The Mom Report: June 5, 2018

IN LABOR AT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL

Being in labor is tough enough, but try being in labor while trying to finish a Harvard Law final exam!? That’s exactly what happened to a 24-year-old single mom who just graduated. Briana WIlliams recently shared her journey on Instagram and the inspiring post has (no surprise) gone viral! Way to go mama!!

 

I went into labor in April- during final exam period. I immediately requested an epidural so that my contractions wouldn’t interfere with my Family Law grade. And, with tears in my eyes, I finished it. This “biting the bullet” experience is quite quintessential of my time at Harvard. To say that my last year of law school, with a newborn, and as a single mom was a challenge would be an understatement. Some days I was so mentally and emotionally fatigued that I did not leave my bed. I struggled with reliable childcare. It was not atypical to see me rushing through Wasserstein to the Dean of Students’ office with Evelyn in her carriage, asking DOS can they keep her for a few until class was over. If not, she’d just have to come with me to class. Evie attended classes often. So I’m going to be honest with you guys.. I didnt think I could do it. I did not think that, at 24 years old, as a single mom, I would be able to get through one of the most intellectually rigorous and challenging positions of my life. It was hard. It hurt. Instagram can make peoples’ lives seem seamless, but this journey has been heartwrenching. However, I am happy to say that I DID do it. Today, Evelyn in my arms, with tears streaming down my face, I accepted my Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. At first, I was the anomaly of my [marginalized] community. Then, as a single mother, I became a statistic. Next, I pray that- for the sake of my baby, I will be an example. Evelyn- they said that because of you I wouldn’t be able to do this. Just know that I did this BECAUSE OF YOU. Thank you for giving me the strength and courage to be invincible. Let’s keep beating all their odds, baby.

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FATHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Father’s Day is right around the corner. If you are looking for gift ideas, check out The Mom Report’s list of top gifts that any dad will enjoy!

MOM HACK 

Little ones love to stick things up their noses and sometimes those things get stuck. Do you know what to do if this happens at your house? Before rushing to the doctor you may want to give the “Parents Kiss” or “Mothers Kiss” a try.


SILICON VALLEY PARENTS LIMITING TECH USE

Parents who work in the tech world know how addictive our phones, tablets, computers, video games, etc. are. They purposefully build devices this way to keep us using their products, which is exactly why an increasing number of tech workers keep their own kids away from the very tech they build.
BOTTOM LINE: Lots of Silicon Valley parents keep their kids away from technology until they are much older. In fact, Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs were reportedly extremely restrictive when it came  to their young kids’ usage of technology. While there is no one-size-fits-all rule set for technology use by our kids right now (to each his/her own), it’s interesting to see so many industry insiders limiting tech use in their own homes.

BIRTH CONTROL RECALL

Sample packs of Taytulla birth control pills are being recalled because the first four days of pills are non-hormonal placebo capsules instead of the active ones. Clearly this could result in unintended pregnancy, so heads-up!
BOTTOM LINE: If you were given a sample pack of Taytulla birth control pills, contact your doctor. If you have questions or would like more information, visit the Allergan website for all of the details.

Puppies have more protections than new moms

Laws have been passed that protect the amount of time puppies need with their mothers in 25 states. For humans, however, just three states have laws requiring paid maternity leave.  Yes, in 25 states puppies are required to be with their mothers for eight weeks before being sold, while working moms without the luxury of maternity leave policies are expected to hand their new babies over to someone else in a matter of days or weeks in order to make ends meet.
BOTTOM LINE: It’s a pretty depressing headline to read but it’s an unfortunate reality in this country. New moms shouldn’t  be expected to jump back into work so quickly. Oh, and don’t even get us started on where the US ranks globally for paid parental leave.


PANTRY ENVY

Get ready to have some pantry envy! The organizing gurus behind @thehomeedit stopped by the Rachel Ray Show to give some organizing tips and had some ideas that would be pretty easy to implement in your own home.

 
 

A GREAT WAY TO START THE DAY

A Texas teacher’s video is going viral after she posted a precious clip of her students’ morning routine. Each morning she selects a greeter from her class to welcome each classmate with a handshake, smile, and an occasional hug. Teacher Ashley Taylor says it’s making a difference in how her students interact with each other and adults. It’s a beautiful reminder that something as simple as a handshake and a smile can have a lasting impact.

 

LITTLE SHOW STOPPER

A little girl going rogue at a dance recital is simply the best, and this next video certainly doesn’t disappoint. Thanks to Ginger Zee for sharing this fun video on Instagram!

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

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