As much as I try to stay away from celebrity pregnancy news, I have to make an exception this week. Sadly, celebrity parents Chrissy Teigen and John Legend suffered a miscarriage this week. As celebrities who have made parenthood such a big part of their "personal brands," it was not surprising that the couple shared their heartbreaking story (and pictures) with the world, pretty much as it happened. Given that 10 to 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, their story is super relatable -- and, based on the outpouring of support the couple got -- the fact that they shared it meant a lot to a lot of people.
Meanwhile, just a few miles away, former NFL superstar Joe Montana and his wife Jennifer saved their 9-month-old grandchild from an attempted kidnapping in their Los Angeles home.
On a lighter note: Roald Dahl's spooky classic, The Witches, is getting a reboot this fall, with Anne Hathaway taking the lead as the grand high witch. As much as my family loves the Anjelica Huston version, we're looking forward to loving this one even more.
Overheard on the Playground
“Why do we not expect a working man to be looking after their children as much as their partner is? We expect women to take on that responsibility, and yet for some reason, we give men a free pass.”
Nanno's Fam-Tech Trends Report :: The infamous Epic Games announced last week that it's acquired "kid tech" company Super Awesome, known for defining the digital standards that keep more than half a billion children anonymous when they’re engaging with online games and videos. (VentureBeat) Check out our monthly report on all things fam-tech to learn more.
Distance Learning's Little Helper? :: All jokes about 10 a.m. being the new wine o'clock aside -- substance (ab)use among parents is on the rise.
The 3 Stages of Stress :: Most relevantly, stage 3, exhaustion (a/k/a "the new normal"). Stress research explains what's happening and why.
Fabulous Fall Crafts :: Spice up the day with these fun Fall crafts with your kids -- and make sure you save the pumpkin ideas for Halloween!
Halloween Math :: Pumpkins and numbers? Try out this fun math activity with your kids in the spirit of Halloween!
The Hero Rat :: Magawa, an African rat, has been awarded a gold medal for his bravery in detecting 39 landmines and 28 unexploded items. Read about how his superior sniffing and sharp mind saved many lives.
When Two Worlds Meet :: Wampanoag and Pilgrim women had completely different lives during the 17th century. Learn how both cultures functioned, and how it shaped our lives today.