The reason Taylor Swift doesn't want kids is kind of sad

Taylor Swift is a long way from settling down, but even if and when she does this singer doesn’t think kids are in her future. Normally, I applaud anyone knowing themselves well enough to recognize kids aren’t for them and make that choice, but this young star’s reasoning is hard to take in.

“I’m too young to get married,” the 24-year-old beauty recently told InStyle when asked about finding Mr. Right. “Not agewise, but I know myself, so why try to meet someone right now when I know I’m too young to do something serious?”

“The last couple of years have been about defining life on my own terms,” Taylor Swift went on to share. “Being on my own, prioritizing my girlfriends, my family and my music above everything else and trying things I never thought I’d try. It’s a really liberating and freeing time.”

“It would take an astonishing human for me to even consider getting back into a relationship. It would take something really, really, really, really different—a kind of a one-in-a-million person for me to face all that. I don’t have any kid of idea who I’d want to be with, because I don’t have any pieces missing from my life right now. I’m not looking for anything to complete. I think that’s a nice place to be.”

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I couldn’t agree more, but when pushed about someday possibilities, the “Shake It Off” singer also shared, “I don’t know if I’ll have kids. It’s impossible not to picture certain scenarios and how you would try to convince them that they have a normal life when, inevitably, there will be strange men pointing giant cameras at them from the time they are babies.”

Isn’t that kind of sad?

If Taylor Swift just doesn’t want to have kids, then more power to her, but to hear fear of being hounded by the paparazzi weighs so heavily on such an important life decision is unsettling. I’m sure it’s tremendously hard sometimes to be a celebrity and have your privacy invaded, but so many famous parents manage to make their way through anyhow. Perhaps, if Taylor ever does feel the urge to settle down, she ought to reach out to some who’ve been in the position she’s afraid of for advice.

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Should vaccinations be required? Most Americans think so

When it comes to childhood disease, like measles, mumps, and whooping cough, should all children be required to get vaccinated or should parents be able to decide whether or not to immunize their children?

That’s the question 1,004 adults were asked in a recent telephone poll by Reason-Rupe. Believe it or not, 6 in 10 Americans said they believe children should be required to get vaccinations for childhood diseases like measles, mumps, and whooping cough. Fifty-two percent of parents take it a step further and said unvaccinated children should be banned from attending public schools. Forty-four percent disagreed, saying those children should be allowed to attend.

The poll found 37% of Americans think parents should be able to decide whether or not to vaccinate their children.

The poll that surveyed 1,004 adults found Democrats or those who lean Democratic more likely to say vaccines should be required for children (65 percent) compared to the Republican-leaning counterparts (58 percent).

Answers also varied across racial lines with 70% of African-Americans saying vaccines should be required, compared to 60% of whites and 52% of Hispanics.

Interestingly enough, no matter what political party or racial background, according to this poll, a majority of parents agree that vaccinations should be required. But, it’s important to remember that this was a relatively small survey. I’d be curious to know if we’d find the same type of responses if the pool were much larger.

It’s a topic that’s been discussed on and around BabyCenter for years. Even some of our bloggers find themselves on one side of the debate or the other. What do you think?

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5 festive no-carve pumpkins

It’s that time of year when we all love to go to the pumpkin patch to let our little ones pick out the perfect pumpkin to bring home. (It’s also a great opportunity for pretty fall photo sessions with our families. )

The only problem is,  if you carve your pumpkins now, your pretty carved pumpkins won’t look great on Halloween night. The solution: no-carve pumpkin decorating.

There are a bunch of great no carve pumpkin decorating ideas and here are just a few. So it’s up to you if you’d like to keep the pumpkins looking beautiful in their natural state, or glam them up a bit in anticipation of the spooky night ahead.

As you scroll through the slideshow, be sure to click on each image to visit the original site for the full DIY tutorial.

Chalkboard Pumpkins | Fair Goods
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DIY spider web pumpkin | Celebrate & Decorate
Eeek Pumpkins | NoBiggie.net
Washi Tape Pumpkin | Fox Hollow Cottage

*For more craft tutorials, great recipes, free printables, fun giveaways, and real life you can follow Kami at NoBiggie.net, or find her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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10 ways to send a mom into a rage

By Courtney Conover

Mommy rage.

It’s real. And, quite possibly, coming to a household near you if someone dares to commit one or more of the following offenses. Consider yourself warned . . .

1. While standing in line at the store, reach out and touch the cheek of the newborn belonging to the Mommy in front of you. (This is not only a surefire way to set Mommy off, but also a fantastic way to draw back a nub.)

2. Second guess any Mommy’s parenting skills, and furthermore, tell her that you are doing so. (When will people realize that, barring insanity or an extreme chocolate deficiency, we’re all just doing the best we can with what we’ve got?)

3. Few things can light Mommy’s fuse before her child arrives, but lobbying for a seat next to her OBGYN during delivery is just the thing to do it. If Mommy wants you there, she will let you know.

4. On the heels of number three, some people actually take it one step further and attempt to crash Mommy’s homecoming from the hospital under the guise of offering “help.” (Yeah, okay. Insert eye-roll here.)

5. Label her child as “slow” or “off” in comparison to the milestones already reached by other children. Them’s fightin’ words.

6. Keep doing something Mommy told you not to. And keep doing it. Over. And over. And over. This stands for children and adults.Courtney Conover Ten Ways R 650x522 10 ways to send a mom into a rage

7. When you’re in a parking lot of a superstore and see a Mommy who’s clearly having a tough go of it – let’s say she’s, oh, seven months pregnant and struggling with her man child of a toddler – turn the knife even further by snatching the only shopping cart within a ten-mile radius. Even if you don’t need it.

8. Blatantly disrespect Mommy’s time by completely disregarding the window you’ve promised for service. (I’m looking at you, Refrigerator Repair Man.)

9. Jerk Mommy around by transferring her from one incompetent account representative to the next. (I’m looking at all of you, Insurance Phone Representative People.)

And finally . . .

10. Suggest to any Mommy – regardless of her children’s ages – that she “should have lost all of her baby weight by now.” This is, by all means, an invitation for a myriad of problems.

What sets you off?

CourtneyConover TheBrownGirlwithLongHair R 150x150 10 ways to send a mom into a rageCourtney Conover is a mom of two (ages 1 and 3) and the wife of a former NFL offensive lineman. She has more Legos and NFL memorabilia lying around her home than she knows what to do with. She is also a certified yoga instructor and a contributing writer to the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. She blogs at The Brown Girl with Long Hair and over-shares on Facebook.

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The coolest graphic print baby gear

Sure, parents expect that the gear we use to get around will be thoughtfully constructed and durable (Easy-to-thread harnesses! Integrated cupholders! Spit-up-wipes-right-off fabrics!)—but what fun is a workhorse stroller that has no flair?

Feast your eyes on the season’s graphic patterns, as charming and varied as the babies seated atop them. These funky fabrics give you and baby a little something extra to look at, help disguise errant stains and, maybe best of all, ensure you’ll never desperately scan the array of black and gray strollers at the playground, wondering which one is yours.

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