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    I've been bracing myself ever since my mommy friends warned me it would happen. "It" being toddler masturbation. Sooner or later, my daughter may discover a certain part of her body that, well, feels good to touch. "My son's hand is jammed down his pants non-stop!" confessed one of my friends. "Mine humps the car seat -- so embarrassing!" admits another.

    No matter how comfortable we adults are with our own sexuality, toddler masturbation is bound to make us uncomfortable. Still, since sitting there tongue-tied isn't the answer, here's a primer on how to navigate through this awkward conversation without giving your kids a hangup that'll haunt them later in life.

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    Baby's first steps videos are constantly uploaded and shared with friends and family, but the latest -- of a toddler learning to walk -- will really melt your heart. Two-year-old Kayden Kinckle was born with omhalocele, a birth defect in which an infant's organs develop outside the body, and had a band wrapped around both his legs and feet. When he was just a baby, he had two abdominal surgeries, and earlier this year, doctors amputated his right foot and his left leg. And now with the help of a walker, Kayden has taken his first steps.

    Grab your tissues and take a look at the video below:

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    If you have a baby who is comforted by thumb sucking, it can be a relief. Thumbs can't be accidentally forgotten at home, and you don't have to keep buying more -- the way you do with pacifiers. But Moms, let's talk about what happens when it's time for your tot to give up their precious thumb.

    You can take a pacifier away from a baby, but you can't cut off your child's thumb and throw it away! So how do you wean a thumb sucker? Help is on the way!

    Here are the experts' dos and don'ts for breaking your child of the thumb sucking habit.

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    STEM girls rock. Ladies who pursue education and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are just downright cool for going after their dreams despite the fact that it's still a male-dominated field.

    But would even more girls choose to follow their math and science aspirations if their parents told them they were pretty smart in addition to just being pretty? That's the message behind a powerful new ad from Verizon called "Inspire Her Mind," which is part of a campaign to get more girls interested in the STEM fields.

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    Hillary and Jeff Whittington, parents from San Diego, California, were honored this week at the 6th Annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast for helping their child transition from female to male at just 5 years old. At the breakfast, they shared a video that documents their journey with their child, Ryland Whittington, who was born a girl in 2008.   

    Ryland suffered severe hearing problems when she was just 12 months old and was fitted with cochlear implants. And as soon as she got the operation and learned how to speak, she declared to her parents, "I am a boy." Although this could've been easily blown off as a "phase," Jeff and Hillary realized Ryland's feeling that she was a he only got stronger with time. When Ryland reportedly told her parents, "When the family dies, I will cut my hair so I could be a boy. Why did God make me like this?" they came to a conclusion with the help of experts: Ryland is transgender.

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    Ever ask an American child what they think about racial differences? A recent MTV survey found 89 percent of millennials believe everyone should be treated the same -- no matter their race. It's good news ... but it's also news that's masking a big problem in America.

    Only 37 percent of the young people in that same MTV survey said they were raised in a home where their families talked about race. And when researchers at the University of Texas at Austin looked at how racism is discussed in families back in 2012, they found most white moms take a colorblind or colormute approach to the subject -- that is if they talk about it at all.

    Why is racism something American families are largely ignoring?

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    I realize that three-year-olds aren't supposed to develop unified field theories. Still, judging by some of the things my daughter believes, she's one light bulb short of a box.

    My wife thinks these beliefs are not only normal, but adorable and that I need to STFU. She's probably right. Still, I'm no longer banking on that college scholarship.

    Here are 10 signs my daughter isn't a child genius.

     

     

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    I'm raising my three-year-old oblivious to all current music... while I still can.I long ago lost the battle for TV influence to her daycare classmates, who sucked her into "Elmo" and now "Doc McStuffins" and will probably teach her to smoke soon.

    But in the car, my iTunes library is all the music that exists. And most of the selections I play from it were recorded 15 of her lifetimes ago.

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    In the blink of an eye, your baby went from helpless newborn to boisterous toddler. And you know what that means: Time for preschool.

    Maybe.

    While some moms are quick to strap a backpack onto their 2-year-old and send them on their merry way, others agonize over whether their toddler is ready for preschool.

    Relax.

    The decision of whether to send your little one off to the land of gluing, cutting, and snack time doesn't have to be fraught with anxiety. In fact, your child may be more ready for preschool ... than you are.

    This list of dos and don'ts can help you decide if it's time for preschool.

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    You always hear that kids are doing it younger and younger these days. But nothing prepares you for that moment when your 3-year-old daughter announces that she has a boyfriend.

    Skylar and Ike have known each other since infancy, when they shared a nanny, diapers, Goldfish crackers, and, apparently, a slowly building set of feelings for one another.

    Skylar now says that she loves Ike. And I need to respect her feelings or risk causing a Romeo and Juliet situation.

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