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.
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.
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
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.
As you can see, she got more than she expected! -via Viral Viral Videos
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
“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
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.
-Via Laughing Squid
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".
-Via Laughing Squid
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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?
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
(Image credit: Sabrina Gonzalez)
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.
We're going to need more cotton candy. pic.twitter.com/SNpjgZSGlA— Mariners (@Mariners) September 8, 2016
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.
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.
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!
-Via Good Housekeeping
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
A 9-year-old girl spent all day playing at a park near her home. She had a cell phone and a house key with her, and went home when she got tired. Was that dangerous? It sounds like typical behavior for a 9-year-old. But what if you knew she was there while her mother worked all day? Does that change anything about how dangerous her day at the park appears? An experiment shows that people don’t so much judge such a situation as dangerous because it’s objectivly dangerous, but because of how neglectful the parent appears. In fact, the morality of the reason a parent leaves a child unsupervised directly affects how dangerous the situation is perceived to be. Ashley Thomas, Kyle Stanford, and Barbara Sarnecka of the University of California at Irvine conducted an experiment that showed such bias.
To get at this question experimentally, Thomas and her collaborators created a series of vignettes in which a parent left a child unattended for some period of time, and participants indicated the risk of harm to the child during that period. For example, in one vignette, a 10-month-old was left alone for 15 minutes, asleep in the car in a cool, underground parking garage. In another vignette, an 8-year-old was left for an hour at a Starbucks, one block away from her parent's location.
To experimentally manipulate participants' moral attitude toward the parent, the experimenters varied the reason the child was left unattended across a set of six experiments with over 1,300 online participants. In some cases, the child was left alone unintentionally (for example, in one case, a mother is hit by a car and knocked unconscious after buckling her child into her car seat, thereby leaving the child unattended in the car seat). In other cases, the child was left unattended so the parent could go to work, do some volunteering, relax or meet a lover.
Not surprisingly, the parent's reason for leaving a child unattended affected participants' judgments of whether the parent had done something immoral: Ratings were over 3 on a 10-point scale even when the child was left unattended unintentionally, but they skyrocketed to nearly 8 when the parent left to meet a lover. Ratings for the other cases fell in between.
The researchers were motivated by an increasing number of parents who get into legal trouble for allowing their children to be unsupervised in situations that were once considered normal. The case of the 9-year-old girl was real, and her mother was arrested for child neglect. They talked about the research at NPR, and said the most surprising thing was how judgmental the participants were, and the most judgmental of all were mothers, who also overestimated the risk of danger the most. -via Digg
(Image credit: Flickr user Dave)
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,”
It can be hard for parents to tell how their kids are going to turn out, and what kind of person they're going to be, when they're really young.
But when they do something that shows they truly care, and their actions prove they've been listening to our life lessons all along, they make their parents proud.
Generous, caring and thoughtful kids serve as a good example to the other children they meet, demonstrating how kids can make a difference in the world if they work at it.
Of course some, like this 9-year-old who makes small, portable shelters for homeless people, will work a lot harder than others, but don't let your little ones get discouraged.
Because as long as they're thinking about the welfare of others they're on the right track!
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.
A bride and groom are repeating their wedding vows when those in attendance get a reason to pay attention.
Yes, the flower girl stole the show, which is what you should expect when you put little children in the wedding party. It’s moments like these that make a wedding memorable. -via Tastefully Offensive
The following article is from Uncle John’s Factastic Bathroom Reader.
(Image credit: Flickr user Dave Herholz)
Babies: they’re even weirder than you thought.
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.)
3. They have no kneecaps.
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.
-via Tastefully Offensive
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