There's never a shortage of news in the parenting world — from new studies to differing parenting styles. It all provides us with fodder 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.
- Woman Serves Concerned Letter, Not Candy, to "Obese" Trick-or-Treaters
Amid all of the ghostly cake pops and little lion costumes that we've been immersed in over the past several weeks, one Halloween story really caught the eye of our editors and readers alike. A North Dakota woman took to her local radio station to share her plans for trick-or-treaters. Rather than candy, she offered overweight kids a letter condemning their unhealthy lifestyle choices. While childhood obesity is an epidemic that we all want to see an end to, most everyone who read the story could agree — this is not the way to effect change.
- From Braggers to Addicts, 17 Types of Social Media Moms No one wants to be that mom — you know, the one who brags too much about her kids or fishes for compliments. But sometimes social media makes it so hard not to. After all, isn't that part of what Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest are all about? This slideshow of the worst social media moms out there was all too relatable!
Keep reading to see what else had our moms talking this week!
- Cool Boy Names
One of the most-asked questions that a mom-to-be gets from friends and family (and even strangers!) is "so what's the baby's name?" Our guide to cool ideas of what to call baby boys — from Kai to Xavier — had moms talking and sharing their own kids' creative names.
- Fourteen-Pound Boy Possibly America's Biggest Baby For 2013
Whoa, baby! The 14-pound baby boy born in Utah last month just may be the biggest babe to arrive in the US this year! J.J. Brandon was delivered via cesarean section and joins two older (but not that much bigger!) sisters. "My last ultrasound showed that he was going to be around 11 pounds," J.J.'s mom, Sara Brandon, told The Huffington Post. "So when he came out and he was 14, I think everyone in the whole room — even the doctors — was so surprised!"
- Christmas Came Early For One Little Boy
While most families spent this week carving pumpkins and creating last-minute Halloween costumes, a select few began their Christmas celebrations. The people of Port Clinton, OH, bumped the holiday up two months to bring comfort and joy to a sick child in their community. The story of a small town's rally to give a dying boy his final wish is at once heartwarming and devastating.