Weekly family rail, with tips for moms, a review of “Date Night” and more.

Tip of the Week

Becoming a new parent can be a scary process. There is so much to learn and no easy way to practice until your new bundle of joy arrives. Luckily, there are easy ways that you can prepare yourself - and your home - to give you peace of mind and be able to enjoy the time with your new baby.


- Become well read: Whether you choose lighthearted, comical selections, such as Jenny McCarthy's "Belly Laughs," or more informative choices, such as "What to Expect When You're Expecting," there is a wealth of books to get you educated, ready and even entertained. So kick up your (swollen) feet and start reading.


- Seek out similar situations: Whether you are having your first child or wondering what life will be like having your second, third or more, seek out other parents who share a similar lifestyle. Talking with others to get their opinions on how to cope with siblings, working and other common life situations will help give you insight and better prepare you for life's new addition.


- Create a "home safe home": All parents want to keep their kids safe from any potential dangers, so updating your home with a variety of home safety products - for both your new arrival and yourself - is a good idea. While the standard items such as socket plugs and baby gates are must-haves, many parents don't think of bath safety. And, according to the Home Safety Council, falls are the leading cause (66 percent) of all nonfatal home injuries - with the bathroom being a main culprit due to water and slick surfaces. Getting into and out of the tub and shower can be difficult for little ones. And, as your "baby bump" continues to grow, the shift in your center of gravity can make you more susceptible to slips and falls. Permanent grab bars are an ideal solution, offering an easy, secure install in a variety of styles and finishes to beautifully coordinate with the rest of the bathroom. And, once you are in safely, consider adding a tub and shower seat to ensure that your bath time is accident free.


- Take a class: Ask your doctor about classes or support groups in your area. Most hospitals offer a variety of classes to help you with everything from childbirth and infant care to even more specific topics, like introducing the baby to siblings or pets. These classes will not only provide you with a wealth of information but can be a great way to meet others going through the same life experiences.


- ARA


Family Screening Room


“Date Night”


Rated: PG-13 (for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference)


Length: 1:28


Synopsis: In New York City, a case of mistaken identity turns a bored married couple's attempt at a glamorous and romantic evening into something more thrilling and dangerous. Steve Carell and Tina Fey star in this comedy.


Violence/scary rating: 3.5


Sexual-content rating: 4


Profanity rating: 3.5


Drugs/alcohol rating: 2


Family Time rating: 3.5. This movie is on the harsher side of PG-13, so perhaps consider it an R movie.


(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)


Book Report


“Mommy Hugs,” by Anne Gutman, Georg Hallensleben


Ages: Infant to preschool


Pages: 14


Synopsis: What could be sweeter than adorable baby animals snuggling with their mommies? This simple board book with warm illustrations feature a variety of animals and celebrate the affection between mothers and children. Cuddles and kisses will surely abound when reading this aloud!


Did You Know


According to researchers at Tulane University, children who are spanked are more likely to exhibit aggressive behavior.


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