The Mom Report: May 8, 2018

WHAT MOMS REALLY WANT FOR MOTHER'S DAY

Mother’s Day is this weekend. For some moms it’s a delightful lovefest; for others it’s a dreaded day of high expectation that falls flat and ends in frustration. Regardless of the tradition in your home (lol), The Mom Report has compiled a list of things moms REALLY want for Mother’s Day. Feel free to share it with your significant other if they happen to be running a bit behind in their plans for the woman who deserves it all :)

 
 

three-year-old running slow-mo

When 3-year-old Lennox was told to “run home as fast as he can,” during his baseball game he did exactly the opposite. Video of his slo-mo trek to home plate, however, quickly went viral. Check it out here.

 
 

higher price for amazon prime

A heads up for all you Amazon Prime lovin’ mamas out there: the price for the annual membership will increase from $99 to $119 annually this week. The new price goes into effect this Friday, May 11 for new members and June 16 for existing members that need to renew. Monthly subscribers will continue to pay $12.99 per month.

food and fertility

A new study says women who eat less fruit and more fast food may be hurting their chances of becoming pregnant. Researchers analyzed the diets of more than 5,000 women and found women who eat fast food four or more times a week took nearly a month longer to get pregnant and those who ate fruit three or more times a day were more likely to get pregnant faster. They also found that eating leafy green veggies and fish did not impact the amount of time it takes to conceive.
BOTTOM LINE: If you’re trying to get pregnant, researchers recommend eating a balanced diet that is in line with the national dietary recommendations for pregnancy. It seems like it wouldn’t hurt to lay off the fast food and eat more fruit too. 

miralax concerns FOR kids

Parents continue to speak out about their concerns with Miralax and the side effects they believe are causing major issues in their children. This particular concern has been making headlines for several years now, and a study is currently underway to determine the benefits and risks associated with these products in children.
BOTTOM LINE: The FDA has not approved these products for use by children. The Miralax label states that it is not recommended for children under 17 without asking a doctor and limits use to seven days. However, when nothing else works for a severely constipated child, a doctor may recommend the use of products like Miralax to help. If you are concerned in any way about the possible side effects of any medication, talk to your doctor to make the best decision for your family.

IMPACT OF YOUTH TACKLE FOOTBALL ON brain

Shocking numbers have just been released on the impact tackle football has on young kids later in life. The study, published in Annals of Neurology, showed kids who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 displayed symptoms associated with the degenerative brain disease, CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), more than 13 years earlier than those who started after 12.
BOTTOM LINE: The study’s lead researcher tells CBS News that between eight and 12 years old, our childrens' brains are still rapidly developing. Before any young child puts on a football helmet, these are numbers every parent should be well aware of.

boy scouts new name

Another big change is in store for The Boy Scouts. The program for the older kids (ages 11 to 18), currently called The Boy Scouts, will now be called Scouts BSA. The Boy Scouts of America made the name change since girls can now join the program and become Eagle Scouts, just like the boys.
BOTTOM LINE: The new name will be implemented in February 2019. You can find all the details here.


avoiding mommy burnout

Motherhood is a beautiful thing, but it can also be extremely difficult and overwhelming at times. Since most moms spend so much time taking care of their families and so little time taking care of themselves, “Mommy Burnout” is real. Here is a great article and video that explains Mommy Burnout well and gives tips on how to avoid it.

 
 

DEAR MOM, I GET IT NOW

Do you remember that massive wave of gratitude you suddenly felt toward your own mom when you became a mother? With Mother’s Day this coming weekend, here’s a video that beautifully describes the new understanding and appreciation you feel when you become a mom.

 
 

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

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