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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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Gender Equality Is Here! Sexism Is Dead! We Can All Go Home Now!

(18) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 7:40 AM

rip sexism

A recent survey of approximately 38,701 millennials found that women are finally equal to men.

“Ever since Tina Fey was elected to congress, there’s been a total shift,” said Katie, a 23-year-old PR account manager. “My boss just gave me a 22 percent...

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4-Year-Old Heaven King And Her Mom Perform Fierce Dance Routine To Beyoncé's '7/11' On 'Ellen'

(16) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 10:49 AM

In 2013, 2-year-old Heaven King and her mom Tianne made it to the "Ellen" show after a video of the duo dancing to Beyoncé's "End Of Time" went viral. Two years later, they were invited to perform on the show again and proved their Beyoncé game is stronger than ever.

The now 4-year-old Heaven nails a routine to "7/11," which she says her mom taught her. It's clear this kid was born to be on stage, especially with her mom by her side, but there was one important thing missing from her "Ellen" performance. "I have a brother in my family and I miss him out here today," Heaven tells Ellen, adding, "but he's not a human, he's a puppy."

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Looked who photo bombed my picture ! 😍😍😍 I love my doggy! ☺️

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Heaven and Tianne teach dance workshops in their hometown OF New York City. Mom shares videos from class, teasers for Heaven's YouTube series "The Heaven Show," and generally adorable pictures of her daughter on Instagram, often using the hashtag #itsamommydaughterthing. Check out more Heaven and Tianne below:

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This Tween Hip-Hop Dance Duo Is Downright Ridiculous

(13) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 10:28 AM

Bailey Sok, 11, and Kenneth San Jose, 12, know nothing about awkward tween years.

In the video above, the California-based dancers take on Meek Mill's "Monster," choreographed by Matt Steffanina -- the same teacher who helped boost 11-year-old Taylor Hatala to viral fame. The level of cool...

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All The Times Vulnerable 'Bachelor' Contestants Had Their Guards Up, In One Video

(6) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 11:02 PM

And the final rose goes to: Whitney!

During this fairytale season of "The Bachelor," guards** were let down as vulnerable contestants -- who were there for the right reasons -- competed to win the heart of their potential future husband, Chris. For Kaitlyn, whose guard** was a topic of...

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Beloved Dad Blogger Oren Miller Leaves Lasting Reminder To Parents Everywhere

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 12:31 PM

Oren Miller, a stay-at-home dad who chronicled his life with his family on the blog A Blogger And A Father, and founded a Facebook community for his fellow dad bloggers, died of lung cancer on Saturday, February 28, 2015. The Maryland father of two...

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17 Gorgeous Photos That Show Breastfeeding Is Nothing To Hide

(46) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 11:32 AM

Earlier this month, Virginia passed a bill that will make the state the 48th to legally protect mothers' rights to breastfeed wherever and whenever they want. Around the country, moms can nurse (almost) everywhere, but despite their right to do so, we often hear stories of

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If White Dudes Were Erased From Oscar Movies

(92) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 12:49 PM

This year marks the whitest Oscars since 1998, with all 20 acting nominations given to white folks. Equally awesome: Zero female directors, screenwriters, or cinematographers were nominated, and according to Women’s Media Center, among the 184 nominees across 19 non-acting categories, only 35 are women.


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31 Beautiful Photos That Show What Single Fatherhood Really Looks Like

(23) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 7:40 AM

In 1960, about 14 percent of single parent households were headed by dads. Today, that figure is up to 24 percent, according to a Pew report.

That increase has been attributed to both the rise of divorce rates and non-marital births since 1960, but also is...

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Meet Lexi Daniels, The 15-Year-Old One-Armed Hip Hop Dancer Who's About To Blow Your Mind

(16) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 8:17 AM

"Dance ... Who needs two arms?" reads Lexi Daniels' Instagram bio. The 15-year-old from Columbus, Ohio proves every day that in order to pursue your passion -- and to be an awesome dancer -- two arms is just not a requirement.

This past weekend, Lexi and her dance...

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That Time Mickey Rourke Shushed Anna Faris' Baby For Crying On A Plane

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 1:41 PM

Anna Faris knows firsthand the struggles of flying with a baby. In a Tuesday appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the actress recalls traveling to London to visit her husband Chris Pratt while he was shooting "Guardians of the Galaxy" with their then-infant, Jack.

Jack was making some noises,...

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Moms Launch Stereotype-Bashing Clothing Line That Challenges What It Means To Be 'Girly'

(126) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 2:30 PM

Frustrated by the lack of diversity in girls' clothing options, D.C.-area moms Rebecca Melsky and Eva St. Clair have taken matters into their own hands. The duo launched Princess Awesome, a clothing line for girls that strays away from traditionally "girly" prints.

In just three days,

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Este padre soltero no sabía hacerle la coleta a su hija, así que decidió aprender a peinar (FOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 7:23 AM

Greg Wickherst, un padre de Colorado (Estados Unidos), lleva años afeitándose la cabeza, por lo que cuando le tocó hacerle la primera coleta a su hija, Izzy, se sintió perdido. "Su pelo no se me daba nada bien", confiesa a The Huffington Post.

La madre de Izzy y él se...

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55 fotos que capturam os desafios e as alegrias de ser mãe solteira

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 3:08 PM

De acordo com um recente relatório do Pew Research Center, 34 por cento das crianças hoje em dia moram com pais solteiros, bem acima dos 9 por cento em 1960. Criar filhos sozinho, por escolha ou não, é cada vez mais comum, mas não acontece sem desafios.


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Este pai não conseguia fazer o rabo-de-cavalo da filha dele. Então ele foi aprender

(9) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 4:15 PM

O pai Greg Wickherst, do Colorado, tem raspado a cabeça durante toda sua vida adulta. Então, quando chegou a hora de fazer um rabo-de-cavalo no cabelo de sua filha Izzy, ele não tinha ideia de como fazê-lo. "Cabelo, com certeza, não é a minha praia", disse Greg ao Huffington Post.

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Este papá soltero no sabía cómo peinar a su hija, y fue a una escuela de cosmetología

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 4:57 PM

Greg Wickherst, residente de Colorado, ha estado afeitándose la cabeza durante toda su adultez, así que cuando le tocó hacerle una colita de caballo a su hija Izzy, no tuvo idea de cómo empezar. "El cabello definitivamente no era lo mío", le dijo Greg a The Huffington Post.

Greg y...

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딸을 위해 미용학과 학생들에게 머리 묶는 방법을 배운 아빠(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 3:19 AM

그렉 위커스트(Greg Wickherst)는 성인이 된 이후, 머리를 밀었다. 그렇게 살아온 이상 그에게 '헤어스타일'은 고민거리가 아니었을 것이다. 하지만 그의 딸 이지의 머리카락이 길면서 상황이 달라졌다. 아내와 이혼한 이후, 딸의 머리를 묶어주어야 했지만, 그는 아무것도 할 수 없었기 때문이다.

고민을 하던 그렉은...

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This Single Dad Couldn't Do His Daughter's Ponytail, So He Went To Cosmetology School

(58) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 10:18 AM

Colorado-based dad Greg Wickherst has been shaving his head his whole adult life, so when it came time to put his daughter Izzy's hair into a ponytail, he was clueless. "Hair has definitely not been my thing," Greg told The Huffington Post.

Greg and Izzy's mother split up over a...

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55 Personal Photos That Capture Both The Challenges And The Joy Of Single Motherhood

(16) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 4:18 PM

According to a recent Pew Research Center report, 34 percent of kids today live with an unmarried parent, up from 9 percent in 1960. Single parenting, whether by choice or not, is increasingly common, but it doesn't come without its challenges.

Single mom Tara Nash told us...

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How Dudes On Tinder React To 'Frozen' Pick-Up Lines

(5) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 10:56 AM

In the thought-provoking, barrier-breaking, highly moralistic cinematic masterpiece known as "Frozen," Princess Anna learns you shouldn't marry a man you just met. But no one said anything about shacking up with a Tinder suitor when the region has been cursed with infinite winter, AMIRITE?

On Monday, as Elsa (er,...

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16 Bedrooms From Classic Movies That Define Teenagehood

(12) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 2:04 PM

"If you were to fold time and space you’d always recognize a teenager’s room," says editor and film writer Luke Goodsell. Since 2011, Goodsell has collected thousands of images for his Tumblr, Teenage Bedrooms on Screen, which he hopes to turn into an exhibition some day.


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