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Family & Parenting

Parents October 2019

Parents brings you expert advice you can trust to help you raise happy, healthy kids at every age, every stage! Celebrate the joys of parenthood! Say yes to Parents now and get all the family-focused fun, down-to-earth tips, and advice from the heart you need to be the best mom you can be!

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12 Issues

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3 min.

LIZ VACCARIELLO Vice President, Editor-in-Chief Executive Creative Director AGNETHE GLATVED Executive Editor JULIA EDELSTEIN Managing Editor PATRICK MOFFITT Deputy Editor DIANE DEBROVNER Beauty Director KATE SANDOVAL BOX Lifestyle Director LAURA FENTON Food Director JENNA HELWIG Senior Editor, Features KATIE ARNOLD-RATLIFF Senior Editor, Nutrition and Travel KAREN CICERO Entertainment Editor JESSICA HARTSHORN Associate Editor, Beauty SHANNON M. BAUER Associate Editor, Features EMILY ELVERU Editorial Assistant KARA THOMPSON ART & PRODUCTION Art Director EMILY FURLANI Associate Art Director JAMIE LEE Senior Designer MARIA FERNANDEZ-DAVILA Art Assistant AVA BRAMSON Production Director VINCENT M. SPINA PHOTO Executive Photo Director LILY FRANCESCA ALT Photo Director DAVID COOPER Photo Editor JOANNA MUENZ Photo Coordinator MAGGIE BLATTEL Assistant Photo Editor ERIKA THOMPSON RESEARCH & COPY Research Director BARBARA BRANDON-CROFT Copy Chief JEAN RODIE Copy Editor SHELLEY WOLSON Test Kitchen Project Manager LINDA BREWER, R.D.N. Deputy Managing Editor TARA LUSTBERG Executive Operations Coordinator, Office of Editor-in-Chief ADRIENNE FARR Contributing Editors DAPHNE de MARNEFFE, Ph.D., SALLY KUZEMCHAK, R.D., JENNY MOLLEN, ERIN ZAMMETT…

3 min.
editor’s note

Parenting Things I Did Wrong, but Everything Turned Out All Right I DID NOT have a bag packed for the hospital. But that was okay because when a Doppler ultrasound three weeks before my due date showed that Baby A was taking more nutrients than Baby B, I was scheduled for a cesarean that evening. When my husband, Steve, asked me what I needed from home, I realized that I had my ChapStick, my phone, my charger, and him. I had everything I needed. I did not breastfeed my babies. But that was okay because I pumped what breast milk I could into bottles that I fed equally to them for six weeks until my supply—and stamina—ran out. I did not yell for my toddlers to stop running, even when they were gaining…

4 min.
let’s get real

• CELEB Words for All of Us Famous though they may be, these parents get it. “I had to throw away the pot. I totally burned the water. It totally evaporated, that’s how long it was on the stove or how little water I put in.”—Melissa Joan Hart, explaining why her husband is the family cook, on Rachael Ray“My least favorite thing about parenthood is having to be kind to spiders I would much rather squish.”—author Tahereh Mafi, on Twitter“[My] little chaos agent has been leaving apple slices all over the apartment so he always has a snack.”—Lin-Manuel Miranda, about his toddler, on Twitter“Six out of seven smiling? I’m calling that a win by decision. If I’d averaged that when I played baseball, there’d be a statue of me outside the stadium.”—James Van…

3 min.
pics or it didn’t happen

RECENTLY, I was walking home from the market with my 5-year-old, Sid. Two blocks away from the house, he decided that he’d had enough with walking and threw himself dramatically across a park bench. He looked up at me with his puppy-dog eyes and puffed-out lower lip, making a face that only an overindulged first child could. “I can’t go on. Can you carry me?” he asked, dead serious. Unable to hold back a chuckle, I set down six bags of groceries and stared at him. “Why are you so cute?” I asked, shaking my head, transfixed by his cherubic face and convinced he was the hottest guy I’d ever seen. “You can take a picture of me if you want,” Sid said, not missing a beat. “It’s okay,” I said with a smile. “I…

1 min.
5 things that delight us this month

1. Party Goods for Everyone As a woman of color, Lynnette Abbott wanted the products she bought for her children to reflect who they are. So she created a line of paper plates, cups, napkins, and more featuring black superheroes and mermaids. Talk about a reason to celebrate! $6 and up; shopcraftmyoccasion.com 2. Cool Wizard Wear Calling all Muggles! Instill J. K. Rowling fandom in the next gen with Mini Boden’s Harry Potter collection. Pieces like a velvet cloak, a feathery Hedwig-inspired cardigan, and a Quidditch rugby shirt make it a cinch to show off Hogwarts pride. From $26; bodenusa.com 3. Budget-Friendly Beauty Be kind to your skin and wallet with Versed skin care. The line features 19 products under $20, including cleansing balms, brightening serums, and purifying masks, that are free of common toxins…

7 min.
raise a math fan

HELP THEM THRIVE IN EVERY WAY You know it’s important to read to your child, but introducing math is crucial too. Preschool kids who engage in math activities at home improve not only their comfort level with numbers but also their vocabulary, according to research from Purdue University. Even if you don’t consider yourself a whiz at the subject, you can still fit in easy lessons at home, at the playground, or on your way to school. Get those gears turning with games from Shirin Lutfeali, the advisor for basic literacy and numeracy at Save the Children, who has trained teachers in math around the world. Count Your Claps. Learning numbers is a fundamental concept for 3- to 4-year-olds to grasp. It includes recognizing numbers, saying them out loud, and counting. Make counting…