Wee Bits: Babies in the U.N., Hilarious Philadelphians, Fall Fun This Weekend and The Best Maternity Belly Bands

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Ah, first baby in the U.N.! 

Cool: Philly’s school board now has two members who are actually students. (Via Philly.com.)

I thought this Times story about Chinese parents accompanying their kids to college and camping out (literally!) for a month while the kids settled in is equal parts concerning, intriguing and … well, sweet?!

Feel like you’re yelling too much lately? (Or always?) There’s still room in parenting coach Brandi Davis’s $10 webinar entitled, aptly, Stop Yelling This Week. 

This Palumbo business is beyond — beyond — disheartening.  Via the Notebook.

Hahahahahahaaaaaaaaa. Sometimes I love the people of this city.

The best maternity belts and bands, according to experts, according to The Strategist.

This story about truth (“Stop Lying”) from The Cut came out at a moment when I have been feeling a more desperate urge than usual to instill a respect for honesty and honor in my children. (I suspect I’m not the only one.) Quoth the author: “Dishonesty is toxic.”

Feeling fall-y this weekend? It’s Fall Family Weekend at Morris Arboretum (October 6 and 7), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’ll be scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, apple sampling and more. 

Guys! Promising new website alert — Phillytweens.com, coming soon. Aimed at parents of kids from 8 to 14, which is great, because I don’t think there’s a lot out there in that realm right now!

Time for the yearly reminder about the teal pumpkin project for kids with food allergies!

Eleven local schools — including Meredith and Greenfield — are officially National Blue Ribbon schools. Via Philly.com.

The PMA has some good fall family stuff coming up, y’all: Expanded hours, more family-friendly programming, art-making, and a few events on the horizon you should know about, including the Art Protection Squad event this Sunday, October 7. From 10 a.m.. to 3 p.m., kids can earn “squad” badges as they travel around the Museum. (“Heroes from our Conservation department will share how they use science to keep art safe.”) Admission is pay-what-you-wish. Then, on October 24, there’s trick-or-treating from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and (again!) pay-what-you-wish. There will be art-making, a professional pumpkin carver dubbed “the Pumpkin Genie” there displaying her artistry, and, of course, some goodies for the kids.

Don’t know about y’all, but this piece from the New Yorker about migrant kids still in tent camps inspired me to resume my daily calls to my senators.

From Philly Mag: Just for fun —  here’s a funny little story about a planeful of Eagles fans on their way to Nashville to see the game on Sunday. (Spoiler: They drank all the liquor on board.)

More fall fun, guys: This weekend, there’s a bunch of fun stuff at Smith Memorial Playground (free mini-plays from Philly Young Playwrights; architecture fun from Design Philadelphia; the cardboard challenge from Fab Youth Philly) … and you should also keep in mind the healthy Halloween celebration on October 27 ($10 per kid, or free with Access cards), complete with music, nature, a petting zoo, art projects and more.

Wow, this Star Wars baby furniture is amazing.  From Parents.com.

And last but not least: ZoomDance is here for your vacation camp needs on election day (November 6) and Veteran’s Day (November 12). Betcha forgot those were both school’s-out holidays, eh?