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The Cinema-Inspired Baby Name Zudora

The baby name Zudora is one of the earliest cinema-inspired debut names I know of. more

Playing with Paper by 53

Playing with Paper by 53 by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Book Chook confession: I had Paper by 53 on my iPad for around 12 months before I looked at it again. I loved the idea of an app that encouraged creating via drawing/doodling/jotting notes, but …to be honest, I have to admit I found it a little confusing. Show More Summary

'Penguins of Madagascar' Teach Kids Meaning of Veterans Day (VIDEO)

Post by Caroline Olney. Let’s face it: kids' favorite holidays are generally the ones where they get candy. Or presents. Or both. But whether or not their school is closing this year, it’s important to take time to make sure kids understand why we honor Veterans Day. Show More Summary

Top Book Gifts for Kids, 2014

Top Book Gifts for Kids, 2014 by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Here’s a list of (mostly) recently-published books that would make fine gifts for the young readers in your life. Below you’ll find books for babies through to young...Show More Summary

'Penguins of Madagascar' Teach Kids Meaning of Veterans Day (VIDEO)

Post by Caroline Olney. Let’s face it: kid’s favorite holidays are generally the ones where they get candy. Or presents. Or both. But whether or not their school is closing this year, it’s important to take time to make sure kids understand why we honor Veterans Day. Show More Summary

Moms Upset Over Pooping Doll Just Can't See Its Charm (VIDEO)

Post by Jenny Erikson. The Internet is ticked at a toy again. Specifically -- moms. It seems as though there's an uproar over an "inappropriate" toy for children that may be teaching them all the wrong things. The Lalalooppsy BabiesShow More Summary

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...)

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