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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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Curly-Haired Cutie Has An Important Message About Equality

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 5:28 PM

"It doesn't matter what color your skin is, it matters who you are INSIDE," says 4-year-old Cleo.

Cleo's mom, a HuffPost blogger and the author of Bullied, tells HuffPost that her daughter's impassioned proclamation came after they were discussing the situation in Ferguson and talking about...

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The Dangers Of Heavy Backpacks -- And How Kids Can Wear Them Safely

(28) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 4:15 PM

Between studying, homework and extracurricular activities, going back to school may make kids feel like they have the weight of the world on their shoulders. And sometimes, they literally do. After you pile a lunch, school supplies, binders and textbooks -- which typically weigh 3.5 lbs each --...

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Most Americans Think 9-Year-Olds Shouldn't Play At Parks Alone. But, Why?

(26) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 11:55 AM

This summer, there have been multiple reports of parents being charged as criminals for leaving kids at parks, in cars or around in the neighborhood. Since most states do not have clear laws about when you are allowed to leave a child unsupervised,

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Little Girl Channels Beyoncé In 6-Second Vine And It's ***Flawless

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 12:39 PM

Five-year-old Vine sensation CeCe of "The CeCe Show" has made quite a name for herself by posting videos of her singing, dancing and just being her adorable self. Now, CeCe shows us her best Beyoncé at the VMAs impression -- wig, costume, back-up dancers, "throne" and all.

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Parents Challenge The Internet To #Sing2Lines Of Any Song In Order To Save Their Daughter's Life

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 5:11 PM

In the video above, 4-year-old Eliza O’Neill sings two lines from the song "We are Young" by Fun. Eliza loves to sing, but if her parents don't raise the $2.5 million that's needed to fund a clinical trial for Sanfilippo Syndrome, the little girl won't be able to.

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The Crushing Reality Of The Second Day Of School

(17) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 12:46 PM

The first day of school means fresh school supplies, a cool new lunchbox, a special outfit and reunions with friends -- all captured in adorable posed photos.

The second day is a little less of all of that. And Reddit user RememberWho posted side-by-side First Day of School...

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Robin Williams Leaves A Lasting Reminder Of What Kids Really Need From Their Parents

(40) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 8:38 AM

"I do voices," Robin Williams' character, Daniel Hillard, famously tells the social worker in "Mrs. Doubtfire," following up with impersonations of a German person, a martian, and more than one of the Marx brothers. He also does a great impression of a hot dog, he adds.

Those hilarious...

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Dramatic Anti-Obesity PSA Aims To Shock Parents Into Avoiding Feeding Kids Junk Food

(6) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 1:06 PM

In a year-old PSA that's just recently started going viral, an obese character named Jim is rushed to the hospital because of a heart attack.

The video, created by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, rewinds through Jim's life to show how he ended up breathless on a...

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These Are All The States Where It's Legal To Breastfeed In Public

(25) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 9:47 AM

We often hear about, report on, and share stories about moms who are given a hard time for breastfeeding in public. In some cases, these women are asked to leave restaurants, stores, even churches because they’re nursing. In others, moms are told...

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Lands' End Announces Science-Themed Tees For Girls After Mom's Letter Goes Viral

(51) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 6:02 PM

In response to a letter from a mom questioning why Lands' End sells interesting science-themed tees for boys -- but not girls -- the brand has announced new girls' science shirts.

When New Jersey mom Lisa Ryder noticed the discrepancy in the Lands' End catalog earlier this July,

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Who Says Dads Can't Take Pregnancy Photos?

(69) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 9:13 AM

As the old saying goes, "Just because a man can't get pregnant, doesn't mean he can't take pregnancy photos." Or, you know, something.

Reddit user DruishPrincess69 says his wife didn't want to take maternity photos -- so he did the honors instead. And now you have the honor...

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My Snake Phobia, My Boyfriend, And Me

(6) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 9:23 AM

"The way I felt yesterday is how you would feel if someone held a gun to your head." That was the only way I could explain the paralyzing, suffocating fear that washed over me on The Day There Was A Snake In My Office.

I've been living with a...

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

(37) 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

(77) 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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