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4-Year-Old's Brutally Honest Insults to Mom Crack Us Up (VIDEO)

Post by Michele Zipp. Mornings for parents tend to be tough. On days when you are so tired you can barely open your eyes are the mornings when the kids are wired and want everything right now. And on the days you are wide awake and need to hustle out the door, the kids won't get out of bed. Show More Summary

'Cradle,' Foam Sculpture By John Chamberlain

This is extraordinary, and something of a mystery, at least to me. John Chamberlain was best known for his abstract sculptures made from contorted car parts, but in the late 60s-1970, he also made an amazing series of foam sculptures. Show More Summary

Teen Football Player's Epic Speech Is Now a Song -- And It's Catchy! (VIDEO)

Post by Jodi Meltzer. Apollos Hester is a name you probably didn't know this time last week. But the high school footballer gave an incredibly powerful interview after a come-from-behind win that made him a viral sensation... and now...Show More Summary

'Papa's Gotta Write His Song'

Having a kid can complicate even the simplest of tasks, like writing and recording a song every day since 2009. Papa's Got To Write His Song | Song A Day #2079 [youtube/therockcookiebottom] Here is a song 'Song A Day' guy Jonathan Mann made last week in collaboration with his son Jupiter. [jonathanmann.net]

How to Teach a Kid to Ties Shoes (VIDEO)

Post by Judy Dutton. It is so, so, SO hard to teach kids to tie their shoes. And between all the Velcro and slip-on styles out there today, many kids are mastering this milestone later than the usual 5 to 6 age range, says Keri Wilmot, a pediatric occupational therapist at ToyQueen.com. Show More Summary

Dad's Prank During Peekaboo Leaves His Poor Toddler in Tears (VIDEO)

Post by Suzee Skwiot. A quick haircut or a beard trim may not sound like a big deal to the average adult. All you're doing is polishing up your mug, really. Totally normal. But to your child, the way you look is intrinsic to who youShow More Summary

'Apparently' Kid Noah Ritter Has a Brand New Video and It's Going Viral Too

Post by Jodi Meltzer. We are obsessed with 5-year-old Noah Ritter, apparently. The charismatic cutie, otherwise known as the 'Apparently Kid', became a viral sensation after an off-the-cuff TV interview about a fair ride. It has generated 15 million views and counting on YouTube. Show More Summary

Whale Watching: Hervey Bay

Sponsored by Tourism & Events Queensland (S1 Post) It’s a focus for our family to experience nature, in all its wonder and beauty.  There’s a quality bonding that comes with going on adventures together, which I believe is integral when creating a strong family and shaping a childhood full of beautiful memories.  We went on one such adventure […]

10 Ways to Trick Your Kids Into Learning

Post by Suzee Skwiot. They already spend eight hours every day at school, so when your child comes home from a long day of class, the last thing they want to do is get back into learning mode. Luckily, there are some stealthy subtleShow More Summary

Dad Gives Kids Very Public Lesson in Changing Toilet Paper Roll (VIDEO)

Post by Suzee Skwiot. Is it really that hard to change a toilet paper roll? Is there some intrinsic mysterious difficulty about it that keeps kids from actually taking off the empty roll and replacing it with a new one? Maybe there is. Show More Summary

Jennifer Aniston Confesses to Drinking Friend's Breast Milk (VIDEO)?

Post by Suzee Skwiot. We're about to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Friends, so there you have the perfect reason to start re-watching all 10 seasons, reminiscing of the show, and maybe testing your Friends trivia knowledge. TestShow More Summary

Children’s Book Review, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a children’s picture book, written by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, and published by Walker Books, 1993. From the publisher:Go...Show More Summary

12-Year-Olds Need a Babysitter?

Readers — Here you go, from commenter Laura: Dear Free-Range Kids: Just me venting.  I subscribe to Entertainment Weekly, and in their fall movie previews in their current issue, they preview “St. Vincent”, a film starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy.  Melissa and her 12 yo son move into this new area after a divorce (continue reading...)

Free-Range “Annedroids”

Readers — Here’s a note about a show I had not heard of. This post comes to us from David Kleeman a “playvangelist” at the PlayCollective, a research and strategy company in New York. For 25 years, he ran the American Center for Children and Media. SEE ANNE PLAY by DAVID KLEEMAN Finally, North America has (continue reading...)

Hospital Bans Mom For Taking Photo of Her Son

Post by Jodi Meltzer. Can you imagine this? Citing the patient privacy law (HIPAA), a security guard at a  hospital allegedly threatened a mom with jail time for taking a photo of her 7-year-old son while he had his hearing checked recently. Show More Summary

Why I Refuse to Let My Kids Eat School Cafeteria Lunches

Post by Jodi Meltzer. Antibiotics, GMOs, and junk food... oh my! There are just too many questionable ingredients lurking on the typical cafeteria tray for my taste. Even though it would save me precious time, I just can't let my kids...Show More Summary

Videos of Crying Kids Are Not Cute -- Even if They Do Go Viral

Post by Lisa Fogarty. A few days ago, my daughter did something cute. I filmed her on my iPad and sent it to her grandparents. Then, I couldn't resist, I decided to post the video on Facebook. But first I hesitated because I thought:...Show More Summary

Preemie's First 80 Days Captured on Inspiring Time Lapse Video

Post by Suzee Skwiot. Walker Colt Pruett was born on April 25, and spent the next 80 days of his life in the neo-natal intensive care unit at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Like about one of every eight infants born in the United States, Walker was born premature, at just 26 weeks. Show More Summary

5-Year-Old REALLY Doesn't Want Her Baby Brother to Grow Up (VIDEO)

Post by Suzee Skwiot. Being a big sister is a rough job, y'all. Just as 5-year-old Sadie Miller of Phoenix, Arizona, can tell you, it comes with a lot of tears. But maybe not for the reason you're expecting. Turns out, the little girl was not too happy to find out that her lil' bro is getting older. Show More Summary

Top 10 Toys for Kids on Planes

Post by Judy Dutton. My 2-year-old nearly got me kicked off a plane. The reason? She refused to sit in her seat during takeoff, and that was just takeoff. How would I survive the next five hours? Suffice to say, long plane flights with kids can shave years off a parent's life. Show More Summary

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