It’s almost Father’s Day (on June 16 — don’t panic!), which may explain the dadness madness going around the interweb these days. One dad demonstrated his fluency in toddlerspeak in an adorable video, and another saved his daughter from a shark attack by punching the shark in the face. Go dads!
Meanwhile, a mom went rogue and confessed that she doesn’t think motherhood is necessarily the MOST important job (I think we can all agree that her other job as an ER doc is also pretty important), causing sanctimommies everywhere to cry foul. And, in more sobering news, YouTube presented another half-measure to stop its algorithm from serving up innocent pictures of kids to child predators (spoiler alert: it doesn’t involve changing the algorithm).
What everyone on the (virtual) playground is talking about this week.
- Viral Video of Dad and Baby Is So Cute It Breaks the Internet :: Or almost. In probably the most shared bit of parenthood in a LONG time, an adorable dad and toddler compare notes on life, the universe and everything. See the original FB post here. (It’s worth at least 30 seconds.)
- InstaDrama Over Whether Motherhood is the “Most Important Job” :: An ER doc and mother is slammed for being excited to return to work. “To believe motherhood is the most important job in the world, you’d have to believe your child is the most important person in the world.” Thoughts? (Babyology)
- Dad Fights Shark to Save Daughter :: Yes, the dad was super brave when he punched the shark repeatedly until it released his daughter. But also — sharks in waist-deep water? Is that really a thing? (Fatherly)
- Elsagate Continues as YouTube Prohibits “Younger Minors” from Live Streaming :: Unfortunately, the bigger problem — that YouTube’s algorithm actively serves images of children to pedophiles — has not yet been solved. (Fatherly)
Cool new tech to make life easier for parents and families.
- An Awesome Pancake Pen :: Make shapes, spell names or create colorful, whimsical creatures and hashtag them before they’re gobbled up! (Fatherly)
Interesting stuff you can share with your kids -- or, if they're old enough, even have them read themselves.
- Secret Life of Pets 2 Movie Review :: Max must accept a new family member and gain self-confidence while his pals have separate adventures. (Kidzworld)
- The Top Easy Science Experiments :: They will excite your kids, fuel their passions, inspire their curiosity, and foster self-confidence. (STEAM)
- Sesame Street's Number 3 Ball Remake :: A 1974 reshoot, of the original 1970 ending, puts cherries on top of three ice cream sundaes. (The Kid Should See This)
Useful info and insights for life as a 'rent.
- The Best Fathers Day Gifts :: It is definitely not a tie. (Fatherly)
- Taking Baby to the Beach? :: These days, going to the beach with the kiddos in tow can be a bit more... complicated. (Motherly)
- California Moves to Universally Accessible Preschool :: The Pre-K Act for All Act of 2019, a bill that aims to make preschool more accessible for low-income residents. (Motherly)
Fun and -- shh, don't tell! -- educational things to do with kids)
- Under The Sea Theme Puzzles :: It is really important while learning about the natural world is to use materials that represent animals and nature accurately! (No Time For Flash Cards)
- 15 Cool Coding Games for Kids :: There are lots of super cool coding game apps and sites available for kids interested in coding. (Childhood101)
- Salt Writing Tray Activity :: Handwriting is a big skill, but it’s a skill we often lose sight of as parents. (Busy Toddler)