Wee Bits: The Best Kids’ Sneakers, Re-Branding Motherhood, Baby Rothy’s, Boob Rage and Making Children Participate in Family Chores

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I cannot overstate how much I like and agree with this op-ed from NYT about “re-branding motherhood.” I say a lot– and have written here — how much I wish we could emphasize the fun of it (hard to express as it is) over the sacrifices (which, yes, are considerable, but also, maybe not always as bad as everyone makes them out to be?). Anyway. I liked the piece.

Hey, guys, Rothy’s (aka, my obsession) is making little shoes for little feet now and they look realllllllly cute. Sizes 10 to 4.

Have to say, I liked this write-up from Jezebel: Don’t Tell Me Where I Can Pull Out My Tiddy.

Um, don’t swim in Devil’s Pool this summer. Via Plan Philly.

But DO be on the lookout for Idris Elba in North Philly, squeeeeee. Eventually. (Via Philly Mag.)

Here’s a pretty brilliant post from Dorothy at Tankini Files about forcing your kids to help you clean up every night before bed. And why shouldn’t they?

You’ll certainly notice all the editorials — more than 200 in newspapers across the country — decrying the attack on America’s free press lately. Pretty powerful stuff, this one from the NYT, and this one from the Inky. 

I mean, was there anyone who didn’t weep over the mama whale carrying her dead baby whale around the ocean for 1,000 miles? I could cry again now just reading this Cut piece.

Meantime, the Strategist gives us the best sneakers for kids, a topic in which I think we’re all highly invested.

Hey, all — Zoom Dance still has a few spots left for the remaining weeks of summer camp and ALSO is registering people for the new fall sessions. Check it out!

Another thing to know about: Labor Day weekend (that’s Sat, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3), kids 12 and under get into the Museum of the American Revolution for FREE. (They’ll also get a fun back-to-school goody pack, AND on Sunday from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Lauren Tarshis, author of the New York Times best-selling children’s fiction series I Survived, will make a special appearance to talk about her book I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 and what life was like for real children on and off the battlefield during the Revolutionary War.

Also happening Labor Day weekend? Philly is the official Labor Day port of the largest operating Norwegian Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre (Draken) — and you can catch it at the Independence Seaport Museum from Friday, August 31 to Thursday, September 6. (Check out the website, above — it looks rad!)

And this weekend — you can hit a FREE Y2BFit class at Center City’s Athleta! Sunday, August 19 — 9:45 a.m.