The key phrase that a father must say in this scenario is: "Don't tell your mother about this."
Jarrad Provost of Fredericksburg, Virginia attached a leaf blower to his son Roman's Power Wheels battery-powered toy car. This means that the tyke is ready to take on the chore of clearing off fallen leaves--a task normally given to an older child.
The car may not have enough power to move over rough terrain, so I suggest setting Roman up on an ATV for other areas. Then hire him out to the neighbors. Cut Roman in for a percentage, and Provost has a profitable business in the making.
Put down the phone, fellow fathers. Right now, you're supposed to be watching your kids. They're not safe out of your sight for even a second. Just glance away to read or send a text and the worst thing has happened to your precious children in that moment.
Dad Dudes, which is a comedy production group consisting of four real-life dads, created this thoughtful PSA to warn dads to stop texting and start paying attention.
Maria Bradley is a special effects and makeup artist. Among other media, she paints the bellies of pregnant women.
We've seen baby bumppaintings before, but Bradley takes this trendy art form to a whole new level. She's a special effects artist, so she knows how to add an element of horror to the experience. For her own belly, she created a 3d form of her child breaking out. She explained the process to Baby Center UK:
With special effects I love to shock people. I brought a second-hand doll and casted the face using clay then pored Kryolan Gelafix skin into the clay mould. I removed the cast and glued it to my own belly. I then used liquid latex and tissue to cover the moulds to try and make it look like the baby is pushing its head through the skin. I then painted it all with foundation to blend it in with my skin tone.
Tara Smith-Adkins of Halifax, Nova Scotia wants to make sure that the homeless people in her town don't want for warm winter coats. So every year, she rounds up local kids to walk around town, tying coats and scarves to trees and signposts in the area.
This took place at Cooper's Stadium in Adelaide, Australia. Ethan started hiccuping at the beginning of his performance of "Advance Australia Fair." But he kept right on going, maintaining his composure and the dignity of his homeland's national anthem.
As the color commentator for the game says at the end of the video, Ethan's performance was "absolutely priceless."
The PSAs were created to scare kids into looking for warning signs that their parents are drinking the day away, but they're so frightening that some kids might start thinking their parents are actually monsters in disguise!
In 1971, Big Bird made friends with a creature called Mr. Snuffleupagus. But the adults of Sesame Street never saw Snuffy, and thought he was Big Bird’s imaginary friend. That went on for 14 years!
Norman Stiles (Writer/Head Writer, 1971-1995): The character was kind of a collaboration between [executive producer] Jon Stone and Jim Henson. I think the initial idea was really to be ambiguous in the sense that, well, Big Bird says he’s real and the audience sees him and yet he always manages to not be there when the other people were there—so is he real or isn’t he real? The whole idea was to not really answer that, but to leave it as an open question.
Emilio Delgado (“Luis,” 1971-Present): It was going with the whole thing of a child’s imaginary playmate, which a lot of kids have. Big Bird was the only one who could see him. When adults came around, he would be talking about Snuffy this, and Snuffy that. We’d just say, "Yeah, sure, OK." We didn’t believe him.
Carol-Lynn Parente (Executive Producer, 2005-Present): There was a lot of humor to be mined from the issue. We never explained whether he was imaginary or not. Kids were able to see him, but adults couldn’t. You never really knew—was he imaginary? Playing with that question was a lot of fun; kind of a healthy ambiguity.
Stiles: You really had to believe that it was just terrible coincidences and quirks of Snuffy’s own personality that made it so that he just wasn’t there when Big Bird wanted him to be there to introduce him to his friends.
Then in 1985, the Sesame Street adults all found out that Big Bird had been telling the truth all along! For 14 years. The entire 1984-85 season was used to lay the groundwork for the “big reveal.” The writers, Muppeteers, and producers explain why Snuffy came out, and how they went about doing it the way they did, in a conversation at mental_floss. You can also watch a video of the big moment.
It’s a fact of life: children do not want to follow a schedule. Playing is too much fun to stop and go to sleep, and sleeping is too comfortable to bother wake up when it’s time to go to school. Reed Verdesoto describes the struggle well in a parody of “Shut up and Dance” by Walk the Moon. For a man who’s been deprived of proper sleep for days, he sings it well. -via Viral Viral Videos
From Rocket News 24 comes news of the cutest cat and baby couple in the world. Japanese twitter user @kokesukeppa's little boy was napping on a cushion. The family cat decided to join him, stretching out across his belly.
Now I want a blanket made of cats! Can I get one to fit a queen size bed?
Is it just me or are kids bigger metalheads these days than ever before?
It seems like more and more kids are trading in their Sesame Street t-shirts and Kids Bop albums for Black Sabbath on vinyl and Slayer concert tees.
One extremely hardcore 6-year-old made it on to Skeletonwitch's Facebook page with her totally brutal mic check, and her growling was so fierce it sent shivers down the spine of the band's lead singer Chance.
Will this young lady become the next mighty maiden of metal, or is this video by Fuglymaniacs the last we'll ever see of this hardcore cutie?
Well, she made at least one more appearance on this video entitled Birth A.D. vs. 6 yr. old (skip to 0:42 to see her), and considering these videos were posted three years ago she has most likely moved on to bigger and better things- like the fourth grade!
It’s not what it appears to be. Redditor nyctibius tells us his little brother tried to make himself a drink in the middle of the night. He dropped and broke (or maybe just spilled) a bottle of rose cordial, which is a syrup you add to milk or water and sugar to make a drink. The syrup is fairly thick and very red. No doubt the boy's wails of failure summoned nyctibius to the scene of the crime, and of course the first thing he did was take a picture of the carnage. The child is fine. The pajamas are probably not.
Mason has never had a complete haircut. It's a very difficult experience for him because he has autism. But when Mason came with his mom into a barber shop in West Glamorgan, UK, barber Jim Williams found a solution. Mason wanted to lie on the floor instead of sit in the chair. So Jim got down on the floor with him. ABC News reports:
Then, on Nov. 3, Williams said he was finally able to give Mason the "perfect haircut" by distracting Mason with an iPhone and letting the little boy lay down as he worked.
"He allowed me to cut around his neck and his ears," Williams said. "Obviously his mother was glowing because something happened there. He allowed me to give him his first proper haircut and that was a great achievement."
Mason's mother, Denine Davies, said she is grateful for Williams' patience and kindness.
"I think Jim is fantastic with Mason," Davies told ABC News. "He always takes the time to chat to Mason, gives him a high five each time we visit and always puts 'SpongeBob SquarePants' on for him in the salon. Williams has gone above and beyond the call of a regular hairdresser."
Jaine Ferreira Figueira of Mostardas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil allowed her 17-month old son, Lorenzo, in her garden. She found him with a dead snake in his mouth. She rushed him to the hospital to receive treatment for a bite from the venomous jararaca snake, a species of pit viper.
But he hadn't been bitten. On the contrary, Lorenzo had likely gone on the offensive, grabbed the snake, then bitten it in the head. The International Business Times reports:
The child was taken to a local hospital, along with the snake in a jar so that he could receive the proper antivenom, where the doctor informed the parents that it was probably Lorenzo who had killed the snake. "He bit the young jararaca close to its head, which immobilized it and prevented it from biting him," the doctor added. "The boy was very shaken up — I think it was a self-defence instinct that kicked in, or he thought it was a toy."
Have you ever dealt with a two-year old round the clock? Then you’ve probably seen something like this happen. You might think that the boy doesn’t know what he wants, because he changes his mind constantly. But oh, he does know what he wants. He wants to be mad, but he doesn’t want to admit it. So what he’s doing makes complete sense according to two-year-old logic.
Sooner or later, he’ll be able to either channel his frustrations differently or at least communicate them better. And then eventually, he’ll become a teenager, and use those hard-earned skills to make your life truly miserable. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
This, believe it or not, is a car seat for children. It was the definition of car safety during the 1930s. But given that even seatbelts were not standard back then (and would not be for years to come), it shouldn't be surprising that car safety for children took a while to develop.
Simon Schaffrath and his wife Saskia Repp live in Frankfurt, Germany. They’re expecting their first baby in November—a son that they’ve named Theo.
Schaffrath is a photographer, so he put his skills to use to let people know about their joyful news. He turned Repp’s bulging belly into a landscape and Photoshopped himself into the scene. He golfs during the summer, skis during the winter, and takes full advantage of the terrain that his wife offers.
Little Theo is participating in the process--though not always helpfully. At one point, he kicked so hard that the plaster on his mommy's belly cracked.
German school children perform “Die Roboter” (The Robots) by Kraftwerk. This awesome project looks like it was a lot of fun! Some of the comments at YouTube, translated from German, praise the project for incorporating German music history into the lower grades. Music history? That can make you feel really old.
Sexual education literature is often blasted for being too vague or too clinical for kids to understand, which is exactly how those who don't want sex ed taught in schools like their literature.
But there's no place for vagueness in sex ed, and even this beautifull illustrated book from 1968 called How Babies Are Made explained sex better than many modern sex ed textbooks.
It does, however, omit a visual reference of the sex act itself, which is forgivable considering when the book was published, but overall Time Life did a bang up job of creating a kid's sex ed primer.
How Babies Are Made is full of beautiful papercut illustrations by Blake Hampton, easy to understand descriptions of sex acts, and connects everything sexual to the process of fertilization. Maybe it's time for this book to be reprinted?
The National Alliance to End Homelessness says that there are 49,933 homeless veterans in the United States. In Detroit, homeless veterans who die without families to claim their bodies get a proper send off, thanks to students at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. As a community service, students there serve as pallbearers, bringing an element of dignity and reverence to the funerals for these fallen American veterans. The Huffington Post talked to Todd Wilson, the director of service at the school:
“One of our challenges and responsibilities is to ensure that the students are emotionally prepared for serving,” Wilson told HuffPost. “Initially, we were hoping for at least 20 students at the training, but we ended up having over 50 students who participated.” […]
“We strongly feel that everyone deserves the dignity of having people present at their last moments,” Leonard Froehlich, a 12th-grader who served as a pallbearer, said in a statement provided to The Huffington Post. “It was a real privilege to be a part of this service for these men who have fought for our country.”
While the the first outreach focused on veterans, the students hope to expand their program to all people in need, and families who simply do not have pallbearers.
Andrew Hook made an awesome pretend kitchen as a gift for his son’s second birthday. It started out as an old entertainment center from Goodwill.
Hook replaced the door glass with plywood covered in chalkboard paint. The sink is a metal dog dish. And the burners actually work! Well, they don’t get hot, but they light up from coils of Electroluminescent wire that turn on and off with the stove knobs.
See the entire build process in an album at imgur. Oh yeah, his son certainly loved the gift.
You see these used entertainment centers in thrift stores all the time, because 1. they’re cheap (so you may as well buy a new one for the living room), 2. as TVs get bigger and flatter, the cabinets become obsolete, and 3. used entertainment centers don’t sell as fast as necessary items like beds and dressers. However, their size and shape makes them perfect for a toddler’s pretend kitchen. Several other redditors shared their entertainment center conversions.
Sesame Street Workshop wants to reach out to children with autism and their parents. It now offers an array of resources for this condition, including a new character. Julia is a friend of Elmo and Abby Cadabby. She's in a new online storybook that is designed to teach children how to interact with other kids who have autism. People magazine talked to Sesame Street executive Jeanette Betancourt:
"This is what makes our project so unique," says Dr. Betancourt. "When we explain from a child's point of view that there are certain behaviors, such as slapping their hands or making noises, to express excitement or unhappiness, it helps younger children to understand how to interact with their autistic peers. It makes children more comfortable and therefor more inclusive."
It doesn't make sense to you or me, but to 4-year old Iris Gill, her local CVS convenience store and pharmacy is a "happy place" comparable with Disney World. For the past two years, she watched as the facility was built and then opened. She loves to visit.
So her mother, Sarah Fortune, threw her a CVS-themed birthday party. Iris's cake was with decorated with the CVS colors and typographic style. Party favors included white mints dispensed in prescription medicine bottles. Grown-ups got to drink Cranberry Vodka Splash (CVS, get it?) punch and everyone got to shop at the little toy register that Sarah set up for Iris and her friends. You can see more photos at Sarah Fortune's blog.
Jessica Bruce, 32, has long been a marathoner. Her best time is 2 hours and 58 minutes. When she gave birth to baby Daniel 7 months ago, she didn't want to stop. So she began training while pushing a stroller.
Bruce recently put her new training to the test by running a marathon in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK. While pushing her baby in a stroller, she completed the marathon in 3 hours, 17 minutes, and 52 seconds. This beats the previous world record by 14 minutes.
Her husband ran alongside her. He fed the baby a bottle while they kept running. Although they brought along supplies for a diaper change, it was unnecessary. Baby Daniel slept for the first 20 miles, then relaxed for the remaining distance. You can read more about their run at the Daily Telegraph.
Okay, time out. No arguments, readers. You earned your time out by watching this video by BreakWomb that imagines how weird it would be if parents talked to adults the way they talk to their children. Laurel Coppock, Molly Erdman, and Megan Grano treat each other like 4-year olds.
The Lair family of Apex, North Carolina, has six boys: Jackson, 13; Campbell, 10; Sawyer, 7; Houston, 5; Shepherd, 4; and Knox, 2. In August, they finally got their first girl when Ruby Jane was born. The six boys are having to adjust to having a little girl on their team, but they are eager for the job. You can see more pictures and videos of the family at the News & Observer. -via Buzzfeed
General anesthesia can be dangerous to young children--especially babies. So sometimes surgery on infants is done with local anesthesia or just sedation. That became a problem for one baby in Shenzhen, China. He began crying and squirming during an operation. To calm him, a nurse picked him up and began breastfeeding him. This soothed him enough that the surgeon could complete the operation. Shanghaiist reports:
According to Sina, the nurse named Li Baoxia didn't hesitate for a moment to help the crying baby. After drinking, the infant quietly lay down in the nurse's arm and the surgeons were able to complete the operation. Everyone present remarked that it was an incredibly moving experience.
After the surgery was completed successfully, the baby's father came to thank Li. "Thank you! You didn't only treat my child, you also nursed him!" he said. "As a father, you have my endless gratitude. You are an angel nurse!"
Imagine a week in which kids design and build their own fantasy world out of cardboard! That’s what happens in this adventure day camp. The kids build costumes, armor, weapons, and even their own castle out of cardboard, and then use those things to battle their enemies, the evil camp counselors (also wearing handmade cardboard armor). Adventures in Cardboard holds ten week-long camp sessions during the summer.
Redditor serablanche works at this camp each summer, as a referee and an evil character. He described it in a series of images, eleven photographs in all with explanations in the captions, which you can see at imgur.
That's serablanche behind the pop-tart shield at the top, and in this Black Knight getup, too.