257 were male and 5 were female. That makes it only the 827th most popular baby name, far behind the endless hordes of Noahs and Emmas. And I suppose that if you're going to name a kid after a bitter vegetable, you could do worse than Kale. For example, Asparagus and Turnip would be even worse.
If you recall, Jeff Highsmith built a Mission Control Desk for his older son that had all kinds of space buttons, knobs, and sound effects. What could he possibly do to follow that up? Build a spaceship, of course! Highsmith built a spacecraft in his younger son’s room that connects to the Mission Control Desk in his brother’s room.
The ship has controls that make all kinds of sounds, from Apollo mission clips to a toilet flush. The dashboard panel can even replicate sequences from Apollo missions! But that’s just the beginning: the payload bay has a robotic arm that is remotely controlled from the panel, and monitored by camera. Since they are hooked up, the spacecraft and Mission Control in the other room can experience adventures together. There’s more on the building process at Make.-Thanks, Daniel Kim!
Sadie just learned that her little brother will eventually grow up, and won’t always be the baby he is now. That’s an overwhelming concept for her, and she’s not taking it well. I can’t say that I blame her; he’s got an adorable smile. She also doesn’t want to die, no matter how far away that is. Some things are just hard to deal with. -via Buzzfeed
Maternity photo shoots are a thing now. The results are often funny or sweet photos of expectant mothers showing off their baby bumps. But the pregnant wife of redditor DruishPrincess69 (Funny--he doesn't look Druish) didn't want to have a photo shoot. So he hired a photographer and did it himself. You can view the entire set here.
It looks like he's about 6 months along. That's when the back pain tends to set in. Be careful, DruishPrincess69. Don't push yourself too hard.
Check out this amazing method for learning how to multiply! Well, it’s an amazing story for learning, specifically, what 4 x 9 is. Or maybe it’s not so much amazing as it is baffling.
Darren Michalczuk’s YouTube channel The Brick School has several videos along this line. They are a few years old, but Michalczuk continues to push his learning method at his website Brain Magic. You can even buy apps to teach your child this method! Michalczuk has written quite a few education articles about the magic of learning that are as incomprehensible as the Magic Numbers series.
Of course it’s satire, but it’s played so straight across the web for so many years that it’s a masterful feat. You have to wonder if anyone ever took it seriously. My guess is that it would be easy to take it seriously if you just read the ads for the apps. The articles, well, someone with less-than-stellar critical thinking skills might swallow them whole, but the videos area real WTF moment. -via Digg
Dr. Michael Darden is a highly trained pediatrician and allergist. But he's more than just a man of science. He also has a gifted bedside manner. Here he is in his D.C.-area clinic giving two shots to a toddler. This would normally cause a young child to howl in pain. But Dr. Darden is so entertaining that instead the little boy laughs.
Here's another interesting video. It's an interview with Dr. Darden. At the 5:10 mark, he shares a fascinating story. When he was still in high school, he worked in a hospital. At the age of about 16 or 17, he had the opportunity to observe an autopsy. The body was that of someone that he knew well. It was, for Dr. Darden, an early encounter with the mysterious boundary between life and death.
Russian drummer Lyonya Shilovsky is three years old, but he’s already a pro! Watch him play drums with the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra. The song is Jacques Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld,” which most of just call “The Can-Can.” Lyonya only loses the beat twice: when he drops his sticks, and when his father interupts him to pose for a picture. How does that compare to your concentration when you were three years old? -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Married couple David and Kelly Sopp (previously at Neatorama) wrote a book full of comic advice they call "Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips." The book, perfect for expectant parents, is a lighthearted look at a time when couples (particularly mothers-to-be) are often overwhelmed by solicited and not-so-solicited bits of advice on pregnancy and child rearing. See more at Trend Hunter.
Noah and Lucas Aldrich are inseparable brothers. Lucas was born with the brain disorder lissencephaly, which affects his growth and development. Lucas does not walk or talk, but thanks to his parents and brother, he gets to do a lot of things able-bodied kids do. Eight-year-old Noah recently entered a youth triathlon, and he took Lucas along. He pulled him on a bicycle, towed him while swimming, and pushed him while running. Sing it with me now: “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.” See more pictures of Noah and Lucas at Buzzfeed.
When he was 3 years old, Gagan Satish's parents gave him a pair of roller skates. He showed remarkable proficiency with them. They approached a professional skating trainer and asked for his help. Soon Gagan was mastering the art of limbo skating. That's skating very low to the ground.
Chris Grava did a semester abroad at Cape Town University in South Africa. When his term was almost up, his brother Nick went there to spend two weeks. Nick ended up staying permanently to work at the Home of Safety in Khayelitsha, a foster home for orphans and vulnerable children, where he is now managing director. Chris and his parents visit when they can, and when Chris recently went for a visit, he was wearing his GoPro camera. The joy on the kids’ faces at seeing their old friend is a treat, and pretty soon the youngsters had to try out the camera for themselves. Learn more about Nick Grava’s work in South Africa at Intsikelelo. -via reddit
You know how they make video ads in Thailand, so go ahead and get your hanky ready. This one won’t tear your heart out over someone’s horrible plight, though -it’s a simple vignette featuring an adorable baby and his/her parents. And even though it’s from a mobile phone company, the tag line is killer. -via Boing Boing
Contrary to popular belief, not every young girl is obsessed with Disney princesses, some have moved on to more mature interests, like fine dining and world travel, and these girls simply aren’t impressed by Disney royalty.
She was appalled when the Prince and Princess insisted on a photo, mortified when the waiter tried to hand her a kid’s menu full of chicken nugget level fare, and downright irate when her dinner arrived “cold and relatively tasteless”.
And here’s how she felt about the clientele and staff:
"Let it be said that the entire time we spent there, [there] were little children running around screaming and yelling, chasing the princesses, and hitting each other with the little plastic wands."
"the experience was not what was expected and was a complete madhouse with a lackluster staff. Save your money and go to basically anywhere else in WDW."
Don't get on that little girl's bad side Disney, or Mickey Mouse is next!
Raising children is an art, a science, and exhausting. Melissa Sher, the blogger known as Mammalingo, has done a lot of hands-on research on the subject. She's here to lay down some knowledge on you in 17 charts that have undoubtedly been peer-reviewed and subjected to experimental replication.
Yes, the color of the cup is very important. And the earlier in the morning it is, the more important the color becomes. You may not understand why, but your toddler does.
A few days ago, Nathan Steffel (redditor steffel07) posted a heartbreaking request: "My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children's hospital. Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo?"
Sophia was born with a liver tumor, and was waiting for a transplant when she died from complications on July 10. She was six weeks old. Photoshop artists immediately went to work, and produced many versions of Sophia’s picture. Continue to see some of the highest-rated.
Kids love to draw, and they don’t care what those drawings look like because why should they? They’re kids, having fun doing something that also helps them develop skills like hand eye coordination, spatial awareness, and proportion, skills that might someday develop into serious art skills.
Dutch muralist Telmo Pieper was one of those free sketching kids over twenty years ago, and to show how his artistic skills have blossomed over the years he created a series of digital paintings that reprise masterpieces created by his four-year-old self.
Telmo tries to match the forms from the original kid drawings, while adding shading and dimension to each piece, which only serves to make them look even more odd than the original sketch! Still, I would totally drive that stretchy car...
This photo series by French photographer Laure Fauvel shifts the power in favor of the children in the classic monster under the bed/in the closet scenario. These armed kids come out on top in Fauvel's photographs, as their monsters wave the proverbial white flag of surrender. It would certainly be an empowering photo to hang on the bedroom walls of children who are fearful of "things that go bump in the night." Via Trendhunter
Troy Dickerson had the presence of mind to attach a GoPro camera to his hat so he could record the birth of his baby when the time came. Then it happened. His wife Kristen said it was time to go to the hospital. She said, “Hurry!” And he kept saying they’re almost there, hold on. Can she hold on? Will they make it to hospital before the baby comes? They sure are cutting it close! -via Viral Viral Videos
Libby and Sarah have some very important news, especially for those of you in Canada, where it’s winter and tornados and earthquakes are expected to erupt. Be sure to take your fridge!
I remember doing this exact thing with my brother when we were young. I was Huntley; he was Brinkley. Too bad we didn’t have digital video effects! Or actually, it’s a good thing that we didn’t have the capability of recording it at all. -via Buzzfeed
Hayden Kinckle casually says, "I got it" as he walks for the first time since January. It's been a long struggle. He was born with omphalocele, a birth defect in which the abdominal organs develop outside the body, rather than inside. Then, last January, doctors amputated his left leg and right foot.
These problems have slowed Hayden down, but they haven't stopped him. He's now walking again on prosthetic legs and a walker.
This creature is in a sculpture garden for kids in Starokonstantinov, Ukraine. It’s part of an epic three-part series at Dark Roasted Blend on nightmarish playgrounds with weird structures from around the world that could traumatize children -or inspire them to grow up and write bestselling horror stories! Some of the pictures show outdated or damaged statues and structures, some are supposed to be “art,” and many were just intentionally designed to scare children. Some of them are charming in their own gruesome way. There are also pictures of sculptures that aren’t in playgrounds, but fit into the theme of “weird” quite well.
Tattoos are often permanent reminders of memories and ideas important to people. A good children's book can leave that kind of impression, which is why many people get inked with scenes, characters, and words from favorite books from their childhoods. Alanna Okun of BuzzFeed rounded up 50 tattoos inspired by children's literature. Here are some of my favorites from Okun's list.
The enchanting and unearthly Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd has been a popular bedtime story for generations. jillpicklepants selected two lines for it for her legs.
Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon has encouraged millions of children to use their imaginations and write on the walls of their homes. quarlophone's tattoo of Harold's instrument is, appropriately, very realistic.
Any parent will tell you that raising children can sometimes be a terrifying affair, they don’t call them the terrible twos for nothing (although they should rename them the terrible two-to-fives), but there’s a singular joy in surviving the nightmare and living to see them grow up to become terribly moody teenagers.
While they’re small you get to enjoy lots of messes, household disasters, and the occasional broken television set, along with lots of adorable moments that help you to forget those other nightmarish days.
Don’t let the name of this BuzzFeed article fool you- 26 Important Reminders Why Birth Control Exists is just as much about how fun having a kid can be, despite the nightmarish days of mess and destruction, as it is a reminder to those who don’t have kids what it means to be a parent.
If only they could figure out important things like alphabets and spelling while they’re in the womb they'd spare themselves embarrassment in the future, but it’s really hard to get books in there so we must forgive their lack of knowledge:
However, as soon as they’re in school, and spelling their little hearts out, we break out the camera every time they make a funny spelling error, especially because a lot of these spelling errors are hilariously inappropriate:
This little girl is having a hard time being away from Mommy on her first day at kindergarten in Taiwan. But she’s got a new friend who is determined to make it easier for her. “I will protect you!” This little fellow is a superhero in the making! If only all children found such comfort when they are doing something new and scary… -via Buzzfeed
The Wounded Warrior Softball Team is an organization of American veterans who have lost limbs in the line of duty, but are still up for athletic challenges. Many of them make use of advanced prostheses. All of them are dedicated to improving the lot of American veterans returning home.
But they do more than just helping veterans. They're also helping kids with missing limbs play sports. That's why they recently held a softball camp in Louisville, Kentucky for 20 kids with absent arms or legs.
It's making a difference for a lot of kids. NBC News reports:
This summer, the wounded warriors coached 10-year-old Adrian Grajeda. And now he can hit, throw, and field grounders better than ever before. But Adrian, who lost his leg less than a year ago after a car accident, said they showed him much more than that.
“It’s cool because you don’t feel alone,” he said. “And they can teach you stuff that you don’t know.”
The kids have been an inspiration to the veterans who operate the camp. The Courier Journal reports:
"These kids don't think of themselves as disabled or having a tough time," said Rick Wilk, a U.S. Army veteran who had one of his legs amputated. "They make us look like wimps out here, because they're running around and jumping around. How can we talk about being hurt when these kids have so much passion and so much drive?"
Wilk said that after a tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum on Monday, he heard a father ask his son if he was in pain from the physically grueling day. The boy told him he had no time to hurt, because there was only time to be happy.
This is a short documentary about three 6-year-old girls. They like pink. In fact, they wear pink crash helmets and call themselves the “Pink Helmet Posse” as they shred through the skatepark. They fall, they cry, they get right back up and try it again. Bella, Sierra, and Relz want to someday be professional skateboarders. Read more about the Pink Helmet Posse at The New York Times, and check out their website, too. -via Tastefully Offensive
Adults usually have an opinion on fireworks. They may be apathetic and think the production isn't worth the crowds, bug bites and chance for accidents. They may be excited to see the show every year, hoping for the biggest booms and brightest colors. Perhaps they can't stand their redneck neighbor and the last fireworks party his family threw when he got out of jail. Whatever the reaction, its a buildup of all experiences with fireworks they've had previously.
But children who are new to fireworks are cute blank slates to previous "fireworks baggage" that any adult may carry. Watch a number of kids experience this American holiday tradition. Via Tastefully Offensive.
Parenting is a long period of anxiety punctuated by moments of sheer terror. Parenting a baby is a particularly stressful time because a child is at a very physically vulnerable point and the parent may be inexperienced in caring for children.
Parents strap their babies and toddlers into car seats and drive. On rare occasions, a parent may forget that a young child is in the back and accidentally leave him/her in the car alone.
In hot summer weather, this can kill a child.
It's every parent's worse nightmare. When my children were younger, it was a constant source of anxiety for me. Although I never left my kids in the car, I was afraid that I would. Even when I knew that I was driving alone, I would check the car seats.
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Though he is only 11 years old, Andrew Pelham of Nashville, Tennessee understands this worry. That's why he invented the EZ Baby Saver. It's a simple device designed to remind parents that there's a kid in the backseat.
It's made of duct tape and rubber bands. The driver attaches it to the car door inside handle and the back of the seat. It forms an obstruction which prevents the driver from exiting the vehicle. This, Andrew hopes, will remind the driver to check the backseat.