Judy Baughn thought she was done raising children – her three sons and daughter are all adults now. But the West Philadelphia resident now cares full time for her granddaughters, ages 9 and 11, due to the city’s ever-expanding opioid epidemic. Her son and his wife are addicted to heroin. “My son was supposed to go to rehab, but he never did,” and his two young girls were sent to foster homes in 2015, she said. Baughn petitioned to adopt them from foster care, a process during which “I literally had a heart attack from the stress.” Baughn is raising the girls by herself. Now, however, she has some help. “My oldest granddaughter has special needs, so I quit my teaching job and devoted all my time to caring for them,” said Baughn. “I love them so much, but I had to get used to having two little people in the house — and a guinea pig.” Last year, Baughn found out about SOWN — Supportive Older … [Read more...] about When their children get hooked on opioids, more ‘grands’ stepping up to raise their grandchildren
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I have three kids in college and one in high school. None of them are still in diapers, so I must have successfully potty trained them, right?But it’s like blackout drinking. I have a vague recollection of Pull-ups and some of the assorted potty seats that have resided within our home, but that is all. Any notion of how to successfully potty train a toddler has left my consciousness.My youngest is nearly 3, and it’s past time to get this done. She’s been textbook “ready” for quite a while now, but as an inherently lazy person, I’ve been procrastinating for months. I mean, does any parent ever feel like undertaking this task?But as I see my child’s preschool colleagues master this skill one-by-one — using the bathroom like underpants-wearing rock stars while I bring diapers with my head hung in shame — I realize my time for procrastination is over.I Googled “How to potty train your child in one day.” Because there has to … [Read more...] about I successfully potty trained four kids, but I can’t get my fifth to do it
CHANGING a nappy is rarely a pleasant experience, but how would you feel if someone performed the deed on the floor in your living room? That's the situation that one woman faced at the weekend, when one of her oldest pals whipped off a dirty diaper while her soiled baby lay sprawled on the lounge carpet. It probably wouldn't have caused such uproar had it been a number one - but unfortunately there was "fresh faecal matter" involved. Taking to parenting website Netmums, the annoyed woman began with a "disclaimer". "I don't have children, I don't particularly like other people's children, or the fact they impact my life more than I feel they should given I didn't choose to have them, but I keep these views relatively private and am obviously happy enough to accommodate friends kids around, and have a fairly liberal view of the world in terms of rearing them (or at least other people rearing them - I don't pretend to have much right to argue how this should be done given the above, … [Read more...] about Woman horrified when her mate comes round and changes a ‘solids’ nappy on the living room floor… but who’s in the right?
Two-year-old Sophia was told she could pick out a “special prize” — anything she wants — after she successfully completed potty training. She was thrilled, and of course, headed straight for the doll aisle when she walked into Target with her mom, Brandi Benner, on Friday afternoon. Scanning the aisles, Sophia passed a row of baby dolls and headed for the “big girl dolls.” One doll in particular caught her eye: a little black girl dressed in a white lab coat, wearing a stethoscope around her neck. “When she picked [the doll] up and saw that she was a doctor it was game over,” Benner told CBS News. “She got so excited.” “Mommy! Mommy! Mommy! I want this one. I want this one,” she shouted. Smiling, Benner picked up the doll, “Oh, absolutely.” She still had some money left over, so she picked out a Jeep for her new doll to ride around in. Together, Sophia and her mother walked to the cash register to check … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Girl, 2, defends choice of doll to cashier: “She’s a doctor like I’m a doctor”
Last Updated Aug 12, 2010 9:43 PM EDT Skinny jeans are all the rage with the infant and toddler set, according to the Wall Street Journal. But that doesn't mean you should add them to your young child's back-to-school shopping list. Sure, the tight denim fit may be cute. But if your kid is going to day care or preschool this September, and you don't want to waste money, you should choose items that highlight function -- think diaper changes and potty training -- over fashion. So how should you outfit your little one? Since my youngest is starting day care next month, I decided to ask my current babysitter, "Tutu", for some advice. Before looking after my daughter, she cared for small children at a child care center. An Insider's Take Burberry dress on an infant. What was that mom thinking? Here are some other tips for what not to wear to day care or preschool: The Do Not Buy List Anything white. Chances are, your little one will soil her outfit before you even reach the office. So … [Read more...] about Skinny Jeans and Other Clothing You Shouldn’t Buy Your Preschooler