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HOWTO build an Endor Speeder Bike/rocking horse

HOWTO build an Endor Speeder Bike/rocking horse

AKA, how to win parenting forever.

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Mom promotes idea of breastfeeding her kid and friend's kid: #MilkSiblings

If you are breastfeeding your kid and your friend's kid is hungry, why not breastfeed them both? Jessica Anne Colletti of Pennsylvania does just that and it makes sense. Of course some people are freaked out about it for all sorts of reasons, but Colletti defends her decision on Mama Bean:

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Windows 10 automatically spies on your children and sends you a dossier of their activity


Kirk writes, "This weekend we upgraded my 14-year-old son's laptop from Windows 8 to Windows 10. Today I got a creepy-ass email from Microsoft titled 'Weekly activity report for [my kid]', including which websites he's visited, how many hours per day he's used it, and how many minutes he used each of his favorite apps."

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Parenting and the Internet: the smarter, missing third way


My new Guardian column, What is missing from the kids’ internet? discusses three different approaches to teaching kids information literacy: firewall-based abstinence education; trust/relationship-based education, and a third way, which is the proven champion of the offline world.

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Picture books where the girls kick butt


The Guardian rounds up half a dozen brilliant picture books where girl characters defy stereotypes: Princess Daisy and the Dragon by Steven Lenton; The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp; The Princess and the Pony by Kate "Hark! A Vagrant!" Beaton; The Fairytale Hairdresser, by Abie Longstaff; Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood; and the forthcoming I'm a Girl!, by Yasmeen Ismail.

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Father and daughter do awesome Beatles "Revolution" cover

Parent-child bonding, done so right.

TSA supervisor calls police on teen for videoing his father's pat-down

A 16-year-old boy was prohibited from video-recording his own pat-down at New Orleans airport -- something explicitly allowed by the TSA -- and when he recorded his father's pat-down, the TSA supervisor at his checkpoint called the police on him.

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What we talk about when we talk about "Internet addiction"

danah boyd nails it: "We blame technology, rather than work, to understand why children engage with screens in the first place."

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WATCH: "Princess Boy's" mom speaks out for LGBT kids' books

Peter from the National Coalition Against Censorship sez, "At a public hearing over whether or not to remove LGBT children's books from a public library, one mom's comments stole the show."

WATCH: Chaperone at concert makes the best of a dad situation

Taking the kids to see The Vamps? Might as well bust some old school moves and have more fun a than those bored dads at One Direction concerts.

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Why parents in Cincinnati camp out for 16 days to get a kindergarten spot


Scarce kindergarten places at magnet schools like the Fairview-Clifton German Language School are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to parents who camp out for weeks, clearing their tents every morning so the kids won't be disturbed by the tent-city on the school's lawn.

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The Girl With the Parrot on Her Head


Daisy Hirst's picture book about friendship, loneliness and self-reliance is shot through with delightful absurdity and illustrated with enormous wit.

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HOWTO make Harry Potter pancakes

Saipancakes (previously) shows how far he's come in progressing the art of carbohydrate illustration with these amazing, unbelievable, eye-popping Harry Potter pancakes -- and the video documents his build-process.

Stroller on a longboard


Quinny -- a high-end stroller-maker -- has announced a limited run of strollers mounted on longboards, capable of supporting adults up to 100kg and kids up to 15kg.

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Culturing the critters on an 8-year-old's hand


Tasha Sturm, a lab tech, sampled her 8 year old son's hand when he came in from playing outside in an agar medium, then cultured the microbes that came off in the dish.

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Kickstarting Maker History: a time-travel curriculum for kids


David Hunter (creator of the zombie currciulum units) has a new idea: teaching English, science, history and math through curriculum units that ask kids to pretend to be time-travellers.

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