Gail Miller

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You Might Be a Mommy or Daddy If....

1. You know what MLP stands for.*<p>2. Needy interlopers sometimes take over your bed in the middle of the night.<p>3. Your living room often looks like a bad day at Chuck E. Cheese.<p>4. You can define any of the following: Beaba, nipple shield, Sleep Sheep.<p>5. Sweat pants are a fashion choice, not a faux …

Living Rooms

15 Things About New Motherhood That People Are Too Nice to Tell You When You're Pregnant

I have some good friends who are due to have their first babies in the next few months, and I'm so excited for them. I'm also holding my tongue because there are some truths about having a newborn in the house that I think people just don't tell first-time moms because it's not nice to pile on a …

Pregnancy

You'd Never Forget Your Child In The Car, Right?

Most of us think we're incapable of making such a horrible mistake. So did the parents in this story.<p>It was Day 3 of a new routine for the Edwards family. Jodie, a professor and counselor at a private university in Cincinnati, had spent the summer of 2008 working two days a week and taking care of …

New York City

Use Your Noodle: Pool Noodle Backyard Games

Three easy ways to turn inexpensive pool noodles into awesome backyard toys.<p>Our homemade noodle rings can be used to play a host of games, including catch and human ring toss.

Vietnam

You Went to a Funeral and Then You Went Home

You heard some bad news from a friend, relative, social media, church or maybe in a gossip circle. However you heard, you immediately felt bad, asked how to help, donated time, food, money or prayers. Whatever you did, the family was grateful, even if they didn't say it. They were blessed by your …

Empathy

Make Rainbow Loom Jewelry - Without A Loom. So Easy & Cool

Craft Tutorial Created By Kids – For Kids!<p>My 7 year old daughter rightfully takes complete credit for this genius example of childhood …

7 Playful Ways to Teach Kids Manners

Yes, those good old p's and q's still matter--but teaching them calls for a creative approach. Read on for fun ways to get your kids schooled in the essentials of etiquette. You'll thank us!<p>Despite what your kids might think, the point of manners is not to provide parents with opportunities to …

Kids

Giving Up on Sex

<i>Disclaimer: I am not a professional. This is not advice. This is me talking about my experiences, what works and what doesn't for me, my family, in our situation. What works for us may not work for you -- because we are different, which is cool. If you want to tell me why I am wrong, or right, or</i> …

Parenting

Ease Parenting Challenges With These Two Simple Words

Have you ever watched a 3-year-old proudly try to pour a large carton of milk into a bowl of cereal on his/her own only to see it splash all over the table, the floor and everyone else within five feet? It can be very upsetting, and not just for the little ones. Yup, often it's the grown-ups who …

Summer Safety Tips for Your Children

The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the first child protection agency in the world, wants all children to have a safe and happy summer. Here are our tips for keeping children safe.<p><b>Practice Traffic Safety</b><p>• Transportation accidents, where children are hit while on …

11 Smart Ways to Prevent Allergies

Spring has sprung and you're tempted to fling open the windows and...ah-choo! No, you shouldn't have to put on a face mask this time of the year. These simple strategies will help keep stuffiness and sneezing at bay—inside and out.<p>It may feel cushy underfoot, but carpet—especially in the bedroom …

Biomedicine

Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster?

Don't feel bad if the answer's no -- most Americans aren't. But the process isn't as daunting as you might think. A pediatrician mom walks you through it.<p>I've finally done it. I've made a disaster kit and created a communication plan for my family in case of an emergency. Until recently, every time …

Los Angeles

17 Things I'll Miss When My Kid Is Older

While you're in the parenting trenches it's difficult to have perspective. But sometimes, when a calm comes over the home and you find yourself smiling instead of angrily buttering toast, you realize, "Wow, I'm going to miss these things when he's older."<p>How much he wants me around.<br>• How he always …

Parenting

5 Kinds of School Friends All Moms Should Have

"We had a good run," I say, and wrap my arms around her. "We did," she answers, squeezing back. We're not teary or ecstatic. We're the perfect blend of both for two moms on preschool graduation day.<p>Our boys are weaving between conspiring whispers and (failed) tree-climbing attempts. They face each …

When Parenting Breaks Your Heart

Once you are a parent, your pores open up and more of life's stuff gets inside you. You can't screen out the horror stories about what happens to little children because there is a little child on your lap now, and you can't help thinking, <i>Oh my God, what if that happened to him?</i><p>I've always been a …

Let's Cut the Crap and Kiss Goody Bags Goodbye

Enough.<p>Enough with stale Tootsie Rolls and broken bird whistles.<p>Enough with half-opened Hershey's Kisses and misshapen Slinkys.<p>Enough with erasers that crumble and rubber ducks that emit fumes.<p>Enough with the plastic.<p>Enough with the small.<p>Enough with the cheap.<p>Enough with the crap.<p>Sometimes nothing …

Parenting

Fathers, Be Good to Your Sons

Many of us look forward to weekends, but more and more I'm saddened by a particular phenomenon. It's the great number of young men out with their children with no mum in sight. It's pretty clear that most of these men no longer live with the mother of their children.<p>There would be as many reasons …

The 20 Best Snacks for Kids

Toss out the junk food and start making snack time fun again! See how these 20 kid-friendly ingredients can turn into healthy homemade snacks. Try the low calorie snack recipes that will keep your kids happy and healthy.<p>1 of 24<p>10 Smart Snacks For Kids<p>1 of 24<p>2 of 24<p>Whole Grain Cereal<p>2 of 24<p>Tina …

Healthy Eating

Spectacular Summer Craft Ideas for Kids

Fun indoor and outdoor activities for stretching out summer.<p>Turn paper ephemera from your vacation into a container to showcase your family's happy memories.<p>Use a 1-inch circle punch to create 45 to 65 paper circles from colored paper and printed material from your trip -- maps, brochures, tickets, …

Crafting

6 Reasons to Chant With Your Kids (and 5 Ways to Do It)

We live in a hurry-up world -- and so do our children. How can we, as families, slow down, connect with each other and ourselves, and enjoy the present moment? Mantra musicians such as the bestselling duo, Deva Premal and Miten, and the popular singer-songwriter Donna De Lory suggest chanting …

Meditation

The most important things to know when considering a plant-based diet

<b>1. Acknowledge what you can eat, not what you can't.</b><br>When I first explored a vegan diet, I was still living with my parents and I was unemployed so I …