Image Of Hospital Sign Shaming New Parents Causes Debate Online. Which side are you on?

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A hospital sign shaming new parents about phone use in the special care baby unit (SCBU) of Yeovil District Hospital sparked great debate on Twitter over modern parenting’s greatest question mark: Parental phone use. (1) Hospital Sign Shaming New Parents Sparks Debate on Twitter In January 2020, Dr. Ash Cottrella was in the SCBU with…

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Woman Asks If She Was Wrong To ‘Emergency’ Breastfeed Her Friend’s Baby

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Despite the advancements we’ve made with women’s rights, there is still plenty of stigma surrounding breastfeeding. This woman had to make the tough decision to emergency breastfeed her best friend’s baby, and now her friend won’t speak to her. The question now remains: Is it okay for a woman to breastfeed another woman’s child? (1)…

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8 Truths we Should Tell Our Daughters Before They Become Adults

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Raising a daughter in today’s world is hard. With so many messages telling her how she should look and act and who she should and should not be, she can become easily overwhelmed, confused, and self-conscious. For this reason, there are some truths we should tell our daughters to help them grow into strong, confident…

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Mom Wonders If She Went ‘Too Far’ By Sending Daughter To Bed Without Dinner

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Last month, a mother made the decision to send her daughter to bed without dinner because of some comments she made at the dinner table. She posted what happened on the popular Reddit forum Am I the Asshole? to get the internet’s opinion. (1) Mom Sends Daughter to Bed Without Dinner The mother in question…

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Mom dragged for using Play-Doh to demonstrate C-section surgery to son

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Doctor Jessica So’s young son has a unique interest: surgery. He loves watching videos of surgeries on YouTube, and learning about the human body. For this reason, the creative mom gave him the best surprise on his fourth birthday: they performed a c-section together using play-doh. Learning About Surgery with Play-Doh Jessica So is a…

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A Mom Is Outraged After Finding Padded Bras Being Sold For Young Girls

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While out shopping one day, Angela Fellars noticed something interesting on the racks at Nordstrom: Padded bras in the girls’ section. Enraged, she posted her find on Facebook. Her post has brought up a massive debate online about what is and isn’t appropriate for young girls. (1) Padded Bras for Girls: Yes or No? Fellars…

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Young influencers filing down their teeth for the ‘perfect smile.’ Dentists warn they’ll need dentures by the time they’re 40

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TikTok trends have proven over and over again to be reckless, dangerous, and down-right insane. Despite this, they continue. The latest of these is teeth-shaving, and it is causing devastating, long-lasting effects on teen’s teeth. (1) Teeth-Shaving: Another TikTok Trend That Has to Go Wanting to have the perfect smile is nothing new, especially in…

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Grandma Is Moved To Tears When She Finds Out She’s Moving in With Her Grandson

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Grandparents are very special people in our lives, for those of us who are lucky enough to have them. Mathew Stewart is one of the lucky ones, and he has an extremely close relationship with his grandmother, Bobbe Windham. Recently, Stewart was able to thank his grandmother for everything she’s done for him in a…

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Kissing Your Kids On The Lips Isn’t Weird. It’s All About Perspective.

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Back in 2018, soccer star David Beckham came under fire after posting an Instagram photo in which he was giving his then seven-year-old daughter, Harper, a kiss on the lips. While many of his followers thought the photo was cute, others were critical. This opened up the debate: Is kissing your kids ok? David Beckham…

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A bittersweet Thanksgiving for the grandmother and teenager who met via an accidental text in 2016

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Not long ago, we covered the story of how Wanda Dench and Jamal Hinton became unlikely friends when a Thanksgiving text went to the wrong person. They have been celebrating the holiday together ever since, and 2020 was no exception. This year, however, wasn’t quite the same. The Thanksgiving Text In 2016, Wanda Dench of…

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Miracle twins have different fathers and the dads couldn’t be happier about it

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In January 2019, a set of miracle twins were born: A woman gave birth two twins who each had a different biological father. This is their story. (1) The Miracle Twins A female giving birth to children with different biological fathers at the same time, called heteropaternal superfecundation, is actually not so uncommon – in…

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Antibiotic use in babies linked to allergies, asthma and other conditions, study finds

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The development of antibiotics changed the world of medicine. They allowed doctors to treat infectious diseases like smallpox, cholera, diphtheria, pneumonia, and others, effectively saving millions of lives [1]. Today, however, antibiotic resistance is on the rise, and new research has found that antibiotic use in babies is linked to allergies, asthma, and other health…

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Family moves from shed to apartment, thanks to money from 8-year-old son’s plant business

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At eight years old, Aaron Morena is one of the youngest entrepreneurs ever. He started Aaron’s Garden in June to help his single mom after she lost her job during the pandemic. The family of four was able to move from a shed into an apartment in Los Angeles — all with the help of…

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51-year-old mom who carried daughter’s baby as surrogate delivers healthy girl

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Most mothers would do anything for their children, and most grandmothers would do anything for their grandchildren. How many, though, would agree to give birth to their grandchild to help their daughter have a baby? That is exactly what one woman did when she became a 51 year old surrogate. A 51 Year Old Surrogate…

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11 Things I’m Teaching My Kids By Age 10

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Over the course of their lives, children have many different teachers. The first of these, however, and arguably the most formative, are their parents. Children learn social behaviors, right and wrong, and basic life skills from their parents. These are 11 things I’m teaching my kids before the age of 10 to help them be…

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Mom notices drastic effects 7 months after pulling the plug on screen time for her kids

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Managing screen time for kids is a challenge that didn’t exist when many parents were young. Sure, they had may have had TVs and computers, but now it’s not uncommon for each family member to own their own personal device (or multiple). The days of having to compromise over what to watch on TV or…

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Baby Suffering From Incurable Rare Skin Disorder Receives Life Changing Treatment

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An infant girl in Spain now has the opportunity for a normal future after suffering from a rare skin disorder early in life. Her doctors finally found a treatment for her incurable condition, and although she is not cured, her case may help doctors treat other people across the country with a similar disorder. Ichthyosis:…

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The Biggest Babies Ever Born

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Childbirth is no laughing matter and is one of the most painful experiences any woman could endure. However, some moms have an easier time compared to others. Can you imagine giving birth to a baby that’s almost 20lbs? That’s essentially the same as giving birth to a sledgehammer. Over the years, some of the most…

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Single dad adopts five siblings so they can stay together

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One of the greatest tragedies that befall children in the foster care system is sibling separation. In many cases, brothers and sisters go to separate homes, and sometimes don’t see each other for years. One man couldn’t stand that thought, so the single dad adopted five siblings. The Single Dad Who Adopted Five Siblings In…

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What Our Children Need to Know About Love

Pierre Van ZylOpinion, parenting

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Love is not easy, in fact, it can be quite hard. Unfortunately, our children are raised on fairy tales and rom-coms that depict unrealistic expectations of what love is. This is what children need to know about love, and most importantly, what you can teach them about it. What Children Need to Know About Love…

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Mom And Mother-In-Law Disagree Over Buying 12-Year-Old A Thong

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Is wearing a thong an act of promiscuity? How young is too young to own your first thong? A mom recently posted this on a Reddit thread after she and her mother-in-law got in a disagreement over whether or not her 12-year-old daughter should be allowed to wear one.  How Young is Too Young to…

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One Million Moms Now Threatening To Boycott Oreo Over Ad Daring To Show Queer Kids With ‘Proud Parents’

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One Million Moms, a conservative advocacy group created by the American Family Association has launched a petition that threatens to boycott Oreo, and its parent company, Modelez International. The reason? Oreo’s new pro LGBTQ+ ad campaign.  Oreo’s #ProudParents Commercial  The campaign in question includes a post of an Oreo cookie with rainbow filling and a commercial. The video depicts…

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A 23-Year Old Mother Made History With A Birth That Apparently Only Happens Every 480 Years

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Most people consider giving birth to one healthy baby a miracle. Imagine, then, giving birth to not one, not two, but five babies all at once. Alexandra Kinova did exactly that in 2013, when she became the first woman to give birth to quintuplets in the history of the Czech Republic. Quintuplets in the Czech…

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Girl Collects Every Mosquito She Has Killed

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When you capture a bug in your home, what do you do with it? Release it back into the wild? Flush it down the toilet? Tossed its squished body in the trash? This girl collects every mosquito she catches and the pictures are both impressive and… odd. (1) Girl Collects Every Mosquito She Catches We…

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Students in Denmark have mandatory empathy classes as part of the school curriculum

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According to the United Nation’s World Happiness Report, Denmark is one of the happiest places on earth. [1] With that, it might seem obvious that the country has something to teach itself and the rest of the world. What would that something be? Empathy. Most people learn empathy when they are children — or they should have….

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How One Mother’s Trip To A Rest Stop Nearly Became A Child Abduction Case

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Children are an important part of our lives and they provide us with an insurmountable amount of laughter, joy, and love. The last thing anyone wants to think about is your child being abducted, but it’s a harsh reality that occurs frequently in the US. In 2016 alone, there were 179 AMBER Alerts issued involving…

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12 Signs That Can Help You Understand Your Baby Better

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Your baby is constantly trying to communicate their needs and desires to you. Without the ability to speak, however, it can sometimes be difficult to understand your baby. For parents, determining whether their baby is hungry, uncomfortable, happy, or scared can often feel like a guessing game. Every baby is different, and will communicate with…

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Emotional Moment 12-Year-Old Delivers Her Own Baby Brother Captured On Camera

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In 2017, Jacee Dellapena was about to become a big sister for the first time. The problem? She was too short to see much and was upset that she would not be able to witness her baby brother being born. With her mother’s blessing, the doctor had young Jacee put on scrubs and give him…

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Childhood trauma leaves scars that are genetic, not just emotional, study affirms

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Psychologists have known for years that childhood trauma can have a lasting impact on a person’s mental health. People who live through violent or tragic life circumstances at an early age have a greater risk for developing psychiatric disorders later in life. New research has shown, however, that this impact may be deeper than psychologists…

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The Science Is In: Breastfeeding Beyond Babyhood is Not Abnormal

Pierre Van ZylEvidence Based, parenting

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Breastfeeding a newborn or young baby is seen as ‘normal’, and generally encouraged. Mothers who choose to continue breastfeeding after infancy, however, often deal with a lot of criticism. How often and how long a mother chooses to breastfeed is completely up to her. In most cases, there are multiple factors influencing her choice, some…

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4-year-old gives baby brother hilarious advice about grandma

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Many of us take advice from our older siblings as we grow up. Often, we look to them while they navigate the world and learn from their successes and mistakes. In this adorable video, a young baby receives life advice from his much older, much more experienced four-year-old brother. This is what he has to…

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Photo of a calm dad and a screaming toddler holds an important parenting lesson

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Every parent knows the feeling of standing in a public space while their child has a complete meltdown. Nothing makes you feel quite so embarrassed and helpless when your child is putting on a show for everyone else to watch. A photo has gone viral of a child doing just that. The star of this…

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Boy Comes Dangerously Close To Losing Vision After Playing With Bath Toys, Mother Warns

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As a parent, you are constantly on high alert for things or situations that could harm your child. You dutifully cut their food into small pieces so they don’t choke, put plugs in every light socket in the house, and you try to keep dangerous items out of reach. Sometimes, even when you do everything…

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Man Spots Dog Friends Sitting Side-by-Side on Chairs in a Field, Posts Odd Encounter on TikTok

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Animal Farm’s about to happen in real life and these two pooches are leading the take-over. You better warn the residents! In a recent viral video making the rounds on social media, TikTok user @saxby2.0 was driving home from work when he spotted an adorably weird scene in the distance – two big dogs sitting…

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Mom shares warning after son, 9, dies of carbon monoxide poisoning on lake trip

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It was a regular day at the lake for the Free family. Cassandra Free, her husband, their three sons, and a family friend spent the entire day motoring around Lake Eufaula, the largest lake in Eastern Oklahoma. They were tubing, wake surfing, and just generally enjoying the beautiful June weather – that is, until carbon…

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Toddler dies in her sleep after parents are told by doctor she only has the flu

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Being a parent is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. For all its joys, however, it also comes with many fears and worries.  As a parent, you are constantly concerned about your child’s health and well-being. Of course, one of the biggest fears any parent has is losing their child. Deborah Carr,…

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Boy, 3, with terminal brain cancer enjoys ‘best Xmas ever’ three months early

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Terminal brain cancer is devastating news at any age, but especially when it’s a child. At just three years old, Ellis Price’s diagnosis meant that he will not make it to this Christmas. Not wanting him to miss out, his parents gave him the one thing he wanted most three months early: The best Christmas…

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Doctors Made A 3D Print Of An Ultrasound For A Blind Expecting Mama

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One of the most precious bonding moments for expecting mothers is when they get to see an ultrasound of their unborn child for the first time. Many sight-impaired mothers are unable to experience this, until relatively recently. With 3D ultrasound technology, blind mothers can finally have a “look” at their unborn children. 3D Ultrasound Allows…

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Mom Goes Viral After Son Convinces Her To Put Her Worldly Wisdom On Signs

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Our moms have a lot of wisdom they share with us over the years. This son had the brilliant idea to team up with his mom to help spread hers with the world using ‘wisdom signs’. Their Instagram account, Mother With Sign, is heartwarming and powerful. Wisdom Signs 2020 has been a tough year for…

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The ‘My Body, My Choice’ Philosophy Includes Ear Piercing

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Kimberly Zapata has fourteen body piercings and more tattoos than she can count. She has a half-shaven head and wild-colored hair. She got her first tattoo on her eighteenth birthday just because she knew her mom wouldn’t like it. From an outside perspective, Kimberly is pretty hardcore. When she had her own daughter, many friends,…

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