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Corgi puppy still not entirely sure about going down these stairs

“Here is my puppy Peanut Butter trying to go down the stairs at 9 weeks old.”

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Just a pug lying in a little swimming pool, snoring, with sunglasses on

No big deal.

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Florida mom abandons 3 kids in Waffle House to go drinking at nearby bar

“Waffle Nights,” Ahmed Hashim, Flickr.


“Waffle Nights,” Ahmed Hashim, on Flickr.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that Florida mom Rhiannon Gentry abandoned three children at a 24-hour Waffle House, so that she could go booze it up at the classily-named bar Wild Wings Cafe across the street.

Two of the children were 12, one was 11. Police were summoned to the Waffle House after other diners began complaining that they could hear children crying in the parking lot. A Waffle House waitress told cops that Ms. Gentry left her kids alone for an hour and a half, with money to order food and beverages. When the kids realized they didn’t have enough money to pay for their meal and mom was nowhere to be found, they started crying. Gentry didn't return to check on them.

The Augusta, Georgia Waffle House location where this sad story went down has great reviews, and looks like a great place to sit down and enjoy a meal with your kids. Or, you know, abandon them to go drinking.

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From the Augusta Chronicle:

Gentry, 38, of Dade City, Fla., returned to Waffle House and found police with the children. Gentry told police she left the children to go to Wild Wings to pay for drinks she had had earlier. She said she had not been gone long.

Two of the chidren were Ms. Gentry's, and the other belonged to a woman she'd met earlier at a nearby hotel: "The mother told police she met Gentry and her children earlier that day at the hotel pool and had allowed her daughter to go eat with the children, but was not aware they would be unsupervised."

Georgia police arrested Gentry. She is charged with three accounts of deprivation of a minor.

A quick google reveals that this isn't her first time at the boozy rodeo. Alcohol is a hell of a drug, and hopefully she finds her way to some help.

[source: Augusta Chronicle]

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Analyzing the "Goodnight Moon" bedroom

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The Ugly Volvo deconstructs the spatial, safety, and existential problems with the baby bunny's bedroom in the iconic children's book "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown with pictures by Clement Hurd.

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Little baby girl with weak eyesight sees through prescription glasses for the first time

That smile!

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Little girl not particularly pumped to be on this amusement park ride at all, actually

“Wheeee.”

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Kid yanks tooth out of her own mouth with help from a slingbow

Alexis Davidson, 11, is losing a tooth. So to speed matters along, she ties a slingbow to the tooth, and fires the bow, and poof, the tooth is pulled out of her mouth. Slow motion footage shot by her father Jason Mcdonald shows Alexis nervously pulling the bow back and letting go as her tooth is yanked out.

Alexis shows no sign of pain when jumping up and down after the successful operation in her backyard in Aurora, Colorado.

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Toddler explains how babies are born in 4 seconds

Yep, that pretty much covers it. Adela, who is 3 years old, concisely and accurately explains in this short video how babies are born.

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Portraits of children's faces as they watch TV

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Australian photographer Donna Stevens captured children's faces as they watch television.

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Cannabis for kids

National Geographic shares the stories of children who seek relief from cancer and epilepsy through the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil with little to none of marijuana's psychoactive component THC.

Tinker Crate

Tinker Crate is a monthly subscription service, delivering cool toys to encourage engineering-style skills in kids aged 9 to 14. Instructions are included, but they also produce slick videos like the one above to further engage little minds. Project kits include parts and diagrams to make a trebuchet in one month, and a simple motor the next.

The site doesn't list more projects than that, but since they're offering subscriptions up to 12 months, we'll just have to sign up and be surprised.

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Liz Climo's new children's book

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Rory The Dinosaur is a new children's picture book by cartoonist Liz Climo. This is an outgrowth of her hobby, drawing cute panel comics, but she's not quitting her day job any time soon. That's because her day job is working on storyboards for The Simpsons. Her simple, funny and cute comics made her a familiar sight online, at Reddit and Pinterest, with a little help from George Takei.

She tells me, "I started writing the book around the same time I found out I was pregnant, and finished before [my baby] was even born (then I did most of the illustrations with her chilling in a bassinet next to me). Now that I'm a mom, I relate to the story way more than I did when I wrote it. Rory's dad is following him around, wanting to let him have his independence while still making sure he's safe and taken care of - something I'm very familiar with now! I just wrapped on my second Rory book, and that one Marlow gave me a ton of inspiration for. I am definitely hoping to do more, and I think being a mom has a lot to do with that."

"Stranger Danger" to children vastly overstated

Oft-cited stats about child abduction puts kidnappers behind every bush. But the numbers are old and frequently mangled, distorting our understanding of genuine risks to children.Read the rest

Be terrified: new Grimm's Fairy Tales book

It's no secret that the Disney-fied versions of fairy tales that we grew up with in modern times pale in comparison to the originals, told by the likes of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm.

The originals were often dark and gruesome cautionary tales that taught children about the dangers of the world. Now, for the first time, an English translation of the first edition of the original tales as told by the Brothers Grimm has been published by Princeton University Press. Even the cover of this book is scary!

Playmobil's political incorrectness

Tanya Schevitz on how Playmobil's bold stereotyping can be a teachable moment with her 5-year-old, or not.Read the rest

'The Cat Says The Lid Stays Closed,' from Jonathan Mann's 'Animals' album

[Video Link] "The Cat Says The Lid Stays Closed," an animated ditty from the Album "Animals" by Jonathan "Song A Day" Mann. Give him some dough if you like his work.