The Motherlode: Our Top Weekly Links

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano
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A new documentary about Toni Morrison explores the writer’s role as a single mother, amongst other things. (Teen Vogue)

Summer jobs for teens have dipped below pre-2000 levels. (Pew Research, Brookings)

A pediatrician’s account of treating migrant children at the border. (The Atlantic)

A government report details the appalling conditions at border holding facilities. (The Atlantic, NPR)

The widening college-completion gap between urban and rural students. (The Atlantic)

Where mini kid libraries are popping up, from barbershops to laundromats. (The New York Times)

Why Instagram is so bad for teen girls (and probably grown women, too). (Forbes)

Dr. Kristian Henderson, Blk+Grn founder, new mama, and recent Mother subject, is currently in a coma after a critical car accident. Find out how you can help. (Dr. Kristian H.)

Inside a summer camp for kids dealing with anxiety and ADHD. (The New York Times)

The best kids’ podcasts for long summer drives. (Wired)

Massachusetts is making free menstrual products more available to teens. (Teen Vogue)

The story of 32 half-siblings linked by a sperm donor. (The New York Times)

Gen Z and the highs and lows of smartphone addiction. (Business Insider)

Only 14% of kids who get free and reduced lunch during the school year are receiving free summer meals. (Pacific Standard)

Author Mo Willems on his creative process, why you should draw with your kids, and more. (NPR)

Helping teens get more sleep—during the school year and summer. (Thrive Global)

Turns out babies can tell the difference between a laugh with a friend and with a stranger. (Scientific American)

Keeping the fun in children’s sports. (The New York Times)

Tia Mowry-Hardrict on co-sleeping with her kids. (People)

Are small private colleges worth the money? (The Atlantic)

Why you should teach your kids manners. (The New York Times)

Teens are probably consuming too much caffeine. (The Atlantic)

40 adorable classic baby names. (Cosmo)

The complex and bizarre history of the Muppet Babies. (Gizmodo)

Can Kidz Bop survive the streaming era? (The New York Times)

An L.A. salon catering to LGBTQ+ kids. (LAist)

Shay Mitchell is having a baby girl and plans to document every step of the way on YouTube. (Variety, YouTube)

Why family vloggers aren’t into the idea of moving all kids’ content to YouTube Kids. (Gizmodo)

Want your kid to become a soccer pro? Signing them up for basketball might be the answer. (Wired)

A federal worker’s story of being refused abortion coverage when carrying a child with a life-ending condition. (The New York Times)

If your toddler obsessed with your iPhone? Maybe give them a calculator. (Ozy)

Taking care of your mental health during pregnancy. (Psychology Today)

A Netherlands-based startup will no longer help folks conceive and deliver babies in space. (Business Insider)

A new threat to the health of 1.9 million immigrant children. (UPI)

One father on making dad friends. (Fatherly)

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The link above made me think of something I have been raging about for awhile: I feel like the issue of people exploiting their children on YouTube (and Instagram, for that matter) has not been given the attention it deserves. There are so many people out there using their children as part of their “business” to create a brand/image/identity, and what protections are there for the kids? These kids aren’t old enough to understand the full consequences of having their image/life plastered on the internet much less understand what it means to give consent, and if mom or dad are earning money from what they’re creating, the kids should have guarantees and protections with regards to time worked and money saved aside specifically for them. It’s not enough to trust a parent/family would do those things, and it’s also not enough to say that making their children a part of their business gives those parents/guardians the fortune of being at home and spending more time with their family. I would love to see MotherMag discussing this issue.