As a child, did you pretend to live in a castle by arranging old blankets over the couch and chairs? There was something so fun about sitting underneath mom's old sheets. Now think how much more awesome it would be to actually have a bed that looks like a mini house! Enter the toddler house bed, also known as a Montessori floor bed.
These beds are exactly what they sound like: Picture a house-shaped frame above the mattress, complete with windows, a door and a kitchen (OK, just kidding about the kitchen). But now picture your little angel's precious head resting underneath one of these magical creations.
While this may seem like a cool, new way to sleep, the floor bed concept actually dates back to the early 20th century teaching philosophy called the Montessori Method, which focuses on placing everything a child needs to learn and explore at the child's level. So, by placing their bed on the floor, you give children independence and a chance to learn on their own terms.
Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite toddler house beds that are ready to take up residence in dreamland.
Still sorting out how to balance your new bun in the oven with an old workout routine? Well, the timing is perfect to put high-tech fitness trackers to the test to monitor safe prenatal exercises, heart rates and sleep patterns while staying healthy and fit for the next nine months (and beyond, of course!). New moms must keep moving for optimal well-being, suggests G. Thomas Ruiz, MD, OB/GYN Lead at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California. "We encourage expectant women to engage in exercise or physical activity on a regular basis throughout their pregnancy," he advises. "Women who are physically active during pregnancy tend to have smaller babies, which most women who are pushing out a kid don't mind." But what about the anxieties of pregnant moms who fear the harmful effects of radiation from such devices? "There has never been a study to demonstrate that background radiation from a cell phone or a Bluetooth device has had a deleterious effect on the outcome of pregnancy," says Dr. Ruiz. "There has been no data to determine it. We do ultrasounds on a regular basis, which is sending sound energy to the baby so we can do diagnostic work, and that is at a much higher level of energy than a cell phone. It's never been shown to demonstrate harmful effects towards the baby or the pregnancy. So moms can use their trackers to their heart's content." So stay strong and count on, Mama! From Fitbit to Bellabeat, here are are our best picks to keep new moms stepping out in style.
Your little baby isn't a baby anymore! Make sure you're prepared for the toddler years with gear and toys you didn't realize you needed for children aged one to three.
With cardigans, vests, and jackets your tween daughter can feel fashion-forward even during the colder months. The trick is knowing what to wear with these layering pieces. Don't worry, we're here to give you and your tween some style inspiration.
How do you know if your tween or child is ready for her first bra? It depends — companies make training bras for girls ages 5 or 6 up to teenage sizes. All girls develop at different rates, and it's up to each girl and her family to decide when it's time to go first-bra shopping. Some good indicators that your girl has reached training bra age is that she's expressing interest in getting one. Beginning with lightly lined bras is an easy way to introduce girls to the basics of dressing as an adult, and it's OK to let her practice (or "train") even if she isn't quite ready for the real thing. Even if your girl hasn't let you know she's in the market for a bra, it might be time to buy her first bra if she's noticeably developing, experiencing pain from lack of support or starting to be active in sports. We've rounded up great training bras for tweens, from sports bras to bralettes, from retailers like Walmart, Target, Justice and Yellowberry.
What parent isn't totally on board with finding the perfect train set to support their baby and big kid in building a love of locomotives, steam engines and freight cars? If your cute little conductor is driven by spending hours constructing and running rail cars while stimulating their imagination and improving cognitive skills, then we have the inside track on the best trains to entertain budding engineers of all ages. From stacking trains for toddlers to battery operated, electric and magnetic engines for more mature railroad enthusiasts (with many compatible tracks that can be expanded as your little one grows), there's something fun for every young train fan.
Every parent is in search of the safest products for their baby, and green products designed to save the planet are a perfect pick for little ones while protecting Mother Earth. "When a child is born, their immune systems are exceptionally fragile, so it's pivotal to ease the toxic overload they are exposed to during their developing years," advises Gay Browne, environmental health advisor and author of Living With a Green Heart. "If I can suggest the most important time to jump into your own personal environmental health, it would have to be the moment you decide to become a parent." In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, we've rounded up the best eco-friendly finds to help ease mom and dad's concerns and even reduce baby's carbon footprint.
If your teen doesn't like to shop and you do, shop our top eight basic clothing items to get his wardrobe started off on the right foot. Plot twist, he'll actually want to wear these classic clothing pieces that will surely become staples in his wardrobe.
If you're reading this, you're probably a parent desperately in need of a little rest. Raising kids is a tiring job—that's for sure. It does get a little easier as the kids get older, but you will never sleep as well as you did before having kids. Luckily, there are products that will help relax and revive you, so you can continue to be the best parent you can be. From essential oils to sound spas, these 10 products will ensure that mom and dad can finally get some sleep.
If you have a hard time getting your teen or tween boy to dress up for special occasions, don't worry, you're not alone. We've rounded up a few staple pieces to add to your son's wardrobe that will have him feeling stylish and not dorky.
Crochet this pretty hat with an interlocking circle of rings. The hat can be worn with the brim up or down. It will fit teens or a...dults. It is made with worsted weight yarn. Skill level - intermediate. The crochet instructions are step-by step with... read more
I decided to write this book because I lived through the confusion and consequences of being sexually different as a child and tee...n and watched others I knew do the same. The good news is that we all made it to adulthood and figured out who we were... read more
ABOUT THE BOOK From the giggly four-year old who proclaims that he wants to marry his teacher to the pre-teen who gushes over the ...cute boy who sits next to her in class, your child's first crush is a new frontier, and its best to prepare yourself long... read more
With charming illustrations and fresh, contemporary text, Birthdays Rock and So Do You! provides teens with the ideal way to shout..., "Happy Birthday, Girlfriend!" Or as this colorful with-it book exclaims, "Today it's all about you, babe!" read more
A Mother's Guide to Communicating with Her Teen DaughterMany daughters are hesitant to share their deepest thoughts and questions ...with their moms for fear of being misunderstood or laughed at. Many moms don't know how to communicate with their teen... read more
A Mother's Guide to Communicating with Her Teen DaughterMany daughters are hesitant to share their deepest thoughts and questions ...with their moms for fear of being misunderstood or laughed at. Many moms don't know how to communicate with their teen daughters. Taken from real-life questions submitted by teen girls and by moms, this book guides moms through their daughters' tough teen years and covers broad topics such as communication, trust, and overprotectiveness as well as more focused issues, including modesty, boys, and curfews. This repackaged edition includes a new chapter on social media. read more
Jaganmohan Ray always gave same answer, "Sushila, money is nothing. It come and goes. Don't panic for it. Money isn't God in any m...anner. All is that almighty. And in funny way he used to say, Money isn't God." That evening his daughter Malini came and... read more
Luke Lafontaine survived the past year by not thinking about the father he lost, the dairy farm he couldnt save from bankruptcy, o...r his way of life that vanished with the rap of an auctioneers hammer. Cleaning up city folks trash at the Minnesota State Fair is just another dead-end job. But at the Fair, surrounded by a celebration of farm life, ambitions hed given up on and buried deep start to revive. And seeing Mason Bell in the paradegorgeous, gay, out-of-his-league Masonstirs other buried dreams.Mason left his hometown for college in Minneapolis without looking back. Student life is fun, classes are great, gay guys are easy to find, but its all a bit superficial. Hes at the State Fair parade route with his band when he realizes a scruffy maintenance worker is Luke, his secret high school crush. Luke should be safely home working on his dads farm, not picking up litter. Mason wishes he hadnt fallen out of touch. Hes an optimist, though, and its never too late for second chances. Now he just has to convince Luke.**States of Love:**Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States. read more
Once again, acclaimed novelist Ron Hansen demonstrates his masterful versatility as a writer, with Isn't It Romantic?, a screwball... comedy in the tradition of filmmaker Preston Sturges. In this charming entertainment, mistaken identities, botched schemes, and hilarious misunderstandings all play a part as Parisian sophistication collides with the affability and simple pleasures of the Great Plains.Touring America was Natalie's idea. But she had not planned on being accompanied on a cross-country bus by her playboy fianc, Pierre. Nor had they anticipated being stranded in Seldom, Nebraska, population 395.But that is exactly what happens to this French couple, and they quickly find themselves being taken in by the obliging citizens of Seldom: Natalie by Mrs. Christiansen, a retired high school teacher who runs a rooming house for women, and Pierre by Owen, a gas station owner and ambitious winemaker in an unlikely part of the world.And here also, the separated couple become enchanted by the locals. Natalie is soon being wooed by Dick Tupper, a handsome and honest rancher with a rambling farmhouse and lots of wide open space. Pierre falls quickly for Iona, a beautiful, no-nonsense waitress in the local diner.Soon everyone is hatching plots to get what they want: Owen needs help from Pierre's world-class wine business if he is ever going to sell his Nebraska vintage; Pierre wants Iona; Natalie thinks she wants Dick Tupper, but maybe it's Dick who wants Iona, and Natalie who wants Pierre? The fun and surprises are many in this playful romance. read more
Local hero Cort Harper returns from college to teach science at his hometown high school, but despite his fame and spotless reputa...tion, things don't go well. His wife, a local girl and also a teacher, battles cancer and later is murdered in an unsolved crime from which only Cort's airtight alibi staves off his possible indictment -- yet there are those who believe he may have gotten away with the heinous crime. Then, some months later, murder stalks him once again as he is accused of the strange and violent death of one of his young students, apparently after a kidnapping. But this time, Cort is tried, convicted and sentenced to be executed. Story over? Not by a long shot. In fact, it's only the beginning, and the twists and turns of this fast-paced tale will keep you on the edge of your chair through page after page. read more
Peter was called an alcoholic, and he was sent to an alcohol treatment center, but alcoholism was not his main problem. Jason was ...sent to the hospital as an angry, acting out adolescent. He got better only after his bipolar condition was recognized. Diane was labeled a "borderline personality disorder" until a careful evaluation revealed the underlying truth. Ann looks like a crank abusing speedster. Could she just be treating her hyperactivity? These are some of the stories of people who were diagnosed with common psychological problems, but who never improved until the true nature of their underlying illnesses were discovered. Maybe some of these people are just like you. The doctors keep giving you pills and you wonder, Why Your Depression Isn't Getting Better. read more
Examines major myths informing American education and explores how educators can better serve students, increase college retention... rates, and develop alternatives to college that dont disadvantage students on the basis of race or incomeEach year, as the founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy (BAA), an urban high school that boasts a 94 percent college acceptance rate, Linda Nathan made a promise to the incoming freshmen: All of you will graduate from high school and go on to college or a career. After fourteen years at the helm, Nathan stepped down and took stock of her alumni: of those who went to college, a third dropped out. Feeling like she failed to fulfill her promise, Nathan reflected on ideas she and others have perpetuated about education: that college is for all, that hard work and determination are enough to get you through, that America is a land of equality.In When Grit Isnt Enough, Nathan investigates five assumptions that inform our ideas about education today, revealing how these beliefs mask systemic inequity. Seeing a rift between these false promises and the lived experiences of her students, she argues that it is time for educators to face these uncomfortable issues head-on and explores how educators can better serve all students, increase college retention rates, and develop alternatives to college that dont disadvantage students on the basis of race or income.Drawing on the voices of BAA alumni whose stories provide a window through which to view urban education today, When Grit Isnt Enough helps imagine greater purposes for schooling. read more
Logan Murphy, his younger brother James, his best friend Brianna Williams, and unlikely new acquaintance Carleto Santana teach and... learn about teen life, responsibilities, friendship, character and overcoming stubbornness as millennials in the Mideastern city of Virginia Beach, Virginia.Stinking Thinking Isnt Cool! is the action-packed teenaged adventure telling of the power of choiceright thinking or wrong (stinking) thinking. Rich in humor, mood and character, Stinking Thinking Isnt Cool! fascinates readers with its changing nature of human motives leading to character building. On one hand, this is the exemplary story of Logans enduring transition from innocence to the trials and tribulations of growing up as a teenager.Logans hilarious escapades includes tossing the neighbors clock out the window to repair it, jumping in the lake to retrieve his fathers gold watch, buying a dog and rabbit with his mothers grocery money, attacking a burglar, and outrageous thinking that seems to lead from one adventure to another.The choices that the teenagers make are all about exploring and pushing limits, preparing Logan and his companions to confront the world on their own. This book will keep generations of readers captivated and entertained as they work through their own stinking thinking. read more
Sometimes reading other people's minds can get messy... especially if those people happen to be vampires.Now that I'm a full-fledg...ed member of LIGHTS, a secret agency whose purpose is to hunt and destroy vampires, you'd think I'd be happy, that I finally have everything I want. But when a hunt goes wrong, I end up questioning everything--like am I more vampire or more hunter? I hope I can get myself together quickly because my cousin's been kidnapped, and I might just be the only one who can save him.Since he's been taken prisoner by a vampire queen, it won't be easy. But then nothing in my life ever is.I'm Cassidy Findley, and I'm a vampire hunter.The Chronicles of Cassidy is a retelling of The Clandestine Saga specifically for young adult/teen readers told from the perspective of high schooler Cassidy Findley. read more
How do you start a new life when your old one wont let go?Freed from a marriage he entered because he feared coming out to his jud...gmental family, Gabe Reynolds feels his life is just startingat forty-three. But what was supposed to be exciting and wonderful has been nothing but disappointing. The man hes loved since they were teens broke his heartagain. Gabe has no clue how to meet men who are looking for more than one night, much less date them. Add to that his job as a mental health counselor, helping to keep his mentally ill ex-wife stable, and caring for children that belong to another man, and he has little time to look for Mr. Right.Just as Gabe is giving up, Brandt Sawyer, with his hard body and gorgeous eyes, crashes into Gabes life. Brandt pushes all Gabes buttonsthough he could do without the younger mans know-it-all attitude. Gabe never thought he could be so torn between wanting to punch a man and wanting to kiss him. Yet, as he gets to know Brandt, Gabe sees past the military-programmed ex-soldier and catches a glimpse of what could be his happily ever after.But with a troubled ex and young children involved, Gabe cant just walk away from his past. Guilt is tearing him in every directionmaybe even away from the man hes falling in love with. read more
One would think teaching would be a quiet profession. But not in Chicago, thinks high school teacher Tom Mason when he hears that ...one of his students has been accused of killing his girlfriend. As a friend of the boy's family, Tom is asked to help clear him, and the more he probes, the more it seems that something sinister is going on in the usually quiet suburbs of Chicago. With the aid of his lover Scoot Carpenter, a professional baseball player, the two set out to discover what really happened that night.Mark Richard Zubro's second mystery for Tom and Scott is just as stunning as the first. Why Isn't Becky Twitchell Dead is a delicious satirical page-turner. read more
Like his literary ancestor Mark Twain, Kurt Vonneguts crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted.A.O. Scott in The New York Times... Book ReviewMaster storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. For each occasion, Vonnegut's words were unfailingly unique, insightful, and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation.This expanded second edition includes more than sixty pages of further thoughts from Kurt (whose good advice wasnt limited to graduation speeches).As edited by Dan Wakefield, this book reads like a narrative in the unique voice that made Vonnegut a hero to readers of all ages. At times hilarious, razor-sharp, freewheeling, and deeply serious, these reflections are ideal for anyone undergoing what Vonnegut would call their long-delayed puberty ceremonymarking the passage from student to full-time adult.This book makes the perfect gift for people on the precipice of change/growthfrom high school students to college graduatesor for anyone who will appreciate Vonneguts playful, profound wisdom. read more
Differentiated instruction is a nice idea, but what happens when it comes to assessing and grading students? What's both fair and ...leads to real student learning? An internationally recognized expert on grading practices, Rick Wormeli first examined these questions 10 years ago in the first edition of Fair Isnt Always Equal.In this thoroughly updated second edition, Rick provides a catalyst for serious reflection on current grading and assessment practices in differentiated classrooms. Coherent and effective standards-based grading practices for a high-stakes, accountability-focused world is also outlined. Recognizing the importance of having a shared school vision for assessment and grading, Rick addresses the challenges for teachers and administrators alike.Middle- and high-school educators will easily recognize real examples and gray areas of grading. Rick tackles important and sometimes controversial assessment and grading issues constructively, incorporating modern pedagogy and the challenges of working with diverse groups of students. New sections address sports eligibility, honor roll, descriptive feedback techniques, and gifted/talented students, and chapters on test questions, redos/retakes, grading scales, and grading effort and behavior have been revised extensively.This important book clearly explains the principles behind best grading practices so that you're ready for all grading questions or scenarios that you may encounter in your classrooms and schools. read more
Journey to the land of fire and ice with the Iceland Collection by OPI. Featuring a palette inspired by the country's scenic, vari...ed landscape of volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, lava fields and glaciers, this collection offers a range of captivating, chic hues that portray the wild beauty of Iceland. read more
He's thrives on stealing hearts, until he meets the ultimate thief.Knights of Texas, novella seriesBook Three - VaughnVaughn Ayers...' stellar dance skills and a carefree attitude steal women's hearts. His dashing smile demands the spotlight, an ideal fit in the Knights of Texas-- a luxury male escort agency. Until an old high school acquaintance hires him for a job. She was a nerdy misfit back then, but not anymore. The lustrous Latina lures him to a formal event, and steals much more than his heart.Cora Castillo's career exists in gray areas, with only her lock pick and crusader mentality in her toolbox. When she shires an escort to pose as a diversion, the last person she expects to walk in the door is her former high school crush in a tux. With her cover blown, and a high-stakes target minutes away, she'll have to sacrifice more than her date to succeed.Games and cons dance these heart-stealers in circles, until they spin themselves into a seductive web from which neither can escape.Knights of TexasNow accepting clients.Noble protectors of pleasure bring their expertise to showing a woman her true worth. Revealing a womans value is their devoted mission. These southern charmers can all but guarantee kindling a womans heart.Each book in the series can be read as a standalone, they do not have to be read in order. read more
This strikingly-rendered graphic novel is both a landmark contribution to business management literature as well as a riveting sto...ry of transformation in the face of a personal crisis. A must-read for established modern business leaders, up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and anyone struggling to balance work and life, ambition and love.John Myers has fought his way nearly to the top of the corporate ladder. He's got it allthe doting wife, the supercar, the mansion, and now his first son on the way. Most importantly to John, he's on the verge of becoming CEO at the one of the most renowned IT companies in the world. Can he truly achieve all his goals through sheer determination and grit? Who will have to suffer for him to succeed?When both his company and his family face sudden crises, John will have to account for more than the bottom line. The fearlessly independent man who thought he knew how to succeed in any situation finds himself for the first time at a loss for answers. He'll have to face his deepest fears and transform his perspective in order to overcome these staggering challenges. His dark, terrifying journey will force him to look in the mirror and make hard choices.This book's peek into the mind of a business leader combines the genres of psychology, fiction, business/leadership literature, and graphic novel to offer a stunning insight that no business professional should miss.Madhu Einsiedler has been training and coaching teams and individuals for more than twenty years. Each individual must undergo a unique process to develop, to transform, to grow. This story touches the fundamental pillars of any successful business and personal growth. Together with John Myers you'll discover what these pillars mean for you and your path to growth. This book will not leave you untouched; it will spark and further your growth.Here, you'll discover- a fresh and revealing perspective on how we can face our fears instead of hiding from them,- how we limit our own potential by clinging to unexamined assumptions,- how we can create a mind-set of growth,- how we can seek help without sacrificing independence, and- how we can trust life's challenges to nudge us toward growth in the face of our own resistance. read more
With many years in the field of Human Resources (HR), I thought my insight and advice might be of assistance to those who choose t...o read my book. I have worked my entire life with a desire and need to feel I have accomplished something within my field whether it was my first job during high school as a department store clerk, or my first "real" job as a receptionist at a major company, and subsequently many HR jobs with advancing degrees of responsibility. read more
Based on a remarkable true story, an unforgettable Somali girl risks her life on the migrant journey to Europe to run in the Olymp...ic GamesAt eight years of age, Samia lives to run. She shares her dream with her best friend and neighbor, Ali, who appoints himself her "professional coach." Eight-year-old Ali trains her, times her, and pushes her to achieve her goals. For both children, Samia's running is the bright spot in their tumultuous life in Somalia. She is talented, brave, and determined to represent her country in the Olympic Games, just like her hero, the great Somali runner Mo Farah.For the next several years, Samia and Ali train at night in a deserted stadium as war rages and political tensions continue to escalate. Despite the lack of resources, despite the war, and despite all of the restrictions imposed on Somali women, Samia becomes a world-class runner. As a teenager, she is selected to represent her country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She finishes last in her heat at the Games, but the sight of the small, skinny woman in modest clothes running in the dust of athletes like Veronica Campbell-Brown brings the Olympic stadium to its feet.Samia sets her sights on the 2012 Games in London. Conditions in Somalia have worsened, and she must make the arduous migrant journey across Africa and the Mediterranean alone. Just like millions of refugees, Samia risks her life for the hope of a better future.Dont Tell Me Youre Afraid is the unforgettable story of a courageous young woman, and it is also a remarkable window onto a global crisis. read more
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In the course of her profession, social worker, Amber Walker, deals with tragedy on a daily basis. But when her own family is dest...royed by a client she tried to help, she is tormented by guilt and loses faith in the goodness of humanity. As she picks up the pieces of her life, Amber is propelled into the lives of Lilly, a teenage victim of sexual abuse, and Jessie, a vivacious tomboy whose young life ends much too soon. A person from Ambers past forces her to confront old demons despite her desire to discover new love. She struggles to remain afloat amidst the confusion until a trip to meet her biological mother forces Amber to look inward for answers to her most burning questions. read more