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Boys help man in wheelchair shovel snow in sweet viral photo

A father had a proud moment when his two young sons asked him to pull over their car so they could help a man in a wheelchair shovel snow.

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Daniel Medina of Wisconsin shared a Facebook photo Monday showing his sons bundled up in their hats and coats, shovels in hand, scraping snow off a sidewalk.

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“Proud dad moment," Medina wrote. "We’re driving down South 60th Street near Morgan, and my two sons, aged 10 and 6, asked me to pull over because they just saw a guy in a wheelchair trying to shovel his corner lot and they wanted to help."

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Proud dad moment we're driving down s60th st near Morgan and my two sons aged 10 and 6 asked me to pull over because they just seen a guy in a wheel chair trying to shovel his corner lot and they wanted to helpPosted by Daniel Medina on Sunday, December 11, 2016

Military mom spreads smiles with creative Christmas card

A creative military mom found a way to include her husband in their Christmas card even though he’s thousands of miles away.

Ashley Sistrunk of Colorado Springs, Colorado, told KKTV that the holidays can be tough on her kids.

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“Having a piece of your heart across the world, fighting for your country. It’s just a whole other level of emotions,” she said.

Brandon Sistrunk is a staff sergeant in the Air Force, currently deployed in Iraq. His sacrifice means he’s had to miss a lot of family milestones, like the births of three of his children and the holidays.

“We tell the kids, ‘Yes, other kids have their daddy home right now.’ But their daddy is out being a superhero, keeping our country safe and that’s important … that’s an important job,” Ashley said.

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This year, she asked her husband to take a photo for the family Christmas card. He held up a sign in Iraq that said “Merry,” she held up the other half in Colorado that read “Christmas.” Their four kids stand by her side.

She told KKTV that she hopes the photo gives comfort to other military families by letting them know they’re not alone.

“You can feel mentally alone and emotionally alone even though you know that they’ll come back. But hopefully them seeing that we’re getting through it, they can get through it too,” Ashley said.

>> See the photo here

This one is more "us". Merry Christmas, from our family to yours! #deployment #deploymentchristmas #christmasPosted by Ashley Williams Sistrunk on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Winter months bring increased risk of sudden infant death, health officials warn

When temperatures outside drop, some new parents worry about keeping babies warm; and with that comes an increased risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, health officials say.

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The addition of blankets and pillows to a baby’s sleeping area can pose risks to the baby that could cause it to suffocate, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan explained at a Winchester, Massachusetts, event Tuesday morning.

Winchester Hospital officials joined the Middlesex Safe Babies, Safe Kids Task Force to further warn parents about the risks associated with "unsafe sleep practices."

The groups provide information for parents that explains the best way to put babies to bed and the materials come in both English and Spanish.

"Sudden Unexpected Infant Death is the leading cause of deaths among babies in their first year of life. Unsafe sleep and suffocation are significant factors in infant deaths nationwide, yet we know in these cases the deaths are preventable," Ryan said. "Starting today we will be launching a series of county-wide prevention efforts to raise awareness about known risk factors of SUIDs with the goal of preventing future cases of avoidable infant deaths."

Winchester Hospital also offers a new program that will give safe sleep sacks to all infants born in the hospital. The sleep sacks will provide warmth to the babies without the need for excess bedding that can be dangerous for infants.

"The District Attorney’s Safe Sleep Campaign is an important step towards informing parents about safe sleep practices," said Kathy Schuler, CNO and VP of Patient Care Services at Winchester Hospital. "We are dedicated to providing parents a warm, comfortable family-centered environment for the birth of their baby, and educating parents on safe sleep practices is a vital step in accomplishing this goal."

To decrease the chances of SUID, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following:

  • Placing an infant for sleep on his/her back until the age of 1;
  • Placing the baby on a firm sleep surface covered by a tight-fitted sheet;
  • Keeping soft objects and loose bedding out of the crib, such as pillows, blankets, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, toys, stuffed animals and bumper pads;
  • Having the infant’s crib, portable crib, play yard, or bassinet in the parents’ bedroom close to the parents’ bed for the first year;
  • Room-sharing is recommended, but bed- sharing is not advised because it can result in suffocation, strangulation and entrapment;
  • Preventing overheating by not overdressing infants;
  • Avoiding smoking, during and after pregnancy, and exposing a baby to second-hand smoke.

Dad dressed as Elf on the Shelf perches on school roof, surprises kids

This time of year, many children wake up excited to find out where their Elf on the Shelf is and what it's been up to overnight.

Students' jaws dropped open when they arrived at Lavalette Elementary School in West Virginia last week to find a life-sized elf perched on the roof.

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The bearded fellow was wearing a traditional elf uniform of red and white. It turned out to be one of the parents, Shawn Adkins.

The father behind the elf suit said he had been planning the surprise for about a year. While it was chilly on the roof, he said the looks on the children’s faces made it worthwhile.

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“Big smiles,” Adkins said. “Most of them ... 95 percent of the kids were all smiles when they saw me on the roof, when I saw their jaws drop from the road as they were pulling down to get out of their cars.”

Like other elves, Adkins said he's planning to return to the school next Christmas season.

THIS RIGHT HERE IS YET ANOTHER REASON I LOVE BEING A LES PARENT!!!Posted by Janel Fulton on Thursday, December 8, 2016

Pastor tells kids in line for Santa photo 'Santa does not exist'

A pastor upset parents at a mall in Amarillo, Texas, when he walked through a crowd of children saying, "Santa's not real."

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David Grisham, a pastor with Last Frontier Evangelism in Anchorage, Alaska, had a message for parents and children waiting in line for a photo with Santa at Westgate Mall in.

Grisham, who wrote on Facebook that he spreads his religious beliefs through street evangelism and street preaching, went to the mall Saturday to tell the children "the truth -- that there is no Santa Claus and that Christmas is about Jesus Christ."

He uploaded a video of the incident on Facebook.

"Kids, I want to tell you today that there is no such thing as Santa Claus. Santa Claus does not exist," Grisham yelled to the line of children and parents. "The man you're going to see today is just a man in a suit, dressed up like Santa, but Santa does not exist. Santa's not real."

Grisham addressed parents, urging them to stop telling their children about the jolly character.  

"Parents, you all need to stop lying to your children and telling them that Santa Claus is real when in fact he's not," he said. "Don't lie to your children and tell them there's such a thing as Santa when you know in reality that there are no flying reindeer, there is no workshop of the North Pole, there is no elves making toys, that you buy all the gifts and put them under the tree. That's all the truth."

The pastor told mallgoers that by telling their children Santa is real, parents are "bearing false witness against God" and sinning. 

"It is not your place to lie to your children," Grisham said. "Tell them the truth about Jesus Christ. Tell them the truth about what Christmas is all about."

Before long, parents exited the line to confront Grisham. 

"That's enough," one woman can be heard yelling at Grisham, while another man tells Grisham to "stop and go on."

"Quit talking this mess. I've got my kids over there. We don't need you coming over here blabbing whatever it is you're blabbing," the man tells Grisham. "It's not your decision for me to tell my kids what's the truth and what's not."

After Westgate Mall received numerous complaints about the man, the mall released a statement addressing Grisham's actions.

"We want everyone at our shopping center to have an enjoyable experience," the statement said. "All of the shoppers are expected to follow our code of conduct and will be asked to leave our premises if they don't follow these rules."

Last Frontier Evangelism Pastor David Grisham ASSAULTED at Amarillo Texas mall for telling kids that Santa is not real and Christmas is about JesusPosted by Tracy Grisham on Monday, December 12, 2016

Viral pregnancy video's hilarious warning: Beware of eating watermelon seeds

A family welcomed their first daughter, Poppy, by showing what happens when you eat watermelons seeds. Sort of.

The sweet time-lapse video, posted by YouTube user Devon Spittle, starts off with a woman eating a watermelon, seeds and all, on her kitchen table. After eating a quarter of the watermelon, she gets in her car and starts driving.

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After arriving at a beach, she finds a sign that reads, “Press button in case of watermelon seed ingestion!”

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She presses the button and baby girl Poppy – dressed in watermelon attire – appears in her arms.

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Discounted Hatchimals coming to 1,700 Walmart stores this week

Hatchimal hunters, rejoice: The popular toys will be hitting shelves at 1,700 Walmart stores this week – and they're on sale.

>> Hatchimal horror: Author's plan to buy, sell popular toys backfires

According to WKBW, the stores will offer Hatchimals at $48.88 each, down from the regular retail price of $59.99.

>> Hatchimals coming to Target this Sunday

Shoppers should call in advance to learn if and when local stores are stocking the interactive pets, a representative told WKBW.

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Parents have been struggling to get their hands on the toys, which can be raised "from baby to toddler to full-grown Hatchimal," learning to "walk, talk, play games and more," maker Spin Master Corp. said in a news release.

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Other retailers, including Target and Toys R Us, have said they also plan to restock the toys.

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Formerly conjoined twins speak in new video shared by overjoyed mom

Twin boys separated in a risky surgery earlier this year are still recovering in a New York hospital, but they are feeling well enough to hold hands and repeat “Dada” in unison.

>> Conjoined twins make record recovery after separation surgery

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Jadon and Anias McDonald captured the country’s attention as CNN chronicled their separation journey. The boys were born conjoined at the head. In October, they successfully underwent separation surgery at just 13 months old.

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Nicole McDonald shared a video to Facebook Tuesday evening showing Jadon and Anias lying side-by-side, holding hands and saying “Dada.”

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Dada•Posted by Nicole McDonald on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The boys have come a long way in the past two months. McDonald has shared several videos showing the boys smiling and interacting with each other and their parents. Watch the videos below:

Last one I promise. I can't showcase Jadon and not show Anias' big moment!  It's only up from here. :) How appropriate that Thanksgiving is approaching. Never have I been more grateful...Posted by Nicole McDonald on Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Trouble with a capital "T"Posted by Nicole McDonald on Monday, November 21, 2016

Posted by Nicole McDonald on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Can't find a Hatchimal or other hot toy? Here's what you can do

The various lists of hot toys that sometimes are not on any shelf at retailers near you include Hatchimals, certain Shopkins, Nintendo NES Classic, the PlayStation VR, and certain movie tie-ins from “Star Wars” to “Trolls” to “Moana.” Read this Washington Post story about the the hot toys here.

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So what’s a parent to do when kids have been begging for a certain, very specific toy and it is nowhere to be found? How do you explain how Santa let your child down?

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  1. Form a cooperative of parents looking for similar items. If they find more than one, have them buy it for you. If you find more than one, you’ll buy it for them. You could even divide and conquer. You hit the Target and Toys R Us. They hit the Walmart.
  2. Buy online and accept that it’s going to come after Christmas. Wrap up a picture of the item and the date when it is coming.
  3. Buy them a gift card. After Christmas is over, these things have a way of showing up in stores a month later. Or maybe what they said they wanted that you’ve been killing yourself to get is really not what they wanted after all.
  4. Brace them for disappointment. Don’t play into this idea that it is going to happen if you’re not sure you can deliver.
  5. If Santa is in play, have Santa write them a letter explaining that the toy will come later. Or take the higher road. Have Santa write them a letter about what a great kid they are. You don’t want your child to think she has done something wrong just because the Hatchimal didn’t arrive under the tree. See, Santa is tricky, right?
  6. Do nothing. As one of my child’s day care providers used to say, “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.” This is a great teaching opportunity. Disappointment happens. They are not always going to get everything they want. Time to be appreciative of what they did get.
  7. When they express disappoint on Christmas morning, remind them of the difference between wants and needs. Did they really need that Shopkin? Is it essential to breathing? No, it’s not.
  8. If they are still whining, it’s time for what a friend calls an “appreciation tour.” That’s when you volunteer at a soup kitchen, food bank or some other place where people don’t have what you have. 
  9. Get some perspective yourself. You are not a bad parent. If they have food in their bellies, warm clothes to wear and a roof over their heads, you have provided for them. Remember that it’s just one Christmas. They will not become juvenile delinquents just because you couldn’t find the Hatchimal.
  10. There is always their birthday. Of course, by then, they’ll want something new – something else impossible to find.

Hatchimals coming to Target this Sunday

Parents, listen up: You still have a chance to snag one of the most coveted toys of the holiday season.

Starting Sunday, Target plans to have the popular Hatchimals, priced at $59.99, back on store shelves, the retailer announced Tuesday. Customers are limited to two Hatchimals each.

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The toys are interactive pets that hatch and can be raised "from baby to toddler to full-grown Hatchimal," learning to "walk, talk, play games and more," maker Spin Master Corp. said in a press release.

If you still can't find one of the toys in time, don't fret: Target plans to sell gift cards with Hatchimals designs. Parents also can download a free letter from Santa to let kids know that their Hatchimals "need a little more time before they are ready to be delivered."

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"We have increased production and a whole new batch of Hatchimals will be ready to hatch in early 2017," reads a message posted on the Hatchimals website. "In the meantime, we have created an online resource center at Hatchimals.com/NorthPole to help kids and their parents during the wait. We are also partnering with some of our retailers to develop pre-sale and/or rain-check programs for redemption in January."

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