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Jessica Samakow is the Senior Editor for the Huffington Post. She is formerly the Associate Editor for HuffPost Parents.

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Dad And Daughter Perform Insanely Cool Dance Routine To Ariana Grande's 'Problem'

(17) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Dad London Johnson has great rhythm, cool dance moves, and a very talented 7-year-old daughter whose (living room) stage name is Lil' London. Here, the two perform her choreography to Ariana Grande's hit song, "Problem." Now, we've got one less problem because this video exists.

(Hat tip:...

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'Como una niña': ¿cuándo empezamos a considerarlo negativo? (VÍDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 6:09 PM

¿Cuándo hacer algo 'como una niña' se convirtió en un insulto? Esa es la pregunta que quiere resolver el experimento social que puedes ver en el siguiente vÍdeo que ya ha conseguido más de 35.700.000 reproducciones en apenas tres semanas:

Los autores del experimento piden a un grupo de adolescentes que corra, lance objetos o que luche "como una niña" y ellos lo representan con acciones que representan de manera débil y perezosa. Después, se pide a unos niños que hagan lo mismo y ellos corren con energía, lanzan con determinación y luchan ferozmente.

Un estudio elaborado por Research Now y patrocinado por Always, una línea de productos femeninos de Procter & Gamble, ha revelado que las chicas tienden a experimentar un desplome en su confianza en la pubertad, lo que explicaría la diferencia en cómo los diferentes grupos de edad perciben la expresión 'como una niña'.

"Cuando la frase 'como una chica' se usa para significar algo negativo, les quita empoderamiento", afirma en un comunicado de prensa la directora del vídeo, Lauren Greenfield. Por eso decidió colaborar con Always para redefinir el concepto 'como una niña', pidiendo a la gente que contara qué hacen qué hacen 'como una niña' a través de Twitter con el hashtag #LikeAGirl.

Al final del vídeo, se le da la oportunidad a las chicas mayores de reconsiderar cómo habían representado el correr 'como una niña'. Su conclusión fue que también puede significar ganar la carrera. Una de ellas lo resume así:

"Si alguien te dice que correr como una chica, dar patadas como una chica o disparar como una chica es algo que no deberías hacer, es su problema. Si aún así marcas goles, o coges la pelota a tiempo... lo estás haciendo bien. Da igual lo que digan. Sí, yo doy patadas como una niña, nado como una niña, camino como tal y me levanto por la mañana como una niña porque eso es lo que soy. Y eso no es algo de lo que deba avergonzarme".



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The Agony Of Seeing Your Parents Kiss, Illustrated In One Photo

(19) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 4:10 PM

This picture speaks for itself.

My stepbrother's family photo is adorable

(hat tip: Neatorama)

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Babywearing Ballet Class Is The Most Adorable Way To Dance

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 12:18 PM

These babies are doing pliés, tendus and coupés -- before they can even walk. Well, sort of.

Morgan Castner, a dancer and mom of two has created a class in Tustin, CA for new mothers to dance while wearing their babies.

“The babies often fall asleep...

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'Stop Censoring Motherhood' Movement Takes Aim At Facebook And Instagram

(76) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 7:30 AM

Since starting the 4th Trimester Bodies Project in June 2013, Ashlee Wells Jackson and her partner Laura Weetzie Wilson have photographed about 450 women, created a documentary and reached a three-volume book deal -- all in an effort to celebrate how the body changes after pregnancy, "stretches, stripes,...

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Hey Girl, Dad-To-Be Ryan Gosling Has A Few Things To Say

(6) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 6:02 PM

Eva Mendes is pregnant with Ryan Gosling's baby. Soooo, this had to happen...

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Emotional Ad Reminds Scared New Parents Of The Only Thing Their Babies Really Need

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 4:36 PM

The message of a new cellphone commercial out of Thailand is clear -- technology will never replace love. But the storyline DTAC uses to get there elicits a few very different reactions.

In the spot, a new dad leans over his crying baby in a crib, looking scared and confused....

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The Utterly Insane Makeup Creations By A 19-Year-Old Artist

(33) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 2:17 PM

When Stephanie Fernandez applies makeup, she isn't trying to perfect that smokey-eye look or find the right shade of lipstick. Instead, the 19-year-old turns herself or her model friends into out-of-this-world creatures.

Fernandez was recently featured on the Instagram Blog and explained how her colorful but...

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Little Boy Dancing To Lady Gaga Knows How To WORK. IT.

(35) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 10:09 AM

We have two words for this talented kiddo: Encore please.

(hat tip: Buzzfeed)

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5 Highly Scientific Facts About Babies

(4) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 5:28 PM

"Parenting -- in a lot of ways -- is just a really, really long experiment," says Melissa Sher of Mammalingo. "We know the outcome we want but have no clue how to get there." In keeping with that theme, Sher has created a few unassailable charts that poke...

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This Kid Knows Exactly How To Say Hello To Summer

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 12:49 PM

In which, 4-year-old Logan expresses how we all feel that summer is finally here. Go Logan!

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Proof That We're Not Born Thinking Doing Things 'Like A Girl' Is A Bad Thing

(10) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 4:23 PM

"When did doing something 'like a girl' become an insult?"

That's the question posed in an eye-opening social experiment which you can watch in the video above.

When older teenagers were asked to run, throw, or fight "like a girl," they flailed their limbs to appear weak and lazy. When...

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Michelle Obama Reveals The 'Worst Time' Of Her Motherhood

(28) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 11:52 AM

At the first White House Working Families Summit on Monday, President Obama spoke about how he plans to improve the experience of U.S. working parents -- tackling policies like paid family leave and affordable child care. As part of the day's events, the first lady spoke...

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Government Website Teaches Businesses To Support Breastfeeding Workers

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 4:44 PM

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are required to provide new moms with time and a private place -- besides the bathroom -- to pump or breastfeed during work hours. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health introduced a...

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The Truth About Being A Dad, According To 14 Really Funny Famous Guys

(59) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 8:24 AM

Comedians are known to tell it like it is, and their jokes on the topic of fatherhood are no exception. Leave it to these guys to hit the nail on the head when addressing life as a dad. (Oh and Happy Father's Day!)

1. On how kids' songs should really...

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Jimmy Fallon And Baby Winnie Cover 'People' In Matching Suits

(14) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 9:14 AM

On what we're declaring the Cutest Magazine Cover Of The Century, "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, and his 10-month-old daughter, Winnie, are wearing matching suits and matching ties. Winnie sports a flower in her hair -- Jimmy does not.

In the People article, the funny...

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Insanely Talented Teen Gives Her Prom Dress The van Gogh Treatment

(18) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 10:52 AM

"I want this painting to appear on a prom dress some day," Vincent van Gogh once said.

OK, probably not. But that's what happened anyway when high school senior Julia Reidhead decided to ditch the usual prom fashion and instead, paint a replica of van Gogh’s "The Starry Night," on...

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Jaime King Shares A Breastfeeding Photo, And A Message For All Moms To Get Behind

(46) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 3:39 PM

Actress Jaime King gave birth to James Knight in October. Eight months later, the new mom has an important message for people on different sides of the "feeding debate" -- those who think breastfeeding should be private, and those who insist moms who bottle-feed...

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Airline Reunites Dad With His Sick Son For An Emotional Father's Day Surprise

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 9:57 AM

The airline that facilitated a jaw-dropping Christmas miracle last year is back at it. This time, they've set up the perfect Father's Day gift.

WestJet teamed up with Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada to reunite Marc Grimard with his son Joel -- a boy who...

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Female Scientist LEGOs Will Soon Be Coming To A Store Near You

(6) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 1:45 PM

Today in exciting LEGO news: The toy brand has announced that they will release a Female Minifigure Set that will include chemists, astronomers, and paleontologists.

The project, submitted by Dr. Ellen Kooijman, was selected as a LEGO Ideas winner and will be released in August...

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