I Need This Parenting Multi-Tool

Charlie and Andy of How to Be a Dad have designed the ultimate parental multi-tool.

There are multi-tools and pocket knives for different purposes and lifestyles, such as outdoor survival, electrical work, bicycling, traveling--everything. It's an industry that increasingly provides specialized sets of pocket tools.

Now we have one that is perfect for parents. I'm a fan of the Daddy Juice opener. But I'm not sure of the dried food chisel. Sometimes you need explosives to blast that stuff off the table.

-via 22 Words

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11-Year Old Cancer Survivor Invents a Chemotherapy Bag

When she was 8 years old, Kylie Simonds of Naugatuck, Connecticut was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the connective tissues. She is now in remission and recovering from the ordeal. Kylie is also putting her hard experience to good use:

“I used to have to use the I-V poles and I always tripped over all the wires,” she said. “It was hard to walk around, and I always had to have someone push it for me because I was kind a weak when I was in chemo.”

Her response to this problem was to design a backpack that would carry the equipment necessary to deliver chemotherapy. She calls it the I-Pack.

Kylie's design won a prize at the Connecticut Invention Convention. She has secured a patent and is trying to raise money to put the backpack into production.

(Photos: Courage for Kylie)

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-via Huffington Post

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Baby's Tears Dry Up When Katy Perry Comes On

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It's really too bad for Dr. Spock that Katy Perry (and possibly her mom) were just sparkles in the eyes of their ancestors when he wrote his legendary baby book. Now is the golden age, with the magical knowledge that Katy Perry is the apparent answer to baby tears. Life with children will now be a relative breeze (except for people like me, who have a strict Katy Perry ban on all stereo equipment). Via Viral Viral Videos.

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Bedtime for the Twins

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Henriette Jonassen has twin toddler boys. That in itself is a circus, and getting them to bed is a farce of Benny Hill proportions. In the Norwegian summer, the sun stays out late at night, and what kid wants to go to bed when it’s daylight? Jonassen says she’s tried different methods, and managed to capture video evidence of the worst one so far.

At first, I laughed, remembering how it was putting two toddlers to bed myself years ago, and then I cringed, remembering that I am babysitting grandchildren next week. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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Last Year, Parents Named 262 American Babies "Kale"

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257 were male and 5 were female. That makes it only the 827th most popular baby name, far behind the endless hordes of Noahs and Emmas. And I suppose that if you're going to name a kid after a bitter vegetable, you could do worse than Kale. For example, Asparagus and Turnip would be even worse.

But if you are determined to name your child after a food product, then Modern Farmer has a few suggestions. Oddly, Modern Farmer does not include Ice Cream Sandwich, a term that now represents resilience in the face of hardship.

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Kids’ Room Spaceship

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If you recall, Jeff Highsmith built a Mission Control Desk for his older son that had all kinds of space buttons, knobs, and sound effects. What could he possibly do to follow that up? Build a spaceship, of course! Highsmith built a spacecraft in his younger son’s room that connects to the Mission Control Desk in his brother’s room.

The ship has controls that make all kinds of sounds, from Apollo mission clips to a toilet flush. The dashboard panel can even replicate sequences from Apollo missions! But that’s just the beginning: the payload bay has a robotic arm that is remotely controlled from the panel, and monitored by camera. Since they are hooked up, the spacecraft and Mission Control in the other room can experience adventures together. There’s more on the building process at Make. -Thanks, Daniel Kim!

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5-year-old Sadie Learns the Awful Truth

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Sadie just learned that her little brother will eventually grow up, and won’t always be the baby he is now. That’s an overwhelming concept for her, and she’s not taking it well. I can’t say that I blame her; he’s got an adorable smile. She also doesn’t want to die, no matter how far away that is. Some things are just hard to deal with. -via Buzzfeed

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Woman Didn't Want to Take Maternity Photos, So Her Husband Did It for Her

Maternity photo shoots are a thing now. The results are often funny or sweet photos of expectant mothers showing off their baby bumps. But the pregnant wife of redditor DruishPrincess69 (Funny--he doesn't look Druish) didn't want to have a photo shoot. So he hired a photographer and did it himself. You can view the entire set here.

It looks like he's about 6 months along. That's when the back pain tends to set in. Be careful, DruishPrincess69. Don't push yourself too hard.

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Magic Numbers

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Check out this amazing method for learning how to multiply! Well, it’s an amazing story for learning, specifically, what 4 x 9 is. Or maybe it’s not so much amazing as it is baffling.

Darren Michalczuk’s YouTube channel The Brick School has several videos along this line. They are a few years old, but Michalczuk continues to push his learning method at his website Brain Magic. You can even buy apps to teach your child this method! Michalczuk has written quite a few education articles about the magic of learning that are as incomprehensible as the Magic Numbers series.

Of course it’s satire, but it’s played so straight across the web for so many years that it’s a masterful feat. You have to wonder if anyone ever took it seriously. My guess is that it would be easy to take it seriously if you just read the ads for the apps. The articles, well, someone with less-than-stellar critical thinking skills might swallow them whole, but the videos area real WTF moment. -via Digg

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Brilliant Pediatrician Knows How to Make a Toddler Laugh While Getting Shots

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Dr. Michael Darden is a highly trained pediatrician and allergist. But he's more than just a man of science. He also has a gifted bedside manner. Here he is in his D.C.-area clinic giving two shots to a toddler. This would normally cause a young child to howl in pain. But Dr. Darden is so entertaining that instead the little boy laughs.

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Here's another interesting video. It's an interview with Dr. Darden. At the 5:10 mark, he shares a fascinating story. When he was still in high school, he worked in a hospital. At the age of about 16 or 17, he had the opportunity to observe an autopsy. The body was that of someone that he knew well. It was, for Dr. Darden, an early encounter with the mysterious boundary between life and death.

-via Huffington Post

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3-year-old Drummer Plays with Orchestra

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Russian drummer Lyonya Shilovsky is three years old, but he’s already a pro! Watch him play drums with the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra. The song is Jacques Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld,” which most of just call “The Can-Can.” Lyonya only loses the beat twice: when he drops his sticks, and when his father interupts him to pose for a picture. How does that compare to your concentration when you were three years old? -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips

Married couple David and Kelly Sopp (previously at Neatorama) wrote a book full of comic advice they call "Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips." The book, perfect for expectant parents, is a lighthearted look at a time when couples (particularly mothers-to-be) are often overwhelmed by solicited and not-so-solicited bits of advice on pregnancy and child rearing. See more at Trend Hunter.

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8-year-old Takes Disabled Brother on Triathlon

Noah and Lucas Aldrich are inseparable brothers. Lucas was born with the brain disorder lissencephaly, which affects his growth and development. Lucas does not walk or talk, but thanks to his parents and brother, he gets to do a lot of things able-bodied kids do. Eight-year-old Noah recently entered a youth triathlon, and he took Lucas along. He pulled him on a bicycle, towed him while swimming, and pushed him while running. Sing it with me now: “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.” See more pictures of Noah and Lucas at Buzzfeed.

(Image credit: Lucas House at Facebook)

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6-Year Old Limbo Skates under 39 Cars

When he was 3 years old, Gagan Satish's parents gave him a pair of roller skates. He showed remarkable proficiency with them. They approached a professional skating trainer and asked for his help. Soon Gagan was mastering the art of limbo skating. That's skating very low to the ground.

Gagan can split so far that he can skate while rising no higher than 7 inches off the ground. Recently, Gagan, now 6 years old, tried to break a Guinness World Record for limbo skating under cars. He skated under 39 cars for a total of about 230 feet in 29.8 seconds!

Guinness has yet to confirm his new record, but it appears to break the current record of 158 feet.

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-via Gizmodo

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Visiting the Home of Safety

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Chris Grava did a semester abroad at Cape Town University in South Africa. When his term was almost up, his brother Nick went there to spend two weeks. Nick ended up staying permanently to work at the Home of Safety in Khayelitsha, a foster home for orphans and vulnerable children, where he is now managing director. Chris and his parents visit when they can, and when Chris recently went for a visit, he was wearing his GoPro camera. The joy on the kids’ faces at seeing their old friend is a treat, and pretty soon the youngsters had to try out the camera for themselves. Learn more about Nick Grava’s work in South Africa at Intsikelelo. -via reddit

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The Power of Love

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You know how they make video ads in Thailand, so go ahead and get your hanky ready. This one won’t tear your heart out over someone’s horrible plight, though -it’s a simple vignette featuring an adorable baby and his/her parents. And even though it’s from a mobile phone company, the tag line is killer. -via Boing Boing

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Ten-Year-Old Girl Left A Scathing Review Of Cinderella Themed Restaurant

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Contrary to popular belief, not every young girl is obsessed with Disney princesses, some have moved on to more mature interests, like fine dining and world travel, and these girls simply aren’t impressed by Disney royalty.

One such unimpressed ten-year-old left a scathing one star review on TripAdvisor after visiting Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant in Walt Disney World because she wasn’t there to get a pic with Cinderella and Prince Charming- she was there for the “highly recommended” menu.

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She was appalled when the Prince and Princess insisted on a photo, mortified when the waiter tried to hand her a kid’s menu full of chicken nugget level fare, and downright irate when her dinner arrived “cold and relatively tasteless”.

And here’s how she felt about the clientele and staff:

"Let it be said that the entire time we spent there, [there] were little children running around screaming and yelling, chasing the princesses, and hitting each other with the little plastic wands."

"the experience was not what was expected and was a complete madhouse with a lackluster staff. Save your money and go to basically anywhere else in WDW."

Don't get on that little girl's bad side Disney, or Mickey Mouse is next!

-Via Grubstreet

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17 Highly Scientific Facts about Raising Kids

Raising children is an art, a science, and exhausting. Melissa Sher, the blogger known as Mammalingo, has done a lot of hands-on research on the subject. She's here to lay down some knowledge on you in 17 charts that have undoubtedly been peer-reviewed and subjected to experimental replication.

Yes, the color of the cup is very important. And the earlier in the morning it is, the more important the color becomes. You may not understand why, but your toddler does.

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A Picture to Remember Her

A few days ago, Nathan Steffel (redditor steffel07) posted a heartbreaking request: "My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children's hospital. Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo?"

Sophia was born with a liver tumor, and was waiting for a transplant when she died from complications on July 10. She was six weeks old. Photoshop artists immediately went to work, and produced many versions of Sophia’s picture. Continue to see some of the highest-rated.

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Artist Recreates His Childhood Drawings From Over Twenty Years Ago

Kids love to draw, and they don’t care what those drawings look like because why should they? They’re kids, having fun doing something that also helps them develop skills like hand eye coordination, spatial awareness, and proportion, skills that might someday develop into serious art skills.

Dutch muralist Telmo Pieper was one of those free sketching kids over twenty years ago, and to show how his artistic skills have blossomed over the years he created a series of digital paintings that reprise masterpieces created by his four-year-old self.

Telmo tries to match the forms from the original kid drawings, while adding shading and dimension to each piece, which only serves to make them look even more odd than the original sketch! Still, I would totally drive that stretchy car...

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Kids Battle Their Bedroom Monsters

This photo series by French photographer Laure Fauvel shifts the power in favor of the children in the classic monster under the bed/in the closet scenario. These armed kids come out on top in Fauvel's photographs, as their monsters wave the proverbial white flag of surrender. It would certainly be an empowering photo to hang on the bedroom walls of children who are fearful of "things that go bump in the night." Via Trendhunter

Images Credit: Laurie Fauvel

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Mad Dash to the Hospital

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Troy Dickerson had the presence of mind to attach a GoPro camera to his hat so he could record the birth of his baby when the time came. Then it happened. His wife Kristen said it was time to go to the hospital. She said, “Hurry!” And he kept saying they’re almost there, hold on. Can she hold on? Will they make it to hospital before the baby comes? They sure are cutting it close! -via Viral Viral Videos 

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The Nightly News with Libby and Sarah

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Libby and Sarah have some very important news, especially for those of you in Canada, where it’s winter and tornados and earthquakes are expected to erupt. Be sure to take your fridge!

I remember doing this exact thing with my brother when we were young. I was Huntley; he was Brinkley. Too bad we didn’t have digital video effects! Or actually, it’s a good thing that we didn’t have the capability of recording it at all. -via Buzzfeed

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