Identical Triplets Born in Montana

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A woman gave birth to a set of identical triplet boys in Montana last month. The triplets were born to Jase and Jody Kinsey of Miles City, Montana, who named them Cade, Ian and Milo. Births of identical spontaneous triplets are so rare that the chances of it happening are one in a million, according to Jody’s obstetrician, Dr. Dana Damron. Identical spontaneous triplets are created when the fertilized egg divides and then the embryo divides once more. The healthy babies were delivered at 32 weeks, which is a normal gestation time for triplets.

Read more on this story and see more pictures at the Billings Gazette.



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Father and Son Fun: Dads and Their Mini-mes



In a traditional nuclear family, Daddy is an important figure in all his children's lives, but the bond between father and son is particularly strong. Dad is generally son's first image of masculinity, of a worldviiew that's exclusively male. Sons imprint what is acceptable and respectful behavior for a male and how to interact with the opposite sex. But much of the time, a dad is someone with whom to have fun adventures, whether at or far from home. These photos show dads and sons enjoying each other's company, creating perhaps the most cherished memories dads can provide.  

See the rest of this sweet photo collection here.  


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Parents Talk To Kids About The Birds And The Bees For The First Time

Children are born curious, and as soon as they discover that taboo subject called “sex” they can’t help but wonder why it is kept hidden from them and what it’s all about. However, they’re not always ready for the answers they receive, and when things get a bit too raw for young minds those curious kids get totally grossed out!

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This extremely entertaining vid by Cut Video shows the raw reactions of kids being told about the birds and the bees for the first time by their parents, proving that curiosity will lead to the death of your childhood innocence every time!

-Via Dangerous Minds



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Ten Strange Baby Products

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Baby products are generally supposed to be more useful than visually appealing to adults, and when we think of baby products three things usually spring to mind- soft, supportive and pastel colored.

Products designed to stimulate an infant's senses, to make their little lives comfortable, and to help parents care for their child will become popular among parents, while other products end up becoming the baby butt of a joke.

Here are ten bizarre baby products that put the "Wha?!" in watching your child grow up:

1. Baby Snuggie Sweater-

There are all kinds of pouch style torso coverings available for parents, and most look comfortable for both parent and child, but this snuggie style monstrosity looks like it's really uncomfortable for your baby. However, if you want to dress your kid up like a chestburster for Halloween this creepy vest getup is a good place to start!

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2. Zaky Infant Pillow-

It's a good thing most infants can't see a three dimensional view of the world until they're around five months old, because if they could see these horrifying disembodied hands holding them at night they probably wouldn't be able to sleep!

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3. Baby Butt Fan-

Keeping your infant's bottom dry is important to help prevent diaper rash, but there has to be a better way to achieve this dryness besides holding a fan to your baby's butt until it's dry!

It's also unlikely that a baby is going to just lie there waiting patiently while you fan their butt, so something tells me these generally end up being used by mom and dad as a portable fan during those sweltering summer days.

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Sympathy

Being able to eat all you want and then some is a benefit of pregnancy that you pay for in other ways. You can’t just share in the good parts, as some fathers find out the hard way. The concept is illustrated simply in this comic from Lunarbaboon. Has this ever happened to you?



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Spas for 7-Year Olds


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A mother of 2 daughters expressed the need like this:

“They do deserve something special,” said Ms. Ehresman, who paid about $400 for the party. Paige and her 8-year-old sister, Makayla, had begged for beauty treatments, but Ms. Ehresman had found her own adult spa to be inappropriate for them.

“I don’t want them to feel that my saying ‘no’ means that I don’t love them,” she said.

Adult women in the United States often enjoy a day at the spa. Increasingly, so do young girls. Sweet and Sassy, a national chain of spas catering to children, is the market response. Julie Turkewitz describes the trend in an article in the New York Times. She met Paige, a 7-year old client at a Sweet and Sassy spa. Paige had a great time:

After the beauty treatments, Paige and her guests walked down a red carpet and disappeared into a hot pink limousine, which took the squealing children on a spin around the parking lot. One 6-year-old guest documented the revelry in a series of selfies.

Sweet and Sassy isn't for everyone, though. Some young spa clients want more than it can offer. There are more upscale establishments available to cater to their needs:

At one New York-area chain, Seriously Spoiled Salon and Spa, parties cost $500 to $3,000, and options include a “bath-bakery” experience, with lotions that smell like edible treats. (Tag line: “Where the main ingredient is you.”)

Lisa Gadzinski, 48, and her sister opened Seriously Spoiled on Long Island in 2008. The business, based in Patchogue, N.Y., has not only weathered the recession, but thrived, expanding to two more locations. Several clients are single fathers, lost in the world of girl-care, who bring in their daughters, Ms. Gadzinski said.

“Don’t we all want to spoil our children?” she asked.

-via Marginal Revolution



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Dad Knocks out Son's Loose Tooth with Golf

Phil Smith, being an efficient sort of fellow, sorted out a way to engage in dentistry and work on his golf swing simultaneously. His son Noah had a loose tooth. So Smith tied a length of dental floss to the boy's loose tooth and attached the other end to a golf ball. All he needed now was to swing his golf club carefully, or else he'd take out additional teeth.

It was completely successful! The correct tooth--and only the correct tooth--came out of Noah's mouth.


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11 Hilarious Photos of Realistic Parenting

Have you seen those beautiful photos of beautiful families with children behaving perfectly and being happy? After you do, you may question your own ability to hold it together at the insane asylum/zoo that is your home.

How do those perfect parents do it? They don't. Photographer Danielle Guenther illustrates that in her series Best Case Scenario. Her funny pictures show a realistic image of family life, with all the chaos, exhaustion, and confusion that goes with it.

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Babies Terrified Of Their Own Toots

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The world is a new and amazing place to the young eyes of an infant- some things are hilarious, other things are scary, and sometimes those gaseous noises that come out of human bodies large and small can be fright-larious to a little baby.

They can't control the sounds their baby bodies make, and they have yet to discover the sick joy of farting on command, which will keep them laughing in the classrooms and on the playgrounds for years to come.

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Here’s a hilarious video compilation from 2013 featuring babies reacting in terror to their very own toots, see if you can watch them all without cracking up!

-Via Little Things



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Action Movie Kid Receives Hippo For Christmas, Chaos Ensues

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Dreamworks animator and father Daniel Hashimoto has created a new episode of his Action Movie Kid video series (previously on Neatorama). In Hashimoto's videos, his three-year-old son plays the diminutive hero having adventures to a backdrop of special effects.

After-taxes proceeds of the first three months of views and shares of this video will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, so spread the fun far and wide. -Via Laughing Squid



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There Are Over 300 People Walking Around Named Abcde

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As the owner of an unusual name I will attest to the impact a name can have on your life- people comment on your name whenever they see it, you can’t use your real name at places like Starbucks because they never get it right, and folks make certain presumptions about you based solely on your name.

I feel like I got off lucky, but what about those poor souls who will live their lives in constant hatred of the alphabet because their name is an unpronounceable string of letters?

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They’re the unfortunate souls who were named "Abcde" by their uncaring parents, and they will carry the burden of bad naming for the rest of their lives, or until they change their name to something easier to pronounce like Bob or Jane.

In 2009 alone 32 children were named Abcde in the U.S., and to date there are 328 sad humans walking around with this alphabetical nightmare of a name.

You can read more about this unusual baby naming phenomenon over at Vocativ, including an infographic detailing the Social Security Administration's findings on how many Abcde's were brought into the world in the last sixteen years. 



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Kid Gets His Head Stuck in a Gate

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The child’s head is stuck between two iron bars in the gate. It won’t fit back through, so you have to wonder how he got it in there in the first place! But mainly, we wonder how they are going to get the little boy out. Think about whatever suggestions you may have as you watch and see how they eventually freed him. -via Boing Boing



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Dad Decorates His Daughter's Eyepatch as Different Characters

Cyclops from the X-Men

Layla Grubb, who is 10 months old, has a cataract in one of her eyes. Until she's about 5 years old, she'll have to wear an eyepatch for about 2 hours a day. Thanks to the creativity of her father Geoff, a stay-at-home dad, it's Layla's chance to be different characters, including Nick Fury and Catwoman. You can see more photos of her eyepatches here.

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Spaghetti Toes

Children learn to speak in full sentences a long time before they have the vocabulary, logic, and real world experience we adults have, so what they say can be odd and charming, yet fully communicative. At the same time, parents find themselves saying things to a child that they never imagined possible. Martin Bruckner started illustrating some of those things for a blog called Spaghetti Toes. He explains the name in the introduction:

Welcome to Spaghetti Toes. I’ve dedicated this place to the absurd things I hear under my roof on a daily basis. Some are said by me, some by my wife, but most by my wonderful 2 year old daughter, Harper Grace.

The name “Spaghetti Toes” comes from my wife saying to my daughter “Please don’t put spaghetti between your toes” at the dinner table. I said to my wife, “Did you actually just say those words?” and Spaghetti Toes was born.

I believe Harper Grace is now three, and still contributing to the blog. You can check out Spaghetti Toes at Tumblr. -via Buzzfeed



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Boy Catches Santa on Hidden Camera

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Evan is a curious seven-year-old boy who thought the security cams in the house would be the perfect way to document Santa's existence beyond the shadow of a doubt. On Christmas morning, he gathered his family to show them the footage. It's a good thing that Evan's so practical. He knows the camera never lies. Enjoy the magic while you can, little guy. -Via Tastefully Offensive



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Astronomically Correct Twinkle Twinkle

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Making the song scientifically correct doesn’t take away its charm, not one bit. Why not learn a bit about the cosmos as you're singing? The song is from the children’s book Astronomically Correct Twinkle Twinkle, written by Henry Reich of Minute Physics and Zach Weinersmith of SMBC Comics with illustrations by Chris Jones. It’s sung by Henry Reich. -via Viral Viral Videos



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Hospital Puts Newborn Babies in Christmas Stockings

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Babies born on December 25th are the best Christmas gifts of all! When they're born at the Magee-Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, nurses put them in Christmas stockings. They're not hung over fireplaces. That would probably be carrying the theme too far. But this is a nice gift to the tired and anxious parents of newborns.

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Kids Adorably Failing at Hide and Seek



Better count to more than ten if you're playing hide and seek with these kids. They may need a little time to perfect their games. Remember when a well-draped blanket fort seemed to be the crucial factor in between you and everything/everyone else in the world? Those were the days, weren't they? 

See all kids who are highly visible yet think they have the proverbial wool pulled over the eyes of the world here. It's a funny bunch of photos, I recommend it. 





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Hearing Impaired Girl Delighted That Santa Knows Sign Language

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Six-year-old Sadie Adam has been hearing impaired since birth. In previous years, when Sadia visited Santa, any communication she had with him required a sign language interpreter. This year, however, Westminster, Massachusetts Police Chief Salvatore Albert, who has played Santa for 15 years, learned sign language just so he could communicate with Sadie. The fact that Santa knew how to speak with her was an early Christmas gift to the little girl, who was thrilled. What a sweet story.



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A Fresh Look at Princess Leia’s Slave Outfit

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British television personality Adam Buxton had a conversation with his 5-year-old daughter about Leia Organa’s slave costume in the movie Return of the Jedi. It’s both refreshing and enlightening to hear the fashion opinion of a child who has no understanding of sexism, or even sexiness, much less objectification and bondage. But this little girl is not quite a blank slate. She’s very well spoken and open to learning new things. It was animated is by The Brothers McLeod for the TV special Adam Buxton's Shed Of Christmas. -via reddit



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Where Are They Now? The Cast of Arthur

The hit children's television program Arthur debuted on PBS in 1996. The child actors on it have grown up. What are they doing now? Loryn Brantz of BuzzFeed tracked down 8 of them.

Francine Frensky is doing reasonably well. She starred in the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes. Other cast members, though, have struggled. D.W. Read, the brother of star Arthur Read, had a brief but tumultuous affair with Justin Bieber. She's now slated to star in an upcoming episode of Celebrity Rehab.

Read the rest of the updates at BuzzFeed.

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Hilariously Inappropriate Kids Toys

Buying a kid a toy for Christmas can be a kind and thoughtful gesture, but it can also lead to death by embarrassment and utter humiliation, depending on the toy and it’s *ahem* overall shape.

It’s probably best not to cheap out when buying a toy to give as a present, because knock-offs often have aesthetic flaws that are really hard to overlook.

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When in doubt take a step back and look at the overall shape of the toy, and where certain components are placed, to ensure there’s nothing visually inappropriate going on before you give it to a kid.

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And for the love of Kris Kringle think about what message that toy is sending to the child and their parents, because you wouldn’t want to come off looking like the world’s creepiest gift giver!

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When in doubt consult this list of 16 Outrageously Inappropriate Kids' Toys and see if the toy in question resembles any of the entries, it’ll help save you from becoming the butt of many jokes in the upcoming year!

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A Letter to the Tooth Fairy

Her father found a letter that redditor judokitten had written to the Tooth Fairy years ago, on the occasion of losing a tooth and not getting the expected reward. She tells the story in the comments:

Full story. So, I had lost a tooth, but I was suspicious about the actual validity of the toothfairy's magical abilities. So, I didn't tell anyone about the lost tooth. Lo and behold, she did not arrive.

The next morning, I loudly proclaimed the toothfairy bullshit in my 9 year old terms, and my mom told me to write her a letter expressing my displeasure.

I was returned a letter that basically said,

"I couldn't get to your pillow the night before last because I got stuck in all the mess. Maybe if you clean your room, I could get to you in a timely manner."

Well played, tooth fairy. Well played.

Although the post title mentions the letter is passive-aggressive, there is nothing passive about either the daughter or the mother’s Tooth Fairy's response. Incidentally, I was impressed that, even though her handle is judokitten and the letter is signed “Jennifer,” many commenters still assumed the letter-writer was male.



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Funny Letters Kids Have Written to Santa

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These letters from kids to Santa (though one suspicious kid wrote to "Santa") bring a smile. Some of us may have flashbacks to the days we looked forward to the big, jolly guy taking the time to visit our very homes, stuffing himself down the chimney and eating the cookes left there for him, even though he was probably already full.

Though the items kids are asking for have changed, the earnest attempts at an exchange with him — the chance to tell him one's wishes  have not. 

See the entire collection of kids' letters to Santa here.
 


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Instead of Presents…

Did your family ever pull that “Instead of buying toys this year…” business with you? If you’re talking to a young child, you better be talking about going to Disneyland, where you’re sure to get souvenir toys. Getting a “family gift” like a new TV never quite cut it when all you ever heard from your friends and your old TV was toys, toys, toys. Once the kids are around ten or eleven, it just might work. This comic is from The Gentleman’s Armchair. -via reddit



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