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Differences between American Parenting and the rest of the world


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Kids today are often considered too coddled when compared to how older generations were raised.

Everything from “participation medals” to “no score soccer games” to “teachers not allowed to mark papers incorrect” because it might hurt someone’s feelings are all a bunch of hooey for parents who had to endure the trials and tribulations of growing up themselves.

Whether it’s government interference or parents’ desire to truly protect their children to the extent of possibly going too far doing so, today’s parents have many things to worry about when it comes to raising their children.

Gin & Juice: The Victorian Guide to Parenting
Gin & Juice: The Victorian Guide to Parenting
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Video Fun: A collection of adorable pregnancy timelapse videos


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Who doesn’t love watching adorable pregnancy time-lapse videos?

Here’s a collection of those that prove that other people are more creative and interesting than you are:

Time-Lapse Camera
Time Lapse Camera

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There’s a direct correlation between your health and your horoscope sign


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“What’s your sign?”, he asks you at the bar.

Sure, it’s the cheesiest line you’ve heard all night, but considering you’re about to dive into a plate of nachos, it was not the cheesiest thing you encountered yet.

It’s odd that we’ve placed so much emphasis on the zodiac or horoscope sign we were born under, that there can be that much relationship between some made up calendar and the month that our parents just happened to have had a bit too much to drink.

The Zodiac and the Salts of Salvation: Two Parts
The Zodiac and the Salts of Salvation: Two Parts

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The ideal age for a woman to have a baby


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How old is too old to have a child?   How young is too young to responsibly become a parent?

Would you have your first child when you were 50 years old, after the majority of your career has been handled?  Or would you like to have your first child when you’re fresh out of college at 21, putting your career on hold for a few more years until you can return to the workforce?

The Diaper Diaries: The Real Poop on a New Mom's First Year
The Diaper Diaries:
The Real Poop on a New Mom’s First Year

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20 Toddler Rules Every Parent Must Know


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Web Watch has a number of friends who are just beginning the joy of parenthood.  For them, this post is for you as your journey begins.

(For those of you considering children in the future, let this be a warning. For those of you who have already successfully raised their children, you may sit back and laugh, nodding your head with the knowledge you have gained over the years.)

Making the
Making the “Terrible” Twos Terrific

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The Ultimate Birth Announcement


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Just like having a baby is a joyful, yet painful process, so can be sending out birth announcements after the event is over.

You’ve spent the better part of nine months (technically) telling people when your little Jellybean of Joy is going to join the party as part of the miracle of birth process — when all you really want to do is take a nap and catch up on some much needed sleep.

It's a Girl Birth Announcement
“It’s a Girl” Football Birth Announcement

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How many babies are circumsized?


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How many babies are circumsized in hospitals each year?

It can be a controversial conversation between new parents, to decide if circumcision is a procedure they want to put their newborn son through (if not for religious reasons).  Some women say that they prefer men who have been circumsized, while other women prefer those that aren’t.

There used to be a myriad of health reasons that would default the answer to circumsize, but in today’s health-aware world, those reasons are becoming less important – and many parents are choosing not to have their children go through the circumcision process.

The Circumcision Decision: An Unbiased Guide for Parents
The Circumcision Decision:
An Unbiased Guide for Parents

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Strollers, car seats, and shopping carts are making your kids fat


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Are your kids fat?

If you’re a normal, reasonable parent – chances are that you’re going to say, “no – my kids are not fat”.  Perhaps they’re merely big-boned, or still are working off their baby fat.

Think we’re crazy for even asking?  We don’t think so — One study published in the New York Times says that 10% of all children under 2 years old are overweight.  That 12.4% of children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are obese.

If your child is obese at the age of 5 years old — and if obesity doesn’t run in your family genetically at that age — then maybe, just maybe, there’s something in the manner you’re raising your child that is contributing to their lardness.

 

Jeep Cherokee Sport Stroller
Jeep Cherokee Sport Stroller

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Celebrate Diaper Free Week by Going Diaper Free!


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Web Watch has talked about ELIMINATION COMMUNICATION earlier, a method used by parents to encourage their infants to equate specific sounds with going to the potty.

Pavlovian, you say?  Perhaps.  But parents who practice EC swear by it, and it saves them hundreds of dollars a year in disposable diaper costs.

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Take the Live Free Challenge for a year: Don’t buy your kids anything


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Hattie Garlick has a plan.

For 2013, she decided on a unique New Year’s resolution, to try to raise her son Johnny as cost-free as possible for a year.

That’s right — she’s not going to spend any money for anything that’s specifically geared towards her 2-year-old son.

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Baby names to avoid if you don’t want your child to grow up to be a stripper


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Stripper names are interesting, aren’t they?

You can only imagine that there exists a Xerox sheet in the back of the bar that all new strippers go through, crossing off names as they become unavailable.

It couldn’t be as simple as this list of 700 STRIPPER NAMES, because some of the suggestions they have don’t seem to be very realistic:  “Henry Poopdeck, the Sailer” is not a stripper Web Watch cares to see.

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How unique is your name? (Chances are, you’re just one in 546)


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How unique is your name?

Sure, you may have replaced a “y” with an “i” (let alone decided that dotting the i with a smiley face would be “your thing”).  Your parents may have given you a unique spelling of a typical name, in order to differentiate you as being “special” when you finally go off to school… much to the chagrin of those confused teachers, or the future ability for your child to every find a personalized license plate at SOUTH OF THE BORDER souvenir shop.

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Ultimate pick-up line revised: “Hey babe, what’s your number?” (Ours is 3.4 billion)


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Population Control: Real Costs, Illusory Benefits
Population Control: Real Costs, Illusory Benefits

Today they expect there to be 7 BILLION PEOPLE ON EARTH.

That’s a lot of mouths to feed, people to clothe, waste to process.

One could expect that the Earth — or our modern infrastructure — was not built to sustain this type of function.  More people just means more needs: from power to water, places to live, medicines, beds, etc…

No more does the old adage of a man and a wife deciding to procreate to have two children to replace them when the parents die; we’re seeing larger and larger families come around in countries around the world, putting a strain on systems that were never designed to carry that type of load. Continue reading ULTIMATE PICK-UP LINE REVISED: “HEY BABE, WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER?” (OURS IS 3.4 BILLION)

How many cloth diapers does one family need?


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FuzziBunz® One Size Cloth Diapers 12 Pack Gender Neutral (new) Colors with Dainty Baby Reusable Bag Bundle, Colors May Vary
FuzziBunz® One Size Cloth Diapers
12 Pack Gender Neutral (new) Colors

New parents often have a dilemma to decide, sometimes even before they try to have kids in the first place: are they going to be a “disposable” family or a “cloth” family?

More and more, the trend in eco-friendly parenting is to go with the cloth diapers.  Technology has caught up to the absorbent fabrics being used, and they don’t have the stigma that going natural used to have in the past (“unexpected leakage” being the predominant concern).

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What is the most common question asked by pregnant women?


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Adventures in Natural Childbirth: Tales from Women on the Joys, Fears, Pleasures, and Pains of Giving Birth Naturally
Adventures in Natural Childbirth:
Tales from Women on the Joys, Fears, Pleasures,
and Pains of Giving Birth Naturally

What is the number one question that pregnant women ask about their upcoming labor and delivery of their brand new baby?

It’s not what you might think.

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