Imagine you are nine years old and you don’t feel at all confident about moving up to the fourth grade. You don’t know who your teacher is going to be, or what you’ll be doing this year. And then your parents get an email from your new teacher, and it’s a music video!
New teacher Dwayne Reed sent a video to his incoming students to show them what the next year will be like for them. I can imagine that other Chicago fourth-graders are already envious. -via Tastefully Offensive
You can tell school is starting back when the kids begin trying to get out of going. This early in the year, they’re out of practice and not yet good at it. I had a child who was so deathly sick until about 9AM, then would perk up just fine, or at least enough to eat a greasy takeout lunch and watch TV. There were a couple of times I made her go to the second half of the school day. This is the latest from Lunarbaboon.
There's a perceptible change in attitude when you meet a stranger in public for the first time with your child in tow, and lately this change seems to be working out better for dads than moms.
For some reason people are quick to criticize mothers for the way they're raising their child yet see the father as a hero for spending time with his kids, overlooking the same stuff they just criticized the mom for.
This comic strip was written by Chaunie Brusie and loosely based on her experiences, but as we all know parental experiences may vary, so there's bound to be a dad getting dissed in public somewhere!
It's hard for kids to be brave when they're faced with scary things like shots, barber shops and flying for the first time, but they're able to get through it all with support from their parents.
For some parents support means holding their child's hand, or wiping their tears away, but photographer Aaron Sheldon lent his son support by letting him dress up like an astronaut:
“The first shot we did in the project came about as my 4-year-old’s idea when I was helping him get over his fear of the doctors exam table. He decided to act brave like an astronaut and then asked if he could wear his spacesuit to his next appointment,”
Aaron continues to set up photo shoots starring his brave astronaut son, sharing the pics on his website Small Steps Are Giant Leaps in the hopes that other kids will be inspired to face their fears and dream big.
It’s a known fact that parents hate the cartoon Calliou because the title character is an unpleasant brat who whines and throws temper tantrums. My kids never watched the show, because I had already heard about it. Therefore, I don’t understand why other parents put up with it, when there are so many other children’s shows. I don’t know if Teletubbies is still available, but that was my favorite when my kids were preschoolers. Sesame Street was nice, too, although we probably watched more Disney movies on VHS than regular TV. This is the latest from Lunarbaboon.
1. They can’t taste salt. Babies are born with a well-developed sense of taste— but not for salt. Studies show that babies can’t taste salt until they’re about four months old. They can taste other flavors as well as adults can, especially sweet, bitter, and sour flavors (which might explain all the “baby tastes lemon” videos on YouTube)— and maybe even better: some studies indicate that babies actually have more taste buds than adults do.
2. They don’t shed tears. Babies cry an awful lot— but they can’t shed tears: they don’t have functional tear ducts until they’re between three and twelve weeks old. (They can, however, produce “basal tears”— the nonemotional tears we produce constantly to keep our eyes moist.)
YouTube user RenoGeek and his son visited a children's museum. While there, the toddler tried to fill a wire mesh bucket with water. Unfortunately, the bucket was defective. It couldn't hold any water at all. I hope that he was able to get a refund for his admission ticket.
The explosion of the game Pokémon GO is leading to the inevitable: babies named after Pokémon. It’s not the first time someone’s done it, but the popularity of the name Eevee is growing, as well as Onix. Ash is also seen more often. There have been babies named Pikachu in Japan for years, and it may well happen in the U.S. soon, if it hasn’t already. These children will never be able to lie about their age. -via The Daily Dot
Pretending to be interested in what other people have to say is an important life skill. Teach your kids by example, as they are trying to teach you. If successful, then we all learn how to fake sincerity as adults.
This is Jason Haney, a construction manager working on a project for Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. He and his co-workers like to entertain the kids who look outside their windows. Last winter, they built a snowman. More recently, they decided to make a Waldo figure from the Where's Waldo? books.
Haney made the 8-foot tall figure from plywood and he and his daughter painted it. Haney and his co-workers hide it in the framework of the new building under construction until a kid spots it. Then they move Waldo somewhere else and start the game over.
Arrihanna Williams, 7, and another child enjoyed watching as the crane above the hospital moved a big load of materials. When asked, Arrihanna was quick to point out where Waldo was standing from the playroom window.
Down the hall, 9-year-old Neveah Garza was in contact isolation and unable to leave her room. But her window overlooked the construction site and she enjoyed watching the men at work.
“Poor guys, they have to work in the sun,” she said.
In the past, she’s hunted for Waldo in library books and on an online site, she said, explaining how that worked. But it was a bit of a challenge to find the character at the building site.
“Mom found him first,” she said, pointing down at the site. “See he’s down there, by that fan thingy.”
A fun-size human appeared just outside the polar bear enclosure at the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri. It was the perfect snack. So the polar bear dove into the water and tried to snatch him. Alas, the glass got in the way. Keep trying!
Jade Stoner, 7 years old, was killed in a car accident. Seeing through her agony, her mother Debbie Stoner donated her daughter's organs.
Jade's heart went to Nellie-Ma Evans, a baby born with cardiomyopathy. She wouldn't have survived without a heart transpant.
That transplant was successful. Nellie-Ma is now 11 years old. Debbie Stoner recently met her. She placed her ear on Nellie-Ma's chest and listened to the sound of her daughter's heart, still beating 10 years later. Stoner described the experience to the Telegraph (auto-start):
"The first time I’d heard Jade’s heart beating was when I was pregnant with her at my ultrasound scan and it sounded just as strong," Mrs Stoner said.
"I knew her heart was no longer Jade’s because she’s no longer with us but it was a part of her.
"Although I lost the most precious thing in my life, she is continuing to live on, in a way."
Have you ever seen those coma inducing Lincoln Motor Company commercials, featuring Matthew McConaughey speaking cryptically about how long he's been driving Lincolns and how you "have to go back to move forward"?
It turns out they're way more fun to watch when you replace McConaughey with a little girl and replace the Lincoln hybrid with a bright pink Barbie car.
Filmmaker Eric Moyer created this fun commercial spoof starring his daughter Michelle to showcase her laid back attitude and Barbie girl swagger, the qualities which will make her a star someday. Mattel meet Michelle, the face of your new ad campaign!
Twitter isn't good for much more than expressing random thoughts or sharing links, but it has proven to be an excellent source of candid comedy thanks to the proud parents who tweet about the odd stuff their kids do and say.
Finally kids who aren't old enough to be on Twitter can have a voice in this digital age of social media socialization and tweety talk, and we can get a good laugh at the adorably crazy stuff kids come up with.
My 2yo said she is a grown up. I told her she isn't, that she is a toddler. She replied, "No, I'm a grown up. I'm going to touch knives."
Disneyland may be the happiest place in the world, but select residents of Fullerton, California suggest that Dobbsland is even better.
Steve Dobbs, a retired engineer (naturally) bought a little electric train for his grandchildren to play with. They eventually tired of it, so he built a tunnel for he train to run through. That was interesting for a while, but, eventually, the kids found it boring.
To amuse them and himself, Dobbs built an entire miniature amusement park in his own backyard. It has animatronic characters, a clock tower, a roller coaster, and a toy submarine. Dobbsland even has your favorite characters, including Cinderella and Winnie the Pooh.
The roller coaster is a special treat. Local engineering students designed it. The Orange County Register reports:
They used engineering principles to design the track’s trajectory, which had to fit the lawn’s 30-by-13-foot imprint.
“My main requirement was that I wanted it to be safe for little kids to ride, but also fun for teens and adults to ride,” Dobbs said.
Built at Cal Poly Pomona in three months, the coaster was dismantled by the student crew and moved to Dobbs’ home. (When disassembled, every Dobbsland attraction can fit in the home’s garage.)
Dynamic Testing Solutions’ chief financial officer rode and certified the coaster, which can support riders up to 185 pounds, goes forward and backward, tops out at 12 mph and is equipped with mechanisms measuring weight and g-force.
This baby is going to grow up to be a champion boxer, or else a movie star who plays one. He’s watching the training montage from Rocky II, and mimicking every move. He’s obviously a big fan, and has seen this scene few times before, because he knows what moves are coming up next. I particularly enjoyed his one-handed pushups. You go, kid! -via Tastefully Offensive
Zahara and Zamiyah Beary, ages five and seven, got up early on Thursday morning, put on their Disney Princess costumes and shower caps, and set out from their home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, to get breakfast. The girls’ parents were still asleep. The princesses first went to McDonald’s, then a bagel shop, but had no money to pay for their food. A bystander paid for their bagels. The girls then boarded a train and went to Manhattan! By that time, the police were alerted by the parents. Police found the girls at around 9:15, and took them to get hash browns at McDonald’s. The children were reunited with their parents at the 78th Street precinct. -via Fark
Sophi Green was born without arms, so she uses her feet of everything. While other children learned to eat and dress themselves, she did, too -with her feet. Now that she’s seven years old, it’s all second nature to her.
The Boss was performing "Waitin' on a Sunny Day" at a concert in Oslo, Norway. A 4-year old girl named Hope was in the front row, thoroughly enjoying the music. She caught his attention. Springsteen invited Hope on stage and sang to her, then let her give a solo performance.
When they were done, he lifted Hope onto one of his shoulders and carried her around. Before she left, Springsteen gave Hope his harmonica. I hope that he wrote her a tardy note, too!
Is some lady who calls herself "Mom" bossing you around, telling you what to do? Then you need the law firm of Whiney, Young & Moore to represent you. These crack attorneys will argue on your behalf, getting you the settlement that you deserve.
Laurel Coppock, Molly Erdman, and Megan Grano constitute BreakWomb, the sketch comedy group that shows the lighter side of being a mother. In this video, they're the lawyers that you never want your kids hiring.
After the tornado in a jar, Oliver has some tips on how to stay safe in the event of a tornado. You’ll have to supply your own consonants. Outside of the science lab, Oliver does not resemble a mad scientist. Although he may grow up to be one someday! -via Viral Viral Videos
How do you convince a baby to clean your house? It's really easy because before they hit the terrible twos, babies will do pretty much whatever you ask of them. The dad of the How to Dad YouTube channel shows how in his latest instructional video.
Soul Pancake staged a game. A young child, in this case, 5-year-old Alexa, describes famous works of art. Two art experts try to guess what piece she’s describing. If you want to play along, you should move the video out of your line of sight and just listen to the audio.
Chris-ShaRee Castlebury has a special gift for her "precious Picassos." She's a first grade teacher at Pat Henry Elementary School in Lawton, Oklahoma. Toward the end of the school year, she asks her students to draw on a dress with fabric markers, which she wears on the last day.
Castlebury calls it her "memory dress." It's her unique way to remember the children that she taught that year. She tells the Today show:
"It is a memory dress because I don't want to lose the beauty of the kids as they have to grow up and move on from me," Castlebury told TODAY in an email interview from South Korea, where her husband is stationed in the U.S. Army. "It is a wonderful thing, but so sad each year to fall in love with these kids and then have to say 'see ya later.'
Redditor Jl889 bought a cloth swim diaper for her baby. She checked the washing instructions tag and found that it was designed to be remembered. And not only remembered, but shared. I’m glad to oblige. After a bit of laughter, the discussion on this turned to why it's labeled "chlorine resistant" but you're still told not to bleach it. The concentration of chlorine in a pool and in your laundry is quite different.