Most Popular Baby Names, Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem, Playroom Inspirations and More | Links of the Week

Mother’s Day weekend is upon us and  in order to help moms enjoy their day, we’ve carefully curated some of our favorite current links.  So, while the baby, the tot, and the dad are in the kitchen preparing that special breakfast in bed, relax and and read through our links of the week.

Rest and have a wonderful weekend, Moms! You deserve it!

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– TREND: The Most Popular Baby Names For 2013
Noah finally upset Jacob’s 14-year reign as the top baby name for boys in 2013, while Sophia was the most popular name for girls for the third straight year.  Liam found its way into the second-place spot while Jacob slipped to third.  For girls, the ever-popular Emma and Olivia ranked second and third, respectively. Want to see if your kid’s name made the list?  Check out the top 10 lists as reported by the Social Security Administration on USA Today.

– VIDEO: Thanks Mom, I Love You Anyway
Explore the deepest truths of parenthood in this funny video promotion for the book “How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane and Other Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source” by Johanna Stein.  (And for the record, yes, we were cool once.)

From the New York Times bestseller “Loud & Clear”, Anna Quindlen articulately and thoughtfully describes her experience as a new parent wading through the sea of information providing instruction on how best to tackle child rearing.  From books to articles to well-meaning advice from friends and family members, Quindlen writes about how she was finally able to trust in herself and truly discover who the real “experts” are.


– VIDEO: What we REALLY want for Mothers Day
No, really, what do moms ACTUALLY want for Mother’s Day?  New author, Karen Alpert, of Baby Sideburns fame, is featured in this “What’s Up, Moms” collaboration of popular mom-bloggers .  Alpert’s new book, “I Heart My Little A-Holes: A Bunch of Holy-crap Moments No One Ever Told you About Parenting”, promoted at the end of the video, might just be a perfect Mother’s Day gift.

– PARENTING: The Key to Building Your Child’s Self-Esteem
As parents, we want our kids to grow up to be happy, healthy and confident adults. So, what role do parents play in helping to build their child’s self-esteem? Britt Nielsen (from My Life and Kids) has found an answer to that question, with a little help from Kids in the House.

Child with polka dots umbrella wearing red rain boots jumping into a puddle

– IDEAS: Playroom Inspirations
Regardless if you have one child or enough to field your own soccer team, chances are you know how important it is to keep them wrangled and entertained at home, while also keeping them out of harms way. Sanja, from Running in Pearls, has posted a collection of playroom inspirations from the simple to the incredible, designed to inspire you to create a space that works best for you, your house, and your kids.


–  LEARNING: Picture Books About Mothers
Allison McDonald has done it again with another great list of books for children. Her current list is just in time for Mother’s Day and features picture books about mothers, perfect for enjoying the weekend with even the littlest ones.


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Ally Downey

Ally Downey is the founder and CEO of weeSpring. She's also the author of Here's the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood. You can follow her on Twitter at @allysondowney.

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