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First Lady Melania Trump at RNC: 'To mothers and parents everywhere, you are warriors'

"I want to acknowledge the fact that since March our lives have changed drastically," she explained.

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First Lady Melania Trump took the stage during the second night of the Republican National Committee Convention, speaking to the moms of the nation from the Rose Garden.

"To mothers and parents everywhere, you are warriors," she said, adding that her husband is fighting for mothers and families.


Women have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout and the First Lady did "acknowledge the fact that since March our lives have changed drastically," expressing sympathy to all the families of those taken by COVID-19.

"I know many people are anxious and some feel helpless. I want you to know you are not alone," she said, thanking the professions that most often employ working moms.

"I want to extend my gratitude to all the healthcare professionals, frontline workers and teachers who stepped up during these difficult times," she explained, later thanking military families as well.

"You are all heroes in your own right," she explained.

The First Lady explained that she hopes we will look back on 2020 decades from now and be able to tell our grandchildren that we got through it with kindness and determination.

She also referenced the recent anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the Women's suffrage movement, noting "we must make sure women are heard and that the American Dream continues to thrive."

She thanked her own mother and father for helping her get to where she is today, explaining that becoming an American citizen in 2006 remains one of the proudest moments in her life. She stated that as an immigrant and a woman she values the American Dream. It inspired her to launch her BE BEST campaign, to "help ensure a better future for the next generation" by "teaching youth about their mental and physical well-being" as well as online safety and opioid abuse.

Melania Trump briefly referenced Black Lives Matter and parts of American history that many Americans are not proud of. She suggested that "while the debate rages on about issues of race, let's focus on the strides we have made together," before turning her attention to removing the stigma from addiction and mental health issues.

"Parents please talk to your children," she urged, noting that suicide rates are on the rise, online bullying continues to be a concern and that she plans to continue her work with BE BEST if her husband is reelected, to help parents "talk to your children about the downside of technology and their relationships with their peers."

On education, the First Lady noted how vital education is for a child's development. She did not discuss early childhood education or affordable childcare specifically, but did address K-12 education: "Like my husband and the administration I will continue to support education that values the child's individual needs."

The First Lady noted how, in motherhood, it can feel like there are not enough hours in the day, and that even though she is more fortunate than most she still has days when she has to ask for strength, as a mom.

She also noted that "total honesty is what we as citizens deserve from our president."

She's not the only mom who feels that way. As Motherly has previously reported in 2020 moms are looking to elect political leaders who they see as honest and who surround themselves with competent advisors.

Time will tell who they will put their trust in later this year, and whether Melania Trump will be FLOTUS in 2021.

Earlier this month President Trump tweeted: "The 'suburban housewife' will be voting for me" but pollsters are not quite as confident as the President is. Recent polls by CBS News and Fox News showed more women voters are supporting Biden, with a smaller percentage supporting Trump.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau's latest American Community Survey shows that there are more working moms in the U.S. than mothers who could be described as housewives. Almost two-thirds of moms with kids under 18 work full-time, with 40% of working moms working in healthcare, education and social work. It's these female voters that the First Lady addressed Tuesday night during the RNC and these female voters who will be crucial in November.

A very important letter for new mamas

Listen, mom-guilt is a dirty liar. Yes, it's your job to fill your little human's needs, but you matter too. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Hang out with friends, take a drive blaring 90's hip hop or shower without interruptions—trust me, you'll be a better person (and mom) because of it.

Dear new mom,

You will shave again someday. Today is not that day.

Set expectations low, my friend, and set your partner's lower—at least where body hair and overall hygiene are concerned.

That conversation could go something like this: “From now on let's not consider shaving a “standard," but more like a gift that happens on birthdays and the first day of summer."

Voila, you are a gift-giving genius. You know what else is a gift? Shaving the inch and a half of skin that is between your skinny jeans and your boots. You're welcome world.

You will not be perfect at parenting.

Boom.

I have yet to meet a perfect mother, but when I do, she's going to be a tiger who is insanely good at making up songs. (Daniel Tiger's mom, we salute you.)

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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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A few years ago, while my wife's baby bump got bigger and my daddy reading list grew longer, I felt cautiously optimistic that this parenthood thing would, somehow, suddenly click one day. The baby would come, instincts would kick in, and the transition from established couple to a new family would be tiring but not baffling.

Boy was I wrong.

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