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Moms Making Moves: The Positive Images of Kido Chicago

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When a mom can’t find what she’s looking for, what does she do? In good-ol mom fashion, of course she creates it herself! This is exactly what happened with mom Keewa Nurullah as she was shopping online for clothes for her infant son.

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Trick or Treat! Halloween Safety Tips for Every Family 

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Halloween is here! We know how much you want to keep your kids  (and your fur babies) safe on this sometimes scary night, so here are the best safety tips we could find all in one place! From costumes to crosswalks to pets, these links are all you need to help you check off any last minute boxes and have a fun and safe Halloween. 

SafeKids.org

American Academy of Pediatrics 

Pet Safety

CDC Tips 

Mayo Clinic

ASPCA

RedCross

US Food & Drug Administration  

Tips for Teens from Seventeen

Teens and Tweens 

Be safe this year!

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Swoon Alert: New Cartoon Focuses On Black Dad Doing His Baby Girl’s Hair

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Stephen and Zuri in “Hair Love.” Art created by illustrator Vashti Harrison.

 

 

 

 

This story first appeared in Forbes and is reprinted with permission of the author.

The concept behind a Pixar-style animated short about a 4-year-old named Zuri and her dad, Stephen, is so popular that the internet funded a $284,000 Kickstarter campaign helmed by NFL wide receiver-turned-filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry. In fact, “Hair Love”–the story of a black dad who does his daughter’s hair, for the first time, because mom is away for the day–is so overwhelmingly embraced that Cherry is now literally turning away funds.

“It’s one thing where you wanna say ‘yes,’ but at this point it’s closed off,” says Cherry, whose film should release by August 2018. “We may try to continue to find a way to get people involved if they want to be. But right now we’d say no, which is essentially a weird thing to say. It’s a very strange thing to even say.”

People are excited about this short film, myself included. It’s because the still drawings already provide a glimpse into strong family bonds and the nostalgia behind something every little girl can relate to: Their dad (or granddad, or uncle, or brother) doing their hair. And because Cherry’s film is showcasing a strong black father who wears his own hair in ‘locs and loves his little brown-skinned, Afro’d daughter, the concept is even more personal. That’s because mainstream films don’t often showcase the love between black fathers and daughters. And, mainstream films don’t often showcase happy, smiley, well cared for and much loved darker brown-skinned children at all.

“I think it comes down to this,” says Cherry, whose film resume includes several music videos and “The Last Fall,” which premiered at SXSW in 2012 and took home a Best Screenplay award from the American Black Film Festival. “Our biggest goal and task, in these times, is to normalize black people, you know? I think that’s the biggest weapon our artists in these times can bring to the table . It’s all about humanizing us. Representation matters. We’re saying that I need you to know that I’m a fully realized human being. I am a son. I am a daughter. I am a mother.”

Cherry goes on.

Meet Zuri, the new star of “Hair Love.” Some Kickstarter contributors will snag a Zuri doll.

“This wasn’t created to rock the boat, but with ‘Hair Love’ it’s important because we’re normalizing our hair, black fathers and black daughters,” says Cherry. “We’re normalizing things that you don’t (see normalized) in mainstream media.”

Some people might say that black dads aren’t shown as such in mainstream media because they are largely absent, but those naysayers would be wrong. As was pointed out in this article on parenting site Sassy Plum, and by various studies and multitudes upon multitudes of personal experiences, compared to dads of other races, black dads are just as if not more involved in the lives of their children.

“Unfamiliarity and lack of understanding begets frustration and negative assumptions towards black men,” writes the author, who also refers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures that showcase black men are extremely involved fathers.

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Flying With Baby? 20 Must-Read Airline Hacks For Traveling with Young Kids

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My kid sits quietly (thank goodness) on a flight while playing Angry Birds. Image/Adrienne Gibbs

Airlines can’t stay out the news lately can they? They seem to always be doing something awful to passengers. From the doctor who was beat down for not giving up his seat to the mother who was nearly knocked out by her own stroller as it wielded by an airport flight attendant, it seems that flying with baby is mighty perilous these days. Don’t worry, Sassy Plum is here to help you figure out how to do this. You CAN do this mom. You can fly safely and efficiently with your baby, your infant, your toddler or your young kid. And hopefully you can do it with minimal issues.

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Against Candy Pushers: Parents Fight For Healthy Checkout

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Healthy checkout? Are changes needed?

Do your kids drive you nuts at the grocery store?

Are you at your wit’s end by the time you reach the checkout counter?

Is the candy and junk food loaded checkout lane the breaking point for your kids mega-meltdowns and your sanity?

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Are healthy checkout options ideal?
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Working Mom Or Stay-At-Home Mom: A 2016 Snapshot Of Our Habits

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Digital Goddesses

Guess what? Both stay-at-home moms and moms who work outside the home use the hell out of their digital devices and spend a lot of time on social media and watching streamed television shows and movies.

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Halle Berry Blasted For Not Posting Kids’ Photos Online

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: Revlon Global Brand Ambassador Halle Berry attends Revlon's Annual Philanthropic Luncheon in support of the Revlon Women's Health Mission and to honor the achievements of Dr. Dennis Slamon at the Chateau Marmont on September 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Revlon)
Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Revlon)

Recently Halle Berry was criticized for NOT showing her kids’ full faces on Instagram. After posting a photo of their faces cropped out, one follower questioned her and implied that she was possibly “ashamed” of her children.  The critic asked, “What’s with the hiding of the faces? They’re beautiful children why not show them off?”

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Recipe: Savory Chili For Moms that Love Flavor

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Chili

As we head into autumn, we look towards yummy, hot meals that keep our family happy and satisfied. Need something that makes a wonderful leftover? Try this savory recipe. You probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already.

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Awesome Idea: Car Seat Dividers For Triplets

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Courtesy of Jake White

If you have one or more children in your backseat, chances are you are too familiar with this scene. Spats, fighting, crying, debates about who is touching whom, or who is looking at whom. Back seat wars that will drive the sanest mom crazy! This dad figured out a brilliant way to separate his triplets and restore the peace. Who’d ever think that car seat dividers would be the answer to this old-age problem? This genius solution is funny and brilliant at the same time!

For more on this story posted on Today, please click here.

 

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Recipe: Peach Cobbler For A Late Night Snack

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Peach Cobbler

Want to make a peach cobbler your family and guests will line up for? Do you need an excuse to sneak down to the kitchen late at night and enjoy a mommy snack alone? Try this yummy treat!

Peach Cobbler:

Prep Time:  30 mins

Cook Time:  35 mins

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