When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I didn’t have to think twice about whether or not I would be breastfeeding.
Four years of nursing school and months of working in OB had fully ingrained “the breast is best!” mantra in my head. I had no idea what to expect from breastfeeding, having precisely zero women in my family that I knew of who had breastfed, but I knew that I’d read enough studies and helped enough new moms breastfeed to know it was a beautiful, rewarding, and wonderful gift to my baby.
Oh, and then there was the small fact that every expert under the sun assured me and my fellow legions of new mothers out there about the other No. 1 benefit of breastfeeding: How quickly it would help us lose the baby weight.
“Gossip Girl” star Kelly Rutherford says it’s “not right” that a U.S. federal court denied her request to bring her two children back to the U.S. from France, where they are living with their father. "I know it’s not right,” Rutherford told ABC News. "Parents know. ... Everyone knows it’s not right.”
The debate about appropriate curriculum for young children generally centers on two options: free play and basic activities vs. straight academics (which is what many kindergartens across the country have adopted, often reducing or eliminating time for play).
Last week when I dropped my cell phone face-down on cement, I picked it up and cringed, then whimpered. The screen was smashed to smithereens. This meant that not only would I have to pay to replace the screen, but I would also be without my beloved cell phone for awhile.
I love Jamie Primak Sullivan's story about being bullied and being a bully and I truly agree, the only way to work on breaking the cycle of bullying is to be honest and open about this issue with our children.