The Mom Report: June 12, 2018
STAYING SHARP THIS SUMMER
Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime! Summer break is here! (Yay?) If you want to prevent your kiddos’ brains from turning to mush over the next couple of months then you HAVE to read The Mom Report’s interview with Tavia Young, creator of Young Learning! Seriously, you need to read this. Tavia is a highly regarded education expert, and she is sharing her top tips to keep those little minds sharp over the summer!
TOP RATED SUNSCREENS FOR KIDS
The Environmental Working Group is out with its list of top-rated sunscreens for kids this year. If you really want to protect your child’s precious skin this summer then remember that sun protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses are just as important!
SUMMER POPSICLE ROUNDUP
Nothing says summer like a good ole’ popsicle! The Mom Report is always on the hunt for delicious summer treats that aren’t loaded with sugar. Here’s a list of healthier popsicles we have on our summer to-do list!
Fresh cut melon sold in stores like Costco, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and Whole Foods is being recalled over salmonella concerns. The melon was distributed in eight states and 60 people have reportedly gotten sick.
BOTTOM LINE: The recall includes fresh cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and fresh-cut fruit medley that comes from Caito Foods in Indianapolis, Indiana. Full details can be found here. If you have any of the recalled product in your fridge, throw it away or return it to the store for a refund immediately.
BATHROOM CHANGING TABLES FOR DADS
A New Hampshire dad’s Facebook post is going viral after a frustrating diaper changing ordeal in a public restroom. Chris Mau says he was forced to change his 8-month-old daughter’s diaper on a gross public bathroom floor because there was no changing table in the men’s bathroom. His frustration is really hitting a nerve across the nation because, as we are all aware, there are RARELY changing tables in the men’s bathrooms. Even celeb dad Ashton Kutcher has been complaining about this for years! Why is this? Men change diapers too! Come on people.
BOTTOM LINE: It’s absurd that changing tables tend to only be installed in womens’ restrooms, if at all. I mean, what are the fellas supposed to do when they are out solo with their babies? There are plenty of loving dads out there that change just as many diapers as the mamas. As a Father’s Day gift this year, places of business should give dads a stinkin’ changing table so they don’t have to change their kid’s diaper on the disgusting [MENS!] bathroom floor. Gross!
WHEN YOUR KID POOPS IN THE POOL
The Mom Report recently observed a poop-in-the-neighborhood-pool incident and was so impressed with how it was handled, we wanted to empower any parent who has a pool pooper on their hands to feel no shame in claiming it. From the looks of it, someone’s kid baby ruthed the pool and the parents were all over it. They promptly notifed the proper individuals and the pool was closed down and cleaned in order to prevent others from getting sick. Other parents were so appreciative that there were fist bumps and thank you messages flying all over Nextdoor (awesome neighborhood app).
BOTTOM LINE: Sh*t happens. If your kid poops (or pukes) in the pool, don’t act like it didn’t happen. There is nothing to be embarrassed about because it could happen to any of us. If there is no lifeguard, let the proper people know so they can get everyone out of the pool and clean up so no one gets sick!
YOU CHILD'S BRAIN...ON BOOKS!
Summer reading is the perfect way to keep those little minds engaged and NPR is out with a fascinating article on a newly released study that shows what goes on in a child’s brain when we read them a story. Researchers took brain scans of children while they were told stories three different ways: audio only, an illustrated storybook with audio voiceover, and an animated cartoon. The results? You guessed it - the illustrated storybook reigns supreme when it comes to how well the brain is engaged.
BOTTOM LINE: It’s so important to read to our children. There is so much good stuff going on inside of their rapidly developing brains when we read to them. Researchers say all the networks they were observing (visual perception, imagery, default mode, and language) showed increased connectivity when children were shown the illustrated storybook. The same cannot be said for the other story methods.
SUMMER VACATION RULES FOR MOMS
Don’t let summer vacation stress you out! It should be fun! The internet’s favorite Mom duo Cat & Nat have a few summer rules to help take the pressure off!
Make it a great day and remember YOU are a great MOM!
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