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    The always-adorable Jennifer Garner was on The Tonight Show recently, and she explained that her husband, a little actor you may have heard of named Ben Affleck, explained to their 2-year-old son, Samuel, what his "bits" were. "[Ben]’s so psyched to finally have a boy. He loves his girls, but he’s serious about his son right now. So he taught him about his bits. He taught him about his P and two N’s."

    Only that's not what Ben referred to them as.

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    A new study has come out that claims that parents today are more aggravated than parents ten years ago. It's somewhat ironic, given that women and men today tend to be more emotionally in-tuned and spiritually-enlightened than they were a decade ago, but moms and dads are reporting feeling frustrated with their kids these days.

    Wanna guess why?

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    How far would your child go to get out of going to school? One third grader in Florida allegedly stole his mother's car to avoid going to school for the day.

    Authorities have charged the 9-year-old with aggravated assault and grand theft auto after he threw a brick at his mother and grandmother and stole his mother's car keys. He managed to drive the car for 45 minutes before police were able to pull him over.

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    Do you watch Shark Tank, the show where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of potential investors? My husband and I are borderline obsessed with it; I can't think of another show that feels so interactive in terms of causing us to repeatedly pause the TV so we can hash out our opinions of any given deal ("Ugh, royalty in perpetuity? Classic Mr. Wonderful" "Oh what a complete surprise, Robert's out, who could have seen this coming?").

    I like assessing the products I see on the show, but I can't help noticing that out of all the various parenting-focused products that have cropped up lately, none of them truly address MY needs. In fact, it seems like for every day-to-day parenting challenge I face, someone out there has invented a solution ... that doesn't even remotely solve the problem.

    Here's what I'm talking about:

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    Playgrounds can be a lot like high school in the sense that there are very specific types of parents who hang out there. Go to any park, in any city, and it's pretty much a given that, just like in high school, the same types of people will be spotted there.

    You've, without question, seen them. You're, without question, one of them. Here are the 7 types of playground parents.

    Which one are you?

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    It can be a big dilemma when your little girl wants her ears pierced. But what do you do when your son asks to have his ears pierced? Little boys ... with earrings! Are we ready for that? Apparently this is something boys are asking for at a younger age. Maybe it's a trickle-down influence from pirate Jack Sparrow -- or maybe it's some other cultural phenomenon we parents are totally clueless about. But it's bound to throw even the most open-minded parent. My friend's 9-year-old son recently asked to have his ears pierced, and this is how she handled it.

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    A little boy from the U.K. is being hailed a hero after he did something most kids his age probably wouldn't be able to handle. Two-year-old Riley Ward called "999" when his mother fell ill, which wound up saving her life.

    Dana Henry lost consciousness while at home with Riley. And instead of panicking or crying, the boy picked up the phone and called for help -- something his mother had taught him how to do in the past.

    And I know there are plenty of kids who have called for help for their parents during an emergency -- but wait until you see and hear just how young this child is.

    He's practically a baby!

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    Do you ever sit back and look at all our little girls in pink, and our little boys in blue, and wonder: How on Earth did we get here? Why will my daughter never, ever wear a color other than pink? (Oh no wait, she'll wear purple, too.) Who made these rules, anyway? Well, here's a video that gets you. Buzzfeed has lampooned our kids' gender color rules by flipping the scenario. Wouldn't it look CRAZY if we had the same gender rules for grown-ups? 

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    Do you take videos of your kids? If you do, odds are they are like mine; basic recordings of those big moments like birthday parties, trips to Disneyland, or school productions. I was totally fine with that ... that is until I saw the videos that Daniel Hashimoto makes of his 3-year-old son. This dad raised the bar and raised it HIGH. He has created movie magic by making his toddler the star of his own action movies from jumping over lava to swinging a lightsaber. And the results are totally amazing, seriously. Oh and if you are wondering why these short clips look so good? It turns out dad is an animator at DreamWorks. (So we don't have to feel so lame after all.)

    Check out these amazing moments of toddler action right here:

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    We've seen some videos over the years where kids aren't so psyched to learn that they're going to become a big brother or a big sister. We all remember the little girl who suddenly got pissed when she realized she was going to have a younger sibling. Or the kids who had a giant meltdown after learning their mom is pregnant. This is not one of those videos.

    An 11-year-old boy has the most beautiful, sweet reaction after his parents surprise him with news that he's going to be a big brother. Clearly, this was a long time coming for him, and he couldn't be happier. Check out his amazing reaction.

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