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Attacks on Anti-Vax, More Childcare Solutions for Working Families — and Don’t Forget Daylight Savings This Weekend!

Happy International Women's Day!

This week on the playground, big discussions are happening around the anti-vax movement. As you may recall, in January the World Health Organization listed the anti-vax movement as one of the top ten threats to global health in 2019. This week, a new study disproved (again) the purported connection between the MMR vaccine and autism, Facebook joined the fray by implementing an AI-powered plan to review anti-vax content for misinformation, and children of anti-vaxxers are speaking out.

Kidderati

What everyone on the (virtual) playground is talking about this week.

  • Attacks on AntiVax :: Facebook announced this week that it will be using AI to flag anti-vax content. Meanwhile, a new study confirmed that the MMR vaccine does not cause autism, and a child of anti-vax parents testified before Congress about why he chose to vaccinate as soon as he turned 18.
  • Congress Gets Serious About Childcare :: The latest being Senate's re-introduction of the Childcare for Working Families Act. Fatherly breaks it down for us.
  • Don’t Forget :: Daylight Savings Time starts this Sunday. Spring forward!

FamTech

Cool new tech to make life easier for parents and families).

  • 14 Digital Tools That Will Turn Your Kid Into a Game-Designing Genius :: These programs can help bring their ideas to the screen. (Red Tricycle)

KidBits

Interesting stuff you can share with your kids -- or, if they're old enough, even have them read themselves

  • All About St. Patrick's Day :: Read on to find out the history of this Irish holiday. (Kidzworld)
  • Spring Equinox :: March 20th is the Spring Equinox, which means more sun, less chilly days and one step closer to summer. (Kidzworld)
  • A Peek Inside Marsupial Pouches :: We get a peek inside quokka and kangaroo pouches to see how their young stay protected. (The Kid Should See This)

Parentopia

Useful info and insights for life as a 'rent.

  • 6 Ways to Help Your Family Adjust to Daylight Saving Time :: Few things upset a well-tuned household routine like the annual switch to daylight saving time. (Atlanta Parent)
  • How Parents Can Teach Girls To Build Each Other Up :: Too often girls and women view each other as competition or threats, rather than allies - here’s how to change that. (A Mighty Girl)
  • 9 Genius Airport Hacks for Parents Traveling With Kids :: Getting through an airport with young children doesn’t have to be a stressful start to your family vacation. (Red Tricycle)

Edutainment

Fun and -- shh, don't tell! -- educational things to do with kids)

  • Painting and Drawing Paper Plate Craft :: This paper plate craft is a simple, time-saving way to boost creativity without a trip to the art store. (TinkerLab)
  • Muffin Tin Letter Sounds Activity :: Here’s a fun letter sounds activity that you can set up in just a few minutes! (Frugal Fun)
  • Truffula Tree Bookmarks :: These bookmarks are super simple to make and kids love them! (Kids Activities Blog)