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The Royal Baby: How to raise a child who’s not spoiled or entitled

The Royal Baby has finally arrived, and there’s been much discussion about the little Prince of Cambridge. Many following the story are certain their precious bundle of joy is just as special as little George, and some treat their own children like a prince or princess, but how do you raise a child to feel important without turning them into a spoiled or entitled tyrant? Stacy DeZutter, an educational psychology professor at Millsaps College, said trying to make your child happy all the time avoiding disappointments is one of the biggest parenting pitfalls and usually results in short-term happiness. “Children need opportunities to learn to ‘do without’ and to handle disappointment, because unless they really are royalty, the world is not going to give them everything they want,” she said. Without learning from disappointments and frustration, parents create unrealistic expectations about how the world will treat them, DeZutter said. “If parents always give them everything they want, they will expect the rest of the world to do the same, and they will be ill-equipped when …

The 15 coolest backpacks for grade-schoolers to grad students

It’s almost time to head back to school, and aside from notebooks and pencils, one of the essential must-haves for all students is a cool backpack. We’ve searched the Internet, and here are 15 of the coolest backpacks for everyone from grade-schoolers to grad students. Even if you’ve already bought yours, you can see if it made the list. 1. The X-ray Backpack. Don’t put any secret items in this backpack. Other students can see right through it, and you too. Great for the practical joker, future med student or neo-goth kid, the X-ray backpack sells for $60. 2. Owl Backpack – The owl motif has returned from the 1960s and ’70s, and is now found almost everywhere. Because of its popularity, your little one might like this patchwork pal to carry with them to school. Peppercorn Kids sells it for $29.99. 3. Bubble Backpack – Several backpacks that are popular right now are textured with 3-D designs, like this pink Bubble backpack from Lord and Taylor for $60. Others have spikes like dinosaurs and …

Would you let your baby rock a mustache?

Log on to Pinterest, and you’ll find picture after picture of adorable babies with their noggins covered in some of the cutest crocheted hats you’ve ever laid eyes on. I spotted lions, skunks, mermaids, snowmen, puppy dogs, baby fishermen and even Rapunzel wigs while researching one of our latest Style stories. Photographers love the hats for props, and parents love them because it turns their itty bitty precious baby into something even more adorable – an itty bitty precious bunny rabbit or kitty cat. It reminds me of something I blogged about in 2006. A company called Baby Toupee was making hats with hair in them for babies to comically wear. You could get them fashioned after celebrities like like Bob Marley, Donald Trump and Lil’ Kim. I’ve also recently noticed that some company is making mustache pacifiers, so you’re baby can rock a stashe while he’s soothing his gums. Here’s our latest Style story about baby trends. Check out the gallery of photos. Hope you enjoy: Photographer Jennifer Sparrow doesn’t have to leave the …

Will they become more famous than Honey Boo Boo Child?

Raymond resident Hope Campbell and Vicksburg native Michelle Cole have been involved in pageants many years. Cole began competing when she was 3, and Campbell, when she was 16. Today, both are Mrs. Mississippis in different pageant circuits. Campbell is the reining Mrs. Mississippi United States of America 2012, and Cole won the Mrs. Mississippi America title in 2011. On Wednesday at 9 p.m., you can watch their daughters compete on the TLC documentary series Toddlers & Tiaras. “It’s not new for us,” Cole said. “McKenzie has been in a lot of pageants, and I used to own a pageant store in Vicksburg. My little girl just loved to perform for all the girls coming in and out of the store.” Cole submitted a video of McKenzie, 5, and TLC contacted her a few weeks later. They came to her home Feb. 15 and filmed a segment for Toddlers & Tiaras, a show not without controversy, that sometimes features stage moms intent on making their child a star, and children who seem less interested in …

Cuckoo for tutus

Raymond resident, Hope Campbell, is the reigning Mrs. Mississippi United States of America. Her 3-year-old daughter Emma Addison also digs the glitz and glam of the pageant circuit. The little beauty queen will appear on the TLC show Toddlers & Tiaras at 9 p.m. May 30. Winning a sparkly, rhinestone crown isn’t Emma’s only motivation. She loves fancy, frilly costumes, whether she’s competing or not. “Emma is a fan of wearing tutus around the house,” said Campbell, a mother of three and Mississippi College graduate student. While the classic ballet tutu has been around since the 1800s, it’s lately become a mainstream fashion must for little girls who want to emulate fairies, ballerinas and princesses. A quick Internet search reveals many companies that specialize in tutu sales, such as Sunny Girl Tutus, Miss Priss Tutus, Little Diva Tutus and Cutie Pa Tutus. Etsy craft sellers are also touting the trend by sewing layers of tulle to make an extra buck. Tutus have also become a favorite for photographers who use them as props. “It’s just …

Mississippi monsters

They’re supposed to scare people, but how could anyone resist one of these adorable Mississippi monsters? Ocean Springs artist Stacey Johnson creates blue monsters using clay and a cookie cutter. You can find them for $13 on, and they can be hung anywhere. Etsy seller Iris1980 in Gulfport creates these wool felt appliques and stitches them on monster T-shirts that cost $16. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

Cool gifts for hip dads

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and young, hip dads just aren’t going to be satisfied with the traditional tie. They want something a little more high-tech and cool. Check out our article in today’s Clarion-Ledger, where you’ll find many Father’s Day gift suggestions. And click here to view another version. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

My First Tattoo – for babies

In the ’80s, there were preppies and punks, and they still exist today. So it was only a matter of time before someone created a baby onesie that looks like the kid has been tattooed. Snap it on, spike up his hair, and he’s ready to rock. The My First Tattoo cotton onesie can be found at Baby Bee’s Boutique on Etsy. It costs $14. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Video game nostalgia

In an era when Nikes were new, skating rinks were popular weekend hangouts and Matthew Broderick was a teen idol, Pac-Man ate his way into the hearts of America and became an entertainment sensation at malls and department stores around the nation that welcomed something new called “the arcade.” “Steven Powell began working as an electronics technician in the early ’80s repairing coin-operated video games like Pac-Man, Defender and Donkey Kong encased in large cabinets. Drop some change in one, and you could play until Pac-Man was eaten by a ghost or Defender’s humanoids were killed by aliens. <br/? “I got to play all the games for free,” said Powell, who now owns the Brandon company Arcade Repairs & Restoration. “I never thought it would get to the point where home games would put arcade games out of business.” Fast forward almost 30 years, and there’s a renewed interest in arcade games. Many dragged from location to location bear scars that reveal their age. Powell often buys them at auctions, where a battered game can …

I met my daddy on Maury

It’s funny, but sometimes you can tell what’s going on in pop culture by looking at baby onesies. Earlier this week, we did a story about High-Tech Tots and reported that they’re making baby onesies and T-shirts featuring the iPhone and iPod. And another previous post talked about the “What happens at Grandma’s stays at Grandma’s,” baby clothes. Today, while reading the Best Week Ever pop culture website, I ran across a blog entry about onesies they’re selling on the Maury Povich site. As anyone who has watched Maury knows, most of his shows seem to revolve around determining the paternity of children raised by mothers who – after testing five, six, and sometimes even 10 different men – are still unsure about the father of their child. So now they have a onesie that reads “I met my daddy on Maury” and T-shirts for adults that echo Maury’s catch phrase after the DNA paternity results have been analyzed – “You are NOT the father.” The onesies cost $14.95. Save

High-tech tots

In The Clarion-Ledger today, you’ll find a story about High-tech Tots. Our children are growing up in a media-saturated world. While many of us can recall a time before the personal computer, our children have never lived in a world without them, and even those who are very young are adapting quickly to the technology that has become part of the fabric of their lives. When we asked if anyone out there had noticed their children emulating them by talking on the cell phone or playing with the computer, we received many responses from parents who said their little ones were much more tech-savvy than they were as children. What about your children? Have you noticed the same? Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Trends: push presents

In today’s Clarion-Ledger, you’ll find a story about little Owen Benjamin Derrick. Owen was the biggest gift his parents Ben and Cammie Derrick, of Pearl, have ever received, but Cammie was given another gift the day Owen was born – a “push present.” Birth gifts, or “push presents,” as they are commonly called today, are one of the latest trends, and jewelry seems to be the push present of choice. The “Today” show recently did this segment about the topic. Did you receive a gift from your husband commemorating the birth of your child? If so, tell us what it was. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Baby sarcasm

Who says babies don’t have a sense of humor? Check out these David & Goliath Pipsqueaks baby T-shirts from the Hippy Chix Shop. Other T-shirts read “If you can read this, you are close enough to change my diaper,” “Too cool to drool,” “Chillin‘ with my peeps,” “Party. My crib. Midnight,” “Peace out,” and “Too cool for preschool.” Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Trends: Old-fashioned bunnies signify technological rebellion

I blogged about the return of 1800s-style baby bonnets in another post below, and I’ve also noticed lately that 19th century- and early 20th century-style toys seem to be making a comeback. I’ve seen many crocheted and hand sewn bunnies, bears and dolls posted on Style Hive that look very old-fashioned, and I think their revival signifies a rebellious cultural move. My belief is that sometimes, when our popular culture is saturated with something, society has a tendency to collectively move in the opposite direction. We are currently being bombarded by technology and are learning to quickly adapt to change. (The new iPhone below is a good example.) I think the old-fashioned toys represent a desire to return to a simpler time and expose children to wholesome, basic products without all the bells, whistles and memory cards. I even found a crocheted robot online that marries both ideas. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Trends: The return of the ‘Holly Hobby’ baby bonnet

For a while, we’ve witnessed designers delving into 1960s, ’70s and ’80s fashion to create “new” styles. But now it appears we’re time traveling even further back to the “Little House on the Prairie” days. Baby bonnets, worn mostly at Easter, have remained popular, but their styles have continued to change throughout the years. However, lately, I’ve seen several, like this bonnet from Baby Soy U.S.A. fashioned in a “Holly Hobby” style reminiscent of those worn in the 1800s. You can buy this one for $29 for your little “Half-Pint.” Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Babies in wigs

Apparently in England, this is a big trend, and it’s not necessarily for Halloween. There’s an online store that sells wigs for babies. I guess the purpose is to incite a chuckle in whomever happens to see your child wearing hair pieces like Bob Marley, Donald Trump and Lil’ Kim. Check out the “Baby Toupee – Small Wigs for Small People” Web site at Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save