Parenting-related stories have taken the web by storm throughout the month of May. Some have been heartbreaking tales of loss and hope, while others have stirred up no small amount of controversy. We’ll take you through the loss of baby Avery and her bucket list, a Facebook misstep compounds parents’ grief, breastfeeding toddlers, and a heart-stopping near miss that involved a washing machine and a toddler.
Avery’s Bucket List – On April 30, 2012 five-month-old Avery Lynn Canahuati lost her battle with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1 due to pulmonary complications related to SMA. Avery’s story gained momentum throughout April as Avery was diagnosed with SMA and the world caught wind of the bucket list her parents had created for their daughter.
Avery’s Bucket List is a humor-injected, awareness-raising blog written as if from Avery’s point of view. Her death though not unexpected, came as a surprise, as she had “been given a thumbs up” at a doctor’s appointment just three days before she died.
Avery’s parents, Laura and Mike Canahuati have continued with the blog, in order to fulfill their promise to “continue being an activist in raising SMA awareness…and in finding a cure for her friends.” Following is an excerpt from a “note” from Avery to her parents:
When people think of me, I hope they’ll also think of all my friends who have been through this and who are going through this now. But what I really hope for is that when people think about me, they will not waste time sitting there feeling sorry for me, rather I hope they will STAND UP in honor of me and all of my friends (past, present, and future). And they can do so by spreading awareness and helping to fund a cure for my friends.
The magazine cover debated ‘round the world – On May 10, 2012 the web was whipped into a veritable frenzy as moms, bloggers, and just about everyone in between weighed in on Time Magazine’s controversial cover showing a mother, Jamie Lynn Grumet, breastfeeding her nearly 4-year-old son.
Some thought the cover was “just wrong,” or felt uncomfortable with it, while others saw it as a major coup in regards to viewing breastfeeding as “beautiful, natural, and normal.” However, photographer Martin Schoeller says he chose the photos because he “liked the idea of having the kids standing up to underline the point that this was an uncommon situation.” (Doctors typically recommend mother’s breastfeed for 6-12 months). The story behind the cover was a feature on attachment parenting – with extended breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and “baby wearing” as the primary points of focus – asking the question, “Are you mom enough?”
What did you think of the cover photo?
Facebook deletes photos of dying son – Then on May 21, 2012 NY Daily News reported on a Tennessee mom’s unfortunate experience with Facebook’s option to delete “offensive” photos when she posted pictures of her dying son, Grayson James Walker. On May 20, 2012 Grayson’s mom, Jennifer Walker, took to her blog, Our Sweet Boy Grayson James: Our Journey through Anencephaly, and shared that Facebook had issued the apology she had been hoping for, via email.
Grayson was born with anencephaly on Feb. 15, 2012 and died eight hours later. You can learn more about anencephaly and Grayson’s story on the family’s blog:
“Grayson, you have a purpose in this life that I might not know til I get to heaven, but I know it’s something wonderful…Love, Mommy” -December 20, 2011
Toddler vs. Washing machine – Also on May 21, 2012, a video of an 18-month-old boy being placed in a Laundromat washing machine (as a joke) exploded across the web. Viewers watched in horror as the machine automatically locked and began to fill with water, and the panicked adults tried to open the door and then get help.
Initially it was assumed that the adults in the video were the boy’s parents, but it was later revealed that the boy was in the care of his babysitter and a male friend of hers. His mother, Saskia David, learned of the incident alongside the rest of the world when she watched the scene unfold while watching the news.
Perhaps the most incredible thing about all of these stories is the chance to witness parents in unimaginable situations and the grace in which they have moved forward.
What parenting stories in the news have caught your attention?
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