May 7, 2013 | Filed Under: In the News
Mothers of three children stress more than moms of one or two, while mothers of four or more children actually report lower stress levels, according to a TODAYMoms.com survey. Other things that are stressful when they come in threes:
- Baseball strikes
- The wheels on your car (STUPID POTHOLE)
- The amount of houses you have to visit on Christmas
- Sex and the City movie sequels
- The number of digits preceding the decimal point on your dinner bill total
- Bottles of wine (I mean, what is everybody ELSE going to drink?)
May 6, 2013 | Filed Under: In the News | Tags: Baby Names, New Zealand, Weird Baby Names
When people bestow their kids with weird names here in the States, we celebrate them with coverage in the tabloids. In New Zealand, however, the government has been known to reject strange monikers– and their Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages just released an updated list of 77 unacceptable baby names, perhaps to discourage new parents from picking ones that, well, might haunt their children for life. The name Justice was rejected the most — a whopping 62 times, CNN reports.
Middle names likely included IsServed and OfthePeace.
May 2, 2013 | Filed Under: Babies, In the News
The latest controversy sweeping parenting news — isn’t there always a controversy sweeping parenting news? — is mothers who let their babies, as young as just days old, go diaper-free. Parents say they choose the method for many reasons, including fostering better early communication with their children and reducing their environmental impact by getting rid of disposable diapers.
Living with the constant risk of having a kid crap all over the floor not for you? Well, perhaps you haven’t thought about THESE benefits:
5 Best Things About Having a Diaper-Free Baby
5. Now you’ll REALLY get your money’s worth out of the dog’s new pooper scooper.
4. Baby will have unique first word: “COMMANDO.”
3. When friend brags that baby is holding her head up, you can retort: “How sweet. Did I mention my FOUR-DAY-OLD is already potty training?”
2. Newborn son pees all over swing instead of your face.
1. “Diaper bag” becomes “Mom’s Wine Transportation Bag.”
May 1, 2013 | Filed Under: Charts & Infographics, In the News | Tags: Dads
In today’s useless study news, new research has shown that men with full beards are rated HIGHEST for parenting ability and perceived as better fathers. Naturally, The Laughing Stork conducted a follow-up study that breaks down what, exactly, makes these bearded fellows such good dads:
Apr 30, 2013 | Filed Under: In the News | Tags: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Royals
I thought I was a selfless mom for sharing my coffee cake with my son this morning, but no…! Turns out, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands earned the “Mom of the Day” title today when she abdicated the throne to her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, allowing him to become the first King of the Netherlands in more than 120 years. Quite a nice gesture on Beatrix’s part, especially considering she is now just a lame princess. But when you think about it, there are some perks to abdicating the throne to your son:
The 5 Coolest Things About Abdicating The Throne to Your Son
Apr 26, 2013 | Filed Under: Dads, In the News | Tags: David Laferriere, Lunchbag Art, Parents Who Make Us Look Bad
I’m lucky if I have time to run a comb through my kids’ hair in the morning before school, but this dad…? Just HAS to make the rest of us look bad by decorating his two teenage sons’ sandwich bags EVERY MORNING with hand-drawn illustrations inspired by “whatever may be happening at the time.” And, as you can see, they ain’t too shabby:
David Laferriere also happens to be an illustrator and graphic designer, so this kind of touch is obviously right up his alley. But those of us parents who aren’t so artistically inclined can leverage our skill sets to make lunch special in other ways. For example:
Apr 24, 2013 | Filed Under: In the News, Satire
It’s no surprise that a new study has confirmed that moms don’t exactly feel sexy after having a baby, what with the exhaustion, lack of bathing and lingering pregnancy weight and all. However, it’s interesting to find out that dudes totally do feel more attractive after becoming a dad — at least, that’s what the study in the Journal of Gender Studies claims.
And, upon further reflection, that difference in our self-perceptions makes sense considering how the world often treats us after we have a baby:
Apr 23, 2013 | Filed Under: In the News, Style
Placenta and breast milk have made a big SPLASH (see what I did there?) with moms who like to keep a piece of themselves — literally — close to their hearts. From placenta pendants to breast milk lockets, The Laughing Stork has rounded up the strangest trends spotted on the World Wide Wacky Web.
Breast Milk Jewelry
Once upon a time new moms were afraid of getting breast milk on their shirts — now some wear it proudly in a locket. The two moms who purvey the breast milk jewelry “wouldn’t reveal their recipes for processing the milk, which is covered with a glaze or clear resin after it is plasticized or dehydrated.”
Which is fancy fashion talk for “curdled.”