Toddler Obsessed with Personal Injury Lawyer Gets a Lawyer-Themed Birthday

Kids latch onto the strangest things, but sometimes you just gotta go with it. Grayson always turned his attention when an ad for New Orleans personal injury lawyer Morris Bart came on. It was his favorite thing on TV! His mother L’erin Dobra noticed his fascination.

“Before he could walk or talk, every time the Morris Bart commercial would come on, he was just fixated,” she says. “You couldn’t talk to him. You couldn’t do anything with him. He would just sit and stare at the TV. You could call his name, give him a toy. He didn’t care. He just wanted to watch the Bart commercial. He’s been that way ever since, and when he started talking he would say, ‘One call’ or ‘Bart, Bart, Bart, Morris Bart, Morris Bart.’

So when Grayson’s second birthday was coming up, his Dobra contemplated a party theme, and decided to focus on the lawyer. She contacted Bart’s office through his website, and they sent a cardboard cutout, a signed photograph, and some office swag. Dobra had Bart’s face put on the birthday cake. And it was all a super big hit with Grayson. See more pictures at Buzzfeed.

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Crowd-Birthing: The Trend of Getting Everyone inside the Delivery Room

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Not too long ago in the US, it was normal for fathers to wait outside the delivery room for the birth of their children. The mother, along with a doctor and nurses, would handle the delivery alone. Later, the father was allowed to be present.

The Daily Telegraph reports that increasingly, more people are present in the delivery room: family, friends, and anyone accessible through WiFi. When it comes to childbirth, there’s no such thing as “too much information”:

For women in their teens and twenties, an average of eight people are now present at some point during the birth, according to a survey by video blogging site Channel Mum.

And the results also showed that childbirth is becoming increasingly public, with almost a quarter of mums sharing the experience through social media.

Siobhan Freegard, founder of Channel Mum said: "The younger generation share are used to sharing every aspect of their lives, so why not birth? Many women feel it is their biggest achievement and so want to share the moment with all of those closest to them.

We did not crowd-birth for our kids. But our first child was born in a teaching hospital. There was a seemingly non-stop parade of medical students and interns interested in seeing more than we wanted them to see. I eventually shooed them out.



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Kids Explain Adultery

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The crew of the show Jimmy Kimmel Live went out to pollute little kids' minds by asking them to explain adultery. It turns out that they have no clue, but are smart enough to extrapolate that it means something about an adult, like the opposite of childhood. That makes plenty of sense linguistically. So the interviewer switched to asking them to explain cheating. Kids know what cheating is, because they are warned against doing it in school. By the time they’re through, it’s apparent that no young minds were polluted after all. However, some parents may be confronted by confounding questions later. -via Viral Viral Videos



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Dad Catches Daughter in Toy Car, Drinking and Driving


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The officer/father found the girl run off the road, unable to extract her Cozy Coupe from the snowbank. She was disoriented and non-responsive. And once you see the sippy cup in her right hand, you understand why. She's awfully young to have this charge on her record, but she deserves it.

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Dad Builds Spectacular Mario Kart 8 Nursery


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Feast your eyes on this great Mario Kart 8 nursery that dad, Nintendo fanatic and Redditor troymcklure built for his baby boy, Grant. The Mario driving on the ceiling was created with a handmade silicone mold and lit with remote-controlled LED lighting. Mario's ride is chasing 3D-printed gold coins that hang from the ceiling, mobile-style. The nursery cost approximately $1,500 to build and took about a year and a half to complete.

See this clever DIY dad's previous project, a Yoshi's island nursery, in the video below. Watch him explain his DIY projects on YouTube channel geeksmithing. Via Daily Dot


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Diner Owner Has Had Enough

Tara Carson was traveling through Maine with her husband and daughter and ate at Marcy’s Diner in Portland. Carson’s daughter, who is not quite two years old, had a meltdown. Darla Neugebauer, the owner of the diner, reacted to the noise. It’s not really clear what was said and done before Neugebauer lost her temper and screamed at the child. Carson complained on Marcy’s Diner’s Facebook page. Carson’s original post was deleted, but since it went viral, you can see a screenshot of it and Neugebauer’s response (in colorful language) here. Neugebauer left another response the next day, which has also been deleted, but you can see it at Buzzfeed.

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The response from the public was so fierce that the local news got involved. You can hear both sides in a WCSH news report that includes a response from the Carsons. 

Despite getting backlash on social media from people who claim they will never eat at the restaurant again, Neugebauer is standing by her actions. "Life's full of choices and you've got to live with all of them. I chose to yell at a kid, it made her shut-up, which made me happy, it made my staff happy, it made the 75 other people dining here happy, and they left, they may never come back, other people may not come in. Their loss really," she said.

The last few posts at the Marcy’s Diner’s Facebook page have thousands of comments and reviews, leaning heavily toward support of the diner owner’s actions. And no matter who is at fault for the brouhaha blowing up all out of proportion, commenters make it clear that they can’t stand misbehaving kids in restaurants. Neugebauer is not backing off, and has enjoyed a packed house since the Facebook posts went viral.

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You May Be One Already!

Took my daughter on an African safari but I won’t let her play on her iPad so I’m an asshole. #assholeparent via @kristenhowerton

Parents get blamed for every problem a kid has. Even when the problem is completely beyond our control. Even when the problem is completely caused by the child. Even when the problem is no problem at all. Parents have a place to vent, on a Tumblr blog called Asshole Parents, which was shared on my private parents group. Our kids are mostly teenagers, but believe me, we came up with a long list of reasons they consider us such. If you’ve ever expected your child to drink his favorite beverage from the wrong cup, you may be an asshole parent, too. There are 181 submissions so far, so first take the short tour by seeing some of my favorites.

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5-Year Old Batman Rescues Baby Trapped in Car

Zavi Ahmed, 5, of Uckfield, Sussex, UK went shopping with his mother. He wanted to be a superhero that day, so he dressed as Batman. His 2-year old brother dressed as Superman. This turned out to be a very appropriate decision.

While in the parking lot of a Tesco, Zavi and his mother learned that a woman had accidentally locked her infant granddaughter inside a car. It was a hot day, so the baby was in great danger. When police arrived, they smashed the rear window. Zavi then crawled inside the car and unlocked the door. The Daily Mail quotes the grandmother:

‘We called the police and they tried everything and eventually smashed the back window. They couldn’t reach the door because it’s quite small. We needed to get the keys from the dashboard.

‘Then these two little boys turned up - one was dressed as Batman and the other as Superman. They had the whole outfits and were so sweet.

‘A policeman put his jumper down on the window to protect from the glass and Batman crawled in to fetch the keys. I was so proud. He was a true superhero and I’m so grateful to him.

‘If it was a hotter day we would’ve smashed the window much sooner. Iris is so happy to be saved by Batman - if she gets married that will definitely be told at her wedding.’

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6-Year Old Trick Shot Artist Amazes the Internet

Her name is Riley Dashwood. She lives in Melbourne, Australia. At the age of only 6, she's already become a master trick shot artist. She can toss an object--any object--exactly where she wants to. Yes, she has to practice, but she's also developed techniques that make her remarkably precise in her tosses. Her father explained to the Daily Mail:

When Mr Dashwood, a designer and filmmaker, and Riley began filming her throwing attempts, they described it as being 'random,' but Riley soon came up with her own process to ace the shots.

'Because she couldn't look, towards the end when we were trying more difficult ones, she'd focus on a point in front of her and try and aim her arm,' he said.

'I was so surprised, one shot would hit me and the next one would be in.'

Riley's adorable joy at landing the shots is clear in the video as amazement crosses her face after every success.


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MTV Cribs Nursery Tour

Bryan and Caryn Canatella are expecting a little girl, and the nursery is stocked. Bryan takes us on the grand tour, in the style of the TV show MTV Cribs.

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Those who are familiar with the show find it spot-on, and those of us who don’t watch the show find it funny on its own merits. “… while she’s sitting’ on swans. SWANS!” Baby Cecilia has the perfect place to come home to, including parents with a sense of humor. -via Buzzfeed



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Photo of Homeless Little Boy Studying Goes Viral, Changes His Life

Joyce Torrefranca of Manila, the Philippines saw this boy doing his schoolwork outside of a McDonald's late at night. She took a couple photos, posted them on Facebook, and said that she felt inspired by him.

Other people shared those photos, which soon went viral and attracted national attention. Reporters tracked down the boy. He's 9-year old Daniel Cabrera. He lives with his mom, who works at the McDonald's. Their home recently burned down, so they're homeless.

After Daniel and his mom made a radio appearance, donations and other assistance have been pouring in to help them. BuzzFeed reports:

A local politician, Rep. Samuel Pagdilao, has given Daniel a scholarship, and Espinosa has been given grants from sponsors to start her own business, ABS-CBN reported.

The family have also received donations of money and food from local law enforcement and are working with a social worker to see how else they can be helped, according to the TV station.



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3-Month Old Baby Subpoenaed to Testify in Court

Redditor aquatinne03 has an absolutely fascinating story. She says that her infant daughter has been issued a subpoena by her local district attorney’s office to testify in court on a certain date. Here’s a selection from her description of the problem:

I called the number on it to explain how it must be a mistake because my daughter is not even 3 months old yet but I was told there was no mistake and my daughter is required to appear as a witness to testify on the date shown on the subpoena. I went in person with my daughter to the DA’s office and was told the same thing. […]

My daughter has a rare and uncommon first, middle and last name, so it is very doubtful that there someone else with her exact name. When I called the number on the subpoena and went to the DA’s office I was told both times that if she doesn’t show up for court a warrant will be issued for her arrest. Would the police actually arrest a baby for not showing up in court?

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Kids Prefer Personal Devices Over TV, Dessert

My little brother once had a memorable meltdown because he couldn’t see his favorite TV show as it didn’t come on for a few more hours. That was in 1963. Thirty years later, he found his own children were completely used to picking out what TV shows or movies to watch on their own time, as many times as they wanted, on home video. Now the next generation uses hand-held devices to not only watch what they want at any time, but to play games, find new entertainment, and interact with friends -instead of the people in the same room with them. Miner & Co. Studio conducted research on the viewing habits of children, and have shared their findings.    

Mobile devices are so popular with kids that nearly half of the 800 parents quizzed by Miner & Co. reported that they confiscate their kids' tablets when they act up and make them watch TV instead, thereby fostering a sort of Pavlovian response that equates TV with punishment. (That these parents simply don't restrict their kids' access to video altogether when they misbehave suggests that they're raising a generation of spoiled content junkies, but that's another story.)

Some kids are so obsessed with the small screen that they'll even forego treats for another few minutes with their portable video device. When given the choice between spending quality time with the tablet or having dessert, 41% of the parents surveyed said their kids would pick the screen over the snack.

These findings may explain the drop in Nielsen ratings for children’s television shows this year. You can read more about the study at Ad Age, and see the accompanying video here. What I’d like to see is a study that contrasts these results with families in which children do not own their own tablets and smartphones. Considering the costs, there are surely many families like that still around.

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Girl Uses A Slingshot To Pull Out Loose Tooth

Kids get excited when they have a loose tooth and hear about that mythical Tooth Fairy who will bring them money for their lost teeth while they sleep, but then they realize getting that tooth out is gonna hurt.

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Parents try to come up with creative ways of removing the tooth quickly while causing the least amount of pain, but some kids don't need help from their parents to pull a tooth.

These kids take matters into their own hands and in the process end up creating a video that they can rewatch when all their teeth start falling out again during their golden years.

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11-year-old Alexis from Colorado is one of those bold action kids, and when she finds a loose tooth she reaches for her slingbow and lets the arrow do the yanking for her!

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Awesome Mom Invents Decorative Hearing Aid Covers for Kids


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When he was 3 months old, Sarah Ivermee’s son, Freddie, was diagnosed as deaf. He later received cochlear implants, which are surgically implanted hearing aids.

When a young friend of Freddie who is also deaf refused to wear her hearing aids because they made her look different from other kids, Ivermee devised a solution. She added decorative nail stickers to make them look pretty. The little girl loved them. So Ivermee saw an opportunity. She founded Lugs, a company that makes hearing aid covers in styles that kids appreciate. They look like superheroes, cartoon characters, and animals. Ivermee tells the The Mighty that the market has been tremendously responsive:

“I get emails from professionals to thank me for what I’m doing; it just amazes me,” she told The Mighty. “People all over the world are wearing the little kits that I make in my living room; it’s unbelievable!”

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Daddy Becomes the Flower Girl

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No wedding is absolutely perfect, and if it were, it wouldn’t be personal or memorable. Having children as part of the ceremony is the most common way to invite “imperfection,” but whatever they do is usually adorable anyway. At this wedding, the tiny flower girl got cold feet and decided she wasn’t going to do it. So her quick-thinking and practical dad took over to get the flower petals sprinkled down the aisle. A comment at Buzzfeed summed it up well:

One of the most important parenting skills is knowing when to say ¯\(°_o)/¯. Good job, Dad!

Yep, this is one wedding that people will remember fondly.



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Chris Pratt’s Favorite #JurassicZoo Photo

We’ve posted the #JurassicZoo or #PrattKeeping meme a few times already because it’s so much fun. You can handle one more! Chris Pratt, the actor whose Jurassic World zookeeper pose inspired hundreds of hilarious imitations, posted this picture at Facebook with the message

Thank you to the parents of this little one. You've made my day. Oh man! I'm crying laughing.

You’ve got to look through the photos people posted in the comments of that Facebook post, with “zookeepers” corralling children, motorcycles, movie monsters, cartoon characters, and more. -via Uproxx

See more of this meme here, here, and here.



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Two-Year-Old Becomes Celebrity Foodie, Eats For Free at NYC Restaurants

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Under the Instagram nick @FoodBabyNY, two-year-old Matthew Chau and his father Mike are tearing it up on the Instagram foodie scene, with 45,000 followers at present. Mike began posting restaurant reviews to Yelp in 2012. In 2013, Matthew made his first appearance in one of his father's food photos. It was then that a baby foodie legend was born. Said Mike, 

“Even before Food Baby became what it is, I would take pictures with him in the shot because with him in the pictures, it’s funnier... I love to eat. I love to spend time with my family. And that’s what I do every day. We get to be together. I can’t ask for more than that.”

Internet fame may not win the growing family (Chau's wife is pregnant with a girl) free meals at every restaurant, but they have saved a huge amount by getting many meals comped at New York eateries. Way to eat, Food Baby! 

Check out more amusing photos here at the FoodBabyNY Instagram account.

Via Business Insider | Images: Mike Chau via Instagram

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Toddler Rides a Skateboard on a Custom Sidecar

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Jared of the skateboard company Braden Boards has a little boy who loves to ride as much as his daddy does. Jett, who is now 1 and 1/2, has been riding with his father since he was just 6 months old. This sidecar-like attachment helps him do it. As this video demonstrates, the sidecar keeps the boy secure while bending and flexing with the movement of Jared's longboard.

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Forget Velociraptors! Chris Pratt Met the Challenge of His Life: Training Little Kids!

Remember that Chris Pratt raptor training pose? Turns out, wrangling velociraptors was just preparation for something much more challenging: training human children.


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Redditor chrysias posted this image of Jurassic World actor Chris Pratt at Our Lady of the Lake hospital in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, taming entertaining the kids and their families.

Just to underscore how dangerous little children could be, does anyone know where Chris Pratt is now? He hasn't been heard from since ...



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Father's Days

The Telegraph political cartoonist Bob Moran tells the story of how he became a father for the first time. It wasn’t anything at all like he expected, and illustrating it in pictures helped him come to grips with the experience. Fathers are supposed to be heroes, right? But life doesn't always follow the script.

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But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and you find them everywhere. You might want to have a hankie ready when you watch his Fathers Day tale. -via Metafilter



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These Guys Were Born To Be Dads

Most kids see their dads as heroes- larger-than-life figures who fix problems, fight the monsters in the dark and make their kids feel safe and secure when they tuck them in at night.

Some dads have a hard time adjusting to fatherly responsibility, but the guys in this collection of 19 Heroic Fathers Totally Nailing The Whole Parenting Thing were seemingly born to be papas.

They don’t let fatherhood get in the way of the most important things in life, like gaming and napping, and yet their kids don't feel deprived. They're just happy to be spending time with daddy. Happy Father's Day!

See 19 Heroic Fathers Totally Nailing The Whole Parenting Thing here



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