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Target Should Offer Babysitting, Not Alcohol

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Big news rippled through the mom community recently. Cheers went up because Target, the institution most likely to get you to part with your money (and your serenity if you’re with your children), is looking to start serving alcohol to its customers. The first location to start serving alcohol is in my Chicago neighborhood.

Does anyone else think this is a horrible idea?

Of all the scenes I’ve witnessed in Target—some involving my own children—not a single one of them will be enhanced by an in-store bar. In fact, the thought of introducing alcohol into the Target environment makes me shudder in fear.

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Source Article: http://mom.me/blog/22507-target-should-offer-free-babysitting-not-alcohol/

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Stop Using Autism to Scare Moms

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A few nights ago, I noticed that a company called Bump Water was following me on Twitter. I was tired of eating chocolate and scanning through fitspiration tags on Instagram, so I clicked over to see what the company was about.

Bump Water (if you didn’t realize bump refers to pregnancy, you’d think the water had an unfortunate texture) is folic acid-infused water for pregnant women. Apparently, swallowing a supplement is too hard for some delicate pregnant women, who instead wish to sip their supplements from a bottle that retails for $28.99 for 12 bottles, plus $6 for shipping. And if you are supposed to take folic acid every day during your pregnancy (and many OBs recommend it), that can quickly add up.

But more than their outlandish commercialization of pregnancy, the company uses fear to sell. They note on their site, “Recent studies are also showing a link between folic acid deficiency in mothers who have conceived and autism.”

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Source Article: http://mom.me/blog/22498-stop-using-autism-scare-moms/

Yes, You Should Still Give Up Your Seat for Pregnant Women

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So this is what makes news these days: A woman on a train was forced to stand for an entire 30 minutes after a male passenger stole her seat, openly laughed at her when she asked for it back, and rode the entire time looking almost directly at her 34-week belly.

“I couldn’t believe it. I am the size of a small house at the moment so he couldn’t have failed to see I was pregnant, he just didn’t care at all,” the pregnant 29-year-old Mhairi-Claire Doolan told The Mirror. “I’ve had people sat in my seat before like that and usually left it, but on this occasion I really needed the seat as my back ached so much.”

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Source Article: http://mom.me/blog/22478-yes-you-still-should-give-your-seat-pregnant-women/

Spending Time With Your Kids Is Bad For Them?

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Recently, the New York Post published an article bashing Alex Baldwin, basically saying his army of nannies made him, and other wealthy moms and dads, neglectful parents. Then the author went after parents who don’t have excess income, but nonetheless spend time alone with each of their children, as overly indulgent.

Basically, you’re doing parenting wrong—no matter how you’re raising your kids.

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Source Article: http://mom.me/blog/22449-when-did-spending-quality-time-your-kid-get-labeled-spoiling/

6 Things That Make You a Grown-Up According to My Preschooler

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Kids say the darnedest things, don’t they? My four-year-old son, Liam, has me cracking up all day long. Lately he seems to be really excited about growing up. He can’t wait to be a man “like papi.” Many of the conversations we have these days involve all the things that he will get to do when he’s a grown-up and how at the ripe old age of four he is already exhibiting many grown-up attributes.

Here are just a few things that make you a grown-up, according to my four-year-old son.

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Source Article: http://mom.me/blog/22448-6-things-make-you-grown-according-my-preschooler/

What Dad Life Looks Like On Paid Parental Leave

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While debates rage in the U.S. over what length of maternity leave is appropriate and fair, there is less talk about long-term parental leave—or time off for dads.

In the Netherlands, where I live, 2015 saw a change in tax laws that make the financial burden a bit heavier, but long-term parental leave is available to fathers and mothers alike.

Robbin Haasnoot, 33, is one of 25 percent of Dutch men who take advantage of long-term, unpaid parental leave, spending one day at home a week for up to two years to be with his children without risking losing his job.

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Source Article: http://mom.me/blog/22434-worklife-balance-dutch-dads/

3-Ingredient Peanut-Butter-and-Egg-Free Cookies

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There are a few three-ingredient peanut butter cookie recipes making the rounds on the interwebs lately, which is awesome. Yay for treats! After all, who doesn’t love peanut butter cookies?

Well… kids with allergies, that’s who. Before you rush off to the next PTA meeting or birthday party with a plateful of peanuts and eggs, consider making some quick and easy swaps for more crowd-friendly ingredients. These little bites pack a sweet, nutritious punch without anyone winding up in the hospital from anaphylactic shock.

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Source Article: http://mom.me/blog/22426-3-ingredient-peanut-butter-and-egg-free-cookies/