Pregnant men, now that would be something to see! A new home-birth calendar is trying to put a humorous spin on an otherwise painful situation. Created by InnerBirth Midwifery, a holistic midwife center in Wisconsin, the 2014 calendar depicts common home-birth situations using men as the moms-to-be. Each of the models witnessed their wives giving birth and thought this would be a good way to show their appreciation.
The Elf on the Shelf is the biggest Christmas phenomenon to hit since Frosty, and if your kids are truly obsessed with their magical little holiday friend, it only makes sense to throw a party in his honor.
Luckily for you, Anders Ruff has done the heavy lifting for you, creating an adorable new collection of elf-inspired printables, including posters, Advent calendar tags that double as gift tags, and tons of party labels, cards, banners, and tags. "The magic of the Christmas elf is a tradition that my family has enjoyed for years," Maureen says. "After all, how can Santa possibly watch over all little boys and girls? So when our fabulous friend and client, Audrey of Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats, brought us the idea of focusing on the magical elf tradition for this year's holiday party, we loved it!" With candy cane stripes, chevron, and snowflakes, this party has us more excited than ever to break out Santa's little scout. Keep clicking to check out all the elf-tastic details!
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Say hello to Manny Poppins. A Good Morning America segment recently revealed that more moms are hiring to male nannies, or mannies, to take care of their children, saying many women find that men are a bit more enthusiastic and energetic and, as one mom said, they tend to try harder to impress the kids. John Brandon, cofounder of the male-only nanny service NYC Mannies, agrees and says childcare should be a job for all genders.
"I think guys are great caregivers," Brandon says. "They can be just as caring and just as good with kids."
There is, however, one thing mannies certainly do better than their female counterparts — be a male role model. Brandon, who lost his father at a young age, thinks it's important for kids, especially boys, without dads to have a positive male figure in their lives.
Would you hire a manny? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Forget everything you (and your kids) think you know about dinosaurs, and get ready to marvel at the prehistoric creatures' sheer size and beauty. Sure, your tots may think they know their way around the Cretaceous period after viewing more than a few episodes of Dinosaur Train and Dino Dan (which my kids are addicted to!), and having watched the Jurassic Park franchise, you may, too, but when Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie hits theaters on Dec. 20, all that will change.
Based on the 1999 BBC-produced television series of the same name and the arena show that's been traveling around the world, the movie forgoes the usual focus on popular species like the T. rex and Triceratops and focuses on the Pachyrhinosaurus, following three particular dinos from hatchlings to adulthood with voice-overs by John Leguizamo and Justin Long, among others.
But if you think this is just another dinosaur movie you'll suffer through for the sake of your kids, think again. Here are six reasons (with six exclusive clips!) you'll want to add Walking With Dinosaurs to your Winter break to-do list.
It's Truly Beautiful
Filmed in Alaska and New Zealand, the location shots that serve as the background for the film are simply stunning. The two locales serve as beautiful stand-ins for the Arctic Circle.
The CGI Is the Best We've Ever Seen
Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has come a long way in recent years, and Walking With Dinosaurs takes it to an entirely new level. The producers used James Cameron's digital effects company to create the imagery, and they are the most lifelike we've ever seen.
It's the holiday season, and we're getting in the spirit with our favorite holiday gifts. We've been rounding up our picks for everyone in your life, and now we want to gift you with something from our amazing giveaways.
For day three of our Favorite Holiday Gifts Giveaway, we are giving you the chance to get everything you need for motherhood with $2,000 to Amazon. Enter now, and you could be one step closer to this awesome shopping spree.
Then, don't forget to enter our POPSUGAR giveaway for a chance to win $2,000 to Neiman Marcus and our Fitness giveaway to refresh your workout wardrobe with a $2,000 Nordstrom shopping spree, and be sure to check out our POPSUGAR Editors' Guide to Giving.
We've seen a fair amount of "The Fox" parodies, and now there's one just for moms. "What Does the Kid Say" captures the true sounds of parenthood, from fights with siblings to refusing veggies. Created by Deva Dalporto, this video is one that moms (and dads) will laugh at and love.
December is officially underway, and heading out in a cozy sweater is no longer going to cut it (especially for the stroller set!) We've found nine of the sweetest, cushiest snowsuits for babies to wear when braving the elements. From J.Crew's sophisticated camouflage print puffer to a classic Patagonia down bunting in bold magenta, shop our top picks for staying warm — all Winter long.
Patagonia Down Sweater Bunting
Your bitty baby girl can match mom and dad this Winter in Patagonia's classic Down Sweater Bunting ($129) in bright pink or purple.
The Children's Place Toggle Snowsuit
How much do we love The Children's Place's Toggle Snowsuit ($28, originally $40)? Let us count the ways! Between the teddy bear "ears" and detachable mittens and booties, it's enough to stop stroller traffic. Add to that its incredible bargain price, and we've got a winner on our hands.
Oh to be celeb tot in 2013! The year saw Tinseltown's tots swinging the afternoon away in local parks, accompanying their parents to farmers markets, jet-setting to far off lands, frolicking on the beach, and more. From families that we've been following for years (the Garner-Afflecks, the Beckhams . . . ) to proud first-time parents (Chris Hemsworth, Sienna Miller . . . ), when it comes to celebrity kids, it's impossible to pick a single favorite memory of the year. So instead, we've rounded up our top choices — all 84 of them! Click through to see if your favorite moment made our list!
If your December agenda includes a Christmas cookie exchange, the pressure's on to come up with a contribution that's sure to wow the crowd of lil ones and adults alike. Whether you're totally at ease in an apron and oven mitt or prefer to let the experts at your local bakery do the leg work for you, these 20 Christmas cookie ideas are sure to inspire.
- 7 tips for visiting Disney during the holidays — BabyCenter Blog
- 10 sneaky ways to hide that you're trying to get pregnant — The Bump
- Is the school responsible for this child walking home alone? — The Stir
- Trista Sutter says her family has given her purpose — Celebrity Baby Scoop
- Maria Bello says her son motivated her to come out — People Moms & Babies
- 10 surprising prenatal power foods — Fit Pregnancy
- The truth about raising boys — HuffPost Parents
There are plenty of Christmas movies for families to watch, but our busy schedules rarely leave time for a two-hour film. Luckily, there are plenty of toddler, kid, and even tween shows that will get your family into the spirit of the season. Here, a roundup of quick and festive TV specials the entire family will enjoy.
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas
Can Cat, Sally, and Nick save Christmas? Find out in this PBS special starring Dr. Seuss's most popular character. (Dec. 13, 3:30 p.m. EST)
Disney Park Christmas Day Parade
Demi Lovato, the cast of Teen Beach Movie, and more tween stars perform in Disney's 30th annual Christmas parade. (Dec. 25, 10 a.m. EST)
Good Luck Jessie: NY Christmas
When a blizzard keeps Teddy and PJ in New York City, they get a little help from a friendly tour guide named Jessie. This Good Luck Charlie and Jessie crossover is perfect for tot and tween viewing. (Multiple airings)
If you want to really wow your kid this holiday season, splurge on a gift that's guaranteed to induce squeals, screams, and maybe even some jumping up and down. Yes, the following gifts aren't exactly budget friendly (all come in at more than $100), but if you want one showstopping present under the tree, these are the gifts for you! From a pint-size retro race car to the coolest glittering playhouse, from a party dress fit for a princess to the season's hottest game system, these presents might be pricey, but they're totally worth it!
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- Release some serious endorphins with this running playlist — Fitness
- Discover 7 DIYs we couldn't live without this year — Smart Living
- Which TV characters have the hottest sexual tension? — Entertainment
- See all the snaps from Beyoncé's LA Concert — Celebrity & News
- Win sister of the year with these techie gifts — Tech
- Bring cheer to your manicure without nail art — Beauty
- Video: Whip up poached pears for the perfect holiday treat — Fitness
- Skip grounding, and try these teen discipline methods instead — Moms
- Giggle at 10 totally inappropriate Elf on the Shelf poses — Love & Sex
- Share 5-star artisanal foodie finds under $20 — Food
Kids are crazy for Elf on the Shelf, but for parents it can be equal parts fun and formidable. Who hasn't spaced out about moving the elf one night only to be met with questions from prying tots in the morning? (One mom recently confessed that she told her kids they were too naughty that day for their elf to make the trip back to the North Pole.)
Even if you do remember, in the middle of such a hectic time, it can be almost impossible to think of a new creative spot to put the lil watcher every single night! But help is here: let these 58 pics we found around the web inspire where your elf will wake up tomorrow morning! Have a great idea you'd like to add? Tag #popsugarmoms on Instagram, and we'll check it out!
Parents often rely on old-fashioned grounding to punish their unruly teens. After a few friendless weekends, however, teens become immune to the discipline, and their bad behavior continues. Before you fill out the application for reform school, take a breath and try some alternative methods. Tested and approved by moms, here are some punishments to dole out when grounding no longer does the trick.
Have Him Give Back
For a punishment that doubles as a good deed, have your child participate in community service. "When he is disrespectful to me or any other adult, he has to do community service," Angie K. says of her son. "He's out there for about five hours. He hates doing it, but it gives him plenty of time to think about his behavior and how he should adjust it."
Go On Strike
Sick of all the disrespect? Show your teen what it's like to live without you. To teach her son about parental appreciation, Donna J. went on strike. "I did the cooking, but stopped the taxi service, the laundry, the dishes, etc.," she says. "We have had a much cheerier, helpful son since."
Unlike Santa, parents don't have a workshop to store all their holiday gifts. They try to be resourceful given limited space, but one bad spot could spoil the surprise. With the help of its Facebook fans, Wayfair revealed some of the most creative ways to hide gifts from curious children. While some methods are truly one-of-a-kind, others leave us scratching our heads Check out the list below to see why:
- Washers/dryers: Because no one does laundry during the holiday season.
- Empty suitcases: Perfect for the families who stay home during Christmas.
- Attics or basements: Tell kids about the monster in the attic to keep them away.
- Trash cans: Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a semismelly gift.
- Car trunks: You don't need to store spark plugs and an emergency kit, right?
- Dog kennels: Even the pup has to make some sacrifices.
- Behind ceiling panels: A hiding spot that would make James Bond proud.
- Guest bedroom closets: If they find the loot, say Santa spent the night.
- Crawl spaces: That is, if you can fit.
- Parents' underwear drawer: Only the bravest child would look there!
Where do you hide your holiday gifts? Share in the comments or tweet to us using the hashtag #popsugarmoms.
It may only be December, but if you've got a tot who'll be ready for preschool next Fall, it's time to get the ball rolling! Depending on where you live, the process can run from being easy and breezy to overwhelmingly stressful. While we don't have an in with the admissions office (sorry!), we do have some experience in finding a school that suits your needs. Keep reading to learn what to look for in determining the right destination for your child's foray into the wonderful world of education.
1. Determine Your Priorities
First and foremost, have a conversation with your partner about what you're looking to get out of your child's preschool experience. Are you simply hoping for a spot where you can drop them for a few hours a week to get some time for yourself; is socialization your priority; or are you looking for your 2- or 3-year-old to learn some basic skills? Most likely, the end goal will be a combination of elements. Once you know what you're looking for, do some research and identify a few solid options in your area.
2. Observe a Class in Session
Plan to visit the schools on your list during the week so that you can observe kids interacting with their teachers and one another. While it's easy to be dazzled by a neat and tidy empty classroom, it's more important to see what an actual school day would look like.
Thanks to Christian Bucks, no child at Roundtown Elementary School has to suffer through a lonely recess. After witnessing several students playing by themselves, the second-grader worked with his principal to install a buddy bench. Painted in bright colors, the buddy bench provides a safe space for lonely or shy students to sit and forge new friendships. Bucks hopes this special space will lead to better recesses for everyone.
"We show we care about others when we ask others to play," Bucks told The York Daily Record. "I also hope that new friendships will be made because of the buddy bench."
To see how other students reacted to the buddy bench, read the full story on The Huffington Post.