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March 10, 2017

Dear Upbringers, If you have somehow missed the best, most chilling parenting video of all time, featuring a foreign affairs expert being interviewed by the BBC and being all smart and professional until he’s interrupted by his toddlers, then you need to watch it right now. Watch to the end. Probably several times. Welcome to parenting, sir. It's a laugh riot. I’m @luscombeland on twitter and always read the mail that comes to, so feel free to send me thoughts.

Anne Hathaway made a speech in favor of paid parental leave in front of the U.N. Parental leave, not just maternal, because it’s good for kids, dads, moms and family stability to have dads involved from the beginning. "Why do we continue to undervalue fathers and overburden mothers?" she asks. (Hint: it’s not because Tigers come at nnnniiiiiigggghhht) Motto

Americans are less likely to think of conformist, well-behaved children as smart than parents of some other nations. Americans encourage independence and creativity whereas parents of some other nationality see conformity as a form of self control and thus intelligence, according to this study from the University of Texas.

TIME is following the journey of two Syrian refugee babies and their families for a year as they seek a new home in Europe. These children of no nation face an uncertain future, as their parents search for a home in a world that is increasingly hostile to refugees. Where will they make their first steps? Where’s home going to be for their families? Follow their fascinating stories on Instagram 

More than half of American tweens and teens say they can’t spot fake news, and many fear they have shared alternative facts unwittingly, according to a new study from Common Sense Media. TIME

A professorial mother ruminates over the time she nailed a kid in the back of the head with a ball in order to get him to leave her son alone. How far is too far in protecting our kids? New York Times

As far as smartphones go, my advice has always been AVOID/AVOID/DELAY/DELAY/HIDE!!!!! and then proceed with extreme caution, because once your kids have those phones, it’s 62.565% harder at least, to get their attention. But if you’re thinking of venturing down that aisle, here are some that are not hideously expensive. TIME

A quarter of all kids have an immigrant parent. About 6% of American kids are being raised by an immigrant who is not authorized to be here. That’s more than 4 million kids who could lose a parent under the new immigration guidelines. Food for thought. Quartz

One mom pulls a gun on another mom in the school dropoff line. With their kids watching. The. School. Dropoff. Line. A reminder to us all to use our inside voices. But especially in the school dropoff line. ABC

Interesting study about how younger siblings who accompany their kids to school in the morning are exposed to a lot more pollution than when they accompany them in the afternoon, because school start times coincide with peak hour traffic. Some experts are recommending covering the kid’s stroller. The Telegraph.

“We parents will never understand what it's like to grow up with two selves, one that must be constantly tended online and another that might be very different,” says Susanna Schrobsdorff in this lovely essay about taking her daughters to see the new play Dear Evan Hansen. TIME

PFFT: Parenting from Famous Types

Hoda Kotb, TV host and first time mother at 52

“It’s one of those things where you think you’ve done it all, you think you’ve felt it all. But I just didn’t know that this kind of love existed.”

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