The Mom Report: May 29, 2018

ASIAN PEAR UNDERWEAR

Known for keeping it real on Instagram, Chrissy Teigen is back at it again! This time she is rocking her super sexy hospital mesh underwear after recently giving birth to her son Miles. All moms have a special place in their hearts for those magical post delivery undergarments. She even gives comedian Ali Wong a shout out for her jokes about the “Asian pear underwear” in her new mom-focused Netflix special Hard Knock Wife (which is hiiiilarious by the way!)

A ROYAL OBSERVATION

There were a lot of memorable moments from the recent royal wedding, but one moment in particular went viral thanks to an observant mom watching it all and sharing her thoughts on Facebook. Lisa Cole was captivated by a photo of Megan Markle’s mother and writes,

“Can we just take a moment to honor this beautiful, strong woman [Meghan Markle’s Mother, Doria Ragland] who sat alone, wistfully alone, a million miles from home - in a situation so foreign to her own life - with grace, dignity, poise, honor and deep love for the child she raised? THAT, is royalty. Let’s hear it for all the strong mamas of the world!”  

So great, right? With more than 400,000 shares it seems moms everywhere appreciated the heart felt observation and sentiment.

 
 

ANOTHER WARNING ABOUT TEETHING GEL

The FDA is once again warning parents not to use any pain relieving teething products containing benzocaine, like Baby Orajel, because they can cause serious health issues for infants and children. Not only does the FDA say they pose a health risk, they also say these products don’t really work anyway. Taking it a step further, the FDA is asking all companies to stop marketing these products for teething babies and are threatening to have the products completely removed from stores if they fail to comply.
BOTTOM LINE: Teething is rough on our babies (and us) and unfortunately it’s just a part of life that can’t be remedied with pain relieving gels. The FDA recommends rubber teething rings to help soothe teething pain. If you’re looking for a tasty alternative, we at The Mom Report have had great success with frozen teething pancakes (recipe here)!

SHOW DOGS GETTING SNIPPED

After massive backlash from parents and an advocacy group claiming the film Show Dogs has disturbing and inappropriate content that appears to normalize sexual abuse, Global Road Entertainment has pulled the film from theaters and is removing the scenes in question. In short, the angry critics say there is an abundance of private part touching and encouragement to allow it  despite the dog involved being uncomfortable with it. A mom blogger who was horrified by the film says that the dog is even told to, “go to his “zen place” while it happens so he can get through it.”
BOTTOM LINE: It’s shocking that a “family film” with a PG rating can make it all the way to theaters without someone raising a red flag on the disturbing content. The content, as is, sends a terrible message and the parents and advocacy group that spoke out should be applauded. 

NPR'S CO-SLEEPING CONVO

NPR has started quite a conversation in mom circles with their latest piece on co-sleeping. Co-sleeping, as you well know, is a sensitive topic. This piece isn’t so much about whether you should or shouldn’t do it. Instead, it focuses more on the fact that it happens, despite warnings from pediatricians and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and explores having a more open conversation about the risks and safe practices with parents that choose to co-sleep.
BOTTOM LINE: According to this article, New Zealand and the U.K. have seen a drop in the number of SIDS cases since they started communicating differently with parents about co-sleeping.

STUDENT LOAN DEBT IMPACTING MOTHERHOOD

Student loan debt is THE WORST! Not only is it a financial stress for so many people, it also seems to be impacting women's’ decisions on starting a family. CNBC is out with an interesting report on the trend and what it means for our nation’s birth rate.
BOTTOM LINE: Attitudes about age and motherhood are much different these days and the burden of student loan debt is emerging as one of the big reasons women are getting married and having children later in life.

SERENA WILLIAMS GETS THE "MOTHERHOOD PENALTY"

Tennis star and new mom Serena Williams is getting back on the court, and like MANY moms returning to work from maternity leave she is seemingly being penalized for taking time off to have a baby. She’s one of the undisputed (if not THE best ever) top tennis players in the world, yet The French Tennis Federation elected not to give her a seed for the upcoming French Open. This puts her at a huge disadvantage and will make her pursuit of the French Open title, which she has won three times already, along with her climb back to the top of the world rankings that much more difficult. She essentially dropped 435 spots because she took time off to have a baby.
BOTTOM LINE: Far too many working women are penalized for having a baby and taking maternity leave; it’s not okay. While it’s extremely unfortunate to see a pro like Serena Williams go through the same kind of thing a lot of women face in their own lines of work, it’s nice to see some conversation being had.


MOM'SPIRATION - ABBY WAMBACH

If you do one thing for yourself today (or this week), take some time to either watch or read the commencement speech that soccer star and mom of three Abby Wambach recently gave at Barnard College’s graduation. While you’re at it, have your daughter watch too. It’s so incredibly inspiring and it may make you want to run through a wall. #WolfPack

 
 

Make it a great day and remember YOU are a great MOM!

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