In a video that is going viral on TikTok, two news anchor parents created a video "reporting" on their baby's behavior throughout the day in a spoof "news segment." Jeannette Reyes, a morning anchor at WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C., begins the "segment"—complete with news anchor voice—to begin a segment dedicated to her newborn daughter, Bella, as she begins her day in her crib.
Babies born before 39 weeks are more likely to develop symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later in childhood, a new study finds. But the link between early term birth and ADHD symptoms doesn’t mean your baby definitely will have the disorder. A team from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical...
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Being a stay-at-home mom is no easy feat. There are many challenges that come with the role, on top of the internal and external pressures to do it all. Some days, the hardships seem to outweigh the benefits of being a SAHM. But despite all the things that make the role a tough one to maintain, I have truly grown to love the opportunity of staying home with my child.
This article is sponsored by Melissa & Doug. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas. It’s no wonder that kids form special connections with their favorite television and movie characters. Not only are these faces easily recognizable, but beloved characters also teach important life lessons and model great traits that really resonate with little ones.
I love summer mornings. Breakfast is simple and never served before 7:30 a.m. My children linger in the kitchen; talking, playing Uno, coloring, building with Legos, and molding Play-Doh. Two of my children eat breakfast in their pajamas every day in the summer. Pajamas are replaced with swimsuits sometime mid-morning. We push bedtime later to accommodate swim team practice, tennis matches and visits from family and friends.
For years now, it seems like moms have been crying for help. Literally. There are many reasons for our mom rage, not the least of which is that many of us have too much on our plates with not enough support. Stop calling us superheroes, we sigh, and give us a hand instead. But it isn’t really "help" we want. Help is temporary. Help is subordinate. Help needs direction and follows commands. We don’t want help. What we want—and need—is equal parenting.
In a day and age where there is so much to say about kid sleep, I have a truth to share that may be controversial to many parents: I don’t have the “perfect” bedtime for my child. And maybe it’s my personal experience that makes me follow up with saying that sometimes, there is no such thing as “perfect” bedtimes for kids.
We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. With the recent formula shortage, conversations around feeding options for babies are everywhere. Sorting through all the information and opinions can be daunting, especially when it comes to making a formula choice for your baby.
Kraft Heinz is announcing a voluntary recall of thousands of cases of Capri Sun, stating that the super popular drink pouches might be contaminated with cleaning solution. "The voluntary recall comes after diluted cleaning solution, which is used on food processing equipment, was inadvertently introduced into a production line at one of our factories," the company says in a statement. "Only the Wild Cherry flavored Capri Sun products with the case/package information below are affected."
Late last week, the polio virus was discovered to be quietly circulating in New York City wastewater. That discovery comes just weeks after a case of polio was confirmed in an unvaccinated 20-year-old in upstate New York, marking the first U.S. case of polio in a decade. “The presence of...
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This is motherhood: Monique Gray Smith on the legacy of native residential schools and raising resilient children
This episode is sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas. In this episode, Joyce talks with author and consultant Monique Gray Smith about her indigenous children’s books and what motherhood has taught her. She also shares her insight about how best to tell children about the history of Native residential schools and other abuses in a way that is gentle but also ensuinres that future generations know the truth of the traumas their people experienced.
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That’s one of my go-to statements when I begin working with a client who reports anxiety as the reason bringing them to therapy, whether it’s a mom early in postpartum or a mom of school-aged kids. It’s true, you are not your thoughts, yet for those who experience anxiety in any form, it can feel all-consuming, and if not managed quickly, can turn into an anxiety spiral. Fear not; anxiety is a normal response to stress and danger. Like all emotions, your anxiety is trying to tell you something.
We all know that social media is powerful, but we might continue to overlook and underestimate just how much it’s messing with our idea of the “perfect body” (and comparing our own to that). We all know that body photoshop apps and Instagram filters exist, but we definitely don't always realize the extent and deep impact of it.
As my wife was pregnant with our second child, she constantly spoke about how determined she was to breastfeed this time around. With our first baby, she really struggled with breastfeeding. I can remember seeing the frustration and discouragement on her face when our son wasn’t able to latch. She tried and tried, and I absolutely love her for it. Since she was not able to get my son to latch, she was exclusively pumping for the first three-four months before deciding to switch to exclusively formula. I supported her decision and tried to be as supportive as I could. I may not know much about a woman’s body or breastfeeding, but I was super proud and grateful that she was able to go that long trying to breastfeed and pumping.
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