Our Favorite Parenting News Stories Of The Week

pancakesOne dad gives new meaning to the idea of family breakfast–check out some of his amazing (and very realistic) pancake art! (Elizabeth Street)

This lullaby might not be a classic like “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” but it will be sure to keep you laughing. New dad Chris Parnell, along with fellow SNL alum Maya Rudolph, showed off their vocal chops on the premier of Maya’s new variety show, “The Maya Rudolph Show.” (Mommypage)

Richard Williams spills his unique take on just how he raised two super-star tennis players–and the hopes he has for his baby son. (The New Yorker)

If the phrase: “Take a look, it’s in a book…a reading rainbow!” means anything to you, you’ll be pleased to learn that LeVar Burton has launched a Kickstarter campaign to reboot his iconic kids’ reading show! (USA Today)

Who says kids have to go formal for summer weddings? We love how one little ring-bearer donned his Spiderman costume. (Cup of Jo)

Some studies show that there may be a much bigger role that the placenta plays in the health of a newborn. (The New York Times)

One Brooklyn bar recently joined the ranks of the child-banning, thanks to the actions of a few unreasonable patrons. How do you feel about the decision? (Mommyish)

Do you sometimes feel like you don’t know which way is up? Laugh while finding comfort in the tweets of these parents knowing that you’re not alone. (The Huffington Post)

Things are looking looking up for a 5-year-old boy who was attacked by a pitbull last April. After suffering injuries everywhere but his  “superhero” Under Armour shirt, the company wrote him an inspiring note and a gift of more stylish gear to don. (WALB News)

Bullying has been a growing national concern over the past few years, but the stories told are often one sided. Raquel Jaramillo, pen name R. J. Palacio, offers up a new perspective this summer with a companion story, The Julian Chapter, to her 2012 book Wonder. (Slate)

Surprise! What can be better than graduating from Johns Hopkins University? Having your Army vet father return home early from Afghanistan to hand you the diploma himself. (The Baltimore Sun)

A news study shows that the more time new dads spend acting as the primary caregiver of their newborn, the more maternal their brain actually becomes. (WebMD)

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