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These postpartum brownies are actually good for you,04 Dec 2019 in Tips

https://www.mother.ly/life/good-for-you-postpartum-brownies

The best way to take care of a new baby is to take care of yourself! And this nurturing postpartum brownie recipe, created by the LA-based meal delivery service Twenty-Five Eight, is the ultimate definition of self-care. Each delicious bite contains pearl powder, which is believed to calm the spirit and nourish the nervous system, as well as naturally increase collagen production to boost skin, hair, nails and connective tissue. As if we needed an excuse.

Pearl Brownie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup organic almond flour
  • 1/2 cup arrow root powder
  • 2 tsp aluminum free organic baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tbsp freshwater pearl powder (we use Sun Potion)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup organic avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup organic cacao powder
  • Optional:
  • 1/2 cup organic. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup organic chopped almonds, toasted

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. In a large bowl mix dry ingredients together, set aside.

3. In a second bowl whisk wet ingredients together.

4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold gently until combined.

(Optional: Fold in chocolate chops and/or almonds)

5. Pour batter into a prepared baking dish.

6. Bake 20-25 min.

7. Remove and let cool.

**Always check with a physician before ingesting.



Play in peril: How much should our kids be playing?,04 Dec 2019 in Tips

https://babyology.com.au/podcasts/feedplaylove/play-in-peril-how-much-should-our-kids-be-playing/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=play-in-peril-how-much-should-our-kids-be-playing

The world has changed a lot since parents today were children. There is more technology, more families have both parents working and there seems to be less time for children to play. Brendon Hyndman is a child development expert and Senior Lecturer in Personal Development, Health & Physical Education at Charles Sturt University. Together with […]

The post Play in peril: How much should our kids be playing? appeared first on Babyology.



What To Do When Your Son Is Obsessed With Pretend Guns,04 Dec 2019 in Tips

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/son-obsessed-pretend-toy-guns_l_5de52df6e4b0d50f32a62859

Experts say trying to stop children’s gunplay isn’t necessarily the way to go.



Scientists say hot weather sends women into early labour – but no one knows why,04 Dec 2019 in Tips

https://babyology.com.au/pregnancy/birth/scientists-say-hot-weather-sends-women-into-early-labour-but-no-one-knows-why/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scientists-say-hot-weather-sends-women-into-early-labour-but-no-one-knows-why

The climate crisis is taking a toll in all kinds of terrible ways. Now a new study looking at 56 million births suggests global warming is contributing to early births as well.  Hot days = early babies, science says The study was published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change. It explains that when the […]

The post Scientists say hot weather sends women into early labour – but no one knows why appeared first on Babyology.



Overwhelmed by Elf on the Shelf? Try these fun alternatives,04 Dec 2019 in Tips

https://www.mother.ly/shop/elf-on-the-shelf-alternatives

Suffering from Elf on the Shelf anxiety this year? Yup, it’s a thing. Are you overwhelmed by the tiny red man with great big demands? Did you run out of time to hatch a magically Pinterest-worthy Elf plan this holiday season? Or you completely forget to move the elf for days at a time?

Mama, we hear you and totally understand.

Elf on the Shelf—though awesome in so many ways—isn’t for everyone. And if it’s feeling more like a chore than a charming Christmas tradition this season, we’ve got four ideas that are just as fun but a lot less work. So don’t let that Elf get you down, mama! Remember, even the smallest things can spark holiday magic in the eyes of our little ones. Don’t stress, have fun, and enjoy the season.

Christmas Is Coming! An advent-style podcast from Pinna

Christmas Is Coming!

All you need to do for this one is download and hit play—it doesn’t get much easier than that!

Pinna, a new screen-free and ad-free storytelling app for kids, features award-winning series, interactive game shows, audiobooks, and children’s podcasts. Its show—Christmas Is Coming!—is an advent-style podcast with a new episode released daily from December 1st through Christmas Eve.

Each day, kids can tune into the North Pole’s radio station, WXMAS, and listen to breaking Christmas news.

We got the chance to preview some of the episodes, and our kiddos were hooked! We love the creativity of the storyline, the screen-free entertainment, and the ease of just pressing play.

Christmas Countdown Surprise Box

Christmas Countdown Surprise Box

A Christmas Countdown Surprise Box, originally posted on the Teach Me Mommy blog, is just that: a box filled with bags for each day of December that each hold a small surprise. All you’ll need is a cardboard box (or any type of box, really), 25 envelopes or brown bags and some blank stickers. And of course some small surprises for inside of the envelopes.

We love this idea because you can do as much—or as little—as you’d like, and you can customize the bags’ content depending on the age of your kiddos. If you want to get creative, you can decorate the outside of the box and the envelopes, but you definitely don’t have to.

The best part will be watching your little ones’ faces light up as they open a new surprise each day. Download the free template and find most of the item needed in your home.

Random acts of kindness Christmas calendar

Random acts of kindness

We love anything that builds our children’s sense of social consciousness. The Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Calendar, is a simple way to show kids that they can have a powerful impact on others.

All you’ll need for this one is a blank calendar so you can fill in your own acts of kindness. Each day can be customized based on your children’s ages and what sorts of activities you think you and your family are up for.

It’s not only easy, but the payoff is huge—you’re teaching your kiddos about helping others, and that’s a lesson that will last longer than any holiday gift ever could.

Christmas book countdown

Christmas book countdown

Have a little bookworm on your hands? We love this idea both as a holiday activity and a way to build your family’s holiday book collection year over year.

Countdown to Christmas with a different holiday book each day! Or, to make it easier on yourself, open a book “package” every few days, or even sub a few books with your family’s favorite holiday movies.

You can use a mix of new books and books you already own—trust me, your kids will most likely have forgotten about them since last year! (Same goes for the movies—use the ones you already have, or include a little note instead that gives kids a few movie downloads.)

All you’ll need is wrapping paper for each book or movie, and a cute way to display them. It’s easy and adorable!

We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You’ve got this.



I gave my kid a mental health day, and maybe you should too?,04 Dec 2019 in Tips

https://babyology.com.au/health/family-health/i-gave-my-kid-a-mental-health-day-and-maybe-you-should-too/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=i-gave-my-kid-a-mental-health-day-and-maybe-you-should-too

The other day my poor kindergarten kiddo was melting down. The school year had caught up with him, and he had a bad case of the ‘term four wobbles‘. He told me he was tired of school and that he needed a big break. “1,000 days,” he said. But I knew he needed just one. […]

The post I gave my kid a mental health day, and maybe you should too? appeared first on Babyology.



Even When Men Take Parental Leave, They’re Paid More, New Study Finds,04 Dec 2019 in Tips

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/parental-leave-pay-gap_n_5de6ca97e4b00149f73759fc

The pay gap shows up even though women have access to more kinds of paid leave.



Raw Photos Celebrate The Messiness — And Beauty — Of Postpartum Life,04 Dec 2019 in Tips

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/postpartum-photos-anewmum_l_5de6b071e4b0d50f32aa14b5

“I’m constantly in awe of the female body and what it’s capable of,” one woman said.



What went viral this week: Dwayne Wayde defends his son + a baby was born on a plane,04 Dec 2019 in Tips

https://www.mother.ly/news/what-went-viral-this-week-dwayne-wade-defends-his-family-a-mom-gives-birth-on-a-flight

We are officially into the first week of the last month of 2020, and the busiest season of the year is upon us. Temperatures have reached “I-just-want-to-stay-inside-and-watch-Netflix” levels, your shopping list is a mile long, and now you’re trudging you through the week after Thanksgiving with your food coma still intact.

But make sure that between being Santa and doing all the emotional labor that holiday planning demands you pour yourself a mug of cocoa, mama, chill out for a moment and catch up on the biggest news in parenthood from this week.

Here are the headlines making us smile this week:

This mama gave birth on a flight and gave her baby the most fitting name

Most mamas plan to give birth at the hospital, a birth center or at home…few of us would ever plan to give birth on a plan, but travel plans and birth plans can change in an instant.

American Airlines passenger Nereida Araujo recently gave birth onboard Flight 868 just after the plane landed in Charlotte, North Carolina. As People reports, Araujo named her daughter Lizyana Sky Taylor.

“Baby Sky decided to enter the world on a plane,” Araujo wrote in a Facebook post. “Mommi handled it well thanks to everybody who assisted us with love & care.”

The Florida mom was traveling with her husband and two older kids, The Washington Post reports. According to the American Airlines website, “if your due date is within 4 weeks of your flight, you must provide a doctor’s certificate stating that you’ve been recently examined and you’re fit to fly.”

It’s not clear when Baby Sky’s due date was, but it’s clear she is very much loved and that her mama will never forget Flight 868.

​This viral video of new grandparents is melting our hearts

One of the most exciting parts of learning you’re pregnant is thinking about how you’ll break the news to your loved ones…and how they’ll react. Well, one expectant couple received an emotional, heartwarming reaction from a set of soon-to-be grandparents when they revealed their exciting news at a restaurant.

The sweet scene was captured on video and shared by TODAY. It shows a couple seated a restaurant—someone (who is not pictured) hands over a box, which the expectant grandfather gingerly opens. When he sees the card inside, he reacts immediately, his jaw dropping. The expectant grandmother is in disbelief, asking “Really?” as her partner begins weeping over the news.

We’ve seen plenty of incredible reactions from expectant parents, but it’s so emotional to watch a couple learn they’re going to become grandparents. TODAY hosts selected this as their “Morning Boost” feature this week and we can easily see why. This scene truly touches our hearts.

Dwayne Wade goes viral, defending his son + family photo

This cute family photo turned into an internet controversy this week and reminded us that Dwayne Wade is total #dadgoals because he is 100% supportive of his kids.

When Gabrielle Union shared a Thanksgiving family photo featuring herself, husband Dwayne Wade, and Dwayne’s son, Zion posing with baby Kaavia some commenters freaked out.

In the photo, Zion can be seen wearing nail polish and a crop top. In terms of teenage clothing choices it’s really not that out there, but some internet commenters were highly critical.

“So sad these boys turning into girls😏😏💯💯💯it hurts my heart an he’s young,” one commenter commented on Union’s photo. Sadly, that was one of the nicer criticisms of the look. People got nasty in the comments and Zion’s dad is not here for it.

The father turned to Twitter to voice his frustrations. “I’ve seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo,” he tweeted. “Stupidity is apart of this world we live in—so I get it. But here’s the thing—I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile!”

The good news? Some positive support came from the whole situation. Take this fan comment, for example: “Idk if @DwyaneWade & @itsgabrielleu know how POWERFUL & MOVING it is that they’re embracing their son’s individuality. (Damnit I’m crying) In our community, being given autonomy over your body, beliefs, image, & statements as a child isn’t a thing. That child is free & happy,” the user wrote.

Amen to that!

Honest viral op-ed highlights imposter syndrome in motherhood 

There’s really no way to prepare for motherhood—no matter how many books you read or classes you take, the enormous life shift that takes place when you welcome your first child throws all of us for a loop. There are times you’ll find yourself wondering if you’re even qualified to do this whole mom thing.

Comedian Casey Wilson recently opened up about feeling Imposter syndrome in a new op-ed. Casey described how she blamed herself when she started observing some puzzling symptoms in her son (she later discovered they were connected to his celiac disease).

“I beat myself up mercilessly, a stream of cruelty in my head,” Casey wrote for the New York Times. “If you hadn’t been so focused on your career, you would have learned to cook beyond rudimentary fish sticks and buttered pasta! You didn’t breastfeed long enough! You got an epidural at ZERO centimeters dilated (a Cedars-Sinai Hospital first)!”

Casey described her own feelings of inadequacy…and she mentioned that while she beat herself up over her son’s symptoms, her husband did nothing of the sort. And isn’t that something we can all relate to all too well? As moms, we have such a tendency to blame ourselves, and it’s something we can all work on improving. Because at the end of the day, we’re all just doing our best.

Casey eventually came to that realization. “I am doing my best, and have always been doing my best under challenging and painful circumstances,” she wrote in the op-ed. “And I’m comforted by the fact that following my instincts got us here. Can my instincts often be wrong? Sure…But in the case of my son, I kept asking why and searching for the answer. I’m proud of that. And I’m proud of all moms, who attempt this debilitatingly difficult-slash-searingly magical journey called parenthood. We’re all doing our best. Even if we have to suck our thumbs to get through it.”


This mama gave birth on a flight and gave her baby the most fitting name

Most mamas plan to give birth at the hospital, a birth center or at home…few of us would ever plan to give birth on a plan, but travel plans and birth plans can change in an instant.

American Airlines passenger Nereida Araujo recently gave birth onboard Flight 868 just after the plane landed in Charlotte, North Carolina. As People reports, Araujo named her daughter Lizyana Sky Taylor.

“Baby Sky decided to enter the world on a plane,” Araujo wrote in a Facebook post. “Mommi handled it well thanks to everybody who assisted us with love & care.”

The Florida mom was traveling with her husband and two older kids, The Washington Post reports. According to the American Airlines website, “if your due date is within 4 weeks of your flight, you must provide a doctor’s certificate stating that you’ve been recently examined and you’re fit to fly.”

It’s not clear when Baby Sky’s due date was, but it’s clear she is very much loved and that her mama will never forget Flight 868.

​This viral video of new grandparents is melting our hearts

One of the most exciting parts of learning you’re pregnant is thinking about how you’ll break the news to your loved ones…and how they’ll react. Well, one expectant couple received an emotional, heartwarming reaction from a set of soon-to-be grandparents when they revealed their exciting news at a restaurant.

The sweet scene was captured on video and shared by TODAY. It shows a couple seated a restaurant—someone (who is not pictured) hands over a box, which the expectant grandfather gingerly opens. When he sees the card inside, he reacts immediately, his jaw dropping. The expectant grandmother is in disbelief, asking “Really?” as her partner begins weeping over the news.

We’ve seen plenty of incredible reactions from expectant parents, but it’s so emotional to watch a couple learn they’re going to become grandparents. TODAY hosts selected this as their “Morning Boost” feature this week and we can easily see why. This scene truly touches our hearts.

Dwayne Wade goes viral, defending his son + family photo

This cute family photo turned into an internet controversy this week and reminded us that Dwayne Wade is total #dadgoals because he is 100% supportive of his kids.

When Gabrielle Union shared a Thanksgiving family photo featuring herself, husband Dwayne Wade, and Dwayne’s son, Zion posing with baby Kaavia some commenters freaked out.

In the photo, Zion can be seen wearing nail polish and a crop top. In terms of teenage clothing choices it’s really not that out there, but some internet commenters were highly critical.

“So sad these boys turning into girls😏😏💯💯💯it hurts my heart an he’s young,” one commenter commented on Union’s photo. Sadly, that was one of the nicer criticisms of the look. People got nasty in the comments and Zion’s dad is not here for it.

The father turned to Twitter to voice his frustrations. “I’ve seen some post-thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo,” he tweeted. “Stupidity is apart of this world we live in—so I get it. But here’s the thing—I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile!”

The good news? Some positive support came from the whole situation. Take this fan comment, for example: “Idk if @DwyaneWade & @itsgabrielleu know how POWERFUL & MOVING it is that they’re embracing their son’s individuality. (Damnit I’m crying) In our community, being given autonomy over your body, beliefs, image, & statements as a child isn’t a thing. That child is free & happy,” the user wrote.

Amen to that!

Honest viral op-ed highlights imposter syndrome in motherhood 

There’s really no way to prepare for motherhood—no matter how many books you read or classes you take, the enormous life shift that takes place when you welcome your first child throws all of us for a loop. There are times you’ll find yourself wondering if you’re even qualified to do this whole mom thing.

Comedian Casey Wilson recently opened up about feeling Imposter syndrome in a new op-ed. Casey described how she blamed herself when she started observing some puzzling symptoms in her son (she later discovered they were connected to his celiac disease).

“I beat myself up mercilessly, a stream of cruelty in my head,” Casey wrote for the New York Times. “If you hadn’t been so focused on your career, you would have learned to cook beyond rudimentary fish sticks and buttered pasta! You didn’t breastfeed long enough! You got an epidural at ZERO centimeters dilated (a Cedars-Sinai Hospital first)!”

Casey described her own feelings of inadequacy…and she mentioned that while she beat herself up over her son’s symptoms, her husband did nothing of the sort. And isn’t that something we can all relate to all too well? As moms, we have such a tendency to blame ourselves, and it’s something we can all work on improving. Because at the end of the day, we’re all just doing our best.

Casey eventually came to that realization. “I am doing my best, and have always been doing my best under challenging and painful circumstances,” she wrote in the op-ed. “And I’m comforted by the fact that following my instincts got us here. Can my instincts often be wrong? Sure…But in the case of my son, I kept asking why and searching for the answer. I’m proud of that. And I’m proud of all moms, who attempt this debilitatingly difficult-slash-searingly magical journey called parenthood. We’re all doing our best. Even if we have to suck our thumbs to get through it.”





5 easy ways to practice compassion with your family on Giving Tuesday and beyond, mama,04 Dec 2019 in Tips

https://www.mother.ly/child/compassion-on-giving-tuesday-and-beyond

The holidays are a time when families come together to celebrate the season of gratitude and while the time is often marked by abundance, it can also be a time of great need. It can be easy to assume that everyone is doing well during the holidays, but even in seemingly stable families, there exist struggling first time mamas, extended family who may be going to the food bank for the first time, mamas who are secretly going through a divorce and wondering how to get by during the coming year and family members facing a diagnosis that will require hospitalization.

Why not use this time together to look for and help your friends and family that could use an extra hand this holiday season?

Here are five ways to weave compassion—for yourself and others—on Giving Tuesday and into the coming holidays:

1. Check in—don’t assume everything is okay.

Do you have a friend or family member that you think might be going through something? Check in and ask. Offer to take them out to lunch, send them a card or a text. Make a phone call. You don’t have to pry into their life but be there and listen to what they have to say. The holidays can trigger all kinds of feelings and are a good time to touch base, especially amid the flurry of holiday cards and photos.

2. Listen to understand

There’s a difference between “listen to talk” and “listen to understand.” Listening to understand means you’re actively listening to the other person. You’re not in the “problem-solving mindset,” you’re in the “exploration” mindset. Your friend may simply need to talk. Or they might need advice or a second opinion. Whatever it is, you won’t know unless you practice listening to understand. Creating space for those story-telling family members is a great place to start— studies show that recounting stories improves self-esteem in seniors.

3. Care for yourself

Maybe you’re the one who is always there for everyone and always showing up when people need it most, and maybe this year, you’re going through struggles of your own. Tell someone you need to talk and make the time to do it, whether it’s a friend, a family member, a therapist or a counselor. Your needs are valid and important and your family and friends will respect that you know how to ask for and get the help you need to live your best life. Make it the gift you give yourself this year.

4. Find causes that speak to you

Find nonprofits and causes that you can make an ongoing part of your life. Why? Because when a cause speaks to you, you’re more likely to look for creative ways to help it. When you’re actively involved with a cause you believe in, you’re more likely to talk about it with your friends and encourage them to give back in ways that are meaningful in their lives. Giving Tuesday is just one day, but a great day to start.

5. Get organized

When you know someone who is going through a hardship, like a loved one in the hospital, the birth of a new baby, a sick child, or the death of a loved one, organize your friends and family to help them. This can be done with online tools like Give InKind that help you coordinate financial contributions, calendar tasks, chores and more on a dedicated page that helps the person in need get exactly what they need. Time spent with family is a great time to pull together and make a plan for supporting someone you love.

No matter how you give and give back this holiday season and beyond, stay mindful about those in need. May we all be lucky enough to not need, but when we do, may we all have the support of our loved ones and community to help us through.

This article was originally published on Give In Kind and it has been republished with permission from the author.