What went viral this week: Quadruplets, back-to-school confusion + a baking fail
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School is back in session but not all kids are back in classrooms. Parents are struggling and trying to remain positive in these incredibly difficult times. But if there's one thing parents know, it's that there is hope for the future. We see it in our children and we see it in the stories making headlines right now.

Here are a few of the good news stories making us smile this week:

This mom learned she was pregnant with quadruplets weeks after adopting 4 children!

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They went from a couple to a family of 11 in record time. Pennsylvania parents Maxine and Jake Young always wanted kids but were struggling with infertility issues when they decided to become foster parents. They got the call for an emergency foster placement of three siblings in 2017.

The children were young, just 4, 2 and 11 months old. A month later, the couple got another call. Their foster kids had a baby sister, and they picked her up from the hospital.

A couple months later, Maxine learned IVF had finally worked—and she was pregnant after years of trying.

"It was chaos," she tells WFMZ."We went from zero to five within less than a year."

Then in 2019, the children they were fostering became officially theirs via adoption, and a couple of months later, Maxine found out she was pregnant again...but this time she wasn't having one. She was expecting four more babies.

"I didn't even think that I could get pregnant without doing IVF [in vitro fertilization] or IUI [intrauterine insemination], which we had to do with our son. I remember texting [Jake] and was like, 'Oh my God,'" Maxine said.

The quads were born on July 31, 2020 and their parents are preparing to help them transition from the NICU to their home with their siblings. "Luckily, they're all doing really well, and we're really grateful," Maxine said.

This mom's viral video on back-to-school confusion is hilarious

Are your kids back in class or doing homeschool? Or are they in class on Mondays, Wednesdays and every other Friday? Are they supposed to log in to Google classroom, Zoom or Classroom Dojo? Are they supposed to wear their mask all day or just in the hallway?

Are you confused yet? Because we are and so is comedian Dena Blizzard of the "One Funny Mother" Facebook page.

In a now-viral Facebook video that has been viewed thousands of times, Blizzard pokes fun at the trouble with cohorts and hybrid schedules and everything else this year. The video is based on a real-life situation in her hometown and is called "A SIMPLE explanation of our Simple Hybrid Plan."

Blizzard plays a school administrator trying to explain a "simple" plan that doesn't seem so simple at all.

She told Good Morning America she was inspired to make the skit when someone in her town made a social media post seeking to clarify the school schedule. "They only made it worse," Blizzard said. "I figured parents everywhere were just as confused so I thought, 'why not make a video that makes this crystal clear, but from an administrator's perspective and in the most ridiculous way possible?'"

Thanks for the laughs, Dena!

This toddler went viral for a disastrous baking attempt but his mom says there's joy in the mess

We're all looking for something to watch during these trying but boring times, and this week 38 million of us watched a toddler named Cade baking, Bussiness Insider reports.

The video shows 2-year-old Cade baking with his grandmother, but at every step in the cookie making process, he's shoving handfuls of ingredients into his mouth (PSA: try not to let kids eat raw flour) and derailing the project in an adorable way.

"No eating the butter!" his grandma chuckles.

Cade's mama, Christy Hagedorn, shares videos of Cade to connect with her own far-flung family but is glad the video has made so many people smile.

Speaking to Bussiness Insider about the vitality of the clip she explained "It probably just brings back good memories for people."

We can certainly all use that right now!

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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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