When it comes to building a family, is there a “right” number of children ?
For San Rafael's Reva Rao and her husband, having one child gives them the flexibility to balance their careers and lifestyle while ensuring their 8-year-old daughter has the attention she deserves.
For Kay Hunt and her husband, the six children they've adopted gives their East Bay home the ...
Nothing highlights sharp contrasts in the history of motherhood like a glance back at our own childhoods.
For most of us, this was, after all, the 1960s and '70s. We were part of the generation that went to sleep on our stomachs as infants, blissfully unaware that it could cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. We were fed solids at 2 months. We all crammed in the back seat of the family station wagon, free from the constraints of seatbelts. Our mothers smoked and drank alcohol while pregnant.
It's inevitable: Most kids at some point in their young lives will look up at you with saucer eyes and plead, “Can we get a puppy?” It's tempting to give in, especially if he or she is persistent. And, it's easy to delight in their joy at receiving one as a gift.
But the adoption of a pet is not something to take on lightly. While pets can bring joy and love to our lives, they require a special level of love and commitment in return.
You see them in your favorite children's catalogs: bright, happy faces playing on kid-size furniture, puzzling over a fun toy and wearing the latest fashions. Just like their adult counterparts, child models are used to sell everything from toothpaste to vacations to ridiculously priced nursery gear.
Where do they come from? Chances are, right here in the Bay Area.
For those curious about child modeling, hesitations abound.
They ostracize you from social circles, spread false rumors behind your back and can cut you to the core with a subtle glance that speaks volumes.
You may think you're back in junior high, but you're not. The girls who were bullies in school have simply grown up. And now they're showing up in moms' groups, PTA functions and at work. Only this time, they should know better, and you can't run crying to your parents for help.
Do you remember what dating was like before you had kids? Perhaps you prepared for hours, trying on a dozen outfits, flat-ironing your hair to perfection and engaging in imaginary conversations with the person who could possibly turn out to be “the one.”
Now imagine being a single parent on a date. Did you even have time to shower? Is this guy really worth the $20 an hour in babysitter fees?