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Things to Do With Your Kids

Adults Say The Darndest Things (To Their 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.



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.



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.


Once More With Feeling

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

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!

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Things to Do With Your Kids

Friday Morning Pick Me Up: The Tiniest Mahna Mahna

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.)


Things to Do With Your Kids

Cool Kid of the Day: Tony Hawk’s Daughter

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


And All Was Right With the World

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

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


Things to Do With Your Kids

Race For President of House Turns Ugly (Also Stinky)

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


Warning: May Contain Feelings

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

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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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

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

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.