Lifestyle » Parenting The latest Lifestyle news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:39:34 +0000 en hourly 1 Little Boy’s Heartwarming Back-To-School Video Goes Viral Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:25:03 +0000 Eliza Murphy

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 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:30:58 +0000 ABC News

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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Kid Gets Away With Wearing Hilarious Knit Beard in His Yearbook Photo Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:46:53 +0000 Eliza Murphy HT Knit Yearbook Photo EM 16x9 608 Kid Gets Away With Wearing Hilarious Knit Beard in His Yearbook Photo

Courtesy Sonja Yearsley

This kid is too cool for school.

When David Yearsley, 11, was taking his fifth-grade school photo, he’d thought he’d jazz things up a bit – with a knitted beard hat, no less.

“I had no idea he was going to do it,” his mom, Sonja Yearsley, of West Richland, Washington, told ABC News. “It was all his idea.”

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The family is apparently full of jokesters, however, as even the mother admits, “I’ve been pranking them since they were little.”

But when Yearsley went to visit her son’s school a few weeks after the yearbook photo was taken, she had no idea what a celebrity David had become with his creative, smirking photo tactic.

“I went into the school a couple weeks later and the lady at the front desk showed me his proof,” she explained. “And I just about fell down laughing. Normally, the photographer would have a comb and brush to fix the kids up, but for whatever reason the stars were aligned and he got by with that beard and hat and that smirk on his face is great. The ladies in the front office even have his photo hung up for when they’re having a bad day.”

It’s safe to say David has a daunting task trying to outdo himself for next year’s class picture.

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Hilarious HelloFlo Menstrual Commerical Goes Viral (Again) Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:24:32 +0000 Eliza Murphy  

Well, they’ve done it again.

HelloFlo, a company based Brooklyn, N.Y., that sends monthly care packages of tampons, panty liners and even sweet treats exactly when a woman needs them most, has managed to make periods for pre-teens hysterical not only once, but twice.

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In just two short days, their commercial featuring a mom throwing a party to celebrate her daughter’s first period—equipped with entertainment like “pin the pad on the period,” a magical “Vagician,” and an especially thrilling game of uterus piñata — has managed to go wildly viral with more than 2.5 million views.

There’s a catch, though.

The little girl featured in the commercial didn’t really get her period. She faked it so she’d fit in with the rest of her adolescent friends who had already “gotten it.”

HelloFlo’s founder, Naama Bloom, said she created the company out of a feeling of necessity to break the ice and open up the conversation so that parents could feel comfortable talking to their daughters about their periods.

“While the service is great for women of all ages, I’ve always known this is a service for younger girls,” Bloom told ABC News when her first commercial went viral. “It’s an awkward time. Even when they go to college, a lot of them go to buy tampons and pads for the first time. Why not make this more fun and less of a chore you don’t look forward to? Why not celebrate it a little more?”

And celebrate she has. Ever since the first HelloFlo commercial, “Camp Gyno,” hit the Internet last year shaking up the menstrual scene by celebrating pubescence instead of shying away from it, Bloom’s sales have skyrocketed.

Now with the vast success of this second viral ad, it appears her startup company that began over “a bunch of Thai food and a couple bottles of wine,” is officially here to stay. Period.

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Girl, 9, Courted by College Basketball Program Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:00:55 +0000 ABC News

Jaden Newman is only 9, but her skills on the basketball court are earning her the attention of one of the nation’s most prestigious college sports programs.

Jaden, a fourth grader from Orlando, Fla.,was sent an official recruitment letter from the University of Miami and has already toured the university’s Coral Gables campus.

“They showed me their basketball court and they showed me their campus,” Jaden told local ABC affiliate WPLG.  “It was nice.”

Jaden, who at 4-foot-5 is a long way from her first dunk, first made headlines in January when she made the varsity team of her local high school, Downey Christian School, as point guard.

She began playing basketball at the age of 3 with her father Jamie Newman, who is now his daughter’s trainer.

Newman says he is both not surprised that his daughter is being recruited at the collegiate level nor worried that a college is looking at such a young player.

“If it’s a 9-year-old prodigy math whiz and he’s taking college courses, it’s okay,” Newman said.  “So when it comes to athletics, it’s the same thing.”

“It’s not kind of a hobby. It’s a passion and a love that she has for the game,” he said.

Jaden, who is averaging 14.8 points per game and 7.5 assists, according ot WPLG, says she is not going to let all the attention effect her game or her life.

“I just feel like a pretty normal fourth grader,” Jaden said.  “I’m just going to keep practicing hard and keep doing what I’m doing now.”

Top level college sports teams have been increasingly scouting elementary schools for talent and making offers to kids who have yet to pick a high school.



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Celebrating Social Superstar Dads: Men Burning Up the Internet With Their Kids Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:50:25 +0000 ABC News  

Modern Family’s Phil Dunphy knows that a cool dad is a digital dad. And he’s got some serious competition from real-life social superstar dads showcasing the funny, the funky and the fleetingly magical moments of fatherhood. Let’s take a look at the dads burning up the Internet with their wacky social skills impressing not only their kids, but fellow parents around the world.

“Lunchbox Dad” – Beau Coffrin

San Francisco Bay area

Lunchbox Dad, aka Beau Coffron, has become an Internet celebrity for his wacky kid-friendly lunches. He photographs his creative meals that are often designed into popular characters, shapes, animals and themes, along with the recipes showing other parents exactly how to make and enjoy them. Coffron told ABC News, “I get most of my inspiration from my kids. This project has really helped me to pay more attention to what they are watching, listening to, and reading.”

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“Eh Bee” – aka Andres


591,300 Vine followers

Father of two, Andres, has nearly 600,000 followers on Vine. His videos of singing with his children in the car, his daily struggles as a parent and even interacting with other famous social superstar dads, has gained him quite a bit of attention. As for his reasons for posting and sharing these seemingly simple yet hilarious moments, Andres explained, “Every time we laughed about it we figured maybe somebody out there is going laugh about it too, let’s share it.”

“Josh Darnit” – Josh Gaines

San Diego

1.3 million Vine followers

This fun-loving father of three has a whopping 1.3 million followers on Vine. His videos, he says, feature more sarcastic humor that mimics the darks truths in life, such as the fact that yes, he will one day get old, and yes, his kids make fun of him for it. “The stuff that does well is the low hanging fruit, the relatable stuff,” Gaines told ABC News. He is also friends with fellow-featured dad above, Andres, as they’ve gotten to know each other through the Vine community. A few of the Vining dads even keep in touch in their own Facebook group. “We’re in this boat together and most of the people that we’ve known our whole lives still don’t understand what it’s like to go through it,” Gaines explained of the emerging Vine community.


“Saturday Morning Routine Dad” – Tony Serafini

Leominster, Massachusetts

339,400 Vine followers

This dad, Tony Serafini, has managed to sum up the typical Saturday morning routines of dads everywhere in just six short, hilarious seconds. Better known as Bottlerocket on Vine, Serafini’s thousands of followers have come to love his videos of his weekend adventures with his two daughters, including trips to the toy store and scenes of the girls blasting top 40 hits while giggling and dancing in the background. Most of the time, Serafini puts on a grumpy face in the foreground – conveying how he’s given up trying to keep the girls from jumping on the living room couches. “At first, I was trying to be sneaky about the videos, but then [the younger daughter] noticed and now she likes to do them,” he told ABC News. “I add the grumpy face for a little bit of effect. I think that’s what made it relatable to everybody. I’m just trying to have my coffee and check my email.” The hilarious videos sure do demonstrate how their family dynamic works, which is probably easing the minds of many other daddies with daughters.

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New York City Firefighter Gets Early Father’s Day Football Surprise Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:33:58 +0000 ABC News

A New York City firefighter who became a surrogate dad to the children of his best friend and fellow firefighter who died on Sept. 11 was today recognized for his selflessness by the star players of his most beloved sports team, the New York Jets.

“From one dad to another, I want to wish you an early Happy Father’s Day,” former New York Jets superstar Joe Namath said to Lt. Larry Mack in a taped message that aired during a live surprise event today on “Good Morning America.”

Mack was surprised at his firehouse this morning with an ultimate tailgate party that featured New York Jets’ cheerleaders, former Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet, his own two children and the six children of his late friend, Lt. Vinnie Halloran.

“I’m just blown away,” Mack said on “GMA,” which threw the tailgate party to kickoff its “Big Daddy of All Surprises” week to honor outstanding fathers.

After Halloran died, Lt. Mack stepped in to help his friend’s family, who lived near his own in Putnam County, New York. He took the Halloran children camping with his own family, spent time with them on weekends and shared with them the love he and their father shared for the Jets, whose home games they attended together often.

“I love those kids like my own,” Mack said.

At today’s tailgate party, Chrebet saluted Mack for his exemplary fatherhood and told him the team was throwing him the ultimate fan experience.

The Jets will host Mack, his family and the Hallorans in a private luxury suite for the New York Jets game against the Chicago Bears  Monday, Sept. 22.

Jets’ Center Nick Mangold will also personally give the group a private tour of the team’s practice facility in Florham Park, New Jersey.

‘He Helped Keep Everything Together When We Couldn’t’

The Hallorans are grateful to Mack for all his support through the years since their father died.

“After my father passed away, he was someone who really stepped in,” Kieran Halloran, now 24, said. “He drove over, picked up a priest along the way to comfort my mom.”

Connor Halloran, now 26,  said his family went through a tough time.

While many people sent notes of condolence or a casserole, Mack “was there in a much more real way,” Connor Halloran said. ”And he helped keep everything together when we couldn’t.”

His brothers, Declan and Jake, said Mack was a kind of father to them. Not only did he take them on trips and hockey games, but he was a role model for them and their siblings.

“He’s done so much for everyone around him and he has his own family through all of this.  And for a lot of people managing your own is a lot,” Jake said.

Mack’s own children, 25-year-old Bryan and 22-year old Candice, are proud of their father for helping the Hallorans, and the Hallorans say they will never forget what Mack has done.

I love him … his smile is like contagious and you just can’t help be happy whenever you’re around him,” Phelan, the 12-year-old daughter Vinny Halloran never met, said of Mack.

“I used to call him Uncle Larry when I was younger and I didn’t even know that if he was or wasn’t my uncle,” she added, laughing.

Jake Halloran said Mack is happy when he’s giving to others. He called Mack’s selflessness “an incredible example” to him and his siblings. “He himself is the gift and he gives that to my family … and so many other people,” Jake Halloran added.

Kieran Halloran says he knows Mack never had to do what he did for them. “I’d like to thank him for being around,” added Declan Halloran.

Mack is loved by her entire family, Marie Halloran said.

“The kids might not say it and I might not say it but he’s important to us and he’s a great example for his children,” she said. “He’s a great example for my children … we’re better for knowing him and having him in our lives.”

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Pennsylvania Woman Has 126 Descendants … and Counting Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:48:51 +0000 Katie Kindelan A 91-year-old Pennsylvania woman who grew up an only child and once planned to enter a convent now has enough descendants to fill a convent, and then some.

Peggy Koller, of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, counts among her direct relatives 11 children, 56 grandchildren and 59 great-grandchildren, with five more on the way.

“I have two graduations coming up. I had another one from Villanova last week.  Last  Saturday, I had a wedding in North Jersey and on Sunday my daughter gave a shower for her daughter-in-law,” Koller told ABC News of her busy schedule.  “That’s the way it goes.”

Koller, whose husband, William Koller, died in 2008, still lives in her own home in a retirement community and still can drive herself, though her family is always picking her up for activities.

She knows everything,” one of Koller’s granddaughters, Lauren Naldzin, told ABC News.  “When we see her we’re always saying, ‘Granmom, what’s new? What’s the scoop,’ because she gets around to all the families.”

“She’s fun to be around,” Naldzin added.  “We always want to bring her to things and she wants to be part of things.”

All 11 of Koller’s children are still living and all but one still live in the Philadelphia area, where they were born and raised.

“She hosts Christmas Eve every year for the whole family,” said Naldzin, 32, whose mother is one of Koller’s daughters and whose three children are among Koller’s 59 great-grandchildren.

“She’s the type of person who, even at 91, if you asked her, ‘Granmom, will you help me with this?’ or, ‘Can you do this?,’ she will,” Naldzin said.

Koller wanted to have 12 children after growing up lonely as an only child, but fell one short, she said.  She also, happily now, abandoned her plans to join a convent after falling in love with her husband and marrying him in 1942.

The two started a funeral home, Koller Funeral Home, that is now run by one of their sons and one of their daughters.

“She is definitely an inspiration,” Naldzin said.  “She was working while running the family and she was an only child who created this family with my grandfather.”

Koller is still learning from her grandchildren how to text and email, according to Naldzin, but does have her own iPhone and is the family directory when it comes to knowing everyone’s cell phone numbers.

She relies on her daughters to help her each year gather the cards and checks necessary to celebrate each family member’s birthday.

“Someone calculated that we think the cards alone cost about $600,” Koller said.

When not attending family events, Koller said she exercises for an hour each day, with strength exercises followed by time on a stationary bike.

“The exercising, I think, is the thing that has kept me going,” she said.  “I’ve exercised my whole lifetime.”

Koller also attributes her longevity – and the fact that her family has all stayed so close, both physically and emotionally – to her and her late husband’s faith.

“My husband and I always had a lot of faith in God, and I think that just helped because we figured we were doing the will of God and he would look out for us, and he did,” she said.  “It’s like [there were] little miracles all throughout my life and big ones, too.”

Koller’s granddaughter said the only thing her family has to be worried about is making sure they get on Koller’s busy calendar.

“It’s like as soon as you have a date, as soon as graduation day is published on the school website, you tell her,” said Naldzin.  “Last year, there were two family weddings on the same day and we got her to both of them.”

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Video Explaining Child’s Transgender Identification Goes Viral Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:41:16 +0000 ABC News

A YouTube video with over three million views tells the story of just one child but it has many people talking.

The seven-minute video explains the story of a six-year-old transgender child, Ryland Whittington, who was born a girl but, according to her parents, began insisting she was a boy as soon as she could speak.

“This is my sister Brynly, and I’m her brother, Ryland,” a young Ryland can be heard saying in the video, posted last week to his family’s YouTube page.

The video’s narrative explains that Ryland’s parents, Jeff and Hillary Whittington, discovered around Ryland’s first birthday that their daughter was deaf.  After being fitted with cochlear implants and learning to hear and speak, some of Ryland’s first words were, “I am a boy.”

The Whittingtons, who declined to comment, said they consulted with professionals and soon realized that Ryland’s desire to be a boy was more than just a tomboy phase.

“With phases they just come and go or kids try things on for a little while,” San Diego-based gender therapist Darlene Tando told ABC News.  “But with gender identity, when a child is transgender, typically nothing fades in or out.  It just really stays the same for a long time.”

The Whittingtons then made the decision to change Ryland’s identity, cutting his hair, referring to Ryland only as “he” and sending a letter to family and friends about the change.

“There are huge benefits of doing this earlier in life,” said Tando.  “It’s really just like they have been given this gift that everyone around them starts seeing them for who they are.”

Ryland himself spoke out about his transition at an event last month in the family’s home state of California honoring the Whittington family.

“My name is Ryland Michael Whittington,” he said at the 6th annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast in San Diego.  I’m a transgender kid.  I am six. I am a cool kid.”

“I am the happiest I have ever been in my whole life,” Ryland said at the breakfast. “Thank you to my parents.”

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Raspberry Loving Baby Puckers Up and Asks for More Fri, 30 May 2014 19:56:20 +0000 ABC News

Raspberries: so sweet, so tart. Baby Stella, previously unfamiliar with the dueling tastes of the red fruit, learned the addictive powers of raspberries on her very first try.

The toddler is caught on tape at first enjoying the sweet flavor — before the tartness hits her tastes buds. Puckering up, Stella shudders and shuts her eyes to ride the acidic wave, promptly asking for more once the sharpness subsides. We know the feeling, Stella. Welcome to a lifetime raspberry addiction.

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