Once new parents get the handle on dealing with their child, many will eventually decide to have a second, and they soon realize just because they could handle one, doesn’t mean they could handle two. And if you are one of those parents who thought your life was better with only one kid, science suggests you are probably right.
A study out of The University of Melbourne suggests having a second child could wreak havoc on a parents’ mental health. Looking at 16 years of data, the study discovered that while parents showed improved mental health after having one kid, all the added pressure and stress of a second kid had a negative effect on a parent’s mental health, and is particularly worse for the mother than the father.
As for why moms have it worse...the study notes that they tend to have higher stress levels because they are traditionally handling most of the childcare responsibilities. Somehow we don’t think moms needed a study to tell them this.
Source: New York Post
With Christmas less than a week away a lot of people will be running to the post office and shelling out tons for overnight delivery just to make sure they get their packages there on time. So, as you can imagine, things are going to be a little crazy at your local post office.
The U.S. Postal Service reports that this week is expected to be the busiest week for the holiday mailing and shipping season, with three billion pieces of mail, including packages, being processed and delivered this week alone.
And to make sure packages get to their destination on time, many postal workers will be working on Sundays, with most major cities currently getting Sunday delivery. Plus, the postal service plans to expand Sunday delivery in some locations, and some mail carriers will even deliver Priority Mail express packages on Christmas Day.
But if you really want your package at its destination before Christmas, you really need to pay attention to deadlines because they are coming up fast. Here are the postal service’s recommended deadlines, although that doesn’t actually guarantee your package will be there when you want it.
- December 20 – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
- December 20 – First-class Packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
- December 20 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
- December. 20 – Priority Mail
- December 20 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
- December 22 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express
- December 22 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express
- December 22 – Priority Mail Express
The company has chosen “Justice” as 2018’s Word of The Year, which has been used in various forms over the past year, including racial justice, obstruction of justice, social justice and more. To earn the title of word of the year, a word needs to see high volume of traffic and a significant increase in lookups throughout the year.
Merriam-Webster editor at large Peter Sokolowski notes that “justice” has been in the top 20 or 30 lookups throughout the year, and went even higher during specific events, many of which surrounded President Donald Trump. As for just how popular the word has gotten, searches for “Justice” increased 74% this year as compared to last.
- And “Justice” isn’t the only word to see an increase in lookups this year. Other popular words include “maverick,” in connection to Senator John McCain death, “excelsior,” when Stan Lee died, “respect” when Aretha Franklin died, “feckless,” after Samantha Bee used the word in her description of Ivanka Trump, and “lodestar,” which was used in a “New York Times" op-ed.
Not all families have the luxury of getting time off on holidays so they can celebrate together, but Santa gets that and has a backup plan. And one mom took the time to share a sweet letter from St. Nick himself explaining to her kids why their Christmas festivities may be a little different this year.
Stephanie Lynn posted the Santa letter on Facebook and explains that she and her family are celebrating Christmas on the 24th this year because her husband has to work. And that’s the case with lots of families of military members, first responders, doctors, nurses, retail and restaurant workers, and pilots and flight crews, so many parents are loving her letter to use with their own kids.
The letter explains why some parents have to be away on Christmas, because “they’re working - keeping us safe and healthy.” Santa writes that Christmas is about family and even though mom or dad will be working on the 25th, he wants them to have a special Christmas morning together and even offers “alternative delivery dates” for his gifts and gives parents the option to check the date that works best for them.
So many folks have been touched by the post and it’s been shared more than 44,000 times so far. Even the Facebook page for the NORAD Santa Tracker posted a special message about the alternative dates for Christmas delivery, pointing out that Santa makes special arrangements so loved ones can be together and “share the spirit of Christmas together.” NORAD writes that while they don’t report on these “out of the ordinary visits” they’re” no less special.”
Source: The Stir
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a classic holiday tale we know and love, did you know there’s actually a prequel to the story by Dr. Seuss? It’s called “Halloween is Grinch Night” and while it came out after the original, the story is set before. It first aired as an animated TV special back in 1977 for Halloween, naturally.
Like the Christmas version, “Halloween is Grinch Night” is about the Grinch terrorizing the Whos down in Whoville, but this time, his evil plan is nipped in the bud by a kid named Euchariah, instead of little Cindy-Lou Who. Dr. Seuss wrote it 20 years after “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” which was published way back in 1957.
The Halloween story was a hit, in fact it was so well received that it won the 1978 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program. And get this, it wasn’t the only other Grinch TV special. In May 1982, “The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat” premiered and it also won an Emmy. Who knew there were all these Grinch stories out there?
Parenting trends come and go and it’s really all about finding your own personal style and what works for you. But in the kid-rearing world, these trends are expected to be big in 2019.
- Authoritative parenting - These parents are more flexible and democratic, with a focus on balance. It’s kind of like the Goldilocks approach of not being too strict but not a total pushover and some of the common traits of the parenting style include having expectations for kids, but giving them the resources and emotional support to succeed, placing limits on behavior and being fair and consistent with discipline when rules are broken.
- “Raindrop” baby names - These are names that include soft consonants, like M, N, L, R, or Y and have two or more syllables into four or fewer letters, like Liam, Aria, and Emma.
- No more gender reveals - Having a big party to announce the sex of your baby is going to become a thing of the past, much to the delight of close friends of women who will be pregnant in 2019.
- Subscription everything - We’re talking subscription baby food, toys, diapers, and even a subscription service for postpartum recovery items new moms need.
- Grandparents-only photo sharing - The days of locking down an Instagram handle for your baby before they’re even born are ending and heading into 2019, parents are choosing to be more intimate and targeted about the photo sharing of their little bundles of joy. The photo sharing app Tiny Beansallows you to add specific people and post a pic a day with a caption and it even alerts grandparents when a new photo is added. Bring on those bathtub pics!
- Audio books vs. screen time - Pinterest reports that searches for “audio storytellers” are up 126% and audio books give parents a great screen time work-around. It’s not a screen, but it’s not mom reading a bedtime story again, and little ones can unwind and listen to a book at the end of the day. Epic! has a range of best-selling titles kids will love.
- Hands-free breast pumps - There’s a new wave of breast pumps and let’s be honest, anything beats the old ones. But these technological wonders slip under a bra and don’t need to be plugged in, so moms can walk around and live life while using them. Now that’s a game-changer.
The old “You’ll shoot your eye out” warning in the movie “A Christmas Story” didn’t save a little boy in the U.K. who recently lost his eye after his friend shot a Nerf gun pellet at it. It all started six years ago when Taylor-Jay Ravicini was only three years old and got shot in the eye with a toy arrow. Doctors saved his eye then, but after the recent freak accident with the Nerf gun, his eye was injured further and it had to be removed.
“Taylor’s eye was full of blood and it was causing a build-up of pressure,” his mom, Stacey, explains. “Doctors told us that he risked losing sight in both eyes if we didn’t remove the damaged one.”
After some classmates started bullying Taylor over his injury, his mom is now fundraising to buy him a special prosthetic eye. Stacey says she’s constantly worried about her son and what will happen next with him. “What are the chances of an accident happening twice in the same eye,” she says. “It has just been one big emotional roller coaster.”
Source: New York Post