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Parents January 2019

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my belly confessional

THIS IS A column about how I marveled at my belly as it ballooned during my pregnancy with twins. It’s also about how, months later, I accepted its new size and shape, grateful that the girls—and I—were healthy. Unfortunately, it’s also a column about how much mental and physical energy I’ve spent since then trying to trim and firm this one area of my body—and how worried I’ve always been that my fixation was rubbing off on my daughters. In 2008, Olivia and Sophia were 3, and I was editor-in-chief of a prestigious health magazine. I had a front-row seat for every study that came out about nutrition, exercise, weight loss, and how food affects health. The body-positivity movement hadn’t begun to bud, so we wrote cover lines like “Flatten Your Belly”…

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just say sure!

. WHY IS “no” often the first word kids master? I’m sure there are developmental reasons, but it’s hard not to think it has something to do with how we parent. So when I heard about Yes Parenting, a term coined by British parenting guru Bea Marshall, I was intrigued. My interest was piqued more when actress Jennifer Garner posted on Instagram about her annual “Yes Day” with her family, inspired by the children’s book Yes Day! by the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Her three kids come up with a plan (like sleeping in a tent in the backyard or visiting a giant indoor slide), and she follows through (with rules). Garner’s 2018 post has had more than a million views, and now she’s working with Netflix to star in a movie…

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that time my kid was sick but i had to work

“Because my 3-year-old son only happily entertains himself while in the bath, I took a conference call while he played with a can of shaving cream in the tub. I sat on the toilet lid with the phone on mute until I needed to speak.”—Barrie“When my infant daughter had a slight fever that meant she had to leave day care, my husband took her to his office and let her nap in a file box sitting on the floor. No one even knew she was there.”—Aimee“I had an important meeting, and my almost-2-year-old woke with a fever. I put on my suit, strapped him to my back in a baby carrier, and proceeded to work. I walked in, told my staff to ignore him, and participated in the meeting without…

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wet foot, new attitude

I WAS having a real day of it, making a total hash of parenting and adulting in general. I had just gotten home from my double shift as a waitress, still in my uniform and smelling like greasy fries. As a single mom of four boys, I was tired, frustrated, irritable, and positively dripping in self-pity. Midmope, with my sons rushing about the house playing with their lightsabers and generally minding their own business, I took a fateful step into the dog’s bowl. My pant leg was soaked, water was everywhere. I looked for someone to blame. My 8-year-old son, Callum, stood in my line of vision. I sent him to his room, irrationally deciding it was his fault somehow. It was a low point, I admit. I wasn’t proud of myself.…

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ask jenny!

Q: I’m pregnant with our second child, and I’m convinced I won’t love this baby as much as my first. Is this normal? If so, what’s the fix? A: When I was pregnant with my second son, Lazlo, I had the same doubts as you, and I think it’s a perfectly natural way to feel. I even felt like that when I was pregnant with my first son, Sid. I prayed every night that I would love him as much as I did my dog, Teets. Teets was the first love of my life. He walked me down my wedding aisle. Though I was eager to start a life with Jason, it was understood that there would be a part of me that belonged to someone else. Jason knew that if the…

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games that develop balance

HELP THEM THRIVE IN EVERYWAY COLD CURES _ _ _ _ _ BENEFITS OF PASTA AND BREAD _ _ _ _ _INSPIRING HONESTY A strong sense of balance helps kids participate confidently in a wide range of activities, like riding a bike, blocking a soccer ball, or putting on socks while standing. Research has shown that it can also help protect kids against sports injuries and may even improve math and science skills because both depend on spatial awareness. You can help your kid stay upright with these activities from Anna Friedman, a pediatric occupational therapist and director of therapeutic services at Total Kids Developmental Pediatric Resources, in New York City. • Pick up your toys. On a low or an unelevated balance beam (4-inch-wide painter’s tape stuck to the floor also works), place…