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

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No big deal.

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

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The restaurant chain has been in the news for a number of odd crimes lately. This one is very sad.

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. Read the rest

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

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That smile!

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

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“Wheeee.”

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Colorado achieved incredible reductions in teen pregnancy through free birth control

The six-year program has run out of foundation money and the state is unlikely to pick up the tab, despite the 40% drop in teen births and 42% drop in abortions achieved through the simple expedient of giving free IUDs and implants to teens who asked for them. Read the rest

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

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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

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Adela, who is 3 years old, concisely and accurately explains how babies are born.

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. Read the rest

Cannabis for kids

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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. Read the rest

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. Read the rest

Liz Climo's new children's book

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." Read the rest

"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.

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! Read the rest

Playmobil's political incorrectness

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

'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. Read the rest

Children confused by Walkmans

Oldness now officially begins with the dawn of the iPod. Today's youngsters no longer find portable cassette players amusingly old-fashioned; they now have no clue whatsoever about any music gadget old enough to contain moving parts. Just to rub it in, they nevertheless understand the historical context and say very funny, insightful things about consumer technology! [Video Link] Read the rest

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