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No more pink and blue? (flickr, kcolwell)
No more pink and blue? (flickr, kcolwell)
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No Such Thing As Boys or Girls At Genderless Preschool

Does your little girl like to play with trucks? Is your preschool aged son more interested in helping you around the house than playing outside in the dirt? A lot of  parents these days reject traditional gender roles for their kids, buying trucks and trains for girls and encouraging boys to explore toy kitchens. In fact, remember when I told you about the family who has decided to raise a "genderless child"? But is there such a thing as too far ?  A Swedish preschool might be about to find out. The Egalia Preschool in Stockholm is rejecting gender identity altogether, and do not refer to kids as either “him” or “her”, as well as using toys, books and learning materials that are not gender specific.

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Pink shares meaning behind her daughter's name!
Pink and Carey Hart (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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First Pics: Pink Gives Meaning Behind Baby Willow Sage’s Name!

Pink and hubby, Carey Hart, welcomed their first child into the world over a month ago, on June 2nd.

Her name is Willow Sage which happens to be the same names both my sister and I have used for our dogs, but that is an aside!!

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Casey Anthony and her defense team celebrate a 'Not Guilty' verdict yesterday. (photo: YouTube/Screenshot)
Casey Anthony and her defense team celebrate a 'Not Guilty' verdict yesterday. (photo: YouTube/Screenshot)
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Casey Anthony: ‘NOT GUILTY’ Was Justice Served?

After 33 days of testimony, Casey Marie Anthony has been found “Not Guilty” of murdering her two year old daughter Caylee.  She could walk free as early as tomorrow.  Was justice served?

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Big surprises come in big boxes!
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Kids Unwrap A New Toy? [VIDEO]

Opening presents is a favorite pastime of mine! Especially on my birthday -- I love celebrating with friends and family.

Now imagine getting one of the biggest gifts of your life and not being able to share it with your dad.

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somegeekintn, Flickr
somegeekintn, Flickr
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Let Kids Eat Candy So They’ll Lose Weight? Not As Crazy As It Sounds

Well, here’s a twist in the battle to curb childhood obesity.

A new study has found that kids who eat candy tend to weigh less than children who don’t.

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(flickr, Knitting Zeal)
(flickr, Knitting Zeal)
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Whining Is The Most Annoying Sound Ever – Scientific Proof

As someone who doesn't have kids, I don’t really need a study to tell me that whining is, without question, the most annoying sound on the planet. However, there is one: Research just published in the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology confirms that no other sound can distract, irritate or otherwise unnerve like the universal tone people use to express their discontent (I attribute it mostly to kids, but I've met some pretty whiny adults, too).

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Hot Topics Moms Are Talking About in West Michigan

When you get together with your girlfriends, what do you talk about?

That was a questions posed by MomsLikeMe.com on their Facebook page a week ago. And let me tell you ladies, I was a little surprised at some of the answers.

Of course, there was the typical "husbands", "in-laws", "healthy snacks for kids" answers. But, some of the more surprising ones included TV, sports and sex.

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(flickr, Lizi G)
(flickr, Lizi G)
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Baby Shower Games That Won’t Bore You

I don't know if it's something in the water, or if I'm just at the point in my life where my friends are all starting to have babies, but I'm invited to an insane amount of baby showers this summer (maybe this is a result of the insane amount of weddings I attended last year?). When the invites started rolling in, I got nervous. Shower games are, by far, some of my least favorite things in the world.

"What kind of candy bar is melted inside of the diaper?!?" I don't wanna guess. I think it's gross.

"Guess how many safety pins are in this jar!" Why?

"How big is mom's belly?" Well, that just seems like a rude question to ask in the first place.

Maybe I have a general dislike for games? I don't know. But, I decided to do some hunting for some fun, new and different baby shower games. Our friends at iVillage.com came to the rescue!

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(flickr, camknows)
(flickr, camknows)
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Portable Pools Are A Drowning Risk For Kids

A new study is telling us that portable pools may pose a bigger risk to our kids than we previously thought.

About two dozen kids drown each year in portable pools, according to a study published today in Pediatrics. Nearly all of those children are under the age of 5.

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Is Father's Day less hyped than Mother's Day?
90210's Ian Ziering & baby girl Mia (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Britax)
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Does Dad’s Day Get Less Attention Than Mother’s Day?

Don't forget that Father's Day is this Sunday!  Apparently some dad's are already feeling a little left out this year.

According to Sacramento Bee, 40% of men and nearly the same amount of women (36%) feel that this special occassion to honor our dad's doesn't quite get the attention it deserves!

I'm not sure if the following wish list has anything to do with it, but in the same survey, 41% of dads said that they'd like to get a new car on Father's Day and another 15% opted for a boat or yacht!

Thankfully, both my mom and dad are happy when I send a card and pick up the phone and call them on their respective special day!  

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(flickr, adpk)
(flickr, adpk)
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How Much Is Too Much Homework?

Homework used to be something that kids just did (though not always without protest). Though, when I was a kid (cue "back in my day" old lady voice), I don't remember having much of it, at least until I was out of elementary school. In fact, I don't really remember having much homework at all until I reached the fourth grade. My parents were lucky in that I was a good student and rarely, if ever needed help with my homework (except in German, and having a mom who's from there helps).

These days, though, a lot of parents are far more involved in their kid's schooling than their parents were. Most kids are read to before they're even out of the womb. There are television shows that teach kids that counting is fun. And, more because they have to than that they want to, they sit down and help their kids with their homework.

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It’s The Dad Life [Video]

Came across this video today thanks to a friend on Facebook, and I had to repost it.

Think about your dad, or your husband. Think about how they dress, how they act, and what they do when they're not at work.

I think that this song and video sum it up perfectly. So, in honor of Father's Day, I bring you "It's The Dad Life".

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