Should Parents Kiss Their Children On The Lips? Doctor’s Commentary Sparks A Debate!

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(PCM) Back in 2010, Dr. Charlotte Resnick made some incredibly controversial commentary about parents who kiss their children on the lips claiming that it is “too sexual” and can be confusing for children, as they reach the point of their sexual awakening at around ages 4 thru 6. Dr. Resnick’s comments have now gone viral yet again causing a huge debate online with many parents feeling outraged over the doctor’s controversial comments.

Dr. Resnick defends her opinion by saying that kissing your child on the lips can be very confusing for them “because at what point do you stop”. She also goes on to say “the kiss on the lips can be stimulating for them. If mommy kisses daddy on the mouth and vice versa, what does that mean when I, a little girl or boy, kiss my parent on the mouth?”

She concludes by saying “If I had to answer when to stop kissing your kids on the lips, it would be now.”

Even many of Dr. Resnick’s colleagues do not agree with her opinion about parents kissing their children on the lips as they say, yes, there should be certain boundaries in place, but there is nothing wrong with a parent kissing a child on the mouth as it is a normal way to express affection. They feel it is in no way confusing to a child at all.

Truly, the way that affection is show can be different in every family and throughout various cultures. Kissing children or not kissing children on the lips should be a matter of family preference and/or tradition based upon what is comfortable to them. Many families even carry this type of behavior well into adult-hood as along as everyone is receptive to it, so there is truly not right or wrong answers. Once someone becomes non-receptive to it, that is the correct time to stop.

What do you think? Should parents stop this behavior or is it a normal way to show love and affection?

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Being Overweight During Pregnancy Leads to Heavier Babies, Study Reports

If you’re trying to get pregnant and have a few pounds to lose, it may seem like a good idea to wait until after you have the baby to lose weight – you’re just going to gain weight during pregnancy anyway, right? Wrong. It might be easier on you, but not your baby. According to a new study, women who are overweight during pregnancy tend to have much heavier babies than normal-weight mothers.

The study published in the journal Diabetes Care examined health records for nearly 10,000 women who delivered babies at a Kaiser Permanente medical center in California between 2005 and 2010. About 60 percent were overweight or obese, and nearly 20 percent of those women developed gestational diabetes.

Overweight moms without gestational diabetes were 65 percent more likely to have babies with a birth weight in the 90th percentile or higher, compared to women of healthy weights.

But obese women without gestational diabetes were 163 percent more likely to have overly large babies.

The chances of having a heavy baby increased whether or not the mom had gestational diabetes, a known risk factor for larger birth weights. In other words: Maternal obesity alone is a risk factor in having heavy babies.

“This suggests that there may be other nutrients that are crossing the placenta in overabundance leading to some changes in the physiology and metabolism of the baby,” said study author Mary Helen Black, a biostatistician with Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s department of research and evaluation.

Heavy babies have a greater risk of being overweight as children and adults, increasing their chances of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health problems. It also increases the risk for complications during delivery.

“If the baby is born too large it increases the risk for very serious consequences both during delivery, for the mother and the infant, as well as later in life — for the infant. There may be a general perception that, ‘Oh, the baby’s big, but so what?’ That’s a misperception.”

Talk to your health care provider to find out if you’re in a healthy body weight range before thinking about starting a family – both for you and your baby!

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Childproofing Your Home

Babies and young children seem to get into anything and everything – even when you think your home is baby proof! A recent article published in Men’s Health, ‘6 Things You Forgot to Childproof’, provides a pretty good check list for things parents might not always think about right off the bat. And with accidents in the home injuring 2.5 million children in America each year, there’s no harm in double checking(CPSC)!

Before you read the list, remember that accidents do happen. Of course, no parent wants to see their children get hurt, but don’t drive yourself crazy over every little cut, scrape and bruise. No matter how safe you make your home, there will be little bumps along the way.

Double check your home – often! Things get loose and move out of place, and children grow bigger and stronger! Make a routine of checking the home from the bird eye view of your child once or twice a month to see if anything new needs tending to.

Here is the list!

1. The floor.

“Taking a trip around your home on your hands and knees is the only way to see it like a child,” says Susan Baril, cofounder of Safe Beginnings, a child-safety company. Check for paper clips hiding along the baseboards, blind cords hanging at neck level, splinters in the hardwood, exposed electrical outlets, and tacks in carpet seams.

2. The baby gate.

Never use pressure gates at the top of stairs. They’ll hold back a crawling baby, but not a pushy toddler. Wall-mounted gates are a must.

3. The fireplace.

Don’t just block the fireplace; the hard, sharp hearthstone in front poses as much danger, especially as kids transition from crawling to walking to running, Baril says. A hearth gate can keep children away from the entire area.

4. The television.

More than 15,000 kids are injured each year by falling furniture, according to the Center for Injury Research and Policy. And most of those are caused by falling television sets. Secure yours—especially flat-panels, which tip easily—to the wall or the back of your entertainment center.

5. The cat.

Scampering felines can step on toddlers while they sleep, Baril says. If you own a cat, invest in a crib tent.

6. Yourself.

“Toddlers love to imitate,” Baril says. Don’t let a child see you operate the baby gate, or they’ll try it. Likewise, if they see you step over the gate, they’ll try to scale it, too. Above all, remember: “A well-childproofed house is not a baby-sitter. Constant adult supervision is the best way to prevent injury.”

For the full Men’s Health article, click here.

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Breast-feeding Mother Told No Food Or Drink In The Pool

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(PCM) 26-year old new mother Cindy Herrine was recently approached by management at a local swimming pool in Round Rock, Texas and was told she needed to stop breast-feeding her baby after someone made a complaint.

Herrine was at the pool swimming with her 20-month old son Blaze when he got hungry. Herrine says that at times it makes her son more calm and happy to nurse while they are in the water. When approached by the pool management, Herrine let them know that it was her legal right to breast-feed anywhere she was allowed to be. She even went as far as to pull up the Texas statute on the situation and show it to the pool manager. The woman who had initially made the complaint even came up to apologize to Herrine.

However, the trouble started once again when Herrine got back in the pool and began feeding Blaze once again. The pool manager came over and informed Herrine that he had checked with the local police and they said that the pool was allowed to ask Herrine to stop breast-feeding citing that there is to be “no food or drink allowed in the pool”.

Herrine then exited the pool and contacted the local authorities to file a complaint against the pool, however when the authorities arrived Herrine was told she couldn’t file a harassment charge because the incident did not fit in with any type of crime.

Frustrated, Herrine returned home and was happy when she received a phone call from Rick Atkins, the city’s Parks and Recreation Director. He informed Herrine that breast-feeding was indeed allowed in the swimming pool and apologized to her for the entire incident. He claimed that the pool employees did not know about the Texas law and that they now understand that a mother is free to breast-feed her child anywhere she feels comfortable.

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Would You Name Your Baby Quinoa For $10,000?

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(PCM) Many people enjoy eating quinoa, however do they enjoy it enough to name their new baby after it? Restaurant chain BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse think it’s a great idea and are currently offering up a $10,000 gift card to whichever family names their baby Quinoa first.

The gift card giveaway is in promotion of the restaurant chain’s new quinoa bowl entrees, which include a “Roasted Chicken with Spinach Quinoa Bowl” and “Roasted Salmon Quinoa Bowl”.  They are super excited about the new quinoa bowls and wanted to do something a little outside of the box in terms of promotion.

The giveaway began on June 22 and the $10,000 gift card will be awarded to the family that names their baby Quinoa first and can prove it with the birth certificate. The deadline to enter is October 21 and entries can be submitted via email or regular post mail.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse operate 163 restaurants in 20 states including New York and California. Would you name your baby Quinoa for $10 grand?  That is an awful lot of free meals!

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Demanding Birthday Invitation Goes Viral

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(PCM) Oh, this poor child! We certainly feel for the little boy who is celebrating his first birthday after his parents incredibly demanding and condescending email sent to family members attending his upcoming party has gone viral.

In the day and age of Reddit, nothing is safe, so of course someone who received the absurd email immediately posted it up to get some feedback and it has since gone viral.  The email was shared by Redditor razz32 and discusses a list of approved gifts, along with incredibly detailed instructions, the need for receipts and certain items that are banned.

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The fact that the parents even felt the need to do something like this is pretty unbelievable.  Redditors were immediately in an uproar over the incredibly bossy and overly detailed email and began providing tips on ways the family members could respond and which gifts to bring to the party that would outrage these snotty parents the most.

We think our favorite part was at the end of the email when it states “A formal invitation will be in your mailboxes soon …”  At this point they will be lucky if half the attendees don’t throw it away!  What nerve! And again we truly do feel for the child here, as it will ultimately be he, who is losing out in the end.

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