Check Out These Maxwell Johnson Inspired Kids Swimsuits

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Every few years, it looks like our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Jessica Simpson  cute catches heat for sharing an Instagram pic of her little 5-year old daughter Maxwell Johnson with husband NFL quarterback Eric Johnson has in a bikini.

The singer-actress was accused of objectifying her daughter when she was a baby and again recently.


We are of the opinion that while there are pervs on the Internet that sadly and disgustingly objectify little girls, it’s too bad that people are so quick to sexualize children.

The bathing suits and bikinis that designers are making for little kids are so cute and quite stylish, even more some than some styles made for adults.

We saw some super cute ones recently released by our partners at Bikini.com.

If you have a rock star budget and a little girl too, you’re in luck!

Bikini.com is offering our readers 10% off with the code CM-BD10-JGHA.

We love their reversible styles! Check out our fave styles and head over to and other looks like these:

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2017 BET Awards Trends: 90s Comebacks, Africa, Platinum Blonde and Babies

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The 2017 BET Awards went down at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. I confess that I only got a chance to catch the end as I was heading to the beach to celebrate my eldest kid’s birthday and didn’t settle in to our suite until the show was well into its fourth and final hour! But I must say, that I thorougly enjoyed the singing chops of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Tamar Braxton who did an excellent job performing her new song, “My Man” on stage.

 

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Tameka Tiny Cottles Harris, LaTocha and Tamika Scott and Kandi Burruss of 1990s girl group Xscape reuniting soon for a tour

Sadly, I missed a couple of our other bumpwatch alums, Kandi Buruss and Tameka “Tiny” Harris perform with their 1990s R&B girl group, Xscapeimg_7715


The duo joined fellow members LaTocha Scott and Tamika Scott in a medley of their hits on stage since breaking up as a group 18 years ago. It was the first of two explosive 90s R&B performances. The New Edition tribute and performances later blew me away!
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Xscape will document their work as they prepare to perform at the 2017 Essence Festival. The docuseries, titled Xscape: Still Kickin’ It, premieres this fall on Bravo.
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I noticed some fashion and hair trends beginning with the blunt platinum bob LaTocha Scott and Braxton wore. Singer-Actress Kat Graham who plays Jada Pinkett-Smith in the new movie All Eyez on Me, rapper and star of Love & Hip Hop: New York Cardi B and our other bumpwatch alum Blac Chyna  all did the blunt blonde bob.

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And platinum blonde, in general,  had a big showing  on Tiny’s daughter Zonnique, who is also a recording-artist. She wore her hair in that shade as did Lateysha Grace, a German transplant who has been on three seasons of MTV show The Valleys.

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Clockwise: Lateysha Grace, Zonnique, Cardi B and Blac Chyna in platinum blonde hair.

It was also cool to see so many parents bring their children to the show. DJ Khaled actually brought his son Asahad on stage with him during his performance. It reminded me of all the NBA babies at their dads’ games.

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Jamie Foxx had his daughter Annalise help him present on stage and Future got his daughter Londyn a matching bedazzled mask to wear in honor of his popular new single “Mask Off” which he later performed that night with a cameo from Kenderick Lamar. Another big winner was Chance the Rapper whose mom accompanied him to the show.

Speaking of Winners. Beyonce was a BIG winner taking home the most awards for Best Female R&B Performer, Viewers’ Choice, Video of the Year for her song “Sorry” (which tied with Bruno Mars) and is off her album Lemonade, which one for Album of the Year.  The director for “Sorry” won the for Best Director.

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Her sister Solange  took home the Centric Award for her song “Cranes in the Sky” which also earned the star her first Grammy award earlier in the year.  Besides Solange, we spotted a few of our other Bumpwatch alums at the event including Keyshia Cole.

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Kandi Burruss

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Amber Rose

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Speaking of Blac Chyna and Amber Rose. The two of them once famously attended back to back awards shows in 2015 hand in hand but last night came with other people, Chyna with other people.

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We frequently spotlight what mom LaLa Anthony wears on arrival carpets and she did not disappoint.

Not a mom, but I love Yvette Nicole Brown‘s look and my African sister Issa Rae from her hit HBO Insecure.

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img_7728I also want to shout out other aspects of Africa represented last night in the strapless Ankara  (West African) dresses worn by beauty blogger Jennie Jenkins and The Color Purple veteran actress  Margaret Avery and actress Nomzamo Mbatha‘s South African print trimmed dress and in South Sudanese model Duckie Thot, Sudanse vlogger Nikki Perkins and Afro German soap opera actress  Sandra Lambeck.

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The 3 Carseat Installation Must-Do Before Baby Arrives

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If you’re anything like many of today’s expectant mothers, the last few months of pregnancy are spent “nesting” — or the overwhelming desire to get your home ready before your new bundle of joy arrives home. As such, you’ve probably tackled everything from setting up the crib to safeguarding each and every electrical outlet — and your hospital bag has been packed for weeks.

But the last thing on your list — and arguably the most important — should be making sure your car is ready on a moment’s notice to head to the hospital. After all, before arriving home for the first time, it will be the first place outside the hospital where your baby will be transported and rest comfortably.


Trust me — you’ll want to make sure everything is in order, so you can buckle your precious cargo into the car seat, without having to worry about engine performance and tire tread. Here are three steps to make sure your new baby is safe, comfortable and happy on that first — and each subsequent — ride in your car.

1. Have Your Car Serviced

The first way to ensure your baby remains safe is to get your vehicle serviced and ensure it’s in perfect running order. Your best options include taking your car to a trusted mechanic or your dealership to get a full tune-up.

While ensuring the motor and battery are in tip-top condition, one other area to pay particular attention to is your tires. If the tread is low or the tires have signs of dry rot, you should replace them with a trusted brand like Falken, available on reputable websites like TireBuyer.com.

Now, if you find yourself apprehensive about buying tires online, you can rest assured knowing they will be shipped directly to your mechanic or dealership for proper installation.

2. Purchase and Install a Car Seat

The car seat is the most important piece of safety equipment you can buy for your child. For a newborn, you’ll need an appropriately-sized infant car seat. One surefire, trusted option includes checking out the website for Consumer Reports for up-to-date recommendations on top brands and models.

Of course, it doesn’t matter how great your car seat is if it isn’t installed properly. Case in point: A 2011 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that almost half of all car seats are installed or used incorrectly.

For tips and instructions on proper car seat installation and usage, consult websites like TheCarSeatLady.com. If you’re still unsure, schedule an in-person appointment with a trusted expert.

3. Stock Up on Accessories

There are a number of car accessories that will make car rides more enjoyable for you and your little one. Some of these top accessories include:

  • Mirrors. Your baby will be seatbelted into a rear-facing car seat for at least two years, which means you won’t be able to see their cute, little face unless you buy a small mirror from a company like Cozy Greens and 4U2C to attach to the backseat headrest. Plus, as your bundle of joy gets older, the mirror will also act as a source of entertainment; after all, babies love seeing their own reflections.
  • Sunshades. You’ll also want to protect your infant from the heat and harmful sun exposure with a window shade for their side of the car. Sunshades, like those sold by Munchkin and EZ-Bugz, come in two basic forms: static shades that stick to the window or retractable shades that can be pulled down while in use.
  • Seat Protectors. Your car will take a lot of abuse from both the car seat and your child over the years. However, purchasing a secure seat protector from a retailer like Brica, Munckin and Summer Infant will help save your backseat from any car seat pressure points — and from the many, many spills in your infant’s future.

The Zoe Report’s Summer 2017 Box of Style Summer Unboxing

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It seems like everyone is getting into the fashion subscription business. However, one of the more successful boxes has been one curated by our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Rachel Zoes style brand, The Zoe Report Box of Style. 

For about $349.99 for the year, or $99.99 per quarter,  subscribers are delighted with items hand-picked by celebrity stylist, designer and talk show host, Rachel Zoë.


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The plus about her box is that there is an item in each box valued at $100 minimum.  Friends at The Zoe Report sent me one complimentary box, its Summer 2017 version, to check out and I must say, it was quite exciting to receive the box in the mail.

As a regular reader and subscriber to The Zoe Report, I am aware of the great regular style and trend advice the editors dispensed, so I was prepared to be wowed by the items in the box. As anticipated, each of the items I pulled out of the box met my standards and expectations.

Inside was an amazing array of fabulous items valued at over $400!!! Wow! So it really is worth the value.  The box contained:

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‪A cool woven straw Panama Hat from Sole Society with whimsical poms on the brim, valued at about $30 retail.  This hat stylishly shades your face from the sun. It looks stunning over tousled hair, and styled with off-duty outfits.

‪California brand Raen contributed an exclusive pair of tortoise shell Durante sunglasses  (valued at $150). They come in jet black as well for Box of Style subscribers .

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‪A soft, lightweight floral Helena Quinn Kimono  (valued at around $165) that can be worn on the beach at the pool, casually with cutoffs on the weekend or over trousers and a light blouse at work. Love! Love!!

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‪BeautyCounter protect sunscreen stick, a lightweight, water-resistant sunscreen formulated with non-nano zinc oxide to blend seamlessly into skin without leaving white streaks, protecting you against both UVA and UVB rays.  It goes on sheer‬. (valued at $32)

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Also by ‪BeautyCounter, the Color Pinch Cream B lusher that can be worn on the lip or cheeks. (valued at $37). It brightens cheeks with natural, dewy color. Jojoba ester and carnauba wax condition and hydrate skin, making the smooth, non-sticky formula easy to apply on the go.

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‪The Brave Collection‘ s 14K gold plate compass necklace, with the proceeds going towards helping stop human trafficking. The sterling silver or gold vermeil version cost $115)

Fab! I love it all! What a great deal for such amazing and quality products and I couldn’t help but put them ALL on at the same time! Look!

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Check out my official unboxing and I plan to add photos from wearing these items this week to this post later.

This is Why You Crave Eating Dirt While Pregnant

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The desire to eat dirt during your pregnancy is by no means strange, even if it makes you feel like you’ve finally hit maximum pregnancy brain. In fact, the craving to eat dirt (this craving is commonly referred to as pica), specifically geophagy (literally “earth eating” in Latin), is seen all over the world, in every community you can think of, according to Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutricion. From women living and working in the African plains to a soccer mom in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, craving dirt during pregnancy isn’t new.

It’s so common in some parts of the world, that there are areas that sell clay-rich dirt at health foods and exotic goods stores, according to Science Daily, even if the current recommendation is to definitely not eat the clay. However, the recommendation by the researchers noted in the Science Daily article made this decree for a reason that might surprise you. You may be thinking “because it’s dirt, and you shouldn’t eat dirt,” but that’s not all of it.


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Naturi Naughton is Stylishly Cruising Into The Homestretch

img_7523POWER’s Naturi Naughton has been looking fabulous while promoting this Sunday, June 25th premier of the 4th season of her hit Starz show.

And in a recent interview with Monarch magazine, the first-time mom-to-be express s excitement about welcoming her first child in July.img_7524

“I’m a little past half. I’m in the last stretch of this but I feel so purposeful,” she said about the journey. “I feel really, really beautiful and blessed and honored to be taking on such a responsibility and opportunity to bring a life into the world, and motherhood. It’s rewarding thus far.”

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At the premier of Power in a THEIA couture dress, Irinia Karandrikas jewels and a purple clutch by S’uvimol in DC at the Newseum. 


The gorgeous petite powerhouse also shared gratitude over the support she has been getting from her long time beau Ben, her parents and castmates.

“I feel like at this stage in my life it’s really all coming together,” the former 3LW girl band member added. “At this age, I still feel young but I’m also not too young. I feel like I’ve matured a lot and I can teach this child so much. I know I want to be just as good of a mother as my mother was to me. I feel really excited to step into this next phase of life. I’m really excited for the new journey.”

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Yellow looks fab on Naughton, posing up with co star Lela Loren, in an Aisha Mcshaw dress.

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This Mom’s Hilarious Breakdown of the Typical Swim Meet is Perfectly True!

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Blogger and Public Health professor and author Julianna Miner from Rants from Mommyland penned a hilarious blog post she recently republished on TODAY about what happens at your average swim meet.

As a “swim mom” who, like Miner, also has three kids who swim on a team each summer, I can totally relate to her well-written hilarious blog post.


With permission, Miner’s fun take is reposted below for the edification of all those who want a good chuckle at what we go through.

And if you’re a swim mom (or dad), I’m sure you’ll relate as well!  Enjoy!

I have three kids and they all swim on a swim team every summer. I decided to capture my experience at a morning swim meet, for those of you not in the water cult.

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6:00am: Wake up, drink coffee. Wake up grouchy children.

6:45am: Arrive at the pool. Parking lot is already full. Let the kids out and park far away. Carry/drag chairs, bags and a cooler as if I were large pack animal. It occurs to me suddenly that as mother of three there is no denying that I am a large pack animal.

6:58am: Small miracle occurs. I find a great place to set up chairs, etc. Next to friends. With a good view of the pool. In full shade. Wish I’d brought a sweatshirt actually, is kind of chilly.

7:00 am: Kids jump into the freezing cold pool for warm ups and exchange looks with each other like – WHY DO WE DO THIS AGAIN?

7:30am: Children begin harassing me for money for the snack bar. I try to hand them something healthy from the cooler. Suddenly every other kid at the swim meet is eating large, chocolate-frosted donuts.

8:00am: A 10th grader is now singing the National Anthem. She is really good. Why do I get slightly (and embarrassingly) choked up by this, yet again? And why is it a surprise every time when it does? I am dumb.

8:05am: Child #1 swims and makes it across the pool without a near-fatal drowning accident occurring. Success!

8:25am: Children 2 & 3 have raced and I screamed my head off to KICK! KICK! KICK! even though I know perfectly well that they can’t hear me underwater and so it’s pointless. I don’t want to yell KICK! KICK! KICK! But it just comes out.

8:30am: Give in and take kids to the snack bar for donuts (as I am out of coffee anyway).

8:55am: Child #2 runs over to me, dripping wet and beaming. “Did you see that, Mommy?! Did you see that?!” I blink twice and answer: “Yes! That was awesome! Here have a dollar! Go get another donut!” The moms sitting next to me giggle.

9:00am: Still cursing myself for participating in a sport where if you get distracted for literally 30 seconds you miss the whole thing.

9:20am: Child #3 swims her best time ever and is so happy she can’t stand it. It might be the best feeling in the world.

9:40am: Feel momentary surge of guilt for not volunteering today. Then remember that husband is traveling and I’m on my own with the kiddos. And also how I stayed until 10:30pm to move chairs around on the pool deck and take out trash at the night meet last week.

10:05am: At some point, the kids drag the cooler of healthy snacks over to the picnic area. I go to retrieve it and observe that all of the food in it appears to have been consumed by wolves.

10:15am: Get to see lots of familiar faces and families from last year, which is great. Why do all these kids keep growing so much? Dear GOD – that one has a mustache. Last year he was playing with Pokemon.

10:20: Child #2 has apparently forgotten how to do the backstroke and gets disqualified. He is devastated for five minutes and then says: “I’m hungry! Can I have a donut?”

10:30am: A kid is swimming breaststroke for the first time. He is tiny and can barely make it across the pool. All the other swimmers in the race have finished and are hanging onto the wall, watching him. He looks around and sees he’s dead last. He starts to sag in the water. Parents who don’t even know the kid begin to cheer their hearts out. KICK! KICK! KICK! Teenage coaches from the other team start clapping for him and running up and down the side of the pool. He touches the wall and the whole place goes nuts for him. The swimmers in the lanes on either side of him shake his hand and pat him on the back.

10:40am: Still thinking about how happy I am for participating in a sport where a kid who comes in last still walks away feeling awesome.

10:45am: My chair is now in full sun and it’s hot as balls.

10:49am: The timers are switching to the other side of the pool and “Gagnam Style” starts to play over the speakers. A horde of small children start to boogie down. Some of them know all the moves and it quickly becomes a dance battle for the ages.

10:55am: Child #3 swims her hardest and gets crushed by the kids who train all winter. She’s still smiling because she beat her best time.

10:59am: Child #2 wanders over and says: “I’M HUNGRY”.

11:05am: Misplace my youngest child, age 5. Find her sitting with John Ross, a 15 year old boy she adores, who is very patiently discussing Spiderman with her. I ask her to come back to our chairs. She glares at me and says: “WE ARE TALKING. ABOUT SPIDERMAN.”

11:30am: The crowd has thinned and the meet is winding down. Watching the teenagers swim Butterfly now. It’s kind of beautiful. I make a comment about this to my kids, in the hopes that they’ll watch and really observe how it’s done when it’s done well. The big kids glance at the race for a second then go back to playing Uno in a towel fort with their friends. The little one is asleep in a lounge chair with a ring pop dangling off one finger.

Noon: Arrive home. Face sunburned to a bright red. Want to collapse into the dark, air conditioned living room and not move ever again.

12:05pm: Child #3 wanders into the living room and says: “I’m bored. Can we go to the pool?”

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Follow Julianna’s blog at Rants From Mommyland and on Facebook HERE!

Also, be on the look out for her upcoming book, “Text Me When You Get There” to be published in August 2018 by Tarcher Perigree/Penguin Random House.

‘All Eyez On Me’ star Hill Harper Belongs to 3% Adoptive Single Dad Club

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All Eyez on Me actor Hill Harper recently joined the only 3% of US single men who have adopted a child.

A year and a half ago, in 2015, the CSI:NY star was convinced by a friend to explore parenthood even before he got settled and married.


After discussing it with an adoption counselor, Harper got a call close to Thanksgiving with news that a woman was then the due to give birth  in three weeks decided to give her son up for adoption.

An anxious but tepid Harper eventually agreed to adopt the baby and was actually in the delivery room when his son entered the world.

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The rest is history, as they say.

A week ago, on the anniversary of the birth of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, who the Eyez biopic is about, Harper and his now 1-year old son Pierce Hill Harper visited the Good Morning America studios to share his journey.

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The best Pool and Beach Vacay Hair for Girls

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Some of the blog staff are heading to the beach this week and I am in search of hairstyles that are perfect for repeated heat, sun and salt water exposure.

Ideally, braids, pigtails and ponytails are perfect beach hair for girls and women. Or even if you have a son with long hair, cornrows or a man bun would keep his hair coiffed and away from his face and eyes. They are also pretty low maintenance styles.


While looking for hairstyles on Pinterest, Tumblr and YouTube, I came across a few styles. Also, our previously featured pal Jill Ehat has great inspirational styles featured on her Instagram account as well.

For maintenance, in between trips to the pool and beach, the natural hair experts suggest applying a generous amount of moisturizer or leave in conditioner to coat the hair follicle or act as a sealant to protect from harsh Pool chemicals or salt water.

Anyway, because I love to share my finds, I’m posting my fave styles below, courtesy of the sources tagged on my Pinterest account. Enjoy!

 

To Raise Good Kids, Don’t Let Them Do These 5 Things

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These days, parents  are often blamed for the behavior of their children.

Granted it is our jobs as parents to raise children to be good conscientious kids into responsible adults, so we have to make sure we instill certain rules and limitations on them from the beginning.

Here are 5 things we and our partners think you ought think twice about letting your kids do as they grow up:


1. Break the rules. Do you let your 12-year-old order off the kid’s menu even if it says it for children under 10? What about Facebook? Does your preteen have an account with Facebook even though their terms of use say he shouldn’t? When you let your children break these types of rules, you’re sending the message that the rules that apply to everyone else do not apply to them. Children who grow up thinking they are above the rules may grow up with an indifference to authority and perhaps even a blatant disrespect for it.

2. Get away with bad behavior. Find it hard to hold back the giggles when your toddler drops the F-bomb? Too tired to consistently enforce behavioral rules? Will you let your child do almost anything as long as you get five minutes of peace and quiet? When you let your child get away with bad behavior you’re reinforcing that the behavior is acceptable, especially if he knows you notice it. Behavior’s that are cute now won’t necessarily be cute when your little one grows up.

3. Be rude to others. While you may not think it’s a big deal if your child constantly interrupts you while you’re on the phone or refuses to look someone in the eye when they’re speaking, it is. This lack of manners, otherwise called social skills, will impact how your growing child will get along with others as an adolescent and adult. They are absolutely necessary skill to have to do well in school, work and life in general.

4. Think you’re their friend. When it comes to the parent and child relationship, you shouldn’t be your child’s friend, or let her think that you are. Friends are confidants and those who have similar ideas and outlooks on life. Parents shouldn’t confide in their children as children aren’t emotionally able to handle playing the role of confidant. Plus, children and parents often see things differently, like when it’s time to go home from the playground. Setting limits and guiding behavior is an important and functional part of parenting.

5. Develop a sense of entitlement. Children who have a sense of entitlement feel that everyone owes them everything. They tend to be selfish and think whenever something doesn’t go their way it’s not fair. As they grow up, these children expect people to do what they say and get what they want when they say it and when they want it. If this distorted sense isn’t corrected, it can be problematic in the children’s relationships and interactions with others. To deflate this sense of entitlement, parents can teach their children the value of hard work and giving back to others and by setting limits on what they give their kids.

While there are many things you can and should do as parents, these are some of the things you shouldn’t. If you keep your kids from doing these five things, you’re definitely heading down the right parenting path.