Actress Olivia Wilde Is The Latest Target Of Online Mom-Shamers

Lately, it seems like moms and dads on social media can’t catch a break from the parent police.

Platforms like Facebook and Instagram are great for sharing special family moments, but it also gives way for strangers to offer unsolicited advice and harsh criticism.

Given that they’re often in the public eye, celebrity moms seem to be easy targets. We’ve previously shared stories where Kelly Clarkson, Pink, and Jenna Dewan Tatum were called out for their parenting styles, but it looks like trolls don’t plan to back down anytime soon, and have already moved on to their next target: Olivia Wilde.

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The actress and mom of two, best known for her role in the hit medical-drama House, usually shares photos of her small family online and has managed to escape the judgement of the parent police until now.  

Wilde is the latest victim of online mom-shamers after her recent Instagram post rubbed some people the wrong way. Apparently, the way in which Wilde displayed affection towards her son in the photo is wrong, and a few had some mean things to say about it.

In the controversial photo, Wilde is seen kissing her son on the lips during what appears to be his bath time. She simply captioned the photo with “Finding hope in this <3."

Unfortunately, when you’re mom on the internet, precious moments like these get ruined by strangers who want to make sure you’re parenting the right way.

Like this user who went as far as claiming that Wilde’s kiss is “gonna give the kid lip aids,” which is not a real medical condition.  

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Other users sexualized the entire situation by likening it to Olivia kissing her husband, which just made everything even more awkward.

“We don’t kiss on the mouth a child,” read one comment. “The kid think ‘mum kiss me like she kiss dad’ it’s not normal.”

Some even argued that had the genders been switched then Wilde’s actions would be even more inappopriate.

“Adorable. Would it be still appropriate if the genders were switched? Just curious,” wrote another user.

Thankfully, many other parents who understood Wilde’s intentions came to her rescue with some messages of support.

“Your son is beautiful, your relationship is beautiful,” wrote a commenter. “Please do not let anything rob you of that. Fight like a mama bear forever, for him.”

Another added, “I’m just reading about the big deal that was made over this precious photo. I still kiss my four year old son as often as I can… They don’t stay little forever. It’s a shame that people who clearly have issues have to continuously judge others. And, @cmobarak right?!? If anyone kisses their hubby like this, they need some serious spice.”

While it is understandable that some parents are concerned about the health effects of kissing a child on the lips, we’re certain that Wilde had no intention of infecting her son with “lip aids” or herpes.

The actress was not fazed by the frenzy, and has continued to share precious photos of her family online. She has refused to acknowledge the shamers and has so far remained silent about the entire ordeal.

What do you think of the situation?

Jessica Simpson Slammed By Mom-Shamers For Halloween Family Photo

Mere months after Jessica Simpson got herself in trouble with the parent police, she has once again pissed them off.

Back in June, the singer was called out for being a bad mother after she posted a photo of her 5-year-old daughter, Maxwell, on Instagram.

In the post captioned, “safety first,” proud mom Jessica, wanted to share with the world the importance of children wearing helmets when riding bikes and scooters. However, the point was lost over her very opinionated followers because they were caught up with another detail of photo – Maxwell’s attire.

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The With You singer was shamed for posting a photo of Maxwell wearing a bikini on a public platform.

“This is an account anyone can see. Jessica shame on you for exposing your daughter instead of protecting her!” wrote one user.

Another person remarked, “A child posing like that… that’s just creepy,” remarked another mom-shamer. “If I had a daughter that age I [wouldn’t let her] wear a tiny bikini like that and pose herself like a model.”

Jessica did eventually take down the controversial photo, but continued to share other pictures of her family on social media, including a recent snap of their Halloween outing. The proud matriarch once again took to Instagram to share a photo of her family in their costumes, but it ended up landing her in hot water with the internet mommy-shamers yet again.

Jessica and her husband, Eric Johnson, dressed up as the musical duo Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, while their children went as cowboy and Belle.

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As soon as the photo was posted, users began to point out that Maxwell’s naturally blonde hair was significantly darker, prompting accusations that Jessica dyed her daughter’s hair to look like Belle’s.

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The entertainer and fashion designer was slammed for coloring her daughter’s hair at “such a young age.”

“Please don’t tell me she dyed her daughter’s hair!!” wrote one concerned user. Another added, “Why would you color your daughter’s hair at such a young age????????????”

One follower complimented the family for their “great costumes,” but took the opportunity to ask if Maxwell’s hair was dyed.

“I hope not. Her blonde hair was so beautiful!!! Hopeful just temp wash out color [SIC],” she added.

As it turned out, Jessica did dye her daughter’s hair for the special occasion, but she used a temporary spray color. A photo she posted about a week after Halloween showed that Maxwell’s locks are blonde again, so the mom-shamers can relax now.

Lately, Jessica just can’t seem to catch a break on social media regardless of what she posts. Aside from the mom-shamming, she has recently been trolled for posting a photo wearing pigtails, which some people think wasn’t age appropriate.

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Back in September, she was under fire for flashing her butt in a tribute post celebrating her husband’s 38th birthday.

Would you dye your child’s hair for Halloween?

Incredible 2-Month-Old Baby Shocks Mom When He Did This Ahead Of Schedule [VIDEO]

New mom, Samantha Jones was sending adorable little videos to her friends of her 2-month-old son, Christian when he did something so unexpected, she literally gasped.

The Michigan mom was absolutely floored when her little boy did this for the first time. Most babies his age are still learning to gain control of over their bodies, and holding their heads steady.

Beyond a few giggles, grunts and crying, babies this young aren’t really able to communicate much with their parents. But there is something very special about little Christian that enabled him to develop leaps beyond the average baby…

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“I couldn’t believe it,” Samantha, 19, tells PEOPLE of her son’s first word. “I was like, ‘No way, you did not just do that.’ ”

As she filmed her little boy smiling and cooing in response to her encouragement, she had no idea that she would capture this amazing milestone.

Most children don’t utter their first full words until around 6-7 months old, but Christian clearly isn’t your average child. At just two months old, he spoke his first word: “hello.”

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She wasn’t expecting him to utter much more than a few giggles or an adorable grin, so when the word “hello” came out clear as day, his mother gasped in surprise.

Family and friends urged her to share the amazing achievement on Facebook and Christian’s hello became an instant hit.

With over 2 million views, this pint-sized peanut parroted his mom perfectly and now we’re all in love.

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Stop Praising Dads For Doing Normal Parenting Duties

Hey guess what? It takes two people to have a baby. Shocker, I know.

We always hear about moms this, moms that and yes they are absolutely superheros. But they are also held to an impossibly high standard by people who don’t even know them.

Then, there’s dads. Dads tend to be seen as the fun, less strict parent and also tend to be given little to no credit for their parenting ability.

That’s why it’s so utterly frustrating when dad’s get an insane amount of praise for doing something mom does…every. single. day.

Dave Hornby, a stay-at-home dad from the UK, shares the same opinion and wrote about dad’s receiving extra praise for fatherhood when in reality, it’s their job just like it is mom’s.

Changing a diaper, taking the kids to school, or making them a meal are all tasks moms complete on a daily basis. When a dad does it? Well, look at how GREAT of a parent he is!!! So great of him to show he cares for that one time a week.

“I see it time and time again: mums are frequently belittled at every opportunity when it comes to child-rearing,” says Hornby. “Whereas dads are placed on a pedestal for doing the things they should be doing.”

“Either way, I find it strange that I’m seen as someone doing more than is expected,” he continues. “It’s like raising my kid is some kind of cute hobby rather than the huge responsibility I signed up for when we decided to try for a baby.”

Continue reading to find out why Dave Hornby hates the term ‘babysitting.’

Another thing that Hornby takes great issue with is the term “babysitting” when referring to a dad taking care of his own kids.

“Firstly, it makes light of the importance of a dad’s role in his children’s lives – he’s relegated to that of sperm provider and babysitter,” he rants. “Secondly, it suggests that a dad is somehow doing his partner a favor by watching the kids. They’re his kids!”

Imagine if you heard a mom say to her friends “I can’t come out tonight, I have to babysit the kids.” People would think she has a part-time job or something! But when dad’s say they have to stay home and “babysit” their own kids, it’s seen as endearing that they want to spend time with them.

Other dads have also taken issue with this term of “babysitting” their own kids.

“It hurt really bad when I was a new stay-at-home dad and people would ask about me babysitting… It really made me almost cry sometimes because it was like they couldn’t see me as a caretaker,” one person wrote.

And it can even affect how the kids themselves are treated by other parents.

“Single dad here. It’s even worse when my seven year old wants to have a sleepover,” recounts one dad. “I call the parents. I explain she wants to have a sleepover and your kid is invited. Then the awkward question, will mom be there? And when you explain, no mom here – sorry, there’s that long pause. Sad to say to this day she still hasn’t had a sleepover.”

It’s rather outdated to assume that dads are just there to help out once in a while when mom needs a break. It’s 2017!

This Police Officer Saved 2 Children’s Lives By Adopting Them

We’ve shared stories about officers going above and beyond the call of duty to protect and serve their community, or showing some incredible generosity, but one act of kindness by an officer from Oklahoma has them all beat.

Officer Jody Thompson is the father to 5 children – 3 biological kids and 2 who were adopted. The story of how his youngest son John and his daughter Paizly joined his family reveals why Thompson’s police chief calls this caring officer “second to none.”

It all started when Jody, who was off duty, overheard another officer’s call about a mistreated child. Jody has experience in that department from his time working with the district attorney, so he volunteered to answer the call.

When Jody arrived, he found 8-year-old John in rough condition. The boy had been neglected and mistreated by his parents, and was being underfed. That night, Jody stayed by John’s side in the hospital all night.

By the time John woke up, Jody had made a life-changing decision for the two of them. “When I seen him in that house, I knew,” he said.

He called the Department of Human Services, and in a few days he had become John’s official foster father, and soon the adoption process was underway. While this was a great start, it would take a lot more work to reunite John with his baby sister.

Click to the next page to learn about their reunion.

Officer Thompson’s family, including a pair of teenage boys and his pregnant wife, were surprised by Jody’s snap decision, but they knew in their hearts he had made the right call.

John quickly adjusted to his new home. Today, he’s a straight-A student and studies in a program for talented students. But the family was in for one more surprise just a few months later.

Out of the blue, Jody got a call asking if he would also be the foster father to Paizly, John’s baby sister.

Paizly had been born while her mother was behind bars, but her biological parents still fought to keep custody of their daughter.

John actually had to take the stand in a jury trial, asking them to give officer Thompson full custody. Thankfully, everything worked out in the end and the family is reunited now.

Officer Thompson and John are sharing their stories with others now, hoping it will raise awareness for other children in John’s situation. The little boy sums it all up perfectly, saying that his new father is “the reason I’m here right now.”

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15 Tattoos That Perfectly Capture The Mother-Daughter Bond

The relationship between mothers and their daughters are some of the most fulfilling (and frustrating) in life, so it’s only natural that some women want to cement theirs forever with a tattoo.

Whether it’s small and meaningful or silly and creative, each of these tattoos were chosen because they manage to perfectly sum up the relationship between a mother and daughter.

Check out this list and see if it gives you any ideas of your own!

1. This one says it all

2. If you grew up watching Winnie the Pooh this is perfect

3. Simple, sweet and meaningful

4. Sure it’s a little corny, but who can resist PB&J?

5. These infinity symbols are small, but they represent a bond that never ends

6. This is “I love you” in American Sign Language

7. This variation on a Celtic knot is meant to symbolize the mother-daughter connection. Look closely, do you see the mom putter her arms around her daughter?

Click to the next page to see even more beautiful tattoos!

8. This tattoo combines the Hebrew symbol for life with a semicolon. Semicolon tattoos show support for people struggling with depression and suicide.

9. Kristy says she grew up quoting these lines back and forth with her mom, just like a lot of kids

10. Birds of a feather flock together

11. For a mother and daughter who are cut from the same creative cloth

12. Just like moms and their daughters, matching tattoos don’t have to agree

13. Perfect if those long-distance chats are a big part of your life

14. Who doesn’t like elephants? Plus this design is really cute

15. Butterflies represent a relationship that’s changed and grown over time to make something beautiful

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This Mom Challenges Parents To Say No To Their Kids

These days it seems like parents can’t go anywhere without hearing advice about what they’re doing right or wrong, and most of it isn’t helpful.

But Emma Lou Harris, a blogger and mother-of-two from Limerick, Ireland, has gone viral for sharing an important lesson that every parent could use. In a Facebook post, Harris reveals that she was a “yes girl” growing up, someone who was afraid to turn anyone down because she would feel guilty. As an anxious child, it felt easier to say yes to everyone and everything, even if the consequences were painful.

Now, she says she’s “learning to love no,” and wants other parents to do the same. Harris says she trained herself to say yes “to everyone but myself,” and found herself in dangerous and uncomfortable situations because she was worried about letting other people down.

Today she knows better and says the kindest thing parents can do is to teach their children – and themselves – to embrace saying no. Not only is saying ‘yes’ something parents do too often, Harris says it’s also a risky habit to grow up with in the world we live in today.

Click to the next page to read the benefits of telling your children ‘no!’

One of the main reasons Harris wants her children to embrace saying ‘no’ is so they don’t repeat the mistakes she made while growing up. Being afraid to turn people down landed Harris in some uncomfortable situations, and she thinks it’s important for both boys and girls to understand “no means no.”

“It’s telling my small son who will one day be a man, that NO means NO,” she writes. “A man who I hope will go on dates, or a have relationships or marriage. He needs to know that No means No and there are not any exceptions to that.”

But she thinks it’s also import that teach her daughter “that NO means NO and that she needs to feel ok with that decision. She’s ENTITLED to say ‘No’.”

Especially in today’s wired world, where “every ‘mistake’ someone makes these days could be broadcast to the entire world,” she says parents need to set boundaries instead of shying away from discipline. Otherwise our entitled children’s rude mistakes could come back to haunt them.

What do you think of her post? Share this story and let us know!

David Beckham Dad-Shamed Over Video With Daughter

David Beckham is one of the most doting and hands-on celebrity fathers.

He’s proven to us time and time again that his family is his “greatest achievement.” For instance, last year, he gave his six-year-old daughter what he called a “nice surprise” by building a 4,000 piece Lego Disney castle.  

It took the athlete-turned-model six days, including many late nights, to finish the adorable project.

The 42-year-old retired soccer player is also father to three other kids, sons Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 14, and Cruz, 12, and he always finds an opportunity to gush about how special they are to him.

“What matters is being a good father and a good husband – just being connected to family as much as possible. Being a dad is more important than football, more important than anything,” Beckham said in an interview. “I adore children. I love the fact our children are part of both of us. It’s one of the most amazing things ever.”

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He also never hesitates shares tidbits of their daily lives, including family outings, and special moments, like Brooklyn’s first day of college, through social media. However, a new Instagram post may have him wishing his wife, Victoria, did not share the video at all.

While it’s not uncommon for moms to become victims of online shaming, it’s rare for the parent police to target fathers, but now it looks like no one is safe.

So what did Beckahm do that is so frowned upon?

A few days ago, former Spice Girl and fashion designer Victoria shared a video of Beckham and Harper driving a golf cart while on a father-daughter outing and captioned it, “Someone loves her daddy! #DrivingMissHarper.”

The little girl could be seen sitting on her father’s lap and steering the vehicle, and while her parents did not think much of this, the video sparked a lot of criticism and safety fears amongst parents on Instagram.

One user called the Beckhams out for knowing that this video would be controversial but they posting it anyway.

Another concerned user wrote, “Take that down before social services come to take your child for negligence and endangerment in the US.”

“Very irresponsible David, very,” another person chimed in.

While many weren’t impressed by Beckham’s choice, there were fans who came to his support.

“I love the way you share the moment,” wrote a user. While another described the moment as “fun,” adding, “reminded me when I was a child driving a car on my dad’s lap.”

There were other commenters who also agreed that the video reminded them of their own childhoods.

“This reminded me of some great times I had with my dad when I was kid, I used to steer and he would do the pedals. Life’s for living.”

The Beckhams have not responded to the comments, but then again this isn’t the first time that they’ve been attacked for their parenting choices.

A couple of months ago, Victoria shared a photo of Cruz and his friend sipping on a drink by the pool, and it outraged some fans who thought he was drinking champagne. She later clarified that the tween boys were drinking “fizzy apple juice.”

Celebrity or not, these days parents just can’t seem to catch a break online.

Former X-Factor Star Mom-Shamed For Bathtime Photo

Another day, another case of the parent police calling out a mom for a seemingly innocent act involving her children.

This time people are coming after British television personality and former X-factor contestant Stacey Solomon for a photo she shared on Instagram.

Like many celebrities, Stacey has always documented those special moments in her life, like her sons’ first day of school and their family holidays.

Back in March, the single mother of two boys uploaded a photo of her and her sons sharing the tub during bath time and people had a lot to say about it. Many claiming that what she did was “wrong.”

Continue reading to see the picture and be your own judge.

The 27-year-old mom didn’t think an innocent photo of her bonding over bath time with 9-year-old Zachary and 5-year-old Leighton would spark so much controversy and mommy-shaming.

In fact, the mom is shocked that people are reading too much into it and sexualizing the situation.

I’m not horrified at all,” said Stacey on the British talk show Loose Women. “Anyone who’s horrified at the thought of parents sharing a bath with their children I think has issues. It’s each to their own.”

Many users expressed that Stacey is “wrong on so many levels” because she needs to “teach children boundaries and privacy.” Some went as far as calling her actions “a little irresponsible as a parent.”

One user is convinced that the actions of the celebrity mom would land her in jail if she lived in some parts of the U.S.

“If you were here in the State of Michigan, you would go to jail for this and lose your kids. Those boys are too old to be taking a bath with you, especially the oldest one as he’s entering that age where boys are naturally shy about their bodies. I heard your comment about those who object to this behavior as being sick in the head, but Lady, the only one sick here is you, as this kind of behavior leads to incest. Plus the fact that you will scar your sons for life by this behavior. My advice-bath with your husband, if you have one or by yourself, but leave the children out of it,” wrote @drayhoffmann.

However, among all the negative comments there were plenty of users expressing their support for Stacey.  

“Just wonderful…It isn’t wrong to have bath with your kids. Enjoy your kids and have good time. Soon you will see they are adults and all this is gone,” commented @emppu.111. Another agreed: “I think this is great. A mom bonding with her two sons. Doesn’t get any better![sic]”

During her appearance on Loose Women, Stacey spoke out about the photo for the first time in public and although 92{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of the audience didn’t agree with her, she still stood by her actions.

“I posted that because it’s a normal thing in our house,” she explained. “It’s almost like having dinner and going to bed and reading bedtime stories. Having a bath together is how we communicate and socialize, and that’s a massive part of our daily routine.”

She told the panel and audience that even her boyfriend joins them sometimes.

“He’d wear his pants or boxers or whatever,” she shared. “But it’s my family time.”

She also had a message for the mommy-shamers: “I understand if you don’t want to have a bath with your children and you don’t like it, but I think it’s sad to sit there and judge people and say that’s wrong or disgusting.”

Do you think there should be a cut-off age for parents to stop bathing with their children?

Dad’s Solution For His Daughter’s Temper Tantrum Is Inspiring Parents Everywhere [VIDEO]

Anyone who has ever spent time with children knows that temper tantrums are unavoidable. It’s not uncommon for kids to throw tantrums in public and sometimes it can feel like it reflects poorly on our parenting skills. Well, it does not and we should never feel embarrassed when it happens.

There’s really no tried and true method to prevent a child from throwing a fit while you’re browsing the aisles at the grocery store, but one dad has found a way of handling his daughter’s tantrums and it is fantastic.

Instead of letting his three-year-old daughter, Ari, scream and kick her way through a Walmart store, Ohio native Terrel Rico Relz Crawford took the toddler out to the parking lot and proceeded to apply his method to successfully calm her down.

Crawford filmed the entire incident on Facebook Live and it has since gone viral. Parents everywhere have been praising the young dad for the way he handled the situation and you will be too when you see the video.

Ari began to throw a tantrum after Crawford confiscated her mother’s cellphone from her while the family was out on a shopping trip at Walmart.

Crawford, 29, remained zen the entire time and instead of publicly yelling at his daughter to stop, he sat her down on the hood of their car and calmly reasoned with her.

“When we go back into the store, are you going to listen?” he asks. “Because everyone sees you acting a fool.”

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The doting dad gave his daughter a perfectly reasonable explanation as to why they don’t have to go back into the store if she kept crying.

“We don’t have to walk around the store with your mom, that’s a privilege,” he tells Ari.

“I’m OK with the kid screaming in Walmart, what I’m not OK with is them not stopping when I tell them to,” Crawford explains to the camera. “So we can be out here in this lovely old parking lot until Miss Ari wants to stop screaming her head off.”

He also admits that he does spoil his daughter, but that doesn’t justify her actions that day.

“When you spoil the hell out of your kids, this is what happens,” Crawford says in the video. “I don’t care if you was grew up with a silver spoon in your mouth. Don’t put one in your child’s mouth, because this is what happens.”

Crawford then proceeded to tell his daughter to “wipe the stress” off her face and made sure she was doing alright before they went back into the store. By that point, Ari already managed to have a smile on her face.

You can watch the entire exchange in the video below:

“I don’t want her to think less of me because we’re taking something away from her,” Crawford said in an interview with the News Journal. “But she has to know that even everything we give her, they have to really deserve it.”

The video has since gotten over 21 million views since it was posted and Crawford is happy that his philosophy is inspiring other parents.

“It did something that I didn’t really expect it to do,” he said. “I guess I’m just overwhelmed with the blessing of all the positive energy.”

What do you think of Crawford’s temper tantrum calming skills? Let us know in the comments!

She Was Shamed For This Viral Photo, Now She’s Telling Her Side Of The Story

“Albert Einstein said, ‘I fear the day that technology will take on our humanity … the world will be populated by a generation of idiots.'” That was one of the rude comments shared alongside this photo of Molly Lensing.

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The pediatric nurse and mother-of-three from Illinois is the woman in this viral photo, which has been endlessly spread around on social media since last year. It paints an unflattering picture: a mother on her cell phone while her baby lies on a blanket on the floor, with another woman looking at her disapprovingly.

For many strangers who saw and shared the photo it seemed to perfectly sum up the problem with “Millennial Mothers” these days, women who are supposedly more interested in technology than spending time with their children. And commenters added lots of spiteful messages about Lensing to each new version of the post.

Except that’s not what’s happening in this photo at all. After a year of being insulted, dragged down and shamed on the internet, Lensing is ready to fight back against the strangers who have judged her. And she has a message for people sharing her photo:

“You have no idea what the story behind it is…”

The photo of Lensing and her two-month-old daughter Anastasia was snapped by a man she didn’t know while they were waiting in a Colorado airport.

This photo from August, 2016 shows the chaos caused by the computer shut-down.Denver Post

Along with being an invasion of Lensing’s privacy (he didn’t ask to take her photo) she says there’s important context missing from the photo. It was taken during a “Delta computer shut-down” that left Lensing and her daughter stranded in the airport for almost a full day.

“Anastasia had been held or in her carrier for many hours. My arms were tired. She needed to stretch,” Lensing told Today. “And I had to communicate with all the family members wondering where the heck we were.” Ever since that day, Lensing had been living in fear that she would be judged by one misleading photo.

“I had recently started working on a labor floor,” she explained, “and I was terrified of my co-workers or boss seeing the photo and comments and believing that I should no longer work with infants. Thankfully, this never happened.”

Now she’s sharing her story to save other mothers from being unfairly judged by strangers on social media.

“I ignore the photos and the comments and lean on those close to me who know the real me,” she says. “I am powerless compared to the internet, and I know that I am the best momma to my girls and I know that I cherish them and am raising them the best I can.”

Share this story to remind people not to shame strangers!

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Mom Builds Awesome Dioramas From Scratch To Celebrate Her Daughter’s First Year

Even compared to most new moms, Rosie Maxhimer leads a very busy life.

Maxhimer, her husband Robert and their daughter Annabelle.Rosie Maxhimer

When she’s not chasing after her 1-year-old daughter Annabelle, Maxhimer is working as a stylist or capturing her life for her mommy blog The Sweet Mama Life. That involves showing off her daughter’s milestones and life with husband Robert, as well as some impressive crafts.

As Maxhimer admits, Michaels is a “very close friend” to her, and she worried that looking after her new baby girl wouldn’t leave time for crafts. To include her daughter in her hobby, Maxhimer planned a special twist on the monthly newborn photos that are so popular on social media.

Each month, Maxhimer captures her daughter growing up in front of a special backdrop she made herself. As you can see, the new mom gets very creative with her baby photos.

Keep reading to see the rest of Annabelle’s photos…

Wanting to keep her project from growing out of control, Maxhimer put a tight budget of $20 on each photo.

To keep costs low, Maxhimer turned her house into a “fun scavenger hunt,” turning towels and blankets into clouds, and sweaters into trees. Sometimes Maxhimer was able to throw a photo shoot together for absolutely nothing. Plus, the project was a great way to bond with Annabelle.

“I had a crafty outlet, and she thought it was hilarious the way I would jump around above her making various animal sounds to get a reaction or smile out of her,” Maxhimer told Babble.

Maxhimer says she wishes she could keep the photo series going even longer, but pretty soon she’ll have another little one to take photos of. Annabelle’s younger sibling is expected later this month.

Hopefully Maxhimer will come up with ideas for these two to pose together, because that would be too cute!

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3-Year-Old Cancer Patient Holds Photoshoot To Celebrate A Milestone

At three years old, a child is supposed to be celebrating milestones like attending preschool, learning how to use the potty, knowing how to count and getting dressed without help.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for Anna Grace, a toddler who was diagnosed with cancer when she was just two years old.

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A little over a year ago, Anna Grace’s mother, Allyson Fuller, noticed that her daughter was having trouble walking and getting back up after falling.

“We noticed she was stumbling around—she could walk, but every few steps she would just fall down and beg to be picked up,” Fuller recalled during an interview with People. “We thought she just was going through a phase.”

Fuller didn’t waste any time in taking her daughter to a pediatrician. After a week of running tests, including an MRI, doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta diagnosed Anna Grace with a rare neurological disorder called opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome (OMS).

However, what really shocked Fuller and the doctors was the result of the second MRI. They discovered a tumor the size of a tangerine on her kidney.

“By this time she could not walk, crawl or even hold herself up,” Fuller explained. “It was like having a tiny infant again, but she was 23 months old. If the OMS would have never shown up, we wouldn’t have known about [the tumor] until it spread.”

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Last October, Anna Grace underwent surgery to remove the tumor, and fortunately, the doctors were able to remove entire cancerous growth from the organ.

“I was terrified, and I was just wondering why was it her and not me, why this happened and how she could still be so happy,” Fuller said. “She would get frustrated because she knew that she could do things, but her body wouldn’t let her, but yet she was still so happy.”

The medication Anna Grace was prescribed for her OMS syndrome was expected to take six months to a year to work, but it miraculously started taking effect within a week. Now, the toddler is thriving and has regained her ability to walk.

To celebrate her first anniversary being cancer-free, Fuller booked a photoshoot for Anna Grace and the result is adorable.

Fuller and her friend, Darlene Adams, staged a photoshoot complete with balloons and custom T-shirts.

“She was so excited to be getting her picture taken, she was acting silly the entire time!” said the proud mom. “She is a typical 3-year-old now, with the sass and all. She is truly strong and brave, and loves to play with her baby dolls, be outside and she is a daddy’s girl, that’s for sure.”

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Anna Grace still needs to receive routine CT scans every three months to keep track of any changes.

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Fuller explained that the photoshoot isn’t only to commemorate her daughter’s fight, it is also to remind parents going through a similar experience not to give up.

“I would like to encourage all parents that are going through what I did to not give up and to keep having faith,” she said. “Pediatric cancer sucks, knowing you can’t do anything to help, and they can’t tell us exactly how they’re feeling.”

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As for Anna Grace, she’s been having a great year finally living like a normal three year old.

“She loves going to follow up with the doctors. She is in preschool now and she loves going to see her friends there,” Fuller added. “The last year has been great.”

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Fuller also hopes that this story will shed light on the often misdiagnosed OMS and raise awareness for it.

[H/T: People]

Kelly Clarkson Accused Of Child Abuse For The Way She Feeds Her Daughter

Being a celebrity is tough as it is, but having people from around the world pry into every aspect of your private life must be infuriating – especially if you know you’re doing nothing wrong.

As wonderful as Kelly Clarkson is, she tends to get a lot of hate for whatever she does.

First there was the persistent struggle of silencing weight-shamers.

Last year, the American Idol winner opened up about how her mental health struggles resulted in her weight loss. She felt “miserable,” and the only way she came out of her depression was to quit exercising.  

“If you gauge your life on what other people think, you’re going to be in a constant state of panic trying to please everyone,” she told Redbook.

“People should just concentrate on their own lives and their own health and their own happiness, and whatever that looks like for you, be happy with it,” Clarkson added.

It seems like weight-shamers aren’t to be too much of a worry for the three time Grammy winner, but comments about how she raises her kids is.

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Clarkson posted a video of her eldest daughter, River Rose, trying Nutella for the first time on Instagram, and it’s got a lot of people talking.

In the clip, the mother of two asks her young daughter, “River, do you like Nutella?”

Of course, the toddler wiggles in her seat and smiles up at Clarkson. I mean, who wouldn’t do that, the chocolate spread is undeniably delicious!

Unfortunately, many moms didn’t share the same sentiment, and some have gone so far as to calling this “child abuse.”

The brief video has been viewed more than three million and liked more than 50,000 times. But some of the hundreds of comments are not so uplifting.

“Stop trying to make your daughter as fat as you. That’s child abuse. You should be ashamed,” wrote one user.

“There’s way too much sugar in that. I wouldn’t give that to my kid. Too young.”

“Nutella is PACKED with sugars,” wrote another. “Don’t make your kid blow up.”

“Stop eating Nutella, it’s been confirmed to cause cancer.”

These statements about Nutella are not entirely false. A consumer group discovered that Nutella contains approximately 50{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} sugar and 32{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} fat (most of which is palm oil).

That being said, giving your child Nutella once isn’t going to harm them, and in no way should that make you a bad mother.

Some parents were quick to jump to Clarkson’s defense, pointing out how every mother has given sugar to their children at some point in time.

“Like you people never give cake for [a] birthday?” wrote one user.

“When my kids were at the age where i was happy to start giving them some chocolate i started with Nutella.”

“I can’t believe people are saying this is child abuse,” added another. “EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD gives you cancer nowadays, fries give you cancer, chips give you cancer, donuts give you cancer, milk gives you cancer! There are so many problems in the world right now and you people are focusing on a mother giving a child Nutella omg wow! That’s America for you!”

This isn’t the first time the singer has sparked a parenting debate. Her opinion on spanking has also gotten her in hot water…

Every parent in the world has a different view on spanking. No one can agree on whether it’s a good idea to spank your children or how and how often it should be done.

In an interview with Radio.com, Clarkson opened up about how she disciplines her children and that she’s definitely pro-spanking.

“I’m not above a spanking, which people aren’t necessarily into and I don’t mean like hitting her hard, I just mean a spanking,” Clarkson said. “My parents spanked me and I did fine in life and I feel fine about it. But I do that as well too.”

Clarkson said a light spank has helped to keep her daughter in line when she has temper tantrums in public.

“I warn her, I’m like, ‘Hi, I’m going to spank you on your bottom if you don’t stop right now. Like, this is ridiculous.'”

“I’m from the South, y’all,” she continued, “so like we get spankings. My mom would call the principal like if I ever ended up in the principal’s office and give permission for her to spank me.”

You can just imagine how much hate she got for her opinions on spanking.

Many parents were quick to cite studies that show how ineffective spanking is to teach children good behavior, while others, like Clarkson, said spanking was just part of their childhood, and this form of discipline hasn’t negatively impacted them in any way.

According to the American Psychological Association, studies have shown that “hitting and other means of causing pain can lead to increased aggression, antisocial behavior, physical injury and mental problems for children.”

Then there’s other studies arguing that spanking can have positive long-term outcomes if it’s in a positive family setting.

What’s your opinion on Kelly Clarkson’s parenting tactics? Is it right to call her a “child abuser?”

Father Ignores The Cops And Trusts His Instinct By Hiring A Helicopter To Find His Trapped Son

A father’s instinct has led to the rescue of his son after a car crash nearly ended in tragedy. Tony Lethbridge was worried because it had been 24 hours since he heard from his son.

After many unanswered phone calls, Lethbridge and his wife went for a drive to see if they could find 17-year-old Samuel, but saw no sign of him. “We got back into Newcastle about 1:30 am [Monday morning] and went straight to the police station,” Lethbridge said. “They told us that he might have ran away, he could have done this or he could have done that and we just said, ‘It’s out of character; it’s not him.'”

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The police told the couple to go home and wait while they started their search, but Lethbridge couldn’t get it over the feeling that something had gone wrong. “I just couldn’t get it out of my head that he’d crashed somewhere.”

The last thing he knew was that his son was supposed to be heading to his girlfriend’s house, but he never showed up. It was while thinking about the routes he would have taken that he remembered an accident that had taken place a few years ago where a person went missing for five days before anyone found the vehicle.

“And he’d passed away,” Lethbridge said. “That was in my head, so I just thought bugger this I’m not going to sit around and wait. “With the way the bush is there, if a car goes in you’re not going to see it. The only way you’ll see it is from the air. And that’s what we did.”

The concerned father wasn’t going to sit around and wait, he took matters into his own hands and headed to the airport.

Lethbridge walked into the Lake Macquarie Airport with cash in hand. “I thought, I’m going to get a helicopter no matter what. I just walked in there and said ‘Mate, I’ve got $1000 – I need you to search as much as you can.'”

He met Lee Mitchell who said that when he first saw Lethbridge he looked “anxious and tired.” Mitchell listened to Lethbridge and was ready to help. “He asked if he could, no – he said, he ‘needed a helicopter bad.’ He told us it was for missing son and said he believed his son had run off the road somewhere.”

The company agreed to help and the helicopter took off to begin their search while Lethbridge waited on the ground because of his fear of flying. But it didn’t take long before they heard the news. Ten minutes after the flight took off, the pilot reported the location of a vehicle matching the description.

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Lethbridge took off immediately in his car and followed to where the helicopter was hovering. Lethbridge’s brother, Tony, had gone along in the helicopter and was set down near the wreck to go check on the teenager while his father was on his way to the location.

Tony approached slowly, afraid of what he would find but he saw Samuel’s head move inside the car and he immediately sent a text message to Lethbridge saying “he’s alive.”

“When I got there, I ran down there and it was just jubilation,” he said. “It was unbelievable, to find him there.”

Samuel had been trapped in the vehicle for almost 30 hours and was dehydrated and severely injured. His thigh bone was protruding from his leg so he couldn’t have gotten out of the car even if it was possible.

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“You wouldn’t have seen him if it wasn’t for the helicopter, because I couldn’t see him from the road,” Lethbridge said. “If the helicopter wasn’t hovering above, I would have never had found him.”

His dad arrived, as did emergency services, and they were able to get him out of the vehicle and rushed to the hospital. He was found to have a broken arm, dislocated elbow and small fractures throughout his body along with the obvious break in his leg.

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“He spoke to me when I got down to the car,” Lethbridge said. “I grabbed him and I said: ‘Mate, dad’s got you’.” His son replied, “I’d love a drink.”

Samuel has a long road of recovery ahead of him, but he’s lucky that his dad didn’t wait for the police because they may not have found him in time.

Mom Facing Criticism For Charging Her 5-Year-Old Daughter “Rent”

How old were you when you moved out of your parents’s house? I was 18 years old when I moved away to university. I lived in residence for a year and then got my own apartment. It was a big of learning curve, because I was so used to having everything done for me. But the biggest issue I ran into was money. I never realize how much everything cost and had no concept of a legitimate savings plan.

My first apartmentpersonal

Now of course, my parents tried to tell me to save and that I’d need money in the future, but it just never stuck with me. “Why would I not spend the money I have right now so that I can spend it in the future?” It didn’t make sense.

One mother in Georgia decided to teach her daughter about rent and expenses in an interesting way, and by all accounts it’s a decent idea, but there’s one thing that people have an issue with: she’s 5.

Essance Evans posted on Facebook about charging her 5-year-old daughter rent, and it’s already been shared more than 319,000 times.

“I MAKE MY 5 YEAR OLD PAY RENT. Every week she gets $7 dollars in allowance. But I explained to her that in the real world most people spend most of their paycheck on bills with little to spend on themselves. So I make her give me $5 dollars back. $1 for rent $1 for water $1 for electricity $1 for cable and $1 for food. The other $2 she gets to save or do what she wants with. Now, what she doesn’t know is the $5 is actually going away in her savings account which I will give back to her when she turns 18. So if she decides to move out on her own she will have $3,380 to start off. This strategy not only prepares your child for the real world. But when they see how much real bills are they will appreciate you for giving them a huge discount 🤣

SHARE THIS ON YOUR TIMELINE FOR ANOTHER MOTHER TO SEE.”

It’s an interesting idea, essentially starting a savings account for her daughter while still teaching her the reality of the world.

Of course, as with everything else on the internet, people had opinions on Evans’s parenting technique.

Evans hasn’t posted any explanations after her original post, but has been sharing the links to each of the news stories she appears in. She seems to be standing by her decision despite her critics!

What do you think of the mom’s decision?

After Giving Out The Same Assignment For 15 Years, Teacher Notices An Alarming Change

When you’re a parent it’s really hard to accept that your child is not always perfect.

So when tragedies like the Parkland school shooting happen, many of us, especially parents and teachers, begin to wonder what we can do to spot the warning signs early on.

While some red flags are obvious, there are many that are not as easy to figure out.

For one Georgia teacher, Amie Diprima Brown, she blames the parents and their lack of involvement for why some kids end up the way they are.

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For fifteen years, Brown has been asking the parents of her students to write a letter describing their child in a million words or less.

This is a tactic she employed to help her better understand what every child and their family is like.

“I go on to explain that I want to learn the child’s hopes, dreams, fears, challenges, etc, and jokingly ask parents to limit it to less than a million words since we all know we could talk forever about our children,” she wrote in a Facebook post.

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Over the years, these letters helped the doting teacher learn more about her students’ struggles, accomplishments and behavior outside of the classroom.

Parents have opened up about their children’s personalities, mental health issues, adoption stories, abuse, bullying, and medical conditions.

However, Brown has noticed that in the last couple of years something has changed, but not in a good way.

“Everybody always talks about how schools have changed, and it’s true, they have,” the teacher wrote. “Yes, there’s the “crazy new math” and “bring your own device” changes. However, there are some other changes that I think the general population is not aware of.”

Alarmed by the decline in response rate for her letter assignment, Brown penned a controversial, but thoughtful message on Facebook to draw some attention to the issue.

In 2003, Brown said that she received letters from 98{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} of the parents, but this year, only 22{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} wrote back.

Following her observation, the frustrated teacher took to Facebook and called out parents who don’t seem to care about their child’s education.  

Brown wrote that the issue is bigger than just a letter describing a child, it’s noticeable in other aspects of the child’s education, like homework completion and turnaround time.

“This year’s average for homework turned in is riding at 67{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee},” she wrote. “Parents continue to let their child rack up zero after zero. But then again, that average used to be around 98{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} as well.”

The teacher says she even tries to make it easy by reminding students daily and sending “text messages” to parents, so they are aware that their child has homework to complete.

Amie Diprima Brown

She empathizes with busy parents, but that is not an excuse to put a kid’s education on the back burner.

She’s pleading with parents to actually “be a parent” and consistently keep track of their child’s academic progress and behavioral changes before it’s too late.

“Don’t wait until your child is the school shooter to let us know your child is struggling mentally. Don’t wait until your child is ineligible for sports or the day before report cards to check grades and question the teacher on why your child is failing,” she continued.

Brown explained that being involved is actually easier now more than ever because parents have access to electronic devices.

“Be involved in your child’s life so that you can help them through the issues with friends, the possible suicidal thoughts, and problems academically,” she added. “I promise you, if parents spent more time with their children and got involved in their lives, we would see drastic improvements in our schools and our society.”

As expected, Brown’s message was met with both support and hostility.

Many parents and teachers agreed with Brown’s message and appluaded her for speaking out.

“Very well said!! That’s THE problem, parents do check out of being a parent for whatever reason and I think it is so, so very sad. When my kids were in school, I checked on EVERYTHING!!!! NOW, it seems parents just don’t care UNLESS their child can’t play a sport or might have to repeat a grade. Just sad, so sad,” wrote one parent.

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Some educators even asked Brown to share a template of her letter with them so they can start using it their classrooms.

“I love this! I teach 4th grade and have been for 18 years. I couldn’t have said it better myself!” wrote another user.

Still, there were many others who didn’t fully agree with Brown’s point that parents don’t care. They argued that there are other factors that could’ve contributed to the decrease in the number of letters she has received.

“It’s so much harder to be involved in your child’s schooling when both parents have to work full time. Things are just different these days. Moms have so much less time and energy than 20 years ago when many were able to put their heart and soul into mothering v/s wearing themselves out trying to keep the bills paid and food on the table…,” chimed in one user.

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Another echoed this sentiment, writing:

“A lot of other things have changed. Like how much parents have to work, and how much is expected from us at work. Shuttling kids back and forth to different lessons and activities. Hours and hours of homework and yada yada yada. There’s not enough time in the day. Something has to give. A letter seems to be one of them.”

Still, even with these conflicting opinions, Brown’s post has forced a lot of parents to reevaluate their involvement in their children’s lives.

This is certainly a topic that will continue to be debated because on one hand parents are supposed to make time for their children, but on the other, the circumstances of their day to day lives don’t allow them to.

The question I always ask myself is: Is everything else in my life more important than my child? Of course, not! This is why I sacrifice a lot of other things so I can give my child the time and attention they need to grow up well.

“As parents, our job is to grow the most amazing humans possible. Its the most important job in the world. The education and emotional stability a parent provides is priceless,” wrote Brown.

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Sure, some may see it as shaming, but really, Brown’s message is a wake up call many parents need to ensure their child is faring well in life. Taking action now and getting involved is far better than the regret you’ll have to live with if your child ends up doing something drastic.

Even if your child’s teacher isn’t as caring as Brown, you can take the first step.

Make time to write them a letter or email, or better yet, have a face-to-face meeting with them and talk about your child in-depth. Tell them what they’re like at home, what their hopes and dreams are, why they behave in certain ways, what makes them tick, what makes them happy and sad, etc.

These are observations we sometimes take for granted, but trust me, not only will it help your child’s teacher, it will help you see your kid in a new light.

[H/T: Goodhousekeeping]

13 Unique Mother’s Day Gifts She’ll Actually Want

For a while now, pacifiers have been at the center of some very heated debates between parents.

While these soothers can be effective in calming a baby, they seem to do the opposite for some moms and dads, who are conflicted about letting their infants use them.

It’s the cons, like teeth malformation, long-term dependency, and risk of choking, that evokes so many strong feelings whenever pacifiers are mentioned.

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Now, parents against pacifiers