Redditor razz32 obviously saw the entertainment value in this email invitation he received to the celebration (?) of a one-year-old child's birthday, as he posted it to Reddit. The email leaves no question as to pretty much any move that anyone planning to attend could make. If someone showing up at this party has an itch, it's a good bet that a protocol has been devised by these parents as to how it should be scratched.
As you can see, the image above is only a portion of the requests included in this gracious invite. See the missive in its entirety here. -Via Mashable
When third grade teacher Kyle Schwartz asked her students what they wished she knew about them, she started a huge wave of response. Schwartz teaches in a low-income, Denver, Colorado school district in which many households are operating below the poverty line. Encouraged to honestly share their experiences, anonymously if desired, some students gave somber answers.
Schwartz found that many students wanted their name on their replies and didn't mind sharing them. She posted a number of the students’ notes on Twitter last month, which quickly caught on worldwide under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew. The project has become a movement for community fundraising as well. The teacher's empathy and effort to prompt honest communication without stigma or shame has touched more people than she ever could have imagined.
Eight-year-old Alissa Sizemore has taken dance lessons since she was four. In May of 2014, a truck ran over her right foot, and it was amputated below the knee. She was back in the dance studio even before she received her prosthetic leg. Less than a year after the accident, Alissa performed a solo at her dance school’s recital. The song is "Try" by Colbie Caillat, which Alissa says is an inspiration to her. Watch as she starts off dancing with her new leg, and then removes it for more freedom. The audience was impressed -and so am I! -via Buzzfeed
Some people were born to be wild, but others were just born to be nerds -and there's nothing wrong with either.
Of course, that being said it's hard not to love these 22 adorable pictures of new-born geeks in their native environments.
From superheroes to Whovians and from readers to gamers, the pictures are all utterly adorable and remind us that being a parent means starting your young one on a path to success.
Seth Casteel, a photographer in Venice, California, has developed a specialty by capturing his subjects underwater. He makes crisp, clear images that show his subjects at perfect moments.
In the past we've seen Casteel apply his skills to puppies and adult dogs. His most recent photo book is Underwater Babies. You can guess what it shows: adorable babies swimming joyfully underwater. They're often costumed, such as the mermaid you see above. You can see more sample images here.
Redditor Sloppy_Episiotomy posted this picture of his baby's nursery saying, "The wifey said I have to take this down from my daughter's nursery immediately or she's taking the baby and leaving me." While some sites, like Nerd Approved have claimed that this is not appropriate decor for a baby's room, others have argued that it's a perfect way to start indoctrinating your children to love geeek culture from a young age. It's also a great option if you want your child to get possessed by a god. What do you guys think?
Fourth-grader Sydney Smoot appeared before the Hernando County (Florida) school board to say a few things about the FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) tests she and her classmates will be subjected to. This kid has a bright future ahead of her. She’s cute as a button, but that’s not as important as the points she brings up in her prepared speech. You have to be really suspicious about a test that makes a kid sign a no-discussion contract and for which neither the child nor the teachers benefit from learning the results. You can see an interview with Sydney here. -via Time
A 4-year old girl in Philadelphia woke up in the middle of the night feeling hungry. She wanted a Slushie. Not unreasonably, she decided to acquire one. She got dressed and left her home. It was raining heavily outside, but that did not deter her from walking to a bus stop. When a bus arrived, she boarded. The scene was captured by security cameras.
The bus driver, Harlan Jenifer, called the police, who took the girl to a hospital. Her parents picked her up and took her home. She didn’t get a Slushie and her parents changed the locks on their home to prevent a future escape.
What is the sound of an unborn baby clapping? There isn’t any, unless mom and the doctor sing along. Jen Cardinal underwent an ultrasound at 14 weeks in which they could clearly see the baby clapping his/her hands. The singing went on during a replay, and they toggled the ultrasound to make the song work while Dad took a cellphone video. So it’s a remix, but certainly a neat one. Jen says there were three claps in all during the procedure. -via Viral Viral Videos
The secret to immortality could be anything. Every time I show my kids something I recall from my childhood, I also wonder if my parents experienced memories of their own childhoods when they shared those little things with me. As Terry Pratchett once wrote, “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away…” This comic is from Lunarbaboon, of course.
You need another living creature to fill the hole in your life or relationship. Should it be a dog or a child? Rob Fee of Mandatory runs through the differences in the two experiences. You could also get both. Eventually the child will be able to walk the dog. But for some reason, people will flip if you appoint the dog as babysitter.
-via How to Be a Dad
Easter Sunday is almost here and that means it's time to get decorating. While we covered some easy and classy decorations on Homes and Hues last year, that article overlooked one of the greatest parts of the holiday -spending time with your children.
That's why this year's Easter decorating article focuses on kid-friendly crafts that you can do together. From simple foam window decorations to beautiful flower displays that can teach kids a little bit about botany, we're sure you'll find some kind of children's activity that you and your little ones can enjoy together.
So don't miss the whole list over at Homes and Hues: 12 Fun Easter Crafts You Can Do With Your Kids
The Instagram account called As#hole Parents is full of pictures of disgruntled children who have a complaint they'd loudly like to register wherever possible and to whomever will listen. In the case of the child above, a reasonable and simple request was made that the bath be shared with the family cat. Things took a turn toward absolutely devastating when said request was denied by the maternal unit. Oh, the humanity!
See more children with parents for whom the abovementioned Instagram account name is fitting in this article. Visit the Instagram account to see more children banned from ever having fun or decent quality of life thanks to their parents. (Warning: the Instagram account name is spelled out, as is its title in the linked article.)
Do you remember what your first answer was to the oft-presented question to youths everywhere "What do you want to be when you grow up?" It's an answer that's bound to go through many changes from year to year. While I'd be happy to hear any child answer "happy" or "a good person," that's not generally been the intent of the question. Obviously, the question is more designed to ascertain the child's vocational interests, and while that is often the type of answer these boys and girls provide in this amusing collection of responses, some delightfully deviate from the norm.
Specialty children's bed makers Fable Bedworks created the ultimate bed for mini-astronauts to dream of their future planetary conquests. The "Deepspace Defender" bed features a counter balanced twin bed that raises and lowers with a control switch, built-in lights controlled by an electronic membrane keypad and hidden shelving on either side of the bed. At a price of $14,300, the bed is expensive enough to prepare parents for the cost of space camp and the necessary education in preparation for astronaut training.
YouTube user Timothy W. captured this video of his four-month-old baby watching his wife eat tortilla chips. For some reason, mommy crunching makes baby laugh. If that was my baby, I'd be eating chips too, just to see that adorable smile. Someone get that baby an agent! -Via Tastefully Offensive
Mermaid Tail Blanket
If you're looking for a way to treat or reward the kids in your life or are in need of a birthday gift or two, this collection of Etsy items is full of cute gifts — many hand knitted or sewn — from which to choose. Some of these items are even suitable for adult "kids" who are enthusiasts of things based on popular movies or games; the Wizard of Oz bookmark, for instance. Visit this link to see that item and 26 more, along with links to the various Etsy stores whose offerings are listed.
Elsa from Frozen night light
The Deer Creek Intermediate School in St. Francis, Wisconsin has a robotics team. Its equipment includes a 3D printer. The members learned about Ariah, a little girl in California who was born without most of her right hand. They decided to print an articulated prosthetic hand for her.
But it was no ordinary prosthetic hand. The team members decorated it with colors and images from the Ariah's favorite movie, Frozen. The Huffington Post reports:
With the guidance of their teacher, Peter Graven, they chose color combinations and added snowflakes to the design. To top it all off, they put “Queen Ariah” across the hand.
Later, they got to view an online video of Ariah using her new Frozen hand.
A boy at school called her ugly, and she gave him what for. This 4-year-old girl has the right attitude, and her comeback -whether it really happened that way or not- is priceless. And she happens to be very pretty, too. However, the pause she takes before the word “ugly” is heartbreaking, because words like that hurt no matter how confident you are. -via Buzzfeed
When I was 16 months old, I got the jelly jar out of the refrigerator and sat on the floor and ate it with my hands. That’s the extent of my food preparation experience as a toddler. Tony Quarella and his wife included their 16-month-old daughter in their family cookie-making project. Well, they gave her the hat. Then that gave her an egg. What do you suppose happens when you give a toddler an egg? You might be surprised! -via reddit
(Photo: The Kane Show)
10-year old Christopher Warner of West Friendship, Maryland loves the rock band Maroon 5. He absolutely adores their work, especially that of frontman Adam Levine. His teacher, Avery Stanert, made a video of Christopher raving about Maroon 5. That video went viral and eventually came to Adam Levine's attention.
Maroon 5 invited Christopher, his mother, and his teachers to attend one of their concerts. They got backstage passes and the chance to meet the band.
When it came time to meet them, Christopher had a panic attack. He lay down on the floor and wouldn't get up. That wasn't a problem for Levine and his bandmates, who lay down on the floor with Christopher.
-via 22 Words
(Photo: Lisa Mann/BBC)
Blogger David Thompson calls her "an eight-year old queen of the crows." So far, Gabi Mann of Seattle, Washington is using her super power modestly. It's been developing for the past year. What is her power?
Crows bring her things.
(Photo: Katy Sewall/BBC)
Wild crows fly up and drop small objects in front of her. They're gifts. For the past 4 years, she's fed them scraps for fun. Now they're expressing their loyalty. The BBC reports:
The crows would clear the feeder of peanuts, and leave shiny trinkets on the empty tray; an earring, a hinge, a polished rock. There wasn't a pattern. Gifts showed up sporadically - anything shiny and small enough to fit in a crow's mouth.
One time it was a tiny piece of metal with the word "best" printed on it. "I don't know if they still have the part that says 'friend'," Gabi laughs, amused by the thought of a crow wearing a matching necklace.
How should Gabi use this power?
(Photo: Michelle Rawlins)
Honey-Rae Phillips of Grimsby, Lincolnshire, UK, was born with a string of bright birthmarks stretching from her right foot up her leg and that side of her body. People noticed. Strangers made comments.
Her parents, Adam and Tanya, initially covered up the birthmarks. But then they changed directions. Honey-Rae's birthmarks were not unsightly disfigurements. So they let her wear shorts and other clothes that expose her birthmarks.
And then Adam and Tanya went even further, taking the radical step of having Honey-Rae's birthmark pattern tattooed over their own bodies. The Daily Mail quotes Tanya:
'From the moment she was born, we told Honey-Rae she was beautiful and constantly covered her in kisses.'
She added: 'Some people will says it odd and think what we’ve done is quite extreme, but in our eyes all we have done is ensure Honey-Rae never feels different. Mummy and Daddy now have the same permanent markings as she does.'
The couple already had tattoos on their legs, but none as extreme as the imitation birthmarks.
Now they have had the procedure done, Honey-Rae couldn't be happier - and even points at the tattoos and yells 'match!'.
-via Daily Telegraph
Bwahahahahaha! This baby will make a great supervillain when he grows up. Just watch as he unleashes the most sinister laugh you'll hear today.
The video of the unnamed laughing (Russian?) baby, titled "The most sarcastic baby in the world!" by YouTube user moonez has gone viral and racked up over a million hits since it was uploaded just a couple of days ago.
First off, little Silas Philips is fine. He was delivered by Cesarian section three months early at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, still shrouded in his sac of amniotic fluid. Neonatologist William Binder snapped a picture of the unusual sight with his cellphone, then opened the sac so the baby could begin breathing.
The photograph shows the baby just seconds old. Until the bag was broken, the baby was still getting oxygen through the placenta.
“It felt like slow-motion but really realistically probably about 10 seconds that we had to sort of quickly pause and be able to do this, because at the same time, we want to get the baby out of that sac, start helping the baby to begin breathing,” the doctor said.
The photo is a rare opportunity to see what a six-month pregnancy really looks like. And from the baby’s point of view, the trauma of birth didn’t happen until he was outside his mother. Despite his prematurity, Silas is doing well at ten weeks old and is expected to go home within a month. See a video report at CBS Los Angeles. -via Buzzfeed
(Photo: Anne Wermiel/New York Post)
This is Noa Mintz, the founder of Nannies by Noa, a successful small business in New York City. If you need a top quality nanny or babysitter, she can set you up.
From a young, er, younger, age, Noa got to know a lot of nannies and babysitters. She developed a knack for knowing if a caregiver's personality was a good fit for a family--or wasn't. When she was 12, she launched a company that paired nannies and babysitters with families who needed them. Noa ran the company while going to school and living an otherwise normal life as a middle schooler.
Now, as a high school freshman, she realizes that she can no longer devote enough time to her company, which serves about 190 clients through about 75 nannies and babysiitters. Noa has hired a CEO to take over of day-to-day operations. The New York Post reports that this is only her latest venture:
Mom Meredith Berkman, a former journalist, isn’t surprised by her daughter’s ambition.
“Noa is a natural-born serial entrepreneur — from 6 or 7, she was always trying to start these mini-companies,” says Berkman.
“She’d reach out to my friend and ask to be a consultant for birthday parties. There are kids whose lives are absorbed by tennis or acting — but this is her baby, her startup. It’s not a hobby for her. This isn’t a lemonade stand.”
-via Oddity Central
This little girl is not yet two years old, but she’s learning the basics of Tahitian dance from Tahitoa Productions in Guam. They normally take students starting at age three. In case you are not familiar with Tahitian dance, here’s what a talented adult can do. The little girl above is getting a head start! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
In her most recent project, Costa Rica-based artist Maria Jose Da Luz transforms pictures of infants and toddlers, which are adorable in their own right, into appealing cartoon characters. Taking the basic expressions of the children and tones of the photos and accentuating them, Jose Da Luz may also make slight changes, such as turning dad into a superhero. Why not? The result couldn't be more engaging and sweet.
Visit the artist's Behance site to see her other drawings of this type. These pieces are done on commission. Request a portrait of your own or see more of the illustrator's work here. Keep up with her via social media on Facebook.
Via Elite Daily | Images: Maria Jose Da Luz
Positive, offensive, self-discipline, self-control, physical health: those are awfully big words for a three-year-old! This white belt is reciting the student creed at Premier Martial Arts in Leeds, UK. Isn’t her speech just the most adorable thing you've seen today? -via Daily Picks and Flicks
The beloved children’s book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, died in 1991, but he’s got a new book coming out in July. What Pet Should I Get? is believed to have been written between 1958 and 1962, and features the same brother and sister from the 1960 book One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.
Geisel's widow, Audrey Geisel, found the manuscripts and illustrations in their La Jolla, California, home soon after her husband died. She set the materials aside, only to rediscover them in 2013 while cleaning out his office.
"While undeniably special, it is not surprising to me that we found this because Ted always worked on multiple projects and started new things all the time," Audrey Geisel said in the release.
Random House announced the new book today, and said that two more new books from the discovered materials will come later.
(Image credit: Random House)