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A-listers are known for their elaborate, jaw-dropping Halloween costumes, but it's their mini-me's outfits we look forward to the most.

Here is what celebrities, their babies and kids are wearing on the spookiest day of the year!

Gabrielle Union-Wade and her daughter 'Bring It On' 

Gabrielle Union's daughter Kaavia James is only 11 months old but she is cancelling her mama's iconic 2000 film Bring It On this Halloween.

Union's costume bears the name of her character's high school team in the classic team comedy, while Kaavia's is similar but emblazoned with the name Runza. That's not a fictional high school team, but a real restaurant chain in Union's home state, Nebraska.

The restaurant gifted Kaavia the outfit weeks ago and she's been sporting it on her mom's Instagram ever since.

Jessica Biel dressed up as Justin Timberlake 

Mrs. Justin Timberlake was in a bit of hot water earlier this month when Jimmy Fallon dug up an old 1999 clip in which she said she didn't know or own any NSYNC music, but that they were "cool, I guess." That's why this year she's going as JT himself, back when he had the blonde, crunchy curly hair and a love for shiny jumpsuits.

Stormi is dressing like Kylie this year

Stromi Webster looks so much like her mama, Kylie, but even more so when she's all dressed up like her mogul mom.

Stormi's halloween look is a replica of her mom's met ball look, right down to the lavender wig.

She looks adorable adorable and her mama can't get enough.

"My baby!!!!!!!! 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 i cant handle this!!!!" she captioned Stormi's pics on Insta.

Ali Fedotowsky Manno 

The Malificent movie is in theatres now but a replica version is in Ali Manno's house as her daughter Molly has totally nailed the Angelina Jolie's look in time for Halloween.

"She picked her costume based off a billboard by our house - she's never seen Sleeping Beauty. I'm guessing she's just an Angelina Jolie fan. I mean, who isn't?" Manno wrote on Instagram.

The rest of the family followed Molly's lead and did the Sleeping Beauty theme, but it was pretty easy to put together, according to Manno.

"I'm pretty sure everything is 2 day shipping since most of it is from Amazon," she writes.

Pregnant Ashley Graham is Jessica Rabbit 

Ashley Graham is pregnant but that isn't stopping her from going all out this Halloween.

She committed to Jessica Rabbit in a red wig and even redder latex and looks as much like a cartoon bombshell as a human being can.


And let's not forget the celeb throwbacks from Halloweens past!

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel with son Silas as Lego heroes in 2018

If you thought super hero costumes were cool, you've never seen this. The Timberlake-Biel household won Halloween 2018 in their looks from the Lego Batman Movie. It's probably hard to sit down, but who needs to sit when you're trick-or-treating anyway?

Ayesha Curry and baby Canon channeling Snow White in 2018

Ayesha Curry's bob is so perfect for this costume, and baby Canon is such a cutie, who needs the other six dwarfs?

Mustard Mindy Kaling and her baby lion, Katherine in 2018

Nothing goes together like mustard and...a baby lion? Kaling and daughter Katherine didn't exactly have a theme going on, but with mom as a condiment and Katherine as the king of the beasts these two sure were cute.

Lauren Conrad and son Liam reacting The Birds in 2018

Liam is a little young to watch Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic, but he's absolutely adorable in this modern reenactment.

Kylie Jenner and Stormi as a stormy weather in 2018

Jenner didn't have to look for to find the inspiration for this epic look. This visual pun is too perfect.

Khloe Kardashian and True aa unicorns (and a bonus panda) in 2018

Khloe Kardashian's daughter True had more costumes for her first Halloween than her mama could fit it one pic. Scroll through Khloe's slideshow to see True transform from a baby unicorn to the sweetest little panda bear! 🐼

Jillian Harris and her whole family (even the dog) in 2018

Jillian Harris went down a rabbit hole this Halloween, dressing everyone in the fam (from baby Annie to her pooch Nacho Cilantro) in matching Alice in Wonderland costumes. We can't see her partner Justin Passuto's face in this shot, but we're sure he loves the look!

Todd Talbot and his family in 2018

Not to be outdone, Harris' Love it or List It, Too co-host, Todd Talbot, went all out with his kiddos. They picked The Greatest Showman as their family theme (suggesting Todd's kids and Pink's daughter share a favourite movies).

Ali Fedotowsky-Manno's daughter Molly was the cutest chicken ever in 2018

Busy Philips' daughter Birdie was a 90's girl in 2018

Last year little Birdie went (hilariously) as her mom (see below), and this year she's rocking the '80's aesthetic. Very realistic, Birdie!

Busy Philips daughter Birdie as Busy in 2017

Like we said, amazing.

Chrissy Teigen's daughter Luna in 2016

Have you ever seen a cuter hot dog?

Jillian Harris and the fam in 2016

Jillian Harris has added another cast member to her Halloween posse this year with the birth of daughter Annie, but we love this Wizard of Oz Halloween throwback photo, with son Leo reprising the role of the Cowardly Lion.

Jillian Harris' son in 2017

Jillian Harris is on a legit roll with Leo's amazing costumes. In 2017 he went as a wild thing from Where the Wild Things Are and his look was everything!

Alyssa Milano and daughter Elizabella in 2017

Actress Alyssa Milano and her daughter Elizabella were #twinning as Daisy Duck.

Reese Witherspoon and her daughter Ava twinning in 2007

Speaking of twins...Reese Witherspoon's daughter Ava is basically her mini-me so their look for Halloween 2007 was perfection.

Hilary Duff and son Luca in 2017

Luca and Younger actress Hilary Duff got into the Halloween spirit by dressing up as a LEGO and bunny, respectively.

Neil Patrick Harris and his family in 2017 (and every year, honestly)

Neil Patrick Harris' family pulls out all the stops for Halloween and last year's getup was no exception—he and his children (Harper Grace and Gideon Scott) dressed up as macabre circus performers.

Nicole Richie's son lost his head in 2017

For a PG-13 costume that's perfect for teens, check out Nicole Richie's son Sparrow's Headless Horseman costume.

Jimmy Fallon's daughter Winnie in 2014

Jimmy Fallon's daughter Winnie went as ramen for Halloween back in 2014. Her look was epic (and homemade!)

[Originally published October 31, 2017. Updated in 2018 + 2019.]

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We often think of the unequal gender division of unpaid labor as a personal issue, but a new report by Oxfam proves that it is a global issue—and that a handful of men are becoming incredibly wealthy while women and girls bear the burden of unpaid work and poverty.

According to Oxfam, the unpaid care work done by women and girls has an economic value of $10.8 trillion per year and benefits the global economy three times more than the entire technology industry.

"Women are supporting the market economy with cheap and free labor and they are also supporting the state by providing care that should be provided by the public sector," the report notes.

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The unpaid work of hundreds of millions of women is generating massive wealth for a couple of thousand (predominantly male) billionaires. "What is clear is that this unpaid work is fueling a sexist economic system that takes from the many and puts money in the pockets of the few," the report states.

Max Lawson is Oxfam International's Head of Inequality Policy. In an interview with Vatican News, he explained that "the foundation of unpaid work done by the poorest women generates enormous wealth for the economy," and that women do billions of hours of unpaid care work (caring for children, the sick, the elderly and cooking, cleaning) for which they see no financial reward but which creates financial rewards for billionaires.

Indeed, the report finds that globally 42% of women can't work for money because of their unpaid care responsibilities.

In the United States, women spend 37% more time doing unpaid care work than men, Oxfam America notes in a second report released in cooperation with the Institute for Women's Policy Research.

"It's an economy that is built on the backs of women and of poor women and their labour, whether it's poorly paid labour or even unpaid labour, it is a sexist economy and it's a broken economy, and you can only fix the gap between the rich and the poor if at the same time you fix the gap between women and men," Lawson explains.

According to Lawson, you can't fight economic inequality without fighting gender equality, and he says 2020 is the year to do both. Now is a great time to start, because as Motherly has previously reported, no country in the world is on track to eliminate gender inequality by 2030 (one of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by 193 United Nations member countries back in 2015) and no country will until the unpaid labor of women and girls is addressed.

"Governments around the world can, and must, build a human economy that is feminist and benefits the 99%, not only the 1%," the Oxfam report concludes.

The research suggests that paid leave, investments in childcare and the care of older adults and people with disabilities as well as utilizing technology to make working more flexible would help America close the gap.

(For more information on how you can fight for paid leave, affordable childcare and more this year check out yearofthemother.org.)

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For new mamas back to sitting behind their desks at work some six weeks (or fewer) after their babies are born, the institutionalized parental leave policy in Denmark is the stuff of daydreams: Over in that Scandinavian paradise, parents are granted 52 weeks of paid leave to divide between them.

There's no denying this is much, much better than the state of parental leave in the United States, but it isn't quite as perfect as it seems from the outside. According to Denmark's Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, women take an average 93% of leave allotted to couples. And when they do return to work, mothers' wages suffer both in comparison to men and women without children.

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The good news is that it seems the solution to this gender income gap is something we—the mothers of today, even here in America—can do something about.

A new paper from the US National Bureau of Economic Research that examined Danish administration information from 1980 to 2013 found the motherhood penalty “creates a gender gap in earnings of around 20% in the long run," which is comparable to the gap in the United States.

What's more, the income discrepancy only increases for each child a family in Denmark has: If a woman has four children, her income is only $0.60 to every dollar a man makes—10 years down the road.

While this indicates paid parental leave alone may not be the panacea for the gender income gap, the researchers suggest that changing the way we think about roles in the workplaces and homes could help—at least when it comes to the next generation.

“As a possible explanation for the persistence of child penalties, we show that they are transmitted through generations, from parents to daughters (but not sons)," the researchers note, explaining that the more a daughter's mother worked while the girl was growing up, the less the daughter's income was affected when she became a mother.

“Women tend to adopt a balance of paid work and childcare that is correlated with the one they saw their mother strike when they were growing up," Henrik Kleven, a Princeton economist and the paper's lead author, tells Quartz At Work.

What this looks like in practice is splitting household responsibilities from the get-go and encouraging fathers to take more leave. (In Sweden, where fathers are penalized for not taking advantage of paternity leave, women's earning rose an average 7% for each month of leave that men took.)

According to the State of the World's Fathers' report, produced by Promundo (a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging men and boys in gender equality in partnership with Dove Men+Care) 85% of dads surveyed in the United States, the UK, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Japan and the Netherlands want to take paternity leave, and yet less than 50% of fathers take as much time as their country's policy allows, and social norms, financial pressures and a lack of support from their managers are all factors.

The report also found that if fathers are able to do just under an hour of unpaid work per day, mothers can cut their unpaid labor time by the same amount.

"We need men to do our share. Fifty minutes more to relieve women of 50 minutes less would get us really close to equal," the president and CEO of Promundo, Gary Barker, told Motherly.

This may help shift us toward more income equality today—and, as the research shows, our daughters will really be able to reap the benefits.

[A version of this post was first published January 29, 2018. It has been updated.]

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Each day, licensed clinical social worker Ofra Obejas has appointments with a number of parents—with the idea that this is a designated time for them to decompress, turn their attention inward and concentrate on the counseling session. Yet, Obejas says she has noticed a disappointing trend: Many clients don't disconnect for that brief period.

"Parents have sat in therapy session with me and checked every time their phone alerted them, 'In case that's my kid calling me,'" she tells Motherly. "The smart device allows parents to never be away from the child."

Unlike in generations past, today's parents can be always "on" due to everything from high-tech baby monitors to a stream of pictures and updates sent to their phones. That's what we at Motherly have termed "continuous parenting," and the risk is it not only sets parents up for fatigue, but also sends children unhealthy messages about their own boundaries.

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The answer isn't to erase our kids from our minds every so often—because that simply isn't possible. But we can benefit from making the effort to step back from actively "parenting" every now and then.

Parents spend more time than ever with their kids

According to a recent study from The Economist, American moms now spend twice as much time with their children compared with women 50 years ago. That works out to be an average of 125 minutes per day of devoted mom-child time. (Kudos to dads, too: Since 1965, they have tripled the time spent with their kids. It's now up to an average of 59 minutes daily.)

Experts credit this to increasingly flexible work schedules and options to punch in from home. Likely also at play is the fact that the newest generation of moms and dads are embracing the duty like few before, with 99% of millennial parents reporting they truly love parenting.

We're leaning into parenting—but are we overdoing it?

It's one thing to identify first and foremost as a parent and take pride in that role. It's another thing, however, to confuse our sense of worth with our children's accomplishments, which is something former Stanford University dean of freshmen Julie Lythcott-Haims says was commonplace among the parents she encountered.

"When I ask parents why they participate in the overprotection, overdirection, hand-holding frenzy, they respond, 'So my kid can be happy and successful,'" she writes in How to Raise an Adult. "When I ask them how it feels, they respond, 'Way too stressful.'"

This constant investment in children's lives can take a toll on the parent-child relationship when the parent doesn't take time for him or herself, too. "The parents feel that they 'sacrificed' their own time for the benefit of the child, even though during much of that time there was no direct engagement with the child," Obejas says of those hours spent shuttling kids around town or waiting outside the doctor's office. "The parents' own emotional and mental cup becomes empty, and when the child asks for more attention, the parents feel like they have already given enough."

The expectation of constant contact 'is draining for the brain'

Even outside the category of helicopter parents, the expectation that we should constantly know what our children are doing is problematic. "'Always on alert' didn't start with children," says Obejas. "It started with devices and apps designed to be addictive. It overtaxes our fight or flight response and leads to toxic stress when levels of cortisol and adrenaline don't ever subside."

Compared with the days when it was the norm for kids to roam free until the streetlights came on, it's commonplace today for parents to expect regular updates of their kids' exact whereabouts either by texts or GPS tracking tools.

"While this can be a safety backup, it increases the type of hypervigilance we know is draining for the brain," says Urszula Klich, licensed clinical psychologist and president of the Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association. "[This] can also cause incredible anxiety as parents hear and read things they wouldn't normally be subject to, that is, let's face it, a normal part of kids growing up."

Roles have reversed

Not so long ago, parents would go to the store or out on a date only with the faith that everything was fine at home. Now? That's almost unthinkable—as we've instead shifted to the mentality that our children or their responsible caregivers should be able to contact us at any given moment. Despite the good intentions at play here, this comes at an expense.

"In what other job do you never get a break? It is truly exhausting to never get to turn off the parent brain," says LMHC Jasmin Terrany, author of Extraordinary Mommy: A Loving Guide to Mastering Life's Most Important Job.

Driving this is the trend toward maternal gatekeeping, which describes the subconscious desire to micromanage child care even when someone else is perfectly capable of holding down the fort. As uncomfortable as this may feel, it's healthiest for everyone when parents can hand over the reigns on occasion.

"We must have regular practices to refuel," Terrany tells Motherly. "We don't need to feel guilty about taking this time for ourselves—our kids will not only learn that self-care is essential, but when we are good, they will be good."

This is also how we let our children know another adult can attend to their needs, which is an important step in fostering their sense of independence and confidence. As Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity, previously told Motherly, "Let your partner actually figure it out on their own and know that the system survives even when you are not there."

Being 'always on' can degrade quality time, too

Much of being "always on" is a two-way street: Not only do we bring our children into our work days and social lives, but we also bring other obligations home with us in the form of emails sent to our smartphones and mid-playtime breaks to check social media.

"Our children need us, the parents to be 'there,'" says Tom Kersting, licensed psychotherapist and author of Disconnected: How To Reconnect Our Digitally Distracted Kids. "They need us to talk to them, play with them and be present with them. This is literally impossible if we are multitasking between the iPhone and our interactions with them."

As expert as we may consider ourselves at multitasking, there is also something to be said for setting boundaries. "In today's world it's become difficult not to carry that phone around you all the time, even more so when your job is tied to it," says Klich. "Set boundaries for yourself for when you will check, even if it's once an hour, and stick to that making it clear to the kids what you are doing and why."

And when we're away from the kids, remember this hack: Calls from favorite contacts can still come through when you're on do not disturb mode. So tell your partner or your babysitter or your kids to call if it's a true emergency—and then allow yourself to go off the clock. You'll be better for it.

[This post was first published June 25, 2018.]

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When we buy baby gear we expect it to be safe, and while no parent wants to hear that their gear is being recalled we appreciate when those recalls happen as a preventative measure—before a baby gets hurt.

That's the case with the recent recall of Baby Trend's Tango Mini Stroller. No injuries have been reported but the recall was issued because a problem with the hinge joints mean the stroller can collapse with a child in it, which poses a fall risk.

"As part of our rigorous process, we recently identified a potential safety issue. Since we strongly stand by our safety priority, we have decided to voluntarily recall certain models of the Tango Mini Strollers. The recalled models, under excessive pressure, both hinge joints could release, allowing the stroller to collapse and pose a fall hazard to children. Most importantly, Baby Trend has received NO reports of injuries," the company states on its website.

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The strollers were sold through Amazon and Target in October and November 2019 and cost between $100 and $120. If you've got one you should stop using it and contact Baby Trend for a refund or replacement.

Four models are impacted by this recall:

  • Quartz Pink (Model Number ST31D09A)
  • Sedona Gray (Model Number ST31D10A)
  • Jet Black (Model Number ST31D11A)
  • Purest Blue (Model Number ST31D03A

"If you determine that you own one of these specific model numbers please stop using the product and contact Baby Trend's customer service at 1-800-328-7363 or via email at info@babytrend.com," Baby Trend states.

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