How to Talk to Your Child About Death

Talking about death is hard enough for adults. But when a family member or close friend passes away, it is especially difficult to know how to discuss the tragedy with a young child.

This video shows the Sesame Street gang explaining to Big Bird–without euphemisms, and with tremendous compassion–that Mr. Hooper has died. I think the writers did an excellent job. Take a look.

Britax Advocate Clicktight Review – How Safe Is This Car Seat? And Is It Worth The Price?

Nothing is more important for parents than the safety and comfort of their child. And there is no time when both of these are threatened more than when riding in an automobile. For this reason, parents seem always on the hunt for that perfect car seat which combines superior safety features and comfort. It’s no use when your child is safe but screaming because he or she is miserable. And what’s the point of comfort if their safety is at risk? You need both.

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Birth story: My 32-minute labor

One fine spring morning, heavily pregnant with baby #7, I got up to pee and noticed after a few moments that I was having contractions.


Not sure if this was the “real thing” or not, I crawled back into bed (time: 6:58 AM) and said to my DH, “Honey, I think I am in labor, but I am not 100% sure. I think I am just going to get in the shower, and we can head off to the hospital afterwards, should that become necessary.”

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How to play with your newborn

Playing with your newborn is great for his brain development! It’s also a fun way for everyone–brothers, sisters, grandparents–to bond with him (especially if you are exclusively breastfeeding and they can’t help out on the feeding front 🙂 ).

TIP: Your baby does not see too well yet, but you can take him on a “touching tour” of the world around him. Take his hand and let him feel all of the different textures out there: the smoothness of the window pane, the fuzziness of a stuffed animal, the roughness of the throw-rug, the coldness of the outside of your drinking glass. You can almost see the wheels turning in his mind…..