An Indoor Castle Fort

That area of your house that has a slant roof over it is pretty useless. It’s often only good for storage, and in this case it had two closets, but they didn’t hold much. So MetalMan83 transformed that spot into a castle fort as a gift for his daughter’s fifth birthday, with doors and lights and a lookout tower! See a series of images from the building process at imgur. He’s a pretty handy dad. Look at how he decorated the nursery for his younger daughter.

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12-Year Old Girl Accidentally Runs Half Marathon

LeeAdianez Rodriguez signed up for a 5-kilometer race in Rochester, New York. But she arrived at the wrong starting position and ran a course set up for a half marathon.

LeeAdianez realized about halfway through that she must have been in the wrong race, but she decided to finish the race, whatever it was. So instead of running 3.1 miles, she ran 13.1 miles. Her finishing time was 2 hours, 43 minutes, and 31 seconds.

-via AP | Photo: Democrat & Chronicle (auto-start video)

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Horoscopes for Babies

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What lies in your baby's future? He can't think beyond the present, so do your parental duty and read out his horoscope. Cartoonist Jim Benton has helpful scanned the stars and made mystical calculations for the next week.

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Custom Prosthetic Lets Ballet Dancer Do en Pointe Again

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When she was 9 years old, Gabi Shull was diagnosed with cancer in her right knee. So doctors amputated her leg, removed the knee, then re-attached the rest of the leg backwards. 

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This surgery reduced her ability to enjoy dancing. She couldn't dance en pointe--that is, on tip toes--until she got a custom prosthetic leg. This prosthetic slips over her right leg. When she flexes her ankle, it acts as her knee. Now 14, Gabi is back dancing, cheerleading, and inspiring others to overcome their challenges.

-via The Soul Is Bone

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This 3-Year Old Saved a Birthday Cupcake for Her Favorite Garbage Man

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Brooklyn Andracke gets very excited when the garbage truck rolls through her neighborhood. It's a chance to meet the driver and her friend, Delvar Dopson. They wave at each other and Dopson honks the powerful horn on his truck.

So when Brooklyn had her third birthday party, she saved a cupcake for Dopson. Brooklyn's mother writes on Facebook:

Brooklyn and I wrapped up one of her birthday cupcakes and waited for him. When he came down our street, she ran to the corner. We were waving like usual and I motioned for him to come over by us. He pulled over, got out and gave us his BIG smile. Brooklyn was instantly speechless as she handed him the cupcake. I explained to him that he makes our day every Thursday, and we really appreciate the honking and waving, and how special of a day it is for us.

Then... (melt my heart)... he explained that he looks forward to seeing us every Thursday as well. He said that he has a meeting every Thursday morning and always tries to get out of there in a hurry so that he can make sure to see us every week. He said he doesn't have any kids of his own, but he mentors several children and just loves them. I can't believe that I never got his name, so for now he will continue to be "our favorite awesome smiley garbage man".

-via BuzzFeed

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Self-Proclaimed "Meanest Mom in the World" Throws away Kids' Ice Cream

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Jaime Primak Sullivan wants her three young children to learn good manners. So when they didn't thank a Dairy Queen server for giving them ice cream, she threw it in the trash. She writes on Facebook:

The young lady (maybe 17) handed each child their ice cream. Not one looked her in the eye. Not one said thank you. Not to her, not to me... So I waited. I counted to 10

in my head as they dug into their ice cream and the young lady just looked at me (probably because she thought I was hearing voices) and I watched as my children strolled out the door. I followed them outside where I calmly collected their ice creams and my kids watched in horror as I deposited them into the nearby garbage can. All 3 launched into mass hysteria. I waited. Quiet. Calm. When they realized I had something to say, they quieted down.

I explained that one day, if they were lucky, they would work a job like that young lady. And I would hope that people would see them. Really see them. Look them in the eye and say thank you. We are too old at 8/7/5 to move through our days without exercising manners and honestly basic human decency.

So today, I am the meanest mom in the world.

Sullivan's post has gone viral, gaining 49,000 shares so far. Some commenters think that she did exactly the right thing, giving her kids some tough love about being polite. But Ronda Robinson at PJ Media disagrees:

Good parenting does not include setting your children up to fail or engaging in public humiliation. Punishment should be reserved for crimes. It shouldn't be a punishable offense to not say "thank you" or to fail "see" a teenager behind the ice cream counter. These are traits of childish behavior at best, or failed parenting skills at worst, depending on the children.

What do you think?

-via Ed Driscoll

Did Sullivan respond appropriately to her children's discourtesy?

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3-Year-Old Zep Fan Plays Name That Tune

Matthew Canning is a rock ’n’ roller, and so is his three-year-old daughter Lily. They recently played a game of Name That Tune with Led Zeppelin songs, which are her favorites.

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Lily ends the game with a request, a dance, and a sing-along. It took me longer than three years to learn the names of all those songs when I was much older than Lily, but to be fair, their releases were separated by more than three years. -via Arbroath

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Little Girls Are Funny

James Breakwell (Exploding Unicorn) has been called the funniest Dad on Twitter. But it’s actually his four daughters who are the funny ones. Years ago, I tried my best to remember the funny things my kids said long enough to tell my Mom, but today with Twitter and smartphones, they can be instantly recorded. Some of these are priceless.

You can follow Breakwell’s Twitter feed or check out a selection of the best Tweets at Buzzfeed.

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"Don't Touch My Grandma!" Toddler Protects Grandmother from Police

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A mysterious video from somewhere in China shows police attempting to shut down an illegal street vendor. The owner's grandson picks up a steel pipe and brandishes it against the cops, yelling "Don't touch my grandma! Go away, don't touch my grandma!" (auto-start video). Go get 'em, kid!

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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Eyewear Made Specifically for Special Needs Kids

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About 60% of people with Down Syndrome have vision problems. But most eyeglasses frames won't fit the facial features of people with it.

For Maria Dellapina, a single mother of 4 children, that was a problem. Her daughter, Erin, couldn't find glasses that fit her. So in 2004, she founded SPECS4US, a company that produces glasses for children and adults with Down Syndrome. The Erin's World line of frames gives users fashionable, practical choices for glasses.

The Huffington Post describes how the Erin's World glasses are different:

However, because many people with the disorder have flattened faces, particularly the bridge of their noses, it’s difficult to find frames that fit. 

“I noticed a typical frame wouldn’t fit properly,” Dellapina, who had originally designed some frames for her daughter on a piece of paper, said at the conference.

To help alleviate the issue, Specs4us’ “Erin’s World” frame line, inspired by Dellapina’s daughter, is crafted to accommodate a low nasal bridge, according to the company’s website. The arms of the glasses are also modified to prevent them from slipping down.

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4-Year Old Saves His Mom's Life

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Misty Vaughn felt awful. She took her temperature. The thermometer read 105ºF. Then she passed out.

She came very close to dying or suffering brain damage. But her son, 4-year old Camden, leaped into action. He unlocked his mother's phone and called a doctor--his own father. KVUE quotes Dr. Jeremy Vaughn:

"He said, 'Daddy I need you to come home! Mommy can't get in the bath because she can't wake up!' And I said: 'I'm on my way!'"

Remember, Camden is just four years old. But he unlocked his mom's iPhone and found his dad's photo at the the top of the favorites list.

"And tap the phone button, and the star, and hit the pictures," the youngster explained.

-via Ace of Spades HQ

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Toddler Falls Asleep While Skiing

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Cody has had a long day on the slopes and he is done. He's checked out of the program and shut down for a nap, all while strapped into either skis or a snowboard. 

Cody is my spirit animal.

-via Laughing Squid

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Kid's Art Turned Into Jewelry

Looking for the perfect gift for Mother's Day? Then consider heading over to Etsy where you can get artist CaitlynMinimalist to make you a cool piece of custom jewelry based completely on your submitted artwork. You can send in your artwork from childhood or some of your kid's artwork to share with their grandma -either way, it's something your mom is sure to never forget.

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Mom Does Skateboard Tricks While Pushing Stroller

Maria Oberloher has to take care of her child and rule the concrete. As a master multitasker, she can do both at the same time! Watch her flip her board while pushing her son Luan in a stroller through the skate park.

-via Huffington Post

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Kids Discover That Bologna Is Adhesive, Make Art with Their Lunch

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For all of these years, we've been eating bologna wrong. Toddler siblings Tyson and Lilly have discovered the right way. They found that the meat product is naturally adhesive to flat surfaces. So they trimmed it into shapes with their teeth, then fixed it to the walls of their home.

There's a lot of potential in this art form. An inventive artist like Hong Yi could work wonders with bologna.

-via Laughing Squid

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Baby Ring Bearer Delivers the Goods

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Toddler Delivery guarantees your package at the altar on time. The condition may vary, but you didn't pay for graceful handling. Now be sure to give him a tip.

-via reddit

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This Little Boy Is the Turkey Whisperer

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It's not enough to simply think like a turkey. You have to become the turkey. And this toddler can do it. Turkeys respond to him. In 20 years, he'll be Turkey Boy, the sidekick of Squirrel Girl.

-via How to Be a Dad

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Some Of The Daddy-est Dad Jokes Ever Told

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Kids who have cool dads had to go to great lengths to prove it before the internet, but now they can just share stories, pics and things they're dad said through social media, making this a great time to be a cool dad.

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But even better than cool dads are those funny dads who give zero f$#ks about what people think of their silly sense of humor, because we have them to thank for all the dad jokes.

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Dad jokes are always share friendly, sometimes punny sometimes trendy in a groanworthy way, but when you're tired of teenager selfies or silly baby Vine vids you can always count on a dad joke to lift your spirits.

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See 27 Dad Jokes That Out Dad Themselves here

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The Internet Reacts To Baby Born With Full Head Of Hair

This is Isabelle Kaplan and her mom Mackenzie:

As you can see Isabelle was born with a full head of hair, which made her quite famous on the interwebs when Mackenzie's cousin posted the pic to Reddit.

But as we all know there are Photoshoppers galore on Reddit, and before she could blink her pretty little eyes the Photoshopping had begun and Isabelle could dance like her hair hero Elvis.

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Since the cousin who posted the pic remarked that Isabelle had "news anchor hair" this delightful travesty happened:

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Once she shaved the 'stache she wound up playing for millions in Las Vegas, but Isabelle doesn't need help from Photoshop to have a bright future because she's already a star!

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See This Baby Was Born With A Full Head Of Hair, Here's How The Internet Reacted here

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11-Year Old Launches Multi-Million Dollar Business

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You have a lemonade stand? That's cute. Mikaila Ulmer has a multi-million dollar lemonade empire.

This 11-year old girl from Austin, Texas took her great-grandmother's lemonade recipe from 1940 and turned it into a business. She appeared on the TV show Shark Tank last year, where she secured $60,000 of capital for her Me & The Bees brand lemonade. Now the Whole Foods supermarket chain has decided to sell it in 55 stores across the United States.

What makes Mikaila's lemonade special is that it's sweetened with honey instead of sugar. She hopes to not only sell a healthy, profitable product, but to also promote beekeeping.

Mikaila is now famous. But she didn't start that way. She's been working on this project for a long time. NBC News reports:

Mikaila, who started her lemonade business in 2009, said the operation takes organization, commitment and energy.

"I work on the business after school, after I do my homework, and on weekends and during spring breaks," Mikaila said in an interview with NBCBLK. "There are not too many times when I feel stressed." [...]

"I think she is a pretty hard worker," D'Andra Ulmer, Mikaila's mother, told NBCBLK. "I'm impressed with how she gets her homework done during her travels. She has a gift for public speaking but what makes me very proud is that she is not only a smart entrepreneur but she's a good person and she's kind to people. That's more important than business."

-via Ace of Spades HQ

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10-Year Old Builds Glitter Gun Prosthetic Hand

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This is Jordan Reeves. And this is her boomstick.

Jordan attended Superhero Cyborgs, a program that invited children to design prosthetics. There she used Autodesk and 3d design software to design her own personal prosthetic hand. Jordan is not fooling around with any cosmetic limb. She's built a war machine for her hand.

She calls it Project Unicorn. Jordan's new hand shoots glitter at high speed through 5 smoothbore barrels that activate with the pull of a drawstring tightening around the balloon-filled chambers.

Fast Company explains what the Superhero Cyborgs program offers to participating kids:

Over the course of five days, she and five other kids between the ages of 10 and 15 worked with design experts and engineers from Autodesk to brainstorm ideas. "Basically, if they could design the prosthetic or body modification of their dreams in a superhero context, what would that look like?" asks Sarah O’Rourke, a senior product marketing manager with Autodesk.

For Jordan, it looks very sparkly. Her plan was to transform her arm into a cannon that spread a delightful cloud of glitter wherever she went. She started with a few sketches. Then she created a 3-D-printed cast of her arm and a plastic cuff made to fit over it, for prototyping purposes. The kids used Autodesk’s 3-D design tools like TinkerCAD and Fusion 360 to test their prototypes. "It was so fun," says KIDmob co-director Kate Ganim. "The testing and prototyping was amazing. There was glitter everywhere."

-via Nerdcore

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Baby Pees During Adorable Photo Shoot Gone Wrong

It was quite a baby shower!

Abby Rogers, the photographer, says that this happens a lot during newborn baby photo shoots. In fact, in her experience, this always happens for a long shoot. But this is the first time that she captured it on camera. Her timing was hilariously perfect. The Daily Mail reports:

'Babies like to get to me as soon as I am undressing them... typically as I am posing them,' Mrs Rogers said.

'They are so warm and they are naked for a few hours so they get comfortable but sometimes I get lucky and it's during the part when they have a diaper on.'

This little boy is the couple's third son, so they weren't surprised either.

-via Geekologie

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Kids and Easter

Did you attend an Easter egg hunt this year? If not, we’ve got all the thrills and spills for you from a typical kid’s Easter. It’s a compilation of the more typical activities surrounding the holiday.

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So nothing has changed since we were kids. Easter bunnies are terrifying, eggs are fragile, baskets spill, and then there’s the egg dye, which does not mix with new dress clothes. Also, gravity is not your friend.  -via Tastefully Offensive

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The Rules Are Suspended for Easter

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Hey, kids! A magical creature has left you treats. Start eating because that's what we do on this special day of the year.

Then, in several months, a strange man will sneak into our house at night when your parents are asleep. If you see him, be quiet and don't tell anyone.

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6 Horror Movies for Toddlers

It's not your toddler's fault that he had an accident. The potty is safe only when you're there. Otherwise, the potty monster visits. If he goes there instead of in his pants, it will snatch him and pull him in.

This isn't a real horror movie . . . yet. But it could be one. Andy Herald of How to Be a Dad has 6 great pitches to offer producers. They're terrify any toddler at bedtime, which is, of course, precisely what every parent of a toddler wants to do.

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Cat and Baby Have Long Conversation

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YouTube member Lenny says that her toddler and cat have daily conversations like this. I don't understand what they're debating, but I'm impressed with the enthusiasm they put into articulating their positions.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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Dads Holding Newborns

Grant Snider of Incidental Comics has been charming us with his comics about his daughter for a few years. Now he’s doing it all over again -with a son! He posted this comic in celebration. We’ve seen these guys before, and know they all want to hold their baby just like the very last image. A belated congratulations to the Sniders, and we look forward to more parenting insights.  

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Virtual Reality Dad

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There’s no need to invest in Oculus Rift or another virtual reality gadget when you’ve got TV and a Dad who’s willing to help out! (Though a commenter did call this “Oculus Thrift”.) Too bad this idea will be shelved when the child gains another twenty pounds or so. Still, she’ll probably remember this adventure for the rest of her life. -via reddit

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Heavy Metal Drummer Plays the Classic Children's Song "I'm a Little Teapot"

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Joey Muha is a heavy metal-style drummer in Port Dover, Ontario. He's so good that he can turn even the children's song "I'm a Little Teapot" into a headbanging thrill.

He does many covers of other songs that you might not associate with heavy metal music, including the theme songs to Gilligan's Island, Bob the Builder, and The Little Mermaid.

-via Laughing Squid

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Mom Uses Selfie Stick To Capture Images Of Life With Her Baby

Tell a new mother they do nothing but lay around and babysit and it will understandably make them mad, because they feel like they're being belittled for staying home with their baby instead of going to work.

But rather than getting angry about these snide remarks Moscow mom Skorobogatova Yuliya took up a selfie stick and started documenting her day, showing that she really doesn't have much downtime while "babysitting".

Her selfie stick shots are intimate and revealing, and also one of the coolest baby photo projects ever thanks to the unique angles attained with the selfie stick.

And for those who wonder what's so hard about being a stay-at-home mom, imagine having a little imp following you around all day, leaving you without a moment's peace even when you're in the shower.

See more from I Documented What It's Like To Be A Mom With A Selfie Stick here

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