More than 400,000 kids in the U.S. and almost 18 million worldwide await a forever home, according to the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
Parenthood is a mix of joy and concern—joy at the gift of your precious child, and concern that he is growing and developing normally. It’s normal to wonder about your child’s progress and compare him to other children. Most babies reach their developmental milestones at or around the expected time, but identifying a potential problem is important.
Most parents of toddlers are familiar with the tiny face of disgust peering back at them above a plate of peas—or bananas, green beans, the list goes on—shaking from side to side: No way. Wanting to teach children about nutrition in a fun and inviting way, a group of local parents have teamed up to create Kitchen Club Kids, a series of three award-winning ‘recipe adventure story books,’ for ages 2 to 6. Each book, End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad, Garden Safari Vegetable Soup, and Feed Your Senses Homemade Bread (due out later this year), includes a recipe told in traditional storybook format, as well as the real recipe the story is based on at the end of the book, so that parents and children can work together in the kitchen to prepare nutritious meals. Eluka Moore, Kitchen Club Kids co-creator and author, and soon-to-be mom of two, shared the genesis story of the books, as well as tips for parents on teaching their kids about nutrition and trying new foods—even, perhaps, peas.
I wanted to like this movie; I really, really did. I love the cast. I love the premise. I even love the tip of the hat to the underrated 1981 Belushi/Aykroyd film of the same name. And that’s where the compliments end.
Read the stories of civic duty and dedication behind this year's Women of Achievement honorees: Virginia Braxs, Ida Early, Dr. Eva Frazer, Teri Griege, Phyllis Langsdorf, Diane Levine, DiAnne Mueller, JoAnn Shaw, Linda Sher and Pat Whitaker.
I’m on vacation. It’s the same vacation I take every summer to a cozy hamlet in northern Michigan. The little town is the same, with fudge shops and stray bikes. The lake is beautiful as always, and the weather is delightfully unpredictable. Nevertheless, something is different. Something has changed.
If you’ve ever been through it, you have true sympathy for others. Trying to soothe a colicky baby is one of the greatest initial trials of parenthood. One day your baby starts to cry—and he keeps on crying. For weeks. And then...it stops as mysteriously as it began.
Kim Eberlein (Volunteer Leadership)
RESEARCHERS TO STUDY TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR HIGH-RISK LUNG CANCER PATIENTS
For those of you unfamiliar with Jennifer Westfeldt, she is the mind behind the articulate, original 2002 romantic comedy, Kissing Jessica Stein. Here, she reunites her real-life partner, Jon Hamm, with most of his Bridesmaids co-stars...
Here we are in the New Year of 2012, with most of us probably making New Year’s resolutions. I resolve to eat less frozen custard, take time to smell the roses and vow to look good in a Speedo. Alas, some of us just set ourselves up for failure.
When Nurses for Newborns Foundation was founded in 1991, its goal was to help at-risk children in the St. Louis area by providing a medical and emotional safety net for new moms in need. Nineteen years later, despite serving more than 4,000 clients a year, a great need remains, which is why the organization is hard at work planning its 12th annual dinner auction, ‘A Night for Newborns,’ April 18 at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.
After seeing the trailer, the commercial and the poster, I assumed this was going to be a fairly quirky dysfunctional family “dramedy” along the lines of Parenthood or The Royal Tenenbaums. Based on that assumption, I brought my 11-year old daughter, and wow, did I have some explaining to do.
So there’s nothing on television. I’m serious, nothing. I have like 700 channels, but if you exclude reruns, shows about borderline- criminal parenting of multiples, and any show where there is a possibility of an STD transference, you’re left with very little. Remember when programming used to stop at night? They used to run an American flag up the flagpole, play ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ and that was it. Now you can stay up all night watching emotionally abused sociopaths try to win the affections of washed-up musicians.
If you’re a mother, chances are you remember those first days with your infant as a mixture of joy, exhaustion and physical recovery. And if you’re like almost 80 percent of new mothers, you also can relate to the ‘baby blues,’ a short-term episode of irritability, anxiety and moodiness that strikes in the first couple of weeks after childbirth.
Might I suggest not selecting David Sheff’s Beautiful Boy for your casual poolside reading this summer. His wrenching, real-life tale of his son’s drug addiction is about the furthest thing from escapist fare, and it may even make you feel guilty about that second Mojito you’re sipping.
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