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What we’re reading on the blogs today.

Where would wannabe videographers be without pregnancy and babies? What would they shoot, without the existence of such prime fodder for many a home movie? In the interests of making us alternately cry and cringe, Parent Central has rounded up the best and worst pregnancy and baby videos on the web. From the good (a tastefully-shot B&W depiction of a water birth) to the funny (a clip from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life) to the offensive (a labour day vid from YouTube stars the Shaytards, who refer to their youngest as “Babytard”), Parent Central’s post cuts through all the baby-related video clutter out there.

Ohdeedoh, you’re killing us with your Christmas craft ideas. The latest one threatening to send us into a cuteness coma is their DIY mistletoe kissing ball, which takes only fabric, pompoms and glue to make. We like how they acknowledge the fun for kids lies in running around avoiding the ball so that they don’t have to pucker up. (Grownups can still stand under the ball and smooch away.)

On a more serious note, the New York Times’ Motherlode blog shares a story from the mother of an autistic child and highlights some of the challenges she faces around this time of year, when days are shorter and streetlights go on earlier than usual. Her tale offers a glimmer of hope to other parents experiencing the same difficulties.

 

 

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