Here’s an easy way to help an expectant mom halfway around the world and, at the same time, receive expert advice on the best new baby products. This week when you join weeSpring, a Facebook-based platform where parents share recommendations on baby essentials, the company will donate $1 to Kangu.org.
Kangu, a bit like Kickstarter for poor expectant moms, is an organization that crowdfunds prenatal care and childbirth services for women in developing countries. Most of the in-need pregnant women are from Africa, with some from Nepal and India. Kangu has partnered with vetted and approved local maternity clinics and hospitals to give the women access to high-quality services, from prenatal to delivery to postnatal care.
“This Back To School contest is the first of several contests Nina Kids will run this fall, including giveaways later in the fall of styles worn by Vivienne Jolie Pitt and other celebrity kids,” said Mary Robertson of Nina Kids.
The contest, which begins this Sunday and runs until August 18, will consist Read More
Digital Get Down
With Fathers Day over, Scooter decided to take a minute to recognize the (sometimes) funny fathers of Facebook.
No, these are not mommy-jackers out to remind us of the labors of parenting. These are parent posters of a different breed, often aiming for the shock-and-laugh effect.
“Mommyjacking: The art of single-handedly ruining your friends’ Facebook posts by mentioning your child completely out of the blue and steering the conversation towards parenting.”
It’s a craze that has swept Facebook–out of nowhere moms (and inevitably dads) will swoop down on your latest status and find a way to turn it around with a Read More
Save the Date
The youth welfare advocacy and watchdog non-profit Children’s Rights has announced its first annual Spring Young Leaders Event, to take place Thursday June 7 at 49 Grove. Founded by civil and adolescent rights activist Marcia Robinson Lowry, Children’s Rights started as a venture of the New York Civil Liberties Union and then the American Civil Liberties Union, before establishing itself as a self-sufficient nonprofit in 1995. Children’s Rights fights legal suits on behalf of child welfare and foster care initiatives and publishes national policy reports to generate awareness on the injustices many children suffer in the U.S.
Baby's First Tweet
A friend of mine has a two-year-old daughter named Rose who I’ve never met. But I know what she looks like, what her mannerisms are and on any given day, a few things she did last week. And not because I talk to her father. I know this because Rose, who is not yet able to read or write (even the most ambitious of New York kids can’t achieve literacy at 18 months) has a blog.
It’s unclear right now how long Rose’s parents intend to keep up the blog, which publicly documents Rose’s activities and development. Or how Rose, when she becomes old enough to realize that the blog exists, will react to it. After all, she’s not the only two-year-old with an Internet presence in New York. There are plenty of adorable camera-ready toddlers with Twitter accounts, YouTube videos, Facebook accounts and Tumblr blogs. The proliferation of technology would seem to suggest that constructing a comprehensive presence on the Internet may now be as commonplace a childhood ritual as notching the door every time junior grows an inch.