Kids React to Old Cameras

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I must be a glutton for punishment, because I'm fascinated by these "Kids React" videos, even though they make me feel old. As these young'uns played around with a point-and-shoot film camera and were horrified to learn they would have to wait to see their images, the me feeling ancient thing was back. As someone who still likes to shoot with black-and-white film, process it myself and then print the negatives in the darkroom, I imagined that those kiddies would see me as a tragic, broken-down unicorn who was far too old to know better. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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Run Sarah Kate!

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Saturday during the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, hundreds of children took part in the One Mile Run. The runner that came in last got the biggest applause.

Sarah Kate Sligh was born ten weeks prematurely. She is now a 12-year-old athlete with cerebral palsy. Sarah Kate is on the school team swim and plays softball in a recreational league, and of course, she runs. Here’s her story and some footage from an earlier runDisney race.

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The Embarassing Hairstyles Of Our Youth

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It seems like everyone has one thing in common when it comes to our childhoods- embarrassment.

Either we felt embarrassed as a kid, feel embarrassed looking at pictures of ourselves as kids, or a totally awkward combination of the two.

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Fashion has a big part to play in this embarrassment, especially the way we chose to wear our hair in our youth, and these bad fashion decisions make us wonder what the heck we were thinking!

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The kids in this collection of 27 Hilarious Kid Haircut Fails rocked their bad hairstyles like total pros, unaware of the decades of embarrassment that awaited them in the future.

Quad bang braids and a shaved head- now that's what I call bravery!

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Parents Who Have Mastered The Art Of Trolling Their Kids

Family members really know how to get under each other’s skin, a trolling skill picked up by spending way too much time together under the same roof. 

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However, properly pushing a family member’s buttons isn’t just a way to make trouble- it can be a fun way to pass the time, and there’s something so enjoyable about seeing how far you can go before they snap.

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These 16 Parents Who Have Mastered The Art Of Trolling have turned the torture into a fine art, often using nothing but written words to bend minds and push those bratty kids to their breaking point.

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You can learn a lot from these parents, take a look and see if you can add a few new kid trolling moves to your repertoire.  

See the rest of the 16 Parents Who Have Mastered The Art Of Trolling here

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No More Free Time

I checked all day yesterday for a new comic from Doghouse Diaries, but it never came. This morning, we have an explanation. One of them has become a father for the first time, ten days before the due date! I believe it’s Will, because Raf is already a father and Ray is active on Twitter and hasn’t mentioned a birth. Congratulations from your friends at Neatorama!

This is the previous comic, which us about something every parent knows, but it has a sort-of easter egg. Can you spot the error in the comic? Strangely, it was the first thing I noticed.

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Kids Dancing to Taylor Swift's “Shake It Off”

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When babies and little kids feel joy, they move. They can’t help it! This evolves into dancing, and if we didn’t become so self-conscious as adults, we’d all be dancing to show happiness. That’s why we feel so great watching kids dance: because they radiate the joy of movement. Robert Jones edited this series of clips, some you’ve seen before, into a supercut set to Taylor Swift’s song “Shake It Off.” -Thanks, Robert!  

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Dad of the Year Makes His Daughter Literally Dress Like a 10-Year Old

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Kevin Jones of Louisville, Kentucky is the father of Janiya, a 10-year old girl. Let me repeat that: she's 10. Even though she's 5'9" tall, her age is barely in the double digits.

Nonetheless, Janiya was dressing as a teenager and trying to convince much older boys and men online that she was anything from 14 to 18 years old.

Jones solved that problem. He made Janiya literally dress her age. She had to wear to school a shirt that says her true age on the front and her grade on the back. Janiya carried a Sofia the First backpack to school and wore ribbons in her hair. Continue reading to view more photos.

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Photog Mom's Daughter Loves Cosplay, Together They Create Iconic Characters

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Photographer Kelly Lewis' nine-year-old daughter Alice is no shrinking violet. She's an aspiring actress and model who enjoys cosplaying. So frequent shoots dressed as beloved (and not-so-beloved) cultural icons from Marie Antoinette to Little Miss Muffet are likely bright spot(light)s in Alice's day. 

Alice has the way cool distinction of being the only girl for miles who picked her own name. When adopted into the Lewis family at age seven, the little girl was enamored with the story and character of Alice in Wonderland. So Alice she became. 

Visit Kelly's Tumblr site Malice of Alice to keep up with the photographer and her ambitious daughter.

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Why Every Newborn Has the Same Blanket

If it seems all your friends are having babies at the same time, or you just like to look at babies on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you might have noticed they all appear to be wrapped in the same white blanket with blue and pink stripes. It’s called the Kuddle-Up blanket, and it’s made by hospital supplier Medline, a company founded by A.L. Mills in 1910.

In the early 1950s, receiving blankets were usually made from dull beige cloth. Mills, ever the innovator, wanted to do for blankets what he had done for scrubs. “He asked the women in the office what they would do differently to spice it up a little bit,” says Abrams. They went through a number of iterations and finally settled on the blue- and pink-striped version because, as you might have suspected, it’s good for both girls and boys. The pattern is strangely appealing—before I knew that 99% of newborns are wrapped in identical blankets, I thought it was handsome. It never appears dated or cutesy or Disney. It is truly a classic.

Clearly, many people agree. Sixty years later, Medline sells 1.5 million Kuddle-Up blankets in Candy Stripe every year (the other patterns, with elephants or ducks, are less pervasive). At the HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston, NY, for instance, the housekeeping staff buys 3,100 100% cotton blankets a year, and often uses four to five of them for each newborn.

But few people realized how ubiquitous the blanket was until social media gave parents a platform for showing off their newborns even before they leave the hospital. It’s very possible that three or four generations of families have been swaddled in a striped Kuddle-Up. Read the history of the blanket and see some adorable newborns in an article at Quartz. -Thanks, Daniel Kim!

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A Parents' Guide to Time Machines


You could travel into the past and see great events from history. Or you could peer into the far future, which is either a technological wonderland or a nightmarish dystopia.

But, to be practical, you're more likely to use the time machine as a free babysitter that is available whenever you need it.

There's one complication: although you'll be ready for bed at 10 PM, your child will think that it's just 7 o'clock.

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Moms' Notes on Front Doors: Ring this Doorbell and Regret It

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This collection of notes posted on the front doors of exhausted women everywhere is full of sage reminders and cautionary tales. If you wake the child in the name of attempting to sell mama some vinyl siding, you may be diving into a sea of regret the likes of which you stand no chance of treading. Ring at your own risk. (Unless, of course, you have cookies.) See more funny notes from tired moms at 22 Words.

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Sarcastic Moms Caption Ridiculous Stock Photos of Parenting

With a measure of alarm that I do not think was undue, I asked my wife, "Is there baby poop on my face?" At that time, there was not. But it would happen. As Bane said, "that comes later." And it did.

Getting baby poop on your face is part of parenting. And there will be other, similar experiences. That is parenting--real parenting, not the kind depicted in idealized stock photos.

The Tumblr blog It's Like They Know Us is filled with images of happy, cooperative children and their cheerful, well-rested parents. Contributors have added sarcastic captions that reflect their own experiences.

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Ten Cool Products Invented by Kids

Hart Cain of New Philadelphia, Ohio, pictured above, was thirteen years old in 2010. At the time, his sister was selling candles for a school fundraiser. Hart didn't like the girly scents of his sister's wares. It made him reflect on candle scents that would appeal to men. He went on to produce the candles, called "man-cans," which feature scents such as leather baseball mitt, gunpowder, freshly cut grass, bacon and pizza. 

Hart's candles are also unique in that they are contained by soup cans, the soup from which he donates to soup kitchens. Thus far, this enterprising young man has donated 80,000 cans of soup to feed the disadvantaged.  

Read about nine more kid innovators here.


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Baby Noah's Daily Halloween Costumes

Writer Jessica Chavkin is putting her infant son Noah in adorable costumes, one per day until Halloween. In a fun exercise she calls "Noah's Halloween Countdown," Chavkin gives her Instagram and Tumblr followers daily delights with these cute-as-can-be getups. Judging from Noah's frequent smiles, it looks as if he's having almost as much fun as mommy.

See more photos at Chavkin's Instagram and Tumblr accounts.

-Via My Modern Met | Images: Jessica Chavkin

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Spooky Halloween Themed STEM Projects You Can Do With Your Kids

It’s important to teach kids that Halloween isn’t just about one night of collecting candy- it’s an October full of fun and festively fall activities that culminates on that magical sugar laced night of sidewalk strolling. 

Celebrating a month of Halloween fun as a family means coming up with activities the whole family can enjoy, and what better way to celebrate the season of spooky than with activities both fun and educational?!

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STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) projects are a great way to keep the kiddos entertained while teaching them a thing or two about science.

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The projects are often messy so youngsters love 'em, and parents will love spending time with their kids while showing them another way Halloween is the most fun holiday of them all!

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BuzzFeed has put together a collection of 19 Spooky STEM Projects For Kiddos This Halloween, pick out a few and watch their faces light up with wonder!

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Dad Gets Caught Singing To Baby, Adorable Shame Ensues

There is nothing wrong with being a sensitive and sweet man. Honestly, it is a nice change from the emotionless brutes that society seems to encourage. One night Tristen Combs heard her husband singing to the baby in the tub, and she just knew she needed to share it with the world.

Nice to see that there are still dads out there who know how important it is to actually take joy in those moments that so many take for granted. Also note, when he gets busted, his look of shame as he pulls the curtain closed is priceless.

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You have nothing to be ashamed about, friend. Frankly, the world needs more guys like you.

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This Is How Babies Used to Fly on Airplanes

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How do you transport a baby on a long airline flight? During the 1950s, engineers at the British Overseas Airways Corporation (what we now call British Airways), developed the "skycot." High Life, British Airways' in-flight magazine, tells us that parents would hold babies during takeoff and landing, but, while in the air, would place them in these hammocks clamped onto the overhead luggage racks.

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A Gourmet Experience for Second Graders

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The New York Times Magazine took six children from the second grade at P.S. 295 in Brooklyn to a restaurant. Not just any restaurant, though: they were treated to a seven-course tasting meal at Daniels, which runs $220 a head. Chef Daniel Boulud served them Smoked Paprika Cured Hamachi, Crispy Japanese Snapper, and Wagyu Beef Rib-Eye, among other dishes. These are Brooklyn kids, so they have restaurant experience, but none had been to such a fancy diner before. They are well-behaved, but they are also delightfully opinionated about their food. -via reddit

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Baby Learns to Walk

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Nick Turner had a camera set up in the family room to capture his daughter’s first steps. As you can guess, that plan meant he captured an awful lot of attempts and false steps before Lucy actually “became a biped.” He put those clips together to make a video of the process of learning to walk. And as any parent can tell you, once they start walking, they spend the next couple of decades trying to walk away from you. -via Viral Viral Videos

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Moms Share The Craziest Things Their Kids Have Ever Said Or Done

Watching your kids grow up means being exposed to some pretty strange stuff, because even the nicest, sweetest and most well behaved kids are prone to bouts of nutty behavior.

They’re trying to figure out the world for themselves, and haven’t yet learned all the nuances of right and wrong, tactful and rude.

Comedians Shayna Ferm and Tracey Tee also happen to be moms, and they created a two woman live show called The Pump and Dump where they share their experiences in motherhood with their eager audience.

They invite audience members to share the strangest things their kids have ever done or said, and their hand written responses are comedy gold!

I guess becoming a parent is a great way to break in to the comedy biz, because the comedic moments write themselves when you have kids around.

Read more of these "shocking" parental confessions over at 22 Words

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Periodic Table of Elements Cake

Redditor YesImAtWork posted a picture of his nephew’s birthday cake, which recreates the periodic table of the elements. His nephew is six years old. How much does a six-year-old boy know about the elements? You might be surprised:

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Yes, this child has a series of YouTube videos telling us about the elements, 32 of them so far. He understands more chemistry than most adults. And he’s got an awesome cake to share!

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The First Baby Ever Born from a Transplanted Uterus

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3 years ago, I mentioned that researchers in Sweden were planning the world's first uterus transplant. This would have offered new options for women for whom fertility is a lost cause. According to Dr. Mats Brannstrom of the University of Gothenburg, their efforts have been fruitful. Brannstrom and his colleagues published an article in the medical journal The Lancet reporting on the first successful live birth from a transplanted uterus.

Last month, a 36-year old woman who received one of the transplanted uteri gave birth to a premature but healthy baby boy. She had been born without a uterus, but had healthy ovaries. A 61-year old friend of her family donated her uterus to the woman. 6 weeks after she gave birth, the woman had a period, which indicates that the uterus remains healthy. She could try for a second baby, but the AP reports that she's not considering that right now.

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How Mystery Guitar Man Got a Baby

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Congratulations to musicisn, animator, and YouTube star Mystery Guitar Man, also known as Joe Penna (previously at Neatorama) on the birth of his son Jonah Lane Penna! He and his wife made a pregnancy time-lapse video with a difference: this one has a plot, sort of. A lot of planning, work, and timing went into this video over ten months. They even moved to a new home during the shoot, and the new residents of their old apartment let them keep the camera and props set up in the garage to finish the video. He talks a little about how they did it here. -via Viral Viral Videos

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Reporter Covering Missing Child Story Finds Missing Child

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Paul Ezekial Fagan, a 10-year old boy in Tampa, Florida, vanished from his home last Thursday. Police searched the neighborhood on foot and in a helicopter while his frantic parents feared the worst.

Local news reporters drove into Paul's neighbhorood to report on the case. Among them was Cameron Polom of the local ABC station. At around 7 AM on Friday, Polom spotted a tired-looking child in some dense vegetation. The Today show describes the scene:

“He’s looking at me and I’m thinking, ‘Could this possibly be this kid? Is this really happening?’ It was a very surreal moment,” he told on Monday.

Polom, 29, said he called out to the boy and asked for his name. He then picked the boy up over the fence and walked him to nearby sheriff’s deputies.

Paul's family was overjoyed to see him back. The boy explained to them that he had left home because he needed some space from his younger brother.

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There's Nothing Sweeter Than Babies In Halloween Costumes

Kids look awfully cute when they’re all dressed up and ready to go trick-or-treating, but there’s simply nothing cuter than a chubby cheeked baby wearing a Halloween costume.

Maybe it’s the fact that they’re too young to actually go out trick-or-treating, or perhaps it’s the fact that the parents get to choose the costume, and they always err on the side of cuteness.

Whatever the reason behind our love of babies in costume, nothing warms the heart quite like seeing a little rugrat all dressed up with no idea what lies in store for them on Halloween!

Check out the rest of the Baby Halloween Costumes Even More Delicious Than Candy over at HuffPo

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