Dreadlocks, Dutchess-Shaming and Fake News

This week's theme: Judgment.

Everyone had an opinion this week about Meghan Markle, the former Dutchess of Sussex, and her baby wearing chops. Most are in camp "Leave the Woman Alone," but then again, SOMEone started this whole thing by dutchess-shaming her on Twitter in the first place. (For what it's worth, Baby Archie seems perfectly comfy.)

On a more disturbing note, a Texas student has essentially been expelled from his high school due to the length of his dreadlocks in yet another example of discriminatory school dress codes.

And finally, Angelina Jolie announced this week that she's launching a Sunday-morning news TV show geared toward kids called "BBC My World." The show aims not only to cover the news but help teach kids critical thinking and help them suss out fake news.

Read on for more from the playground ...

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

  • Rent Your Maternity Clothes :: Here are three maternity clothing subscription services to try! (Motherly)

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

  • US Senate Impeachment Trial Process Explained :: The ceremonial procession marked the beginning of a rare Senate impeachment trial — only witnessed twice before in American history. (DOGO News)
  • How Are Paint Brushes Made :: Individual red sable hairs are gathered, arranged, and shaped with a starch and water solution. (The Kid Should See This)​

Useful info and insights for life as a 'rent.

  • Self-Care Tips For New Moms :: The postpartum period is draining, but it is possible to take care of your baby and yourself. (Parenting)
  • How To Make Your Next Family Trip More Sustainable :: Is seeing more of the world with your family on your list of resolutions this year? (Mother)

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

  • Fruit and Veggie Finger Puppet Valentines :: Healthier than candy, but still just as sweet, this kawaii produce is ready to bring some fun to your friends. (Handmade Charlotte)
  • Valentine's Day Paper Flowers :: Some simple Valentine’s Day decor makes the middle of winter seem so much more cheerful! (Frugal Fun)

Overheard on the Playground

“Many years ago, I went to [my child’s] school and ran into a mom who said, ‘Oh, Julia, I can’t believe I’m seeing you. We never see you anymore!’ I was already consumed with guilt because I’d been working a lot. But I just put a huge smile on my face and said, ‘Oh, really? I guess you haven’t been here when I have.”

-- Julia Louis-Dreyfus