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Some Moms Prefer Their Post-Baby Bodies

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Almost a third of mothers say they like their bodies–stretch marks, scars, and all–after having had babies more than they liked their bodies before pregnancy, according to a new survey of 3,000 moms.  More from Today.com:

Although 70 percent of women said they feel worse about how their body looks after having kids, 30 percent of moms like their body better and feel more “powerful and confident” in their looks, according to a 2013 TODAY.com survey of more than 3,000 women.

“I went through the body image thing a lot of girls go through in college, when I was fixated on my body and my weight,” says Leslie Goldman of Chicago, mom of a 2-year-old daughter who is expecting her second child in six weeks. “None of that was a part of my life after my late twenties, but postpartum is still so freeing and empowering for me to watch my body in a whole new light, healing from surgery and still producing food to feed my baby.”

While Goldman felt a bit self-conscious about her C-section scar in the beginning — when it was “very red and kind of puckery” — now, in the gym locker room, she’s happy she has a physical sign of motherhood and views other women with C-section scars as kindred spirits. “I’m sure many women working out are moms,” Goldman says. “But when I see the C-section scar, I know we went through the same thing and it’s a signifier we’re all in this together.”

Image: New mom, via Shutterstock

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Special Needs Prom Inspires Memphis Community

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

A group of churches in Memphis have organized their first-ever prom for teenagers who live with disabilities like Down syndrome.  More from ABC News on the “Memphis Joy Prom:”

[The prom was] complete with a red carpet, a makeup station, limos and tiaras for everyone. They had a prom dress donation drive in March, and a church member offered to cover tuxedo rentals from Men’s Warehouse, so the 110 attendees didn’t have to spend a dime.

“This was our first one, and it was unbelievable,” organizer Ashley Parks told ABCNews.com.

Parks said one parent sent a heartfelt note thanking her for loving her children “as much as God loves them.”

“We all cried over it,” she said. “It was one of many.”

But what made the Joy Prom different was that it allowed people 16 and up to attend. She said a couple with disabilities in their 60s went to Joy Prom because they never got to go to one when they were in high school.

Image: Prom corsage, via Shutterstock

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Boy Uses Saved Money to Help Others

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Hector Montoya, a 9-year-old Texas boy, was saving his money to buy a long-desired PlayStation 4 video game console when tragedy struck his town in the form of a fire that claimed the lives of a mother and her daughter.  So Montoya decided to use his money to buy smoke detectors for families in his community that didn’t have them, as The Huffington Post reports:

Hector Montoya, 9, from Grand Prairie was saving up for a PlayStation 4 video game console. However, after hearing about a deadly fire that claimed the lives of a mother and daughter nearby, he decided to spend his money on buying smoke detectors for houses in his community that didn’t have them, CNN reported.

“It really hurts my heart to see people die in a fire,” Hector told the outlet.

He’d saved $300, and with it he was able to buy 100 smoke detectors which the local fire department installed last weekend, NBC 5 DFW reported.

“Saving a life is more important,” Hector told the outlet.

The inspiring kid was planning to save up again for the game console, but now he won’t have to.

After word of his good deed was spread on the local news, strangers decided to reward the selfless kid with the PS4 he had originally intended to buy, and also to donate an additional $100 for more smoke alarms, CNN reported.

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Manners & Responsibility: Should You Tie Allowance to Chores?

Image: Smoke detector, via Shutterstock

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9-Year-Old Makes Prehistoric Find in His Neighborhood

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

A 9-year-old Michigan boy exploring a creek near his house made an astounding find–a 10,000-year-old mastodon tooth. A mastodon is an extinct, giant relative of the modern-day elephant.  More from CNN:

“I was walking down at the creek last summer. I felt something that I stepped on so I picked it up and everybody in the neighborhood thought it was pretty cool,” Philip Stoll told CNN on Friday.

Affectionately called “Huckleberry Phil” in his neighborhood near Lansing because of his penchant for exploring outside, Philip took the lump home and washed it off in the kitchen sink, and checked to see if it was magnetic, his mother, Heidi Stoll said. It wasn’t.

The peculiar object was about 8 inches in length, brown, and had six peaks.

“I was holding it in my hands for a few minutes and then it gave me the creeps so I put it down on the desk,” Heidi Stoll told CNN. “It looked like a tooth. It looked like there was something like gum tissue, a little bulgy thing around the top.”

After researching “large tooth object” on the Internet, mother and son reached out to James Harding, a herpetologist — an expert on reptiles and amphibians — at nearby Michigan State, who told them it was the tooth of one of the long-gone beasts that roamed the area millennia ago.

“This is indeed a mastodon tooth,” Professor Harding confirmed in an e-mail. “Apparently (it is) the upper surface, broken off at the roots.”

Philip told CNN that he always thought he might want to be a paleontologist — a scientist who studies prehistoric life — but now feels that more than ever. And with summer approaching, there’s more exploring to be done.

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‘Awkward Family Photos’ to Get Museum Show

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The California Heritage Museum has announced plans to display an exhibition of “Awkward Family Photos,” a collection that got its start as a viral website and features odd, funny, and often borderline inappropriate posed photos of families.  Today.com has more on the exhibit:

The “Awkward Family Photo Exhibition,” on display from March 27 to July 27, features images from the popular “Awkward Family Photos” website and book series of cringe-worthy — yet totally hilarious — portraits, vacation snaps, wedding pics, pet shots and more. It’s a celebration of poor wardrobe and hairstyle choices, inappropriate poses among siblings and backgrounds, and props that defy logic.

The exhibition will showcase 10 themes: the family portrait; siblings; vacation; the kids; the holidays; weddings; dad; mom; the grandparents; birthdays, and the family pet.

“It invites you to celebrate those less than picture-perfect moments,” the museum declares on its website.

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