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The American Journal Of Health Promotion conducted a long-term health study on 7500 babies born in 2001. The study concluded that 32 percent of babies in the U.S. were found to be too fat by 9 months of age, and more than 34 percent of them were overweight or obese by the time they were 2 years old.
The height (length was used for infants) and weight of the kids was measured at 9 months and 2 years of age. The study then compared those measurements to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines on their growth charts. Kids who were found to be over the 85th percentile for weight... (more)
I have long held the belief that almost anyone from the age of 12 to 25 is a complete narcissist. They are all about the me. What are you doing for me? What are you giving me? How are you helping me? Me, me, me. Most of them cannot see beyond their own nose in the mirror, which is where they spend most of their time. It's an epidemic that has become more and more prevalent in the last few years.
Most American kids have it easy. They are well taken care of. They pretty much get what they want. They feel entitled. They are not forced a lot of them to work for anything that includes... (more)
As the mother of 3 teenage boys, I've learned a lot of things over the years. One of the main things is that no matter how much I want to manage or influence my kids choices that the natural progression of things leads to my letting go and to their making mistakes. It is the way of life and it is the way that they learn.
When children are small, parents can shape their actions and choices. They can determine what they do, where they go, what things they receive. They can to a large extent determine how well they do in school as children are more apt to respond to parental involvement... (more)
I am a woman.
And I am a mother.
A mother of boys.
I need them to grow up to be men.
I need them to learn from their mother how to be men.
One day you will stop being my babies.
You will walk out of my arms.
Into the arms of another.
You will walk into manhood.
With all the wisdom I could possibly have given you.
I need you to know how to fend for you yourself.
How to read and write.
How to speak and communicate.
How to feel and be understood.
How to understand and be felt.... (more)
Each day parents are faced with issues of our time related to education, the economy, changing social norms and then the big one, dignity of life. As parents it is important to take life’s challenges, show confidence in our Lord (John 16:33) and put issues in “digestible” terms for our children. Around the dinner table, my daughters and I really, really enjoy a meal with white rice. Recently, as we sat chatting about the day’s events, I recalled news in my mind on the right to life issue. In a flash of inspiration, I picked-up a single grain and directed the conversation to how “Magnificent... (more)
Many years ago, I sat in my high school cafeteria, talking with friends. For some reason, the subject of mothers came up. My mother was immediately mentioned as the sweetest mom ever. Even girls I barely ever hung around loved my mom. She was just one of those people that made every kid feel special. She was the mom everyone wished they had. She was the mom I always wanted to be.
My friends and classmates loved my parents, even though my parents were never the "cool" parents. They didn't let me have wild, out of control parties. They had a very strict curfew for me. They didn't let me... (more)
We used to do it just to get nice. It was part of the seduction.
With the children tucked into their beds, you’d change into something sexy. Over some drinks, we'd talk, laugh, and share what was on our minds. The cocktails were no more than rewards at the end of a difficult day, a way to dispel inhibitions, or just a part of unwinding. Nothing complicated. No deeper meaning. It was as simple as that: grown people doing grown up things.
It was never about the drinking… until it was.
Looking back, I can’t pinpoint the moment that it all went wrong. There were signs... (more)
Every morning the sunrays through my bedside window try to wake me up. My eyelids still folded and my heart yearning for bliss in the early hours of morning keep me tossing and turning. The moment of awe strikes when my guru jumps on the bed, rubs his tiny nose with mine and says mommy kiss. His first gentle kiss is my journey to a blessed day beginning with purity of thoughts, enshrined feelings and a mind empty of yesterday. My day starts with brushing my guru’s pearly whites. This is when he gives me a dazzling gaze. His look often astonishes me and I end up losing my concentration from... (more)
...and mom stuff too! But most importantly, they keep you smiling and laughing.
Even if you can’t get together, find the time to call them up and have a coffee over the phone. Make plans for the following month, or hell, Facebook them for that matter!
DON'T BE "THE SOURCE" ON PARENTINGThere’s nothing more annoying than a mom who thinks she is the shining beacon of motherhood and has it all figured out! You know the one. She’s quick to give you advice and also quick to judge.
Parenting is not easy. Being a mom is not easy! There will be good days and there will be ... (more)
This article is for all my male readers who have children and are responsible fathers. Married or not, but primarily not. I want to give you a hand because you are the population that the courts don't see in custody cases. This a little glimpse into my personal life, but I think the world needs to know that there are great fathers out there.
My boyfriend unfortunately a product of an "accidently on purpose" baby. Unfortunately the baby mama's plan didn't work out so well and needless to say they haven't been together. He felt it was his responsiblity (but I say he was brain washed)... (more)