Well, cartoonist and father of two Brian Gordon who has an incredible ability to take the mundane and sometimes madding moments of parenthood and turn them into duck illustrations that leave you saying, "YES! This is my life!" and then laughing hysterically about it shared another 17 of his Fowl Language Comics gems with us.
Gordon told me the best part about what he does is creating humor from real life that resonates with people "[It] feels great to share a laugh over a mutual struggle," he said.
"I love my kids more than life itself, but I find no joy reminding them for the millionth time to flush the toilet and wash their gross little hands," Gordon told me. Yep, he gets it.
When it comes to parenting, sometimes that saying is true: If we don't laugh, we'll cry. Parenting is awesome and difficult, the best thing and the hardest thing. And if we can't find the humor in it, it's a long, long journey.
So here's a little humor to shorten that journey a bit:
This one actually isn't funny, but it's so true and it's so real, and it's what we're all aiming for, right? In light of some of the difficult things that have been happening around the world, it's a nice note to end on.
"I'm not actually trying to shirk all responsibility onto the kids or say that folks without kids can't do as much as anyone else. I'm just feeling overwhelmed by the day-to-day tragedies, both big and small. You listen to a song like Imagine and it just feels like a kick in the gut. Like ... yeah why can't we just get our collective shit together and stop being so horrible to one another? Wildly naive, I know. But at the end of the day, I'm just trying to be one of the kind ones, and raise a couple more for backup."
And that's the thing through all of the mundane stuff, the fun stuff, the hard stuff, the amazing stuff that's what we're all trying to do: raise great kids.
Here's to keeping our senses of humor while we're doing it.
Matthew Inman, the brilliant cartoonist behind the highly successful Oatmeal webcomic, has created a hilarious comic that compares and contrasts the wonders of cat ownership with the horrors of having a baby.
Whether or not you agree with his points, he is definitely worth following – his comics run from the inspiring and informative to the hilarious and gross!
Line Severinsen, an illustrator animator and mother of two in Bergen, has a funny series of simple webcomics that share some of the challenges and everyday realities of being an expectant mom. We all know motherhood can be tough, but her comic - Kos og Kaos, or "Cuddles and Chaos" in English - illustrates these struggles in a fun and approachable way.
Severinsen started her comic when she was pregnant in 2012, and continued it after a brief hiatus when she was pregnant with her second child (who was born in May of this year). Let us know in the comment section, mommies did she get it right?
In a controversial new study taken up by the University of Waterloo,Auckland, and Brown University, researchers havefound that exposure to marijuana can improve a childs ability to track moving objects.
Professor Ben Thompson of the University of Waterloo explained how their findings were surprising:
It shows that marijuana and alcohol can have quite an impact on a fundamental aspect of the visual processing happening in our brains.
But despite the apparently beneficial impact of marijuana on the development of the brains visual system, other research shows its use can actually impair the brain development of unborn children.
Last week, the American Medical Association suggested that marijuana products should be labelled, Marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding poses potential harms.
The research involvedtesting higher-level visual processing in a group of four-year-old children who had been exposed to different combinations of marijuana, alcohol, methyl amphetamines, or nicotine while in the womb. The results were compared with a control group of children not exposed to any drugs in the womb.
In contrast, exposure to alcohol was found to have had a negative effect.
At the moment, there have still only been relativelyfew human studies carried out that look at the effects of smoking cannabis during pregnancy although rat studies have suggested the practice can cause brain damage in the infant.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse in America say that more research is needed in order to separate marijuana use from other factors, but have said:
Human studies have shown that some babies born to women who used marijuana during their pregnancies respond differently to visual stimuli, tremble more, and have a high-pitched cry, which could indicate problems with neurological development.
So… maybe not.
Read the full report here
A Dutch hospital is revolutionizing maternity care with its unique, clip-on, baby bassinets. Gelderse Vallei’s extended stay webpage explains that, if mothers need to stay at the hospital longer, the hospital will make every effort to keep the mother and child together. These special cribs make the stay that much more comfortable.
“Mother and child are thus close together and can touch each other without the intervention of a nurse,” the hospital website explains. “Breastfeeding is easier because the baby is nearby. Especially after a cesarean delivery, if the mother is not very mobile for a few days, the manger has great advantages. The mother can not help the baby to take with them and put them back.”
Paid paternity leave might seem like a cushy fringe benefit in the U.S., available to a few dads who may not even really want to take it. Its most recognizable proponent, after all, is a 31-year-old tech billionaire. Not exactly a relatable guy.
But a provocative new study of almost 22,000 companies in 91 countries found that the places with the highest percentages of women in leadership, including in the boardroom and at the executive level, offered fathers 11 times more paternity leave days than those countries at the bottom.
The top countries included Norway (at least 14 weeks for fathers) and Italy (26 weeks, shared between parents) and France (26 weeks paid).
The study, released Monday, was conducted by consulting firm EY and the Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics.
Strong paternity leave is an indicator that a country offers robust support for working parents, Marcus Noland, executive vice president and director of studies at the Peterson Institute, told The Huffington Post.
“In countries that are more family-friendly and have greater support for child-bearing and rearing, women experience less disruptions in their careers and are more likely to make it to the top,” said Noland, who coauthored the report.
That support includes paternity leave, but likely also includes other policies -- like subsidized child-care -- that the report did not examine. “Maternity leave is rather common across countries,” Noland said. “Paternity leave is less so.” The United States is one of only two countries in the world that doesn’t provide women with paid maternity leave. Or, as Noland put it: “The U.S. is terrible.”
Getting more women into leadership roles is not simply an issue of fairness. The researchers also found that having more women in leadership roles gives firms a competitive advantage. A company with leadership that is 30 percent female has profits that are six percentage points higher, on average, than a company with no women leaders.
“The more women in the c-suite the more profitable the firm is,” Noland said.
The researchers looked at just a year’s worth of data, and take care to note that the study shows only a correlation. Noland hopes to do a more wide-ranging study in the future to further determine what kinds of policies help raise women up. Aside from paternity leave, the study also found that countries where girls have higher math scores also lead to more women in leadership roles.
This work follows on other research that has shown that having more women in leadership improves company performance. Other studies have shown that paternity leave policies can help women earn higher salaries and have lower rates of postpartum depression.
The link between paternity leave and the success of women makes intuitive sense, if you simply consider what happens to working women after they enter the business world. Though these days more women graduate from college than men, and enter the workforce in relatively similar percentages to their male counterparts, they still don’t rise in organizations.
Look at what happens in the finance industry, as you move from entry-level to the top:
As you go higher up the corporate ladder, in this chart produced by the nonprofit women's group Catalyst, you see that men start to take over. One major factor -- beyond discrimination, which is still a thing, unfortunately -- is that women, even those with full-time jobs, are still expected to handle child-care duties. Men are not.
That means women wind up giving up on more demanding job roles and take time out of the workforce.
It also leads organizations to discriminate against them: Companies and countries that offer significantly more paid leave to mothers than they offer to fathers, wind up reinforcing the notion that raising children is what women do. It’s an increasingly antiquated notion. Particularly among millennials, who see parenting as an equal proposition between men and women.
Noland said that he pushed for paternity leave within his organization, which offered none when he became a father of his now 6-year-old twins. Now Peterson offers new dads three weeks paid leave, he said. “Men and women here thank me all the time for doing that."
Hayley recently experienced something most parents do when their kids are young: her son Lewis came down with a case of chickenpox. Several doctors prescribed children’s ibuprofen, which is an anti-inflammatory medication commonly prescribed to treat chickenpox. So, Hayley gave the meds to Lewis. After all, she thought, who are we to question a doctor’s prescription?
But Hayley was soon about to realize that while children’s ibuprofen is a perfectly normal way to treat other conditions, it’s not something that Lewis should have taken for his chickenpox. Her son’s health began to decline. Not only did Lewis’ temperature continue to rise, but the pox became severely blistered and painful.Despite the fact doctors said it was still a “normal” case of chickenpox, Hayley’s motherly instincts kicked in.
As it turned out, Lewis contracted septicaemia and was immediately admitted to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. Only because Hayley persevered and took Lewis to a children’s hospital at her own accord was he able to begin the recovery process.
Now, Hayley is on a mission to warn other parents about the dangers of taking Ibuprofen to treat chickenpox. She shared the heartbreaking images of Lewis’ reaction to the Ibuprofen and laying in his hospital bed. Her post has been shared more than 430,000 times and counting. Not only that, but the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has since said both parents and doctors need greater awareness of the small but significant risk ibuprofen carries in chickenpox cases.”
Scroll down to see Hayley’s warning to parents in full. Please note these images are quite shocking and may be disturbing for some viewers.
Being a mom is tough, and being a new mom is especially tough. Which is why this coffee shop in Sydney decided to put a sign in the window inviting breastfeeding moms to come inside and have a free cup of tea and some relaxing downtime.
“breastfeeding mums,” reads the sign at The Willows Cafe in the Sydney suburb of Willoughby, “pop in, have a free cup of tea if you need a pitt stop…no need to eat, no need to ask – please relax : ) Willows”.
The sign has been a hit with toddler-toting moms, and many have made the most of the chance to pop in and relax while they feed their little ones. In a time when breastfeeding woman are often told to cover up in public (as highlighted by recent cases in Australia and England), we’re glad that this awesome coffee shop is focusing on what’s really important.
Traveling families may soon have a reason to celebrate.
According to The Washington Post, an amendment has been added to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that would require airlines to allow parents to sit with their children at no extra cost. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado proposed the amendment, which would also keep the TSA from separating kids from their parents through security and allow pregnant women to pre-board their flights.
"Parents shouldn't have to pay extra to sit with their kids on a flight," Bennet said of the amendment. "Separating them is not safe and often leaves them at the mercy of other passengers who must decide whether to trade seats."
The full FAA bill that includes this amendment is still being reviewed by the Senate, according to The Washington Post. If it passes, it could be a major win for parents who have been separated from their kids on flights or have been charged extra to ensure seats next to them.
The loud squeals coming from a babys lips just have an innate ability to immediately cause headaches to anyone in the vicinity, but apparently even the Japanese were tired of it!
Introducing the Baby Muzzle the Japanese invention to either enrage you or satiate your desires for some peace and quiet. Before you cry abuse however theres some important things about this device to note: the ventilated, fluffy pink mesh material is soft around a babys head, so theres no need to worry about discomfort and; two, theyre affixed with sound diffusers without losing any
Best or worst invention ever? pass it on, and discuss