6 weeks until Christmas! I’ve purchased the kids’ stocking stuffers and we have our tree up (Christmas celebrations start on September 1 in the Philippines!). I just need to get 1 big gift for each kid. I’m hoping to get new bikes for them, but decent ones are impossible to get on this island so if I can’t get them I’ll have to figure something out! Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?


Here are some interesting parenting links from around the web this past week!

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Induction Does Not Increase C-Section Risk via Fit Pregnancy

New Study Says Moms Only Have to Breastfeed for This Amount of Time to Dramatically Decrease Their Baby’s SIDS Risk via Pure Wow

Did Acupuncture Help Me Get Pregnant? via Fit Pregnancy

Breastfeeding Killed My Sex Drive via The Cut

Nurse Midwives Are Trained, Lifesaving Professionals. Why Are We Holding Them Back? via Slate

Women Who Use IUDs May Have A Lower Risk Of Cervical Cancer via Huffington Post

The ‘Horrifying’ Consequence of Lead Poisoning via The Atlantic

Toddler is 1st reported flu-related death in Orange County, health agency says via ABC7


Jeff Bezos teaches his kids math with a strategy that’s made Chinese and Singaporean students the best in the world — but it’s unusual in the US via Business Insider

Why Are Parents Afraid of Later School Start Times? via The Atlantic

Do we need to teach children joined-up (cursive) handwriting? via BBC

Monks For A Month: College Kids Give Up Talking — And Technology via NPR

My Second-Grade Daughter Was Harassed — and No One Is Doing Anything About It via Popsugar

Billionaires and royals are rushing to teach their kids Mandarin via Business Insider

An MIT psychologist explains why so many tech moguls send their kids to anti-tech schools via Business Insider


Are You Taking The Leash Off And Letting Your Child Be Free To Play? via Lifehack

Can My Children Be Friends With White People? via New York Times

It’s science: whining really is the most annoying sound (for a very important reason) via Motherly

The Secrets of Resilience: What does it take to conquer life’s adversities? Lessons from successful adults who overcame difficult childhoods via Wall Street Journal

Where do kids learn to undervalue women? From their parents. via Washington Post


Pursuing Your Passions Is One of the Greatest Gifts You Can Give Your Children via Mom.me

What it’s like to be pregnant without a mom via Popsugar

3 Reasons Kids Should Never Open Up Gifts During Their Birthday Party via Popsugar

Why You Should Give Your Kids Exactly 3 Gifts For Christmas — No More, No Less via Popsugar

Generation Kidless: Record numbers of U.S. adults are pursuing child-free lives. Are they selfish, worthy of pity — or building a better future for us all? via Money

The Sweetest Way to Tell Your Kids the Truth About Santa via Popsugar

Holiday Photos? Don’t Say ‘Cheese’ via New York Times

In The Age Of Legalization, Talking To Kids About Marijuana Gets Tougher via NPR

Something is Wrong on the Internet via Medium

12 Documents to Organize Now — Before It’s Too Late via Good Housekeeping

Mindfulness for Children via New York Times