Reluctant dad documents life of baby he doesn’t want, journeys “from misery to joy,” says he’s sorry [10 pics]

March 7, 2014 | 1 comment

When photographer Phillip Toledano discovered he and his wife Carla were going to have a baby, he “was neither ready, nor vastly enthused.” He just didn’t want kids. He writes…

I liked [kids] in an abstract sense, in the same way that exercise seems appealing, but in practice, utterly tedious.

Then in July 2010, Loulou came along — his own little human to care for and understand, but “everything Loulou did was utterly incomprehensible…. It was like watching a wildlife documentary.”

From the time of his wife’s pregnancy through his daughter’s toddlerhood, he documented life from his reluctant perspective. And over time, you know exactly what happened. In his words:

I chronicled my journey from misery to joy. 

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I had been downsized. Meet my replacement: The alien

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Wonderfully simple and tender portraits of mothers with their 1-day-old babies [20 pics]

March 6, 2014 | No comments

In an ongoing series titled “One Day Young,” photographer Jenny Lewis meets with mothers in their homes the day after they’ve had babies. She says of the beautiful shots she’s able to get in these moments…

These are, by far, the most natural portraits I have ever taken. The women are just themselves with nothing to prove, they have such a sense of pride and strength.

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Texas dad’s tiring but inventive way to take his kids sledding with no hill…or sleds

March 5, 2014 | No comments

When snow fell in Dallas a few months ago, Eric McGehearty took his kids outside to enjoy the rare experience. With no sleds or even a hill to take them down, McGehearty found a creative (though exhausting) solution to give his kids a ride…

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Stupid things people say to adopted kids and their parents [11 pictures]

March 3, 2014 | 22 comments

After adopting two girls from China, Kim Kelley-Wagner found herself frequently having to explain people’s hurtful comments to her daughters. In an effort to show people how incredibly ridiculous and painful their words were, she took a series of photographs with her daughters holding a whiteboard showing the insensitive questions and comments they’ve received…

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Infant girl leads her dad in an adorably intense workout

March 3, 2014 | 1 comment

Health & Wellness Coach Michael Stansbury is no stranger to intense workouts, so one day he set up a camera to see if he could hang with his baby daughter for what he dubbed the “Lilly Ann Workout.” This short workout consisted of him simply mimicking the infant girl’s movements…

Mom and her 4-year-old make fun fancy dresses out of paper every day [15 pics]

February 27, 2014 | 1 comment

Photographer Angie and her pre-school daughter nicknamed Mayhem for the internet have a fun daily routine that they share on Instagram. With few exceptions, every day they construct a paper dress together that Mayhem then gets to model.

They range from simple to complex, depending on how involved mom is on that day…

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New “Goodnight Moon” parody pokes fun at over-protective modern parents [11 pics]

February 26, 2014 | No comments

Wanting to have a little fun at the expense of the hovering yuppy parents they come into contact with as they raise their children, a couple New York mothers put out their own version of the classic Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Nanny-cam

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In the great green-certified room there was a smart phone, and a silver spoon, and a picture of…

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Your kid drew on the wall, and that’s OK because you’re an artist, too

February 17, 2014 | 1 comment

Every parent has faced the annoyance of leaving their child alone in a room only to come back moments later to a table or the floor or a wall decorated in new and unwelcome art. But it doesn’t have to be so bad if you, like your child, also know how to wield a marker or a crayon.

Just take the masterpiece they began and complete it yourself…

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You both got to express yourselves creatively; no one was unnecessarily scolded; and, hey, free wall art!

Everybody wins.