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Crib notes: Not-so-perfect mom follows in her own mother's footsteps

The perfect mother that wasn't. What happens when the child of a June Cleaver-style mom discovers that behind the perfectly domesticated facade was a mom who was riddled with angst and self-doubt? Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, who recently made headlines for leaving her kids, shares the feelings of relief and happiness she felt upon discovering her mother too, had struggled in her role as mom.The list of t

The perfect mother that wasn't. What happens when the child of a June Cleaver-style mom discovers that behind the perfectly domesticated facade was a mom who was riddled with angst and self-doubt? Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, who recently made headlines for leaving her kids, shares the feelings of relief and happiness she felt upon discovering her mother too, had struggled in her role as mom.

The list of the most popular baby names of 2010 was released recently, which had parents and prospective parents anxiously checking the status of their selected baby names (or mocking their spouse for caring about such things). The question is -- How did these names get popular?How did Sophia go from obscurity to superstardom? Is the answer Reality TV and our love of vowels? Some say people gravitate to names that manage to be both traditional and uncommon. These names are often discovered on reality TV shows. Think Khloe, of the Kardashian fame, whose first name is the fastest rising baby name. While America may love reality TV, the country may love a good vowel more, as the biggest trend in baby naming involves selecting names with a good, strong vowel.

Before adoptive parents can get the child of their dreams, they must first tackle a daunting mountain of paperwork and jump through hoops that would intimidate circus animals. As much as prospective parents desire a child there are often concerns about raising a child that is not theirs biologically. What happens if/when the child wants to meet his or her birth parent? Adopted children have concerns of their own. They often worry that they are not the child their adoptive parents had dreamt about.

It's just like riding a bike. Though sticking a playing card in the spokes of a tire went out of fashion long ago, bicycle riding has maintained its popularity with kids and adults alike since the two-wheeled contraptions were invented in the mid-1800's. For parents looking for ways to instill a love of riding in their kids, here are some ideas to get them rolling.

Uggh, video games. They were bad enough when parents knew that time spent in front of the screen meant time not spent exercising. Now, it turns out that gamers tend to overeat while gaming and can consume more calories during one hour playing video games than they eat the entire rest of the day. Back on the bikes, kids.

Dana Macario is a TODAY Moms contributor and Seattle mom to two sleep-depriving toddlers. She is currently developing an alarm clock that will start an IV coffee drip 10 minutes prior to wake-up time. Once properly caffeinated, she also blogs at www.18years2life.com.