Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.

 

Yeah…our kids have never done this with their Etch-a-Sketches. Check out all the remarkable sketches from Jane Labowitch on Instagram.

Every like/comment on this Instagram post of ours donates one lifesaving vaccine to a child in need. (Plus…that photo!)

The Rio Summer Olympics are over but the sexist media coverage lingers, and our kids are hearing it.Great discussion here.

 

Move over helicopter parents…now there’s lifeguard parenting. And it’s interesting.

Great tips from parents on how to get kids talking. (And hey! Pay special attention to video #3.)

Yes, it’s okay to take a break from a clingy toddler.

 

You’ve never seen a pregnancy reveal like this. Whoa.

Here’s one for all the Little League parents out there. Wonderful story.

 

Happy 100th birthday to the US National Park Service! To celebrate, get free admission all weekend to all 412 parks! And if you’re in the NYC area, we’ve got a list of 22 awesome local National Parks you probably didn’t even know existed.

Make the most of the end of summer with these tips for how to host a fabulous backyard party on a budget.

 

Star Wars cosplay and more amazing sleeping baby photos from photographer/new mom Laura Izumikawa

New mom Laura Izumikawa’s Instagram feed is everything. But how the heck does the baby sleep through all those costume changes?!

When diversity in schools is done wrong.

Please read Poverty is Sexist – cosigned by everyone’s Canadian boyfriend, Pierre Trudeau.

Would you opt your kids out of homework?

Ooh, Bill Nye is writing a middle grade science series!

One of our favorite educational apps for kids, now free.

Awesome waterproof boots from Blondo on sale at Nordstrom!

Ooh, big sale at our affiliate Nordstrom! We’re loving these sleek waterproof boots from Blondo, now 33% off. Steal! Another great deal: This Kate Spade black hobo bag, perfect for fall.

If you’re shopping for the kids, check out our round-up of the most fabulous, on-trend metallic shoes for boys and girls.

Trying to get back to a career when the kids are older? This internship program only hires women over 40.

A map of America’s best pinball parlors. That’s one family road trip our kids would love.

The most popular post on Cool Mom Picks this week. Who knew?