Mom Cali Tobias has been diagnosed with breast cancer four times, and is now facing ovarian cancer. She told ABC News, “I need to make sure I have as many fun memories with my kids as I can while I’m still here.” To do that, she arranged for her son King, a Beatles superfan, to meet Ringo Starr. King, 5, is a musician himself and can play some of the Beatles’ hits on his guitar. When Cali got tickets to Ringo’s concert in San Jose, California, this month, she and King were invited backstage. Ringo greeted King with a big hug, and he even got to play the legend’s drums! So sweet. [Huffington Post]
Brayden Grozdanic, a seven-year-old little boy from Vancouver, Canada, has cerebral palsy. He struggles to walk with the help of braces and faces painful physiotherapy every day. In Canada, Brayden can undergo surgery that would allow him to walk without the braces, but a much less invasive procedure is offered in New Jersey for the hefty price of $20,000.
His buddy Quinn, who is also seven, hated watching his friend suffer and wished he could help. He told CTV Vancouver News:
“After I watched one of (Brayden’s) physiotherapy things, and I saw how hard it was for him, I asked my mommy and daddy if I could build a lemonade stand to raise money.”
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I can’t tell if this kid is going apeshit because something awesome happened during the game or if he’s just super stoked to be on TV. Regardless, something tells me his parents have their hands full with this one! [Huffington Post]
Kids say the darndest things — including the truth when you least expect it. Four year-old Abby Dean from Washington, Wisconsin, was chillin’ at home with her 17-year-old babysitter, when two men broke in the house and stole the family’s iPod, Xbox and Wii consoles. When the police arrived, the babysitter told officers that two armed Black men had broken into the house and stole the goods, and that one of the men look a lot like the Dean family’s next door neighbor. Based on this info, the police picked up neighbor Cody Oaks, who denied having anything to do with the crime. The first person to corroborate his story? Little Abby, who told police that despite what her babysitter said, Oaks wasn’t the right skin color — the robbers had been white not Black. Keep reading »
Last week, you probably heard the story of a little girl who was kicked out of a KFC because, staff allegedly told her grandmother that her facial scars were “scaring people.” Three-year-old Victoria Wilcher has scars on her face leftover from a pitbull attack (shudder) and her family has been raising funds for surgery through GoFundMe. After the KFC story made headlines and went viral on the internet, KFC offered to donate $30,000 to Wilcher’s fund, while the public responded in droves and donations poured in to the tune of $135K. Doctors were even volunteering to waive their fees. Unfortunately, it turns out that Wilcher and her grandmother were never kicked out of a KFC — in fact, the whole thing was a hoax, concocted to help raise money for Wilcher’s surgery. Keep reading »
When I was just a young, crayon-happy little blondie, my mother thought it was the cutest thing when I drew on anything— even more so when I signed my work with a backwards ‘K’ and upside-down ‘E’. The less legible it was, the more precious. Unfortunately, one Chinese businessman will no longer experience that joy when his four-year-old son puts pen to paper.
The aforementioned little boy, who was accompanying his dad on a business trip to South Korea, had a grand old time doodling all over his father’s passport when his dad was busy working. And this kid went to TOWN with his Sharpie. He turned his father into a hairy-looking demon man, drew what I can only assume to be some sort of cat and other blob people with lots of dark, rough squiggles that suggest he may be having some bad dreams lately. But that’s beside the point. Keep reading »
When your dad works for Dreamworks, a few perks come along with it — like being transformed into an action hero. Daniel Hashimoto, a Dreamworks animator, has put together a series of videos of his three-year-old son James that he’s infused with special effects. The videos are an adorably wacky idea, but I’m mostly jealous that James got to play a much more intense version of hot lava than I played as a kid. [Laughing Squid]
LeanIn.org and the Girl Scouts’ campaign to ban the word “bossy” certainly has good intentions. The word “bossy” is often used as a negative term to describe girls and women who speak and act with authority, while it’s rarely used to describe boys and men who act similarly. But is banning the word really the answer, or is changing the perception of it a better approach? But perhaps before we can really answer that question, we should be asking a younger generation of girls what the word bossy means to them. Check out this awesome video from She Knows featuring a bunch of adorable and smart little girls answering that very question. [She Knows]
For little Ye Bin, a.k.a. the Cutest Child Who Ever Lived, stranger danger is a little confusing. After all, why would you ever refuse someone offering you cookies? With her mom’s help, she eventually gets the idea, but not before stumbling through an adorable learning curve. [Huffington Post]
Two-and-a-half-year-old Delilah is really excited about the show “Cosmos.” Like, more excited than I’ve been about anything in years. This girl is my new role model. How awesome would life be if I was that enthusiastic when my alarm went off in the morning? I will admit that her behavior around the 1:20 mark is exactly how I react when I get a day to sleep in or find a good deal on J. Crew heels. Too cute. Keep up that infectious energy Delilah! [TIME]