Parenting


The economy is having a major influence on the family planing of many married couples in the U.S. Couples are thinking twice before not just expanding their brood, but having a brood at all. No kids means less financial commitment, less stress and guilt, and more free time.

According to an article on Yahoo! Shine, one in five American women do not have children at all. Also, in a 2007 survey, just 41% of Americans consider having children important for a successful marriage.

Check out the article. What do you think?

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You fall in love, you get married, you announce you are expecting. Your family is excited and supportive. Anything different from this path is always bound to raise a few eyebrows somewhere, no matter the situation. A teenage girl expecting a child will become a topic of gossip before it is welcomed with open arms.
There are varying statistics but according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies, 3 in 10 girls will experience pregnancy by the age of 20.
Shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom show the struggles that young moms face. There will be arguments and tears along the way. They often live with their parents, are trying to finish school, and have a boyfriend that is just as young and stressed about the situation. Hopefully shows like this show teen girls the nature of teen pregnancy and make them think about their choices.

However, the babies in these shows are loved and taken care of. The teen moms are doing everything they can to provide for their child, struggling to find a job and take on the task of raising a child. Often times, the parents of the girl are very involved, helping raise the child as their own. Not every teen pregnancy is this successful. It is important for us to educate teens and be understanding of their situation and not pass judgement.
What do you think can be done to help prevent teen pregnancy?

By Corazon

My cousin (MamaSandoval) is expecting the first baby of our generation so you can imagine the excitement running in my family. At Christmas, we were catching up and she told me about a breastfeeding conversation she had with one of our uncles. You know, the cool, youngest uncle that had the cool car and was kinda known as the rebel. Exactly the last person you would think to have a conversation about breastfeeding with. He has two young sons so he had some recent experience on the topic. My cousin said he told her about all her options and that it is an important bonding time. She said he made her supported and it was strangely not an awkward conversation, but a reassuring, helpful one.

 

The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services and the Breastfeeding and Feminism Symposium are bringing awareness to the importance of breastfeeding. They want family members and friends to understand that they have a huge role in supporting breastfeeding mothers, just as my uncle showed support for my cousin. On March 11-12 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, they are presenting the “Reframing Birth and Breastfeeding: Moving Forward” conference as a way to educate. Some of the topics include breastfeeding and the media, and newborn physical and emotional health. If you have a chance, make a trip to North Carolina and educate yourself.

Is it true a nipple is a nipple?  I can only imagine the open-mouthed looks my blog must be getting right now.  To most pregnant women and nursing moms – yes, a nipple is a nipple.  A beautiful part of our bodies that symbolizes womanhood and motherhood.  That provides sustenance to our babies.

To Facebook, the question is whether or not photos of nursing women is an obscenity.  That’s why they removed the Leaky B@@b from their site recently (and put it back up and removed it and…).  Founder Jessica Martin-Weber created this page andwww.theleakyboob.com as a breast-feeding support group where thousands of women come to ask questions and trade answers.

Even though some people say any PR is good PR, in this case, I think Jessica would disagree.  It’s her goal to fly under the radar.  To be a safe community for nursing women to share, support and learn.  And yes, that also includes photos.  Photos that are generally used for identifying medical problems.

I say GO Leaky B@@b!  Anyone that provides support, community and comfort to pregnant and new moms deserves a round of applause, not deletion.

 

Check out these new articles on Barefoot & Pregnant!

What is Really Going on Here?: “Dear Mr. Dad: Please settle an argument. My wife—who’s five months pregnant—says that our baby’s senses are developing throughout the pregnancy. I think she’s crazy. How can an unborn baby develop a sense of touch or taste or anything else?”

When to Call Your Baby’s Doctor: “One of the toughest and most nerve-racking things for new parent is figuring out when to call the doctor. As a general rule of thumb, trust your instincts.”

Try this recipe from Julie: Strawberry Cream Rollups

This is one of those pass-along Facebook posts that is too good to pass up.

Mothers’ Day declaration ~ I wanted you before you were born. I loved you when you were born. I saw your face and knew that I was in love. Before you were an hour old, I knew I would die for you. To this day, I will. This is the miracle of life. If you have a child/children you love more than life, repost this.
Happy Mothers Day to all the moms!

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