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Nine Nurses Birthing, Legal Lemonade and How Not to Be a Snowplow Parent

This week the battle of the sexes moves into the realm of breastfeeding (yes, you read that right), while Education Secretary Betsy Devos faces off against her boss (and the whole rest of the country) about her plan to cut funding for the Special Olympics. UrbanSitter releases the results of its annual survey on sitter pay in the U.S., and we share some extremely cool projects for rainy springtime days.

Kidderati

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

FamTech

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

  • Baby's First Bot :: A fuzzy robot version of an imaginary friend every child dreams of, Woobo can answer questions, express feelings, sing songs, and play games.

KidBits

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

  • Mosquitoes Who Eat Less Bite Less :: A team at New York's Rockefeller University has come up with a unique solution to fend off the dangerous insects - filling their little bellies with diet drugs to curb their appetite for human blood. (DOGO News)
  • DO Play with Your Food :: With this Rube Goldberg food contraption. (The Kid Should See This)
  • Easter Egg Sudoku :: Or, for those who don't celebrate Easter, colorful-springtime-egg-themed sudoku. (Childhood 101)

Parentopia

Useful info and insights for life as a 'rent.

  • Science Sides with the Toddlers :: Apparently, eating boogers is good for you. Maybe. (The Soccer Mom)
  • How Much Are Parents Paying Sitters? :: UrbanSitter's new study may surprise you. (Motherly)
  • Are You a "Snowplow Parent"? :: What Jeff Bezos, Mark Cuban, and Gordon Ramsay do to make sure their kids aren't resourceless, entitled jerks. (Fatherly)

Edutainment

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

  • Easy Cardboard Circle Weaving for Kids :: Make a weaving loom out of cardboard and yarn. (We're definitely going to try this!) (Happy Hooligans)
  • Starlite Material Experiments On Heat Transfer and Thermal Insulation :: Make a crazy heat-resistant substance with cornstarch and Elmer's glue. (STEAM Powered Family)
  • Make a Nature Mobile for Kids With Gathered Materials + Air Dry Clay :: From nature to tinker to treasure. So cool! (The Artful Parent)
Liz Oertle

Liz Oertle

Liz Oertle is the CEO and co-founder of Nanno. A recovering attorney and mother of two, she is passionate about helping parents connect with high quality childcare on demand.

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