Divorced Mom Writes Note To Her Ex's New Girlfriend To Thank Her

Exes are often embittered by the breakup, and therefore hate their ex's new partner by proxy, but when kids are involved couples try to put aside their bitterness for the sake of the children.

Divorced mom Audrey Nicole isn't bitter about her breakup, nor does she want to knock her ex's new girl- she wants to show her appreciation for how nice the other woman is to her daughter.

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Audrey posted this heartfelt letter to her ex's new girlfriend on Facebook's Love What Matters Page along with the photo below, to express how grateful she is that the new gf is so sweet to her daughter Riley.

This story should inspire exes who don't get along to consider how their hatred might affect the kids caught in the middle, and always remember the new person in your ex's life will be spending time with your kids- so try to keep your cool!

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The Top Baby Names Of 2016

The top ten baby names of 2016 are nothing to write home about, as they are very close to the lists for 2015. The top six girls names ranked the same, and the top eight boys names are the same, but in a slightly different order. But that's not the big story here. Let's take a look at what names a little further down the list gained popularity in 2016. According to Buzzfeed, it appears pop culture played a part, because Tyreese, Hershel, and Carol all rose in popularity, thanks to The Walking Dead. The Netflix show Stranger Things may have played a part late in the year, as Dustin, Mike, and Joyce all rose. Banner and Harley made astonishing leaps in popularity. But it's not just pop culture: Hillary rose 64% and Ivanka was up 39%. See the top 100 names of 2016 for both boys and girls at BabyCenter. -via Uproxx

 


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The 6 Secrets To Raising A Good Kid According To Experts At Harvard

Parents can't seem to agree on whether there's a secret to raising good kids or not, and for every person who swears they know the secret there's an absentee parent who managed to raise a good kid even though they're never home.

But the secret to raising a good kid is the kind of thing behaviorists and psychologists love to argue about, and these experts love to boil it all down to one easy to remember list whenever possible.

According to human development experts at Harvard University there are 6 or 7 main "guideposts to raising caring, respectful, and ethical children"-

1. Teach children to control their emotions

2. Talk to them about taking responsibility for their actions

3. Teach your children to be compassionate and help the weak

4. Teach your children to be grateful

5. Instill your family values in them and show them what constitutes good behavior

6. Spend more time together

7. Be a good role model and mentor

You can read more detailed descriptions of each entry on this perfectly reasonable list of tips created by Harvard University here, sounds like rock solid advice to me!

Read The 6 Secrets of Raising a Good Kid According to Experts at Harvard


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Just Like Mom

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The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. This toddler is learning to be just like the adults she sees around her. When a new parent sees things like this, it really drives home the importance of setting an example. Well, to be honest, that revelation comes after your initial reaction, which is to grab another phone and record the fun for viral posterity. -via reddit


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I Need My Goggles!

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Give him a minute; this kid will figure it out. Or two minutes. When he finally does, he has no embarrassment at all, he's just glad he found them! Funny, but it can happen to anyone. Redditor machalllewis is proof of that.

I once went to the supermarket a few miles from me, picked up some food for dinner that night, put it in my backpack and then walked back home. It wasn't until I got home that I remembered that I had biked there.

The difference here is that I was 22 when I did this.

Have you ever looked for your car keys while you were driving? Or used the light on your phone to look for your phone? I don't think you can beat GreenHatSam's story.

On moving day (years ago) I lost my 1 year old son.

Lots of people moving boxes and vehicles. It was chaotic. I went looking for my kid. He Wasn't in the yard, not in the house. I called out for him. He said, "Mom!"

Ok. Good. He's within ear shot, I just don't see him. I called out for him again. Again, he answered me. He sounded close.

I just stood still and looked around.

Found him on my hip. I was holding him the entire time.

You'll find more of these stories at reddit.


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Photographer Documents Stay At Home Dads And Their Kids In Sweden

Stay-at-home dads are often seen as unmasculine and stigmatized by those stuck on outdated gender roles, but people need to get over their hang-ups and give these dads the credit they deserve.

There's nothing wrong with a father wanting to stay at home while their wife or partner brings home the bacon, and once you peruse the photos of Johan Bävman you'll see how hard they work for the sake of their family.

Some of Johan's portraits are staged, others capture intimate moments from the point of view of a fellow family member, but they're all effective in conveying an emotional message about the importance of togetherness.

Plus the kids seem to have just as much fun with dad as they would with mom, and they clearly don't see the difference, so maybe it's time people traded in their 1950s mentality for a modern mindset?

See Photographer Documents Stay-At-Home Dads And Their Kids In Sweden here


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An Adorable One-Year-Old Snowboarder

The simple act of sliding around atop the snow on a board, also known as snowboarding, isn't all that difficult in itself, so it's not that surprising to see a little kid on a snowboard.

But Sloan isn't technically a kid in this video- she's a 14-month-old who started snowboarding around the same time she started walking.

Sloan's dad Zach Henderson took her out to Park City Mountain Resort in Utah for the first time earlier this year, where she proved age ain't nothin' but a number when it comes to snowboarding.

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Sloan will be just over two years old in January 2017, so hopefully her dad will take her out again and shoot another vid so we can see if she's gotten any better in the last year!

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Daylight Savings Made Each of These Twins the Older One

Daylight Savings Time makes for some weird situations -one particularly strange example took place this year, when Emily and Seth Peterson gave birth to twins on November 6. One twin, Samuel, was born at 1:39 AM, but the later born twin arrived after the time change -at 1:10 AM. So which one is older -the one born first or the one born at an earlier time?


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Woman Gives Birth While Enduring Her Boyfriend's Punny Sense Of Humor

Women understandably have little patience for joking around while giving birth, but Tanya Ferguson's goofball of a boyfriend wasn't going to stop being punny just because Tanya was about to have a baby.

In fact, her boyfriend James Riley sees childbirth as the perfect time to test out his new extra punny material on poor Tanya, who keeps on smiling even though you know she's dreaming about strangling James.

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Cracking a few punny jokes to ease the tension in the birthing room would have been fine, but James' comedic pun-ishment went on for five full days...I guess that's why his kid is already filing for emancipation!

-Via Laughing Squid


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Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend

Set your clocks back an hour Saturday night before you go to bed. If you are a night owl, set them back at 2AM Sunday, because that's the end of Daylight Saving Time in the United Sates this year. This one is the "good" time change. If you are on a schedule, this gives you an extra hour of sleep, the one that you lost back in the spring. If you can't sleep longer than you normally do, then you'll be up early and rarin' to go for a few days before you get used to it.

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WhatsUpMoms sees the upside to this time change when it comes to getting kids to fall asleep in the evening and up for school on time. If you can keep the effect for yourself until Tuesday, then you can be at the polls early to vote. -via Boing Boing


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Dad Recreates His 6 Year-Old Son's Drawings Into Photos

Children's drawings are adorable in part because they are so strange and completely inaccurate. That's why it's so fun to see those drawings adapted by adults -especially in the case of Instagram user thingsihavedrawn's adaptations of his son's artwork.

The literal Photoshop recreations of lions, zebras, elephants and more are so bizarre and almost creepy that you can't look away and it sure makes you look in kids' drawings in a different light.

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Yours

While you might think you want your daughters to grow up sweet and agreeable, the real world demands that they be able to take care of themselves. And that’s one of the best things you can teach them. I have one child who has always been a stubborn contrarian. It was frustrating. It was difficult. But as she grew I was also proud of how strong and self-determined she is. She can take care of herself, and that’s worth more than all the affection she could have shown her parents. The concept is illustrated for even toddler age girls in the latest comic from Lunarbaboon.


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Dad Gives Tired Son Permission To Sleep

Some kids can't keep their eyes open no matter where they are when they get tired, other kids will fight naps as if they know Freddy's gonna come after them as soon as they fall asleep.

And then there's the obedient little boy in this video post by America's Funniest Home Videos- who falls asleep as soon as his dad gives the okay.

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I know many parents wish they could also master the power of sleep permission, maybe the dad in this video should start holding workshops?

-Via Laughing Squid


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Honking at a Ship

You did it when you were a kid. Your parents did, too. Maybe even your grandparents. Kids love to get trucks to honk their horn, and that pumping gesture will do it is the driver sees you. This little girl tried it with a ship.

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As you can see, she got more than she expected! -via Viral Viral Videos


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Chinese Boy Born With 31 Fingers And Toes

People jokingly wish they had more arms or legs so they can get more stuff done, but I've never heard anyone wish they had more fingers and toes.

That's because most people know the excess digits created by polydactylism make life harder- they decrease manual dexterity, attract unwanted attention and make it hard to live a normal life.

Polydactylism usually creates one or two more digits, which is fairly easy to fix with surgery, but what does someone born with 31 fingers and toes do about this issue?

A baby boy named Hong Hong will someday have to learn how to live with 31 fingers and toes unless his parents can raise enough money to pay for the costly surgery.

The boy was born with no thumbs and two palms on each hand, so doctors will have to figure out how to construct functional, opposable thumbs for the boy in addition to removing the extra digits.

Hong Hong's mother has the same condition, but her extra digits don't interfere with the normal function of her hands.

-Via 22 Words


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Raising Children is a Juggling Act

“Don’t tell Mom!”

Oklahoma redditor hinkster81 has five children. Here he is with the three youngest. He’s learned a bit about parenting by now, specifically how fun it can be. Or maybe he is trying to convince his wife to never leave him alone with the children again. -via reddit


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Baby Sneezes Off His Snapchat Filter Beard And It Lands On His Dad's Face

Snapchat didn't revolutionize the world of social media apps, nor did it give us a bunch of amazing features we hadn't seen before.

But the app has made some silly dreams come true- like the dream of giving your baby a beard. Not your idea of fun? Maybe it's a dad thing.

Snapchat lets dads apply a filter beard to their unsuspecting infants while shooting videos and pics on their phones, and yet, as the dad in this video from AFV found out, Snapchat filters aren't programmed to handle sneezes.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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The Origin Of The Phrase "Guess What Chicken Butt"

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Ask a little kid "guess what?", wait for them to say "what?" then reply "chicken butt" and watch their face light up at the absurdity of what you just said, either that or they'll yell something like "you're not funny!" and storm off.

Kids are weird, which is why they're likely to repeat the phrase "guess what? chicken butt" after hearing it for the first time, spreading it through the schoolyard like a linguistic flu bug.

But, like many of the silly rhymes kids love to repeat, the origin of the reference is complicated and far from common knowledge, just like the fact that butchers used to call barrels full of chicken shoulders "butts".

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Simon Whistler discusses the origin of this strange schoolyard phrase in this Today I Found Out video, so you can school kids on where their favorite chicken butt joke came from!

-Via Laughing Squid


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Makeup Artist Turns 3-Year-Old Into An Old Hag

Makeup artists love to see how far they can take a transformation before it becomes too obvious or ridiculous.

Which is why they often choose to do old age, gender or species swap makeups, so they can show off their face painting skills by completely transforming a subject.

But makeup artist Lynn Hetherington Becker really had her work cut out for her when she decided to transform this darling 3-year-old girl into an ugly old hag.

Lynn's subjects are typically little cuties who have their cuteness enhanced by the adorable images she paints on their faces.

But when Lynn goes for a transformative old age look the illusion is only broken when the camera pulls out and reveals the hag's cute little hands and feet.

-Via Bored Panda


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Letters to the Tooth Fairy

There are two main reasons why children leave notes for the tooth fairy instead of just leaving a tooth under their pillow. The biggest reason is an explanation of why the tooth is not physically here… they lost it, swallowed it, the dog ate it, it fell in the toilet, etc. The other reason is to negotiate how much money they should get for their tooth -and kids can be clever lobbyists for extra funds. In a collection of funny notes to the Tooth Fairy, there both types of letters and a few exceptions, like the late notices and one adorable note from a child arranging for the Tooth Fairy to meet Santa Claus at the child’s home during the night.
   


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Hilarious Kid's Menu For Indecisive Children

Some kids are such picky eaters that nothing on the menu ever sounds good to them but dessert, making their parents wish they could just let the kid eat a sundae for dinner and be done with it.

But kids will always be stubborn about ordering and dessert ain't dinner, so The Deli Mansion Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania changed the name of the items on their kid's menu to fit a picky kid's lingo.

So when picky kids say "I don't know", "I'm not hungry" or "I don't want that" they're actually ordering from the menu!

-Via Laughing Squid


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5-Year-Old Ninja Warrior

The headline for the video could have been: Dad of the year constructs the world’s greatest backyard. Gavin McCall built a Ninja Warrior Course for his 5-year-old daughter Lila. Watch her take on the challenge.  

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Lila slays! She’s got strength, agility, balance, and fearlessness far beyond other kindergarteners. That comes from practice, and how could you not practice with a backyard like this? Watch out, she’ll be a force to be reckoned with when she’s old enough to compete on TV. -via reddit  


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Ayumi Omori’s Twins in Dreamland

. 姉ちゃんからのトドメ . . Они будут бороться снова.

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Ayumi Omori is the mother of two-year-old twins, a boy and a girl. Nap time is a crucial break for mothers, particularly those with a couple of two-year-olds, and Omari takes that opportunity for creativity. While the kids nap, she arranges intricate scenery around them to create cute pictures of their “adventures.”

I saw this magic show and thought, Aw, she bought two shirts just the same for this picture. Wait, they’re twins. This family probably has a lot of clothes in two copies.

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Elementary School Replaces Detention With Meditation

Standard school detention involves making the kids sit quietly in a room after school or on the weekend for hours on end, tortured by the inability to do anything but stare in silence

This method of punishment has been in place for decades even though it has proven to be ineffective and sounds more like meditation than jail time, so Robert W. Coleman Elementary School made a change.

They replaced detention with meditation in the Mindful Moment Room, having kids sit, breathe, relax and talk through their problems rather than stare at a wall, and so far it seems to be helping.

Suspension and detention numbers are down at Robert W. Coleman Elementary, and kids are learning a positive and more productive way to deal with their problems that they're taking home with them.

And let's face it- what did we ever learn in detention besides how to quietly carve our initials into a desk or how to pass notes without getting caught?

Read This school replaced detention with meditation. The results are stunning. here


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Tiny Baby, Giant Bear

Sabrina Gonzalez’s dad works at Costco, and he sent her a picture of himself with several of the store’s famous giant teddy bears. She joked in response, “Maddie needs one of those.” Maddie is her five-month-old daughter. Grandpa took that as a challenge, so Maddie got her bear that very day. Madeline Jane can "bearly" be found in a picture of the bear at home! You can see more pictures of the bear (and Maddie) here. Meanwhile, the bear takes up an awful lot of room, so he is being stored at -you guessed it- Grandpa’s house. -via Metafilter 

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The Internet Is Going Crazy For The Cotton Candy Girl

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Kids sure do love candy, and the internet loves to look at pics of cute little kids taken while they're playing, emoting or making a mess, in other words when a kid is being a kid.

So it comes as no surprise the internet community simply adores little Beatrix Hart, nicknamed the Cotton Candy Girl after she was spotted stuffing her face with spun sugar at a Seattle Mariners game.

It was the first time the 3-year-old had ever eaten cotton candy so she had all the feels hit her at once, a sensation sugarholics know as the day they got hooked for life on those sweet treats.

Her pic went viral after the Seattle Mariners shared this GIF via Twitter, transforming that chubby cheeked little cherub into an internet sensation.

Now fans are calling for a Cotton Candy Girl night at the stadium and trying to convince the Mariners that Beatrix should be able to throw out the first pitch at a game, which is all a bit too much for little miss Hart to handle.

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Determined Toddler Tries To Walk Stubborn Bulldog

Babies who love dogs are cute, but dogs who love and put up with babies are the cutest because they display a gentle side even when the little one is getting on their nerves.

Now take a stubborn baby lovin' bulldog and a toddler who's trying to be like mommy and daddy and take his four legged friend on a walk and you've got the makings of awwwww-dorability.

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It's not surprising the 11-month-old in the video had a hard time walking Bernie the bulldog , that meaty hunk of a dog weighs 80 pounds!

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Pictures Of Kids Taken On Their First And Last Day Of School

Parents always remember their kid's first day of school and the graduation ceremony on the last, but they rarely have the foresight to recreate the first day photo some thirteen years later on their last day of school.

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If the kindergartener was being held by their mom or dad in the first day photo it will naturally be much harder to replicate, but this strong dad powered through the last day photo shoot for the sake of posterity.

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Bored Panda asked people to submit their first versus last day of school pics in honor of kids going back to school, and most of the submissions they received were surprisingly creative.

Some used Photoshop skills to create a time travel paradox so they could stand next to their first day of school selves.

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While others relied on more traditional methods to create the perfect first vs last day pic.

Something tells me people are going to start doing this a whole lot more now, and I'm definitely stealing this idea when my kid starts school!

See 10+ Pics Of First Day Of School Vs Last Day Of School here


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Dad Builds Incredible Fantasy Bedroom For His Son

Check out this young boys' room: it has its own skybox, a loft platform near the ceiling with a wooden fence enclosure. You can only get to it by climbing a mountain -or a rock-climbing simulator, in this case. You can climb back down, but why would you, when there’s a slide? But that’s not all. He has a boat for a bed, a ship’s wheel, and more. See photos of the construction along with some tidbits from the father who built it at Housely.


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A Serious Performance of The Alphabet Song

Violet Ogea is two years old, but she’s destined to become a star. She’s singing the alphabet song as if it’s opening night at the Metropolitan Opera. People have compared her singing to Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, and Elaine Stritch as two-year-olds.

Back at it again...

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Violet has the fearlessness and stage presence of someone twice her age -or even older. Her mother, photographer Christina Ogea, has plenty of other videos of Violet singing at her Facebook page and at Instagram. -via Buzzfeed


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