Just because I'm not religious does not mean I do not love miracles. I LOVE them, especially when they involve babies. I'm so excited to tell you of one such miracle. Ayana Richards, who is orignially from Trinidad and lives in New York City, gave birth to a baby girl she named Anaya. That baby girl was born with an extrememly rare kidney disorder called Finnish type congenital nephrotic syndrome. It's an inherited disorder that causes kidneys to not just expell waste trhough urine but also vital proteins. Because of her condition, Anaya's life has been put in danger time and time again. When the little girl was 3 years old, Richards decided to dontate one of her kidneys to her daughter in hopes of helping her live a normal life, but the transplant failed. It is a true miracle that Anaya's story does not end with the failed transplant because it almost did.
As women, we dread the superficial expectations society places on us. You look at magazines, movies, TV shows, and they are all telling us we should dress a certain way, do our makeup like this, be thin, and never age. It's depressing if you analyze it because we don't think twice about it.
Dr. Kelly Flannagan, took a walk down the beauty aisle at a Target, and empathized with women. This inspired him to write an inspiring open letter to his 4-year-old daughter.Continue Reading >
On March 6, a very disturbing video of a young girl dealing with what appears to be her drugged out mother on the bus was posted to the People of SEPTA Facebook page. SEPTA stands for Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, so it is public transit and this horrible footage was captured on the Route 66 bus in Philadelphia. It's so bad it almost seems like one of those What Would You Do? set-ups with John Quiñones, but it's not and the worst part is that no one did anything except tape the incident. When you see the video, you are going to be both shocked and disappointed.Continue Reading >
Phillip Toledano wrote a book called The Reluctant Father. In it he admits to having felt "confusion at the lack of love" he felt for his daughter when she was first born. I haven't read the book that Toledano wrote, but I want to thank him for writing it because I know what he is talking about. I felt that lack of love when I gave birth to my first child and I know I'm not the only mother who has ever felt or will feel that way. Now, it is one thing for a man to admit to not falling head over heels in love with his child immediately, but for a mother to do so is unthinkable to many. Do you think I'm awful because I wasn't overwhelmed with love the second I laid eyes on my first daughter or do you understand and get where I am coming from? Before you judge me as a cold-hearted poor excuse for a mother, let me tell you what I felt when I met my firstborn for the first time.
Remember baby Sebastian de la Cruz? I wrote about him in late February because he was in a car with his aunt Pamela Rauseau on a Florida freeway when he stopped breathing. Thanks to his aunt's quick response and the help of other motorists, the 5-month-old De la Cruz was saved. We knew he had been born premature and with respiratory issues, but now the family reveals what they learned about his condition when he went to the hospital. If you are the praying kind, you are going to want to pray for this little boy.
When professional photographer Hector Cruz's wife had trouble breastfeeding their daughter and needed to hire a lactation consultant in 2013, Cruz felt "helpless and confused." So he decided to do some research and take action. Enter Project Breastfeeding, a new photo campaign that features fathers pretending to breastfeed their infants. Now that's a role reversal you don't see every day!
The photos, seen here, portray various dads holding their babies close, under the slogan "If I could, I would." Their goal? To publicly show support for their breastfeeding wives and other nursing mothers.Continue Reading >
My children are blessed and I truly hope that yours are too. My children have a home, clothes and food. Their essentials are covered and I am beyond grateful because I know that many kids are not so lucky. Many kids have a shameful secret that they keep and take with them to school every day. It is the kind of secret that keeps them from being the best that they can be from achieving all they can achieve. It's shameful not because of anything the children have done, it's shameful because in the United States of America, no child should have to keep this secret. What's the secret?
It's true I am a non-religious Latina. Don't be shocked, we do exist. We are not mythical like the unicorn, just more rare. I did, however, grow up in a Catholic family, so I am well aware of certain religious practices like Lent. I'm also what you would call conveniently religious. I have been known to cross myself when someone is driving like a fool, I pray (except I say that it is to the Universe, instead of God) and right about now, I would not mind if my kids gave up a few things for Lent.
Whether you observe Lent or not, if you have kids I'm sure you will understand where I am coming from.
A Florida couple was arrested on Friday after allegedly abandoning their three young children in the woods, authorities revealed today.
When Michael and Sarah Butcher were first arrested after illegally parking their truck in a private RV park, they told cops they were brother and sister. Authorities later found crystal meth in the car's glove compartment, along with a syringe and a burnt spoon. It wasn't until after the pair had been taken to jail that police found out that they were actually married and that they had left their kids behind!Continue Reading >
Hattie Garlick, a British mom and blogger, has surprised many with her "minimalist mom" approach to parenting. Right before Christmas of 2012, she lost her job. She and her husband Tom, a carpenter and musician, decided to stop spending money on any kid-related items for 2013 (barring any necessities like medical care). At the time they had a toddler, Johnny, but a coulple of month's later they found out that Hattie was pregnant. Instead of giving up on their kid-related spending freeze, they decided to keep at it. Guess what? It went so well, that they are going to keep doing it through 2014, with a few monthly exceptions.
We are so bombarded with the notion that we have to get our kids all kinds of gear that this no spending approach may seem impossible, but it's not. Some parents don't call it minimalism, they call it necessity. I can attest to that and I can also give you tips on how not to spend money on your baby or toddler.