kids What They Want to Be When They Grow Up

Stop Asking Kids What They Want to Be When They Grow Up

It seemed silly to me then, just as it makes no sense to me now, that we expect children to have an answer to that question.
I’m sure I gave some mundane answer, if an answer at all.
Childhood is about exploring and figuring out who they want to be, and while this questions attempts to help kids plan for their future, for some it can cause undo stress.
First, it seemed like no matter what answer I gave, there was always a response from the adults.
Besides the obvious gendered implications, expecting children to pick a job, even if it’s for some blithe response, already pigeon holes them into a particular world.
For a while, I started telling people I was going to be a teacher, like my parents.
I had no idea what kind of jobs were going to be possible when I was a kid. “How can we make the world better?”
is one such question I plan on asking my son as soon as he starts answering in full, intelligible sentences.
We are not our jobs, and while they are an important part of being an adult, they are not the only part.

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Three Lollies | Preggie Pops

Three Lollies | Preggie Pops

While the exact cause isn’t clearly identified, most health professionals would agree that hormonal shifts (hCG, estrogen), sensitivity to odor, sensitive stomach, and stress are all probable suspects.
Many different nausea remedies are recommended among mothers, including acupuncture, carbonated sodas, and aromatherapy.
If you’re experiencing nausea, pregnant or not, it’s time to give these pops and drops a try.
Overall Rating: 3.33 Rating Scale: 1-5 Innovation Rating: 2 The pops and drops are essentially a hard candy, like a Jolly Rancher.
Pregnant women might be most interested in the ginger flavor made with essential oils or the Preggie Naturals, loaded with vitamin B6 (10 mg).
There’s nothing particularly innovative about the product, but what you need when you’re nauseous and pregnant is not innovation – it’s relief.
Just pop one into your mouth to quell the churn.
While sugar might stimulate relief for one person, it can trigger nausea in another.
Make the best decision for you.
Price Rating: 5 $4.50 There are many women out there who swear by Preggie Pops as their go-to stomach soother.

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5 Things You Can Start Doing Today to Raise a Motivated Learner

5 Things You Can Start Doing Today to Raise a Motivated Learner

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford One of the biggest frustrations parents often face is getting their kids motivated to learn.
Here are five strategies you can start using today to help your child become a motivated learner: 1 | Learning as an opportunity Over three decades of research has shown that there is a direct correlation between what a child thinks of her abilities and that child’s willingness to face challenges, according to Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University and a pioneer in the study of motivation in relation to achievement.
As a result of this “fixed mindset,” these children view challenges and mistakes as potential sources of “looking dumb,” and lose confidence and motivation when the work stops being easy.
So how can we teach our kids to have a growth mindset?
2 | Make learning fun To help foster motivated learning, parents can turn lessons into fun activities.
Add excitement to your child’s learning experience by encouraging him to explore his interests.
3 | Respect frustrations and need for downtime It’s unreasonable to expect children to be motivated all the time.
When parents don’t acknowledge a child’s frustration with learning a particular skill, children are more likely to disengage from the learning process.
4 | Allow your children to fail Although it seems counterintuitive at first, part of helping children learn not to become discouraged when faced with difficult tasks is to let them fail and learn how to bounce back from that failure.
5 | Lead by example One of the most effective ways parents can teach their children to embrace learning is to immerse them in a household where the parents are enthusiastic about learning as well.

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Think Cry-It-Out Is Cruel? Here’s What Scientists Can Now Confirm

Think Cry-It-Out Is Cruel? Here's What Scientists Can Now Confirm

Think Cry-It-Out Is Cruel?
For new parents struggling through yet another sleepless night, the cry-it-out method — in which babies are allowed to cry themselves to sleep — might seem alluring .
Thankfully, scientists can now assuage your fears with new research that the method is not only effective but that it doesn’t cause stress or lasting problems for babies.
Researchers broke the families into three groups.
This form of controlled crying, often referred to as the cry-it-out method, specifically had parents leave the room within a minute of putting their child to bed and slowly extend the amount of time they waited — two minutes before the initial check-in, then four minutes, then six — before going back in to comfort them.
Three months later, researchers found babies in the cry-it-out group fell asleep almost 15 minutes faster than the control group, and babies in the “bedtime fading” group nodded off 12 minutes faster than the control group.
While the study proved that both methods were effective, the cry-it-out group came out on top in terms of total sleep time and instances of a baby awakening during the night.
According to Michael Gradisar, who authored the study, both sleep-training techniques appear safe in the long-term.
One year after the study, babies did not show signs of being more attached to their parents, nor did parents report more behavioral problems compared with those in the control group.
He acknowledges that bedtime fading “is the more preferred technique parents choose when provided both options” — and that, at the end of the day, it’s about families finding what’s best for them among equally safe options.

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Why Babies Vomit—and What You Can Do About It

Why Babies Vomit—and What You Can Do About It

When to be concerned about baby throwing up What to give baby after vomiting How to stop baby from throwing up Baby Vomit vs Spit-Up It can be tough to tell the difference between baby vomit vs spit-up at first—especially if baby is on a milk-only diet, since infant vomit and spit-up look pretty much the same at that point.
Once baby starts solid foods, the difference will be more clear: Vomit will often contain regurgitated food and therefore have a thicker consistency.
In these cases, you’ll notice baby coughing and throwing up immediately after swallowing.
The onset of this condition is typically between 2 to 3 weeks of age and often begins as a typical episode of baby throwing up clear liquid after a feeding—but it quickly escalates in both force and number of episodes.
But if you’re seeing traces of blood in baby’s vomit, it could simply be a sign of a small tear in baby’s esophagus as a result of forceful vomiting or coughing.
Regardless of how much red you see when baby is throwing up blood, let your pediatrician know.
If baby keeps throwing up milk and the vomit contains traces of blood, it could be a sign of a milk allergy, which you’ll want to resolve as soon as possible.
If you notice baby producing a small amount of frothy yellow vomit at the tail end of a nasty stomach bug with repeated vomiting, give the pediatrician a call.
However, if you see baby throwing up green vomit, head to the nearest emergency room, since that’s a sign of a surgical emergency and calls for immediate medical care.
If baby is formula-fed, it’s okay to offer formula: Start with a tablespoon or two at first and offer more if baby’s able to keep it down.

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50 Baby Names Inspired by the World’s Royal Families

50 Baby Names Inspired by the World's Royal Families

50 Baby Names Inspired by the World’s Royal Families.
Just because your baby wasn’t born at Buckingham Palace doesn’t mean they can’t be royalty in your eyes.
However, you can’t really go wrong by going a step further and giving them a strong name tied to one of the world’s royal families.
Whether you’re obsessed with anything having to do with royals or just appreciate a strong name rooted in history, there’s a name here for your baby.
Scroll through for 50 names that are fit for your little prince or princess.
Boys Abdullah (King of Jordan) Alastair (Prince of Connaught) Albert (Prince of Wales, Duke of York) Andrew (Prince, Duke of York) Arthur (Prince of Connaught) Augustus (Prince, Duke of Sussex) Charles (Prince, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Prince of Wales) Christian (Prince of Denmark) Constantijn (Prince of the Netherlands) Edward (King of England) Felipe (King of Spain) George (Prince of Cambridge) Harry (Prince of Wales) Henry (Prince, Duke of Cumberland and Strathearn) Jacques (Prince of Monaco) John (King of England) Leopold (Prince, Duke of Albany) Michael (Prince of Kent) Philip (Prince, Duke of Edinburgh) Rainier (Prince of Monaco) Richard (King of England) Victor (Prince of Wales) Willem (-Alexander, King of the Netherlands) William (Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge) Girls Alexandra (Princess of Hanover) Alice (Princess of Albany) Amelia (Princess of Hanover) Ariane (Princess of the Netherlands) Augusta (Princess of Saxe-Gotha) Beatrice (Princess of York) Beatrix ([former] Queen of the Netherlands) Catherine (Duchess of Cambridge) Charlene (Princess of Monaco) Charlotte (Princess of Cambridge) Diana (Princess of Wales) Elizabeth (Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) Eugenie (Princess of York) Frederica (Princess of Hanover) Gabriella (Princess, Countess of Carladès) Leonor (Princess of Asturias) Letizia (Queen of Spain) Margaret (Princess of York) Mathilde (Princess Caroline of Albany) Maud (Princess of Wales and Queen of Norway) Máxima (Queen of the Netherlands) Rania (Queen Consort of Jordan) Sibylla (Princess of Albany) Sofía (Infanta of Spain) Stéphanie (Princess of Monaco) Victoria (Queen of the United Kingdom and Empress of India) Image Source: Getty / Handout

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72 Unique Pregnancy Announcements Worthy Of Your News

72 Unique Pregnancy Announcements Worthy Of Your News

Pregnancy announcements in this article: When to announce pregnancy How to announce pregnancy Thoughtful ways to announce pregnancy to family Cute ways to announce pregnancy Creative ways to announce pregnancy Fun ways to announce pregnancy Twin pregnancy announcement ideas Surprise pregnancy announcement ideas Second pregnancy announcement ideas Pregnancy announcement products When to Announce Pregnancy?
Here are some of our favorite pregnancy announcement ideas for family that let you do just that.
This cute pregnancy announcement idea gives sonographic proof that there’s a human baby on the way—and the couple’s doggy “baby” is pretty happy about it too.
Doubly cute: your first baby makes the baby announcement!
Surprise Pregnancy Announcement Ideas Sometimes baby shows up when you least expect it—which makes the reveal that much more fun.
Same idea as the first surprise pregnancy announcement, but with a onesie—which goes to show, great pregnancy announcements never get old.
But if crafting isn’t your thing, or you simply would like to add a little oomph to your news blast, there’s certainly a big market for “I’m pregnant” paraphernalia—from pregnancy cards to pregnancy announcement shirts and pregnancy cakes and more.
Pregnancy announcement cards Whether they’re crafted to be small works of art or just the right amount of kooky, pregnancy announcement cards with a handwritten note can be especially lovely for faraway family members.
Suchnsuch Studios Watermelon Pregnancy Announcement Card The only thing juicier than this beautifully printed pregnancy announcement card is the news that’s divulged inside!
Couples on Cakes Mommy To Be Cake Topper Boy or girl, one thing’s for sure: There will be shopping!

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3 Afterschool Snack Ideas From Martha & Marley Spoon

3 Afterschool Snack Ideas From Martha & Marley Spoon

3 Afterschool Snack Ideas From Martha & Marley Spoon.
Martha & Marley Spoon recipes are perfect for busy parents–they save time and cook a healthy meal!
Launched last summer, Martha & Marley Spoon is a meal-kit delivery service featuring yummy recipes and savvy cooking techniques straight from Martha Stewart herself—plus, the culinary team at Martha & Marley Spoon is headed by Jennifer Aaronson (a former Food & Entertaining Editor for Martha Stewart Living and a Westchester mom).
You can select the Family Box option for a family of four and customize your deliveries by choosing preferred recipes online.
While simple weeknight meals (with no waste!)
are the goal, the service will also be offering a special Thanksgiving meal option this year.
Visit marleyspoon.com to learn more.
We turned to fab foodies Jennifer Aaronson (see above) and Grace Parisi from Martha & Marley Spoon for three amazing kid-friendly snack recipes that are easy, healthy, and yummy!
Click through the slider below for fab recipes for DIY Cereal Bars, Pizza Crackers, and Apple-Peanut Butter-Granola Sandwiches!
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Kid Made Recipe: Barbecue Chicken Tacos

Kid Made Recipe: Barbecue Chicken Tacos

Kid Made Recipe: Barbecue Chicken Tacos.
Grab a rotisserie chicken and you’re halfway done.
Get a kid to layer the fillings and you’re all the way done.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Bake Time: 10-12 minutes Total Time: 25-30 minutes Yield: 10 tacos Ingredients: 1 package stand-and-stuff hard taco shells (they have flat bottoms!)
1 rotisserie chicken, or about 2 lbs breast or thigh meat, roasted and sliced 1 green pepper, seeded and thinly sliced ½ 1 red onion, thinly sliced 2 cups shredded cheddar or jack cheese ⅓ cup sliced scallions About ½ cup of your favorite barbecue sauce 1-2 cups shredded Boston or butter lettuce Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper so it overhangs on each side.
Line up the taco shells Sprinkle cheese in the bottom of each.
Layer with fillings!
We went with chicken, barbecue sauce, green pepper, onion, scallions and then more cheese.
Bake uncovered at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until the shells are crisp and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Top with shredded lettuce, more scallions, and bbq sauce.

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To Gain Perspective, Adapt These 5 Work-Related Tips to Your Parenting

To Gain Perspective, Adapt These 5 Work-Related Tips to Your Parenting

You’ve been working on a project for so long that it no longer makes sense.
It no longer feels unique or revolutionary or even coherent.
The brilliant idea that got you going in the first place now sounds inane.
Professionals use tricks all the time to gain a fresh perspective on long-term projects.
The problem with family though is that you’re in it, day in and day out.
You’ll begin to notice the points that are working in your favor.
4 | Think big picture The longer you work on something, the less perspective you have on it.
Whatever hard part of parenting you’re in right now will pass.
5 | Step away Sometimes, no matter how many angles you use to approach a problem, you still can’t see your way past it.
That’s when it’s time to step away.

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