Things We've Read
Have We Lost Sight Of The Promise Of Public Schools? (NY Times): "We began moving away from the 'public' in public education a long time ago."
A 7-Year-Old Girl Asked Google For A Job (Business Insider): From Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google: "I look forward to receiving your job application when you are finished with school! :)"
People Are LOL-ing Over This Couple's Blunt Pregnancy Announcement (Huff Post): This dad-to-be in a wheelchair showed off his sense of humor.
Teaching Children To Play With Fire (NY Times): The debate around fire training.
The Bump Reveal: Stealth Vs Show (Vogue): "The casual 'Did I forget to mention I was growing a human?' approach seemed to be the way forward before Beyonce turned the pregnancy reveal game on its head."
This Is What It Looks Like As A Woman's Organs Shift Inside Her During Pregnancy (Business Insider): Take a look at this GIF!!
At The Grammys, Beyonce And Adele Talk Up Motherhood (NY Times): Their approaches and messages were different, yet it all added up to a discussion about the joy, sorrow, power and responsibility women bear when they give birth to, and care for, children.
This Singer's Letter To Her Daughter Captures What All Parents Want For Their Children (Huff Post): “Never dim your light so that others can handle your brightness.”
Doctors May Now Be Able To Predict Autism Before Age One (Huff Post): Preliminary new findings using MRI scans.
This Preschool Teacher Shamed A Mom For Giving Her Child Chocolate Cake (Refinery29): After including a slice of chocolate cake in her child's lunch one day, a mom received a strongly-worded message from her child's teacher, telling her to "please choose healthier options."
Pregnancy Has Never Looked Sexier (NY Post): Finally, real women have something in common with Beyoncé..
American Girl's New Doll: It's A Boy! (NY Times): On social media, there were mixed reviews for this new doll.
Why Young Girls Don't Think They Are Smart Enough (NY Times): Why we need to change stereotypes and give our young girls empowering role models
Amal Clooney And Her Actor Husband Are Reportedly Having Twins (Mic): Another power couple having twins--we are sooo excited!
How Beyonce Is Helping Change The Way People View Pregnant Women In The Workplace (Bustle): "Who run the world? Girls!"
Licorice During Pregnancy Tied To Problems In Children (NY Times): A study suggests that licorice consumed during pregnancy may affect the cognitive abilities of their children
ACOG Takes Big Step In Limiting Unnecessary Interventions During Birth (Huff Post): From doulas to movement, the group outlined ways to help curb intervention in low-risk moms.
22 Funny Tweets That Sum Up Snow Days For Parents (Huff Post): For the parents who had a snow day this week, we feel you--good luck out there.
Will Working Moms Be Pumping On Toilets Again Thanks To Trumpcare? (Refinery29): Under the Affordable Care Act, women were guaranteed the time and space to pump breast milk at their place of employment.
How Sesame Street Explains The Toughest Parts Of Life (Fast Company): Sesame Street bravely goes where other kids' media companies don't, and tackles issues like AIDS, autism, and incarceration.
Being The Voice In Your Child's Head (NY Times): "We have to start from the idea that eventually our children are going to be adult players. We want them to get there, and to get there with enough good sense--and enough fine sensibility--that they use their adult powers wisely.
Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow And Keanu Reeves Perform Stand-Up Written By Kids (Huff Post): Kids say the darndest things ... and they write the darndest jokes too.
The Wrong Way To Speak To Children (WSJ): Parents often use phrases like ‘Good job!’ and ‘Say thank you’ when they talk to their children. But what do those phrases really mean?
A Dangerous Parenting Fad (Huff Post): One writer's response to the article "The Wrong To Speak To Children".
Does Breast Milk Have A Sex Bias? (NY Times): In recent years, evidence has emerged suggesting that in various mammalian species, breast milk is tailored for the sex of each offspring.
How Sesame Street Taught Kids About Emotions Long Before Schools Caught On (Fast Company): Social emotional learning has become popular in schools. On Sesame Street, it’s been there from the start.
This #WokeBaby Made Her Own Adorable Sign For The Women’s March (Huff Post): #WokeBaby
Amazon Launches STEM Toy Subscription For Kids (PCMag): The STEM Club Toy Subscription encourages kids to learn through play—for $20 a month.
People Are Loving This 5-Year-Old’s Shoe-Tying Trick (Huff Post): Thanks for sharing!
Finnish "Baby Boxes" Are Coming To The U.S.--Starting With New Jersey (Babble): The Baby Box Co. has teamed up with New Jersey’s Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board (CFNFRB) to launch the first-ever state-wide baby box program.
One Mom's Response To Someone Calling Her Kids Privileged (POPSUGAR): "The choices that I make for them now will model choices they will make for themselves. Decisions that could, just maybe, shape the world some day."
The Simplest and Most Perfect Explanation of Privilege (Bright Side): ’There is no such thing as a "self-made man". We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the makeup of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.’ -George Matthew Adams, writer
Why This Fashion Designer Is Teaching Girls To Have A Strong Voice (Fast Company): Eileen Fisher discusses how her lack of a role model growing up led her to create programs to empower young girls and women.
As The Economy Gets Worse, American Baby Names Get Weirder (Refinery29): According to psychologists, more and more Americans are coming up with unusual and sometimes unique baby names, and the reason may not be what you expected (hint: it’s not the influence of pop culture).
Are Hydroponic Vegetables As Nutritious As Those Grown In Soil? (NY Times): The bottom line is that it depends on the nutrient solution, but hydroponically grown vegetables CAN be just as nutritious as those grown in soil.
What The French Get So Right About Taking Care Of New Moms (Huff Post): Hint: it involves something called “perineal re-education.”
To Encourage Creativity In Kids, Ask Them: "What If"? (NY Times): The "what if" exercise is a great way to encourage a laid-back, nonjudgmental approach to open-ended thinking.
Celmatix Wants To Help Women Conceive With This New DNA-Based Fertility Test (Fast Company): Interesting technology developments--this genetic test, "Fertilome" provides insights into how a woman's DNA might impact her reproductive health.
Parents View New Peanut Guidelines With Guilt And Skepticism (NY Times): While national health officials have a track record of reversing medical advice from time to time, few topics are as fraught as food allergies.