When it comes to maternity leave, The United States earns a pretty dismal ranking when compared to other countries, being the only first-world country, and one of only three countries (the others being Lesotho, Swaziland and Papua New Guinea) that does not offer paid maternity leaves. Not only do other countries have better systems in place for maternity leave, but they have some pretty great welcoming gifts for their newest citizens. In Finland, for example, new parents can choose between receiving the above maternity package filled with essentials for baby's first few months or a tax-free lump sum of 140 euros as a maternity grant.
Need something to make you feel better when your kids are acting up? Here's 10 pieces of photographic evidence that yes, other people's children act up as much as yours. Check out some impressive messes created by kids who are definitely lucky they're cute and be glad that you're not the one who has to clean them:
Reading to a child is essential to their growth, and most children's books address similar topics of sharing, accepting who you are and eating your vegetables. We found some gems from the children's literature department, though, that made us pause and say WHAT?!?!
Valentine's Day isn't quite the same when you're a parent. Feeling sexy doesn't come easy when you stayed up all night baking peanut-free brownies for school Valentine's Day parties and your pocket is full of a toddler's used tissues. Check out what Valentines to children would look like if moms were honest:
The news of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation quickly spread across social media platforms on Monday. While the pope remained silent on his recently opened Twitter account, his Facebook page (which we completely fabricated) got weird. Check out how (we imagine) the pope's "friends" reacted to his resignation:
Children's unfiltered honesty can be as heart-meltingly adorable as it is embarrassing. (What parent hasn't wished for an invisibility cloak after a loud proclamation by their child in the middle of the grocery store?) Valentine's Day gives kids a chance to put that honesty to good use while telling their family members how much they care
How do you explain the unexplainable to children? Today, parents across the country, including myself, were faced with this -- fumbling over words while explaining the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown - located only 20 miles away from my own daughter's elementary school.
"Happy Christmas Shopping," a parody of John Lennon's "Happy Christmas" perfectly captures the stress associated with filling wish lists during the holiday season. Because who hasn't wanted to drop into fetal position in the middle of the food court?
"It's not a bird, it's not a plane, it's Santa Claus and he's come to Maine!" A song written after a Bangor, Maine radio DJ began lamenting the lack of Christmas songs about Maine, has become a holiday classic in the area.
Why drop a ton of money on holiday ornaments when you can make your own with stuff you probably have lying around the house anyway? Here's 10 DIY holiday ornaments that'll make your friends and family think you should have your own HGTV show and keep your kids busy crafting long enough for you to use the bathroom uninterrupted:
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