In our quest to give our kids unique and meaningful names, sometimes we don’t even realize that the special name we choose is being chosen by thousands of others who think they, too, are selecting a unique name. For instance, the name I chose for my daughter ended up being one of the top names that year…and yet I had never heard it before.
When looking at the 2013 list of top 100 baby names, it’s fun to see which names have shifted in popularity. For instance, the name Emily has risen to the number 9 spot for BabyCenter’s list.
Other names new to the top 50 include Aria, which rocketed to number 27 from last year’s 63. The name Lila has settled back in to number 30 while the more unique Lyla has fallen off the top 100 list. Adalyn moved to number 32, and the girl’s name Scarlett is in the number 40 spot.
Other popular names new to the top 50 include Nora, and Mila. And when looking at the top 100 I see my 95-year-old mother-in-law’s name, Adeline, is coming back into vogue.
Boy’s names climbing into the top 50 list for 2013 include Caden (number 11), Jayce (number 27) which weren’t even in the top 100 last year, and Christian which is now number 45. Newcomers to the top 100 include Muhammad, Camden, Josiah, Mateo, and Elliot which took the 100 spot.
With the climb in popularity of these names, other names fall off the most popular list, so which names have fallen out of favor? Girl names that have dropped off the top 100 list include:
Boys names that dropped from the top 50 included Joseph, Tyler, and Zachary, and those that dropped from the top 100 include:
Naming our kids is such a big decision. Many people are turning to their family heritage for baby names others are using last names of celebrities to come up with unique names. I perused lists of baby names for my daughter and turned to family names for my son.
How did you choose your baby’s name?
Photo credits: Looking Glass
We went to meet the teacher night at the kids school last night and I came away with the knowledge that my children have multiple personalities that I never knew about. It’s true.
We now have our youngest four in school after over two decades of homeschooling. In the past, meet the teacher night basically occurred anytime I looked in the mirror. This time it was a bit more involved. The kids go to a small charter school so they are all in the same school. The younger three have strict orders not to make eye contact with the oldest one while on school property.
With one elementary schooler with two teachers, one middle schooler with three teachers, and two high schoolers with umpteen teachers, I knew that we were going to be there for awhile. I decided to start with my youngest’s class and go up. The theory was that more parents with elementary aged children would show up than those of teens, so getting that out of the way first would save time.
Technically that was true.
There were no surprises when meeting Kyrie’s teacher. She told us in a very matter of fact way what Kyrie was doing, what her strengths and weaknesses were, and what they were working on. That teacher sends email newsletters to all of the parents of her students every week so nothing was a surprise. The woman knows how to communicate.
The art teacher wasn’t real informative it was more a hello kind of thing. She has two of my kids and there weren’t a lot of surprises. I got to see some work that they had done, what they were working on, and the concepts she was teaching. With so many creative, artistic types in the family, I would have been surprised if she had said anything negative.
Nick’s teachers told me he was quiet, helpful, and cooperative. No surprises there either, other than all of these teachers seem to believe my children are quiet, well behaved, and helpful. They have obviously not eaten dinner with us.
I didn’t expect any complaints from Sean’s teachers either but I did wonder what Shiloh’s teachers were going to say.
I have heard Shiloh’s tales of what goes on in school every afternoon for the past month. Shiloh is a unique young lady, and of my girls she is the one that is the most like I was at her age.
To be honest, I say that with fear and trembling while holding Xanax in one hand and vodka in the other. Her escapades at school, or at least the way they are presented to me, make me think I am going to be called to the principal’s office at any moment.
So, imagine my surprise when all of her teachers (except the one that couldn’t remember her name) greeted her warmly and told me in glowing, abundant adjectives what a sweet, kind, and industrious young lady she is. My husband and I looked at each other, looked at Shi, and then at the teacher and both whispered, “Shiloh?”
That’s when I realized my kids have multiple personalities. Straight A, model students by day and loud, argumentative, messy gremlins by night. You know what? I can live with that. I enjoy a challenge.
How about you? Are your kids vastly different at school?
Today’s link round-up has cookie recipes, Christmas crafts, and more.
I Heart Naptime shared a recipe for eggnog cookies that sounds delicious!
View Along the Way showed us how to make a beautiful Christmas decoration with gold leaf on black canvas.
Fleece Fun showed us how to make a cute no-sew stocking with the kids.
Crazy Little Projects taught us how to make cute character ornaments for the tree.
In Katrina’s Kitchen taught us how to make Pepper Jelly Cornmeal Thumbprint Cookies.
Wesens Art showed us another cute craft to do with the kids. This one involves making Christmas bells from clay pots.
Photo credit: I Heart Nap Time and Practically Functional
That sounds ridiculous, right?
I mean, it makes me angry when people get puppies or kittens only to give them away when they are no longer cute. I used to be a vice president for the local chapter of the Humane Society and I can tell you some tales for sure. People drop their pets off at shelters without a second thought, for the stupidest reasons, and that’s the ones that take the time to drop them at a shelter instead of by the side of the road. It makes my blood boil.
So, what does that have to do with adopted kids?
Apparently there are secret chat rooms on the Internet where you can find new homes for adopted children that you don’t feel you can deal with anymore, or who don’t fit into your family, or who (you know) got bigger/eats more/not as cute/etc.
In other words, these parents are making the kind of weak commitment to these kids as they do to the kitten or puppy that they gave their kid for Christmas.
Have we really fallen so low? Have children become so devalued? Have adults become that narcissistic? And, the most important question of all: are we really that stupid?
Just by way of full disclosure, I am adopted so my feelings on this issue may be a bit stronger than someone who is not adopted.
So, here’s the deal. Parents adopt a child, usually from another country, they are thrilled with their new parenthood status and everything is peachy for a couple of months or even years. Then reality and the mundane every-dayness of life kick in and things get real.
You know what I am talking about, right? The baby won’t sleep, or the three year old refuses to be potty trained, or there are emotional issues, or sassy teenager issues, or whatever. Parenting gets tough and it is totally not like it is on TV anymore.
The haggard parents find one of these online chatrooms, strike up a conversation with someone and offer their child to them like it was a cat or a dog. Not my cat or dog because we have never dropped an animal off. Commitment is commitment. Anyway, like someone’s cat or dog that they didn’t want anymore. The two families agree on a drop off point. They meet and drop off the child.
It’s called re-homing. You know, recycling to the extreme.
Reuters reports that on average, a child is advertised (on just the one Internet message board that they studied) once a week. Fifty-two children per year on one board. The kids are usually international adoptions and range in age from six to fourteen, but Reuters says that one child on the board was just ten months old.
Since no authorities are involved, the kids can be put in dangerous situations. What do you think is likely to happen to a ten to fourteen year old girl that is advertised for re-homing?
Let’s be aware of these kinds of activities, people. Let’s not mind our own business when it comes to child trafficking. Let’s not turn the other way. This practice needs to be shouted from the rooftops and the people who do it need to be… well, let’s just leave that to your imagination, shall we?
Have you heard of re-homing? Leave a comment and share your thoughts. Oh, and for the record, the image above is a stock image to illustrate the article. It isn’t a child that has gone through this.
source: Huffington Post
I love spending time on Etsy and looking at all of the things the talented artisans have made. Buying items from craftspeople is something that I try to prioritize for a number of reasons.
First of all the items are usually one of a kind and I really like that. Secondly, the items are usually higher quality than I could get on a commercial level. Finally, I believe with all my heart that supporting small, indie business is the way, the only way, that the economy will ever become strong again.
All of my children love to color and all of them have loved dinosaurs. It isn’t hard to figure out that I would fall in love with these dino-crayons the minute that I laid eyes on them. The crayons are colorful, non-toxic, and have the cutest details you can imagine. They come in packs of six but the creator says that you can get 12 different colors if you order two sets.
She collects leftover, broken, bits and pieces of crayons at the end of every school year, going from school to school and picking them up. Then they are melted down into these adorable figures as well as other shapes such as:
There are a ton of different shapes. All of them are colorful and full of whimsical details that make you want to sit down and color a picture of something. They’d make great party favors or stocking stuffers for any age.
image via: Ivy Lane Designs
I woke up this morning and my to do list started scrolling through my head like… I don’t know… like one of those telephone salespeople that keeps talking and talking. Each item moved across my conscious in an unending parade as I hurriedly pulled on my clothes, while brushing my teeth. It was still going as I double timed down the stairs to fix breakfast and pack lunches.
My to do lists are extensive.
Laundry, straighten the house after a weekend, work on several articles and an eBook for clients, work on my own blogs, edit images, plan dinner, plan my low-carb meals for the week, figure out when to do make up work since I will be gone all day on Wednesday for a hair appointment, and on and on.
Once the kids left and the house was relatively quiet, a deep quiet that only the mom of a big family can understand and that was interrupted only by the occasional high pitched whine of the dryer alarm, I began picking up, straightening, and ticking off things on my mental to do list.
I was just about ready to sit down at the computer and begin writing when I went into the den/sunroom/TV room that used to be my studio before it was taken over by family. It is, or was, my favorite room in the house — facing west with nothing but windows on three sides, heart pine floors, a blue oriental rug, and a television.
I used to use it for my food photography and as a place to work but a way too large sofa was moved in so that nothing else fits. It is comfortable for everyone except me.
Anyway, I walked in there to check to see if it needed to be straightened and was met by a mess. Last Monday the same thing happened and I taped the room off for a week, hoping that it wouldn’t happen again.
No such luck.
I don’t remember having some of these issues with my older kids and so I blame the fact that I am having to work, that the kids are in school, and that they are not as well supervised as their older siblings.
I just sat down and sobbed. It is such a little thing but it seemed so huge to me. I am dealing with a couple of parenting dilemmas that I feel overwhelmed by. They make me feel out of control. Parenting is always tough, some days it’s really hard, and sometimes it’s too hard. Just too hard to continue.
Just being real, here. I am sure I am not the only one of us that has looked at her children and wished for an easy button or a do-over. In fact, today I think I would like a pause button. I’d like some time to just think things through.
I think busy moms like us need to step back and get perspective on what we are really dealing with, change the things that need to be changed, and accept that some days it really is just too hard to be a parent. That’s OK, though — most of the other days balance it out, right?
Do you have ways to get yourself back on track when you are overwhelmed?
Is your husband a devoted father? Show your appreciation for all he does for your kids by treating him to a new shirt from DaddyScrubs.
My personal favorite from the DaddyScrubs website is the adorable Captain Daddy tee featured in this post. The shirt comes in M, L, XL, and XXL sizes. It’s made from a soft 60/40 Cotton/Poly blend and sells for $24.95.
For a super cute photo op, you can buy a matching 1st Mate tee for your child. This shirt comes in 6-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months sizes. The 1st Mate tee sells for $14.95.
Daddy Scrubs provides a wide selection of gifts for Dads. In addition to the tees, there are also hoodies, scrub tops, hats, fatherhood themed books, and gifts like diaper bags and Daddy rubber ducks. Everything is very reasonably priced and shipping is free on orders of $25 or more.
DaddyScrubs was founded by Robert Nickell, who is the father of five children. He created DaddyScrubs to provide stylish medical scrubs for new fathers to wear in the delivery room. His company soon branched out to offer other fatherhood themed items.
DaddyScrubs is a favorite resource for celebrities like James Van Der Beek, Jeremy Sisto, Joey Lawrence, and Cory Hardrict. Ian Ziering, best known for his role on Beverly Hills, 90210, is the DaddyScrubs 2013 Daddy of the Year. Ziering is the proud father of two young girls.
What do you think of the DaddyScrubs website?
Photo credit: DaddyScrubs
Today’s link round-up is full of holiday desserts and other treats, ways to make your guests feel comfortable, tips for escaping the flu without relying on a flu shot, and more.
Crafts Unleashed showed us how to make mason jar luminaries.
Paper, Plate, and Plane showed us how to make beautiful “crystal” Christmas trees from clear push-pins.
DIY Network provided tips for making guest bedrooms as inviting as possible.
Mind Body Green shared seven tips for avoiding the flu without the flu shot.
Pink Recipe Box has a recipe for salted caramel hot chocolate that looks to-die-for!
This Silly Girl’s Life has an easy holiday treat to share—Nutella Mint Stuffed Crescent Rolls.
Photo credit: Crafts Unleashed and Hungry Happenings
It doesn’t take much time on the Internet to see a dozen articles about the current generation of teens and twenties who do little more than watch TV and play video games. More adult children than ever are living at home and “Failure to Launch” might have to change it’s genre from comedy to documentary. I don’t know many 16 year olds that have jobs even part time.
Everyone I knew in high school had at least a part time job after school by the time they were 16. It was something you looked forward to doing on your 16th birthday. You’d go get your driver’s license and then head out to the mall to fill out employment applications at every retail store and fast food shop. It felt good to be making your own money and paying your own bills.
I don’t see a lot of that anymore. My own 16 year old doesn’t work and my 19 year old just recently found a job after hunting for three years. Most of the jobs that used to be filled by teenagers are now being done by adults — in my area anyway. Young adults that are pushing 30 are still depending on parents for a place to live and food to eat. It’s crazy.
Is it our fault or is it the economy, or is it a combination of the two? What creates that sense of entitlement that so many kids these days seem to flaunt?
I have read a few blog posts that believe that it’s the result of children growing up in a society that has no time for recreation. They see their parents working hard, skipping days off, and forgoing vacations and they are determined not to end up like them.
I can see the reasoning in this. We are a fast paced society that rarely takes the time we need to recharge. It has affected every aspect of our lives including our relationships with our kids.
I’ve also read posts that assume these kids grow up getting a lot of stuff, having things handed to them rather than having to work for it. How can a child ever understand the value of something if he hasn’t experienced working for it? There is no sense of hardship or giving something up in order to save for something you want more.
Everything becomes equal in value when your parents are the ones doing the buying. Children don’t have chores and responsibilities growing up so they are left with sort of a Peter Pan reality.
Finally, I have seen it blamed on the economy. With adults out of work and getting jobs where ever they can, you are seeing a lot more people with BMWs and master’s degrees flipping burgers at the local fast food shop. Since teens obviously can’t compete with the knowledge, responsibility, and flexible hours that an adult brings to the table, the hiring preference usually goes to the adult.
I don’t have answers. I think that it is maybe a combination of the three. I do know that the teens around here have a very difficult time getting hired anywhere and it can take months to find even a menial job. I have been encouraging them to think outside of the box, see if there is some sort of business they could start up, and do the best they can.
Why do you think we are seeing so many 25 year olds living at home?