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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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17 segnali che indicano che non sei di certo un "tipo Glaciale" (FOTO)

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 7:45 AM

Se credi che "seguire il flusso" suoni più come un pessimo slogan per una marca di assorbenti che un valido suggerimento per i tuoi piani futuri, probabilmente non sei una Tipa Glaciale.

Lo stereotipo della "Tipa Cool", sorella maggiore e alla moda della "Tipa Glaciale", è stato delineato...

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El padre que aprendió a hacer peinados a su hija ha sido toda una inspiración para muchos otros (FOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 7:56 AM

El pasado mes de febrero recogimos la historia de Greg Wickherst, que tras haberse separado de su mujer, decidió acudir a clases para aprender a peinar a su hija de tres años, quien vive con él la mayor parte del tiempo. De no saber hacerle una coleta pasó...

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17 Signs You're Definitely Not A Chill Girl

(39) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 4:54 PM

If you think "go with the flow" sounds more like a bad tampon slogan than a valid suggestion for future plans, you're probably not chill.

The trope of the Cool Girl, the Chill Girl's trendy older sister, was first outlined by Gillian Flynn in her novel-turned-movie "Gone...

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Inspiring 8-Year-Old Won't Let A Tragic Accident Stop Her From Dancing

(6) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 12:33 PM

Alissa Sizemore was playing outside with her siblings one night in May 2014 when a UPS truck ran over her right leg. According to, the 7-year-old's foot couldn't be saved.

At the time, Alissa's dance teacher told the local news outlet, "She'll dance again." Mom Heather Sizemore recalls Alissa's determination to do so. When the mom took Alissa's sisters to their dance studio last summer for dance team placements, the little girl handed her mom her crutches and started to dance. "She hopped to the middle of the room and gave it her all. She wasn't going to let anybody hold her back," Heather told PEOPLE.

Members of the dancer's hometown raised enough money for the little girl to get a prosthetic leg in September 2014 -- a big contribution came from an 11-year-old girl who sold her prize pig to donate $10,000 to the Sizemore family. After receiving the limb, Alissa started rehearsing for her dance studio's recital.

"Dancing has been my favorite thing since I was 4. I don't have part of my leg, but I can't let that stop me. I still want to dance," Alissa told PEOPLE.

In late February, the now 8-year-old took the stage to perform a beautiful and inspiring routine to Colbie Caillat's "Try," and received a standing ovation.

Watch her performance above, and head over to PEOPLE to read more about Alissa.

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Single Dad's Viral Hairstyles Spark A Ponytail-Tastic Movement

(3) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 1:01 PM

In February, HuffPost Parents featured the story of Greg Wickherst, a newly single dad who went to cosmetology school to learn how to do his daughter's hair, and the photos of his adorable hair creations went viral.

Soon after, Wickherst and 3-year-old Izzy became Internet celebrities. They were...

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26 φωτογραφίες που σπάνε τα στερεότυπα του αυτισμού

(2) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 10:29 AM

«Αυτισμός σημαίνει να βλέπεις τον κόσμο μέσα από ένα διαφορετικό πρίσμα», αναφέρει η μαμά Megan Kuecher που ο γιος της είναι στο φάσμα του αυτισμού.

«Αυτισμός σημαίνει να ακολουθείς ένα εντελώς διαφορετικό μονοπάτι στη ζωή από αυτό που νόμιζες, ενώ ταυτόχρονα μαθαίνεις ότι όμορφο δεν είναι μόνο αυτό που νόμιζες»,...

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29 Kids Who Just Could Not With Those Creepy Easter Bunnies

(3) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 2:59 PM

Plopping your kid on the Easter bunny's lap for a photo op is a time-honored tradition. The problem? Mall Easter bunnies are big, hairy strangers with impossibly large eyes -- and sometimes kids freak out.

Based on these photos submitted by the HuffPost Parents Facebook community ... can...

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26 fotos preciosas que desmontan los estereotipos sobre el autismo

(6) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 6:29 AM

"Autismo significa mirar el mundo a través de unas lentes magníficas que sólo él posee", dice Megan Kuecher, madre de un niño con autismo.

Con motivo de la celebración del Día Mundial de Concienciación sobre el Autismo, nuestros compañeros de la edición estadounidense preguntaron a la comunidad del...

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How A Mother-Daughter Team Is Trying To Change The Dating Game For People With Autism

(17) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 9:03 AM

Art by Eva Hill

Kirsten Fitzpatrick doesn't know when her husband is mad, sad, frustrated or irritated unless he specifically says so. She's unable to process the subtle hints or body language cues that indicate how he is feeling at a given moment, so...

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26 Gorgeous Photos That Shatter Autism Stereotypes

(34) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 8:56 AM

"Autism means looking at the world through a magnificent set of lenses only he can provide," says mom Megan Kuecher, whose son is on the spectrum.

In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, and World Autism Awareness Day, we asked the HuffPost Parents community what autism really...

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

(85) 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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