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Coming Out About Childcare Duties and Why Amy Schumer Loves the Haters

Happy Friday! This week, Amy Schumer celebrated her baby's 2-week birthday by replying to the hate mail she's already getting -- for returning to work "inhumanely" early. Meanwhile, Emily Oster sparked a great conversation about the impact of being open at work about childcare responsibilities, and Alabama Public Television advocated for parents using PBS as a babysitter (for the record, we disagree). And, in case you didn't already know, car seat safety is super important -- especially for infants.

Kidderati

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

  • New AAP Study Proclaims Danger in Letting Babies Sleep in Car Seats Outside the Car :: But actually, the real danger seems to be misusing the car seats period (whether in or out of the car). (Red Tricycle)
    Transparency About Childcare Duties Helps Lift Stigma :: Emily Oster’s recent Atlantic article has sparked the discussion. (Lifehacker)
  • Amy Schumer Loves the Haters ::  A mere two weeks after giving birth, Schumer is already being mommy-shamed. Her response: "Sending out love to the moms shaming me for doing standup last night!”  (Fatherly)
  • Alabama Public Television Bans the Arthur Same-Sex Marriage Episode :: Their reason? Because parents should be able to use the TV as a babysitter without worrying that it will introduce them to views their parents don’t agree with. (I’m not making this up.) (ScaryMommy)

FamTech

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

  • Screen Time Management on Lock :: When children become tablet or cellphone users, two huge issues for parents appear.. The first is how to manage their kid’s screen time to keep them from becoming digital zombies. (Fatherly)

KidBits

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

  • Self-Healing Shoes :: Thanks to a revolutionary self-healing 3-D printed rubber material, fractured shoe soles may be a thing of the past. (DOGO)
  • How Were the Pyramids Built :: How were the pyramids’ limestone rocks cut and shaped with copper tools? (The Kid Should See This)
  • How to Make a Mini Robot Bug :: With hot glue and a soldering iron, electrical engineer Josh Builds uses LEDs, wires, a vibrating motor, and a coin cell lithium battery, to transform a clothespin and paper clips into a mini robot bug. (The Kid Should See This)

Parentopia

Useful info and insights for life as a 'rent.

  • The Best Graphic Novels for Kids :: Awesome for early readers and older kids looking for something light. (Hellobee)
  • Using Your Anxiety to Become a Better Mom :: Use it as a tool rather than as something that would hold you back. (Motherly)
  • My Pledge As An 'All-In' Sports Parent :: The spring and summer youth sports season is upon us, my friends. (Scary Mommy)

Edutainment # s

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

  • DIY Clay :: Try this filtering method, as demonstrated by Wilderness Works. (The Kid Should See This)
  • Tissue Paper Butterflies :: To lift the spirits, here's a really easy butterfly craft that's perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. (Happy Hooligans)
  • Create a Vision Board :: Visualization can be a powerful mental exercise that helps you define what you want, perceive it and believe that you can make it happen. (Offspring)