You already know that we love to share tips about raising kids, fun activities and our favorite kid-friendly recipes. Every week we want to share some of our favorite reads ¦ these are the most  Viral Parenting Posts  from around the web.

We share many viral posts on our Facebook page, but we are going to gather them here in one place, for easy access.


1.  Why I’m Loving The Sleep-Deprived Newborn Stage
Sneak Peek:
I ™m reporting live from the depths of the newborn stage: My baby is 12 days old. I can't tell you the weather or time because days and nights are blending together, and I ™ve rarely gone outdoors. I don't know when I last showered, or the last thing I ate, or where my slippers or sanity are hiding. But there's something that I ™m finding particularly strange: I currently don't mind the sleep-deprived, newborn stage. That's probably the sleep-deprivation talking, right? Maybe. Probably. But there are a few reasons for this crazy talk.
Read more on Scary Mommy here.

2.  Be Strong Single Moms
Sneak Peek:
I remember my first morning as a single mom vividly. My alarm clock went off, and I realized that there was nobody else there to get up if I didn't. If I slept in, if I couldn't get myself up for whatever reason, my daughter wouldn't make it to school. And that's when I knew what it was to be a single mom. It's a tough, crazy job and there's so much to it. But you know what? It's amazing.
Read more at Totally the Bomb here.

3.  Why You Think Your Baby is Manipulating You
Sneak Peek:
How many times have you heard someone say, That baby is manipulating you! Seems crazy, right? Well, yes. But sometimes, just sometimes, it also seems true. Here's the real truth to why people think that and what's really happening. But no matter what the behavior, know this, it's only a problem if it's a problem for you
Read more on Kids Activities Blog here.

4.   Spend more time outdoors!
Sneak Peek:

Prisoners at a maximum security facility in Indiana called outdoor time the highlight of their day. You take all your problems and frustrations and just leave them out there, one prisoner said. Another said it keeps his mind right.

When asked how they would feel about having their yard time reduced to one hour a day, inmates responded that it would build more anger and resentment. One inmate said it would be torture. A prison guard said it would be potentially disastrous.

The prisoners are shocked upon learning that most children have less than an hour of outdoor time per day, one of them calling the news depressing.
Read more on  here.

5.  Bad Baby Names — Just Say No!
Sneak Peek:
We ™ve talked hipster, we ™ve talked popular, so let's talk just plain bad. Bad baby names that is. I mean, to each their own, right? Your kid, your choice. I just need to know at what point it became acceptable to name a child Jathan (say it out loud ¦)? Let's be real here, I ™m not your judge, jury or executioner. I ™m just a passive observer with with three kids of my own, and a platform for speculation.
Read more on Todays Mama.

6.  15 Healthy After School Snacks
Sneak Peek:
Kids love coming home to a snack that is already prepared, and it helps them make better food choices! Not every parent can be home cooking to have a snack read for their kids, which is why most of these ideas are things you can make ahead and have ready at any time! Some of these snack ideas, kids can make themselves if you have the ingredients ready.
Read more on Super Healthy Kids here.

7.  4 Reasons Your Call to Stay-at-Home Moms Goes to Voicemail
Sneak Peek:
No, I don't have a job, and no, I can't pick up your phone call. Just text me. Ya feel me? Who are you, the President? It was my dad's joking retort. I ™d just told him I had 7 minutes to talk. I was about to turn into preschool carline, and I could tell he was about to launch into a long story.
Read more at She Just Glows here.

8.  Here’s an Excellent Idea for a Kids Party
Sneak Peek:
As much as we try to cultivate healthy, quality eating habits in our children, they're always going to be drawn to the less-healthy, more-processed treats at least some of the time. One perennial popular dish? Hot Pockets. Since we know we really do NOT want to give them to our kids, we need a great compromise, and we found one in this dish from Food Network's Farmhouse Rules. Not only are these homemade Taco Pacos full of ingredients you can control, she's giving them a southwestern spin for even-better flavor. Check them out!
Read more on Tip Hero here.

9.  10 Mindfulness Exercises To Do With Kids
Sneak Peek:
A few mornings ago, as we stepped outside in the chill of the early morning air, my six-year-old son stopped in his tracks and said ” Smell that! Take a deep breath. It's so fresh, his brother followed up. And my heart stretched a little on both sides. smile emoticon Maybe my subtle efforts to live mindfully with my kids were rubbing off on them after all. Most of the time, my efforts end in someone squishing a bug or pulling out an imaginary weapon.
Read more on Kids Stuff World here.

10.   9 Reasons You Must Cuddle Your Kids
Sneak Peek:
When Mother Teresa received the Nobel Prize, she was asked, What can we do to promote world peace? She answered Go home and love your family. So in that vein, here are 9 reasons you should cuddle your kids. Like all the time. It's an easy way to love your child. Whether they like it or not.
Read more on A Mother Far From Home here.
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