Posts tagged "children"

Poll: Should There Be An Age Limit For Mixed Martial Arts Fighting?

This morning, I happened to stumble upon a CNN photo gallery of children partaking in a MMA fight … in a cage. Participants as young as age five are allowed to compete in the Thunderdome, where “they punch, kick, tackle and choke each other,” with their hands and feet. I asked myself, “How…
By: Katie Oldenburg / October 28, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: Foster Kid Davion Only, 15, Pleads With Florida Church Congregation To Adopt Him

Every day, there are roughly 400,000 children living in foster care. One of those children is Davion Only, a 15-year-old boy in Florida who has cycled through foster homes so many times that he has lost count how many there have been. Currently he live inside a group home with 12 other boys.
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 17, 2013

The Daily Squee: Little Boy With Down Syndrome Hugs Pushy Labrador Retriever

Pets are nothing if not persistent when there's affection to be had. Nowhere is that better illustrated than this squee-dorable video of a little boy with Down Syndrome being won over with love by a pushy Labrador retriever. The boy, Hernan, lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is shy about physical contact. At first Herna…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 3, 2013

Kids Who Begin Dating Earlier More Likely To Engage In Delinquent Behavior

I have been achingly cool for almost as long as I can remember, but circa fifth and sixth grade was the absolute low point of my coolness. I know it's hard to imagine, but I was really, really lame — I'm talking Hot Topic wardrobe, greasy hair, Transitions lenses … it was a…
By: Rachel Krause / October 1, 2013

Little Girls Sing About “Disrupting The Pink Aisle” In Toy Stores To The Tune Of “We Are The Champions”

Late last year, Debbie, a woman in the male-dominated field of engineering, became frustrated with what she saw as the link between the gender disparity in her field and the toys children play with. Specifically, that toys which encourage inventiveness are typically marketed towards boys and therefore lead boys to become more interested in subject…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 30, 2013

This 2-Year-Old Dancing To Beyoncé Is More Coordinated Than You’ll Ever Be

Does Beyoncé need a new backup dancer? Because this little girl and her mom, Tianne King, who live near Atlanta, are available! King is a dance teacher who has taught her moves to her adorable two-year-old daughter. This video of them dancing together to Beyoncé's "End Of Time" is nothing short of amazing. It's incredible…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 28, 2013

Something Doesn’t Smell Right With Mom Who’s Allegedly Selling Misbehaving Daughter’s One Direction Tickets On eBay

Allegedly, there is a mom in New South Wales, Australia who is punishing her daughter for lying about having a sleepover when instead she and her friend hung out with older boys. Also, the girl has a "self righteous and lippy attitude." You know, teenagers. Anyway, this mom's chosen punishment is to allegedly …
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 20, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: Bullied Girl Whose Brother Wrote Letter To Santa Surprised By Big Time Rush On “GMA”

Something shriveled up and died inside when we read a recent heartbreaking letter an eight-year-old boy wrote  to Santa. See, single mother Karen Suffern asked her children to write their letters to Santa early this year, so she could make sure "Santa" had time to save up for their gifts. But Ryan Suffer…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 20, 2013

Let’s Not Sexualize Baby Onesies, Mmmkay?

Just when you thought humanity wasn't headed down the shitter after all, novelty store It’Sugar thought it would be a fun idea to sell baby clothes with creepy sexual statements emblazoned on the front of them. Phrases like "hung like a preschooler", "I'm proof…
By: Claire Hannum / September 18, 2013

Bright Girls Have Big Confidence Problems — And Here’s Why

When I was in sixth grade, I'd advanced far enough along in my math studies to be in pre-Algebra. I went to magnet school in Fort Worth, Texas, with a bunch of other smart kids who had tested into the advanced program, but when I walked into Mr. Zoromski's math class, I felt suddenly out…
By: Julie Gerstein / September 4, 2013

The Children’s Place Knows That Girls Are Bad At Math But Good At Shopping

I know we were all just thinking that girls and young women needed another reason to avoid pursuing math and science, so The Children’s Place has graciously started selling shirts for young girls that clearly tell them math isn't for them. Especially when there's shopping to do, amiright?! Thank goodness you’re here, The Children’s Place.
By: Mary Odell / August 7, 2013

Study: Women With Higher IQs Are Less Likely To Have Children

Plenty of women decide early on that having children is not for them, while others realize later on that their lifestyle will not allow for the time, money, and commitment that raising a child demands. A new study, however, shows that the decision to not have children may have a lot to do…
By: Mary Odell / August 5, 2013

I Tried To Play Feminist Barbies With My Nieces And Kinda Failed

I think I'm a decent aunt. Not so good at remembering birthdays, admittedly, but what I lack in presents-giving, I make up for in lots of facetime. We play all kinds of games — usually "doctor," in which I pretend to have some terrible malady wrought by a zoo animal ("Help! A hippopotamus bit my…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 26, 2013

Is Barbie On The Decline?

Mattel’s Barbie doll has long embodied all that is wrong with society’s expectations of women and the female body. But there's good news, sort of: the impossibly shaped, blonde doll's popularity appears to finally be waning. Mattel has reported a 23 percent drop in sales and sales have declined for the fourth quarter in a…
By: Mary Odell / July 17, 2013

18 Ways That Drunk Adult Ladies Are Just Like 4-Year-Old Girls (In GIFS!)

This past weekend, Amelia, Jessica and I went to our awesome marketing manager Sophie's wedding in Maine. It was so much fun. And so much lobster. (Maine!) There were a bunch of ridiculously cute flower girls there, frolicking on the grass, running around, falling down, dancing, crying, accidentally showing everyone their underwear and generally having…
By: Julie Gerstein / July 17, 2013

The Soapbox: Is It Wrong For Kids To Play With Water Guns?

Last weekend, families across the country gathered for hot dogs, fireworks, American flags, and clouds of bug spray. So much bug spray. My family was no different: we had our annual party at my sister's house. But our party was better this year: we had a kiddie pool and a bucket filled with squirt guns.
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 12, 2013

Large Child Justin Bieber Wants To Have Children Soon

Today In Terrible Ideas: Justin Bieber told Us Weekly that he would like to get married and start a family young. He looks to his grandparents as a model for his future relationship as they are still together and in love. Bieber said, "They love each other so much, after so many years! When I'm…
By: Alyson Penn / July 1, 2013

Your Kid’s Hairstyle Probably Says Absolutely Nothing About You

I receive innumerable beauty and style-related PR emails each day, ranging on the spectrum from the genuinely appealing (well, of course I would like to try this new beauty product!) to the questionable and bizarre. They are usually boring and occasionally troubling (no, I do not wish to attend your "Cellulite Diaries" event, please do…
By: Rachel Krause / June 20, 2013

Children’s Network Debuting “SheZow,” A Show About A Gender-Bending Crime Fighter

The Hub, a children's network, is soon debuting an Australian cartoon called "SheZow" about a 12-year-old boy who morphs into ... a girl! Gus turns into SheZow, a superhero girl, when he says "You go girl!" and suddenly becomes clad in a purple skirt and pink gloves. And yes, conservatives are losing their mind over…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 29, 2013

The Soapbox: It’s Not Just That I Don’t Want Kids, It’s Also That I Don’t Like Them

Last week, I was in a conversation on Facebook in which I admitted to not liking kids. (My comment: “Real talk: I don't actually like babies, actually, or children.”) I thought about taking it down as soon as I posted it. An hour later, I was still thinking about taking it down. No one paid…
By: Chanel Dubofsky / May 16, 2013
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