Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Yummy mummies: Are moms under too much pressure to be hot?

It wasn’t all that long ago that baby boomer mothers embraced the soccer mom icon, with her elastic waistband jeans and big, bulky sweaters. That stereotype was lampooned on “Saturday Night Live,” which did a spoof on “mom jeans.” (“Because I’m not a woman, I’m a mother.”)

But then came Victoria Beckham and Kelly Ripa and Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow, svelte stars who had babies and then poured themselves back into their size 00 knickers within a matter of weeks. Suddenly it wasn’t good enough to have clean hair and spit-up-free clothing. As a 21st-century mother, you have to be ripped and buff and hot.

However, the relentless media focus on celebrity moms such as Demi Moore and Kate Moss is fueling the YM trend, making ordinary moms feel inadequate when they can’t attain the six-pack abs and cut biceps of the Hollywood crowd.

Read the full article.

Monday, January 28, 2008

2008 Beautiful Baby Search - Check out the Latest Entries!

Here's a preview of the hundreds of adorable entries Parenting Magazine has received for the 2008 Beautiful Baby Search. Five finalists will appear on Live with Regis and Kelly on February 11 and the winner will be featured on the cover of Parenting magazine.

Check back for more updates — more beautiful babies to come!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Kids' Birthday Parties: Your Top 10 Party Questions Answered!

You want to have a birthday party for your child, and you want to make it a success! Party Expert Linda Kaye offers insight on the top 10 party questions frequently asked, including how many children is the right number for a preschooler's party; how long should the party be; my child's birthday falls on a holiday. Should we move the party date; should we send the invitations to school with our child or mail the invitations; should we ask parents to stay and much more!

Read this valuable article!

Monday, January 21, 2008

J.Lo has baby shower on hotel roof

According to the NY Daily News, Jennifer Lopez and hubby Marc Anthony celebrated her status as a mom-to-be with a rooftop baby shower at the trendy Gramercy Park Hotel. Dressed in a black coat and with her hair swept up, the Bronx-born singer arrived at the Manhattan celeb hangout on Lexington Ave. near 22nd St. flanked by bodyguards.

J. Lo, due to give birth in a few weeks, was given matching pink and blue Tuni & G onesies last month from her sister Lynda Lopez. The pop star and actress has not said if she is expecting twins, although celebrity magazines have reported she is.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Suri Cruise Brings Little Giraffe Blanket To Birthday Party

Did you notice the blanket Katie Holmes was holding in the recent pictures of TomKat going to Grier Henchy’s (Brooke Shield’s daughter) birthday party? It’s a Chenille Little Giraffe Baby Blanket. Very cute!

Get more details about the blanket here.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

8 Super - Smart Discipline Fixes

Does discipline for babies sound Draconian?

If so, you're probably confusing discipline with punishment. But effective discipline is not about punishing; it's about teaching children to manage their behaviors and emotions so they grow into self-reliant, resilient individuals. It begins in infancy, when you gently nudge your baby onto a regular feeding and sleeping schedule. It continues when you later allow her to soothe herself to sleep or to entertain herself for brief periods. It extends into the toddler years, as you encourage her to flex her autonomy within safe limits. And it becomes paramount in the preschool years, as you nurture your child's emerging character and conscience.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Starting School: Deciding When Your Child is Ready for Preschool or Kindergarten

For many kids, preschool is the first foray into the wider "big kid" world.

But deciding when your child is ready for it — and later, for kindergarten — can be confusing. This article presents tips and helps you figure out what's best for your child, and ways to ease the transition.

It also discusses finding the right school, important milestones, helps you solve some common problems and provides tips for the first day.

Read the full article from Parenting Magazine.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Best High Chairs

Kid-tested for comfort and parent-approved for style and function, these high chairs rise above the masses.

Click here to see Cookie Magazine’s selection of high chairs in the following categories: best bargain; best basic; smoothest operator; most stowable; best height range; most durable and most adjustable.

Something for everyone!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Beautiful Baby Search 2008

Parenting magazine is partnering with Live with Regis and Kelly and Walgreens on the 2008 Beautiful Baby Search! Five finalists will be featured on Live and the winner will be featured on the cover of Parenting magazine.

Parents can enter their child by visiting and submitting a photo from Dec. 19, 2007 to Jan. 11, 2008. The Live and Parenting staffs will narrow down the thousands of entries to 10 semi-finalists, who will be announced on the show on Feb. 11, 2008. Viewers will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorites, and the top five contestants will be announced the following day. The winner will be selected from the results of a Parenting photo shoot, and will be announced on Live on Feb. 15, 2008. The lucky boy or girl will receive $125,000 for a 4-year college education and a spot on the cover of an upcoming issue of Parenting magazine!

View more details here….

Friday, January 04, 2008

7 Ways To Teach Your Kids How To Be Green

Few things are more exhilarating to a child than nature (think mud pies and fireflies), and you can lead by example. Giving your children organic foods, toys and clothes is one way to go green. But there's a lot more to raising green kids.

This article provides interesting tips and ideas on how to teach your kids how to be green.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Celeb babies are in the spotlight from Day 1

It's one thing to share wedding bliss with the world. It's quite another, many stars learn, when a newborn is the object of media attention. The first shot of a celebrity infant can mean big bucks — for stars, if they choose to sell images of their children; for paparazzi, if they don't; and for media publications either way.

With stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Nicole Richie and Jamie Lynn Spears all expecting, the want-to-see in 2008 is going to be major. "It's the fundamental attraction of celebrities," says Larry Hackett, People's managing editor. "You see them as surrogate friends and neighbors, so when they go through these big life moments, you can't help but be curious as to what their kid looks like."

Many stars try to get ahead of the paparazzi by arranging first photos to be published in magazines. Patrick Dempsey, Marcia Cross and Tori Spelling went that route last year.

Read the full article from USA Today.