LinkedIn is usually the platform you go to when you want to make industry connections or read inspiring posts about working toward career success, but now two parents are using it to remind the rest of us that the connection with our children is more valuable than any work we could find on the social network.

A pair of Linked In posts by a pair of grieving parents urges moms and dads to use their time off and fill their vacation days with hugs, not work emails.

J.R. Storment is a tech founder and his wife Jessica Brandes is a naturopathic doctor. And when one of their healthy, 8-year-old twin boys didn't wake up one morning they both wished they'd spent less time at work and more time with their sons. In twin essays posted to LinkedIn, Storment and Brandes tell two perspectives of their son's death but share a perspective they now want to share with other parents.


"If you are a parent and have any capacity to spend more time with your kids, do," Brandes writes.

"Hug your kids. Don't work too late. A lot of the things you are likely spending your time on you'll regret once you no longer have the time," Storment echoed in his post.

For Brandes, the realization that her son was gone happened when she realized he was sleeping in far too late while his brother played on an iPad next to him. When she saw his mottled feet sticking out of the blanket, she knew. Storment learned of their son's death when Brandes called him at work. He was in a meeting when Brandes called and told him their son was dead. The call was a quick one. she hung up fast and called 911.

The couple's son, Wiley, had Rolandic Epilepsy, a form of epilepsy they'd been told was benign. Apart from the epilepsy, which he was diagnosed with nine months before his death, Wiley was a healthy, vibrant boy just like his twin brother, Oliver. And one morning he was just gone. They believe he died from a rare condition called Sudden Unexplained Death of Epilepsy.

"Take your vacation days and sabbaticals and go be with them," Brandes wrote in her LinkedIn post. "You will not regret the emails you forgot to send. From now on, if you email or text me and my reply takes longer than expected, know that I am with the people I love sharing my time, creating my new identity and I encourage you to do the same."

As her husband titled his post, "It's later than you think."

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One year ago, you were probably daydreaming about these moments… and possibly slightly nervous about how you would manage. Look at you now, mama! But take a deep breath, because life is about to get even more exciting as your sweet little baby enters toddlerhood!

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To cheer on first steps: Bright Starts rolling monkey

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For whatever life throws at you: All In Motion anorak jacket

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Motherhood is all about multitasking, and your clothing should be able to take you from one activity to the next. Thankfully, the amazingly stylish activewear on the market right now means you can feel good about a wardrobe stable that is able to multitask, too.


For baby’s first cake: KitchenAid hand mixer

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For chasing that active baby: C9 Champion women’s knit sneakers

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You might be surprised by how quickly your toddling baby turns into a running baby. So lace up those shoes, mama!


For your favorite photos: Project 62 wire clip collage

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How many pictures have you taken in the past year? We're betting it's a pretty high number, and at least a few of those deserve to be displayed in your home. Make it easy to swap them out with a frame that allows you to display multiple pictures at once.


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