14 Stories You Loved in '14

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14 Stories You Loved in '14

Pregnant for New Year’s? The bad news is you probably won’t be up all night partying. The good news is you probably won’t be up all night partying. And since you’re sober anyway, you might as well catch up on some reading. Like Well Rounded NY, obviously. Here’s your chance to check out our reader favorites from the year that’s about to pass. And also, thanks for being a superfan. We love you and can’t wait to spend 2015 together.

  1. Dear Nanny. Sometimes you actually do get to pick your family. Jessica reflects on one of the most meaningful relationships in her life.
  2. 5 Pregnancy Tips: Chriselle Lim. LA fashion icon and mama-to-be opens up about her miscarriage, her growing bump and learning to let go.
  3. Editor’s Picks: Registry. Our first ever “Editor’s Picks” focused on our baby registry items--many of which are still in our regular rotation.
  4. Images of Motherhood. After Instagram banned several breastfeeding moms, we took a stand about censoring motherhood on social media.
  5. 5 Best City Strollers. We enlisted 5 former Bump Envy beauties to hit the city streets with the best new strollers for 2014.
  6. Toddler Tuesday: Summer Fashion. In 2014, we launched Toddler Tuesdays for the WRNY readers with growing babes. Check out our own toddlers, and some of their super stylish friends, showing off their style.
  7. Game-Changer: Baby Nurse. For some new moms, a night nurse can be a lifesaver…or at least a marriage (and sanity)-saver.
  8. Worldwide Mom Style. Girls, girls, all types of girls. With style. And they just so happen to be mamas. Check out some of our faves.
  9. Makeover: Shared Space Nursery. Darling Clementine founder Lindsay Meyer-Harley welcomed Baby Boy with a new room Big Sister could love just as much.
  10. Morning Musings: Sasadi Odunsi. The founder of Bump Brooklyn lets us into a typical morning with four beautiful children in tow.
  11. 8 Great Brooklyn Baby Shops. We updated our list for 2014 with hot spots to find a baby gift in the borough we call home.
  12. Nursery Design: Mix it Up. This woodland themed nursery has the perfect high & low details to get your registry in check.
  13. What I Learned from My Miscarriages. One soon-to-be mom tells us about the heartbreak of previous births lost…and what she gained.
  14. WTF…Hospital Bag. HATCH Collection’s super-chic Ariane Goldman showed us how she packed up for Baby #2.

What was your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

This is how we’re defining success this school year

Hint: It's not related to grades.

In the ever-moving lives of parents and children, opportunities to slow down and reflect on priorities can be hard to come by. But a new school year scheduled to begin in the midst of a global pandemic offers the chance to reflect on how we should all think about measures of success. For both parents and kids, that may mean putting a fresh emphasis on optimism, creativity and curiosity.

Throughout recent decades, "school success" became entangled with "academic achievement," with cases of anxiety among school children dramatically increasing in the past few generations. Then, almost overnight, the American school system was turned on its head in the spring of 2020. As we look ahead to a new school year that will look like no year past, more is being asked of teachers, students and parents, such as acclimating to distance learning, collaborating with peers from afar and aiming to maintain consistency with schooling amidst general instability due to COVID.

Despite the inherent challenges, there is also an overdue opportunity to redefine success during the school year by finding fresh ways to keep students and their parents involved in the learning process.

"I always encourage my son to try at least one difficult thing every school year," says Arushi Garg, parenting blogger and mom of a 4-year-old. "This challenges him but also allows me to remind him to be optimistic! Lots of things in life are hard, and it's important we learn to be positive during difficult times. Fostering a sense of optimism allows kids to push beyond what they thought possible, like biking without training wheels or reading above their grade level."

Here are a few mantras to keep in mind this school year:

Quality learning matters more than quantifying learning

After focusing on standardized measures of academic success for so long, the learning environment this next school year may involve more independent, remote learning. Some parents are considering this an exciting opportunity for their children to assume a bigger role in what they are learning—and parents are also getting on board by supporting their children's education with engaging, positive learning materials like Highlights Magazine.

As a working mom, Garg also appreciates that Highlights Magazine can help engage her son while she's also working. She says, "He sits next to me and solves puzzles in the magazine or practices his writing from the workbook."

Keep an open mind as "school" looks different

Whether children are of preschool age or in the midst of high school, "going to school" is bound to look different this year. Naturally, this may require some adjustment as kids become accustomed to new guidelines. Although many parents may wish to shelter our kids from challenges, others believe optimism can be fostered through adversity when everyone is committed to adapting to new experiences.

"Honestly, I am yet to figure out when I will be comfortable sending [my son] back [to school]," says Garg. In the meantime, she's helping her son remain connected with friends who also read Highlights Magazine by encouraging the kids to talk about what they are learning on video calls.

Follow children's cues about what interests them

For Garg, her biggest hope for this school year is that her son will create "success" for himself by embracing new learning possibilities with positivity.

"Encouraging my son to try new things has given him a chance to prove that he can do anything," she says. "He takes his previous success as an example now and feels he can fail multiple times before he succeeds."

There's no denying that this school year will be far from the norm. But, perhaps, we can create a new, better way of defining our children's success in school because of it.

This article was sponsored by Highlights. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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