My brother and sister and I did a fair amount of backyard camping when we were kids, but if we'd had one of these trampoline tents, it would've been impossible for our parents to get us in the house. In fact, if I had one now, I doubt I would sleep indoors.
This tent fixture ($142) clips onto the edge of a circular trampoline, converting it into a tent or backyard playhouse for kids. It features four windows and two zip-up doors, and comes with a waterproof fly sheet. Do you know any kids who'd dig this? And by kids, I mean adults.
At a time when airlines are charging more for child-free seats and people are routinely enraged about out-of-control kids in public, one restaurant is rewarding parents when their pint-size diners show good manners.
When Laura King and her family got their bill at Sogno di Vino, a small Italian restaurant in Poulsbo, WA, listed under the subtotal was something they had never seen before: a discount for "Well-Behaved Kids."
King was so touched by the restaurant's gesture that she posted a picture of the receipt on her private Facebook page; a friend shared the photo on Reddit with the comment.
Horyn tweeted Friday morning, "Congratulations to Tom Ford and Richard Buckley on birth of their son, Alexander John Buckley Ford!"
Ford, 51, and Buckley, 64, have been together for 26 years. In May, Ford said he and Buckley wanted to have children, but realized that they'd have to do it in the near future.
"I think I'd better get busy soon, though, because I'd like to be able to pick them up," Ford said.
Update: A birth announcement, pictured below, that was tweeted by journalist Jim Shi claims that Alexander was born on Sept. 23.
On his daytime talk show yesterday, Anderson Cooper chatted with "human Barbie" Sarah Burge but couldn't stomach the Brit mom — who's spent $500K on plastic surgery — for long before kicking her off the show early. After talking to her about giving her 15-year-old daughter Botox, the breast implant vouchers she gave her 7-year-old, and the photos that were released of her daughter on a stripper pole, Anderson had had his fill of crazy. He called her "dreadful" and then ended the interview early. Watch the clip now, in which the plastic mom tries to justify why her teenage daughter needed Botox to be like Beyoncé.
The whole family needs to keep Winter chills away right now, but don't dress junior in any ordinary sweater. Showcase their emerging geek in snuggly sweaters worthy of paleontologist-in-training or future astronaut. Check out our picks for cozy handmade geek gear.
Are the pageant moms on Toddlers & Tiaras trying to out-crazy each other? Last week it was a girl wearing boob and butt pads for her Dolly Parton costume, and now a mom thought it was a good idea to dress her 3-year-old daughter in Julia Roberts's prostitute outfit from Pretty Woman. What was this mom thinking? Well, the mom defends the hooker outfit as no different from gymnastics wear or a swimsuit, saying:
"I'm raising my child just as well as any mother does . . . I take my kid to church every week . . . at least I'm not forcing them into sports and getting my child injured like some parents."
Hmmm . . . I'm at a loss as to how parents who get their children involved in sports can be equated to, much less considered worse than, a mom dressing her toddler as a prostitute. But watch the video clip for yourself, and share your thoughts on the baby hooker in the comments!
Little girls have been made to look like sexy women in a variety of disturbing ways during beauty pageants, but just when we thought we'd seen it all, last night's Toddlers & Tiaras managed to surprise us with a new one: boob and butt pads.
The mother of a 4-year-old contestant dressed her little girl in the same Dolly Parton costume she wore when she did beauty pageants — fake boobies and butt "enhancements" included. The mom claims this is her daughter's favorite costume, despite the girl having no clue who Dolly is and being embarrassed by the faux chest when other girls ask her about it. And what's worse, no one seems to find the butt-shaking routine and fake rack on a 4-year-old appalling; the judges call it "cute." Watch the video clip now, and tell us, do you think this is harmless fun or crossing the line?
We all know that raising kids costs a lot of money, and that amount has been increasing over the years. In fact, the US Department of Agriculture released a 2010 report on the costs of raising children, and it seems that the cost has risen by 22 percent in five decades. Guess how much it costs to raise a kid from birth to the age of 17 in a middle-income, husband-and-wife family?Take the Quiz
A new French lingerie line targeting children and teens is causing quite an uproar. Called Jours Après Lunes, this "loungerie," as the company calls it, is intended for girls ages 4-12 and features striped, ruffly, and bow-adorned underwear, camis, and boyshorts. There's a baby line, too, but there's nothing scandalous about onesies.
While you could see easily this loungerie sold for adult women at Victoria's Secret, the pieces themselves aren't that outrageous. Where the line gets blurred is with the company's photos. The shots of the little girls and preteens on the site look more like setups for boudoir photos than pictures of children. The girls are wearing jewelry, makeup, and tousled bouffants, while making pouty faces and posing like women.
But what do you think? Is this whole concept innocent and cute, or do you think it sexualizes little girls?