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Silent Scream

by on Feb.25, 2014, under Crime, Culture, Family, Health, Kids, Parenting

Chris Elvis, a security guard from Lagos, Nigeria lived with his wife and four year old son in the Meiran neighborhood. lagos_meiran The 30 year old was arrested after the child's mother arrived home after a trip to the market, and found her son dead. The charge-sheet reads: "That you, Chris Elvis, on February 10, 2014, about 5pm at 7, Adetola Adelaja street, Meiran Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill one Godrich Elvis, aged 4 years by using hot pressing iron to burn him all over his body and putting him inside a plastic drum and locked the drum with padlock and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2011." Elvis has blamed the four-year-old Godrich for his recent bad luck and decided to kill his son as he thought Godrich was an  "Ogbanje" or "child of evil". nigeria_padlock Elvis padlocked the boy's mouth to keep him from screaming as he was being tortured. He tried to convince authorities that he was mentally ill, but they considered his condition "normal".
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Jonas’ Brother

by on Feb.20, 2014, under Culture, Education, Family, Kids, Nature, Parenting

When we posted Two of a Kind two years ago, we wrote about Jonas and Wyatt Maines, identical twins with a big difference. maines3 Wyatt had a much more refined sense of style. And he knew he wanted to be a girl from the age of two. By fifth grade, her name was legally changed to Nicole. Her family, especially her identical twin brother, were very supportive of the changes. Recently the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, the highest court in the state, ruled in favor of the family, which accused the Orono school district of discrimination by prohibiting Nicole from using the student bathrooms. We're happy to see that the courts supported her rights to be treated according to her gender, though disappointed that it took four years. maines10 The heartwarming photos of the family show how adversity cements relationships. maines12 We hope Jonas continues his strong support for his identical twin sister. maines11
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Water Bearer

by on Feb.11, 2014, under Family, Health, Kids, Parenting

Some women think that the water birth is the most comfortable way to deliver a baby. water-birth03 It's becoming more common to involve the entire family in the process. It strengthens the family bond and teaches about some of the mysteries of childbirth. water-birth05 The birthing tub is big enough for the whole family. It's like a day at the spa. water-birth02 It's an event that nobody will forget, especially the kids. This warm moment will be with them their entire lives. water-birth01 For this family, everything's coming up roses!
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It’s A Boy’s Life In The BSA

by on Oct.05, 2013, under Culture, Education, Family, History, Kids, Parenting, Recreation

The Boy Scouts of America has agreed for the first time to allow openly gay boys as members, a decision we see as long overdue. bs-rally In a statement released by the Boy Scouts of America after the historic vote, they said: "For 103 years, the Boy Scouts of America has been a part of the fabric of this nation, with a focus on working together to deliver the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training." bshbf65 They always been an inclusive organization, as their statement continues, welcoming white Christian boys of all kinds. But they're ready to open up to an even wider group. bs-deutcsh "Based on growing input from within the Scouting family, the BSA leadership chose to conduct an additional review of the organization's long-standing membership policy and its impact on Scouting's mission. This review created an outpouring of feedback from the Scouting family and the American public, from both those who agree with the current policy and those who support a change. ..." ScoutHandbookCovers It's never been about homosexuality at all. "The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting. A change to the current membership policy for adult leaders was not under consideration; thus, the policy for adults remains in place." scountmaster_interest At least when it comes to kids. But no adults. Gay adults are creepy. The scoutmaster isn't at all creepy: He's just interested in boys. Gay kids have actually been welcome for decades, as you can see from the cover of the 1960 Boy Scout Handbook. But gay scouts have been around well before these cheery lads appeared in the Boy's Life centerfold. bshbfc3227 In 1923 the Boy Scouts adopted the "left hand clasp" as the official Boy Scout secret handshake. bs-lefthand   It's actually the same handshake members of the gay community use to identify each other without being obvious. scout-hs The scoutmasters teach the same skills to every boy, regardless of his orientation. These are things that he thinks may come in handy while you're isolated while camping. For example, you may be in a situation where you have to take your clothes off fast. Your scoutmaster can teach you how to disrobe in 20 seconds and he will probably encourage you to practice as much as possible.


Today's scouts are conscientious about the environment. They know how to clean up their camp site, set up a campfire safely, and  to leave nature undisturbed. There are even environmental awareness patches and awards.


Conservation is an especially important topic for scouts, who are at an age when conservation is crucial to the survival of their generation.


There's a whole section on it in the Boy Scout Handbook, with a lot of detail about leaving things untouched.


Today's scouts enjoy activities to encourage trust.




And bonding experiences they'll never forget.


Greater inclusion means that more boys can benefit from scouting and what it teaches, helping to turn today's children into adults well-prepared for their future.


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What Boys Like

by on Sep.28, 2013, under Animals, Culture, Education, Family, Food, Health, Kids, Nature, Parenting, Recreation

We think the Sex and Affection comic does a good job explaining milestones of child development, and it would be a great opportunity for a bonding experience with your kids when you read it to them at bedtime. But we thought we could give you the same information without the explicit drawings and uncomfortable language. blc01 As boys grow, they show interest in the things close to them. From toddler to teen, a boy is all about his cock. blc02 As they grow up there might be some friendly "competition". D2D_Day1_Dairy Or just plain showing off. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA With some it's a passion. blc05 For others it's a fashion statement. County Fairs The pride is always evident. blc07 Then there's an intermediate stage where the boys learn new tricks. choke They grow older and broaden their horizons. They usually take on an entirely new interest. bc01 It becomes the focus of their attention. bc02 Most of the time. blc08 And that's okay too. Be proud of who you are. blc09 Most of the time. blc10
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Kids Under Control

by on Aug.28, 2013, under Consumer, Family, Kids, Parenting, Toys

Since we originally wrote about a new system for restraining kids, there have been some delightful new developments in kid immobilization technology. securechild While the design worked well for the purpose, some kids found it to be a bit scary. So we're happy to see that market forces have responded with child-friendly innovations. control_toys2 Introducing Control Toys, which appeal to kids while providing relief to tired parents. control_toys1 For mealtime relief, we have the Baby Trap Chair. No more fussing or fidgeting at dinner. baby_trap_chair And what do you do between meals? Let 'em snack right in their own crib. crib_dribbler If your kid is too old for a crib, there's a Control Toy solution for toddlers too. funny_cage If you want to restrict your kid's range, but not give him an early taste of the juvenile justice system, there's a free range option. happy_heavy_ball Finally, for the ultimate in parental relief while letting your kids make a fashion statement, try this new jacket. lovely_straight_hacket It's a unisex product and is fashionable for both boys and girls. lovely_straight_unisex Next time you need to restrain the kids, make it fun with Control Toys.
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by on Aug.27, 2013, under Culture, Family, Health, Kids, Parenting

We've seen it in the movies and television enough to know what an alien looks like.


Scientists have it all figured out.


When Roona Begum was born, it was pretty clear that she was different.


Still, her mother and father were unwilling to accept that their daughter was an alien.


Doctors at a hospital near New Delhi confirmed that she suffered from a severe case of hydrocephalus, like the famous 1970's philosopher Zippy the Pinhead.

Zippy the Pinhead poster

Dr Sandeep Vaishya, Director of Neurosurgery at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, who is treating Roona, said, "I was surprised when I saw the baby for the first time. Even though I had seen her pictures, I wasn't expecting the head to be so big. Her head measures 94 cm, in similar cases the average measurement is around 50-60 cm." roona4

Roona's mother, Fatima Khatoon, says, "When she was born, I wondered why do children of poor people like us suffer this fate? Why is fate cruel to us? Why do rich people who can afford to cure their kids never get diseases like this?"


Roona's father Abdul, 19, added, "Even though our neighbors come and play with her, my parents have refused to acknowledge her existence, since she was born."


Roona was born by Caesarian section.


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Die Hard

by on Aug.27, 2013, under Crime, Family, Health, Kids, Parenting, Weapons

When Clinton Kastanis died, he was nine years old. His six year old sister Christine also died that night. The children's mother, Margaret, was found dead with four stab wounds to the chest. Sam Kastanis, Clinton's father, told police he was outside in an unattached garage the morning of Nov. 17, 1991, the day his family was killed, yet heard no sounds coming from his house. Nonetheless, he was charged with four counts of capital murder, but later exonerated at trial. It was thought that Margaret, facing divorce, killed the children and herself. Clinton's death was especially macabre, and even the coroner was shocked. At first they thought that the stab wounds were the cause of death. But when the body was cleaned, other wounds became apparent. He had been stabbed 18 times, and hit in the head with a hammer five times. Edward Leis, an assistant medical examiner, described each of the wounds to a 3rd District jury Wednesday morning. He also detailed bruises and cuts the boy received on his hands while trying to fend off his attacker.Leis said he believes these "defensive wounds" show that the child tried to grab the killer's knife. One finger on the boy's right hand was nearly amputated. Leis also said the boy's brain was bruised and said some of the stab wounds entered Clinton's lungs and the sac surrounding his heart. Each of the wounds was inflicted when the boy was alive or just shortly after his death, Leis said. A collapsed lung and other injuries would undoubtedly have left the boy in a great deal of pain. "I would anticipate that if a small child is having pain or if he's being injured by another individual that he would be screaming," Leis said. The autopsy photos have not been released and therefore they appear in the gallery below. This program is intended for mature audiences and some people may find it offensive. Others may just cry.
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by on Aug.18, 2013, under Food, Health, Kids, Parenting, Recreation, Toys

Three-year-old Shivam is from Rani Bagh area in northwest Delhi. Boys don't spend much time in the kitchen there, but he was bored and didn't have anything else to do. Like three year olds everywhere, he gravitated to the pressure cooker. shivam3 He put it over his head, and got stuck. Hearing him cry, his father Sanjay took him to a private nursing home, where doctors tried unsuccessfully to remove the pressure cooker. shivam2 Eventually  Shivam was sent to a hospital and after two hours of painstaking effort, doctors managed to remove the pot from his head. shivam1 Although it wasn't a good idea to put it on his head in the first place, we admire how well Shivam held up under pressure.
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