A Star Wars Fan (And Father) Decided To Wake Up His Son In The Most Epic Way

A Star Wars Fan (And Father) Decided To Wake Up His Son In The Most Epic Way

Rob Lopez is a huge Star Wars fan. So, naturally, his son Sebastian is, as well. (And he loves Darth Vader.) One of the joys parents get to experience is having fun with their children. That’s why Rob and his wife (but mainly Rob) decided to see how their son would react if Darth Vader woke him up in the morning. Likelihood of traumatizing their son: ~15% YouTube But, I don’t know what’s better…this dad’s costume, or how his son reacted! Thankfully, their son proved that the Force is indeed with him (and Darth Vader is whipped). Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/darth-vader-wakeup/

This Children's Choir Rendition Of A Famous Country Song Will Melt Your Heart

This Children’s Choir Rendition Of A Famous Country Song Will Melt Your Heart

The adorable children of the PS22 Chorus don’t go to a school for the arts, but an ordinary public elementary school in Staten Island, New York. When you hear their angelic voices and their sweeping harmonies, you’ll easily understand that everyone is capable of creating art! Recently, the talented fifth graders that make up the group took on a song that has touched hundreds of thousands: Tim McGraw’s “Humble And Kind.” Their performance sends a message we all need to hear. These amazing kids prove that anyone can create something beautiful when they come together. The choir has even made music alongside some famous artists over the years, including Carrie Underwood! They’re so talented. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/humble-and-kind-choir/

This Little Boy Can't Wait To Be A Big Brother!

This Little Boy Can’t Wait To Be A Big Brother!

“Is it in your belly? Just now?” Is it just me or is anything said in a British accent 100 times more adorable than usual? Add in a five-year-old little boy who can’t wait to be a big brother, and the cuteness is off the charts! He’s not quite sure how the baby was made or if it’s really in his mom’s belly, but either way, he’s prepared to share his heart and even his bed with the new bundle of joy. Watch as this little boy gets the best news of his young life. Finally, he’s going to be a big brother! From the looks of things, he’s going to be great at it. Read More: This Pup’s Reaction To Hearing He’s Getting A Brother Is Just Too Perfect He’s so sweet, I can hardly take it! Make sure to share his excitement with your friends and family. It’s […]

He Explained What Snow Was To This Little Girl, And Her Reaction Is Hysterical

He Explained What Snow Was To This Little Girl, And Her Reaction Is Hysterical

Even as toddlers, we learn so much about the intricacies of this planet. Gravity sucks, food is good, and things can disappear and reappear through the magic incantation of “peek-a-boo!” But when one little girl was told by her dad that snow comes from the sky…well, it was just too absurd for her to handle! “Daddy is funny!” she said, disparaging her father as the Catholic Church once did Galileo. Even Mom seemed to find the notion daffy, and she quickly joined in on the giggling. Now that I’m thinking about it, she might have a point. You’re telling me that clouds create billions of dandruff-like flakes out of ice, and each flake is completely unique? That sounds like a dumb idea, even for Dad! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/snow-what/

17 Of The Weirdest, Inexplicable Toys Ever Sold In Japan

17 Of The Weirdest, Inexplicable Toys Ever Sold In Japan

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot(‘/37886402/VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’, [728, 90], ‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_580ec5d967959’).addService(googletag.pubads()) googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_MB”, “VN_”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_SC”, “VN_ORGN”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_TS”, “TS_D”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_AT”, “VN_ORGN_PG_D_REV_1.0_ASYNC_DEFAULT”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_CC”, “VN_ORGN_D_UNK_118181_A”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_PG”, “1”); googletag.enableServices(); googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_580ec5d967959’); }); It’s no secret that there are some very strange and creepy toys out there. But while some look like innocent mistakes that companies may have overlooked during production, others are just plain bizarre and simply cannot be explained. The following Japanese toys are perfect examples of this, because whoever created them has a seriously weird sense of what fun really is. 1. I’d really rather not, thanks. Reddit / AngeloArcana 2. What’s more fun than a roadkill cat? Reddit / shickard 3. This is supposedly a piggy bank, but that mouth sure is creepy. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot(‘/37886402/VN_PG_DCI1_BTF’, [300, 250], ‘VN_PG_DCI1_BTF_580ec5d96415b’).addService(googletag.pubads()) googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_MB”, “VN_”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_SC”, “VN_ORGN”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_TS”, “TS_D”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_AT”, “VN_ORGN_PG_D_REV_1.0_ASYNC_DEFAULT”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_CC”, “VN_ORGN_D_UNK_118181_A”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_PG”, “1”); googletag.enableServices(); googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCI1_BTF_580ec5d96415b’); }); 4. This figurine was found in a Japanese toy store. Reddit / fifty-fifty_comment Read […]

You Can Cook Some Super-Delicious Meals With Cheez-Its -- Here Are 10 Of The Best

You Can Cook Some Super-Delicious Meals With Cheez-Its — Here Are 10 Of The Best

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been completely obsessed with Cheez-Its. In my opinion, a handful of these cheesy little crackers makes for the perfect snack, and I’m positive that plenty of people out there would agree. But did you know about all the amazing dishes you could make that include the humble Cheez-It as an ingredient? googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); If you didn’t, there’s no need to worry about missing out, because I’m here to tell you about some of the tastiest meals you can make with these classic crackers. Get ready to drool! 1. Cheez-It macaroni and cheese adds a satisfying crunch to everyone’s favorite comfort food. Wishes and Dishes googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); 2. Treat your family (and yourself) with these mouthwatering jalapeño poppers. Creole Contessa 3. You’ll never cook your chicken the same way again after you try it with Cheez-Its. Winner Dinners 4. Add […]

Tearful Little Boy Refuses To Eat His Dinner For The Cutest Reason Imaginable

Tearful Little Boy Refuses To Eat His Dinner For The Cutest Reason Imaginable

I’ve heard kids come up with some unusual excuses for not wanting to eat their dinner, but this boy might just have the cutest excuse of them all! The little guy can’t hold back the tears as he explains to his mother that the food she prepared for him is just too darn cute to eat. He can’t bare the thought of eating the adorable face looking back at him from the plate, made out of chopped-up hot dogs for a mouth and globs of mustard and ketchup for eyes. What a precious little guy. If this video was edible, I’d refuse to eat it because seriously, this is just too cute to eat! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/too-cute-to-eat/

This Toddler Was Sobbing, But Watch What Happened When She Saw Her Baby Sister

This Toddler Was Sobbing, But Watch What Happened When She Saw Her Baby Sister

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); One of the best days of my life was the day my little sister was born. She’s 16 now, but I can still remember meeting her for the first time like it was yesterday. When I held her in my arms, my heart nearly exploded. There are few words that could do justice to the bond that connects us. Even when we’re arguing, we share the love of sisters, and that is a very powerful thing. And that type of love is so profound, in fact, that it can even make a toddler stop crying! Three-year-old Ellia woke up from her nap feeling grumpy one day, but as soon as she saw her baby sister, that sad face gave way to a big smile. “I love her so much!” Their mom, Esther, said it was “one of those sweet moments that makes every frustration of parenting […]

This Parenting Hack Is Super Simple (And Probably The Cutest Thing Ever)

This Parenting Hack Is Super Simple (And Probably The Cutest Thing Ever)

Every parent who lives somewhere cold can empathize with the terrible annoyance of taking a child’s boots off. The second they get in the door, the boots need to come off before your kid tracks snow and dirt into the house. Yanking them off their feet is a seriously irritating battle. Not anymore, though! Just check out the simple trick that one parent came up with to take those pesky boots off in a flash…and get a little workout in the process! Coolest dad ever? Probably. There’s nothing better than making an annoying task into something that’s fun for everyone! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/remove-boots/

Wedding Singers Are Cool And All, But Little Performers Like This Are Even Better

Wedding Singers Are Cool And All, But Little Performers Like This Are Even Better

Brides and grooms always want guests to take special memories away from their ceremonies. After agonizing over centerpieces, flowers, seating charts, dresses, food, and decor for months, happy couples everywhere hope that their weddings leave lasting impressions. One particularly important piece of the matrimonial puzzle is the music. Some people go with DJs, and others do things the old-fashioned way by hiring bands. While those choices are always entertaining, performers with a flair for getting preciously personal tend to stand out. And this little girl named Emma is a wedding singer of the most adorable variety. The bride and groom had no idea what to expect when their little friend grabbed the microphone, but when she started singing, everyone in the room practically melted. Emma’s rendition of “Love Is an Open Door” will go down in wedding history as one of the cutest acts ever. These are the wedding moments […]

Singer Tom Fletcher And His Family Share A Precious Pregnancy Time-Lapse

Singer Tom Fletcher And His Family Share A Precious Pregnancy Time-Lapse

McFly frontman and YouTube star Tom Fletcher recently shared this heartwarming video on British Mother’s Day to welcome the arrival of his son, Buddy, into the world. The adorable time-lapse video charts his wife Giovanna’s pregnancy with their second child and features a sweet song written by the proud dad called “Bump to Buddy.” It’s a video that’s sure to put a huge smile on your face! This isn’t the first time that Fletcher has put us all in a happy mood. Last year, the singer shared this beyond adorable video of him and his oldest son, Buzz, having fun playing with a dandelion while out for a nice stroll. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/bump-to-buddy/

Even If You Hate Kids, Seeing This Will Make Your Day 1,000% Better.

Even If You Hate Kids, Seeing This Will Make Your Day 1,000% Better.

Let’s face it: some people aren’t “kid people.” That’s okay. Anyone might think kids are the worst if they’re on a red-eye flight and one is screaming next to you at 3 am. But check out the times when kids are truly awesome…and it’ll totally make up for it. 1.) This kid…lol. Imgur 2.) You had me at Wolf of Wall Street. Youtube 3.) This kid is a poet. Imgur 4.) My heart can’t take it…but I don’t want her to stop. Imgur 5.) A FOUR-year-old donated her hair to cancer victims. Yup! Youtube 6.) Kids can be helpful, sometimes. Imgur 7.) This kid is going places. Imgur 8.) That is great parenting. Imgur 9.) Did your mother make you say that? Tumblr 10.) He’s a lover, not a fighter. Youtube 11.) This is what happens when you let elementary school kids vote on the name… Imgur 12.) At least […]

17 Parents Who Can Expect Lawsuits From Their Kids Later In Life

17 Parents Who Can Expect Lawsuits From Their Kids Later In Life

Even before the dawn of social media, parents have always had a propensity for laying the embarrassment on thick. They love photo albums. They love sharing those photo albums with anyone who will look. They love showing them off before their kids’ first dates and slapping photos on big posters at graduation parties. It’s so annoying that it ultimately just ends up being endearing. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); Harmless as they may be, however, one Australian dad is learning the hard way that oversharing mortifying baby footage online isn’t always a good idea. In fact, his daughter is actually filing a lawsuit against him. While that’s almost laughably uncalled for, here are a few more kids who might lawyer up against Mom and Dad when they’re old enough to feel the heavy, hilarious weight of shame. 1. And the winner for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama goes to….this kid, […]

A Handy Dad Shows Us How To Make A Simple Playhouse From Pallets -- Awesome!

A Handy Dad Shows Us How To Make A Simple Playhouse From Pallets — Awesome!

Getting your kids to go outside and play can be like pulling teeth. Unless you have a sweet swing set, a cool pool, or some awesome outdoor toys, they’re more likely to want to stay indoors where there’s no dirt and plenty of snacks. So how do you get them outdoors without physically locking them out for a few hours in the afternoon? (By the way, never do that!) Well, one dad came up with a genius idea that involved just a few wooden pallets and two days of work. Get ready to be jealous of his parenting skills… Flickr / Reuse Warehouse It’s great that he made this bare bones so that his kids can grow into it, decorate the house, and add to the space however they want. What a fun, quick project! So, what are you waiting for? Time to start hoarding pallets! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/pallet-playhouse/

Don't Throw Out Those Cardboard Boxes, Turn Them Into These Kid-Friendly Crafts

Don’t Throw Out Those Cardboard Boxes, Turn Them Into These Kid-Friendly Crafts

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTAT_ATF’); }); My mother is the ultimate hoarder. She works part-time at a retail store and I swear, at least once a week, she brings home some empty cardboard boxes. Her excuse is that we might need them to store something in the future. (Spoiler alert: We never will.) Cardboard can be used for more than just storing things, though. In fact, it can be used for just about ANYTHING! These awesome parents took the old boxes collecting dust in their attics and transformed them into awesome playthings for their children. Check out these 24 crazy-awesome cardboard creations that are kiddo-friendly! 1. This playhouse is fit for a housewife. Charcoal and Crayons googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); 2. Why would your little ones need a cellphone when they could have this retro rotary telephone? Ikat Bag 3. Be the queen of the castle! Kidsomania 4. This stylish purse can […]

89 Incredibly Wonderful Movies You Need To Watch With Your Kids

89 Incredibly Wonderful Movies You Need To Watch With Your Kids

Get some snacks and settle in for family movie night. View this image › BuzzFeed 1. Apollo 13 (1995) View this image › Imagine Entertainment Lift off. Rated: PG See where you can stream it here. 2. Now and Then (1995) View this image › New Line Cinema An A+ mother/daughter girl’s night option. Rated: PG-13 Buy it here. View this image › BuzzFeed 3. A Little Princess (1995) View this image › Baltimore Pictures Long before he directed Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón made this film based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic book. Rated: G See where you can stream it here. 4. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) View this image › Walt Disney Pictures / Walden Media Into the wardrobe you go. Rated: PG See where you can stream it here. 5. Matilda (1996) View this image › Jersey Films Read Roald Dahl’s […]

18 Kids Who Are So Happy, It's Infectious

18 Kids Who Are So Happy, It’s Infectious

As adults, we’re all too caught up in our work lives to focus on making ourselves happy. That’s probably the one thing I miss most about being a kid. Everything just appeared to be filled with pure, unadulterated joy, and even the tiniest things could put a smile on my face. Small children really understand the concept of not sweating the small stuff and finding beauty everywhere. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); Like laughter, happiness can be contagious, so here are 17 infectiously happy kids who are sure to brighten your day. 1. Because there’s no greater feeling than cheering on your favorite sports team. 2. Who knew trying new foods could be this exciting? 3. This tiny tot can’t contain her happiness about going for a ride. 4. In life, all you need is a four-legged best friend and a puddle to jump in. 5. If she keeps this up, […]

Even If You Hate Sports, You'll Love This. Trust Me, You Have To See What They Did.

Even If You Hate Sports, You’ll Love This. Trust Me, You Have To See What They Did.

In today’s sports world, what an athlete does off of the field is judged just as harshly as their on-field performance. As a result, we tend to spend most of our time condemning the bad actions instead of celebrating the good. Well, here’s an opportunity to do the latter. 1.) Andre Johnson is a star wide receiver for the Houston Texans, but his ability to make fans happy goes beyond the playing field. For seven Christmases in a row now, Johnson has gone on an incredible spending spree to provide gifts for less-fortunate kids. 2.) Derrick Coleman inspired us all when he became the first legally deaf person to play in the NFL, but for those like Riley and Erin, who are also deaf, his success is even more meaningful. After the twins wrote him a letter telling him that he’s their inspiration, Coleman responded by visiting their home and […]

16 People Who Have Absolutely No Idea How To Handle Themselves On Planes

16 People Who Have Absolutely No Idea How To Handle Themselves On Planes

Next time you’re complaining about your middle seat in coach, remember that you’re better off than these people. There are so many things that people should never do on planes, but that doesn’t stop passengers from ruining the experience of every single person around them. Whether they take their shoes off or talk incessantly, these in-flight offenders are folks we’ve all encountered. When it comes to airplane annoyance, these people take the cake. 1. Keep your feet to yourself. 2. Who’s ready for a trim? Bored Panda 3. I feel like this probably isn’t a service animal. Imgur / biggestlittlepickle 4. Again, stop the madness. 5. No matter who you are, there’s a good chance that a plane full of children is your worst nightmare. Reddit / Swoopz 6. This is totally a coatrack. Bored Panda var OX_ads = OX_ads || []; OX_ads.push({ slot_id: “537251602_56f4a3be5f41a”, auid: “537251602” }); 7. Let’s […]

The Adorably Hilarious Children's Guide To Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner

The Adorably Hilarious Children’s Guide To Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner

Remember when you’d try to help your parents in the kitchen when the holidays rolled around? Cooking looked like even more fun when we were little! We just wanted in on it! Also, we could score sneaky bites of the food while our parents were working, which was a plus. Thanksgiving was always the best. These kids, however, should probably stick to playing outside or watching TV. Their cooking skills aren’t really there yet. Source: Kids guide to thanksgiving cooking by ViralClipsDaily on Rumble Oof…the power mixer in the hair…that’s rough. Never pretty. I’m sure these kids are good at plenty of other things, but culinary skills definitely passed them by. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/kids-guide-to-thanksgiving/

59 Things Parents Wish They Were Told Before They Had Kids

59 Things Parents Wish They Were Told Before They Had Kids

Find out now so you’re not caught off guard. View this image › Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed We recently asked members of BuzzFeed Community to tell us what they wish they’d been told before they had kids. Their responses amounted to a master class in parenting, so it’s only fair that we share their tips. View this image › Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed 1. “I would’ve liked someone to tell me to be really strict with my diet and exercise routine. Once you get on the gaining weight ladder it’s hard to get off again.” – Submitted by Michelle Gazzardi (Facebook) 2. “For the rest of your life you’ll have a 50/50 chance of peeing your pants every time you sneeze. And yes, I do my Kegels.” – Submitted by Colleen Mary Snodgrass (Facebook) 3. “For the first month after you have a baby you will basically have your period. […]

This Little Girl Gets The Most Hilarious Surprise While Playing Peek-A-Boo.

This Little Girl Gets The Most Hilarious Surprise While Playing Peek-A-Boo.

Peek-a-boo is a childhood favorite when it comes to games. The rules are just the right level of simple and exciting for someone so tiny to be endlessly entertained by. That is, until someone changes the rules without warning. This little girl learned that the hard way when her dad paused their game to transform into someone else entirely. Or, y’know, just shave his beard. Her shock and horror is so adorable and hilarious. Take a look! (H/T: Daily Mail.) The dad, Bradley Bailey, received some overly critical comments on the video’s YouTube page, but he only has one regret: that it was filmed in portrait instead of landscape perspective.  Read more: http://viralnova.com/peekaboo-beard/

Is There Any Reason Why A Parent Shouldn’t Vaccinate Their Child?

Is There Any Reason Why A Parent Shouldn’t Vaccinate Their Child?

These are the facts behind the worries. It’s natural for new parents to have questions about what they put into their baby’s body, including vaccines. View this image › Getty Images/iStockphoto Stefan_S To separate fact from fiction, BuzzFeed Life spoke to two experts, and asked them about the most common concerns new parents have about vaccinating their kids. We talked to Dr. Kate O’Brien, pediatric infectious disease specialist and executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Dr. Jon Abramson, professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Both doctors are members of the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, and really know their stuff. Here’s what they had to say. 1. Should I be worried that the measles vaccine causes autism? In a word, no. The idea that vaccines were linked to autism came from […]

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Nickelodeon gets into e-books with new reading app for kids, Nick Jr. Books

Kids TV network Nickelodeon already has solid footing in the digital space with its lineup of over 40 preschool apps and games and its own streaming service, Noggin. Now, the entertainment brand is making its move into e-books. The company has just launched its first ever reading app aimed at kids, which brings interactive stories from their favorite Nick characters to the iPhone and iPad. Storybooks that take advantage of digital platforms for features like read-to-me modes and animated illustrations are nothing new, but theres been a resurged interest in the kids readingspace in recent months. Apple in November debuted its own iBooks StoryTime app for Apple TV, for example, while Amazons new chat-like reading appRapids also just arrived on Fire tablets in addition to iOS and Android. Nick Jr. Books, as Nickelodeons new kids ebooks app is called, is a bit more traditional, though. Previous Despite its similarities to […]

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Amazon FreeTime gets a Parent Dashboard, Discussion Cards & more

Amazon FreeTime, the subscription service offering kid-friendly books, videos, apps and games, is today rolling out afeature called Discussion Cards that will help parents better understand the content their child is viewing, reading or playing. The feature will be a part of a new Parent Dashboard that will also include activity reports and other insights into how the child has been using their device. With the Discussion Cards, the idea is to help parents have more productive conversations about whatever it isthe child is engaging with at the time. The cards may also suggest ways to connect that digital behavior to real life. For example, if the child was reading a National Geographic title like Cats vs. Dogs, the Discussion Card might prompt parents to ask questions like which pet do you like and why? or it maysuggest that the family could go volunteer at a shelter together. Initially, it […]

24 Heartbreaking Photos Of What Child Labor In The U.S Once Looked Like

24 Heartbreaking Photos Of What Child Labor In The U.S Once Looked Like

Did you know that children as young as 14 can apply for their working permits in the U.S.? Any child worker under the recommended age is considered illegal and goes against the U.S.’s strict child labor laws. Despite these regulations, it might surprise you to learn that over 200 million children around the world, under the age of 10, are still being put to work in 2016. Of that number, more than half of these children are slaving away in hazardous work environments such as factory jobs or other places where they are forced to operate advanced machinery. While child labor in the U.S. has become an almost silent issue, during the height of the Industrial revolution, putting your son or daughter to work was the only option for staying afloat during tough economic times. Children as young as three put in long days for very little pay. And while […]

27 Useful Dollar Store Finds Every Parent Should Know About

27 Useful Dollar Store Finds Every Parent Should Know About

If you’ve got a dollar, you can make your life easier. View this image › 1. Stop your kids from losing playing cards by storing them in travel soap box holders. View this image › shadytreediary.blogspot.jp These are also great for storing crayons, beads, stickers, and more. Learn more here. 2. DIY tube socks into super-cute baby leg warmers. View this image › yourbabydays.com Find out how here. 3. Combine a muffin tin with plastic cups to make a wonderfully mobile storage center for art supplies. View this image › babyclip.net 4. Buckets are a good choice for organizing art supplies too. View this image › therewasacrookedhouse.wordpress.com Learn more here. 5. Use a mesh laundry bag to hold sand toys at the beach. View this image › theidearoom.net The awesome thing about this is that you don’t drag home a bunch of sand at the end of the day! Learn […]

13 Detective Book Series You Obsessed Over As A Kid

13 Detective Book Series You Obsessed Over As A Kid

Sorry, Sherlock. You’ve been replaced. How well did your inner sleuth solve the cases in these books? View this image › Warner Bros. / Via youtube.com 1. Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat Yearling / amazon.com Yearling / amazon.com   Synopsis: Young Nate solves crimes with the help of his trusty dog, Sludge.Year of First Publication: 1972Number of Books in Series: 26Fun Fact: There’s a spin-off series featuring Nate’s cousin, Olivia Sharp. 2. Detective Dinosaur by James Skofield HarperCollins / amazon.com HarperCollins / amazon.com   Synopsis: Detective Dinosaur solves mini-crimes in these beginner-reader books.Year of First Publication: 1998Number of Books in Series: 3Fun Fact: In 2010, Detective Dinosaur Undercover won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award. 3. Jigsaw Jones by James Preller View this image › Scholastic Corporation / Via wordsmartz / ebay.com Sypnosis: Puzzling-loving Theodore “Jigsaw” Jones solves crimes revolving around his second-grade class.Year of First Publication: […]

Boys 'Don't Cry' And Girls 'Aren't Strong,' But Parents Can Change The Conversation

Boys ‘Don’t Cry’ And Girls ‘Aren’t Strong,’ But Parents Can Change The Conversation

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot(‘/37886402/VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’, [728, 90], ‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_580ad13ad972d’).addService(googletag.pubads()) googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_MB”, “VN_”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_SC”, “VN_ORGN”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_TS”, “TS_D”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_AT”, “VN_ORGN_PG_D_REV_1.0_ASYNC_DEFAULT”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_CC”, “VN_ORGN_D_UNK_118133_A”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_PG”, “1”); googletag.enableServices(); googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_580ad13ad972d’); }); Raising kids comes with a lot of challenges, but one roadblock that many parents don’t expect is dealing with gendered expectations. Before children are even born, people begin to make assumptions on who they will be based on their gender. Girls get pink clothes, boys get blue. Girls like princesses, boys like sports. Girls are emotional, boys are strong. There’s only one problem. These out-of-date ideals are simply not true and are in no way linked to gender. As a result, many parents are fighting back and changing the conversation. Their aim is to raise well-rounded children who become high-functioning adults. They refuse to place their kids in boxes because of what other people prescribe to them when they’re born. One of these moms is Nikkole Paulun, who recently […]

He Stuck A Projector Over His Son's Sandbox, And You'll Be Floored By What It Does

He Stuck A Projector Over His Son’s Sandbox, And You’ll Be Floored By What It Does

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); When I was a kid, my favorite thing to do on summer days was live my best life in my big, crab-shaped sandbox. Just thinking about it transports me back to a time before emails and status updates and comments sections. The image of a child playing in a sandbox carries with it visions of simpler days when the biggest problem a kid would face is whether or not they’d get a Furby for Christmas when December finally rolled around. But, as things tend to do, sandboxes have evolved over the years. One crafty dad took to Imgur to share what is probably the coolest DIY project I’ve ever seen. Using a projector, his laptop, and a homemade sandbox, he created something for his son that you have to see to believe. First, he bought 25 pounds of kinetic sand. Imgur / Thomwolf googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); […]

Being A Housewife Today Gets A Bad Rap, But Here's What Women Have To Say

Being A Housewife Today Gets A Bad Rap, But Here’s What Women Have To Say

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot(‘/37886402/VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’, [728, 90], ‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_580d7421aa344’).addService(googletag.pubads()) googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_MB”, “VN_”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_SC”, “VN_ORGN”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_TS”, “TS_D”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_AT”, “VN_ORGN_PG_D_REV_1.0_ASYNC_DEFAULT”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_CC”, “VN_ORGN_D_UNK_118145_A”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_PG”, “1”); googletag.enableServices(); googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_580d7421aa344’); }); It wasn’t that long ago that women had little choice but to become a housewife. Up until the 1950s and ’60s, there were very few professions that were open to women. Now, though, that’s not the case at all, and women dominate all types of industries. However, some still choose to be a stay-at-home housewife and mother. It’s a matter of personal preference, but it gets a bad rap all the same. Housewives are often accused of being “lazy” or “unmotivated,” but what’s it like to actually be one? Here’s what ten real-life housewives have to say. 1. “I am not making money but I am contributing to something way bigger than me and making a difference in lives. I couldn’t be happier. Plus I am available for my […]

5 Parenting Habits We're All Guilty Of Doing...And Why We Should Stop Them

5 Parenting Habits We’re All Guilty Of Doing…And Why We Should Stop Them

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What Happens When You Tell Your Kids You Ate Their Candy? Truly Hilarious Things

What Happens When You Tell Your Kids You Ate Their Candy? Truly Hilarious Things

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot(‘/37886402/VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’, [728, 90], ‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_581aa33bca100’).addService(googletag.pubads()) googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_MB”, “VN_”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_SC”, “VN_ORGN”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_TS”, “TS_D”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_AT”, “VN_ORGN_PG_D_REV_2.0_ASYNC_DEFAULT”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_CC”, “VN_ORGN_D_UNK_118369_A”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_PG”, “1”); googletag.enableServices(); googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_581aa33bca100’); }); On Halloween night, kids travel door to door collecting sugary treats, but after all that preparation and activity, I think it’s the parents who deserve a few goodies. After all, who would look at you twice on Halloween night if you shoved a handful of chocolates in your mouth? With children experiencing a sugar rush, parents need a way to keep up, too. For the past six years, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has been filming parents playing an unspeakably cruel (read: totally hilarious) trick on their little ones. Moms and dads all over the country break the news that they have eaten all their children’s candy before the tiny tots could even sneak a piece. Because this typically results in nuclear meltdowns, Kimmel decided to test the waters on […]

37 Activities Under $10 That Will Keep Your Kids Busy On A Snow Day

37 Activities Under $10 That Will Keep Your Kids Busy On A Snow Day

Make being cooped up inside unforgettable. View this image › Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed 1. Roll out butcher paper for epic drawing sessions. View this image › savvysassymoms.com 2. Play the Frozen Fortune Teller game. View this image › family.disney.com Find the game instructions and free printable here. 3. Put a bar of soap in the microwave to make soap clouds. View this image › ourbestbites.com 4. Fill a sensory bin with snow and let your kids paint it with colored water. View this image › growingajeweledrose.com Learn more here. 5. Painter’s tape and some balled-up newspaper are all you need for this “sticky spiderweb” activity. View this image › handsonaswegrow.com 6. Put shapes on the floor to play indoor hopscotch. View this image › housingaforest.com This is a fun way to work on gross motor skills and shape recognition. 7. Burlap (from a gardening center) can be used to […]

18 Things That Will Definitely Happen While Parenting A Tween

18 Things That Will Definitely Happen While Parenting A Tween

Life with a tween is awesome/terrifying. Hold me. 1. Your baby won’t look like a baby anymore. View this image › reddit Still, they will continue to need and rely on you for so much. 2. Like their younger years, you constantly worry that you’ll ruin your kid. Unlike their younger years, they now agree. View this image › Lifetime Watch how quickly they learn to throw shade. 3. You will grapple with wanting to be their friend while being mindful of the fact that what they need most is a parent. View this image › Paramount Meanwhile, they’re convinced what they really need is an iPhone. 4. You’ll second-guess your decisions time and time again. View this image › Disney Tweens are well versed in the art of manipulation. I know, I know, all their friends have Instagram. You’re the only parent who says no. You are sure it’s […]