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News anchor parents hilariously spoof their baby’s day in viral ‘news segment’ on TikTok

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.
WASHINGTON, DC
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Major Florida school district implements new rules that severely limit kids’ access to books

It just got much more difficult for children in a Sarasota school district to access books this school year. After Florida Gov. Ron Desantis signed HB1467, a law that revised selection requirements for school materials, the Sarasota County School District froze donations and purchases of library books in school. It's the latest in book restrictions across the country, as more schools participate in book bans.
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8 reasons I love being a stay-at-home mom

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.
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These new toys inspire screen-free play with your child’s favorite characters

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.
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How to make the transition back to early mornings a little easier for the whole family

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.
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What dads do isn’t ‘help’—let’s stop calling it that

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.

I don’t have the “perfect” bedtime for my kid

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.
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Everything you need to know about goat milk formula

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Capri Sun recalls over 230,000 drink pouches due to possible contamination

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."
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I’m prioritizing time with my baby right now, and that’s OK

When you become a mother, you’re automatically told how to prioritize. You’re told that quality time with your kids should come first. Then, in the same breath, you’re told that it’s OK to be selfish and that you should come first. And almost instantly after, you’re told that your spouse should be at the top of the list. Or your career. Or your dreams.

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.

5 steps to stop an anxiety spiral, according to a therapist

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.
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To my wife who is exclusively pumping: I am in awe of you

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6 diverse children’s books you should have on your bookshelf

We all know how important books are to developing language, curiosity, empathy and imagination. Books transport us to new places and help us understand what a different life path might feel like. Like many of you, I grew up loving books, but I didn’t see myself in one until I was in college. It’s life-changing, when a book finally says, “Anything is possible,” and the message is directed straight at you.
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