Kids can drive mini cars into surgery at this hospital, leaving their anxiety in the dust.

All good parents want their children to live happy and healthy lives. But for parents of sick kids, particularly those with chronic and congenital health conditions, that’s a much more difficult goal to achieve. Unsurprisingly, anxiety is ever-present in both these parents and kids’ lives. As a mother of two children with congenital health conditions, I know first-hand how scary it can be when you’re worried and trying to process the “what if” or expected eventuality of surgery.     We also often worry about what it will mean when our children are old enough to process the risks of surgery. It’s difficult for any parent to see their child fearful or in a state of discomfort. And surgery is …

To help her gay son, this amazing mom carried and gave birth to her own granddaughter.

Like many gay couples, Matthew Eledge and his husband Elliot Dougherty desperately wanted to have their own children. But being in a same-sex relationship called for them to be a little more creative in how they achieved that dream. At 59 years old, Matthew’s mother, Cecile Eledge, was supportive and excited to be a grandma. So excited — that she offered to serve as the surrogate and carry her own grandchild. While it began as sort of a family joke, eventually the idea grew into something inexplicably wonderful. Eledge and Dougherty’s daughter Uma Louise. “It just seemed like a really beautiful sentiment on her part,” Elliott told the BBC. “She’s such a selfless woman.” However, the fertility specialist, Dr. Carolyn …

This fathers kid wouldnt respond to his texts, so he created the perfect app to torture teens.

via ReplyASAP The average age a child receives their first smartphone is now down to ten years old. They’re not even out of elementary school before they get plugged into a world of never-ending anxiety-inducing notifications, texts, and calls. Seems like an easy way to ruin the carefree days of childhood. However, smartphones can be a positive for parents. They allow them to track their children and stay in touch 24-7. That is, of course, if the child responds to their texts and calls. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

An Ohio mosque opened a free medical clinic for people who can’t afford healthcare.

A northeast Ohio mosque has opened a medical clinic that is is free and open to all who can’t afford healthcare. For millions of Americans who live without health insurance, going to the doctor is a big deal. With soaring healthcare costs in the U.S., many people simply forgo getting the medical help they need because they can’t afford it—a reality that makes us unique among the world’s developed nations. That reality is what compelled the Islamic Center of Cleveland to transform some of its storage space into a free medical clinic. No fees. No copays. No insurance requests. The Cleveland Ibn Sina Clinic is open on weekends and free to people of all religions and backgrounds. The only thing …

Finland is one of the best countries in the world to be a mom. How does the U.S. compare?

Even among highly developed nations, there are vast disparities in the experience of becoming a mom. We all know that the Nordic countries consistently rank sky high when it comes to many measures of wellness—happiness, health, quality of life, life expectancy, education, and the list goes on. So perhaps it’s not surprising that Finland is frequently touted as one of the best places to become a mother. As CBS This Morning points out, the country has the lowest maternal mortality rate in the world. The Finnish government’s maternity and paternity leave policies put many countries to shame. Residents enjoy top-notch, low-cost healthcare, which includes free checkups for kids after birth. To top it off, every new mom receives a box …

Dove is offering $5,000 to dads without parental leave at their jobs.

The workplace has daddy issues. While it’s common for a new mother to take maternity leave postpartum, there’s still a stigma surrounding paternity leave. Most dads don’t have access to paid time off to experience their child’s crucial first few weeks of life. Furthermore, they feel as if their jobs might be in jeopardy if they do opt to spend time with their bundle of joy. In order to combat the stigma around paternity leave, Dove Men+Care is offering $5,000 to new dads planning to take full-time paternity leave. Dove has pledged $1 million to new fathers across America for the next two years. “Less than 1 in 5 men in the U.S. are offered any paid paternity leave. Most …