Originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission.
Last week, two young children, Leo and Lulu Krim, were allegedly stabbed to death by their nanny in their home in Manhattan. The children’s mother discovered the bodies as Yoselyn Ortega, the nanny, began to hack at her own throat. Although the nanny survived, she is hospitalized and unable to speak.
The reports to date are that the Krim family was kind to the nanny — there were no bad feelings on either side of the relationship. A friend of the Krim family recommended Ms. Ortega, and she’d been their employee for approximately two years.
Parents are searching for an explanation that makes the incident understandable believing that if they can understand why it occurred, they can take precautions to avoid a similar catastrophe. These deaths happened at the hands of a nanny, but children may be harmed in daycare, in school, at Boy Scouts or … the list is long. Too long. Keep reading »
I think the most wonderful thing in the whole wide world is a baby in a wig. I don’t have my own kids, but if I ever do, I will make them wear wigs everyday. Because how can you be annoyed by a kid in a wig? It’s just not possible. Halloween is the time of year that parents everywhere put wigs on their children, which is a real treat for me. I especially like kids who get dressed up as pop/rock stars. Click through to see a few of my favorite minis. I’m still waiting for the trend to catch on year-round.
I grew up in the ‘80s on a tree-lined neighborhood that skirted the edge of New Haven, Connecticut. Nobody really traveled down my short street unless they lived there or were visiting, and my family was friendly with all of our neighbors. With a backyard that was mostly brambling bushes and trees, I spent the majority of my childhood playing right out in front of my house, alternating between frolicking in the garden (much to my mother’s chagrin) or biking up and down the sidewalks with friends. A good portion of that outside time was spent with friends, by myself, or with my younger brother in tow, but mostly unsupervised by adults. Sure, my mom stuck her head out every now and again, and a neighbor was never far off. But the majority of my outside play was independent and unstructured. Keep reading »
Spotted at New York Fashion Week: the inimitable Aila Wang, three-year-old niece of designer Alexander Wang and total future It girl. She’s only three, but Aila has her uncle’s trademark urban-chic on lock, not to mention a street style savvy that most aspiring fashionistas can only dream of. Nike kicks, black snakeskin, and a mini Chanel… um, Suri who? [World of Wonder]
In today’s edition of “There is no hope for humanity,” let’s discuss the three Delaware daycare workers who have been accused of organizing a toddler fight club, shall we? Dover police obtained cellphone video of a fight between two three-year-olds that was reportedly taken in March, which includes employees of the Hands of Our Future Daycare encouraging the violence with directions like, “No pinching, only punching.” Says Police Captain Tim Stump: “It was a difficult video to watch. One of the kids involved ran over to one of the adults for protection, but she turned him around back into the fight.” Police are working to determine if more fights like this occurred, but according to Stump, “The bottom line is that the kids were whaling on each other and the adults were doing nothing to stop it. In fact, they were egging it on.” Tiana Harris, 19, Lisa Parker, 47, and Estefania Myers, 21, have been charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangering and conspiracy, and man do I need a stiff drink. [Fox News]
The moment in a child’s life when he or she learns about genitalia is a precious one, second only to the moment when they realize everybody poops. I know it is weird, but I can still remember when I learned that my older brother had a penis and I didn’t. This little girl Bailey just found out that Daddy has a penis and Mommy doesn’t. She’s still a bit confused about Grandma, however. At least Bailey is learning the real words and not “wee wee” and “hoo hoo,” which drive me crazy. [HyperVocal]
Imagine freeing yourself of all social inhibition. Feeling totally comfortable talking to just about anybody. Now couple that with an unabiding empathy for others, and that’s what it’s like to have Williams Syndrome. A rare genetic disorder afflicting one in around 7,500 kids, Williams Syndrome people are prone to being extra friendly, trusting and high on life. The downside? They lack a healthy fear of strangers, and are unable to discern a friendly face from a threatening one. ABC News reporter Chris Cuomo hung out with some of the kids and adults with the syndrome at a special summer camp and was moved by their eternal optimism and kindness. Check out the video of his trip above.
I can’t handle the cuteness: the eight-year-old daughter of a Reddit user penned this adorable answer to a writing prompt about why it’s cool to be a girl. She says:
We have veginas [vaginas]. We get jobs. We are creative. We have stuff that makes us preanet [pregnant]. We have milk in our bobes [boobs]. We are smart. We have power.
So totally true. (Of course, she has no idea how much this “we have stuff that makes pregnant” thing will suck in 20 years when she’s horny and there are no condoms left in the box. But in the meantime let’s not burst her bubble about womanhood being awesome.) What a smart little kid. [HyperVocal]
I’m proud to be an American, especially today, when I heard this utterly tone deaf 10-year-old in a zesty sequin American flag vest butcher the lyrics to “Proud To Be An American.” With patriotic hand gestures. He filmed his medley for a Dallas cable access channel in a tribute after 9/11. God bless you, Tyler Busby. See you on “American Idol.” [VideoGum]
This 4-year-old girl has one of the best Ghostbusters costumes we’ve ever seen (including a handmade proton pack), but it’s her fierce expression and confident stance that really makes it work. Watch out, evil spirits and sentient marshmallow men! [Imgur]