Weekly Web Round-Up: Week of March 8, 2013

What better way to celebrate the snow than by curling up by the fireside with a cup of hot cocoa and the Weekly Web Round-Up, or probably more realistically, reading it on your tablet or phone while waiting to pick up your children from their after-school programs or on your commute home. However you’re enjoying this weeks edition, I’m sure you’ll love the video of the next Serena Williams, finding out the true identity of Honest Toddler, and more!

 

We had the pleasure of attending the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden on Monday where we saw the playful side of tennis. First, during the Serena Williams/Victoria Azarenka match, RedFoo of LMFAO subbed in for Azarenka. Then, during the Rafael Nadal/Juan Martin Del Potro match, Nadal chose Ben Stiller as a doubles partner, and Del Potro chose a young girl from the audience, who, according to newsday.com, was 9-year-old Rebecca Suarez of Huntington, NY. Watch below to see Suarez’s tennis skills, easily returning all of Nadal’s shots.

 

Do you, like us, love Honest Toddler’s quips on Twitter? Did you know that Huffington Post has an exclusive with the person behind Honest Toddler? Meet the mother behind the hilarious tweets, Bunmi Laditan. She says her identity finally came out because she had to put her name on the Honest Toddler book.

HPP: Your identity has been such a well-kept secret? Was it tough to preserve anonymity?

BL: I did tell a few friends in passing, but it wasn’t something that came up in casual conversation. Later on, I deliberately decided to stay anonymous because it wasn’t about me; it was more about the voice and the entertainment. I felt like injecting myself into it would take away from the fun. The only reason people know that I’m behind it now is because my name needed to be on the book cover.

 

Have you suffered the heartache of finding out a classmate has called your child a name? Joanna Schroeder wrote a letter to her son after a boy in his class called him a nerd. Her sincere, heartwarming letter is full of love for her son, as well as some important advice and information that she knows she can’t share with her son just yet.

And I told you to tell that kid Billy to mind his own business and find something better to do than be a jerk. But I know you won’t do that, because you’re too sweet and you don’t want anyone to be upset.

And there are also things I wish I could tell you that I know I can’t yet: That kids like Billy are messed up inside, that they have pain that is so great they don’t know what to do with it except be mean to other kids. That doesn’t give them a right to be mean to anyone else, but someone is hurting them, and that’s why they choose to be that way to you.

I can’t tell you this, but if you punched that Billy kid in the face, Daddy and I wouldn’t be mad. The fact that he took your spark of pride away from you makes him the lowest of the low in our book, and even though he’s just a kid, being knocked down a few pegs would serve him well.

March 6 was the fifth annual day of awareness to Spread The Word To End The Word, and as a followup, Ellen Sideman of Love That Max, wrote a post called 30 Ways to Respect Kids and Adults with Disabilities. She posed the question what does respect of kids and adults with disabilities mean to Facebook and Twitter followers. Here are some of the responses she got:

• “Realizing that even though they may not be able to communicate in a typical way they definitely still have a wide range of feelings and emotions and want to be heard and understood.”
• “Teaching your children that different is OK.”
• “Seeing strengths instead of just limitations.”
• “Speaking to them, not about them.”
• “Believing in their potential to learn.”
• “Not pitying them.”
• “Treating them as you would want to be treated.”
“Respecting, not judging. We all have a voice. We are all differently ABLED.”

Featured image courtesy Washingtonpost.com.

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