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What went viral this week: SNL understands the struggle of kids clothes + Ashley Graham's refreshing honesty

Can you believe Christmas is next week?!? If you haven't gotten everything done yet, don't worry—neither have we.

But if you've already baked the cookies, moved the elf and purchased your kids' matching pajamas, settle in for a laugh—because an SNL skit just poked fun at children's clothing in the most hilarious way. It's just one of the things that went viral in the world of motherhood this week.

Here are the viral headlines making us smile this week:

This viral video proves SNL understands the struggle of dressing kids 

Fact: Putting your kids in cute outfits is wonderful...in theory. Oh sure, you love looking at them in sweet new outfits. And the pictures those outfits produce? They're total winners.

But let's not kid ourselves: Getting kids dressed—particularly during the winter, and more specifically, the holiday season —is...well...an interesting process, to say the least.

A Saturday Night Live skit just poked fun at this and it is hilarious and so relatable. "For your little ones, Macy's has the festive fashion that'll have them saying…..'It's too hooooooooot!' 'It itches'!,'" the ad proclaims. If you're a parent who has ever tried to put your child in a sweater (or scarf or coat of bunting), you know exactly where this is going.

The fictional ad goes on to poke fun at how tough it is to get a sweater over a child's head, how kids always (like always) lose their mittens and how uncomfortable those shiny dress shoes for little girls can be.

If you haven't quite made it to the point where your children can verbally complain about how uncomfortable their outfits are, you'll probably understand this: There's a clip featuring an adorable onesie with buttons running down the front...which prove so cumbersome, parents may even leave their babies in stinky diapers just to avoid having to navigate the button situation. 😂

Viral video proves every kids is running their own race 😂

There's nothing cuter than watching children try their hardest to learn a new skill. Sometimes they discover a true talent, more often they...well, don't. Either way, it's a pretty adorable sight to behold.

Case in point: This video, which is making the rounds on Twitter. The clip shows a group of children running an obstacle course on a track—at first glance, you may not quite grasp why exactly the video is gaining so much attention. Sure, it's cute, but is it really all that entertaining? And then you read the caption, which instructs you to focus on one child each time you watch the video and you realize...yes. Yes, it is that entertaining.

Focusing on one kid at a time allows you to really see every adorable stumble, missed direction and hilarious attempt. It's SO cute, and it's such a sweet reminder that children simply have their own way of doing things, and that we can all stand to learn about being carefree and individually-minded from them.

Not surprisingly, Twitter users are loving this. "The kid on the left that jumped up instead of over and just stood there after," one user replied. "Never has there been a purer example of how people deal with obstacles in their own individual way," another added.

Ashley Graham revealed her pregnancy weight gain and mamas are applauding her for it

Ashley Graham is one of those expectant mamas who really keeps it real, from sharing close-up shots of her stretch marks to admitting she's had both good and bad days during her pregnancy. Now, the mama-to-be is sharing the amount of weight she's gained while pregnant and moms are loving her honesty.

"Throughout my pregnancy so far I've gained 50lbs," she writes in an Instagram post that features the model practicing yoga.. "And the best part is, I don't care! I have never felt better, and I am so thankful that my body and son have allowed me to be as mobile and flexible as I have been."

Fellow mamas are here for Ashley's weight gain admission. "I gained 50 too. Our bodies surrender to them. It's the most rewarding gift," one comments.

Another adds: "So happy that you've figured out what works best to make you feel best. Love that you don't care about your weight gain!! It's refreshing. Really all about what's best for you & your boy!! I can't wait to see all his cuteness!!"

Feeling your body change so rapidly during pregnancy can be tough, but we love that Ashley is able to keep things in perspective. She's healthy, so is her baby, and she's able to keep it real—gaining 50 pounds while growing a baby is a very common occurrence, and we'd bet so many other pregnant women feel less alone after seeing Ashley's post.

This hospital is dressing up babies as Baby Yoda 😍

Pittsburgh's UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital is known for dressing the newborns in adorable themed outfits, and this Christmas they are doing a very topical theme. Fans of the Disney+ show The Mandalorian will recognize those ears: These babies are dressed up as The Child, also known as Baby Yoda.

"It's a holiday tradition here at Magee, dressing up our babies in the nursery in festive attire. This year, these babies are out of this galaxy cute!" the hospital noted in its Facebook post.

We love these festive Star Wars hats!

This viral illustration is a must-see for all new moms

So often we are told that new parenthood will be this amazing, wonderful experience and that we should love every minute of it. But it's not always that. Moments are, but motherhood in general is a complex experience and loss is part of that experience. Society doesn't talk about how when you gain a baby and a new identity you lose things, too.

That's why we love this viral post from The Postpartum Stress Center.

The caption reads, in part: "We wait; we hold our breath, we wade through the mess, accept that losses are part of this experience and proceed mindfully through this eventful life transition. Then, when we aren't looking, some of the losses on our list return to us, sometimes the way we remember them, sometimes as part of our new normal. Either way, the payoff is usually worth the wait."

It's okay to speak up about feelings of loss and admit that the trade-offs are real. Some trade-offs hurt more than others. And if you're hurting right now, mama, please know that there is help.

Viral post reminds parents to be compassionate with kids during Christmas meltdowns 

Esther Sowerby has spent decades working with kids as a teacher and day care operator and this year she took to Facebook to share some of her wisdom with parents. She wrote a beautiful Facebook post describing the challenges of the holiday season from a child's point of view, and it is helping parents practice empathy and kindness when dealing with holiday meltdowns.

"I've been following Suzanne Zeedyk, who is a professor at the University of Dundee, Scotland, who is really helping us in the U.K. see that all behavior is communication," she told Good Morning America. "Rather than talk about misbehavior, which makes us want to use punishment, she says we should be talking about distressed behavior. That language shift makes us ask why children are upset and what they need."

As adults it can be hard to see things from the point of view of our children, but Ester's post is helping parents make that shift:

"Be kind to me this Christmas... from a little person's point of view:

- You've probably let me eat more sugar than usual - I'm bound to have higher highs and lower lows.

- In the holidays I'm out of routine - I can cope better with transitions when I know exactly what's coming next so please explain our plans for the day clearly to me.

- The anticipation of Christmas can be pretty overwhelming and exhausting. Help me to rest by keeping to my normal bedtimes.

- Travelling at Christmas is stressful for all of us. When possible, be flexible about when we travel and check the traffic before we leave.

- I have no idea about the value of money - if there's no way I can have that giant lego set for Christmas, then please tell me well before Christmas morning. I'll have time to get over my disappointment and I'll learn to trust your honesty.

- Grown-ups find preparing for Christmas stressful. I know you want it to be perfect for me so I'll have memories I can cherish forever. But I see you getting stressed, sometimes even before you do. I pick up on it and reflect it like a mirror. Please slow down, notice me, talk to me, play with me. That's what I'll remember.

- When I lose it, and I probably will at some point, please don't make me ashamed of my feelings by shouting at me. I never set out to deliberately disappoint you and I didn't try to ruin your Christmas. I'm really not that calculated. I'm just a little person whose brain deals with stress in different ways to yours. Please try to understand me, from my point of view.

And when all else fails, wrap your arms around me and hold me so I feel the strength of your love.

Esther 26.11.19 x"

In a follow up to her now viral post Ester writes: "My post on seeing Christmas through children's eyes has had a crazy amount of responses! Mostly positive, but some people have felt sad and even guilty that it's not possible to parent like that all the time. Thing is no one can!"

If you've had a bad moment with your child, don't beat yourself up, mama. Being compassionate with yourself will help you be compassionate with your child.

This viral Old Navy ad features a real family with two fathers 

Sometimes ads feature families that aren't really families, but rather a group of models that just met that day. But an Old Navy ad that is going viral this week features a very real family and some very real representation.

Dustin Patrick Smith and Burton B. Buffaloe are two dads raising their two adorable kids together, and their Old Navy ad is going viral because

Smith explained his feelings in an Instagram post: "The definitions of a family today and a family in the past are far from similar. Oftentimes people will say a family includes a mother, father, and children all living under one roof. Our family consists of two fathers, a son and a daughter. Exposure to families that may not be like your own, in particular, encourages tolerance and acceptance because the fact is, everyone's family is unique. As we prep for the holidays we are celebrating uniqueness and individuality. As our kids get older they are very vocal about what they want to wear and I love that. Them finding their own self expression is exciting to watch, so mixing up our @oldnavy jingle jammies is welcomed in this household."

7-year-old boy living in shelter writes viral letter to Santa

When a 7-year-old Texas boy living in a domestic violence shelter wrote a letter to Santa his mom was touched and so were the staff at the shelter, SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

According to CNN, SafeHaven staff posted letter on Facebook this week, (after changing the boy's name for his safety).

The letter reads:

Dear Santa,

We had to leave our house. Dad was mad. We had to do all the chores. Dad got everything he wanted. Mom said it was time to leave and she would take us to a safer place where we don't have to be scared.

I'm still nervous. I don't want to talk to the other kids. Are you going to come this Christmas? We don't have any of our stuff here. Can you bring some chapter books, a dictionary, and a compass and a watch? I also want a very very very good dad. Can you do that too?

Love, Blake

Since the post went viral many people reached out asking how they could help Blake and his family, and the good news is that many donations have come in to help him and the other kids living at the shelter.

The now-viral post reminds us that this is the reality for many families this holiday season, and that domestic violence can impact lives no matter the season.

If you are experiencing domestic violence and need help now you can call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Mom goes viral for using cardboard cut-outs of herself to keep toddler happy 

Fuki Sato lives in Japan with her 1-year-old son but this week she became world-famous for a hot second thanks to her husband's genius idea.

Their son freaks out when he can't see mama, so she replaced herself with a cardboard cut-out so that she could have a few minutes to herself.

As first reported by Romper. Sato's husband came up with the idea and posted a video of the results on Twitter.

In the video, Sato replaces herself with the cardboard version while her son is playing. For 20 minutes he plays happily, glancing over every so often to make sure mama is still there.

It's probably not a strategy that would work long term, but it sure is funny.

I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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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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The American Academy of Pediatrics says that newborns, especially, do not need a bath every day. While parents should make sure the diaper region of a baby is clean, until a baby learns how to crawl around and truly get messy, a daily bath is unnecessary.

So, why do we feel like kids should bathe every day?

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