(Photo: Paul Fagan and Cameron Polom)
Paul Ezekial Fagan, a 10-year old boy in Tampa, Florida, vanished from his home last Thursday. Police searched the neighborhood on foot and in a helicopter while his frantic parents feared the worst.
Local news reporters drove into Paul's neighbhorood to report on the case. Among them was Cameron Polom of the local ABC station. At around 7 AM on Friday, Polom spotted a tired-looking child in some dense vegetation. The Today show describes the scene:
“He’s looking at me and I’m thinking, ‘Could this possibly be this kid? Is this really happening?’ It was a very surreal moment,” he told TODAY.com on Monday.
Polom, 29, said he called out to the boy and asked for his name. He then picked the boy up over the fence and walked him to nearby sheriff’s deputies.
Paul's family was overjoyed to see him back. The boy explained to them that he had left home because he needed some space from his younger brother.
-via Huffington Post
Kids look awfully cute when they’re all dressed up and ready to go trick-or-treating, but there’s simply nothing cuter than a chubby cheeked baby wearing a Halloween costume.
Maybe it’s the fact that they’re too young to actually go out trick-or-treating, or perhaps it’s the fact that the parents get to choose the costume, and they always err on the side of cuteness.
Whatever the reason behind our love of babies in costume, nothing warms the heart quite like seeing a little rugrat all dressed up with no idea what lies in store for them on Halloween!
A father demonstrates why it takes so long to make breakfast when you have twin babies. I can imagine it takes much longer to do anything! One baby takes all your time and attention; two will outnumber you, even if you have two stay-at-home parents. The upside is that eventually they will keep each other occupied. The downside is that they will be plotting against you. -via Tastefully Offensive
Claudio Stroe and his older brother Giuliano are gymnasts and bodybuilders in Romania. They've been training since they were very young, so they've built up an amazing amount of strength.
Claudio can perform 90° push-ups, which means that he remains balanced on his hands while pushing his entire body upright over his head. In fact, he can do it 20 times!
In contrast, I can do 0 90° push-ups (I tried).
-via 22 Words
Art is one thing, but art in motion is on a whole different and divine level. The performers for Cirque de Soleil are some of the best in the world at what they do. It is like a Terry Gilliam film brought to life before your very eyes, with zero room for failure.
To get an idea of just how utterly staggering their work is, check out Sparked. Humans and machines, moving in unison. It is like some beautiful fable that unfolds before your eyes in ways you could never have imagined. Keep in mind, were this a scene from a film, it would be all added by computers and MADE to look perfect, but this is live. This is real. This IS perfect. No CG. Just some remote controlled drones and some brilliant minds behind it all.
It is so mesmerizing it is hard to wrap your mind around.
It is actually quite reminiscent of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" but from Fantasia, where Mickey Mouse makes the brooms come to life, and then things get a little out of hand. This is like an adult version of that, only even more amazing to watch. Make sure to check out their YouTube page for more beautiful performances like Sparked.
Okay, is it sprinkling outside, or is it raining? A little boy tries to argue about the weather with a little girl. She’s got a sister for backup, and although the sister makes an attempt to moderate the disagreement, you know the poor little boy feels totally outnumbered. And she poked his heart! There will be a lot more of that in this young man’s life to come. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Grant Snider of Incidental Comics continues to enjoy and share the intricacies of life with a toddler. It’s astonishing to watch them develop and become distinct personalities, and so many of them follow the same path that other parents can remember and relate. The process of seeing them learn about the world around them and discover their ability to manipulate it is almost magical, but at the same time chaotic and exhausting for parents.
Caspar Babypants makes music for children. “Pretty Crabby” is the first song from the new album Rise and Shine. The video is a wonderful stop-motion animation featuring yarn crafts, by Charlotte Blacker and Mark Taylor. About the song:
This one started out as a really abstract song called PRETTY SPARKLE and I was trying to capture the wonder of being alive in a song. It turned out to be too abstract so I gutted it and made it about this wee crab that I met on the beach on an island a little while ago. It seemed like it was having a bad day and wanted to get me but it was also an amazing creature with its intricate shell. In the end you can listen to this song if you are feeling crabby and maybe it will cheer you up!
Well, it worked for me! -via Tastefully Offensive
You know how kids love to try out what they see adults do? These three siblings staged their own dance battle earlier this week. ShoateZoo’s kids are ages 6, 4, and 2. The two older ones are great dancers, but if it was put to an audience vote, the two-year-old would win just for being adorable. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
This is Evan. He's 8 years old. He earns more money than you and I do. In fact, he earns more money than we ever will.
Is that depressing? Wait--I'm not finished yet.
Evan earns that money by playing with toys, reviewing them, then posting his thoughts on YouTube. For example, here he is trying out a LEGO Ghostbusters kit:
So, clearly, I should quit my job and make YouTube videos. Then I'll get rich!
-via Marginal Revolution
This cartoon was painful to read because it's accurate.
So when I got home from work, I played with my daughters for a few extra minutes.
This time in their lives and mine will never come again.
Yep, that’s about it. Up to a certain point, your biggest job as a parent is to feed your child and keep him or her safe from the worst consequences of their poor decisions. That point is when they leave home as an adult, and even afterward occasionally. And believe me, the most important job you have for your children’s entire lives is teaching them how to make good decisions on their own, since they come pre-wired to make bad ones. This is the latest comic from Doghouse Diaries.
Redditor ShavenRaven writes, "People kept commenting on how much hair our baby son has, so naturally this was the next step."
They're appropriate for different developmental steps. He should start out as a mad scientist (we all go through that awkward stage), then have a rebellious year with the surfer haircut, then sell out and become a greasy banker.
Finally, he should stop caring and become the creepy old man, who looks like the happiest guy in this photo.
Some women like a man with a rich, full beard. This little girl is among them.
Bradley Bailey played peekaboo with his toddler. In the middle of the game, he paused to shave his beard. His daughter looked under the towel, expecting to find her father.
But he was gone! In his place was this horrifying, hairless monster.
-via Tastefully Offensive
(Photo: Nik Runs the World)
This is Nikolas Toocheck of Pocopson Township, Pennsylvania. He's only 11 years old, but has already run a marathon. In fact, he's run several of them all of the world, including 2 in Antarctica. He's the youngest person to have run marathons on every continent on Earth.
He earned that title earlier this month after running a marathon through the Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia. Only 450 people have also run "seven on seven" and most of them are in their 40s or 50s.
Nikolas started running when he was 6 and his father was training for the Air Force Reserve. He jogged with his father, then ran 5k races with him, then full marathons.
He runs because it's fun, but Nikolas also raises money for Operation Warm, a charity founded by his grandfather in 1998. This non-profit donates coats to needy children in the United States.
-via Huffington Post
How do you get a 4-year old to sleep? With great difficulty.
But Riley, the daughter of Casey Carey-Brown of of Boston, found a way. Her little girl, who goes by the nickname "Roozle," likes to color herself to sleep. Give her some paper, crayons, and markers, and she'll quietly doodle and fill in coloring pages until she falls asleep, sometimes with the drawing instruments still in her hands. Carey-Brown felt inspired to capture these precious moments. She explained to the Huffington Post:
Just as making paper pictures has become a bedtime habit for Roozle, capturing the scenes on camera has become one for mom.
"I've always gone in to check on her before I go to bed, but these days with a very active 4-year-old, I find that capturing a moment of sleeping Roozle helps me as a parent too," Carey-Brown said. "Time slows down, just for a moment, in the midst of all the chaos."
Redditor LurkerMcLurkerton says that his daughter's first grade classroom has desks that have bicycle pedals. I love this idea! It would be a great way to help kids who are a bit too energetic to calm down.
Other redditors point out that all of this energy is wasted. The school administrators clearly haven't seen the movie Conan the Barbarian, or else they wouldn't have let this educational opportunity pass by.
Young children who are developing their artistic skills don’t worry much about drawing realistic looking figures, or whether their lines look like much of anything to the rest of the world, because they see what they want to see in their original works of art.
Unfortunately, parents are hardly ever able to see what their child sees in that mess of scribbles, but one parent decided to interpret her child’s artwork into collaborative paintings she and her daughter can create together.
Ruth Oosterman creates paintings that explore the shapes and contours found in-between the lines drawn by her two-year-old daughter, and from within the chaos of kiddy art she draws forth something quite special.
-Via Bored Panda
This map, interactive at the site, shows the vaccination rates for schools in Los Angeles. Thirteen schools in Los Angeles have opt out rates of 50% or more. That means more than half the children who attend are not following the prescribed schedule of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, diphtheria, or pertussis (whooping cough). Many more schools have opt out rates just under 50%. That means that there is insufficient herd immunity at these schools, and children can contract these diseases and transmit them to babies and those with compromised immune systems -the people most likely to die from them. Children who have been vaccinated are also at risk, because some vaccines take years to gain peak immunity, and even then it’s not 100%. Being vaccinated will reduce the risk, however, and the best way to reduce the risk of disease is to vaccinate as many children as possible to reach herd immunity -the point where diseases hit roadblocks in contagion.
Keep in mind that the statistics on the map are for the percentage of parents who filed a “PBE,” or Personal Belief Exemption for immunizations. In many cases, that doesn’t mean the child is completely unvaccinated, but instead means that certain vaccines are skipped or delayed from the standard immunization schedule. But the current outbreak of pertussis is real. So far this year, almost 8,000 of cases of pertussis have been reported in the Los Angeles area, 267 people have been hospitalized, and three babies have died of the disease. The rate of measles is higher than it’s been for 20 years. The Hollywood Reporter has an extensive article about vaccinations and the parents who opt out. -via Metafilter
(Images Via August 18, 1988 New Castle News in Pennsylvania)
Kids are generally a pretty optimistic bunch, without any cynicism or prejudice to color their view of the world, and because of this positivity their outlook on the future is usually pretty fantastic.
In the past their ideas about the future involved flying cars, space exploration, and a world full of computer screens and cool inventions.
However, in the year 1988 kids were already starting to look at the future in a more realistic light, and their ideas about the year 2000 were some of the most mundane answers ever given to questions about the future.
Little Catherine Book, seen here striking her best future movie starlet pose, had this to say about houses in the future:
They'll build the houses so they have zig zags. Then they'll have trees on the outside of the zig zag so if a skunk tries to walk through the house they can't because the ends will be so sharp that they'll prick them.
And shy Brad Shaffer shared this startling revelation about the future of his family's home:
My house will get older and more spider webs . . . It'll just get more unless my mother cleans it.
It seems kids in 1988 had already accepted the disappointing reality awaiting them in the new millenium, and they were tired of animated propaganda like The Jetsons spreading lies about the future.
(Photos: Kirsty Grant/Rex)
Professional photo shoots of babies are cute. Leaving them naked for the shoot gives the images a natural ambience. That's probably what Al Ferguson was looking for when Kirsty Grant photographed him with his newborn son Ted.
But once you become a parent, black and white images of naked babies aren't charming. They're alarming. A baby without a diaper is a time bomb. Which is precisely what Ferguson learned:
And Ted detonated just as the photographer snapped her shutter. His father wrote:
During the shoot I felt his tummy muscles tense up and in that moment I knew what was about to happen. Unfortunately, it was just a moment and before I could do anything Ted exploded from his bum.
A warning to Mr. Ferguson: you have seen only the beginning of it. There will many, many more poop explosions in your life.
Look at the satisfied grin on that baby's face!
Australian Lachlan Lever was a newborn baby in 2012 when early screening discovered he had moderate to severe hearing loss in both ears. By the time he was seven weeks old, Lachlan was fitted with hearing aids. That’s when his parents, Michelle and Toby Lever, saw him smile for the first time, caught on video. Since then, Lachlan has developed well. He said his first word at 6 months, and he’s now a two-year-old chatterbox. Read more about Lachlan at The Daily Mail. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
I don't know about you guys, but I loved my local library when I was a kid. But with all the distractions of mobile devices, games, and more, many kids never even visit the library and when they do, they find it to be boring. That's why some libraries have really made an effort to encourage kids not only to keep reading but also to see just how much fun can be had at the library. Here are a few branches that go above and beyond when it comes to keeping kids entertained.
1. Brentwood Library
Perhaps one of the most visually impressive children's museums in America, the Brentwood Library's children's area features a charming entrance adorned in oversized books and a massive storybook tree. An animatronic owl greets visitors when it is triggered by a motion sensor. Inside the kid's section, the walls are covered in paintings of fairytale forests and between the rows of books are charming artificial trees.
The second Friday of each month means LEGO Mania time and summer reading programs feature musicians, puppets, magicians, live animals and more. During the school year, they have an after-school program that includes snacks, crafts, games and books.
Image Via CajunKev [Flickr]
2. Laramie County Library
Seeing pre-teen zombies roaming around the library after dark is no big deal at the Laramie County Library, where there are lots of tween activities including an after-hours program that hosts a yearly Zombie Prom.
The library is so popular with the young set that over 3,500 children visit each week and the entire second floor is dedicated to kiddos. The children's space features an oversized chess board, board games, computer stations, story areas and a kid's-size bookmobile to distribute imaginary books. Librarians say parents have a hard time getting children to leave.
Part of the reason the library is so popular with kids is that they can actually volunteer there as long as they are 12 and older. The library even offers a Teen Advisory Board to help decide on what programs would be the most popular with their peers.
Image Via Preston Stafford [Flickr]
3. ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
A combination effort between the Children's Theatre of Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklengburg Library, ImaginOn offers 102,000 square feet of entertainment and library space for youngsters. The center offers two theater spaces, one that seats 570 and one with occupancy for 250 viewers. Aside from theater performances oriented towards children, ImaginOn's theaters are also used for theater classes and camps oriented for groups of toddlers all the way through teens, as well as puppetry acts and story time sessions.
Upon entering ImaginOn, children first encounter the StoryLab area, an interactive exhibit space designed to get kids interested in literature. Once they get to the actual library section, kids from birth to fifth grade can find books, DVDs, CDs and children's software oriented to their specific age group. The second floor is reserved specifically for tweens and teens and even offers them the chance to use the library's film and recording studio.
Image Via Mark Larson [Flickr]
The daughter of Mandy Meaux, shown here, has apparently decided that when it comes to consuming chocolate doughnuts, the standard is "deny, deny deny." She stands by her response, in spite of it crumbling all around her as a result of mom's chisel of repeated questioning. Nice try at trying to hide the evidence behind the coffee table, though, kid! Via Viral Viral Videos.
Redditor meancloth is pretty sure everything is fine with the latest ultrasound image. Baby A gives a thumbs up to assure him that conditions are AOK inside. Baby A? Yep, the other baby is fine, too. However, if you’re into counting fingers and toes, Baby A seems to have six on one hand. That could be a sonogram artifact, or a biological bonus. As if twins aren’t already a biological bonus!
People normally look back at photos from their childhood to see how goofy they used to look, and how far they've come since, but some people don't want to let go of the past, and they're taking it back to the good old days through recreated childhood photos:
(Image Via Awkward Family Photos)
The trend of recreating childhood photos as an adult is nothing new to the interwebs, but some people go above and beyond to get their recreation just right, like these guys who captured both wardrobe and location, even though the height scale has reversed.
(Image Via Imgur)
Feeling like a kid again isn't a bad thing, as long as you're not wearing the same clothes today that you wore as a child!
(Image Via Imgur)
When recreating images from your childhood it helps if your parents still live in the same house, with the same furniture and decor
(Image Via Elite Daily)
Lastly, take a note from this dance legend- If you've lived up to your childhood expectations as an adult then embrace your awesomeness!
(Image Via Awkward Family Photos)
I loved back-to-school time when I was a kid. I got new penny loafers, a plaid skirt, and knee socks. We never started school before September. But I didn’t look forward to the beans and cornbread the cafeteria served at least twice a week. Things have changed quite a bit since then. A post at Wide Lawns and Narrow Minds contrasts the process of sending kids to school when the author was a kid with the process today. For example, packing lunches.
5. Spread yellow mustard on bread. Slap baloney on bread. Unwrap American cheese slices and put on top of baloney. Put top on the sandwich and wrap sandwich in tin foil or wax paper. Put it in the lunchbox. Every kid gets the same exact lunch. Period.
6. Alternate sandwich choices could include: peanut butter and grape jelly, peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, the end of last night's leftover roast beef or the ever popular with children tuna fish with large chunks of onions and celery and Miracle Whip.
7. Put some Planter's Cheese Balls into a baggie and close with a twist tie.
8. Take Twinkies out of the box. Put one in each child's lunch box.
9. Fill Thermoses with either Kool-Aid or whole milk.
10. Include a red delicious apple even though you know that damned apple is just going to come home uneaten again, which is fine because you can keep adding the same one until it practically rots.
That was the ‘70s version. The new millennial lunches much more involved, but will give you a laugh as you fill out all that paperwork and buy all those supplies for school this year. -via Boing Boing