A recent study revealed that Latino kids are "half as likely to have family members read to them, and a third less likely to be sung to or have stories told to" compared to their white, non-Latino peers. This basically means that Latino kids are starting kindergarten with a clear disadvantage over non-Latino kids who are also more likely to attend preschool!
When my son was diagnosed deaf, his speech therapist gave me three tips that I credit for my son's success. He is now 17. He is profoundly deaf but uses a cochlear implant to "hear" and he ranks among the top 5% in his high school. I promise you that if you and your family implement these tips from birth through Kindergarten, it will pay off for the rest of their lives!
Regular exercise is good for everybody and the earlier you get into the habit, the better. That's why it's important to motivate your kids to stay active. The best way to do that? Sports!
Though most children may be able to get their endorphins by running around with their friends, getting them involved in a sport will do much more for them to keep them active. In fact, organizations like the Women's Sports Foundation have found that playing on a team can provide a myriad of advantages for young female athletes. Below, check out four surprising benefits of sports for girls:
There are some things that are worth paying top dollar for when you have kids--lice removal, car wash after leaving a milk bottle in the hot car over the weekend, and potty training. Yes, I said it: potty training. NYC Potty Training Inc. will train your kid to do his business--and it's not cheap. But for some people it's oh so worth it. Why didn't anyone think of this sooner!?
Holding an infant for the first time ever is scary and anxiety inducing, no matter what age you are when it happens. Actually, holding an infant for the 10thtime, even as an adult is nerve-wracking. I refused to move at all while holding my two-day-old cousin in my arms for the first time a year ago. He was just so small and fragile!
Well, never has that feeling been more accurately captured than in a photo recently uploaded to Reddit by user sho3. In the hilarious snapshot, sho3's nephew holds his baby sister in his arms for the first time ever--and let's just say, the priceless look on his face is worth more than a thousand words. Check it out after the jump!
In a story that is pretty much every parent's worst nightmare, a 2-year-old Missouri girl began to drown in her sleep--hours after leaving a hotel pool.
Thankfully, Aliycea Sanders' parents were nearby when water began coming out of the young girl's nose and mouth. Even more luckily? Her mom had just seen a news segment on the phenomenon known as "secondary drowning" and knew just what to do. She rushed her to the hospital, where doctors were able to save her life, after confirming that the little Aliycea had been drowning even hours after getting out of the pool. It's a terrifying ordeal and a huge wake-up call for parents.
While secondary or "dry" drowning--as it's sometimes called--is rare, it is possible and a real danger, particularly during these hot summer months when a trip to the pool is a frequent occurrence. Here's what every parent needs to know about it:
Every dad has a hard time seeing his daughter grow up, especially when they start--gasp--actually dating. Thankfully, my father has always been really cool and laid-back with any of my boyfriends or my older sister's, but I know lots of dads are super strict about that kind of thing (particularly Latino dads, who are quick-tempered and aren't afraid to throw down a threat or six at the poor guys that dare to show up at their house). But one great dad recently definitely got it right when it came to his views on the subject.
As can be seen in this awesome photo, the dad wears a black T-shirt with a list called "Rules for Dating My Daughter." The list only contains four bullet points, but it's totally on point. Check out the picture after the jump!
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are drawing even more backlash than usual this week after they reportedly decided to pierce their daughter North's ears for her birthday. While on a recent shopping trip, Kardashian was photographed carrying around her toddler, who turned 1 year old this past weekend, and diamond studs are clearly visible in the little girl's ears. Of course, the sight has stirred up all kinds of fury amongst the public, who have called the move "cruel and tacky" and even accused the two of child abuse.
OK, there are A LOT of things that bother me about Kim and Kanye, but even I have to admit that this is completely ridiculous.Continue Reading >
When Heather Spohr's 3-year-old daughter Annie started preschool back in September, she was worried about missing what was happening at home while she was away, particularly with her baby brother James. So to keep her updated with what little James was up to during the school days, Spohr decided to get creative. Instead of just telling stories about their day, she started taking photos of James on his daily "adventures." Enter the adorable photo series, "While You Were at Preschool."
Over the last year, Spohr has captured James, who was 3 months when they started but is now a toddler, going about his everyday activities and then posting the photos ot her site, The Spohrs Are Multiplying. And the resulting pictures are too cute for words! Check them out after the jump.
Deciding on a baby name is no easy task, as any expecting couple would know. Alaska mom Lisa Flores learned that the hard way, as she's now seeking to legally change her 2-year-old daughter's middle name--and you'll never guess what she wants to change it to!
Apparently, when Flores was pregnant with her little girl, Viviana, she turned to her 11-year-old son for help picking out a name. He initially wanted her first name to be "Danger," which she vetoed. He then came up with another option for a middle name, which Flores considered briefly only to reject at the last minute. Now, she's changed her mind again and wants to go with his choice after all. So what exactly is the name that's causing all this fuss? Read on to find out!Continue Reading >
Graduating from school is a huge accomplishment when you've worked hard to complete your studies. This especially applies if you are a mother who's raised a child while finishing college, or even work. One mom, 25-year-old Karlesha Thurman recently graduated from California State University Long Beach.
During her graduation ceremony she took pictures, but one in particular stirred up controversy on Facebook. Wait until you see why!