Everyone is Talking
About Chrissy Teigen heading out on a date night with hubby John Legend shortly after their daughter Luna’s birth.
Why do I care?
You may not, but she’s been given some pretty solid heat and the mom shame game is in full effect on this story, which offers some food for thought for those of us who are in the trenches like her or those who may be tempted to place judgement.
Tell me more.
Chrissy gave birth to her daughter and dared to have a date with her husband two weeks later. They dressed up a bit, had a nice dinner, and ended up being photographed in the process – as celebrities tend to do. As a result, the mom trolls were all over Twitter giving her grief.
We’re pretty sure little Luna had no clue that mom and dad were gone for two hours and that a dinner out on their own was likely a nice reconnect for the new parents. Although, according to Chrissy’s tweet, she may have lost Luna altogether – I mean, being that she’s an irresponsible parent, it makes sense, so…
In the Trenches
A new study was released about spanking that is making the rounds. The University of Texas released a study that spanned five decades and reached over 160,000 kids, and all of the findings were consistent across the board – that spanking does more harm than good. This isn’t exactly ‘news’ to many, but it’s the most comprehensive study to date. The study showed that the more kids are spanked, the more negative outcomes that parents tend to see, rather than the positive that they are hoping for when they implement this type of discipline. There were more incidences of aggression, mental health problems, and cognitive challenges in the children studied. In the case of this study, spanking was defined as an open-handed hit on the behind or extremities – they did not consider anything beyond that. The suggestions for discipline alternatives include positive reinforcement, among other things.
Your Digital Kid
When your kids start dabbling in social media, they’re going to need you by their side to learn how to navigate the pitfalls, set boundaries for safety and monitor their activities.
One child downloaded the Kik App and in a singular weekend, her world was turned upside down. She was blackmailed by another teen, who she just met on the App. He was requiring that she send inappropriate photos, and because she didn’t know how to deal with the conflict, she was willing to send the photos to make it go away. It’s a cautionary tale and one that you can use to foster communication with your teen about peers who are also predators online.
You guys. Wood + Fabric + Glue + NO SEWING = Easy-Peasy-Teepee.
We may or may not have had this on our personal Pinterest board for years. We may or may not fear that we’ll find ourselves on this Pinterest-fail list, but it’s a bucket-list item for our kid’s summer. Who’s with us?
We never thought we would rally for nipples on Facebook. But, the #ManBoobsforBoobs cause is one we can get behind if it means women will check themselves for breast cancer more thoroughly. It’s pretty genius quite frankly. Check it out, check your breasts, then share it with your friends.
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