Our Favorite Parenting News Stories Of The Week

overschedHelicopter parents, cancel that violin class! Studies show that overdoing it isn’t actually that beneficial, so it’s okay to relax a bit. (The Economist)

Could morning sickness actually be a good thing? A new study found that women who suffered from it had fewer miscarriages and gave birth to bigger, healthier babies. (The Wall Street Journal)

One dad wants to ban play dates, which raises the question: are play dates a necessity or are they just another way parents are over-scheduling their children? (TODAY)

A combat veteran muses on which is harder: war or raising children. He gives 5 interesting similarities between leadership and parenting. (Forbes)

A 6-year-old boy who was born without most of his right arm hugged his mom for the first time ever, thanks to his new 3D-printed arm! Watch the video! (The Huffington Post)

Making parenting a bit easier? There’s an app for that. (Pix11)

Is society’s constant obsession with parenting and parenting styles getting out of hand? (The Conversation)

Congrats to the beautiful actress Zoe Saldana–the “Avatar” star is reportedly is pregnant with her first child. (Fox 50)

Infuse your summer with some East End fun for the whole family! (Elizabeth Street)

Treating childhood seizures with medical marijuana? Maybe not as crazy an idea as it sounds–read on to see how some parents are fighting to expand the drug’s legal use for kids. (Mashable)