The moment the second line appears on the white stick, the worry wart gene kicks in. Women planning on becoming pregnant often think they'll have nine months to sit and relax before fretting over motherly matters. But the day that test confirms a pregnancy, mama can kiss her worry-free days goodbye because from here to eternity, she's always going to fuss over that baby growing inside her precious belly. It's just what mothers do.
Mother's Day is just around the corner! Mothers fawn over their children's accomplishments, but the proud parent often forgets to pat herself on the back for getting through a certain phase of life. And, many of those big moments lead to a bit more independence for the tot and freedom for mom! Women throw themselves into raising their offspring so when dramatic transitions occur, they should celebrate. Check out our list of amazing milestones that all mamas of young children should honor!
Admit it. You've judged another mom. Sometimes we aren't even aware that we're doing it, but most everybody has opinions on how other people parent. "She talks on the phone too much" or "Her child STILL uses a bottle!" are all comments we've heard or even (gasp!) said. Check out these 10 ways moms judge other mamas.
Before there was Buzz Lightyear or Shrek, there was Mrs. Hannigan and the Cowardly Lion. Movies made for small audiences have come a long way in terms of animation and imagination earning them an entirely separate category at major award shows, but when it comes to the classics, the old artists relied on their voices, costumes, and acting skills to create some irreplaceable masterpieces that every tot should enjoy. Check out the list of these movies, and tell me which one is your (or your child's) favorite.
It's impossible to give life and not feel that your own has been affected. Each mother has hopes and dreams — for herself and her children. Part of that list may be something she wishes to reclaim and other aspirations are born of responsibility, but there are lots of things every woman should consider. Here are 60 of them!
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It may not be the hippest class to attend at the gym, but there are still many reasons why I love myself a good step aerobics class. While I'd like to say it's because I can don a Jane Fonda-esque spandex leotard; it's actually much more than that. The once über-popular workout fad of the '80s and '90s still wins my vote for these following reasons:
- When the instructor turns on the stereo system, there are bound to be powerfully motivating tunes (old and new) to get you through the jumping, lunging, and grapevining.
- Many teachers include some sort of dance (merengue or salsa) into the mix. I love a workout that encourages me to shake my groove thang.
- It's like riding a bicycle. Even if you haven't been to a step class in five years, you'll quickly remember how to do the "L" step or a hamstring curl.
- Since I don't always have time for lengthy workouts, I appreciate that most step classes are under an hour.
- The music may get my mind going, but the exercise certainly gives my body a run for its money. At the end of these classes, you can't tell whether I've taken a shower or desperately need to.
Hearing "It's a boy!" is a thrilling experience for parents who hoped to raise a son, but one of the first major decisions a mom and dad has to make is whether or not to circumcise their son. A San Francisco man wants to outlaw this practice because he believes it be genital mutilation. While the procedure is a common one when performed shortly after the boy's arrival, it can be more complicated if the parents choose to hold off until later in their son's life. It's a choice that shouldn't be made lightly so we've rounded up some issues to take into consideration.
It is rare when I don't drop into downward facing dog at some point during the day. Whether I'm in the middle of a yoga routine or just taking a break from stirring rice on the stovetop, I try to make time for the age-old practice nearly every day. While many people appreciate yoga for the buff arms and tight tushies it can help render, I've got some other worthy reasons to love the relaxing sport.
- It gives me time to breathe and relax without a single thought on my mind.
- It gives me strength.
- I can do it with my kids.
- I can practice it whenever and wherever I want.
- It helps me gain flexibility.
It's impossible to give life and not feel that your own has been affected. Each mother has hopes and dreams — for herself and her children. Part of that list may be something she wishes to reclaim and other aspirations are born of responsibility, but there are lots of things every woman should consider. Here are 50 of them!
What moms-to-be eat affects their growing babies. While they don't need to consume too many extra calories (300 per day) while pregnant, it's what one puts in her mouth that counts. Expectant women should keep all the vital vitamins and minerals that contribute to their child's development in mind when making meal choices. To make it easy, we've rounded up the recommended daily doses and the foods that provide the nourishment, but as always check diet specifics with your doctor.