Families in the News Today

Family News Today

Parenting, Celebrities and Food in the News Today.

These Photos of People With Down Syndrome Will Make You Feel Differently About Them - Pop Sugar

Recipe: Kiwi Strawberry Popsicles - Babble

What One Mother - Who Was Out of Patience - Did With Her Child - Huffington Post ( Beautiful Must Read!)

Surprising Reason Why Hospitals Are Getting Rid of Baby Nurseries - Woman's Day

What To Buy at Dollar Stores This Summer

Summer Shopping at Dollar Stores

Kiplinger has listed some of the best things to buy at dollar stores this summer. While most items on this list get a definite nod, there is one in particular that gets a 'whaat?' See if you can guess which item it is.

First up are summery apparel items like flip flops, hats, hula skirts (yes, you never know when a Hawaiian themed party will call to you this summer!), and the like. Seasonal stuff is always fun to buy at dollar stores just because they are cheap and fun, so we totally agree!

Next on the list are the requisite summer toys for kids - Pool noodles, goggles, pails and shovels, hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and bubbles, etc. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and other assorted pool toys can be included here as well.

Then we move on to summer treats! Dollar stores are abundant in this category with all the goodies like frozen pops, lemonade, cookies, ice tea, chips, and so.much.more.

Having a summer BBQ? Why not shop Dollar Tree for some rib-eye steaks? Yep, apparently you can get yours for $1. Throw in a bottle of BBQ sauce for another $1, and you are set. If you prefer hot dogs, they have those too. Along with all the needed condiments like buns, mustard, relish and ketchup.

A definite yes on these next items - party supplies for your BBQ like tablecloths, balloons, napkins, plastic forks and spoons, paper cups and such. You must go to your nearest dollar store for sure to stick up on these things.

Check out their complete list of best things to buy at dollar stores, this summer. But first, before you go, do you know which item was a bit of a ?? for us?

((The rib-eye steak.)) Just not sure about that one yet.

Families in the News This Week

Happy almost 4th of July. Here are some best of the best blog posts shared this past week. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy.

The Three Stages of Taking Your Tween to the Pediatrician - Babble (Get the tissue ready)

50 Ways You Are Ruining Your Kids - Mom.me (Hilarious)

23 Real Selfies That Sum Up Motherhood - PopSugar

5 Rules About Sleeping, According to Toddlers - Huffington Post

What This Mom Did During Labor is Amazing

Photographer Lisa Robinson-Ward just captured the most amazing photos of a mom in labor and giving birth to her beautiful baby girl.

She also happened to be that mom in labor. Yes, Robinson-Ward took breathtakingly beautiful pictures of her own labor and delivery of daughter Anora.

“I was pretty flexible with the plan,” says Robinson-Ward. “If it became impossible I was fine with not doing it but fortunately I had a really easy and amazing birth experience.”

Stunning photographs detail the entire labor and birth experience - even down to the emotions showing on her husband's face as he watches his baby daughter enter the world. 

You can get all misty-eyed looking at the incredible photos here.

Mom Uses Social Media To Get Son To Take Out Trash

A very creative mom found a unique way to get her son to do chores. When her repeated requests to her son to take out trash didn't work, this mom turned to social media site Ingur for help.

She posted an image of her full trash can, to ingur, along with a message for her son.

“D, this is your mom. Please take out the trash!”

Then she asked readers for a little help getting her post to the front page so her son would see it.

“So my son has been lurking here and constantly has his nose in the phone reading and laughing at stuff here. He doesn’t hear me when I ask him to take the trash out. Help me get this to the front page please so maybe the trash will get taken out soon! Thank you!”

The photo went viral, bumping up to the front page of imgur.  The trash can photo currently has more than 70,000 views.

And, yes. Her son took out the trash.

Kerrisimo updated her message after her photo went viral to explain why she used social media to connect with her son.

"Thank you for helping me get this on the front page. I feel like I have to explain a few things. First I want to thank all of the funny, and up building people who commented. Second, my son is a 20 year old young man who is on the autism spectrum. He is VERY high functioning and graduated 3 years ago from high school and last year graduated from college with honors.
 He is working part time in the field he chose. 
He loves being online as most of his peers do. His recent place to hang out is reading the posts at Imgur....I may not be the cool mom, but I do listen to him and what is of interest and important to him. 
Parenting any child you try to find ways to interact with them. Sometimes just reminding (him) doesn’t work. So I thought maybe I could get his attention and interact with him here.”

Kudos to this creative awesome mom.

And raise your hand if you are going to be sharing some pictures of say, messy bedrooms, on social media today. (Wink.)

Calling All 'Dirty Dancing' Fans: Prepare to Experience the Time of Your Life

Are you a sentimental 'Dirty Dancing' fan? Do you dream you are Baby watch Johnny and Baby practicing those awesome dance moves every time chance you get? Then you need to pack your bags and head to the one of the "Dirty Dancing Weekends' at the very.same.place. where Johnny and Baby hung out that one summer.

Yep. You can be a hotel guest this summer at 'Kellerman's', (aka The Mountain Lake Lodge) just like Baby and her family. And you can even put on your dancing shoes and sign up for special 'Dirty Dancing' lessons.

The Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke, Virginia, is the actual destination from the film where Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey) meets and falls in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) (insert sigh), while on summer vacation with her family at the fictionally named "Kellerman Resort."

Once a year, the hotel offers three "Dirty Dancing"-themed weekends where guests can enjoy activities inspired by the film, including dance lessons, a scavenger hunt and trivia.

Only 3 weekends ladies. Reservations go quickly. Grab those dancing shoes and go!