2016 really did a number on all of us, what with a knock-down-drag-out presidential election, celebrity couples splitting up unexpectedly, and animals just outright losing their minds. Parents, though, were especially hard hit by this year's events. Honestly, what are you supposed tell your kids when you aren't even sure what to make of the state of the world? Unfortunately, the top parenting stories of 2016 aren't without their share of heartbreak, both on a national and international scale.
Still, 2016 had its few, bright moments. Beautiful babies were born, former favorite TV shows were revived for one last hurrah, and glass ceilings were, well, at the very least a little bit cracked. These little victories made 2016 bearable and, if anything, gave the least bit of hope as to what a better 2017 might look like.
The parenting stories below made the list for a number of reasons, be it for celebratory reasons or concerning ones. To say the least, parents everywhere were busy as ever trying to stay up-to-date with what was going on in the world, in order to prepare for something unknown, stay clear of a perceived threat, or perhaps just to find comfort in something — or someone — familiar.