This Week’s Parenting News, Tips, and Trends

This week’s parenting news roundup has a something for everyone! Read stories from truly inspirational moms, watch a trailer of the latest children’s movie release, catch up on parenting trends in social media, and learn of the surprising benefits of performing arts for your kids. Enjoy!

‘This is what parenting looks like’ | EXPRESS

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When Australian mom Eden Clougher uploaded a picture of herself cradling her sick daughter in the shower to social media, she might have assumed that it would only be seen by some friends and family. A few months later, however, and the touching image has traveled around the world, having been shared tens of thousands of times by empathetic parents and non-parents alike.

The black-and-white snap depicts Eden comforting her one-year-old daughter after she reacted badly to some allergens in the middle of the night, with the Melbourne mom writing: “This is what parenting looks like.” Commenters have praised its raw nature, saying it shows honest parenting in its truest form.

Single Mom Defies Gender Rules for School Event | NEWSHUB

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Single parents are required to play the role of both mom and dad for their kids, and that’s exactly what Texas mom Yevette Vasquez did recently when her son’s school held a ‘Donuts with Dad’ bonding breakfast.

Instead of allowing eldest son Elijah to miss out, the mom-of-three from Fort Worth donned a fake moustache and baseball cap in an attempt to play dad for the day. She then took to Facebook to share images from the event.

Why Performing Arts Are So Important for Kids | STAGECOACH

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photo: Stagecoach

…That is according to Hayley Henderson from Stagecoach, who has written this fantastic blog about the benefits for children of drama, dance, and everything in between. In it, she discusses how taking part in performing arts allows young minds to develop discipline and perseverance, as well as problem-solving skills. There are plenty of other benefits to consider too, so it’s well worth reading the piece to find out more.

Kubo and the Two Strings set for UK release | FOCUS FEATURES

There’s something for kids and their parents in the UK to enjoy at the cinema this week, as Kubo and the Two Strings hits the nation’s big screens. The epic Japan-based animated adventure has a voice-over cast comprising some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey. You can see the trailer below:

Interactive Playgrounds Pull Florida Kids Away from iPads and Games Consoles | FOX13 NEWS

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Children in Tampa, Florida have fresh reason to get excited about going to the park, after electronic play equipment was installed in various locations across the city. The Neos 360 machines are reminiscent of electronic ‘Simon Says’ games that became popular in the 1980s, but instead of keeping kids glued to their sofas, they require lots of movement, and are installed outside.

Rather than staying at home playing video games, kids can burn energy and calories with their friends in the playground. So far the reception has been positive. Merging tech with nature and exercise–whatever it takes to get the kids outside, right?

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