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Much less than we realize, and much more.

What Should A 4-Year-Old Know? "She should know how to laugh, act silly, be goofy and use her imagination. She should know that it is always OK to paint the sky orange and give cats six legs. He should know his own interests and be encouraged to follow them. If he couldn't care less about learning his numbers, his parents should realize he'll learn them accidentally soon enough and let him immerse himself instead in rocket ships, drawing, dinosaurs or playing in the mud." (ht sonika on FB for this)
posted by Phire on Aug 21, 2014 - 28 comments

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Build your own Universal Multi Dial Solar Time Device.
posted by Mitheral on Jul 28, 2014 - 6 comments

[Suit not actually available]

A PSA by St John Ambulance illustrates the cost of overprotective parenting. [SLYT]
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 25, 2014 - 10 comments

A tale of two tubas

A series af amusing vignettes, filmed by the National Youth Orchestra of the USA. [YTPL]
posted by pjern on Jul 17, 2014 - 10 comments

Rarely is the question asked: is our kids competing?

"We sort our kids. We rate them. We chart them, and we measure their progress against the rest of the country and pray that they come out on the high end of the curve. And frankly, it's all horseshit. Every last bit of it. The competition industry is crushing us all." Drew Magary, at Deadspin, unloads on the idea that "these kids today" are little ninnies made soft by participation trophies and unscored soccer games. [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jul 16, 2014 - 49 comments

What we talk about when we talk about sex (with kids)

What if we admitted to children that sex is primarily about pleasure?
I realized why my son was confused. He was thinking “accidentally getting pregnant” was like accidentally burning yourself because you didn’t realize the stove was on. “Sweetie,” I explained, “most of the time that people have sex, they’re not having it to have a baby. They’re having it because it feels good. So you can get accidentally pregnant if you’re having sex for pleasure and you don’t use effective birth control.”
The consequences of talking honestly with children about sex, by Alice Dreger. [more inside]
posted by medusa on Jun 2, 2014 - 107 comments

You know, for kids!

Not everyone agrees on the best methods for raising kids. That becomes apparent when you examine the results from the 2010-2014 World Values Survey — 82,000 adults across 54 countries were surveyed to gain a better understanding of what they consider most important when raising a child, whether or not they were parents themselves. PBS NewsHour has an interactive quiz you can take to show which country has values closest to yours as well as a widget to compare the values of any two countries. You can see all the data in this google docs spreadsheet.
posted by Room 641-A on May 16, 2014 - 91 comments

The Kids Are Alright

Kids Interview Bands is a video interview series hosted by 7th graders Olivia and Connie. [more inside]
posted by Rangeboy on May 6, 2014 - 5 comments

#22: Never count to ∞ where you will die.

45 Safety Rules written and illustrated by an eight-year-old.
posted by Snarl Furillo on Mar 30, 2014 - 56 comments

Action Movie Kid!

Dreamworks animator Daniel Hashimoto turns his three-year-old into an action movie hero. (via) [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Mar 27, 2014 - 13 comments

They don't make lederhosen in my size

Princesses come in all shapes and sizes. A photo set of two best friends.
posted by yerfatma on Mar 20, 2014 - 21 comments

Locking up your treasures

The Overprotected Kid
A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk-taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
posted by Joe in Australia on Mar 20, 2014 - 176 comments

"I wasn't born in the 40s so I have no idea what you're talking about."

Adorably perplexed kids react to rotary phones. (via Mental Floss)
posted by mireille on Mar 4, 2014 - 194 comments

Stop riding that penguin, we're leaving.

Illustrations of the most ridiculous things one father has ever said to his kids.
posted by ellieBOA on Mar 1, 2014 - 27 comments

Noise for kids

My favorite new tumblr: Experimental Music On Children's TV.
posted by naju on Feb 23, 2014 - 22 comments

Man bites dog

"My dog bit my child" A thoughtful post from blogger Lola the Pitty with excellent tips on how to monitor play and help kids to successfully interact with family pets. [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Feb 18, 2014 - 106 comments

I GET MY IRON FROM BEEF LIVER! SAME AS STAN LEE!

DC vs Marvel: Kitchen Stadium Edition -- In The Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook, "Mighty Marvel Superheros show you how to perform heroics in the kitchen creating meals that are out of this world!" Meanwhile.... The DC Super Heroes Super Healthy Cookbook simply promises "good food kids can prepare themselves." Let the battle begin! [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Feb 15, 2014 - 31 comments

One Weird Old Trick to Undermine the Patriarchy

"Bilbo, it turns out, makes a terrific heroine. She’s tough, resourceful, humble, funny, and uses her wits to make off with a spectacular piece of jewelry. Perhaps most importantly, she never makes an issue of her gender—and neither does anyone else."
posted by Jacqueline on Dec 29, 2013 - 90 comments

Henry's Concepts

Henry chooses the location and the pose. Alex (his nanny) takes a photo of him and then he takes a photo of her in the same pose. Henry is two and a half. Via
posted by zarq on Dec 26, 2013 - 46 comments

And Santa was his name-o

Need an American Sign Language interpreter? Consider 5-year-old Claire Koch, a KODA ("kid of deaf adults") who recently signed — and signed the hell out of — her kindergarten holiday concert. [Extremely adorable SLYT]
posted by Charity Garfein on Dec 14, 2013 - 27 comments

The return of Sid

29 Easter Eggs and Bits of Trivia about Toy Story, which turned 18 last month. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 11, 2013 - 22 comments

“People don’t go nowhere in Brooklyn”

The number of homeless New Yorkers in shelters has risen by more than 69 percent since 2002, when Mayor Bloomberg took office. Each night as many as 60,000 people -- including more than 22,000 children, the highest number since the Great Depression, -- experience homelessness in NYC, and during the course of each year, more than 111,000 different homeless New Yorkers, including more than 40,000 children, will sleep in the city's municipal shelter system. Meet Dasani, one of the city's 'invisible children.' [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 9, 2013 - 112 comments

Supersonic bionic robot voodoo power

Little girl does karaoke to "Earth People" by Dr. Octagon (SLYT).
posted by escape from the potato planet on Dec 5, 2013 - 15 comments

"I built everything from first principles."

In 1979, a 14-year-old called Andy Popplewell started building his own six track mixer from a blueprint in an electronics hobbyist magazine. After it was finished he graduated to constructing his own synth before he turned 17 and then wrote a synth pop album in his mum’s garage and recorded it himself between 1981 and 1983; making one single cassette copy. Then due to a chance meeting with Andy Votel 30 years later in 2012, that cassette - not even a demo really as it never got sent to anyone - has now been released as an album.
posted by ignignokt on Nov 29, 2013 - 18 comments

How to make dessert in a clothes dryer

Very cute kids make a dessert of dubious delight in dryer (SLYT) WARNING: sugar and crap bread
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Nov 20, 2013 - 57 comments

You have to realize: you're a little speck. NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU THINK.

Kids react to gay marriage.
posted by Rory Marinich on Nov 4, 2013 - 51 comments

LED-ORABLE

A two-year old and her homemade LED light suit Halloween costume [SLYT]
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 23, 2013 - 39 comments

Say, Mr. Producer. I'm talking to you, sir.

Dance Factory preschool tap (SLYT)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 20, 2013 - 17 comments

Potty narrative, by three-year-old

Apple. Poutine. Cheesestring. Pickle chips. Peanut butter and raisins….
posted by mudpuppie on Oct 14, 2013 - 33 comments

Nailed it.

Highschool kids cover Tool's "Forty Six & 2" (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Sep 25, 2013 - 47 comments

6!

Six year old Terra dances to Jungle's "Platoon". (slv)
posted by dobbs on Sep 19, 2013 - 21 comments

There's More to the Picture than Meets the Eye.

A 6 minute re-enactment of Neil Young's "Into the Black" from Rust Never Sleeps. (SLYT)
posted by Smart Dalek on Sep 15, 2013 - 14 comments

Sage parenting advice on YouTube

Dad gets his adorable daughter to stop fake-crying
posted by desjardins on Aug 24, 2013 - 55 comments

Cooler Than You in Every Way

Ladies and gentleman, presenting the Watermelon Kids of China. That is all.
posted by pixlboi on Aug 15, 2013 - 29 comments

Must every kids' movie reinforce the cult of self-esteem?

"The restless protagonists of these films never have wake up to the reality that crop-dusters simply can't fly faster than sleek racing aircraft. Instead, it's the naysaying authority figures who need to be enlightened about the importance of never giving up on your dreams, no matter how irrational, improbable, or disruptive to the larger community." (Atlantic article)
posted by forza on Aug 13, 2013 - 145 comments

Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model!

Catherine Bennett is a Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model. Taking time out from her work as a palaeontologist, Bennett has released two songs to date: debut single Apathy and a follow-up, Animal Kingdom. [more inside]
posted by jack_mo on Jul 18, 2013 - 2 comments

I'm me :D

"You are you" looks at a gender nonconforming camp for boys. [more inside]
posted by yeoz on Jul 16, 2013 - 68 comments

Pen Ultimate

In an idle moment, you've probably drummed on a desk with your pen. But chances are middle schoolers could show you some skills. Masters like Shane Bang and many less well-known practitioners are pushing the old idea of pen-as-drumstick - Pen Beats, aka Pen Tap - to new heights. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jul 11, 2013 - 18 comments

Kid Snippets

Kid snippets.
posted by mudpuppie on Jul 1, 2013 - 22 comments

The Monster of Colors Doesn't Have a Mouth

"One day I dreamed that my parents, my brothers and I went to visit three islands and I jumped into the water without protection," she wrote in her diary. "I felt like I could be in the water and not drown. I was curious and I swam into the deep water and then I saw my skeleton with my name written on it." Roger Omar collects children's dreams, and asks artists to illustrate them. [more inside]
posted by taz on Jun 9, 2013 - 18 comments

And a child in every box

The Finnish welfare state gives every parent a box for their child. While so many politicians gnash their teeth and "think of the children", while cutting benefits or ignoring the massive number of kids dying from firearms, the Finns give every expectant parent a box. The box contains everything a parent needs to get started, including the box to sleep in (with a little mattress), and has been credited by public health officials with massively reducing infant mortality.
posted by petrilli on Jun 4, 2013 - 143 comments

Where the Garbage goes

I wonder where the garbage goes ? (slyt)
posted by sgt.serenity on May 29, 2013 - 7 comments

"We are not toys. We are not going down without a fight."

Third-grader Asean Johnson schools Rahm Emmanuel on the mayor's plan for Chicago's public schools. (YT) [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 25, 2013 - 37 comments

Jim Gaffigan On Kids, Comedy And Apartment Living

"The comedian and actor lives with his wife, Jeannie Noth Gaffigan, and five children — that's not a typo — in a two-bedroom apartment in lower Manhattan." An NPR interview with Jim Gaffigan on kids, comedy, and apartment living. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on May 21, 2013 - 179 comments

Kids As Role Models

Kids photographed as famous role models - White women and African-Americans.
posted by divabat on May 12, 2013 - 34 comments

"Most kids are not like those in Kids, and never will be, I hope."

Legends Never Die Two decades after a low-budget film turned Washington Square skaters into international celebrities, the kids from "Kids" struggle with lost lives, distant friendships, and the fine art of growing up. Caroline Rothstein writes about the cast of the Harmony Korine / Larry Clark film twenty years on for narrative.ly.
posted by mwhybark on May 2, 2013 - 19 comments

Without fear or favor, kids say the darnedest things

First, Art Linkletter chatted with the honest little scamps, then Bill Cosby talked with kids these days. They probably won't get a TV or radio show, but parents on Reddit shared the creepy things their kids have said or done.
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 30, 2013 - 57 comments

You said we were going to try new food! An umbrella isn't food!

A four year old reviews Mission Chinese Food (with his face)
posted by desjardins on Apr 25, 2013 - 22 comments

Let's go, Maa-at, let's go!

This is awesome, and may indeed restore at least a little faith in humanity...
posted by SLC Mom on Apr 24, 2013 - 12 comments

It will have 10-20 failures and two successes. That's my hypothesis.

7-year old Audri builds a Rube Golberg machine to trap a monster. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Apr 23, 2013 - 42 comments

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