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    We've all heard the phrase "like a girl" at one point in our lives. Whether it's when describing someone who "runs like a girl" or "hits like a girl," it's been used to characterize someone as weaker or lesser. Well, not anymore. In a video that's going viral, Always has brought on Lauren Greenfield (director of The Queen of Versailles) to show us what it really means to do it "like a girl."

    First, Greenfield asked multiple people -- teenage girls, younger boys, adult men -- to "run like a girl" and "throw like a girl." Immediately, they ran about with their arms flailing, their legs awkwardly stomping, and began throwing weakly. But then she asked the same question to preteen girls. And their responses will shock you. Take a look:

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    The world's top child modeling agency has requested an interview with my daughter. (And I'm not talking one of those scam agencies that ends up charging you for photo packages.)

    Part of me views this as our Honey Boo-Boo fork in the road, one I should avoid at all costs. And half my friends agree with that part.

    "Don't do it," one wrote me on Facebook. "Seriously, preserve her childhood. And your sanity. And her sanity. And everyone's sanity. Fool's gold my friend, all that for what?"

    "Don't all parents think their kid can be a child model or actor?" asked another.

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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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    Dear Barbie,

    It's been another rough week for you, hasn't it? Somebody left your scantily clad body at the top of the stairs, and you had to be rescued from the slobbery jaws of the dog. And then to top it all off, a bunch of scientists came out with another dubious claim that you are destroying little girls' chances at making something of themselves one teeny weeny waist at a time.

    In a study published in the journal Sex Roles, researchers Aurora M. Sherman and Eileen L. Zurbriggen have issued forth the brazen claim that you, oh plastic one, you are responsible for teaching girls that they have fewer career options than boys.

    They based this assumption, dear Barbie -- or do your friends call you Babs? -- on interviews with 37 girls ages 4 through 7.

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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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    Josie Zetz is dealing with something no 11-year-old should ever have to: Her dad is dying. Jim Zetz, 62, has terminal stage 4 pancreatic cancer, so unless a miracle happens, he's not going to be there in the future to walk her down the aisle.

    Photographer Lindsey Villatoro was taking some final family portraits when Josie's mom Grace mentioned that her daughter was upset that her dad wouldn't be there for "memories down the line." She got the idea for a mini wedding to coincide with her eleventh birthday, so that she could have the experience of her dad walking her down the aisle.

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    This Is 11

    posted by Miss Isabella April 1 at 12:00 PM in Big Kid
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    Being 11 is harder than it looks. I know all the grownups are always like, "Oh, you're so lucky to just be 11 and not have so much to deal with." My response is usually a nod and a smile, but sometimes I give them a shrug and a "so so" movement with my hand.

    This is what really goes on in the life of an 11-year-old ...

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    Yesterday I learned of a school that banned a 9-year-old girl because she shaved her head in support of her friend who has cancer. The school told her she violated the dress code. In the news today is 8-year-old Sunnie Kahle who is being asked to dress more like a girl because the way she looks doesn't follow suit with the school's beliefs and she is confusing some of the other students.

    And now I am completely disgusted.

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    I love taking my 3-year-old daughter to the dog park with our puppy, but for a twisted reason no one would guess.

    Everywhere else -- the grocery store, post office, playground -- strangers stop whatever they're doing, bend down, and inform Skylar how adorable they think she is. So this teaches her to develop inner beauty how?

    At the dog park, human cuteness means nothing. Here, strangers pay attention only to Slater, our year-old Dachshund-Pinscher mix. Thank goodness for borderline insane people who are convinced that their pets either are human or vastly superior to humans. (Incidentally, as much as you try convincing others, and yourself, that your beloved Canine-American will not become just a dog once you have a child, that's exactly what happens, because my wife and I used to say the same thing.)

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    For anyone unclear on how to potty train or, more specifically, poop in general, help is here. A child graciously sketched out exactly what moms and dads need to be showing their children when teaching them how to use the toilet. The step-by-step drawings are to-the-point; done with humor; and, oh yeah, super graphic.

    If you've ever wondered how to go to the bathroom, or just really need a laugh today, check out the amazing drawings from a child who just wants the world to know how to go poop.

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