There's never a shortage of news in the parenting world, from new studies to differing parenting styles and beyond. It all provides us with topics to discuss on the playground, in the pickup line, and online. Take a look at the five stories that had our moms talking the most this week.
1. What Not to Say When You're Disappointed With Your Child
Here's one that every mom can relate to. In a perfect world, we're always firm but nurturing, compassionate, and supportive of our kids' needs. But every now and again, being a parent is a serious test of patience. While it's OK to lose your cool once in a while, there are some things that moms simply shouldn't say — no matter how disruptive your kids are being. The popularity of this story was evident through the 1,300 readers who shared it with friends, and the 921 who offered their own comments and feedback.
2. Parenting Hacks That Save Time, Money, and Sanity
"Life hacks" have sealed their spot in Internet popularity, and perhaps no one's more appreciative of a clever time-saving trick than a busy mom. Our roundup of hacks to save parents' time, money, and sanity was a popular one this week, with our readers sharing the story on social media and offering their seals of approval.
3. A New Law Enforcing Breastfeeding Raises Serious Questions
In the United Arab Emirates, a new clause was recently passed that requires new moms to breastfeed their babies for two full years. While the goal of the law is supposed to be to offer every child the same health benefits during their first few years of life, many of our moms found serious fault with the government dictating how its country's children are fed. Where do you weigh in?
4. This Ad Will Have You in Tears
Boba, the Colorado-based babywearing company, released a new ad that captures the true meaning of motherhood. In "You Made Me a Mom," the company documents the journey of motherhood using real moms' quotes and stories. The ad shares the moments that we cherish and the ones that make us moms, whether it's feeling a future baby's kick, counting a newborn's fingers and toes, or hearing our children say our names. For the second week running, it was a hot read on our site.
5. The Smartest Time For Homework
As many students start the second half of the school year, it's important that they finish up on a high note. This may mean studying more and altering their homework routines. While some kids work best after school, others may have more focus after a playdate. Here, real moms share their opinion on the optimal homework time.