Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #47

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The Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop Is Live!

Link up at the Manic Mondays blog hop! Last week’s hop featured thoughtful and fun posts on everything from understanding autism to appreciating daughters who dance. To see which posts were featured, visit this week’s blog hop!

Now it’s time for this week’s party! Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! As always, one post (or more!) will be featured on Mommy A to Z and on Twitter. So come link up your favorite post, meet some other great bloggers, and have a great time!

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W is for… Wednesday Weird Parenting News

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Welcome back to another edition of Weird Parenting News. This week’s edition is full of untamed tales… from wild animals to the wild characters of Game of Thrones. Check out this week’s most bizarre parenting stories below.
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Animal magnetism. In Cleveland, a mom is being charged with child endangerment after dangling her 2-year-old son over the railing of the cheetah exhibit at the zoo — at which point he fell in. Apparently, the cheetahs just sat there and watched the animals (a.k.a. humans) put on a wild show of jumping in after the boy and staging a dramatic rescue. Watch the video to see this amazing tale.

Name of Thrones. If celebrity baby names aren’t wild enough for you, how about naming your baby after one of the characters from Game of Thrones? According to the Social Security Administration, names like Arya and Khaleesi are increasing in popularity in American maternity wards. Hey, if law school doesn’t work out, these kids will have great futures at the Renaissance Festival. Read the full story here.

Cover those calves! Thousands of people have shared these photos of a Texas teen’s dress code “violation.” After the teen was sent home from school for “inappropriate” attire, her family was livid and her sister wrote an outraged message on Facebook. These photos remind me of those Magic Eye images… I just don’t see it. Check out the story… What do you think?

photo credit: Cheetah via photopin (license)
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On the Washington Post… With the Working Mom Blues

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Today I’m at the Washington Post, with a disturbing revelation. In gathering together my income and expenses for my taxes, I discovered a worrisome fact. No, not a looming IRS audit… but rather the upsetting realization that my childcare expenses pretty much equaled my freelance income for 2014.

Now, some of this has to do with the fact that I took several months off to finish and publish my hilarious, life-changing book, Mommy A to Z: An Encyclopedia of the Joys, Wonders, and Absurdities of Motherhood. (Apologies for the shameless book plug.) Yet seeing the numbers on my screen was concerning.

And it raised some questions. About why I choose to work, instead of being a full-time stay-at-home mom. About my fears of giving up a career I painstakingly spent years building. About whether I’m really achieving a middle ground by working part-time.

To find out the answers, check out my latest article. I’d love to hear about your experiences. Is your career more than just a paycheck to you? Do you ever wonder if it’s all worth it? And how crazy is the cost of childcare?! Leave a comment below.

Photo: David Castillo Dominici via freedigitalphotos.net

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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #46

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The Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop Is Live!

Link up at the Manic Mondays blog hop! Last week’s hop featured thoughtful and inspiring posts on everything from savoring babyhood to getting your toddler to sleep. To see which posts were featured, visit this week’s blog hop!

Now it’s time for this week’s party! Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! As always, one post (or more!) will be featured on Mommy A to Z and on Twitter. So come link up your favorite post, meet some other great bloggers, and have a great time!

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S is for… Six Awesome Things About Having a Six-Year-Old

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This week my baby girl turned six. At first that number really got to me. For reasons I can’t explain, six sounds much older than five. It whispers of major developments ahead: The end of kindergarten. The end of no homework. The end of asking Daddy to pick me up some “c-a-n-d-y” without her catching on.

The end of her being a little kid.

She’s aged out of tot camp and pee-wee baseball, outgrown the preschool section of the shoe store. Whether or not I’m ready to admit it, my baby has crossed an imaginary line. She’s growing into one of the “big kids.”

That said, there are many wonderful things about having a six-year-old. Here are six awesome things to celebrate about being six.

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W is for… Wednesday Weird Parenting News (Go Tell It on the Mountain Edition)

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Welcome to another edition of Weird Parenting News. This edition has it all… mountains, hacked nanny cams, and more! Check out the weirdest parenting stories of the week.

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The mountain is high… on dopamine, that is. According to research at the University of Utah, rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) decrease substantially as altitude increases. Scientists believe this may be due to the higher levels of dopamine produced at higher altitudes. So, if you want a more focused kid, consider moving to Nevada or Utah. Of course, thinner air also corresponds to higher rates of depression. But, hey, the skiing is great! Read the full story here.

What a hack. In Rochester, Minnesota, a mom was shocked to hear strange music coming from her baby’s room. It turns out, while she was attempting to spy on her nanny, someone had spied on her. A website in Amsterdam had hacked the cam — and she’s not alone. In investigating the incident, she discovered a site “with thousands of photos from the inside of various homes in more than 15 different countries.” To learn more about this disturbing phenomenon, read the article here.

An unsuitable story. In Denison, Texas, a mom went to buy her 5-year-old daughter a suit for Easter. The store clerk accused her of “child abuse” for allowing her daughter, who “prefers to dress in boys’ clothes,” to wear cross-gendered attire. Obviously, this clerk has never worn pants… or stepped out of the 1950s. Learn more here.

photo credit: View from The old man of Storr, Skye, Scotland via photopin (license)
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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #45

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The Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop Is Live!

Link up at the Manic Mondays blog hop! Last week’s hop featured inspirational posts on everything from changing how we talk about rape to great ways to bond with your daughter. To see which posts were featured, visit this week’s blog hop!

Now it’s time for this week’s party! Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! As always, one post (or more!) will be featured on Mommy A to Z and on Twitter. So come link up your favorite post, meet some other great bloggers, and have a great time!

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