November 2008 Archives
Is My Kid Spoiled?
by Chris Grannis
The screaming child in the shopping cart grabs at the candy while his frazzled mother tries to unload the groceries at the checkout. Before she has the chance to react he rips off the wrapper and proceeds to cram the chocolate into his mouth. Does this sound all too familiar? Have you ever asked yourself the question, 'Is My Kid Spoiled?' Well, you are not alone. According to a recent study* 94% of parents believe that American children are spoiled. Deciding if your little angel is, in fact, a little devil is not rocket science. Thankfully, neither is the solution.
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By Jenny Runkel
"Life is a stage and we are all players in it."
Parenting really is similar to theater, if you think about it. In the space of two hours, you can experience comedy, drama, tragedy, and maybe even a nude scene or two (depending on the age of your child). There is however, one critical difference: in parenting there is no script. Life sure would be easier if there were, but it just doesn't work that way. Try as you might, no scene you envision with your child will go exactly according to plan. That's because kids have an uncanny ability to sh
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Story Time Success
By Aviva Patz
It might seem like kids' brains are now more stimulated than ever with all the media they're exposed to -- TV, the Internet, computer games, cell phones. But in fact, all that electronic input is actually eroding their sense of imagination, educators say. "When children are given images, they don't learn to form pictures in their mind's eye, which is the basis of creative imagination," says Elizabeth Rose, Ed.S., director of National Youth Storytelling Showcase, an organization that aims to get youth involved in storytelling.
Story Time Success.
Erwtensoep (Split Pea Soup)
With all the heavy holiday cooking and eating, simplify a few meals by serving this traditional version of pea soup. Tasty, warming, filling and easy.
Today's Erwtensoep is a Dutch classic, and is often served as a main dish. It makes a fine dinner on its own, with thick slices of buttered pumpernickel or rye bread.
Erwtensoep (Split Pea Soup)
1 lb (450 g) dried green split peas, rinsed and picked over
10 cups (2.5 L) water
1/4 cup (60 ml) diced salt pork
1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped leeks
1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped celery
1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped celer
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What to cook, what to cook...MomShare has a ton of recipes, from elaborate holiday fixins' to quick toss-together family dinners. We're busy, we're harried, we could all use a good meal. Just scroll down the page to find all of our recipes. There's sure to be something to inspire you.
Do you have a family holiday favorite you'd like to share? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Taking on the Turkey: Simplifying Thanksgiving
Every autumn, families look forward to the day dedicated to an overwhelming amount of turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing - and giving thanks. However, for those in charge of this meal, Thanksgiving can more stressful than satiating. Whether these chefs are in charge due to their renowned culinary creations or because it's their turn to host, the truth is, many feel that the holiday turkey has become 18 pounds of anxiety and mess.
Experts from Jennie-O Turkey Store encourage you to take on the turkey this Thanksgiving by offering advice on how to make the rest of the day as simple as possible.
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Fashion Forward Holidays with Key Accessories
Holiday season is here and it's time to look great with the latest in fashion trends and styles. Especially in this economic climate, women want to update their look without the cost of couture or the difficulty of understanding how to wear what they see on the runway.
Finola Hughes, award-winning actress and host of The Style Network's "How Do I Look?" says many people may not realize that the key to wearing the latest trends can be as simple as updating a few accessories and repairing things you may already have in the closet. And, she says, eyewear is the first thing people notice and the easiest accessory to update
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Top 5 Products for Busy Moms
By Nicole LaMarco
Parents have so many choices these days with gimmicks and gizmos advertised to aid them in childrearing. Lots of things aren't safe for kids and others aren't all they are promised to be. Here is a top-5 list of products for parents that will really help and get kids involved.
1. Mark My Time Bookmark -- This was written up in O, Oprah's own magazine. Children keep the bookmark in whatever magazine or book they are reading and activate the time whenever they begin reading. The goal is 30 minutes of reading per day. Kids love it because it's brightly co
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Surviving Cold Season
By Michael Castleman
Last year Jane McGee swore by Airborne®, the cold remedy "created by a teacher." All winter long, the New York-based jewelry maker dropped Airborne® tablets into glasses of water and felt reassured that the fizzy concoction would help her fend off colds. But since then, the Federal Trade Commission charged Airborne with false advertising, and in a $30 million settlement, the makers of the vitamin-mineral-herb product agreed to stop claiming that it prevents and cures colds.
"I don't know what to think -- or do," says the perplexed McGee. "I just want to stay healthy this
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By Dana Sullivan
No one knows better than you that pregnancy is an amazing journey. But after you give birth, your body goes through another round of dramatic emotional and physical changes. You probably feel alternately sheer joy and utter exhaustion, and you may be experiencing physical pain that you didn't expect. Here, some of the most common postpartum complaints, and advice from the American College of Gynecologists on the best ways to treat them:
Afterbirth contractions After you give birth, your uterus must continue contracting in order to get back to its original si
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