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12 Finger Foods That Don't Come From a Box

Skip highly processed finger foods for these natural, nutritious bites babies and toddlers will love to get their hands on.<p>Forget the mush and surprise your baby with a new taste and texture by offering whole peas. Green peas can be steamed, boiled, or simply offered frozen. Aside from wonderful …

Peas

Breaking the Silence and Stigma Surrounding Stillborn Births

She had a pink nursery all set up for her. She had two sisters eager to play with her. She had a mother and father whose dreams were wrapped up in her. And she had a name never to be heard by her. "Kelly Ryan" Hopkins cries were silenced just moments before she was born, but her family's continues …

Pregnancy

Teaching Kids About Race & Racism

<i>By Gabrielle. Image of bell hooks — if you know the photographer, please share.</i><p>February is quickly coming to a close, but before it’s officially …

5 Secrets Of Super-Happy Parents With Well-Behaved Kids

Parenting from your child's point of view means shifting your orientation, and seeing the world from a new perspective. Instead of understanding your child from a "top-down" adult position, think and look at the world as if you were their age and size. It's something I think about every day as the …

Parenting

Investment Manager Explains Why 99.5% Of Americans Can Never Win

<i>Beyond the charts and warnings from economists and investors, perhaps the most disturbing commentary on income inequality in America was written by an investment manager in 2011.</i><p><i>"In my view, the American dream of striking it rich is merely a well-marketed fantasy that keeps the bottom 99.5% hoping</i> …

Income Inequality

What Little Girls Wish Daddies Knew

I'm spending the morning waiting for my car in the repair shop. Four men in flannel (I missed the flannel memo) and I sit around smelling tires and inhaling exhaust fumes while an enchanting little fairy is in constant motion around her daddy. She climbs on him, giggles, turns around, and then …

Parenting

How to Throw a Chinese New Year Dumpling Party

From wrappers and fillings to dipping sauces, all you need to know to make dumplings for Chinese New Year, courtesy of Beijing's Black Sesame Kitchen<p>Even before the metaphorical Chinese New Year's ball drops this Saturday night, families across China (and around the world) will already be stuffed …

Food & Dining

How to Name a Baby

The first time a friend of mine had a child, it was intensely jarring.<p>I'd be living my normal day, and then the thought would hit me -- "Matt has a <i>son</i>" -- and my whole world would get turned upside down.<p>Three years and six friend babies later, I'm 32 and have numbed to the whole thing considerably. …

Top 10

Cool Name of the Week: January

Are you feeling like you're living in the movie <i>Frozen</i>? Where I am, winter isn't coming—it's here and it's here to stay for a while. Which led me to think of some really cool wintry names. There's Winter, which has become the fresh new seasonal baby name and is giving Autumn a run for the money. And …

22 Unexpected Gifts of Twins

This month, my boy-girl twins turn 11. Of course, as a mom blogger, I think the best way to celebrate this milestone is with a list! Here are 22 unexpected gifts that come with having twins.<p>1. The instant anyone finds out you are pregnant with twins (family, friends, strangers), the red carpet …

Parenting

15 Manners Kids Should Know

I want to have polite children.<p><i>Don’t we all?</i><p>I wish I could say that my kids have good manners, I hope to raise them to love God and to love others, …

Spoon-Fed Babies May Be More Likely to Be Overweight

Babies whose parents feed them with a spoon may be more likely to become overweight and have a hard time identifying what being "full" feels like, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity. The findings support the technique known as "baby-led weaning," in which babies are …

The Wonderbag Will Change The Way You Slow-Cook Forever (VIDEO)

Sometimes innovations in cooking seem like they're only for chefs, or at the very least people with the coin to drop on an immersion circulator. Rarely does something hit the market that is affordable, amazing, brand new and totally practical for the home cook. That is exactly how we'd describe the …

The Best Tantrum Tricks

We gathered advice from real moms (and a dad!) on how they maneuver around their child's meltdowns.<p>"When my 16-month-old is acting out, I put her in a chair and hold her there with my hand on her abdomen. When a child that young has a meltdown, they often don't know how to pull themselves together. …

Massachusetts

Stop Your Preschooler From Hitting and Biting

Help your kid communicate with words, not fists or (ouch!) teeth.<p>Anyone who's watched her preschooler pack a punch on the playground knows: Terrible doesn't stop at 2. Physical aggression, from shoving to kicking to biting, is still common at this age. "Just because a child can talk doesn't mean …

Parenting

Why The Right Bedtime For A Toddler Is So Important

If your toddler fights falling asleep, it may not necessarily be willfulness, lack of discipline or any of the other culprits frequently cited by health care providers and parenting experts. A new study suggests that the bedtimes parents set for their toddlers may simply be out of sync with their …

30 Best-Ever Potty Training Tips

Trust us—we know these top tips work! We tapped the experts—everyone from Parents.com readers to doctors—who spilled their secrets on getting your toddler potty trained in no time.<p>Boost the fun factor of using the potty with a Pee-Kaboo Reusable Potty Training Sticker. Slap a blank sticker onto the …

Parenting

Get it Done: 35 Habits of the Most Productive People (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You know those people who get so much done it seems like they have 30 hours in every day while the rest of us mere mortals have a measly 24? You know, the ones who seem to get more accomplished before breakfast than you do all day?<p>You can …

Hillary Clinton

The Mom Confession

I am writing this in my hallway at the top of the stairs because my two little boys won't stay in their room and go to bed unless I sit up here at the doorway and utter words like <i>go to bed</i> and stay in bed now -- I mean it and no more water and you will lose media time if you get out of your bed …

Parenting

Easy Kids' Room Decor

Whether you're revamping their bedroom, playroom, study space, or closet, use our simple solutions to wow your kids.<p>Use fabric bins at kid-level to make it simple for little ones to get toys put away where they belong.

Kids

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How to Be a Design Entrepreneur: Seven Tips for Running Your Own I.D. Business

For the past ten weeks, I've been talking to a variety of American design entrepreneurs about the realities of running an I.D. business today. The …

Small Business

50 Foods We Avoid That Are Actually Good For Us

Early childhood experiences with food can be traumatizing (who liked liver and onions as a kid?), but if you decided never to try something again as an adult, then you might be missing out on some truly nutritious and, perhaps, delicious items.<p>We avoid certain foods for a number of reasons, but …

Nutrition

34 Little Hacks That Will Make Parenting So Much Easier

You pretty much have to be a superhuman to do it. Any little bit helps.

Kids

Hoisin and Ginger Spareribs

Place ribs in a 9" x 13" baking dish. Purée hoisin, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, oil, garlic, jalapeños, peppers, onions, ginger, tomatoes, paste, and …

BBQ

25 Ways to Win With Watermelon

There’s something about watermelon—it just isn’t summer without it. But you can do more than just serve it in wedges or in a fruit salad. Paired with basil and feta, it becomes a savory salad, and paired with vodka it becomes…well, the best cocktail to round out the summer months. So, for National …

Watermelon