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May 17, 2019

The Week in Early Learning

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This week’s best reads about early learning and parenting from around the web — May 17, 2019 edition.

With so many news sources and new research, it’s hard to stay in the loop. But we’ve got you covered! Each week we will comb through the web and find the most interesting reads in the topics of parenthood and early childhood.

When fathers in Spain were given more paternity leave, they wanted fewer children — via Motherly

The 2019 father in Spain has five weeks of paternity leave. And families are thriving for it: Dads who take parental leave still go back to work, but are more engaged with their children, and the moms are more likely to get back to work because they have an engaged partner to help carry the load. But there was one unexpected result: dads are less likely to want more children.

How to Avoid Burnout When You Have Little Ones — via The New York Times

In this new guide, parents can identify signs of burn out and find ideas for better self-care. The dangers of ignoring symptoms of burnout can have serious consequences, especially for working women, who are at higher risk.

The signs of parental burnout are:

  • overwhelming exhaustion
  • emotional detachment from one’s children
  • loss of effectiveness and pleasure in the parental role
  • marked change in behavior towards one’s children

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

Former Indiana foster care kids lead viral social media challenge in May — via

As of last month, the Indiana Department of Child Services reports 6,000 kids are living in the homes of strangers across the state and 1,200 kids in Marion County. National Foster Care Month is designed to raise awareness of the issues children in foster care face. Like having to move from home to home or using trash bags for luggage. Read about what these young people are doing to answer questions and debunk myths about the foster care system.

Why American Moms Can’t Get Enough Expert Parenting Advice — via The Atlantic

Women are struggling to balance work and family, and they’re hoping that the latest podcast, book, magazine article or class is going to offer them an answer. In this incredibly illuminating and depressing article, Caitlyn Collins analyzes the state of motherhood in the United States and proposes this crisis might require a societal response instead of an individual one.

3D images reveal how infants’ heads change shape during birth — via EurekAlert!

Doctors have long known that infants’ heads change shape during birth. Termed “fetal head molding,” these changes occur during the second stage of labor, when the baby leaves the uterus and moves through the birth canal. However, the details of fetal head molding remain unclear, and only one prior study has captured images of this process.

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