July 19, 2019

Dads, Diapers and American Royalty

Dads, Diapers and American Royalty

Happy Friday! With summer in full swing, the news cycle is light, so there's not much to miss. Most newsworthy is a new study that shows that only 20% of autism cases are caused by "environmental" factors -- the rest are genetic. In celebrity news, Megan Markle and Beyonce met in a history-making summit (at the Lion King premier) to discuss who REALLY runs the world (hint: girls). And dads are finally getting the recognition they deserve -- as diaper-changers extraordinaire.

Read on for more tips, tricks, parenting hacks and playground gossip ...

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

  • Dads Rock the Box :: For the first time ever, boxes of Huggies feature pictures of DADs and babies (and the commercial brings a new level of cool to the world of diapering).
  • Autism Linked to Genetics :: In a new 2-million-person study across 5 countries, scientists concluded that 80% of autism spectrum disorders are related to genes, and only 20% to environmental factors — and the role of maternal factors to be "nonexistent or minimal."
  • Coffee Saves the Day :: When a mom tending to her ailing daughter in ER asked for a cup of coffee so she could stay alert and by her child’s side, the internet provided.
  • The Princess and the Bey :: At Megan Markle and Beyonce's legendary meeting, it was hard to figure out who was more nervous.

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

  • Learn Piano Online :: Tired of hunching over your computer and pounding on your keyboard day in and day out? Maybe it's time you learn how to tinker with a different kind of keyboard. (Mashable)

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

  • The Lion King Crossword :: Test your knowledge and see if you can beat the clock.(Kidzworld)
  • What Elements Compose 99.9% of Your Body? :: Beauty of Science team shows us these 11 elements in three groups: gases and liquids, metals, and non-metallic solid. (The Kid Should See This)
  • National Ice Cream Day :: You scream, I scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. (Kids Activities Blog)

Useful info and insights for life as a 'rent.

  • Best Credit Cards for Parents :: Being a parent is expensive, but like with almost all spending, maximizing the return on the purchases you make for your family can be incredibly rewarding. (Fatherly)
  • How to Foster Creativity at Home :: Great tips from Joy Cho, while you're having fun, just remember that being creative is about the process, not the result! (Motherly)
  • Adaptive Halloween Costumes :: Target is getting a head start on the Halloween holiday this year! (Scary Mommy)

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

  • Dino Activities for Kids! :: Does your kid love to stomp around and roar like a dinosaur? Or maybe they are older and love learning everything about dinosaurs and evolution as a budding paleontologist. (STEAM)
  • Missing Sounds Activity :: Hands-on reading? It can happen with this missing sounds game! (Busy Toddler)
  • Brain Games & Logic Puzzles :: Puzzle-solving and problem-solving are not only great for brain development, they provide emotional benefits, too. (Childhood101)