Mary Larsen

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Don't listen to the propagandists behind the urban gardening fad. It's all lies

If you are a city-dweller casting about this Memorial Day for a worthy summer project, I beg of you: turn your grill into a DIY smoker, brew your own lager or learn to sculpt cocktail ice. Do not start a vegetable garden.<p>I have been down the balcony garden path, and I can tell you that it is lined …

Deploying Jack Bauer Phrases for an Intense, 24-hour Job: Parenting Toddlers

With a new season of the high-octane serial drama <i>24</i> now on television, my wife and I are once again finding ourselves using lots of <i>24</i>-style lingo in our everyday parenting routine.<p>Of course, this is a bit ironic. The ceaselessly stressful and frequently violent show isn't exactly family …

Toddler Draws on Dad's Passport, Strands Him in South Korea

When was the last time your child’s adorable mischief left you stranded in a foreign country?<p>For one Chinese businessman, the answer to that question …

Watch A Supercut Of ‘Game Of Thrones’ Fans Losing Their Sh*t As The Red Viper Battles The Mountain

06.02.14 28 Comments<p>Thanks to the series’ proclivity for oversized “WTF” moments, fan reaction videos have become a huge part of the <i>Game of Thrones</i> experience. The Red Wedding edition is probably the greatest reaction video ever made — George R. R. Martin enjoyed it, and Peter Dinklage took great …

Is It Easier to Be a SAHM or a Working Mother?

My husband and I had decided that when my daughter was born, I would stay at home with her. I would leave the working world and enter into the world of being a stay-at-home mom. I loved the thought of it; I relished the idea of staying home with my little one and I just knew that I was cut out for …

Is Beasts of the Southern Wild's Quvenzhané Wallis the Most Adorable Annie Ever?

Since Quvenzhané Wallis stole hearts as the tiny tragic heroine of last year's Oscar-nominated film <i>Beasts of the Southern Wild</i>, audiences have been …

Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel & The Roots Sing "Let It Go" from "Frozen" (w/ Classroom Instruments)

Baby Care Basics: What are the Signs of Flu?

Learn how to tell if Baby's sniffles are a cold or the flu and when to call the doctor.<p>Influenza is a viral infection that primarily affects the respiratory system, and is generally seen in the fall and winter. It can be especially dangerous in infants because their immune systems are still …

Stop Facebook From Automatically Playing Videos Over Cellular Data With This Simple Fix

Ad By Carbon Ads<p>Andrew Kunesh | Sunday, February 2nd, 2014<p>In a recent Facebook iOS update, the app gained the ability to automatically play muted …

5 Things You Need to Know Before Your Kid's First Trip to the Movies

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media editor<p>Before you had kids, a trip to the movies was a no-brainer. You liked the actor or director or the movie poster was cool, so you went. Simple. But if you have little kids, you have to put a bit more thought into a visit to the multiplex, especially the …

4 Ways to Volunteer As a Family for the Holidays

We all know the benefits of raising kids who volunteer -- how helping others helps children become more compassionate, more connected and more self-reliant little people. The really good news? You don't have to make a huge commitment to reap a big payoff for your family -- and those in need.<p>Here …

Dazzling Glitter Lips! Our Super Easy Tutorial

For many years, I was a dancer in a burlesque troupe in Minneapolis. When perform burlesque 2–4 times a week, you learn lots of stage makeup tricks. …

Pumpkin Spice Latte Nutella Muffins (grain-free, gluten-free, with paleo option)

<i>These moist and delicious pumpkin spice latte Nutella muffins are grain-free and gluten-free and can also be made paleo / dairy-free!</i><p>Before anyone …

Baby Babble: Why It's Important

Talking to your kids is so important, especially when they're young. Asking them open-ended questions, instead of saying a basic "yes" or "no," will open up the doors to good conversation. But you don't have to wait until your kids are in grade school to start chatting. Respond to your baby when …

47 Fun, Freaky And Fantastic Family Halloween Costumes

You know what they say... the family that dresses up together, stays together. Scroll down for Halloween costume ideas that put the Addams family to shame.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Family Halloween Costumes<p><b>Do you have photos of your family dressed up together? Send them to us at parents (at) huffingtonpost</b> …

DIY Babywearing Halloween costumes for new parents: Sling or treat!

Yes, there may be a tiny person attached to you at all times. But this month, if you’re creative or crafty, that could mean some amazing DIY …

YouTube enlists Google+ to fix the world's worst comments

Can social networking and machine learning make comments worth reading?<p>YouTube’s comments section, that notorious bastion of hostility toward women, people of color, rational thought, empathy, and the English language, is finally getting a makeover. In a series of sweeping changes that begin …

Autism Deserves Better Responses From Adults

With the news of Jaelen Edge's death, we hear yet another report of an autistic child being killed by a parent. We must recognize our own responsibilities as adults to keep our children safe.<p>An adult's response to an autistic child's upset is the single, most important factor in whether the child's …

The Biggest Baby Shower: A special event for new moms

When I asked my Mom’s Group facilitator — a woman whose own daughters were over 20 years old — how the conversation amongst rookie moms had changed …

Baby Showers