2016 was a year filled with many ups and downs for our family and I, for one, am really looking forward to 2017!

Here are a whole bunch of parenting links I found interesting around the web. Happy New Year everyone, and we’ll be back tomorrow!

E D U C A T I O N

What America Could Learn from The Netherlands’ Sex Ed System via ATTN

Where the ‘Bad Kids’ Go to School via The Atlantic

Sixteen in ‘16: Our Favorite Education Stories via The Atlantic

Teachers Are Stressed, And That Should Stress Us All via NPR

Top Issues Capturing the Minds of Educators and Parents This Year via Mind/Shift

P R E G N A N C Y  &  H E A L T H

10 Percent of Women Drink During Pregnancy via The Bump

25 Famous Women on Pregnancy via New York Mag

8 Easy Steps To Convince Your Husband To Get A Vasectomy via Cracked

My Well-Stocked Chest Freezer Is a Gift From My Pre-Parenthood Self via Slate

5 Ways to Protect Your Kids from Junk Food via Super Healthy Kids

A new urgency to protect survivors of childhood cancer via Washington Post

California’s 2017 Car Seat Safety Laws via DMV

Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Me: Vaginal Popsicles After Delivery via Popsugar

P A R E N T I N G

How Can We Help Kids With Self-Regulation? via Child Mind

The Difference Between Tantrums and Sensory Meltdowns via Understood

3 Simple Ways to Practice Kindness and Gratitude with Kids via Hello Wonderful

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A Year Ago I Had a Baby. So Did My Wife. via NY Magazine

Children’s Books, Inclusivity, and Why It Matters via New York Public Library

Men’s attitude to fatherhood influences child behavior, says study via The Guardian

How to Respond to Your Child’s Negative Self Talk via Imperfect Families

A letter to … All of the permissive parents today via The Guardian

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Lied to You as a Child via Slate

The Invisible Workload That Drags Women Down via Time

How a Stranger’s Comment Changed the Way I Parent via Popsugar

How these popular children’s books explain Donald Trump’s victory via Washington Post

A mother’s Craigslist plea brings her kids a Christmas they’ll never forget via Washington Post

They’ll be home for Christmas: Five homeless children get a holiday surprise via Washington Post

10 Parenting Habits to Develop Before Your Child Becomes a Teen via Parenting

How to Raise Empathetic Kids via Real Simple

Does Chess Make You Smarter? via Wall Street Journal

What Makes Kids Stop Believing in Santa? via NY Mag

Wired’s Guide to Turning Your Kids into Masterful Makers via Wired