You're On Your Own, Kid

“You’re on your own, kid.” There’s no other way to describe the disturbing theme of this week.

First, parenting and lifestyle influencer Myka Stauffer blew up the interweb by covertly “rehoming” (read: returning) her 4-year-old adopted son more than two years after she adopted him.

Next, a swim instructor in Colorado Springs became an unintended TikTok star when she threw an 8-month old into a pool to teach him how to swim.

And finally, if that isn’t enough, a woman in San José intentionally coughed into a baby’s face, in protest, to teach the baby’s mother a lesson about standing too close— but not before throwing a few racial slurs her way. (At least this one is facing jail time.)

Combine this with the disproportionate effect of Coronavirus on kids, and this is shaping up to be a bad year to be a kid.

In other news, there’s been a strange trend this week in women reflecting on the interplay between parenthood and career choices. One mom talked about how being a stay-at-home mom was harder than being a working mom (a sentiment with which we can probably all relate to some extent after the past few months), one talks about how getting pregnant made her more career motivated than ever, and one went a different way, talking about how parenthood made her reevaluate her commitment to her career.

On a lighter note, a new BabyYoda bop-it toy lets you give the weird little dude a regular smack down — which some decry as horrifying, but which I personally think the real Yoda would totally support.

Read on, for more fam-tastic news and ideas for the week.

Overheard on the Playground

"My husband just told me he wants a divorce. Actually his exact words were ‘I think it would be cool for the whole family to live in an RV and travel the country for a year,’ but tomato, to-mah-to."   -- TheNYAMProject


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  • The Right Mask :: Does some of your family hate wearing masks? Here's some information that can help you find them the perfect one! (HuffPost)
  • Confidence Is Key :: Great advice is always helpful. Learn about how parenting a pre-toddler with confidence. (Babywise Mom)


  • Memory Sharpening Fun :: Enhance your kids’ cognitive skills with these fun and stimulating games. (Childhood 101)
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  • Mosquito Senses :: In addition to our body heat and the carbon dioxide in our breath, mosquitos also detect our sweat to find (and annoy) us. (Kids News)
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About Liz Oertle
Denver, CO
Liz Oertle is the CEO and co-founder of Nanno. A recovering attorney and mother of two, she is passionate about helping parents connect with high quality childcare on demand.