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Do you remember the Y2K freak out? Were you one of the people in Time Square partying like it was your last night on earth? Are you still using up those canned goods and toilet paper from your emergency cache?

Nobody knew what to do when the binary code flipped over, except the computer nerds of course. They never lost their cool. I'm a nerd myself, but I'm a literature-loving, crossword-working, NPR-listening geek. I can't speak computer. My kids are already showing interest in technology as they live in a world of toys and smartphones that encourages tech-speak. So I'm doing what I always do: turning to books for the answer. Here are five great books to help kids explore coding.

“Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding

by Linda Liukas

This one goes at the top of the list because it's my favorite. Written for kids as young as four, this is part picture book and part activity book.

Ruby is curious and loves puzzles. In each of the nine chapters, Ruby solves a problem that teaches a basic principle of coding, but it's really more about how to use your brain in a new way. This quote from the author made me buy the book in the first place: “Coding is like crayons or LEGO blocks – a way to express yourself. This book is not about 'learning to code'. It doesn't teach any specific programming languages, but introduces the fundamentals of computational thinking that every future kid coder will need."

If coding is how my kids want to express themselves, I'll embrace it.

A Beginner's Guide to Coding"

by Marc Scott

Scratch and Python are free programming languages any kid can use. This book walks them through how to create characters, animate photos, and even make their own computer games. The illustrations make me want to play Packman and Galaga, and the instructions are easy enough for kids eight through 12.

Online Safety for Coders (Get Kids Coding)"

by Heather Lyons and Elizabeth Tweedale

“Kids Get Coding" is a series by Heather Lyons and Elizabeth Tweedale that teaches young kids how to explore computers from the inside out. This particular book from the series is a necessary one for any kid getting into technology. It teaches them how to be safe while on the internet. It explains where your information goes, how it can be used by others, and how you can protect yourself. The layout is fun and easy to read with Data Duck, the series mascot, carrying you through the chapters.

Sasha Savvy Loves to Code

by Sasha Ariel Alston

This book is less manual and more early reader for kids seven to 10. It's a short novel about Sasha, a girl who reluctantly takes coding classes at a summer camp. Her mom is a software developer who gives her the secret to unlock the coding puzzles and she can't help but get hooked.

It's a fun and fast read and might encourage kids who are intimidated by technology to give it a try (or adults for that matter). Even I felt like I could handle it after reading this. Also, the author is a college kid in New York who had done internships with Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Not too shabby.

Margaret and the Moon

by Dean Robbins

Margaret Hamilton was a pioneer in the space industry. She created code for the Apollo 8, 9, 10, and 11 missions. Without her intellect and creativity, NASA and our country's success in space would not be the same.

This book celebrates her smarts in a way that kids, ages four through eight, can understand. It shows her as a little girl who loved numbers, math, and asking questions. Then it follows her as she begins to solve problems and explore the world of coding. It's a wonderful tribute to an ambitious and brilliant woman and is a great inspirational read for kids who want to get into the sciences.

Coding is not my language, but it might be my kids'. I want them to be well-versed in whatever dialect they choose and these books are both technical and engaging enough to capture my interest as well as theirs. Cheers to learning to be a nerd in a whole new way.

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Baby stuff comes in such cute prints these days. Gone are the days when everything was pink and blue and covered in ducks or teddy bears. Today's baby gear features stylish prints that appeal to mom.

That's why it's totally understandable how a mama could mistake a car seat cover for a cute midi skirt. It happened to Lori Farrell, and when she shared her mishap on Facebook she went viral before she was even home from work. Fellow moms can totally see the humor in Farrell's mishap, and thankfully, so can she.

As for how a car seat cover could be mistaken for a skirt—it's pretty simple, Farrell tells Motherly.

"A friend of mine had given me a huge lot of baby stuff, from clothes to baby carriers to a rocker and blankets and when I pulled it out I was not sure what it was," she explains. "I debated it but washed it anyway then decided because of the way it pulled on the side it must be a maternity skirt."

Farrell still wasn't 100% sure if she was right by the time she headed out the door to work, but she rocked the ambiguous attire anyway.

"When I got to work I googled the brand and realized not only do they not sell clothing but it was a car seat cover."

The brand, Itzy Ritzy, finds the whole thing pretty funny too, sharing Farell's viral moment to its official Instagram.

It may be a car seat cover, but that print looks really good on this mama.

And if you want to copy Farell's style, the Itzy Ritzy 4-in-1 Nursing Cover, Car Seat Cover, Shopping Cart Cover and Infinity Scarf (and skirt!) is available on Amazon for $24.94.

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Daycare for infants is expensive across the country, and California has one of the worst states for parents seeking care for a baby. Putting an infant in daycare in California costs $2,914 more than in-state tuition for four years of college, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Paying north of $1,000 for daycare each month is an incredible burden, especially on single-parent families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines affordable childcare as costing no more than 10% of a family's income—by that definition, less than 29% of families in California can afford infant care. Some single parents spend half their income on day care. It is an incredible burden on working parents.

But that burden may soon get lighter. CBS Sacramento reports California may put between $25 and $35 million into child care programs to make day care more affordable for parents with kids under 3 years old.

Assembly Bill 452, introduced this week, could see $10 million dollars funneled into Early Head Start (which currently gets no money from the state but does get federal funding) and tens of millions more would be spent on childcare for kids under three.

The bill seeks to rectify a broken childcare system. Right now, only about 14% of eligible infants and toddlers are enrolled in subsidized programs in California, and in 2017, only 7% of eligible children younger than three years of age accessed Early Head Start.

An influx of between $25 to $35 million dollars could see more spaces open up for kids under three, as Bill 452, if passed, would see the creation of "grants to develop childcare facilities that serve children from birth to three years of age."

This piece of proposed legislation comes weeks after California's governor announced an ambitious plan for paid parental leave, and as another bill, AB 123, seeks to strengthen the state's pre-kindergarten program.

Right now, it is difficult for some working parents to make a life in California, but by investing in families, the state's lawmakers could change that and change California's future for the better.

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When a mama gets married, in most cases she wants her children to be part of her big day. Photographers are used to hearing bride-to-be moms request lots of pictures of their big day, but when wedding photographer Laura Schaefer of Fire and Gold Photography heard her client Dalton Mort planned to wear her 2-year-old daughter Ellora instead of a veil, she was thrilled.

A fellow mama who understands the benefits of baby-wearing, Schaefer was keen to capture the photos Mort requested. "When I asked Dalton about what some of her 'must get' shots would be for her wedding, she specifically asked for ones of her wearing Ellie, kneeling and praying in the church before the tabernacle," Schaefer tells Motherly.

She got those shots and so many more, and now Mort's toddler-wearing wedding day pics are going viral.

"Dalton wore Ellie down the aisle and nursed her to sleep during the readings," Schaefer wrote on her blog, explaining that Ellie then slept through the whole wedding mass.

"As a fellow mother of an active toddler, this is a HUGE win! Dalton told me after that she was SO grateful that Ellie slept the whole time because she was able to focus and really pray through the Mass," Schaefer explains.

Dalton was able to concentrate on her wedding day because she made her baby girl a part of it (and that obviously tired Ellie right out).

Ellie was part of the commitment and family Dalton if forging with her husband, Jimmy Joe. "There is no better behaved toddler than a sleeping toddler, and she was still involved, even though I ended up unwrapping her to nurse her. I held her in my arms while my husband and I said our vows. It was really special for us," Dalton told POPSUGAR.

This is a wedding trend we are totally here for!

Congrats to Dalton and Jimmy Joe (and to Ellie)! 🎉

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The internet is freaking out about how Peppa Pig is changing the way toddlers speak, but parents don't need to be too worried.

As Romper first reported, plenty of American parents have noticed that preschoolers are picking up a bit of a British accent thanks to Peppa. Romper's Janet Manley calls it "the Peppa effect," noting that her daughter started calling her "Mummy" after an in-flight Peppa marathon.

Plenty of other parents report sharing Manley's experience, but the British accent is not likely to stick, experts say.

Toronto-based speech and language pathologist Melissa James says this isn't a new thing—kids have always been testing out the accents they hear on TV and in the real world, long before Peppa oinked her way into our Netflix queues.

"Kids have this amazing ability to pick up language," James told Global News. "Their brains are ripe for the learning of language and it's a special window of opportunity that adults don't possess."

Global News reports that back in the day there were concerns about Dora The Explorer potentially teaching kids Spanish words before the kids had learned the English counterparts, and over in the U.K., parents have noticed British babies picking up American accents from TV, too.

But it's not a bad thing, James explains. When an American adult hears "Mummy" their brain translates it to "Mommy," but little kids don't yet make as concrete a connection. "When a child, two, three or four, is watching a show with a British accent and hears [words] for the first time, they are mapping out the speech and sound for that word in the British way."

So if your baby is oinking at you, calling you "Mummy" or testing out a new pronunciation of "toh-mah-toe," know that this is totally natural, and they're not going to end up with a life-long British pig accent.

As Dr, Susannah Levi, associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders at New York University, tells The Guardian, "it's really unlikely that they'd be acquiring an entire second dialect from just watching a TV show."

It sure is cute though.

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