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    Like lots of moms, Jessica Simpson's Instagram is a delightful ode to her happy family life. Her latest post fits right in, offering an adorably gasp-worthy glimpse of her almost-2-year-old daughter Maxwell playing with her fiance Eric Johnson at the beach.

    "Maxi and Daddy at the beach. Yikes and Yay. Good Lord! She has NO FEAR!" the proud mama captioned her pic. Why "yikes" and "yay"? Well, you've just gotta see it to get it ...

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    Children get into the wildest spots, don't they? They find ways to climb, descend, and scale places and things we could never dream of conquering. But just wait until you hear this story!

    A 24-year-old woman in Lincoln, Nebraska reported her 3-year-old son as missing after she notice that he must have slipped out of the home when she went to the bathroom.

    At the same time, customers at Madsen's Bowling and Billiards restaurant also called the police when they noticed a little boy was stuck the arcade toy claw machine. He was hanging out and playing with the toys. Just having a grand ol' time!

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    Do you have a box of tissues handy? Grab it; you're going to need it. Because the latest photo to go viral on the Internet has one heckuva sad story behind it. A mother of two whose baby died in October has added a sandbox to his grave ... so his big brother can play with him when he visits.

    Crying yet? Just wait.

    The photo of little Tucker Jolley "playing" with his brother Ryan has created a firestorm on the Internet, and not everyone is being so nice to mom Ashlee Hammac.

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    An actual, real, totally legitimate professional Belgian soccer club has signed a 20-month-old boy named Bryce Brites to its team. No, they didn't sign a 20-year-old. You actually read that right -- they signed a toddler! According to the FC Racing Boxberg's club secretary, Bryce has incredible control of the ball for someone his age and kicks in a way that surpasses the skills of a 5-year-old child. I'll admit: the tot definitely has some fancy foot moves, as we can see from video shot of him on the field. But I'm also comparing him to other kids his age, most of whom would probably lose interest in the ball after five minutes and sit down to play with the grass.

    Weirdly, Bryce isn't even the youngest child to be signed by a pro team. Baerke van der Meij, who was 18 months old at the time he got the nod from a Dutch soccer association, gets that honor. This all begs the question: even if we spot talent in our very young children, is it healthy to push them so soon?

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    Much has been said about Jessica Simpson's recent weight loss, but the most important part of it all is how absolutely elated the mom of two seems with her healthier new lifestyle. We all know she followed the Weight Watchers system to keep her nutrition in check, but it couldn't be more clear that adopting other habits -- like walking around her hilly L.A.-area neighborhood and wearing a pedometer -- has been integral to feeling and looking incredible!

    She also has a pretty special workout secret up her sleeve ...

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    This really shouldn't come as a huge surprise at all, given what a laid-back attitude she has -- but Kailyn Lowry lets her son Isaac play with princess toys and couldn't care less what anyone thinks about it.

    A fan on Twitter gave her some grief about allowing him to have "girl toys" as opposed to ones that are more typically associated with boys, you know -- because playing with them might turn him into a female or something.

    Kailyn's response was pretty classic, if you ask me.

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    When's the last time you saw a movie that got you so pumped up that you actually had a physical reaction to the on-screen action? Probably not in a while. But what an amazing feeling that is, right? Well, if it's been so long that you need a reminder of what that feels like, look no further than this amazingly adorable video of a 16-month-old reacting to Superman's first flight in Man of Steel. As one Redditor put it, it may be the "happiest thing" you've ever watched.

    Check it out ...

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    I recently read a fabulous article by Sherrie Campbell called "8 Guaranteed Ways to Emotionally F*ck Up Your Kids." Now, to be honest, I originally clicked on the article because I imagined it to be some mocking list filled with humorous fare, like, "When they're taking a bath, scream 'Shark' and run out of the room." Though the actual piece was a lot more astute, I'm pretty sure that would be totally scarring as well.

    In fact, one moment of creatively messing with your kiddos (for your own amusement) could potentially last a lifetime (see Jimmy Kimmel). So when I finished the piece, I still wanted to read the sarcastic version. Who was gonna write that?

    Since I've already written lists about the lies we tell our kids to stay sane and the Momisms we trick them with, I thought, why not me?

    That said, here it is: 13 Guaranteed Ways to F*ck Up Your Kids (WARNING: DO NOT TRY THESE AT HOME, IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO TAKE CARE OF YOU WHEN YOU'RE OLD) ...

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    If there's any one thing that truly helps moms cope with and survive the toddler phase, it's having amazing friends who are right there going through the same challenges with you.

    There's really nothing better than having someone say, "I totally understand" or, "OMG. I'm having the worst time potty training little Joey too. Isn't it the pits?!?"

    But while mom friends are definitely essential, there are a few types of parents out there who will probably wind up doing you a lot more harm than good if you choose to associate with them.

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    Toddlers are tough nuts to crack sometimes. They’re mobile. They are learning to communicate but frequently frustrated at their difficulty in doing it effectively. Also they think they don’t need naps, but they really do. And by them needing naps, I of course mean their parents need naps.

    But there is an upside. If you survive toddlerhood, you’ll be prepared for just about anything.

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