Lifestyle » Parenting http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle The latest Lifestyle news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:59:32 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Toddler Puts Heavy Metal Spin on His ABCs http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/08/toddler-puts-heavy-metal-spin-on-his-abcs/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/08/toddler-puts-heavy-metal-spin-on-his-abcs/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:15:47 +0000 Suzan Clarke http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=114284

Most children sing their ABCs a cappella, like they’re taught in school, or maybe with a little flair, the way they may hear it on “Sesame Street.”

Ethan Conrad is not like most children. When he sings his ABCs, he rocks out, heavy metal style.

Video posted to YouTube on Tuesday showed Ethan, then 1, singing what could be recognized to be his ABCs, but the boy had supercharged his rendition, even adding a bit of head banging.

When he started out singing his pacifier made it hard to hear the lyrics, but once he removed it, he really got going.

Ethan loves to hang out in the basement where there’s a music studio, his father, Sean Conrad, 27, said in a Wednesday interview with ABC News.

Conrad works in a bank but is a music enthusiast. He plays in a hard rock/heavy metal band called Acid Reign, and regularly holds jam sessions in the basement of his home in Canal Winchester, Ohio.

Ethan loves to be part of those sessions, his father said.

Conrad’s wife, Katelyn, happened to be recording video on her phone one day last year when Ethan decided to go for his metal solo, his father’s music playing in the background.

“And he just randomly decides to go up and start singing ABCs,” Conrad said. “We had been working a lot with him on his ABCs, you know, singing the regular ABC song, but for some reason he just felt an urge to rock out to that, just a complete spur of the moment. … We’re just completely shocked, like, ‘What is happening? Where did he get this from?’”

Conrad only decided to post the video online after friends who saw the clip encouraged him to share it, and he’s stunned by the response. The video had been viewed more than 8,000 times as of Wednesday night.

“I love it. It’s really surreal, it’s amazing,” he said. “I just keep asking myself, ‘Is this really happening?’ You know, I’m kind of dumbfounded by it. It’s amazing. It’s a great ride, so far.”

Ethan, who’ll be 3 next month, is still rocking out. His father said the boy has the family’s musical genes.

“Even just today, he was downstairs playing drums and he insisted – he loves to insist – that I go play along with him. So today, he was demanding that I play guitar,” Conrad said. “He’s playing the whole drum set. … He whales on the drums. I’m kind of impressed. That’s my boy!”

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#LikeaBoy Social Media Campaign Celebrates Boys’ Sensitive Sides http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/08/likeaboy-social-media-campaign-celebrates-boys-sensitive-sides/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/08/likeaboy-social-media-campaign-celebrates-boys-sensitive-sides/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:22:47 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=114184

ABC News’ Juju Chang, Alison Kenworthy and Jen Pereira report:

With 47 million clicks and counting, the “Like a Girl” advertisement campaign from Always is sparking a national conversation on female empowerment and self-esteem.

Now, a gender twist is taking the conversation even further.

Always Redefines What It Means to ‘Run Like a Girl’

Ilana Wiles, creator of the MommyShorts.com blog, loved the ad’s message so much she asked her readers to submit photos of their daughters doing “all the amazing things our daughters do,” she explained, along with the hashtag #LikeAGirl.   

But then something unexpected happened.

“It was my readers who started posting pictures of their sons doing so-called feminine things,” Wiles of New York City, recalled.

Soon her blog was flooded with pictures of little boys proudly displaying their feminine side, from putting on polish to playing with dolls, all with the defiant hashtag #LikeABoy.

“We would never want someone to tell our girls that they can’t do the same thing boys can do,” said Ericka Souter, editor at TheStir.com. “But when it comes to boys, we limit them to what we think are the right things for little boys to do and the right ways for little boys to act and we have to ask, ‘Is that really fair?’”

Heather Castic, a mom from North Carolina, posted a picture of her 2-year-old twin boys “playing princess” with their 4-year-old sister.

“That’s what my boys do,” Castic explained. “They emulate their sister and it was actually very refreshing to see other people out there with boys doing things just like my boys do because sometimes you question if it’s normal.”

She says her boys, who love dinosaurs as much as tea parties, are helping to redefine what it means to be “like a boy.”

“I really think the hashtag should have been #LikeAKid because it’s what kids do,” Castic said. “They’re just using their imagination. They’re at an age of innocence. They’re just having fun.

Added Wiles: “Housework and childcare isn’t girly. It is what makes a good man and a strong family. Every little boy should be handed a doll and a toy vacuum.”

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How to Spice Up Your School Space With Chic Locker Decor http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/08/how-to-spice-up-your-school-space-with-chic-locker-decor/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/08/how-to-spice-up-your-school-space-with-chic-locker-decor/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:54:39 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=114124

It’s almost time to head back to school, and your kids definitely want to hit the hallways in style with the hottest back-to-school trend popping up on everyone’s Pinterest boards — locker décor.

They’re not just a place to stash your books anymore, but rather, an opportunity to make a fashion statement that really personalizes your school space.

From going glam with a decorative chandelier inside your locker to going bright and bold with a disco ball, Seventeen magazine’s senior fashion editor Jasmine Snow explains how to achieve each exciting look while staying organized.

“The most important thing to do when figuring out your locker is to maximize your space, figuring out how you’re going to be organized to get in and out in between classes, get what you need and  move on,” Snow said on “Good Morning America” today.

GLAM LOOK:

“This is amazing,” she explained. “I love that it has the chandelier here. Super easy, you just stick it on, it’s magnetic, it has batteries and has a little light.”

Another easy and sassy look is to add temporary wallpaper inside the normally drab space.

“This wallpaper is my favorite,” Snow said. “It’s the easiest way to customize you locker. It’s just a big sticker. You just stick it on and it instantly brightens things up.”

BOLD LOOK:

“This is the girl with a lot of personality,” she said. “She’s the one that has some friends around her locker, clearly she’s having a little party every day with this awesome disco ball. Just stick it up at the top, it has batteries and a little party.”

And what better way to keep organized than with magnetic stickers that provide additional storage?

“They’re multipurpose because you can put little pictures in them, little notes, you can hang your keys, a necklace, whatever need, and then if you need to grab a pencil, a pen, no one wants to be that person that’s constantly borrowing things,” Snow added. “It’s great. You have everything at your fingertips to go in, quickly grab it and get on to your next class.”

Lockers can be “an extension of your personal space,” she said. “There’s so many boring desks and books, but this is a breath of fresh air and you can go in and personalize it.”

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Meet the Husband Behind Hilarious Staged Maternity Photos Gone Viral http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/08/meet-the-husband-behind-hilarious-staged-maternity-photos-gone-viral/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/08/meet-the-husband-behind-hilarious-staged-maternity-photos-gone-viral/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:27:11 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=114115

There’s nothing like capturing the beauty of pregnancy – most of the time.

Meet Justin Sylvester, proud papa-to-be from Austin, Texas, who decided to take these maternity-inspired photos after his wife Meghan decided she didn’t want to.

“My Facebook has become nothing but maternity photos,” Justin Sylvester told ABC News.

“It wasn’t like I objected to maternity photos, I just didn’t want to do it,” his wife said.

“I started thinking about it and I said, ‘You know what, whatever, I’m going to hire a photographer and I’m going to do it myself,’” he said.

The hilarious photos are going wildly viral with more than 3.5 million clicks and counting, but they started as a much more covert maternity mission.

“I told her I was going to go run some errands,” he said.

“He never runs errands so I was a little skeptical,” she added.

The one person clued in to his elaborate plans was the photographer, Kerri Lohmeier.

“His whole look was confidence and joy and happiness, as if he was showing off his belly,” said Lohmeier.

At the end of the photo shoot, Justin Sylvester said, he had a brief glimpse of what it feels like to be pregnant.

“My stomach hurt from sticking my gut out for 30 minutes straight and my lower back hurt from the weight shift,” he said.

But he’s not getting any sympathy from his wife.

“Poor, poor boo,” she quipped.

When he finally revealed the end result of the photos to his wife, “she was in tears laughing so hard,” he said.

“But also, I was a little creeped out. Let’s put that on the record,” she replied. “Everyone’s reaction, including my mom and dad, is, ‘Wouldn’t expect anything else from Justin.”’

However, the happy couple’s 5-year-old daughter had a different reaction.

“She thinks I’m pregnant,” he said. “It’s hilarious.”

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Daughter, Terminally Ill Dad, Hold Magical Early Walk Down the Aisle http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/07/daughter-terminally-ill-dad-hold-magical-early-walk-down-the-aisle/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/07/daughter-terminally-ill-dad-hold-magical-early-walk-down-the-aisle/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:14:41 +0000 Eliza Murphy http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=114075 HT Daddy Walk Down Aisle EM 16x9 608 Daughter, Terminally Ill Dad, Hold Magical Early Walk Down the Aisle

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It was a day she’ll never forget, her daddy dressed in a sharp black suit accented with bright pink bowtie, her favorite color, hooked arm in arm as they slowly and steadily make their way down the homemade aisle placed perfectly in the backyard of the Kingsport, Tennessee, home she’s lived in since the day she was born.

“We had an arch and a preacher who came and spoke some of his really sweet words,” Whitney Moore, 20, said of the touching ceremony she and her father held with their family on June 14.

The occasion was so sentimental to Whitney’s father, David Moore, not because he was giving his away his daughter’s hand in marriage, but because he wasn’t. Rather, it was simply so this loving dad could walk his beautiful baby girl down the aisle, to share, relish in and celebrate this momentous occasion with her, before he leaves this world.

Moore, 68, has terminal liver cancer. Diagnosed last October, he’s only expected to have a handful of months left, exactly the reason Whitney wants to cherish every moment.

“I hope that that people look at this and are inspired,” she told ABC News. “If they’re as close with their daddies as I am, this is something they should do. I’m a true Christian believer and I have so much faith and I believe everything happens for a reason. For this to happen, yes it’s devastating news and I’ve questioned it and I’ve also gotten mad, but it’s truly opened my eyes to a lot of things.”

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Whitney has always spent quality time with her father, but since his terminal cancer diagnosis, she says it has really reinforced what matters most.

“I have no regrets with my daddy,” she explained. “I have said what I wanted to say. I told him what he needed to know. And there’s no shame. I believe that everything happens for a reason and God doesn’t give you anything that you can’t handle.”

As the two stood underneath a poolside white arch, they both read personal, handwritten words they had thoughtfully prepared for each other.

“I had written out on a piece of paper what I wanted to say, and he did the same,” she recalled. “When he got his little letter out he had written to me, it was just so sweet. And in mine, I told him that no matter who I marry, he will always be my number one man. He was the first man that I loved. And honestly when my wedding day comes, it’s going to be hard, but there’s also no regrets and I know he’ll be smiling because he’s there.”

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To top off the perfect occasion, Whitney and her daddy shared a perfect father-daughter dance to the song, “Daddy Dance With Me.”

But then, a surprise.

“I had no idea. I bawled my eyes out,” Whitney said of the unexpected gift her dad had arranged. “He had given me a box– a little silver plated, heart-shaped box. And it had engraved on it, ‘Daddy Loves You Sugar.’ When I was younger, and still to this day, whenever we’re on the phone, he’s like, ‘Hey, sugar.’ That’s word always stuck with him.”

Inside the box was a sparkling, silver-banded ring, one to always remind her of who loved her first.

Whitney is not engaged, therefore has no plans for wedding bells ringing in the near future, but one thing is for certain.

“I would always hope my dad lives to see that day come, but if not, the special day on June 14 was like I was getting married,” she explained. “It was like my wedding day, so I know on my actual wedding day, it will feel the same. He’ll be there with me.”

And as for Moore, he has one last goal he’d still like to fulfill, only this time—with his 13-year-old son.

“He really wants to go to the beach,” said Whitney. “But he especially, really wants to take my brother to the beach,” said Whitney. “They love fishing, and he wants to catch a shark.”

Good thing the family has a vacation planned in Hilton Head, South Carolina, the week of August 10.

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Like Father, Like Son: Adorable Moment Caught on Camera 20 Years Apart http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/07/like-father-like-son-adorable-moment-caught-on-camera-20-years-apart/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/07/like-father-like-son-adorable-moment-caught-on-camera-20-years-apart/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:40:54 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=114040  

It appears apples really don’t fall far from the tree.

New mom Heather Carnrike posted the picture of their baby daughter, Ivy, cuddling with her husband, Nick, to Reddit yesterday.

Since we’ve become parents, I’ve taken a ridiculous amount of pictures and several of them sleeping together because it’s so precious,” Carnrike, 25, of Duncanville, Texas, wrote to ABC News. “We’ve been together since I was 14 and he was 15 so it’s been amazing to see what a great man and great father he’s become.”

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However, when Carnrike showed the heartwarming shot to her mother-in-law, her shocked reaction was not what Carnrike had expected.

It turns out her mother-in-law had taken virtually the exact same image more than 20 years ago of Nick as a baby cuddling with his father, Raul.

“The picture of Nick and his dad was taken 26 years ago,” she explained. “Nick’s mom actually sent Nick the picture first and he shared it with me. I was shocked!”

Carnrike assures that the recreated scene was totally unintentional and not staged in any way.

“This photo was not staged,” she said. “They were napping as they usually do and I snapped a picture. The only thing that was changed in any way was that I cropped the picture so that it would be the same size as the other.”

Even Carnrike can’t believe the resemblance between the two photos, adding for her little girl’s sake, “Let’s just hope that Ivy can keep her beard under control!”

Tune in for more viral moments every weekday on ” GMA LIVE! ” at 9 a.m. ET.

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Family Portrait Gone Awry Is Actually Perfect(ly Muddy!) http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/07/family-portrait-gone-awry-is-actually-perfectly-muddy/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/07/family-portrait-gone-awry-is-actually-perfectly-muddy/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:56:57 +0000 Eliza Murphy http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=113996 HT Muddy Family Portrait EM 16x9 608 Family Portrait Gone Awry Is Actually Perfect(ly Muddy!)

Evantide Photography

 Marriage can get messy, but five-year vow renewals can get especially messy.

That didn’t seem to bother Rachel Adams and her husband, Alex Howard, however.

We never got good wedding photos or family photos so this was our way to make up for it in one shoot,” Adams, of Bellingham, Washington, told ABC News.

2-Year-Old Twins’ Reactions to Parents Kissing is Priceless

Family Photo Session Not Your Average Day at the Beach

Fortunately, the fun-loving couple did manage to get a few decent, clean shots before breaking into all out mud fight with their kids at Bellingham Bay.

“They were running around and throwing mud and just having a great time,” said the photographer, Aaron Nelson, of Evantide Photography.

“We finally got a family photo that represents us,” Adams wrote when posting the photo to social media.

No reports of how the family plans to top this mess for their holiday photos.

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2-Year-Old Twins’ Reaction to Parents Kissing Is Priceless http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/07/2-year-old-twins-reaction-to-parents-kissing-is-priceless/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/07/2-year-old-twins-reaction-to-parents-kissing-is-priceless/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:26:04 +0000 Eliza Murphy http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=113987 HT Kids React Parents Kissing EM 16x9 608 2 Year Old Twins Reaction to Parents Kissing Is Priceless

(Photo Credit: David Williams Photography)

It’s not uncommon for little kids to shudder at the sight of their parents showing affection toward each other, but it has never been more perfectly caught on camera.

These adorable twin girls, Evelyn and Elinor, 2, certainly made their feelings known during a surprise Father’s Day photo shoot for their dad, Sergio Carbajal.

“David [the photographer] asked us to kiss, and then told the girls to cover their eyes,” Mandy Carbajal, of Amarillo, Texas, told ABC News. “But it actually worked out perfectly because Elinor was not cooperating for smiles because she was nervous about train sounds she was hearing in the distance. And Evelyn was being a total ham so she was happy to oblige.”

Family Photo Session Not Your Average Day at the Beach

Although the precious family portrait wasn’t exactly a candid, it still made for a great photo opportunity that would be tough to top in years to come. But that won’t stop them from trying.

“Not sure we could capture the same kind of moment, but my girls are pretty hilarious so I’m sure we’ll have some wonderful, fun family shoots in the future,” Carbajal said.

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And contrary to what this hilarious photo gone viral would make you believe, the little girls’ mom assures they are no stranger to affection.

“The last thing we do together as we put the girls to bed is ‘family hugs and kisses,’ she explained. “Basically, a group hug and kiss goodnight.

“As the song says,” Carbajal continued, “‘We all need more kindness in this world,’ and hugging and kissing.”

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Little Boy’s Heartwarming Back-To-School Video Goes Viral http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/07/little-boys-heartwarming-back-to-school-video-goes-viral/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/07/little-boys-heartwarming-back-to-school-video-goes-viral/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:25:03 +0000 Eliza Murphy http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=113959

In just 41 seconds, this little boy’s heartwarming welcome back to school is pulling on the heartstrings of Internet users all over the world.

When little Tyler, 4, walked into his pre-kindergarten class for the first time in several days after being out sick with a stomach bug, his dad, Shawn Harris, captured a very special moment on his cell phone camera: the sheer delight and pure excitement of his son’s classmates upon his return.

“This video proves that racism is taught,” Harris, a comedian, posted on his Facebook page of the little boys and girls of all different races hugging and embracing one another. “These little clips may change the way we think about each other as adults.”

The post went wildly viral, garnering nearly 325,000 views on YouTube and more than 112,000 shares on Facebook.

“The comments I’m getting from parents are overwhelming,” Harris told ABC News. “They’re tearing up from this, it gets them emotional, it brightens their day. People say, ‘I watched this video 75 times.’”

One little girl rushes over to give Tyler a big hug and can’t help but notice her friend’s new, spiffy haircut.

“Tyler! I like your haircut!,” she joyfully shouts before wrapping her arms around his neck.

“My eyes got wet while I’m filming it,” Harris recalled. “I never expected it to take off like this, but I’m glad people are seeing what I saw.”

The adorable clip really speaks to the welcoming nature of children, something that as a father, Harris is proud his son can help reiterate to others.

“We teach our son love,” he explained. “He hugs everyone, he’s a loveable child. He’s so innocent. This video is touching people because there’s obviously something missing. When people go crazy for something like this, that means something’s missing and there’s a craving to see this behavior and I hope it’s helping to change the way people think.”

Tune in for more viral moments every weekday on ” GMA LIVE! ” at 9 a.m. ET.

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Baby on Board: Baby and Dad on Skateboard is Sheer Delight http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/06/baby-on-board-baby-and-dad-on-skateboard-is-sheer-delight/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2014/06/baby-on-board-baby-and-dad-on-skateboard-is-sheer-delight/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:30:58 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=113883

This adorable 9-month-old baby could be the next Tony Hawk.

Baby Nate’s facial expressions as he rides along with his dad on a skateboard are the perfect example of sheer delight.

“My wife and I just decided to put him on the skateboard that day,” the baby’s father, Dan Gold, of Edmonton, Canada, told ABC News. “We first sat him on the skateboard and slowly rolled him while holding him. He did well with that and was very excited.  So, I decided to grab the video camera and take a video of us skateboarding together! I figured it would be nice to get some family footage that we could show him in the future.”

The irresistible video is going viral with more than 6,000 views in just two days.

And props to the baby’s mom, too, for doing all the heavy pushing.

It’s safe to say the world can’t wait to see baby Nate’s face when he can stand on that skateboard all by himself.

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