Some people (me, for example) couldn't water ski if their life depended on it, but it seems like some people were just born into it. Well, that's certainly true in the case of Zyla St. Onge, who may hold the world record for the world's youngest water skier.
That's right, at only six months of age, Zyla can't yet walk, but she can water ski like no one's business. Of course, it helps when your parents are both professional water skiers who knew just how to prepare a toddler to ride the waves like her parents.
This is why we’re glad babies don’t talk. It will be bad enough when they’re four to six years old and have the words but no filter. Even if you are not subject to blackmail, there’s no point in forcing your child to eat something if they’ve decided not to. This comic from Reza Farazmand at Poorly Drawn Lines struck me as so odd that I have to share, even though most of his comics are pretty bizarre.
If you’ve ever tried to get an entire family with children organized and ready to go somewhere, you need to plan on it taking at least three times as long as it should. If you have more than two children, you’ll have to add more time per child. But here’s the secret: when they get to a certain age, you can just drive off without the one kid who refuses to cooperate. If you’re lucky, the incident will be noticed by the other children. That age (and you’ll know when it happens) could coincide with the age they don’t want to go out with their family anyway, so it works out. This is the latest from Lunarbaboon.
The McGhee sextuplets birth was big news back in 2010, but not because sextuplet survival rates are low or because they were Columbus, Ohio's first official sextuplets- they became internet famous for this adorable photo.
Six years later the McGhee's have come a long way, with the four boys Elijah, Rozonno Jr., Josiah and Isaac and two girls Olivia and Madison now in school and ready to remind the world how adorable they are by recreating their original viral photo.
Rozonno, Mia and their six little McGhees are set to star in a new reality show on UP called Growing Up McGhee, showing how the parents of an instantly large family run a business while raising six kids.
It was Princess Week at the dance school, and all the little girls came dressed up as their favorite princess -mainly Disney Princesses. But Ainsley put on a hot dog costume because she is the Hot Dog Princess from Adventure Time! Of course, that went right over most people’s heads, but they admired Ainsley for her unique fashion sense. Oh yeah, she was wearing a princess dress under the hot dog costume, and said she was a princess on the inside. Now Ainsley is a viral sensation!
This is Emma Bennett of Cyress, Texas. The 10-year old girl was born without a right leg and wears a prosthetic one. She loves her collection of American Girl dolls, but has long wanted one that looked like her.
So her mom sent a doll to A Step Ahead Prosthetics, a company that makes prosthetic limbs for dolls. KHOU (auto-play) reports that a month later, the doll came back with a new right leg. It's pink, which is Emma's favorite color.
When Emma opened the box, she began crying with joy for a gift that made her incredibly happy. At the end of the video, Emma said to the dollmakers, "Thank you for making a doll like me!"
Justin and Rachel Vollmar and their three older children are part of the Deaf community and consider their deafness as part of their cultural identity. Their fourth child, Clarisa, is DeafBlind, which presents a challenge, but one that the Vollmars are better equipped for than most families would be.
“When Clarisa was born, my wife Rachel and I immediately agreed that we will modify our family to Clarisa's needs and make sure that she is fully involved with family at all times.”
What is the best way to do that? They are figuring it out as they go along. Most DeafBlind people are born with some level of deafness and slowly lose their vision. They have early exposure to language and a visual concept of the world and social interactions. (Helen Keller also had this; she became DeafBlind as a toddler). A baby born DeafBlind doesn’t have that, and the case of DeafBlind from birth is very rare. The Vollmars have consulted with teachers, specialists, other parents of DeafBlind children, and importantly, DeafBlind pro-tactile advocates. They have made public their journey to find the best way for Clarisa, and it’s a remarkable model of how a family can bring a child into their world by being truly attentive to her view of the world.
Clarisa is almost a year old now, and her family has been communicating with her in American Sign Language delivered in a pro-tactile way since birth. After all, babies are exposed to language a long time before they can use it themselves.
I think I found the new host for Master Chef Junior.
Claire Dempster posted this adorable picture of her mini-chef on her Twitter account asking Gordon Ramsay if he happened to have been in Wales within the last ten months or so. Best of all, Ramsay himself replied stating that yes, he was actually there about 11 months ago.
In 1999, a horrified mother took this picture of her daughter just before telling her to come down. The redditor with a NSFW name posted it and explained what kind of childhood she led.
The trick we came up with was to spit on our hands and feet and rub it in so they were kind of sticky (gross, I know). I basically just shimmied up like a bear cub. I remember having to take a pretty long breather about halfway up. Childhood is a hell of a drug.
Haha she had the camera in one hand and the phone in the other, ready to call for help if I fell. She said she didn't want to yell or panic because she thought it would scare me and I would fall. So she acted supportive then asked me nicely to come down and when I did I got a stern talking to about safety.
My mom got many a call from the neighbors saying, "do you know where your daughter is?" and she would say, "probably very high up in a tree. Call me back if she falls."
Yeah, as a girl wanting to be tough like the boys in my neighborhood I wound up getting hurt pretty often. I once climbed onto the cross beam of a playground swing set and thanks to a group of kids chanting "jump jump jump," I did, landed on my butt, kneed myself in the mouth, and broke 4 of my bottom front teeth. Many a bad choice was made.
Mothers tend to get all the applause and praise when it comes to parenting, but when fathers are faced with a crisis their bravery knows no bounds.
Take valiant father Ben Patterson for example- he watched his kid while his wife went out with friends, and when his son started projectile vomiting in the car he handled the situation with stoic dignity.
What's worse is Ben's a sympathetic vomiter, so his son's puking sent him into a paternal pukefest on some lady's lawn.
The lady naturally called the cops, but Ben kept it together and kept texting the entire horrific story to his wife, who was apparently too busy not giving a f$%k to text the poor guy back!
In true daddy style, Ben has chosen to see the incident as a learning experience, and vows never to babysit again without the proper equipment.
The little boy desperately needs a fork so that he can eat his food. But his mommy won't give him one. She keeps telling him to just use the one that she has cunningly hidden in his right hand. She can't expect him to find it there!
When you’re James Hashimoto, the Action Movie Kid (previously at Neatorama), you can go with the flow, because you know that sooner or later, the stories in your adventures will come to life on video. But even if you aren’t, your parents can learn to do this from the tutorials his dad shares. You can see how this particular video was made here. -via Metafilter
Kids who use wheelchairs sometimes find that conventional costumes on sale won't work for them. That's when Walkin' & Rollin', a non-profit organization in Kansas City, comes in. The artists there specialize in the costuming and cosplaying needs of children who use wheelchairs.
It's the brainchild of Lon Davis, who started the organization after building a WALL-E costume for his son, Reese. After encountering the challenges of integrating a costume into a wheelchair, Davis began offering the service to other families for free. Last year, Davis described the design task to The Mighty:
“A lot of what Reese helps with is helping me to understand what works for a child in a wheelchair and what doesn’t,” Davis told The Mighty. “When I build a costume for his chair, he will give me hints like, ‘No, you can’t do that because then I can’t reach my brakes for my chair,’ or ‘If you attach that bar here instead, then I can get in and out of my chair easier.'”
You can see photos of costumes that Walkin' & Rollin' has produced here.
Between helicopter parenting, kids staying indoors instead of going outside to play and schools instituting stricter policies regarding recess, the young folks can't have any fun these days.
So when Julie Walsh Holcombe found out her sons got in trouble at school because they were climbing a tree and playing like normal kids she sent a strongly worded memo and a permission slip to the teacher and guard involved.
Julie's kids look too old to be getting hassled about climbing trees, but now they have official permission to have fun!
Yannick Vicente, a French artist, is raising his 4-year old daughter Anaé. Recently, he illustrated 4 moments that he shared with his precious little girl. He loves her so much and people around the internet have been charmed by how he has expressed it.
At Fashionably Geek, Geek Girl Diva writes, "I have no idea who this Batman baby belongs to." He belongs to Thomas and Martha Wayne, but that's not commonly known. Now young Bruce is getting an early start on avenging the murder of his parents. He's armored for war, just in case he has to deal with heavy interference from Metropolis.
Twitterers in their teens and twenties get all the attention these days, which is totally unfair to those hard-working guys who gave those kids their smartphones and can take them away if the kids don't behave- the dear old dads.
How many sit-ups could you do in an hour and a half? How about 10 minutes? Or just until your body gave out?
Kayleigh Bass of Kansas City, Missouri is a high-endurance sit-up producing machine. At only 10 years old, she completed 2,110 of them in 90 minutes, smashing the previous record of 2001 sit-ups. Even though she almost threw up, Kayleigh kept going until she completed this incredible goal for Project Fit America, a non-profit organization that promotes physical fitness. Fox 4 Kansas City reports:
“It’s a mind thing. If you think about it, you can do it and you’ll make it,” Kyleigh said.
Kyleigh was already on the board with 800 sit-ups but she wanted to be at the very top. So P.E teacher, Bill Lentz, helped train her to reach that goal.
“I like to think I am an active person, but I’m inspired. She’s my hero and hopefully I can work out half as hard as she does,” said Lentz.
Annelies van Overbeek has a combination of talents: makeup, wardrobing, and facial expression. When combined, she can perfectly mimic the great stars of the past, including actress Audrey Hepburn, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Vivian Leigh from Gone with the Wind. She doesn't use Photoshop or a sophisticated camera--just her smartphone.
Don has a couple of problems: his memory is poor, and his handwriting looks like a second-grader’s.
Lily is a smart kid, but her execution needs a little work. For one thing, it helps to find out what Mom’s name is and remember it. Her parents explained that Lily was promised a surprise if she stayed quiet enough for her mother to take a nap. The surprise was Reece’s sticks, so there’s no spoilers to keep from her anymore.
Chris at Lunarbaboon is employing a trick akin to the flashy thing they used in the movie Men in Black to erase memories. That’s a fantasy we all have, because what parent hasn’t realized a little too late that they’ve said exactly the wrong thing to our kids? It would be nice to get an immediate do-over.
Third-grader Andrew Calabrese of San Diego, California has Type 1 diabetes. Everywhere he goes, he carries with him a robotic pancreas to regulate his blood sugar.
Designs for these machines exist, but the Food and Drug Administraton won't approve them for manufacture. So Andrew's father, Jason Calabrese, built it himself. The Wall Street Journal reports:
Jason Calabrese, a software engineer, followed instructions that had been shared online to hack an old insulin pump so it could automatically dose the hormone in response to his son’s blood-sugar levels. Mr. Calabrese got the approval of Andrew’s doctor for his son to take the home-built device to school. […]
Initially, Mr. Calabrese worried about the safety of the do-it-yourself project. He built it over two months, and spent weeks testing. At first, he only tried it out on his son on weekends and at night. Once it performed well enough, he said it felt irresponsible not to use it on his 9-year-old son.
“Diabetes is dangerous anyway. Insulin is dangerous. I think what we are doing is actually improving that and lowering the risk,” Mr. Calabrese, 41, said.
Andrew's artificial pancreas is one of about 50 in the United States that individuals have built themselves.
Elna Wright, 17, of Elyria, Ohio uses a wheelchair and is non-verbal due to heriditary spastic paraplegia. That didn't stop her from getting elected homecoming queen and making plans for prom night.
Unfortunately, her boyfriend died last fall. She had no date, so her parents asked for one on social media.
Cameron Erving, a member of the Cleveland Browns football team, showed up with a limousine bus. Elna got professional-grade hairstyling, flowers, and a dress donated for her special night. She had a blast. Fox 8 News (auto-start video) reports:
“I just wanted to come here for her,” Erving said. “Just being able to make her smile, that's the biggest thing. Everybody deserves happiness, so anything I can do to make this night as special as possible.”
Wright flashed a bright smile much of the night. Her parents said they expect it will be one of her best memories ever.
“She’s on top of the world right now,” Elna’s dad, Ebony Wright, said. “This means everything.”
7-year old Anaya Ellick of Chesapeake, Virginia executed perfect penmanship in a national competition called the Nicholas Maxim Award. This was an incredible feat, considering that she doesn't have hands.
It doesn't surprise anyone who knows her. Anaya has been determined from infancy to not let her disability impede her goals. The Virginia Pilot reports:
But when Anaya was only a few days old, she was already making an impression. She couldn’t hold a pacifier, but she was keeping it in her mouth by cupping it there with one arm.
While still a baby, she figured out how to hold a fork to eat and how to build with blocks.
“She helped me be comfortable with it,” Middleton said.
From an early age, Anaya got the message from her family that she could do anything. But it hasn’t been that simple. She is fiercely independent, apt to reject offers for help. In her first few years, she grew frustrated when she wasn’t able to complete a task.
Kaiori was born on April 27 (with a magnificent head of hair). Her birth announcement is a video featuring her parents, Timilehin and Maria Wusu, recreating the opening scene from The Lion King, right there in the hospital.
When you go to a hospital to have a baby, you probably don’t have a clue how much it will cost. For one thing, most people don’t have a choice of hospitals. You go to the one your insurance will cover, and where your doctor has privileges. Or the only hospital in town. They charge what they want, and knowing won't change that. Johnny Harris and his wife Isabel wanted to get an idea of what the bill might be beforehand, but ran into problems -no one wanted to quote any numbers. It’s a secret!
Luckily, they had insurance, and the insurance company haggled the bill down after the birth. A person without insurance would be stuck with the entire bill, and hospitals rarely negotiate prices with individuals. The “good” news is that if they think you won’t be able to pay the bill, you’ll be sent home within 24 hours. As expected, the comments under this video are full of Europeans shocked that Americans have to pay to have a baby. -via Viral Viral Videos
Can you find a security flaw in one of Facebook's social media platforms? If so, the company will give you at $10,000 reward.
The youngest person to ever claim that prize is a 10-year old boy in Finland named Jani. He found a hole in Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. The company handed over the cash reward to Jani's parents. The Washington Post reports:
This reward puts Jani in the upper tier of hackers Facebook has paid for finding bugs. Since the company launched its bounty program in 2011, Facebook says it has paid out about $4.3 million to more than 800 researchers.
Melanie Ensign, a security representative at Facebook, told The Washington Post by phone early Wednesday that most of those payouts are much smaller amounts. The reported $1,780 average reward skews high, she said, with a cluster of very large payouts obscuring the typical sum.
“We base our bounties on the scope of the risk, rather than the novelty or sophistication,” Ensign said. The flaw that Jani found “would have impacted everybody on Instagram.”
Jani hopes to spend some of that reward money on a bike, soccer equipment, and new computers.