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 r eports.
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!