W is for… Wednesday Weird Parenting News (The Nutty Edition)

Standard

We’re back with another edition of Wednesday Weird Parenting News! Check out these combat-ready diaper bags, nutty babies, and more!

128092916_183f4caef8-2

Breast milk, rice cereal… and peanuts? New research coming out of King’s College London is turning traditional thinking about peanuts and kids on its head. According to the study, the number of kids developing peanut allergies can be “drastically reduced if children are introduced to peanuts as soon as they begin to eat solid foods.” What do you think? Will you give your 4-month-old peanut butter? Read the fully story here.

It’s not a purse, it’s a bullet-resistant diaper bag. Wondering what to get that tough dad-to-be in your life? One Washington state cop, wanting a diaper bag that would fit his masculine image, designed a “tactical-grade baby bag” assembled by a military supply company whose other products include bullet proof vests and body armor. No one’s laughing at him on the playground! Read all about it.

Million-dollar babies. The divorcing wife of a hedge-fund manager is claiming she needs one million dollars a month in child support for the couple’s three kids. This covers logical costs, such as $6,800 a month for groceries and $300,000 monthly for a private jet. Sounds about right, no? Check out the whole story.

* * *

coverBuy the book! For more Mommy madness, check out the new book, Mommy A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the Joys, Wonders, and Absurdities of Motherhood, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple.

Like this blog? Click below to vote for Mommy A to Z on Top Mommy Blogs!

Visit Top Mommy Blogs To Vote For Me!

photo credit: Worlds most expensive sandwich via photopin (license)

F is for… Five Ways to Take Care of My Sick Toddler

Standard

IMG_2518

This past week my toddler was sick, and life seemed to stand still (even though he, of course, would not). Caring for a sick toddler is a unique challenge that would drive even the likes of Florence Nightingale insane. In the midst of restraining tears and the desire to stalk your kid’s pediatrician, you have to chase a toddler with a runny nose and a thermometer sticking out of his armpit. It’s emotionally and physically exhausting.

While my kids have had their share of illnesses, this was one of the longer bouts my son has experienced. Playing nursemaid, I learned a lot about how to care for my ailing toddler. Continue reading

Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #39

Standard

The Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop Is Live!

Link up at the Manic Mondays blog hop! Last week’s hop featured inspiring posts on everything from bullying to judging other moms (and ourselves). To see which posts were featured, visit this week’s blog hop!

Now it’s time for this week’s party! Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! As always, one post (or more!) will be featured on Mommy A to Z and on Twitter. So come link up your favorite post, meet some other great bloggers, and have a great time!

Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop
* * *

coverBuy the book! For more Mommy madness, check out the new book, Mommy A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the Joys, Wonders, and Absurdities of Motherhood, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple.

Like this blog? Click below to vote for Mommy A to Z on Top Mommy Blogs!

Visit Top Mommy Blogs To Vote For Me!

W is for… Wednesday Weird Parenting News (Silly Parent Edition)

Standard

It’s time for another edition of Wednesday Weird Parenting News. This week we’re looking at parents who just can’t get it right — from letting their kids sleep to letting them eat. Don’t miss these unusual headlines!

145184080_594868a1ddSay it ain’t so. A new study finds that kids who nap past the age of two have poorer overall sleep habits. So, if your 3-year-old is napping, go wake him up (said no parent ever). Will this information change your child’s sleep schedule? Check out the full story.

Tell me lies. Here’s another interesting study: According to research released by the National Bureau of Economic Research, parents are more likely to lie in front of sons than daughters. (For some of us, the first lie is “don’t worry, the snippety-snip isn’t going to hurt.”) Read all about it.

The high cost of obesity. Proposed legislation in Puerto Rico will fine parents whose kids are obese — up to $800. This is certain to cause some controversy… and make for some very boring kids’ birthday cakes. Read the story, and share your thoughts!

* * *

coverBuy the book! For more Mommy madness, check out the new book, Mommy A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the Joys, Wonders, and Absurdities of Motherhood, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple.

Like this blog? Click below to vote for Mommy A to Z on Top Mommy Blogs!

Visit Top Mommy Blogs To Vote For Me!

photo credit: truman asleep via photopin (license)

Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #38

Standard

The Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop Is Live!

Link up at the Manic Mondays blog hop! Last week’s hop featured inspiring posts on everything time-management tips for moms to boosting kids’ self-esteem. To see which posts were featured, visit this week’s blog hop!

Now it’s time for this week’s party! Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! As always, one post (or more!) will be featured on Mommy A to Z and on Twitter. So come link up your favorite post, meet some other great bloggers, and have a great time!

Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop
* * *

coverBuy the book! For more Mommy madness, check out the new book, Mommy A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the Joys, Wonders, and Absurdities of Motherhood, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple.

Like this blog? Click below to vote for Mommy A to Z on Top Mommy Blogs!

Visit Top Mommy Blogs To Vote For Me!

V is for … Valentine’s Day (And 5 Ways I’m Bringing the Romance This Holiday)

Standard

2265337682_a49b549695

For the past week I’ve been buying boxes of Valentine’s Day cards, trying to maintain the right princess-to-superhero ratio for my daughter’s kindergarten class (since heaven forbid we buy something gender neutral that doesn’t involve Arial or Cinderella). I’ve been covertly purchasing tiny boxes of chocolates attached to tiny teddy bears, making mailboxes out of shoe boxes and construction paper, digging through drawers for red outfits the kids can wear on the big day.

And then, with just three days to go, it hit me: Isn’t some part of this holiday supposed to be about, you know, me and my husband? Shouldn’t I be thinking about love and romance — all that stuff being advertised on channels that aren’t Nick Jr.?

It’s been years since we’ve even attempted to get a babysitter on Valentine’s Day, mostly because I’m too embarrassed to suggest that our sitter has nothing better to do on Valentine’s Day than wipe my son’s butt. Asking a woman if she’s free on Valentine’s Day is a bit like asking if she’s pregnant. If you don’t know, don’t ask.

Yet just because we’re not hitting the town doesn’t mean that we can’t have a bit of romance this holiday. Here are 5 ways I’m bringing sexy back this Valentine’s Day. Continue reading

W is for… Wednesday Weird Parenting News (The “Oh No You Didn’t!” Edition)

Standard

We’re back with another edition of Wednesday Weird Parenting News. From fed-up bus drivers to crazy children’s book authors, check out this week’s unusual parenting stories.

15500479782_6dc57097fb (1)

Bus-ted Driver. Ever wonder how your kid’s bus driver stays sane, and doesn’t just pull over and run away? Well one bus driver in Texas did just that. Unable to deal with her rowdy pint-size passengers, she pulled over and stormed off — leaving the keys in the ignition and dozens of kids in disbelief. Read the full story.

What Would the Pope Do? Not sure where you stand on the spanking issue? According to Pope Francis, it’s OK to spank as long as you preserve the child’s dignity:

“One time, I heard a father in a meeting with married couples say ‘I sometimes have to smack my children a bit, but never in the face so as to not humiliate them,’” Francis said.

“How beautiful!” Francis remarked. “He knows the sense of dignity! He has to punish them but does it justly and moves on.”

This one’s creating a bit of controversy… what do you think?  Read the entire story here.

Oh, Those Marvelous Measles! A kid’s book called Melanie’s Marvelous Measles? Is this an Onion story? Nope. The author wrote this unusual tale “to educate children on the benefits of having measles and how you can heal from them naturally and successfully.” Sounds like a best-seller to me! Read all about it.

* * *

coverBuy the book! For more Mommy madness, check out the new book, Mommy A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the Joys, Wonders, and Absurdities of Motherhood, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple.

Like this blog? Click below to vote for Mommy A to Z on Top Mommy Blogs!

Visit Top Mommy Blogs To Vote For Me!

photo credit: West Point Tours #312 via photopin (license).