POSTS WITH TAG: child rearing

8-year-old girl wants to be a boy & mom wants to help her


Imagine if you have a pre-teen daughter who one day tells you she wants to be a boy. How do you respond to a comment this controversial? Elle Wright had to face the reality that her 8-year-old daughter Ruby was not comfortable with her gender and seriously meant it when she told her one day that she wanted to be a boy.

Elle remembers the day that her daughter requested a sex change and being placed in a strange predicament.

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WATCH: Cute toddler learns to say "no" to cookies from strangers


Teaching your children the dangers of things such as drugs, alcohol, and talking to strangers seems like a no-brainer, but sometimes they need a refresher course. This especially applies if they are at that innocent age when they are believe that everyone is good. That's why I couldn't help but love this adorable video of a mom teaching her daughter the dangers of talking to strangers.

Considering the number of crazies we hear about on a daily basis, I don't think it's a bad idea at all!

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5 Reasons why naptime SUCKS

You know how much I read up on baby sleep when I was pregnant? Absolutely nothing. A friend asked my husband if we had a sleep philosophy we planned to use, and I honestly thought she was nuts. Why would I be thinking about how my kid would sleep when he wasn't even born yet? Wouldn't he just sleep when he was tired? Yeah, I learned the hard way that that's not how it works. 

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5 Surprising things you didn't know about breast milk

At this point, I'm pretty sure everyone knows that breast milk is the healthiest choice for babies--your obstetrician, your pediatrician, your best friend, your third cousin, have probably all spouted the virtues.

Before I became a mother, I had no intention of ever breastfeeding, but once pregnant, the evidence of the greatness of breast milk was just too convincing to ignore. So of course, I gave it a whirl and my son was lucky to get 13 months of the good stuff. He hardly ever got sick during that time, turned into a fabulous eater of solid foods afterwards, and has always been ahead of the curve developmentally. The benefits of breastfeeding are awesome, but the milk itself is even more fascinating than most of us realize. Here are five cool facts about breast milk you might not have heard:

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6 Children's book publishers you should know if you're raising bilingual kids

One of my biggest complaints when I became a mom more than seven years ago was that I couldn't get my hands on quality bilingual and Spanish children's books. As an advocate for raising bilingual kids, I'm well aware that reading to our children in the minority language is of extreme importance in order to succeed. Fortunately, things have changed a lot in the last few years, which is why I'm able to share the following list of outstanding publishers you should know if you're raising bilingual kids. 

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Latina girl gets her period at 7 & it's more common than you think!

It's nothing new, but it's definitely more common than most of us would ever imagine. I'm talking about precocious puberty--the kind that starts before age 10. In some cases, several years earlier. Just ask Tanginika Cuascud, a Puerto Rican woman who began menstruating before age 7 and nobody bothered to explain what was happening.

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Second child syndrome: Why the second gets less attention than the firstborn

There's no denying that the difference between a first and a second child can be abysmal. From how crazy careful we tend to be with our firstborns to the amount of photos we take documenting each and every one of their moves regardless of how insignificant they may be in other people's eyes, the fact is that our lack of experience makes everything seem new to us. 

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Baby teeth jewelry is making a yucky comeback

I remember when my daughter's first tooth came out like it was yesterday--even though it's been seven long years since it happened. I also remember her own excitement when she was in first grade and her first tooth became wiggly. She couldn't wait for the Tooth Fairy and for the Ratoncito to come and take her tooth when it finally fell off! For me, it was a bittersweet moment. I was excited for her, but I was a bit sad that my firstborn was no longer a baby. 

And yet, no amount of sadness would make think it'd be a good idea to grab her fallen tooth and have it turned into jewelry like some moms have started doing. 

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10 Things no one will tell you about being a stay-at-home mom

Five years ago, I couldn't have guessed that I would be a stay-at-home mom. But here I am--a year into quitting my full-time job--and I can say with all sincerity that this is the most challenging thing I've ever done. It has topped moving out on my own at 18, working my way through college (sometimes doing three jobs plus school at the same time), getting married while still in school and pounding the pavement for almost two years to score a job in journalism. Below you'll find some of the things I've learned about being a stay-at-home mom--the good, the bad and the ugly.

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New Year's resolutions for parents raising bilingual children

Although I'm not huge on making New Year's resolutions because it's hard for me to keep them, I do like the idea of having some specific plans to ensure my children's bilingualism--especially because I feel like, lately, I've been slacking off a bit. And also because my son will be starting Kinder in the fall, which means he'll be exposed to even more English and I'm afraid his Spanish will start to suffer.

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