By Sonia Verma
First of all, the Tipsy Nipple thing
We had a few outraged reactions to yesterday's "recipe," clearly all from people who didn't read past the headline. We just couldn't resist a bit of fun, especially coming just two days after we took a stand against breastmilk facials.
World Autism Awareness Day
Today is Autism Awareness Day.
From momstown’s Tara Wilson, here is what you need to know to keep your child with Autism safe
From Today’s Parent, here's a list of the 16 best books on Autism
And from momstown’s archives, here is a wealth of knowledge and personal stories from parents who have been through it all.[video:https://vimeo.com/123107774 width:400 autoplay:0]
The fact is . . .
There is a nasty meme going around now, belittling women who’ve "lucked out" by having C-sections, suggesting they show respect to “superior” women who’ve had a “real birth.”
momstown is not going to feed the stupidity by linking to the meme. However, a few notable points:
1. Trolls. Looking to start a fight and upset people. Trolls, trolls, trolls.
2. Possibly satire, but it looks like the religious group that published believes it’s better to die or risk your baby’s life during childbirth than go against God’s will by having surgery. Mmm hmmm.
3. Women who’ve had a C-section don’t need your approval or your sanctimony, meme-idiots. They need support, and someone to remind them they’re doing great during the irrational hours of the night—we all have them, however we came by our babies—when perfectly innocuous things seems like mammoth failures on their part.
4. Also, they need a pillow to hold against their middles when dumb-ass memes like this make them laugh and tug at their sutures. Because in those moments when post-partum women are NOT feeling vulnerable, they will brush this crap off like a bug and laugh at the fools who think they are lesser.
5. Once more, with feeling: Trolls trolls trolls. See also: Jerks.
Like, oh my god, MO-OM
Today’s Parent has a great story on the Alabama woman who took to Facebook in her quest to find and apologize to the woman her daughters disrespected in a movie theatre. What do you think about what she did, the magazine asks. Read the story here.
Our take: By searching out the woman and apologizing and expressing how ashamed she was of their behaviour, this mom modelled upstanding behaviour for her girls. She showed that you can say sorry and come back from being a brat with your head held high. And she repaid the woman out of the girls’ allowance, which is a master stroke.
When Dad takes parental leave
Buzzfeed features the work of photographer Johan Bävman as he documents Swedish men who have taken part of the 480 days of parental leave allowed in that country. Some of these photos are amazingly sweet. Even the most posed ones are delightful, because with all the staging in the world, try telling a baby what to do on cue.
Photo: Autism Ontario via Vimeo