Tiny Dancers Among Us

Children usually dance, play and explore the world with reckless abandon, but when kids are serious about developing a skill like dancing they become far more focused than they ever have while sitting in class.

And even though they know their bodies may someday change into a less flexible form they keep practicing anyway, pushing their tiny bodies to the limit to express their love of dance.

Photographer Jordan Matter likes to shoot pics of dancers in motion, and his latest series Tiny Dancers Among Us shows us kids may not have the choreography down pat but they're able to soar much higher than most adult dancers.

See Tiny Dancers Among Us: Jordan Matter Captures Amazing Photos of Dancing Kids here


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Jyn Erso Cosplayer Handing Out the Death Star Plans to Every Princess Leia

Dino Ignacio took his daughter to Star Wars Celebration last week, and they went fully equipped. He made a batch of plastic datacards as the plans for the Death Star for his tiny Jyn Erso to deliver. In case you haven't seen Rogue One, Jyn Erso was the main character, and getting the Death Star plans to the Rebel Alliance was her mission.   

Jyn is actually named Harley, and she and her father Dino attended Celebration in Orlando last weekend with a special goal in mind, to pay tribute to the dearly departed Carrie Fisher. Harley, in costume as Rogue One’s Rebel Operative, would locate as many Princess Leia cosplayers as she could, and hand them a specially-crafted copy of the datacard containing the Death Star plans.

See pictures of Harley and the different incarnations of Princess Leia she found at Star Wars Celebration at io9.

PS: Harley was Rey last year.


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Co-Parenting Win


Image: @Emilee Plaayer

When four-year-old Maelyn gets on the soccer team, her four parents are there to cheer her on. Wait - four parents? That's right.

Maelyn's mother and father are divorced, and both later remarried. But they're determined not to let that get in the way of parenting.

"Because of us, I will never believe co-parenting can't work," wrote Emilee Player (Maelyn's step-mom) in this viral Facebook post, "I know through experience it can work!"


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Guy Turns The Crazy Stuff His 5-Year-Old Daughter Says Into Adorable Illustrations

Kids say such cute things it's impossible to stay mad at them for long, and if we could somehow bottle their cuteness many of the world's problems could be cured with a daily dose of kiddie cute.

But rather than bottle his 5-year-old daughter Harper's essence artist Martin Bruckner takes all the endearing, zany and just plain crazy things she says and turns them into cool illustrations.

Martin calls the project "Spaghetti Toes" after the conversation he, his wife and Harper had that inspired the illustrations:

His wife told Harper, “Please don’t put spaghetti between your toes.” Bruckner commented on how ridiculous that statement sounded. Later that night he caught himself telling Harper, “Did you drop the cheese in the tub again?” From then on, he decided to note down all the weird things they said, and Spaghetti Toes was born.

100 of Martin's mini-posters have been collected in a new book entitled "I Love You with All My Butt!: An Illustrated Book of Big Thoughts from Little Kids", which will surely be the first book of many!

See more from Artist Dad Turns His 5-Year-Old Endearing Sayings Into Hilarious Illustrations here


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8-Year-Old Drives to McDonald's

What do you do when you crave a cheeseburger, but your parents are asleep? An eight-year-old boy in East Palestine, Ohio, figured it out. He looked up how to drive on YouTube, watched a video about it, and then drove his parents' van to McDonald's! Oh yeah, he also took his four-year-old sister with him.  

Witnesses told police that he expertly drove to the fast food joint, following traffic laws and staying under the speed limit.

“He didn’t hit a single thing on the way there. It was unreal,” Koehler said.

McDonald’s workers said they thought they were being pranked when he drove up to order a cheeseburger with money from his piggy bank.

“The workers thought that the parents were in the back, but obviously they weren’t,” Koehler said.

Police said the 8-year-old burst into tears when he learned that he did something wrong. He told officers that it was his first time behind the wheel.

The children got cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, and fries before they were taken to the police station, where their parents picked them up. No charges were filed in the incident. -via Boing Boing

(Image credit: Danielk2)


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Dad Photoshops His Baby Daughter Into Marginally Dangerous Situations

Despite what people who don't know the story behind these photos believe redditor Steec is a good dad, a caring dad, one who wants to shield his baby daughter from danger so she lives a long and healthy life.

But Steec's photos are making people think he's a careless creep and a bad parent- which is exactly what he wants them to think.

Steec is using his Photoshop skills to prank the internet, and when people inevitably fall for the prank and cry "for shame!" you'll be in on the joke and ready to put those tsk-tskers in their place!

-Via Bored Panda


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Learning to Catch

A couple of days ago, mrbdun shared a cute snippet of his two-year-old son Lucas learning to catch. 

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Not only is it adorable, we are reminded that every one of us probably did this at his age; we just didn't get the proper documentation of it on video. Of course, redditors predicted that he might not be scholarship material in football, but he's bound to be an ace in dodgeball. Want to see what a difference two days makes?

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Hip Baby Name Ideas From The Dictionary Of Medieval Names

Preparing for parenthood means going through dozens of different names looking for a winner, and that means doing some digging to discover new names and weigh your options.

Unless you're a futurist like my dad was you'll probably look to the past for inspiration, so why not go way, way, way back and search for naming inspiration in The Dictionary Of Medieval Names from European Sources?

It is a hefty work of scholarship that “aims to contain all given (fore, Christian) names recorded in European sources written between 500 and 1600, less the names of historical/non-contemporary people and names occurring only in fictional literature or poetry.”

It really is a treasure trove of long unused names that deserve to make a comeback, here are a few of the olde timey names that caught my eye:

2. Cherubina

This variant on the word cherub showed up as a name in Rome in 1527.

3. Aylward

There were spelling variations on this one, including Eilwardus, Aloardus, and Æðeluuard, but this one probably works best for the Kindergartener learning to write.

8. Everbern

For your dangerously cuddly cub, ever goes back to the Old High German for "boar," and bern goes back to the word for "bear."

10. Ysoria

The etymology is uncertain, “but perhaps related to Latin Isaura, an ethic byname derived from the region of Isauria in Asia Minor.”

16. Magner 

Feel like Magnus is too common? Go for Magner, which can be traced back to the Old High German for "mighty army."

17. Alleaume

This name of a 10th century French saint means "noble helmet."

See 23 Hipster Baby Name Ideas From The Dictionary Of Medieval Names here


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Costco-Themed Birthday Party


Image: Niki Walker

Love Costco? Not like Kimber Walker, you don't!

The 5-year-old girl loves shopping with her parents at Costco so much that she asked for a Costco-themed birthday party. "I really don't know what possessed her to want that theme," Kimber's mom Niki Walker said to TODAY, "She loves the pizza and the samples ... and the giant teddy bears."

Imagine the giant-sized goodie bags that the partygoers get! Check out more cute pics over at TODAY (warning: auto-play video with sound)

If you like that, don't miss our 10 Fascinating Facts About Costco article.


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Star-crossed Babies


Photo: Cassie Clayshutle Photography

We posted about newborn baby Romeo meeting baby Juliet at the hospital recently, but we just can't pass on this follow up.

The two star-crossed babies were born only hours apart at the same hospital just next door to each other, and their respective parents had named them "Romeo" and "Juliet" by coincidence. After her initial newborn baby photo went viral, photographer Cassie Clayshutle did another photoshoot, this time with homemade props with Shakespearean motifs.

"What light through yonder window breaks?" That's just the photographer's flash.

Thanks Tiffany!


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Powerful Photos From The 2017 Birth Photography Competition

('Straight From Heaven by Natasha Hance- Birth Unscripted)

Birth photography sounds like something mothers and fathers would rather not share with the world, and something that might be kinda hard to look at, but birth photography is actually pure visual magic.

('Road To Deliverance' by Jaydene Freund of Cradled Creations)

These artistically candid images capture the beauty of childbirth, as well as the pain, the mess and the blessed relief after it's all said and done and mom gets to hold her bundle of joy.

('I've Been Waiting For You' by Vanessa Mendez Birth Photography)

The raw, unfiltered look at childbirth seen in the photos submitted to the 2017 Birth Photography Competition will make some people feel squeamish, but it's all part of being human- so deal with it!

('Are You My Mama?' by Jennifer Mason Photography)

See 10+ Powerful NSFW Photos From The 2017 Birth Photo Competition here


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Sister Act

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Colleen Jordan recorded her two-year-old twin daughters Maddie and Scarlett acting out a scene from the movie Frozen as they watched it on TV. You think these little girls have seen the movie a few times before? They may grow up to be Hollywood stars! -via Tastefully Offensive


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Teen Babysitter Dresses Up As A Mermaid To Entertain The Little Girl She Watches

Most parents are lucky if the teenager they hire to babysit actually does a good job of keeping their kid safe and plays with them a bit, much less goes the extra mile to make the kid smile.

But the lucky folks who hired 15-year-old Keegan Carnahan hooked themselves a winner-because Keegan actually dresses up like a mermaid to entertain her young charge Alidy.

Keegan says she got the tail when she was 12 and "going through a phase", so when little Alidy came trotting out in her mermaid outfit Keegan "thought it would be a fun surprise to bring out mine for bathtime."

Alidy naturally thought it was a brilliant idea, and now people across the country are looking to hire Keegan to hire their kids...and star in their mermaid shows!

-Via BuzzFeed


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Rayna Meets a Robot

A discarded water heater got a few accessories for decoration. The resulting "robot" isn't very talkative, but that doesn't matter here at all.  

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Redditor shadeogreen recorded his daughter Rayna's adorable reaction to the robot. She wuvs that wobot! -via Metafilter


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Teacher Changed Her Hairstyle to Help Bullied Student


Photo: Ana Barbara Ferreira/Facebook

When Ana Barbara Ferreira, a teacher from Sao Paulo, Brazil, found out that one of her student was saddened after being ridiculed by a boy for having "ugly hair," she decided to user her head to solve the problem. Make that, use her hair.

"Yesterday, my student came to tell me that a boy said that her hair was ugly. She was pretty sad ... at that time, the only thing I could think to tell her was that she was beautiful and that he didn't know what she was talking about," Ferreira posted on Facebook, "Today, I woke up and remembered what happened and I decided to do the same hairstyle that she usually has."

When the student saw her, she came running to hug her, saying "Today, I am beautiful just like you."


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Glenn's Baby

In the TV series The Walking Dead, Glenn and Maggie Rhee surprised everyone in season six by announcing they were going to have a baby. The above image shows them watching the sonogram. Yes, strange as it seems, there are sonograms in the zombie apocalypse. I'm not going to mention what happens in season seven. However…



In the real world, Steven Yeun (who plays Glenn) and his wife Joana Pak were going through the same process, no doubt with better prenatal care. Their son was born on March 17, and made his social media debut on Instagram yesterday. Just a little reminder that no matter what happens, the real world is better than the zombie apocalypse. -via Buzzfeed 


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Baby Romeo Meets Baby Juliet


Photo: Cassie Clayshutle Photography

It's matchmaking of Shakespearean proportion!

On Saturday afternoon at Coastal Carolina Hospital in Bluffton, South Carolina, proud parents Morgan and Edwin Hernandez welcomed their baby Romeo to the world. 18 hours and 8 minutes later, Christiana and Allan Shifflett in the room next door welcomed a baby girl that they named ... you guessed it, Juliet!

Both parents had picked their babies names earlier in their pregnancies and didn't know about each other until they met in the hospital. Photographer Cassie Clayshutle took photos of the babies and shared it on Facebook with their parents' permission - the post has since gone viral.

The two star-crossed babies already had a head full of hair and Internet fame :) View more of the cute babies photos over at Clayshutle's Facebook page.


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Babies Who Look Strangely Like Celebrities

"You know, when junior scrunches his eyes up like that, he looks just like (insert famous movie actor)!" Yes, he does. The internet has an unlimited supply of baby pictures from proud parents, plus a revolving door of celebrities, so it stands to reasons that people will see an occasional uncanny resemblance.



Check out an entire class of infants who are doomed to grow up and be compared to a famous person in this gallery. -via TVOM


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The Swagger and the Roll

The only things missing from this "BBC Dad" tweet from Paperbeatsscissors are the scrambling mom and the pantless dad (okay, he's not pantsless).


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Parents Are Taking The "Exact Instructions Challenge" With Hilarious Results

Everybody knows how to "make" a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, a banana split or a bowl of cereal, but could you write out instructions clear enough to teach someone else how to make them?

Of course you could, or at least it seems easy enough, but kids have a harder time clearly instructing others, and if you follow their instructions exactly things are bound to go wrong.

That's the premise of the Exact Instructions Challenge, which was started by Josh Darnet when he asked his kids to write out instructions for a PB&J and made this adorable video.

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Josh's Challenge struck a chord with other parents, who eventually forced fun dad Bottlerocket to "make the ultimate sacrifice" and follow instructions from his kids on how to make a banana split.

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As long as none of the dishes involve cooking this challenge will continue to be fun, but if any of the dishes include chicken things are going to take a dark turn...

See Parents Are Taking the 'Exact Instructions Challenge' And It's Hilariously Harder Than It Sounds here


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The Perils of Live TV

The BBC was interviewing Professor Robert Kelly of Pusan National University in Korea about the impeachment of former (as of today) South Korean President Park Geun-hye, when it became very clear that he was working from his home office.

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Will he be able to get a coherent thought out before Mom arrives? Did he have to stay seated because he's not wearing pants? So many questions, and none of them about the impeachment results. You can guarantee he will lock the door before his next Skype interview. -via reddit


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The Best Photos From The B&W Child Photography Contest 2016

(Looking For The Queen by Magdalena Hutchins)

Kids have a unique(ly short) view of the world, but it's hard for them to effectively convey their view to adults because they have yet to learn how to use language to make the content of their minds known.

(Untitled by Alicja Brodowicz)

Photographers who work with children as their subjects therefor try to show us what the children see, and how the wee folks feel in the land of the big people.

(Batman by Anna Kuncewicz)

These fantastic photos are winners from the 3rd annual International Photo Competition B&W Child 2016, and looking through them all is like taking a visual trip through the highs and lows of childhood.

(Ghost by Oriano Nicolau)

See The Best Photos From The B&W Child Photography Contest Of 2016 here


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This Wonder Woman Has Her Own Invisible Jet

Chicago balloon artist Smarty Pants made tihs amazing invisible jet for a little tiny Wonder Woman to wear to a local convention. Now that's some creative cosplay!

Via Laughing Squid


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In 1914, Feminists Fought For the Right to Forget Childbirth

The concept of "twilight sleep" during childbirth arose around a hundred years ago. Doctors in Freiberg, Germany, would give a woman in labor a combination of drugs, including scopolamine, which gave them the experience of going to sleep and waking up with a new baby. In reality, the drugs did not alleviate pain, but merely caused women to not remember their experience. Patients were often restrained, and even made to wear straightjackets for childbirth. But for the women who experienced it, particularly after several natural births, twilight sleep was a miraculous experience.

“I was so happy,” one women declared. “The night of my confinement will always be a night dropped out of my life,” says another. The association celebrated when a “tenement house mother” gave a twilight sleep speech on the corner of her street.

The twilight sleep movement was immediately controversial, though. While feminist women pushed for access to the technique, doctors fought back. They “refused to be ‘stampeded by these misguided ladies,’” historian Judith Walzer Leavitt wrote, in her account of the movement. Doctors wrote in the popular and academic press about the dangers of twilight sleep and argued that one popular article shouldn’t guide medical practice. But the practice also had advocates in the medical community, and soon American doctors were also traveling to Freiburg to train in twilight sleep techniques.

The campaign was so successful that twilight sleep became the thing to do, and for decades, women weren't given the choice to remain alert during childbirth. With the rise of better painkillers and exposes about twilight sleep, the practice finally faded out in the 1960s. Read about the controversial technique and the campaign to bring it the the U.S. at Atlas Obscura.


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Kids Are Awesome

If you need a smile, take a look at what some kids are doing with their spare time. Desire, hard work, and persistence come together to give us some awesome performances, even in children that look too young to be doing these things.  

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This compilation is brought to you by People Are Awesome to show us that kids are awesome, too! -via Tastefully Offensive


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Defying the Odds

This is Amanda Diesen and Todd Krieg, who used to ride dirt bikes professionally, but now he has a different set of wheels. After doctors told him it would be "nearly impossible" for him to conceive a child naturally, they made this image to announce that Amanda is pregnant. And another to let everyone know it's a boy!



The two will be getting married soon, and are in the running for a dream wedding giveaway. You can read their story here. -via reddit


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When It's Just The Dudes At Home

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Fathers and babies left unsupervised will find something weird and fun to do. Adam Ballard and his infant son Miles show off some killer dance moves to the Michael Jackson song "Beat It." Miles does the Moonwalk made famous in "Billie Jean" and the impossible lean from "Smooth Criminal." He also does air guitar to Eddie Van Halen's solo. There's some nice shuffling and other fancy footwork going on here, too. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Idris Elba Gets Dating Advice From Kids

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Idris Elba is helping to raise money for the W.E. Can Lead charity by giving donors a chance to win a Valentine's dinner with him. To promote the contest, he starred in this adorable video where children tell him what makes a good Valentine's Day date. As always, the kids' answers are simply adorable -and you can finally learn whether you should be a bad boy or a good boy, or whether you should or shouldn't eat beans on your date.

Via Incredible Things


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Calvin and Hobbes Nursery

Imgur user overflight wanted a Calvin and Hobbes-themed nursery. Inspired by other such projects, she painted a large mural on one wall, showing Calvin and his tiger chilling in a tree. She added some framed artwork, and friends filled in the rest with gifts. You can see pictures of the work in progress and the whole finished nursery at TVOM.


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Dad Takes Photo Of His Baby Boy And His Beagle Every Month For Two Years

Taking pictures of your newborn baby alongside the family dog is a cherished tradition, and it's fun to watch the infant grow into a toddler and then a child alongside their furry family member.

British Army photographer Timothy Jones began this tradition when his darling son Stan was born, shooting the first pic of Stan alongside their beagle Jasper when Stan was just a few weeks old.

Twenty four monthly photos later Timothy had an adorable set of "baby and dog = best friends" pics and an unique documentation of Stan's growth during the first two years of his life.

And old Jasper looks like he hasn't aged a week!

-Via Shareably


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