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    When working parents drop off their children at day care in the morning, they pray they will return to find a happy, healthy child who has been cared for and provided for in a safe environment. And 99.9 percent of the time, that's just what happens. But one day care center in Texas has come under fire after it was discovered that one staffer allegedly duct taped two children to their sleeping mats after they refused to take naps.

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    Well, that didn't take long! Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have officially been looking for a new nanny since January, being that Jessie Webb, who took care of Wills as a boy and has been taking care of Prince George, is now retiring at the age of 71. Now, although the palace has yet to confirm, rumor has it that they've hired a young European nanny for their upcoming trip to Australia.

    Lovely! Except, apparently, this has jaws dropping everywhere, because it's a major break from tradition.

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    Up until this point, they've done a pretty decent job of making sure Prince George is in their care as often as possible, but now supposedly Kate Middleton and Prince William might hire a nanny due to their crazy schedules.

    Well, a full-time nanny, that is. They currently have Jessie Webb, Prince William's former nanny, helping them out as needed, but she recently gave notice that she's over the whole deal (because she's 71 and it's about time for her to retire).

    And because of her exit, the palace apparently has gone ahead and put out the word to agencies that Kate and Wills need someone permanent to take care of their little guy while they're doing royal stuff.

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    Anyone who has had a baby knows you are like a walking wreck for at least 6 months after you give birth -- more like a year unless you have a child who likes you enough to sleep and nap on cue (and if you do, please don't share the details). There are few things more  annoying than sitting on the couch in your milk-stained robe, hair unwashed, and turning on the TV to waste the only 10 minutes you have to yourself that day -- and then getting trapped into watching some sappy, completely unrealistic commercial for toothpaste or an insurance company that features fashionable moms, happy, quiet babies bouncing off laps, and spotless living rooms. Liars!

    In real life, parenting is pretty much exactly like this sweet and funny Coca Cola commercial, which has its roots in Argentina, but has become a viral hit everywhere. 

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    When it come to babysitters, there aren't many who quite measure up the grandparents. Who loves your baby quite like Grandma and Grandpa, amirite? Ahem. A warning? Bad Grandpa is not just a Johnny Knoxville movie, y'all!

    Even the best of grandparents have a way of thinking it's OK for them to completely ignore a parent's wishes and do some of the most bizarre things with a baby. Feeding a 2-month-old ice cream? Giving an 8-month-old their first taste of wine?

    We've asked around, and it turns out grandparents have lost their babysitting license for pulling some serious stunts with their grandbabies. Just look:

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    Today in "royals, they really are just like us," comes news that makes me love Kate Middleton even more than I already do (as if that's possible?). It seems the Duchess of Cambridge is trying to enforce a nanny-free zone for Prince George ... at least as much as she can. She did, after all, just hire her own mum to travel with her and Prince William to Australia in 2014!

    From the way "sources" are talking, Her Royal Highness worries that the little prince may get "more used to the sight of the help than to his own parents."

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    Only Rich People Should Have Kids

    posted by Adriana Velez November 8, 2013 at 6:31 PM in Baby
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    When I went out the other night I joked on my way to the ATM that I had to go get a huge wheelbarrow full of money to haul back to my sitter at the end of the night. But really, it wasn't that much of an exaggeration -- childcare costs a lot! And that was just for an evening's care. If you're shelling out for daycare it can really add up. According to a new report, many of us are paying more for childcare than food or housing. "The cost of full-time center-based care for two children is the highest single household expense in the Northeast, Midwest and South. In the West, the cost of child care for two children is surpassed only by the cost of housing in the average family budget."

    Which just goes to show you this is all my fault. I made one of the biggest parenting mistakes you can ever make. I went and had a kid BEFORE I became rich. What was I thinking?!? Everyone knows you can't have a baby until you've made your first million.

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    Stars -- They're Just Like Us! Edition #7,985,436: Even super hot celeb parents have days when they have to get to work and the babysitter is late -- even super hot celeb dads, like Josh Lucas! That's what happened to the Big Sur star on the morning of his Today show appearance, where he was set to promote his upcoming flick with co-star Kate Bosworth. Then the aforementioned childcare snafu happened -- yikes! What's a working dad to do?? Hoda Kotb can only wait so long!

    Well, what Lucas did next might surprise you -- even if you've done the same thing.

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    Royal wedding flower girl Grace van Cutsem For the longest time, I was convinced that inviting children to a black tie wedding held late on a weekend was a no-no. But when I started planning my own, it became clear that we'd need to extend an invite to at least a few "VIP" kids. We were having our nieces as flower girls, after all, and we also wanted them to be able to socialize with their 4-year-old cousin. We would've understood if certain close friends had to bring their toddlers, too, but they actually preferred to get babysitters, so they could relax and party. And in the end, besides the littlest VIP realizing it was past her bedtime just as the ceremony began, all went rather smoothly. In fact, some of our cutest pics are of the 4-year-olds having a blast on the dance floor!

    Still, I acknowledged that having kids there was risky business! Here, seven risks any couple must accept if they're inviting kids to their wedding ...

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    Few of us actually look forward to reporting to jury duty, but like good civic bees, we do what we must to keep our country's justice system functioning. But have you ever been asked to serve while you were in the middle of breastfeeding, taking care of your young children, and trying to keep your own family functioning? It can be an absolute nightmare to get around some state court's rules when it comes to jury duty and the responsibility of caring for children. And for one woman in Kansas City, her decision to bring her baby with her to court for jury duty so that she could continue to breastfeed may put her in contempt of court and cost her a $500 fine. Not exactly what you would call a just and fair ruling, is it? 

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