It’s never too early to talk to your kids about sexual assault. Here’s how.

February 1, 2018

Sarah Shanley Hope’s story is frighteningly common. As a kid, she went over to her neighbor’s house one day to play with her best friend. While there, her friend’s older brother sexually assaulted both of them. Hope was only 6 years old. Being so young, she didn’t know how to verbalize what happened or how to process it. She carried the pain with her for years, until she had daughters…

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A 27-year-old died of cancer. Her final advice has the internet in tears.

January 13, 2018

Last week, the world said goodbye to Holly Butcher, a 27-year-old woman from Grafton, Australia. Butcher had been battling Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer that predominantly affects young people. In a statement posted on Butcher’s memorialized Facebook account, her brother, Dean, and partner, Luke, confirmed the heartbreaking news to friends. “It is with great sadness that we announce Holly’s passing in the early hours of this morning,” they wrote…

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A study just found weird evidence that a stressful childhood affects you forever.

December 24, 2017

We know your relationship with your parents can affect a lot about who you are as you grow up. But is it possible that the good and bad of that relationship could actually show up in your saliva? That’s the bizarre-but-important question a team of researchers recently asked, the results of which were published in Developmental Science. Led by Elizabeth Shirtcliff, an associate professor from Iowa State University who studies…

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Watch Selena Gomez dedicate an award to the friend who saved her life.

December 7, 2017

Earlier this year, when Selena Gomez needed a kidney transplant, one of her friends came through with a life-saving donation. Actress Francia Raisa was starring on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” when she met Gomez during a children’s hospital event in 2007, and they have remained close friends ever since. In 2013, Gomez underwent chemotherapy to treat lupus, something she went public with two years later….

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A stranger found a lost library book and returned it with this heartwarming note.

December 5, 2017

Employees at Idaho’s Meridian Library were going through the mail after the Thanksgiving holiday 2017 when they got a sweet surprise. Inside one of the packages was a book — Thomas Rockwell’s “How to Eat Fried Worms” — that had been missing from the stacks. Getting books in the mail is no major shock at Meridian. The library finds that visitors passing through or patrons going on vacation will often…

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‘Im a little person who joined Tinder as a social experiment. Its been ridiculous.’

November 7, 2017

Warning: Some language in this piece is NSFW. Because this is an article about being a woman on Tinder. And, well, ugh. You know. If you’re a woman and a little person on Tinder, there are plenty of people happy to make your acquaintance — on very … particular terms. Laura Cooper, a health care worker and aspiring stand-up comedian, has been on Tinder since last spring. She’s 4 feet,…

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Want healthy, happy, confident kids? Throw some dirt on them.

October 26, 2017

Every parent knows getting dirty and messy is practically part of a kid’s job description. Whether they’re playing outside, coloring on the floor, or just eating, they’ll definitely get covered in something grimy. Given that inevitable result, there are at least two ways parents can react — obsessively clean their child and scold them for their actions or simply embrace the mess. And while it may seem strange to do…

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Hysterical ads with Will Ferrell show what happens when we bring our phones to dinner.

October 26, 2017

A somber family sits around the dinner table. They pass dishes of food around in dark silence for a few moments before, finally, the little girl mutters, “I’m not hungry.” “I miss Daddy,” she says. “I know,” her mom replies. “We all miss him.” Where’s Dad? Dad (played by Will Ferrell) is … actually sitting at the other end of the dinner table, alive and well. He’s just too busy…

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This 11-year-old Scout became a hero after grilling a senator on her policies.

October 22, 2017

The Boy Scouts of America have been all over the news lately, but in a recent video, it’s one of the group’s youngest members who’s making waves. The video was taken earlier this month and features a Colorado state senator, Vicki Marble, holding a question-and-answer session at a Cub Scout den meeting. The senator likely had no idea just how tough the questions were going to be. One of the…

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Michael Jordan just donated $7 million to open Charlotte-area health clinics.

October 14, 2017

It’s been nearly 18 years since basketball legend Michael Jordan called it quits, but this week, he proved he’s still a champion. According to the Associated Press, the former Chicago Bulls star and current Charlotte Hornets owner pledged to donate $7 million to local health centers in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to his spokesperson, Jordan was inspired to make the donation after coming across a study that revealed Charlotte was…

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People are in love with the ‘ICU Grandpa’ who cuddles babies at an Atlanta hospital.

October 1, 2017

On a recent morning, a woman walked into the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and saw a stranger holding her baby. The stranger was an older, bespectacled man. He was sitting in a chair and draped in a thin medical smock, gently rocking her infant son, Logan. Logan had been in the NICU for six weeks after being born prematurely and needed around-the-clock care. His…

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A study has been following ‘gifted’ kids for 45 years. Here’s what we’ve learned.

What can we learn from letting seventh graders take the SAT? In the 1960s, psychologist Julian Stanley realized that if you took the best-testing seventh graders from around the country and gave them standard college entry exams, those kids would score, on average, about as well as the typical college-bound high school senior. However, the seventh graders who scored as well or better than high schoolers, Stanley found, had off-the-charts…

September 28, 2017
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4 moms rejoiced when the Obamacare repeal bill failed. Now it’s back, and they’re furious.

Angela Eilers wanted to believe the push to upend the Affordable Care Act was finally over. While “skinny repeal,” the GOP’s last attempt to gut the law, failed in July, she sent a handwritten thank-you note to every senator that voted against it. She saved the most elaborate and effusive for John McCain, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski, the senators who broke with their own caucus to vote the bill…

September 21, 2017
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