When Marshall Scott turned four years old, his mother Imogen Echo Scott took him to see the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle. It was a big deal for the youngster, who is a fan of the guard and even has his own summer guard uniform. The squad never broke rank, but did notice the child. After they entered the guard room, one guard came back to pose for a picture with Marshall.
Ashley and her husband Tyson battled infertility for years and then produced quadruplets: two sets of identical twins. While they are a blessing, it's a struggle for any mother of toddlers to get a few minutes of peace and quiet. And even harder to get a piece of candy to yourself. You can see more of the family at their website. -via Tastefully Offensive
Some kids are so conscientious they can't stand to hear about anything being wrong, broken or out of order, even if the broken thing is the clock attached to the Palace of Westminster in London.
When 8-year-old Phoebe Hanson learned Big Ben was going to be out of commission for up to three years as part of a $42 million clock mechanism repair job she, like many Londoners, dreaded the impending silence.
So she wrote to the BBC with a solution- she offered to stand in for the clock and shout "BONG!" until the repairs are done.
Her heartwarming letter earned her a return letter from the BBC, who had this to say about her idea:
“Re. Big Ben’s Bongs (lack of).
Dear Miss Hanson,
Thank you for your letter and your very imaginative idea about what to do when Big Ben falls silent for repairs early next year. Some of the cleverest and most important people at the BBC are scratching their heads, wondering quite what to do.
Once before, when Big Ben fell silent for repairs, we played different birdsong every evening. The listeners loved that. Then the people behind Tweet of the Day (that’s on each day just before 6 in the morning) stole our idea… so we can’t do that again.
I must say I was very much taken with your idea… and we have passed it on to those who make the decisions. As you know, the Bongs are live… and (you may not know this) the beginning of the Westminster Chimes (the bit that goes BimBom BimBom BimBobBimBom before the first BOOONNNGGGGGGGGGG!) is always at a slightly different time (which is why you sometimes hear someone accidentally talking when they start). It depends on things like temperature and atmospheric pressure and stuff like that.
So it would be quite a task for you, doing the Bongs: you’d have to rush in after school each day (and at the weekend), rush home for tea, homework, a bit of chillin’, then a quick sleep. And then – here’s the hard bit – you’d have to rush back again at midnight, because there are live bongs again before the midnight news. That’s an awful lot of work for someone who is still quite young. I know I wouldn’t like to do all that.
Thank you very much for writing to us. I’m very impressed that you listen to Radio 4. I wish my two children did.
Have a spiffing Christmas and a stupendous and lucky 2017.
Roger Sawyer. Editor: PM, Broadcasting House, iPM – BBC Radio 4″
Maybe they should swap it out for one of those jumbotron screens?
But that's not what makes this video special. She four years old! No, she didn't write this speech. She's probably not reading cue cards. But even if she was fed lines one at a time, she's got amazing presence and inflection, which makes her the cutest motivational speaker you will hear this week. Watch a video of Laura playing piano at age two. -via Metafilter
Ever since we got electrical power, there have been weight-loss gadgets that depend on vibration. They don't work; you can't vibrate fat away. That doesn't mean these gadgets can't be fun. Two little boys found one out for demonstration in a store and decided to try it out. One was overcome with the ridiculousness of it all. The other discovered what vibrating will do to your voice. Then the first kid found that so funny that he literally ROFLed. -via Digg
Amazon Alexa is a web-enabled voice-activated speaker that can be wired up as a total household assistant. This toddler wanted to try it out. He asked Alexa to play a song. He's trying to say "Twinkle, Twinkle," but it sounds more like "Digger Digger." Still, I don't understand how Alexa got so turned around in her interpretation. This family will soon be looking for a family filter app. -via Pleated-Jeans
Near the end of the 19th century, newspapers began to encourage children to send letters to Santa Claus at their addresses, so they could print the best ones. Older children learned to write letters, and little ones as young as three would dictate letters to let Santa know what they'd like for Christmas. Some were straightforward lists of toys, and others poured out their hearts to St. Nick. There are a few rascals, too, such as the child who let Santa know he broke all of last year's toys. In 1907, Percy from West Virginia was obviously prompted to remember his sisters, although he didn't really care about what they received. Maxwell in Florida, on the other hand, was genuinely concerned about his neighbors in 1915.
We introduced you to Greg Wickherst almost two years ago. The single father sought tips from a cosmetology school on how to style his three-year-old daughter's hair, and they were happy to help him out. Wickherst has had a lot of practice since then. His daughter Izzy is in school, and they are showing off the special Christmas hairdos that Dad has mastered. They range from this whimsical snowman, made for a hairdressing contest, to lovely holiday portrait looks. Check out the Christmas styles at Buzzfeed. You can keep up with Wickherst and Izzy at his Facebook page.
Do you know why most family themed movies and TV shows feature a cringeworthy scene with a parent walking in on a kid doing something shameful in their bedroom?
My daughter just turned two. A few weeks ago I went to check on her after I had laid her down for bedtime. I stood outside the door listening and kept hearing a weird noise and then hearing some giggling. So I opened the door and started watching and she was making herself fart and then laughing hysterically at herself. Apparently she can fart on command. -via youreawizardhailley
Because it's one of the most common shared experiences in our lives, and it happens to so many of us during puberty that the shared shame makes us laugh...after we're full grown, of course.
I was like 13, and I wanted to know what boobs felt like, so I put balloons down my shirt. Then started to masturbate. Dad walked in, walked right back out -via leumasperron
Of course, parents don't always walk in on their kids doing NSFW stuff- sometimes they walk in on their kids acting a bit nutty-
Like many sports fans, I'd play imaginary baseball in my yard. I was about 7 or 8 when my parents witnessed this. I'm coming around to score and get called out, but I clearly beat the tag, so I argued with the umpire (argument lasted about 5 minutes) and was ejected, which made me more angry. My mom watched the entire debacle from her window, presumably laughing hysterically. -via awsears25
But our "mom/dad walked in on me..." stories all have one thing in common- the embarrassment factor, which they hold over our heads for the rest of our lives:
I don't remember myself, but my parents loooove to tell me about the time they found me dancing naked on the kitchen table to the final jeopardy music at age 2 or 3 . -via jcsatan
Audrey posted this heartfelt letter to her ex's new girlfriend on Facebook's Love What Matters Page along with the photo below, to express how grateful she is that the new gf is so sweet to her daughter Riley.
This story should inspire exes who don't get along to consider how their hatred might affect the kids caught in the middle, and always remember the new person in your ex's life will be spending time with your kids- so try to keep your cool!
The top ten baby names of 2016 are nothing to write home about, as they are very close to the lists for 2015. The top six girls names ranked the same, and the top eight boys names are the same, but in a slightly different order. But that's not the big story here. Let's take a look at what names a little further down the list gained popularity in 2016. According to Buzzfeed, it appears pop culture played a part, because Tyreese, Hershel, and Carol all rose in popularity, thanks to The Walking Dead. The Netflix show Stranger Things may have played a part late in the year, as Dustin, Mike, and Joyce all rose. Banner and Harley made astonishing leaps in popularity. But it's not just pop culture: Hillary rose 64% and Ivanka was up 39%. See the top 100 names of 2016 for both boys and girls at BabyCenter. -via Uproxx
Parents can't seem to agree on whether there's a secret to raising good kids or not, and for every person who swears they know the secret there's an absentee parent who managed to raise a good kid even though they're never home.
But the secret to raising a good kid is the kind of thing behaviorists and psychologists love to argue about, and these experts love to boil it all down to one easy to remember list whenever possible.
According to human development experts at Harvard University there are 6 or 7 main "guideposts to raising caring, respectful, and ethical children"-
1. Teach children to control their emotions
2. Talk to them about taking responsibility for their actions
3. Teach your children to be compassionate and help the weak
4. Teach your children to be grateful
5. Instill your family values in them and show them what constitutes good behavior
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. This toddler is learning to be just like the adults she sees around her. When a new parent sees things like this, it really drives home the importance of setting an example. Well, to be honest, that revelation comes after your initial reaction, which is to grab another phone and record the fun for viral posterity. -via reddit
Give him a minute; this kid will figure it out. Or two minutes. When he finally does, he has no embarrassment at all, he's just glad he found them! Funny, but it can happen to anyone. Redditor machalllewis is proof of that.
I once went to the supermarket a few miles from me, picked up some food for dinner that night, put it in my backpack and then walked back home. It wasn't until I got home that I remembered that I had biked there.
The difference here is that I was 22 when I did this.
Have you ever looked for your car keys while you were driving? Or used the light on your phone to look for your phone? I don't think you can beat GreenHatSam's story.
On moving day (years ago) I lost my 1 year old son.
Lots of people moving boxes and vehicles. It was chaotic. I went looking for my kid. He Wasn't in the yard, not in the house. I called out for him. He said, "Mom!"
Ok. Good. He's within ear shot, I just don't see him. I called out for him again. Again, he answered me. He sounded close.
I just stood still and looked around.
Found him on my hip. I was holding him the entire time.
Stay-at-home dads are often seen as unmasculine and stigmatized by those stuck on outdated gender roles, but people need to get over their hang-ups and give these dads the credit they deserve.
There's nothing wrong with a father wanting to stay at home while their wife or partner brings home the bacon, and once you peruse the photos of Johan Bävman you'll see how hard they work for the sake of their family.
Some of Johan's portraits are staged, others capture intimate moments from the point of view of a fellow family member, but they're all effective in conveying an emotional message about the importance of togetherness.
Plus the kids seem to have just as much fun with dad as they would with mom, and they clearly don't see the difference, so maybe it's time people traded in their 1950s mentality for a modern mindset?
Daylight Savings Time makes for some weird situations -one particularly strange example took place this year, when Emily and Seth Peterson gave birth to twins on November 6. One twin, Samuel, was born at 1:39 AM, but the later born twin arrived after the time change -at 1:10 AM. So which one is older -the one born first or the one born at an earlier time?
Women understandably have little patience for joking around while giving birth, but Tanya Ferguson's goofball of a boyfriend wasn't going to stop being punny just because Tanya was about to have a baby.
In fact, her boyfriend James Riley sees childbirth as the perfect time to test out his new extra punny material on poor Tanya, who keeps on smiling even though you know she's dreaming about strangling James.
Cracking a few punny jokes to ease the tension in the birthing room would have been fine, but James' comedic pun-ishment went on for five full days...I guess that's why his kid is already filing for emancipation!
Set your clocks back an hour Saturday night before you go to bed. If you are a night owl, set them back at 2AM Sunday, because that's the end of Daylight Saving Time in the United Sates this year. This one is the "good" time change. If you are on a schedule, this gives you an extra hour of sleep, the one that you lost back in the spring. If you can't sleep longer than you normally do, then you'll be up early and rarin' to go for a few days before you get used to it.
WhatsUpMoms sees the upside to this time change when it comes to getting kids to fall asleep in the evening and up for school on time. If you can keep the effect for yourself until Tuesday, then you can be at the polls early to vote. -via Boing Boing
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.