Parenting Feb-11

Parenting magazine is the nation's premier magazine for moms. Each issue contains age-specific child development guidance, information and tips on health and safety, and the best proven ways to stimulate your child's learning. Parenting is a great source of knowledge for new, expectant, and experienced moms everywhere.

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power princess

Is our daughters' obsession with all things ultra-girly unhealthy? Peggy Orenstein thinks so. “Instead of staving off the pressure on girls to judge themselves by how they look, and to become too sexy too soon, I think it pushes them toward it,” says Orenstein, author of the new book Cinderella Ate My Daughter, as well as the best-selling Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap. “The Cinderella—Belle phase feeds into the Miley Cyrus—Hannah Montana juggernaut—then Miley goes from wearing a promise ring to wearing a bustier and dancing in a cage.” This got us thinking about the coolness quotient of a few famous princesses: PRINCESS LEIA, STAR WARS Luke's feisty twin thaws a deep-frozen Han Solo, then melts his heart. Bonus points for rockin' twin cinnamon buns on her head. 4…

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mix it

INSTEAD OF: WHITE FLOUR SWAP IN: WHOLE-WHEAT FLOUR HERE'S WHY: It's less refined and has a lower glycemic index, which means it won't cause your blood sugar to spike the way treats made from white flour will, says Tracee Yablon-Brenner, R.D., cofounder of Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift 2 cups whole-wheat flour, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt in a bowl. In another bowl, beat 1 cup unsalted butter on high speed until creamy. Add 1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar, beating until fluffy. Add 2 large eggs, one at a time, until fully mixed, and 1 tsp vanilla, beating again until fluffy. Add flour mixture a little at a time until barely blended. Finish with 1 1/4 cups bittersweet chocolate chips. Bake It Drop rounded tablespoons of batter…

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get your kids in on the action!

Place 4 of 8 slices of multigrain bread on a work surface. Make an assembly line with 1/3 cup poppyseed dressing, 8 slices reduced-fat swiss cheese, 8 slices deli turkey, and 1 thinly sliced red or green apple. Spread 2 tsp of the dressing over each of the 4 bread slices. Top each with a slice of cheese, 2 slices of turkey, a quarter of the apple slices, and another slice of cheese. Spread the rest of the dressing over the remaining bread slices, and place atop the sandwiches, dressed side down. Brush tops with 2 tsp vegetable oil. Heat a large griddle or grill pan over medium heat. Add sandwiches, oiled side down. Weigh down with a heavy skillet. Cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Brush tops with an…

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get your kids in on the action!

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drain one 14.5-oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes in a strainer. Set aside. Melt 2 tsp unsalted butter in the microwave and combine with 2 Tbsp panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs) and 1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Set aside. Cook 3/4 cup elbow macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, preheat broiler and melt an additional 4 tsp butter in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Add 4 tsp flour and 1 tsp dry mustard; whisk for 2 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups 2% milk, whisking to combine. Raise the heat to medium, bring to a boil, and then lower heat and allow to simmer, still whisking, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4…

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get your kids in on the action!

Preheat broiler. Break 4 graham crackers into 8 squares. Spread 2 tsp Nutella over 4 squares. Set aside. Arrange the remaining 4 squares on a foil-lined baking sheet. Slice 1 ripe banana into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and arrange 4 slices over each square on the baking sheet. Place 4 marshmallows over the center of each square. Broil for 60 to 90 seconds, watching carefully, until marshmallow tops are lightly toasted. Top immediately with remaining graham crackers, Nutella side down, pressing to smush the marshmallows. Serves 4. Other than using the broiler, the kids can do it all: break graham crackers in half, slather on the spread, slice the banana (using a butter knife), build the s'mores, and smush the gooey treat together! Picky-Eater Pleaser Leave out the banana for a more traditional s'more, or…

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age guide

Look for these symbols to help you tailor activities to your kids' skill levels: heart: 2–5 yrs LITTLE circle: 5–8 yrs MIDDLE star: 8–12 yrs BIG Beads Kids love beads as much as moms hate stepping on them. Have them work over a box or tray with edges to catch roll-aways. heart: Stick with edible options like O-shaped cereal threaded onto string. Or anchor pieces of spaghetti pasta upright in the holes of an upside-down sieve or colander. Then show your child how to stack the cereal onto the pasta. circle: Move up to stringing beads onto pony lacing (, a rubberlike string that's easy to fasten. star: Offer your child more grown-up glass beads; she can use an embellishing glue (from crafts stores) to adhere them to card stock to create bedroom wall art. Stamps There's something quite satisfying…