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  1. Drone Dad: Over-Protectiveness At Its Best Worst

    "I was like...uh, wow." - Katie. RIGHT?!

    So, check this Tennessee dad out. His eight-year-old daughter asks to walk to school on her own, and rather than a) trusting her to know what to do and letting her go, or b) telling her 'no,' because he doesn't think she's ready yet, he came up with this weird third option - having a drone follow her so she can keep an eye on what she's doing.

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  2. Cut up Your Kids’ Food So They Won’t Be Jerks: a Study

    Or better yet, mama bird it.

    Apparently kids are not only what they eat, but how. A study from Cornell University suggests that children are more likely to act aggressively when eating food with their hands and front teeth. So, cut up that apple and un-cob that corn! Future generations depend on it!

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  3. Adults Say The Darndest Things (To Their Kids)

    Things to Do With Your Kids

    I related to these graphic design posters a great deal. Except replace "kids" with "cats." Art Nathan Ripperger is the father of four boys and finds some peculiar phrases coming out of his mouth around them.

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  4. BleepBleeps Wants to Use Tech and Design to Make Parenting Easier

    One of them checks your sperm count and it's called "Master Bates" and we love these.

    As someone who spent most of last night rocking a teething infant, I can tell you: parenting is hard. It will always be hard, but maybe technology and design can make it a little easier. That's the goal of BleepBleeps. They're a line of connected devices built to make parenting go a bit more smoothly.

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  5. Parents Convince Children Dinosaurs Have Invaded Their Household For The Month


    I'm not sure whether to laugh or run away screaming. I know what I would do if I were the kids living in this house. Dinovember is the practice of one set of parents (or more) to set up elaborate scenarios each night in November involving plastic dinosaurs for their kids to find when they wake up. Apparently this is a tradition in their family now.

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  6. Geeky Dad Jonathan Guberman Builds Geeky Alphabet Blocks for His Probably Geeky Son

    A is for Awesome job, Mr. Guberman!

    Geek-parenting is incredibly relevant to our interests here at Geekosystem (well, my interests anyway) but you don't have to have a kid to appreciate these laser-cut alphabet blocks that feature some of the best things about geek culture. T is for TARDIS, and don't you forget it. Take a look at all the blocks and the guy who made them. Allons-y!

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  7. The Last of Reviews: A Very Late Review of The Last of Us


    I'm offering you a very late review of The Last of Us for a number of reasons. Primarily, because Naughty Dog reached out to us specifically to offer a review copy, not something that happens very often to The Mary Sue. More specifically, I'm offering it to you because our usual reviewer, Becky Chambers, does not own a PS3. Which is partially why you're getting it so late, because I don't usually have to factor in "playing a video game" to my job obligations. And since I'm not usually a game reviewer, and you're not usually getting reviews from me on this site, lets get some expository information out of the way before I dive into the meat of explaining how The Last of Us is one of the strongest emotional experiences I've had playing a video game. And, you know, it's pretty damn good with its female characters as well.

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  8. Military Dads Sing “A Whole New World” from Disney’s Aladdin

    Once More With Feeling

    You may remember some dads getting together to sing “Part of Your World” from Disney's The Little Mermaid. It was freaking adorable. Now, the folks from Life of Dad have brought together hero dads of all kinds - military personnel, teachers, fighter fighters - to lend their voices to "A Whole New World" from Aladdin. With a bonus assist from a few kids. Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  9. Friday Morning Pick Me Up: The Tiniest Mahna Mahna

    Things to Do With Your Kids

    Cheer up. It's almost the weekend! Here's a little girl who wants her dad to stop scat singing all over the place and get back to the part where she says "mahna mahna." Sheesh, dad. (via Hyper Vocal.)

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  10. Cool Kid of the Day: Tony Hawk’s Daughter

    Things to Do With Your Kids

    There's nothing cooler than folks keeping their teenage passions (you know, the ones that are still associated with teenagers by the mainstream) through adulthood, and there's nothing cuter than the same folks passing on those passions to their kids. Says Hawk to those worried about his adorable daughter, "For those that say I endanger my child: it's more likely that you will fall while walking on the sidewalk than I will while skating with my daughter." Which at first brush seems a little brash, but then again... he's the guy with nine X Games gold medals. Previously in Kids

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  11. Daughter Wants to Dress as Wolf? Dad Dresses as Red Riding Hood

    And All Was Right With the World

    Paper_liger's daughter announced she wanted to be a wolf for Halloween, and when he saw the plus-sized, skimpy, women's Red Riding Hood costume right next to the wolf costume at the store, he knew what had to happen. Just keep her away from any Russian grandmothers. Previously in Kids in Costumes

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  12. Race For President of House Turns Ugly (Also Stinky)

    Things to Do With Your Kids

    It's important to remember that even in a presidential election year, there are still many smaller races that can have just as much of an effect on your daily life as the big ones. Redditor Aspirin 742 shared one in particular that he's become engaged in, and offered this quote: "I do not, nor have I ever eaten pop. I'll let the voters decide for themselves whether or not I'm ugly." Previously in Parenting

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  13. A Bunch of Dads Singing Little Mermaid Because Having Daughters Made Them Memorize It

    Warning: May Contain Feelings

    Says Patrick Quinn, co-creator of this video of dads (and some uncles) belting out "Part of Your World" because they all know the words so why not:

    Once you have a daughter, no matter how tough, thuggish, or introverted you might be, you're going to play princess with reckless abandon in front of others knowing that if anyone sees you they're going to understand. Especially if that someone is another dad.
    (via Yahoo!)

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  14. Essay: Supporting A Daughter’s Love for Superheroines (While Wishing There Were More of Them)

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    It all started with She-Ra. I was strolling through Target and I saw The Princess of Power on DVD. I thought my daughter might get a kick out of the '80s cartoon I grew up on. So I grabbed the story of He-Man's twin sister and introduced my daughter to a whole world of girls who save the day and fight the forces of evil. So began my four-year-old daughter Brenna's love affair with superheroes and my education about a whole world of storylines and characters that I would soon become intimately familiar with. We moved on to Justice League cartoons and movies, some of which seemed a little too adult for my pre-schooler. But she just wanted a show with as many girls as possible. Sure, she loved The Flash and Martian Manhunter, but she needed more Hawk Girls. Younger shows, like the Super Hero Squad, were exciting but left her a little frustrated.

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  15. [Monday Cute] Dad and Daughter Do Some Badass Wonder Woman Cosplay

    Great Hera!

    If there's one thing I've noticed about genderswap cosplay, it's the major differences in the tone of a cosplay depending on the gender of the cosplayer. Most of the pictures I see of women dressing as male characters are played perfectly seriously: their cosplay is intended as translation. As much of the character's original personality, costume, and badassness (the stuff that would make you want to be that character in the first place) is preserved as possible. When I see male to female genderswap cosplay pictures trending, however, the cosplay is usual one of parody (with some notable outliers such as the male cosplayers in the Genderswap Justice League and other similar endeavors). A group of dudes who rented some Disney princess outfits and wigs, or a heavily bearded guy in a Chun-li costume are the ones most prominent in my mind. In these cosplays, the fact that it's genderswap seems to be used as a joke, a self effacing one to be sure (ha ha, I'm such a hairy/muscley/paunchy guy, isn't it a weird juxtaposition to see me dressed like a lady character?), but still one that enforces the idea: a woman dressing as a man is taking a stronger archetype and making it her own, a man dressing as a woman must be having a laugh at his own expense because he certainly isn't gaining any confidence from pretending to be a female character. Which is why I love this father/daughter cosplay. Look at that guy. His little girl likes Wonder Woman, and dammit, that makes Wonder Woman awesome. He's not dressed as Wonder Man, he's Wonder freakin' Woman, and it's not a joke. How could he joke about his little girl's favorite superhero? Why wouldn't he want to be her hero? Not a different version of her hero, but her hero. Ahg. They're even standing in front of a giant Wonder Woman #1 banner. It's just too awesome. (Amy Ratcliffe via DC Women Kicking Ass.)

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  16. A Flower Girl With a Yoda Backpack

    this exists

    Get ready to feel all the feelings. Offbeat Bride brings us the story of one very nervous flower girl who just needed a particular Jedi master around to get through all the attention and stress of the ceremony. As told by their reader Ms Tara:
    T, the flower girl, had spent the morning hiding under the bed. She has autism, and the prospect of an event with all those people was pretty daunting. T's aunty finally coaxed her out from under the bed with the promise of a Yoda backpack.

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  17. Geek Parenting 101: Famous Quotes

    Things to Do With Your Kids

    During one's first year of speaking, it is rare that anything truly unique comes out. Usually it's the standard fare of "Mom/Dad," "Cat," "Dog," "I'm hungy," etc. Rarely do they quote Star Wars. When their parents do teach them to do so, however, the adorableness might just make the room explode. See for yourself. Not only can this kid imitate the sounds that tigers, cats, monkeys and robots make, but they can also quote Admiral Ackbar's most famous line. Congratulations, Anonymous Video Parents, you're kid is probably going to grow up awesome. The look of pride on the father's face speaks for itself. (via The Daily What)

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  18. Gaming Up Is Hard To Do


    "I'm sorry. You have to be 17 to buy that." If I had a nickel for every time I said that in my retail gaming career, I'd have been way happier with my paychecks. Even more so if I'd got a dime for every time a parent cavalierly said, "Oh it's fine. After all, it's nothing he doesn't see at school." Really? Really, ma'am? Where do you live that little eight year old Jimmy here sees hookers get picked up for health, then run over by the John so can get his money back? On the regular no less. Of course, any mention of hookers would usually cause at least a second thought, however fleeting...before caving in. Because even though the ESA says that 86% of the time children receive parental permission before purchasing a game doesn't mean it is an informed decision. And there is always something slightly disturbing about parents that believed gore and extreme violence to be okay but nudity or adult relationships were a deal breaker.

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