Things We've Read
The Guilty Secret Of Distracted Parenting (NY Times): "We're distractible because tending young children day after day after day can wear you down."
Why Kids Shouldn't Sit Still In Class (NY Times): "We need to recognize that children are movement-based"--Brian Gatens, superintendent of schools in Emerson, NJ.
Mom Organizes 'Nurse-In' At IKEA After Negative Breastfeeding Experience (Huff Post): A Florida mom organized a “nurse-in” at her local IKEA after a negative breastfeeding experience highlighted some flaws in the store’s offerings for families.
Siri Helps Hero 4-Year-Old Save His Unconscious Mom's Life (Huff Post): The power of Siri and one little boy's quick thinking.
Exercising While Pregnant Is Almost Always A Good Idea (NPR): Moderation is the goal.
Texas Bill Could Allow Doctors To Withhold Information From Pregnancy Women (NYPost): This controversial bill would prevent a mother from suing her doctor if she gave birth to a deformed or disabled child – even if the doctor knew of the potential condition and didn’t tell the parents.
Want To Fix Schools? Go To the Principal's Office (NY Times): "Principals create the environment. They create a culture of accountability. They create a sense of community. And none of us, nationally, ever debate principals."--Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's mayor.
These Second Graders Write Really Funny Sympathy Cards After Teacher’s Father Dies (Huff Post): Their hearts were in the right place.
Are We Raising Racists? (NY Times): "But raising children who are resilient for justice and able to do their part to create an inclusive society takes more, especially now."
Why The "Fearless Girl" Statue Is Kinda Bull (Huff Post): "If the goal is gender equality, State Street's women stats are terrible."
The Most Valuable Thing A Parent Can Do For Their Kids (Oprah): "One of our toughest jobs as parents is to allow our kids to weather life’s storms."
Kids Are Getting Older Quicker. And Disney Tries To Adapt. (NY Times): Disney's latest show represents a new direction for the company.
"Mommy, Come Wipe Me!" And Other Perils Of Working From Home (NY Times): Other parents relate to moments of disruptions as experienced by a professor interviewed by BBC last week (and shot to viral fame this week).
This Before & After Makes A Great Point About Pregnant Bodies (Refinery29): There is no perfect way to have a pregnancy.
Chrissy Teigen Opens Up for the First Time About Her Postpartum Depression (Glamour): "I’m speaking up now because I want people to know it can happen to anybody and I don’t want people who have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone...But one thing I do know is that—for me—just merely being open about it helps. This has become my open letter."
Melinda Gates On The Power Of Women Coming Together (Refinery29): "Women have always been masters of this kind of grassroots change. Because we've had to be."
Here's The Little Girl Who's Staring Down Wall Street's Bull (Fortune): "SHE makes a difference."
After A Stillbirth, Tests Can Help Pinpoint The Cause (NY Times): A recent study found that two tests are particularly effectively in determining the cause of a stillbirth.
The Awesome Note That Inspired Hillary Clinton's International Women's Day Message (Huff Post): Fittingly, the message to young girls was inspired by a young girl.
Danish Father And Son Team Up On Homework And Turn In A German Warplane (NY Times): When your homework makes history...
Language Lessons Start In The Womb (NY Times): "As very young infants, babies are able to distinguish all the different sounds used in all the world's languages."
This Birth Photographer Shamed A Woman For Having A C-Section (Refinery29): PSA: A birth via c-section still counts as giving birth.
Chrissy Teigen Says She "Does It All" Because She "Has Help" (Huff Post): Women should not hold themselves to the standards set by celebrities because famous people have the privilege of big (and often expensive) support systems.
Selling Your Home? How To Keep It “Show-Ready”—Even With Kids (Vogue): Easy tips to keep your home sparkly and sparse.
Couple's Ultrasound Reveals Coolest Baby Ever (Refinery29): This baby's already a rockstar.
What Happens When Parents Are Rude In The Hospital (NY Times): This study showed that even mild unpleasantness was enough to affect doctors' and nurses' medical skills.
Mom's Viral Post Shows How Expensive A Miscarriage Can Be (Huff Post): Miscarriage can take a serious emotional toll on a woman. But another burden, which often gets overlooked, is the financial cost.
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.