THIS is why I'm "Mom Enough"
TIME magazine's controversial attachment parenting issue landed with a deafening thud yesterday. If the goal was to get people talking, well… mission accomplished.
Must see frosting trick - this one takes the cake!
One of my biggest pet peeves about decorating cupcakes and cookies is cleaning out the frosting bags at the end. Oh yeah…I hate filling them too! I hate how you squeeze the bag and the frosting squirts out the wrong end.
Easy-to-make cupcake toppers - Canadian Living
Obama's support for gay marriage an act of moral leadership...
Gays and lesbians should be fully recognized
Barf, sweat and tears: your tales from the mommy trenches...
We asked Canadians to share their harried-mom memories. They serve as a good reminder of why we should say thanks this Mother's Day
This is what extended breastfeeding looks like
TIME magazine takes aim at a very hot topic this week: Attachment parenting. "Are you mom enough?" asks the issue's cover, which features Los Angeles mom Jamie Lynne Grumet breastfeeding her almost 4-year-old son.
Celebrity moms show off their fun fashions at the park
Whenever I see pictures of celebrity moms having fun with their children at the park, I can't help but smile. I'm so used to seeing stars like Jessica Alba and …
Beyonce breastfed for 10 weeks, raves about it
Beyonce launched breastfeeding into the spotlight when she was spotted nursing her baby Blue while out for a lunch date with her husband Jay-Z earlier this year.
Why Kate Middleton is a total fashion icon
Chic, elegant, royal and poised. Does anyone specific come to mind? Well, if you're thinking of Kate Middleton, then you've read my mind! The world's favorite AND most fashion-forward princess has charmed her way into the hearts o…
Must-see video: Childhood, in 2 minutes
Do you ever feel like it's all just moving too fast? You may be reminded of that when you see this remarkable video by Dutch filmmaker and father Frans Hofmeester, who has managed to capture an entire childhood in just 2 1/2 minutes.
Fun raingear picks for April showers
With April showers comes the need for kid raincoats, boots and umbrellas. I know my own kids love sporting fun raingear, apparently no one wears the boring yellow slickers I sported as a kid in the 70′s.
Elevating kids' party food
Okay, get ready, this post is kind of long. But believe it or not, there's lots to say about kids' party food. Several posts ago I introduced the KIDS formula, a no-fail recipe I use when planning kids' parties.
The Genius of Unstructured Summer Time
Left to his own devices for hours with plenty of cardboard and tape, Caine Monroy created a whole video arcade world. Without an activity-packed schedule, what would your children do?
Four tips to help you get a glowing complexion
Pack the heavy potions and moody palettes of your winter beauty routine away and put some spring in your steps: Fresher-looking makeup, lighter formulations and fewer harsh chemicals are the key to a polished natural mien as warmer weather beckons
Judged by another parent? Here's a theory on why it hurts...
Parents argue over every detail, from the best first food for infants to how to discipline a toddler. So with every minute decision up for grabs, the potential for friction between fellow parents is high
Video: Is your baby's car seat illegal?
A B.C. grandmother was shocked to learn it was illegal to use a car seat she bought in Washington State for her newborn grandchild
All the Single Ladies Hate Romney, Love Obama
While Mitt Romney may have a well-established problem wooing women voters—his wife, excluded—it appears when you break it down that it's actually the single ladies he's striking out with.
The Craziest Stadium Foods
Ballpark fare has been more than peanuts and Cracker Jacks for some time now. But the world of stadium foods is reaching its boiling point.
51 Best Mini Trips for Families
Fun and affordable day trips and weekend getaways-one for each state plus DC!
For the mother-to-be
What's on your "before they leave" list?
"1 … 2 … 3 … 18? Before you can say ‘cheese!' your babies are out of diapers, tweens are buying prom dresses — and bam, you are the proud owner of a whole adult person.
A baby girl for Beyonce & Jay-Z!
Update: As confirmed by Beyonce & Jay-Z's A-list pal Gwyneth Paltrow, their new daughter is actually named Blue Ivy, not Ivy Blue… It's a girl for Beyonce and Jay-Z! Though the happy pair have yet to officially confirm the news, multiple sources ar...
Teen Mom star Leah expecting baby #3
It sounds like Teen Mom star Leah Messer had plenty to celebrate this Christmas: US reports that the 19-year-old mom is engaged and pregnant again. The magazine quotes a source as saying, "Leah just got engaged over the holidays and is pregnant with ...
Do Working Mothers Really Prefer Part-Time Jobs?
Hayley Krischer: Why Im Not Sending Holiday Cards
Chicken Tortilla Soup
I love, love, love, love Chicken Tortilla Soup. So over the weekend, I made some. The end. Wasn't that a beautiful st...
If you're a new parent, odds are you can't get through half an episode of Up All Night without pausing the DVR to laugh about how Reagan and Chris are just like you. From a slight freak out when that positive sign appeared and a derailed birth plan t...
How to Wear a Baby Sling as Shown by a Hot Dad (VIDEO)
If you're currently pondering the benefits of babywearing and wondering if a sling is the right thing for your family, watching the following vid...
Is being happy simply a matter of habit?
Sometimes all you need is to see a cow - or have a whiskey at noon. Writers and statesmen have always known how rituals can keep us happy
New + noteworthy toys of 2011
We have been hunting down, trying and testing new toys of 2011. From YBike's scooter to Jellycat's striped stuffed animals, here is a sampling of the latest and greatest just in time for the holidays.
Fun, easy turkey crafts for kids to make
Thanksgiving is almost here. I'm sure you're busy getting everything ready to make a big dinner. Well, here are a few fun activities to help keep the kids busy as they will want to take part in the turkey fun as well. Any one of these crafts would be...
Moms on the Edge: Kindergarten is killing me
5 tricks to a sane Thanksgiving
Now that we've hit the third week in November, there is no denying that the holidays are upon us. If the thought has you feeling more stressful than thankful, take a beat to remember what next week is all about: wanting what you have.
Notorious B.I.G. stops baby crying (VIDEO)
When your baby is crying, do you go through the usual routine: pacifier or bottle, lots of jiggling on your leg, a few snuggles and, of course, a bit of Notorious B.I.G.
How bad parenting created Occupy Wall Street
It's a nice time of year for an uprising. Temperatures in New York are in the high 60s to low 70s. Sunny skies, little rain. It drops to about 50 at night, so the free blankets come in handy. Every so often you march. The rest of the time you do a...
Mom-to-be dies so her unborn baby can live
It's a choice that no one should ever have to make, but when expectant mom Stacie Crimm was diagnosed with neck cancer earlier this year she had to decide whether to save her own life or that of her unborn child. Her family says that it was an easy ...
Should the Duggars go for baby #20?
Make room for baby #20… Despite already having 19 children, Michelle and Jim-Bob Duggar say that they'd "love" to have another baby. "We would love more but, of course, I'm 45, so we don't know if that will ever happen again.
Another 16 & Pregnant star is pregnant again
It's a baby boom among the stars of MTV's 16 & Pregnant! Last month 18-year-old Jordan confirmed that she is expecting baby #2 and now, according to a report in Life & Style magazine, castmate Kianna Randall, also 18, is expecting another baby as we...
smores recipe | TidyMom
Dipped in chocolate this favorite treat becomes loads of fun on a stick.
Driving Miss Crazy
Being trapped in a moving car with Isla is a lot like a being cornered in a interrogation room. I am the suspected criminal. She is the merciless CIA agent. "Mommy who are my friends in America?" she asks.
Awkward pregnancy photos
Secrets of Successful Moms
Secrets of Successful Moms
Chef Michael Smith's delicious dark chocolate peanut butter...
Wow your guests with these homemade peanut-butter confections, high on the nostalgia factor (and almost too good for the kids)
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Our 17 Favorite Princess Toys of 2012
For the princess fanatic, these beautiful tutus, handmade wands, crowns, dress-up clothes-and yes, plenty of Disney princess toys, too-will make pretend play a royal hit. Plus, get even more great gift ideas!
Gever Tulley: Life lessons through tinkering
TED Talks Gever Tulley uses engaging photos and footage to demonstrate the valuable lessons kids learn at his Tinkering School. When given tools, materials and guidance, these young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to bui...
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Get pregnancy and parenting insights, advice, and tips from mom bloggers. Plus family fun, product reviews, celebrity parenting news, and free stuff.
How long did you push?
I absolutely love a good birth story, but I have to admit that actress Evangeline Lilly's account of her baby boy's arrival - 30 hours of labor, 8 hours of pushing, born "outside in a thunderstorm" - had me cringing just a bit.
Home - Sesame Street
Welcome to Sesame Street! Play games and watch videos to engage children with fun educational activities.
Personalized Kids Binders for School, Custom Printed Binders...
26 Nail Polish Colors That Are Cool For Fall
If you're bored with those trusty reds and pinks, here are some brand new colors to try.
Report: Pink is pregnant!
Us magazine is reporting that singer Alecia Moore (aka Pink) is expecting! (That could explain why she was talking about her discipline style the other day.) According to the tabloid, the ‘So What?' singer is just at the end of her first trimest...
6 amazing homemade Halloween costumes for kids
Two geeky girls' guide to the first years of motherhood.
Report: A boy for Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner
They've got two gorgeous girls already, and now it sounds as though baby #3 will be a boy for Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck! Though the cute couple have yet to comment on the reports, a friend close to the Valentine's Day star reveals that they ar...
5 things I can't do after kids
There are things I used to take for granted before I had kids: Being able to take a shower whenever I wanted to, rather than squeezing it in during a nap or an episode of The Wiggles, for instance; telling a friend, "Sure, I'll meet you for dinner!" ...
Ian Ziering & Wife Take Their Lil' Pumpkin To The Patch
Etsy find: handmade Halloween
It is possible to have a Halloween without tacky stuff. It is! It is! You just have to check out Etsy. Check it out. All Halloween, all untacky (well, maybe that skull planter is a little tacky).
RIP Steve Jobs
Sad news tonight for the family, friends and colleagues of Apple founder - and Pixar Animation founder - Steve Jobs, who passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Rihanna's no role model… should she be?
There aren't many artists out there more popular than Rihanna, but the ‘Disturbia' singer says she's no role model - and she wishes people would stop trying to make her into one.
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What stars shared your pregnancy?
If you're expecting a baby right now, I'm jealous. Not because of the morning sickness and discharge issues - you can keep those, thanks - but because get to share your pregnancy with both Beyonce and my celebrity BFF Jennifer Garner.
How do you survive a broken friendship?
My 5-year-old has hit a very sad milestone: Her first ever broken friendship. On the first day of school she and her best friend from down the street ran to meet one another as soon as we got to the school yard.
U.S. woman sues Wal-Mart for overcharging 2 cents
A judge in Westmoreland County, Pa., awarded Mary Bach $100 U.S. in damages, plus $80 in court costs
Gwen Stefani's Primrose Picnic
Gorgeous girls room in Bohemian chic
I'm a big fan of rooms decorated in Bohemian chic, also known as Boho chic. I love the shiny silks, fabrics with bling and a saturated color palette of pinks, purples and oranges combined with gemstone hues like rubies, emeralds and sapphires and bal...
Martine Camillieri Creates Toy Automobiles from Recycled...
Martha Stewart was a bad mom?!
She may be a domestic goddess, but Martha Stewart could stand some serious improvement as a mom. So says Martha's own daughter Alexis Stewart, who uses her upcoming memoir Whateverland: Learning to Live Here to lash out at her famous mother.
Is it any wonder we're depressed?
Once upon a time, Allison Pearson, author of the best-selling book,which was just recently made into a movie, I Don't Know How She Does It, admitted to struggling with depression in one of her columns she wrote for The Mail.
Experts say: You do have a favorite kid
Earlier this year a mom named Kate kick-started a heated debate when she blogged a very big confession: She loves her son more than her daughter. "What a selfish person this mother is," wrote one reader in response to the controversial post. "Clearl...
Ashton on Infidelity Rumors: Don't Believe the Hype
He Tweets the Public Enemy song and what he thinks of public assumptions
The Jolie-Pitt girls go get pierced
Angelina Jolie took her girls Zahara, 6, and Shiloh, 5, for quite a treat this week: According to US, the trio paid a visit to a small London salon so that the girls could get their ears pierced! As it turns out,…
Toddlers & Tiaras takes heat for hooker costume
Ever since it first aired, TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras has been courting controversy. Giving a glimpse into the junior pageant circuit, the show has left many of us mildly horrified by what we've seen: Little girls being plucked, waxed, tanned and made u...
I cried on her first day of school
It's finally here, the first day of school. I took the morning off work so I could walk Mads to her kindergarten class. She's all limbs these days, long and lean and golden brown from so many sprinkler sessions underneath this summer sun.
Samuel L Jackson: Go the F**k to Sleep, kids!
By now most of you have probably heard of the new bedtime story that's flying off the shelf called Go the F**ck to Sleep. As the title suggests, the book is meant more for us desperate, bleary-eyed parents than it is for our kids! Actor Samuel L J...
7 bizarre baby products
Necessity is the mother of invention, so it only makes sense that motherhood has inspired countless new and interesting products. Some of them are lifesavers, but others… well, not so much.
Were you happier without kids?
It was a brutal weekend. My 5-year-old has entered some kind of uber-emotional state, heartbroken and sobbing one minute, angrily stomping out of the room the next.
Bristol Palin gets a new face, new reality show
Bristol Palin showed up at last week's White House Correspondents Dinner looking undeniably… different. After a ton of tabloid speculation, …
Why do you work?
After spending the last year as a stay-at-home mom to my two beautiful girls, I returned to work full-time this week, settling back into my little cubicle, into my morning commute and afternoon coffee break. I'll be honest - there are things about it...
7-year-old has plastic surgery to stop bullying
How far would you go to prevent your child from being picked on by school yard bullies? One South Dakota mom was so worried that her 7-year-old daughter would be teased for her "cup ears" that she decided to take a proactive measure: She took her i...
J.Crew ad sparks gender identity outrage
Clothing company J.Crew has created quite a controversy thanks to a new ad featuring the retailer's president Jenna Lyons, her 5-year-old son Beckett and… brace yourselves… a bottle of bright pink nail polish. "Saturday with Jenna…
Can a stroller help PPD? Win an Orbit G2 ($900)
WINNER, WINNER!! CONGRATS Tanya! You won the Orbit Baby G2 Travel System. Yes, really! Thank you for sharing your story about PPD. You wrote: After an excruciating labor and delivery that lasted a total of 7 days, my beautiful baby boy was born.
The sights & sounds of Rio (winner!)
And the winner is… #69 Emily, who wrote: "I would love to win this fabulous prize. And Rio looks like such a cute movie!" Congratulations, Emily! Be sure to keep an eye on your in-box.
5 very surprising pregnancy symptoms
As a "maternity concierge," Rosie Pope makes her living helping some of New York's rich and well-connected moms-to-be navigate their way through pregnancy. Let's face it: It's hard to stay glamorous when you sweat constantly and walk with a waddle.
Does your husband wear a wedding ring?
With the big day just weeks away, Wedding Watch is officially on for Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton. My knowledge of the royals comes in large part from marathons of …
Breastfeeding: Good for kids, bad for moms
Two interesting - and somewhat aggravating - bits of breastfeeding info emerged from the think-tank this week. The first should serve to encourage extended breastfeeding among all moms, human or not, as researchers at Durham University concluded t...
An age limit on breastfeeding in public?
Last week the State of Tennessee decided to change its restrictive laws on public breastfeeding - but only after a lengthy debate about the "weird" things that could result. Under current law a mom is allowed to nurse in public, provided the child...
2012 Cribsie Awards
I'm teaching my daughter to be a skank
Yes, my 6-year-old daughter is a skank-in-training. Of course, raising a slut would be every mom's dream. That's why my friend and I enrolled our kindergarten girls in a hip hop class at our community recreation center. Because nothing says skank, ...
Jon Cryer: I Am a Troll
Charlie Sheen's former costar comes clean on the fact that he is what Sheen called him (lol)
What matters more: Marriage or motherhood?
When we were expecting our first child my husband and I sat in the dim light of our favorite little Thai restaurant and agreed that our marriage would always come first. No matter how many children we had, no matter how little time, the most importan...
Gwen Stefani Covers Elle
Is Suri Cruise too old for a pacifier?
How old is too old for a pacifier? Two? Three? How about five? Ditching the paci is right up there with potty training on the list of jobs that many of us parents dread to tackle…. It seems Katie Holmes may have put it on the back burner entirely.
Kids just aren't worth it
I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, folks, but it turns out that kids aren't worth it after all. According to a new study published in the Journal of Psychological Science, our little cherubs aren't so much a joy as they are a big old financial...
10 Tips for the first time cruiser
This was both our first time on a cruise, and now that we have been, we wonder why we waited so long. This trip was sponsored by Beacon Financial, a company that Kyle partners with. We were with a group of about 50, and it was nice to be a part of a ...
numbmum: Learning how to walk together
Brooke Mueller Steps Out With Her Boys
Ignore the kids, now guilt-free!
Have you noticed a theme here at Momformation? It's BabyCenter's Guilt-Free Parenting Week, and I refuse to feel guilty about pushing it on you. I know, that's deep. I've spent the week thinking about guilt and whether or not I have any. Thankfully,...
Choosing to be a "part-time" mom
There's a lot of talk about Mommy guilt at BabyCenter this week: Guilt about formula, about messy kitchens and missing the school run. All of these small decisions and regrets, these things that will likely soon be behind us and long forgotten. And...
I suck at everything
I have a vision of the mom I'm supposed to be, and I'm not measuring up. My friends would tell you I'm smoking my own personal brand of delusional crack. They'd tell you I'm a powerhouse of energy and productivity, that they don't know how I get it a...
Activities for new moms: 52 weekly challenges
Two geeky girls' guide to the first years of motherhood.
The heartbreaking story of baby Joseph
Losing a child seems like a cruelty that no parent should ever have to suffer - the mere idea of it sends an ice-cold shiver down my spine. For some, though, it's more than just a frightening thought that creeps its way into your head from time to ti...
7 things I won't feel guilty about. You?
I always knew that the moment I held my baby in my arms for the first time I'd feel love like never before. What I didn't know was that with great love, comes paralyzing fear and massive guilt. Wasn't quite prepared for that.
Why I want to keep my toddler in diapers
I feel as if I should have guilt. But I don't. And in honor of BabyCenter's Guilt-Free Parenting Week, I'm just going to put it out there: I don't want to potty train my son Ryan, who turns 3 in a couple of months. I'd rather he happily play trains i...
Oscars fashion: Best & worst dressed
I kicked off BabyCenter's "Guilt-Free" week a tad early, sitting down to watch the Academy Awards last night with a big bowl of popcorn and almost-as-big glass of wine.
Whooping cough health alert
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) released a health alert February 16th, 2011 on whooping cough. We are still seeing many cases of this preventable disease and the alert reviewed proper testing techniques for health care professionals. Early dia...
What's your favorite age?
I didn't find the 2s all that terrible. Maybe it's just that I kept my expectations very low - after hearing all the horror stories I had mentally prepared myself for my daughter to turn into a screeching she-devil the day she turned two, using my he...
Mariah Carey spent $20,000 on a crib?!
Mom-to-be Mariah Carey has reportedly been shelling out very big bucks on baby gear for her twins, who are due this Spring. While the singer's hubby Nick Cannon admits that their house looks like "freakin' Macy's" at the moment, a source close to the...