The Motherlode: Our Top Weekly Links

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano
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Big Bird gets vaxxed…and trolled. (NPR)

How to prep needle-shy kids for their COVID shot. (The New York Times)

Why doctors are saying vaccinate your kids now. (NPR)

A heart-breaking interview with Ahmaud Arbery’s father, as 11 white jurors are selected—and only 1 Black juror—in his murder trial. (Yahoo!)

A Texas state legislator is trying to ban 850 books from schools, most with LGBTQ+ themes, as well as books that explore racism and the experience of Indigenous people. (NPR, Book Riot)

The father and grandfather of 9-year-old Astroworld victim Ezra Blount speaks out as the young boy fights for his life. (CBS, The Sun)

The dismal state of parental leave in the U.S. (The Atlantic)

Mark your calendars for November 19th, when the biopic King Richard, about Venus and Serena’s father, Richard Williams, comes to Netflix. (The Guardian)

Will Smith, who also has a new memoir out, details how the domestic abuse he witnessed as a child shaped him. (NPR)

What becoming a parent really does to your happiness levels. (The Atlantic)

The new picture book Calvin chronicles a child in transition. (Amazon, Bookshop, NPR)

Meanwhile, Charlotte and the Nutcracker tells the story of the first Black girl to play Marie in the New York City Ballet’s production. (Bookshop, Amazon)

Enter to win $300 worth of natural, Waldorf-style toys for the holidays! (Bella Luna Toys)

Vermont becomes the first state to require free condoms in public middle and high schools. (People)

Insecure actress Christina Elmore on navigating motherhood on and offscreen. (Elle)

Kirsten Dunst on motherhood and how having her first son made her feel free. (Yahoo!)

Women in their 30s are having fewer babies during the pandemic. (Bloomberg)

Why some schools are paying kids to get vaccinated. (TIME)

A mother is charged with the deaths of her five children due to a tragic house fire. Many say racism is to blame. (NY Post)

Why it’s so hard to treat pain in infants. (National Geographic)

Two women in California gave birth to each other’s babies after an IVF mix-up. (The Guardian)

Target teams up with LEGO for a brand-new collection for the whole family (dogs included). (LEGO x Target)

There are also brand-new Christian Robinson x Target goodies to grab. (Christian Robinson x Target)

Ziggy Marley on being inspired to create for children. (Yahoo!)

Storq’s new mama bag is here! Plus, it’s Mama + BB Nursing Cardigan is back in stock! (Storq)

How to prevent your baby from getting a sweet tooth. (Yahoo!)

Just in time for the holiday’s, Noble’s “Cindy Lou” dress. (Noble)

Bye, bye 2021—in ornament form. (Lana’s Shop)

Are teens the answer to the labor shortage? (Quartz)

A couple in the country of Georgia used surrogates to have 21 babies in less than 2 years. (Yahoo!)

Eco-friendly, organic-cotton retailer Pact is now open in S.F. (Pact)

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