Here’s a roundup of the most fascinating and some disturbing parenting news stories today.
8. Young girl with brain tumour gets voicemail from Frozen’s Princess Anna
‘Princess’ Avery Huffman got excited but tried to contain herself upon hearing Princess Anna’s voice. Upon learning that the little girl is a huge fan of Princess Anna, Kristen Bell, who plays the character, left Avery this voicemail:
“My sister, Elsa, says she’s heard that you’ve been such a good girl and that you’ve been so brave, she has decided to crown you as an honorary princess of Arendelle. Wow! That’s so exciting. I think you’ll make a great princess!”
Avery was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Her parents created #AveryStrong on Twitter to make her an inspiration to other young girls and boys. This video posted on Youtube has now delighted over 2 million viewers.
7. Photographer creates art book featuring children with disabilities
A New Zealand-based photographer has come out with an art book that paints disability in a positive light.
Rachel Callander and husband, Sam, decided to put Rachel’s photographic skills to good use and one that will inspire many people especially families who have a child with disability. The couple thought of this after they lost their two-year old daughter, Evie, to a rare chromosomal disorder.
The art book, called The Super Power Baby Project, features beautiful images of children with disabilities, along with words from their parents expressing their child’s special traits. There are 75 children featured in the book, who have genetic or chromosomal conditions such as Down syndrome, Angelman syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome.
“Sam and I really wanted to balance the negative language around disability. The images really challenge that perception that disability is something negative. They celebrate ability, they celebrate the child’s character and their personality,” Rachel said.
6. Young girl drops baby while trying to catch a wedding bouquet
There are times when you forget that you’re taking care of a baby – but how can you forget it when you’re holding one?
In a bid to win the wedding bouquet toss, this young girl did to the baby she’s holding what the bride did to her wedding bouquet — throw it away!
In this video, the young girl excitedly joined the other girls in vying for the bouquet and stretches her arms in the air to grab the bouquet, dropping the child as she does it. Luckily, the baby wasn’t hurt.
As for the girl, dropping the baby and not catching the bouquet was definitely a double whammy.
5. Young mum finds dead mouse in Huggies baby wipes – then toddler tries to eat the packet
A young mum shrieked in horror when she found a dead mouse inside a packet of Huggies wet wipes.
Norwich mum-of-two Leanne Phelps, 31, was removing her make-up using the baby wipes when she saw the dead rodent. Panicked, she threw the packet to the floor. That’s when her 14-month-old son Carter tried to pick it up and eat it. Thankfully, she grabbed her son away from the packet just in time.
Ms Phelps said she reseals the packets after her every use and that there are no holes in the packet which could’ve meant that the rodent managed to get itself inside. She added that the rodent was lying under at least ten piles of wet wipes, convincing herself that the dead mouse must have gotten inside the package while it was still in the factory. She said she immediately called Kimberly Clark, the company that manufactures Huggies.
A spokesman for Kimberly-Clark said that they had now been in contact with Ms Phelps. “We have been in touch with the consumer, but we haven’t received the product back for testing as yet. We take complaints of this nature really seriously, for obvious reasons.”