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Sh*t! How do I keep my kid from swearing? It happens. We’ve all heard it at some point from a friend’s child, your own toddler who is imitating you, or even from family members who think its funny to make other parents’ child say “frog” which sounds like you know what. Ha. But in all seriousness…how do you get your children ages 2 to 12 to stop cursing?!?

Is your toddler discovering the “power” of language? Amazingly, it doesn’t take kids long to figure out the really important words. Your wonderfully curious toddler has acquired a new and exciting skill. Many times, a child’s first swear word will be the result of direct mimicry; maybe she heard you say it when another driver cut you off in traffic, and now she’s repeating it endlessly in the back seat.

According to Care.com in a national survey, “Eighty-six percent of parents agree that children ages 2 to 12 are cursing more today than when they themselves were children. Fifty-four percent of parents say that their child has cursed in front of them, though 20 percent don’t think the child understood the meaning of the word.”

At its best, swearing is an ineloquent way to express emotions. At its worst, it actually stunts one’s ability to describe emotional experiences. So whether a child hears these f-bombs from you, at school or on TV, it’s important to stop it before it continues.

Here are some tips to help you respond if your child swears:

  • Keep a poker face. The first time your toddler says a swear word or makes a scatological reference, restrain your urge to laugh out loud, which your child would of course take as wonderful reinforcement for doing it again.
  • Watch your own mouth. Sure, there are different rules for adults’ and children’s behavior, but if your toddler hears profanity dropped into daily conversation, it’s going to be a lot harder to convince her that certain words are unacceptable.
  • No matter what age your child is, address it immediately and calmly. For kids age 6 and under, start simple: “No swearing ever.”
  • For older kids, who can think more abstractly, you should explain why swearing is not okay. Your goal is to make sure to help kids express their feelings, to talk and present themselves in the best way.
  • Some parents believe that calling attention to a child’s inappropriate words will only encourage the behavior, so they choose to ignore these transgressions. But how will your child learn that cursing is not okay if you don’t teach him? Ask your child first whether he or she understands the word. If the answer is “no,” explain that the word is offensive, that it affects how others receive you, and that it is not acceptable.
  • When you reprimand your child, he or she might retort, “But I heard you/Daddy say it.” Resist the urge to deny or justify your own swearing. Admit that you also struggle to control what you say. By doing so you won’t create a double standard.
  • Sit down with your child and brainstorm new, non-offensive words or phrases to say when she feels frustrated, upset, or angry. More often than not, children say these words when name-calling. Use this incident to discuss your child’s feelings toward an acquaintance or sibling.
  • If your child has already made a habit of swearing, you need stronger measures to show him that this behavior is not appropriate. Tell him that every time he swears at home, there will be consequences such as no book at bedtime, no video games, no TV, no dessert after dinner (you get the point).
  • Beware of TV and movies – kids do catch every word!

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Looking for popsicle recipes for kids? Want something that’s a little different? Just needing a treat to cool off in the hot weather? Here are a few fantastic popsicle recipes for kids and adults.

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On Tuesday June 19th, model and actress Molly Sims (39) delivered a bouncing baby boy. Though she’s not sharing his name yet she couldn’t help but put a post on her website titled “The Happiest Day of My Life”.

“It is with such absolute pride and pure joy that we welcome baby Stuber into our lives. He weighs in at just over 7 lbs., and I could just eat him up he’s so sweet!”

We think baby Stuber would look adorable in the Le Top Baby “Animal Crackers” Collection” Striped Coverall.

This is the first child for Sims and husband Scott Stuber. Congrats!



Go wild over this adorable light blue and white striped long sleeve coverall crafted with gentle cotton for exceptional comfort. Navy ribbed trims and cross-stitch embroidered giraffe, bear and elephant and mini backside pocket add classic style. Asymmetrical front shoulder buttons and underneath snaps assist dressing.

 

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My sister Betsy is having my nephew Wade’s 5th birthday party this Saturday! I am really excited and traveling back from New York to California and will be able to attend. She is planning on having the party at nearby park with all of Wade’s friends from school and cousins. I was trying to brainstorm some fun and relatively inexpensive ideas for his birthday to entertain the kids. Here are some ideas and tips for your kiddo’s party too!

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Today’s Darling, Sophia (21 months-old), is very lovable and caring. We hear this delightful little doll just lights up the room and puts a smile on everyone’s face! We can see why!

She loves to sing, dance, and read. Her favorite songs are “Happy Birthday” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.  Sophia enjoys playing outside with mommy and thinks that grandma’s chicken soup is oh so delicious. She is OBSESSED with Minnie Mouse –thanks to mommy!

Congratulations Sophia on your title of Le Top Darling of the Day!

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Looking for the perfect Father’s Day present? This six-piece desktop decoration showcases family photos on two sides when it’s assembled and doubles as a brainteaser when Dad needs a distraction.

You will need:

  • 6 (1 1/2-inch) wooden cubes
  • Acrylic paints and paintbrushes
  • Rubber band
  • Thin black marker
  • 2 photos (3×5 or 4×6)
  • Double-sided adhesive sheets
  • Scissor
  • X-Acto knife
  • Letter stickers (optional)

How To:

  1. Paint the sides of each cube, leaving the top and bottom bare.
  2. When they’re dry, arrange them in a rectangle, unpainted sides up, and wrap a rubber band around them to hold them together.

    Step 2

    Using the marker, trace the rectangle onto the picture side of each photo, making sure everyone’s faces fit within the rectangle. Apply a double-sided adhesive sheet to the back of each photo and cut along the tracing lines. Peel off the adhesive’s backing and adhere one photo to the top of the cubes and one to the bottom (since it’s a bit tricky, it’s a parent’s job).

  3. Divide the photos by cutting along the edges of the cubes with the X-Acto knife (another job for a parent). Add letter stickers if desired.

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Cap off your child’s school year with a treat that fits the occasion–a chocolate mortarboard with a fruit-leather tassel. You may want to make enough to share with a few classmates. Bon-Apetit!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Miniature peanut butter cups
  • Frosting or peanut butter
  • Chocolate-covered graham crackers
  • Fruit leather

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place a miniature peanut butter cup, bottom up, on a plate. Top with a small dollop of frosting or peanut butter, then press on a chocolate-covered graham cracker.
  2. For a tassel, tightly roll up a small square of fruit leather. Cut fringe on one end and attach the other end to the center of the graham cracker with another dab of frosting or peanut butter.

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I am back! Sorry I have been M.I.A. the past few weeks – I just got married and was out of the country for a bit, but I am back and ready to send you my love with fun blog posts and (hopefully) fun ideas! Now that the sun is out, and the excitement of Memorial Day is approaching, why not have a picnic? I live in New York City with one of the most beautiful parks – Central Park! My goal is to have a family picnic with my new nieces this weekend! Here are two fun recipes you can enjoy with your family too – lunch and dessert! Yum!

FOR LUNCH…

Pizza Scones

My savory scones recipe features sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella. And this portable dish, complete with do-ahead and packing tips, makes a great addition to your picnic menu.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup fine cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup diced sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pepperoni (optional)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

INSTRUCTIONS:

Fun To-Go Tip: Take smaller scones to a gathering. Use a 3-inch-round biscuit cutter to make 12 smaller scones, and reduce the baking time to 10 to 15 minutes. The scones should be cooled before packing.

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, basil, oregano, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two knives, until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Place the diced sun-dried tomatoes in a medium-size bowl and cover them with boiling water. Let them stand for 30 seconds, then drain the water and stir in the cheese and pepperoni (if using).
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and the buttermilk, then add them and the tomato mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir until the mixture forms a sticky dough.
  4. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Gently knead the dough until it holds together, about five times. Divide the dough in half and pat each half into a 1-inch-thick disk. Slice each disk into four wedges.
  5. Place the wedges on a lightly greased baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake them until golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve the scones warm or at room temperature. Makes 8 scones.

Per serving (1 scone):
Calories 340 ● Total Fat 17 g (27% DV) ● Saturated Fat 10 g (49% DV) ● Cholesterol 95 mg (32% DV) ● Sodium 525 mg (22% DV) ● Total Carbohydrate 37 g (12% DV) ● Fiber 1 g (6% DV) ● Sugars 3 g ●
Protein 11 g (22% DV)

FOR DESSERT…

Frozen Watermelon Dessert

When is a watermelon not a watermelon? When it’s a refreshing frozen confection combining tangy raspberry sorbet, sweet honeydew, and chocolaty chips.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 honeydew
  • Raspberry sorbet
  • Chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS:

Note: make sure to make freeze packs in your cooler for your picnic so that your watermelon dessert doesn’t melt.

  1. Halve the honeydew, discard the seeds, and chill it overnight in the fridge.
  2. The next day, put the halves in the freezer for 15 minutes, pull them out, and pack them with sorbet, gently evening off the top.
  3. Using a chilled knife, slice each half into halves again (make sure the melon is sorbet side up).
  4. Finally, insert a row of chocolate chip seeds and serve immediately.

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Axelle Bauer-Griffin

Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrósio and her fiancé Jamie Mazur welcomed a son, Noah Phoenix, into their family on Monday in Florianopolis, Brazil just two days after her baby shower.

Today Ambrósio tweeted, “Well, the day just arrived and we couldn’t be more happy!!! Noah Phoenix was born yesterday afternoon and already stole our hearts. Anja is a proud big sister now and we are so thankful he is with us…”

We think little Noah would look so stylish in Rabbitmoon’s “Explore” collection striped footed coverall. The 100% combed cotton would be super soft against his skin.

Rabbitmoon “Explore” Striped Footed Coverall


The couple who have has been together since 2005 are already parents to daughter, 3½-year-old Anja Louise.

Congratulations to the whole family!


This comfy, soft copen blue striped
combed cotton footed coverall features
a green boyish raised felt moto-biker
graphic. Blue paneled shoulders
and footies with racing stripe
grosgrain ribbon trim add racing
hero charm. Button up front and
underneath diaper snaps
for easy dressing.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, 34, and Peter Sarsgaard, 41, welcomed another daughter into their family. Gloria Ray was born on Thursday, April 19 in New York City, her rep confirms to multiple sources.

We think this little bundle of joy would look so cute in Le Top’s Calico Cutie Smocked Calico Puff Sleeve Top & Panty which is available in 3m to 24m at www.letop-usa.com.

Your little buttercup will look so sweet in this soft and stretchy cornflower blue calico floral smocked top with scoop pockets and ruffle cuff panty. Puff sleeves and dainty crochet flowers make this a breathable and vintage look for summer.

Le Top Calico Cutie Smocked Calico Puff Sleeve Top & Panty

The couple, who have been together since 2002 and wed in Italy in 2009, are already parents to daughter Ramona, 5.

Sarsgaard was concerned about preparing Ramona for sisterhood. “I’ve seen kids with siblings — I don’t have any siblings, so I don’t know — but they generally go for about five minutes, ‘Oh, cool! Anyway, what are we going to do now? Can we return it?'” he told reporters in February. “I think it gets boring quickly, at first, and it takes a while for them to bond.”

Cheers to the new addition to the family Maggie and Peter!

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