The BBC was interviewing Professor Robert Kelly of Pusan National University in Korea about the impeachment of former (as of today) South Korean President Park Geun-hye, when it became very clear that he was working from his home office.
Will he be able to get a coherent thought out before Mom arrives? Did he have to stay seated because he's not wearing pants? So many questions, and none of them about the impeachment results. You can guarantee he will lock the door before his next Skype interview. -via reddit
Kids have a unique(ly short) view of the world, but it's hard for them to effectively convey their view to adults because they have yet to learn how to use language to make the content of their minds known.
(Untitled by Alicja Brodowicz)
Photographers who work with children as their subjects therefor try to show us what the children see, and how the wee folks feel in the land of the big people.
The concept of "twilight sleep" during childbirth arose around a hundred years ago. Doctors in Freiberg, Germany, would give a woman in labor a combination of drugs, including scopolamine, which gave them the experience of going to sleep and waking up with a new baby. In reality, the drugs did not alleviate pain, but merely caused women to not remember their experience. Patients were often restrained, and even made to wear straightjackets for childbirth. But for the women who experienced it, particularly after several natural births, twilight sleep was a miraculous experience.
“I was so happy,” one women declared. “The night of my confinement will always be a night dropped out of my life,” says another. The association celebrated when a “tenement house mother” gave a twilight sleep speech on the corner of her street.
The twilight sleep movement was immediately controversial, though. While feminist women pushed for access to the technique, doctors fought back. They “refused to be ‘stampeded by these misguided ladies,’” historian Judith Walzer Leavitt wrote, in her account of the movement. Doctors wrote in the popular and academic press about the dangers of twilight sleep and argued that one popular article shouldn’t guide medical practice. But the practice also had advocates in the medical community, and soon American doctors were also traveling to Freiburg to train in twilight sleep techniques.
The campaign was so successful that twilight sleep became the thing to do, and for decades, women weren't given the choice to remain alert during childbirth. With the rise of better painkillers and exposes about twilight sleep, the practice finally faded out in the 1960s. Read about the controversial technique and the campaign to bring it the the U.S. at Atlas Obscura.
If you need a smile, take a look at what some kids are doing with their spare time. Desire, hard work, and persistence come together to give us some awesome performances, even in children that look too young to be doing these things.
This is Amanda Diesen and Todd Krieg, who used to ride dirt bikes professionally, but now he has a different set of wheels. After doctors told him it would be "nearly impossible" for him to conceive a child naturally, they made this image to announce that Amanda is pregnant. And another to let everyone know it's a boy!
Fathers and babies left unsupervised will find something weird and fun to do. Adam Ballard and his infant son Miles show off some killer dance moves to the Michael Jackson song "Beat It." Miles does the Moonwalk made famous in "Billie Jean" and the impossible lean from "Smooth Criminal." He also does air guitar to Eddie Van Halen's solo. There's some nice shuffling and other fancy footwork going on here, too. -via Tastefully Offensive
Idris Elba is helping to raise money for the W.E. Can Lead charity by giving donors a chance to win a Valentine's dinner with him. To promote the contest, he starred in this adorable video where children tell him what makes a good Valentine's Day date. As always, the kids' answers are simply adorable -and you can finally learn whether you should be a bad boy or a good boy, or whether you should or shouldn't eat beans on your date.
You know those stories people are always sharing about how they quit their job and traveled the globe or moved abroad or something similarly life changing and inspirational?
Well, it turns out you don't have to quit your job to tour the world with your family, you just need to live in an area central to where you want to visit, make a lot of money, and schedule your life down to the minute.
Sound like your idea of a good time?
Łajka, Wadyń and 3 years old Zazu, aka the family in the photos above, seem to be enjoying their busy lives, and thanks to their careful planning they're able to keep their full time jobs and travel around the world.
Watching found footage movies like Paranormal Activity makes people think every house needs a security camera set up to document any weirdness that occurs when the owners aren't around.
But life at home is quiet and unparanormal normal for most of us, and therefore security cameras are used with the assumption that nothing weird or worth recording will ever happen while the cameras are on.
Tyrone Morris didn't think he would find anything unusual while scrolling through footage from cameras around the house, but then he came across something disturbing that happened in his son's nursery.
Wait, did I say disturbing? I meant to say "disturbingly funny".
Tyrone spotted his wife Caryn doing some sort of spooky crab crawl across the nursery floor after spending hours getting their son Brody to sleep, so he shared the video on Facebook with this caption:
The best thing about having cameras in your house is watching your wife trying to exit the room after putting your son down!! Sometimes you have to use your initiative for your exit!! PS The SA Army are calling me for you to do training on the reverse leopard crawl !!
No wonder she looks like the walking, err, crawling dead!
Everybody remembers learning how to tie their shoes as a kid because it's one of the earliest motor skill related tricks we learn during childhood, and for some it was a real pain in the foot to learn.
Heck, I knew a kid who wore shoes with a velcro closure until middle school because he had such a hard time learning how to properly tie his shoes, and he still hates wearing laced shoes to this day.
Well, if my buddy had a friend like Colton Lillard, or more specifically a friend like Colton's friend River, he would have loved laced shoes for life!
Colton's shoe tying trick video has over 11 million views to date, and hopefully he'll make a follow- up video with his fabled friend River.
Many adults put on a show and act real tough when they're out in public, using their macho attitude as a way to hide their social anxiety, but if a young kid was born tough they don't have to act- they just show off their skills.
This is Evnika Saadvakass from Voronezh, Russia, and she is one of the toughest nine-year-olds on the planet. But Evnika doesn't have to act tough or talk tough, because she lets her lightning fast fists do all the talking for her.
Parents need to set boundaries for their children both as a way to teach them right and wrong and to keep them safe in the outside world, because kids who run amok with no boundaries are bound to get hurt.
My Dad is a very VERY introverted guy, and he never liked to be in large crowds. So unless it was a school event, I was forbidden from going to any large crowded events/places like the mall, concerts, sporting events.
I was told that this was for my own safety.
But some parents take the setting of household boundaries too far, and their ridiculous demands affect their kids for the rest of their lives.
We could only eat 2 cookies at a time, and no more than 4 in a day.
I was living on my own for like a year abiding by this rule, until one day I was like, "man, I REALLY want three Oreos, not two." And I did it.
8:30 pm bedtime. My. Entire. Damned. Life. Though, I knew as a teenager that making your high schooler go to bed when it was still light out half the time was whacko.
Well into my 20s I'd come back to visit for the holidays and dad would get up to use the toilet at night, see the light on in my room from me being awake reading a book at 10 p.m., and yell at me to go to sleep.
There may have been extenuating circumstances that the Redditors aren't sharing which led to these bizarre rules, but how does a parent justify not letting visitors poop in their house?
No one was allowed to poop in our house. We had a large house and all 4 of us had our own restrooms. There was this little girl with special needs I used to play with when I was little and once she had to use the restroom. My mom asked me where she was and I said she's in the bathroom. My mom walked in on the poor girl mid-poop and told her to go home and finish.
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