The Mom Report: July 3, 2018

JULY 4TH MOM HACKS

July 4th is here, ALREADY, and Maria Eckersley (meckmom.com) has some brilliant and super fun Mom Hacks to help you have a rockin’ holiday. Our favorite is this Sparkler Cup to protect little hands! You just poke a hole in the bottom of a plastic cup and push the sparkler through. What a great idea!

FESTIVE FOOD

The best part of the July 4th holiday is all the festive and yummy food! If you’re scrambling for ideas that are SUPER easy and kid friendly, here are some of our red, white, and blue favorites!

From the Spring 2018 edition of Magnolia Journal, try Joanna Gaines’ Strawberry Shortcake w/ Whipped Cream. The Mom Report tried this recipe and it is absolute perfection! Throw some blueberries on top and boom - a delicious red, white, and blue dessert.

For a healthier option, throw these easy-to-make fruit pops together!

JULY 4TH SALES

If you need to get some shopping done between your 4th of July pool parties and fireworks shows here is a list of retailers offering major holiday sales!

FIREWORKS SAFETY

Nobody likes a bottle rocket to the face, so if your holiday plans involve fireworks here are some tips to keep you and your family safe! If an eye injury does occur, our friends at Prevent Blindness have provided these six steps which can potentially save your child's sight.


HARMFUL EFFECTS OF DISTRACTED PARENTING

We pay so much attention to our children’s screen time, but what about our own!? Most of us are guilty of fiddling with our phones while watching or playing with our kids. This article from The Atlantic is an eye-opening reminder of how harmful this distraction is to our children’s mental and emotional development and general well-being. They point to the disruption in the emotional cueing system which is, “the basis of most human learning”, and provide several fascinating studies showing the harmful effects of a distracted parent.
BOTTOM LINE: The irony of asking you to read this article, most likely on your smartphone, is well understood. However, it’s an extremely important and startling piece for all parents to read. This is one of those articles that gives you permission to stop trying to “do it all” and could be a game changer for you and your family. Read it, then put your phone down and go enjoy the benefits of being a more engaged parent.

AT-HOME FERTILITY TESTING

Women wanting to track their fertility can now check their own hormone levels with a new at-home test. Modern Fertility was created last year and the company’s founders tell CBS This Morning that their product is a tool for women that may want to have children down the road and want to keep an eye on their fertility without having to visit the doctor’s office. Doctors, however, are worried that the tests will give women false hope or unnecessary stress and worry.
BOTTOM LINE: This sounds like a great innovation for women wanting to track their fertility so they can make informed decisions about their future. An OB at UCLA Medical Center cautions, however, that hormone levels alone can’t predict a woman's ability to get pregnant naturally. He also worries that the test results will be misinterpreted by women. The doctor and company both recommend that women should talk a doctor about the test results. If this sounds like something you’re interested in then you may want to talk to  your doctor. You’ll want to ask if this would be a helpful tool for you AND whether or not they’d accept these tests (or make you retake your hormone tests anyway).

TEEN RECORDING WITHOUT CONSENT

A 13-year-old in Illinois has been charged with a felony for recording a conversation with his school principals without their knowledge. He tells CBS News that he was asked to explain why he wasn’t showing up for detention and wanted to record the conversation because, as he says, it’s their word against his. Due to the way the laws are written in his state, he could be sent to a juvenile detention center.
BOTTOM LINE: Most parents have no clue that their child could face a felony charge for something as simple as recording a conversation. That student thought he was doing something to protect himself. Since most school-aged kids have phones these days, it’s good to be aware of stories like this so you can help your kids navigate life with a smartphone.


HEY SISTA!

If you have a sister, then you will appreciate this video oh-so-very-much. Tiffany Jenkins has millions of followers on Facebook and her videos are hilarious. If you’re in need of a good laugh, check out her video on how sisters really talk to each other.

 
 

Have a great Independence Day and remember YOU are a great MOM!!

 
 

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