The Mom Report: October 30, 2018


Sugar season

From Halloween through Christmas it seems like we’re all faced with a steady stream of sugary treats. While we all like to indulge a bit this time of year, the holiday season can be a great time to teach our kids (and ourselves) how to enjoy celebrating the holidays without overdoing it on sugar.

Ashley Smith is a pediatric registered dietitian, mom of three, and founder of Veggies & Virtue. She is sharing her top tips with The Mom Report to help you navigate the holiday sugar rush.

What do you feel is the most important thing parents need to understand about the amount of sugar their child consumes?

Make the sugar count. In majority of families out there, our kids are already consuming more than the recommended amount of added sugar... [READ FULL INTERVIEW]


Halloween is tomorrow and if you are in need of a quick last-minute costume then check out this DIY beauty from @abeautifulmess!

Are Baby Boxes Safe?

Baby boxes are often given out as a safe sleep option to new parents but some experts are expressing concern over their safety.

Dangerous Duo: Teens Driving Teens

Not to make you any more nervous about your driving teen, but according to a new study, teenagers are twice as likely to be involved in a deadly car crash if other teens are in the car. The numbers in this report are shocking and something every parent should be aware of. Read the full story here, which also includes extra driving safety tips for your teen.

Beef Still Making People Sick

Health officials are concerned that contaminated beef recalled earlier this month may still be in our freezers because people keep getting sick. Here are all the details of the recall and products affected.

Oral health and blood pressure

If high blood pressure is a problem for you or someone in your family, a new study says taking care of your teeth may help.

Dad Confronts Bully

Anyone who's ever been bullied or has a child that has been bullied knows how brutal it is. Most parents would probably love to confront their child’s bully and shut that sh*t down. Well, one dad found a way to do just that while making a positive impact at the same time! It’s a great story that we can all learn from.

“Alexa, Play Baby Shark”

Watching this toddler talk to Alexa about playing her jam “Baby Shark” is just too cute!

The Sweetest Thing

Your heart may explode when you see this little girl hold her baby cousin for the first time. It is literally the sweetest thing ever. I just want to reach through the computer and hug her!

The Whole Picture

If you ever find yourself feeling that pit in your stomach while scrolling through social media feeling like your life will never be as good or happy or successful as everyone else’s, then you need to see this. It’s so easy to get caught up in the perceived fabulousness of other people’s lives, but you have to remember that most people only post the good stuff. Comparing yourself and your life to others when you don’t have the full story is dangerous and can be a recipe for sadness.

That’s why I thought it was important to share the story below. Amy Dean, a mom herself, shared the photo and post below in a mom group on Facebook with a great reminder for us all.

Courtesy: Amy Dean

Courtesy: Amy Dean


She writes:

“This photo came up in my timeline from 2 years ago. It was a great reminder for me that social media doesn't always show our lives for what they really are and I wanted to share that as a reminder for us all.

In this photo my family and I look so happy and healthy. In reality ... I had just had my daughter 10 weeks early and nearly died from severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. My daughter was 2lb 4oz at birth and spent 6 weeks in the NICU. I was so thin because I had undiagnosed postpartum hyperthyroidism. I also had a bad case of the baby blues. My mom is wearing a wig. She was diagnosed with breast cancer months prior. She had just finished chemotherapy AND recently underwent a massive 12 hour double mastectomy surgery in which she developed a dangerous blood clot. 

Moral of the story no. 1 - Be kind to yourself. When you see 'happy' families on Facebook/Insta/Snap/Twitter, do your best not to compare yourself to a photo. It doesn't tell the whole story.

Moral of the story no. 2 - Be kind to everyone. You never know what they're going through. #Share #Reality #NoFilter

We all have stories. We all have issues. And we must be kinder to ourselves when we see these beautiful, happy, sometimes highly produced photos on social media. It doesn’t tell the whole story.

Please remember that before you let jealousy and inferiority creep into your body. If you think this stuff is hard for us as adults, imagine what this dangerous comparison game is doing to our children.

Enjoy social media for what it is. Let it inspire you. Let it entertain you. But don’t let it destroy you, and please make sure your children understand that there is so much more to the pictures they see.

A big thank you to Amy sharing this great perspective with The Mom Report.

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