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Word on the Playground :: Lobes, Lactation and (Paid Family) Leave

Ok. While I agree that 8 months old is a little young to be a fashion victim, the IG crowd went a little nuts this week when it called Hillary Duff a child abuser for piercing baby Banks' ears.

Discuss.

In more practical news, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that it will begin reimbursing nursing moms for the cost of shipping breastmilk home -- which is additionally cool because it was an idea spawned by something called the Women's Retention Study and Holistic Analysis, which was commissioned "as part of its commitment to create a more mission-ready workforce." Who knew the CG was so progressive?

Read on for more from the playground ...

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

  • Coast Guard Ships Breastmilk :: In an effort to retain Coast Guard members after they become moms, the service will be reimbursing the cost of shipping breast milk. (ScaryMommy)
  • Oregon Passes Paid Family Leave Law :: Providing for 12 weeks' paid leave, and making Oregon the 8th state to provide mandatory paid family leave. (Motherly)
  • 11-Year-Old Invents Brilliant Way to Prevent Hot-Car Deaths :: And pitches it to Toyota. And raises $46K to file a patent. Kids really do rock, don't they? (Kids Activities Blog)
  • Hillary Duff Accused of Child Abuse :: For piercing her baby's ears. (BuzzFeed)

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

  • Foldable iPad? :: Rumors claim Apple is quietly working on such a device with plans to launch it as soon as next year. (Mashable)

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

  • Weird July Holidays :: Both Canada Day and American Independence Day land in July – but did you know they share the month with some truly kooky celebrations? (Kidzworld)
  • What Lives In Moss :: Mosses, some of the oldest plants on land, are home to many species of microbes. (The Kid Should See This)
  • Basking Sharks Return :: The first time the "gentle giants of the sea" have frequented the area in such large numbers in over thirty years. (DOGO News)

Parentopia
Useful info and insights for life as a 'rent.

  • Prevent The Summer Slide for Teens :: This summer get your teens setting goals, following passions and learning new skills. (STEAM)
  • Art Activities for Traveling with Toddlers :: Try these seven open ended art activities for traveling with toddlers. (The Artful Parent)
  • What to Say Instead of "Five More Minutes" :: A thing parents say to their young children when it’s time for them to wrap up whatever they’re doing. (Offspring)

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

  • Fruit Memory Matching Game :: This set of memory matching game cards is a little bit tutti and a whole lot of fruity! (Childhood101)
  • Sharpie Art Projects for Kids :: Fun ideas for toddlers and preschoolers as well as projects for older kids. (Happy Hooligans)
  • Animal World Sensory Bin :: Toss out the sand – make an Animal World Sensory Bin today. (Busy Toddler)