Written on June 30, 2014 at 5:16 pm , by Jill Feigelman
It’s not every day that an ad asks a thought-provoking question, but this Always ad sure does. The question: When did doing something “like a girl” become an insult?
A group of teens and younger children are instructed to complete certain actions—for example, running and fighting—like a girl. There’s an eye-opening difference in how the two groups respond. The teens all act “girly,” complete with flailing arms and concern about messing up their hair. The younger kids, however, run and fight fiercely.
Always found that girls experience a drop in confidence around puberty. The company partnered with the filmmaker and director of this video, Lauren Greenfield, to redefine the phrase “like a girl” so that it means something awesome.
Wait till you see how the teens react when they rethink what that phrase should mean.
Written on March 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm , by Jill Feigelman
While we know that it’s impossible to post anything online truly anonymously, sometimes we all need a bit of reminding. Especially teens.
But that wisdom will definitely stick for the video production students of Los Alamitos High School. The students drove home the “be careful what you post” message in this very funny video in the style of the popular Jimmy Kimmel segment “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets”.
Teachers (one of whom didn’t even know what a tweet was) read mean messages about themselves as the song “Everybody Hurts” plays lightly in the background. Although the tweets are not real, they’re all based on the students’ most common thoughts about the teachers. Besides proving a point, this video shows that high school teachers have a pretty good sense of humor.
Be sure to share this video with your teen.
Written on March 10, 2014 at 1:17 pm , by Jonna Gallo
Here’s something to start your week right. Watch this display of admirable sportsmanship by the basketball team at Desert Chapel High School in Palm Springs, California. We tip our hats to these generous athletes and their terrific coach. #ftw
Written on February 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm , by Jill Feigelman
A Michigan boy is in for a very big birthday surprise, all thanks to his mom.
When Jennifer Cunningham asked her 10-year-old son, Colin, if he wanted a birthday party, the response she got back was heartbreaking. He said no, because he had no friends to invite.
Colin has a hard time connecting with kids because of a condition similar to Asperger’s syndrome.
Jennifer decided to make a Facebook page, “Happy Birthday Colin,” with the hope that friends and family would wish Colin well on his special day. To her surprise, the page went viral and now has over a million likes and counting. Strangers from across the world are sending messages for Colin’s big day. And the best part is Colin doesn’t know about the page at all. The plan is to reveal it on his birthday, March 9.
His little sister (who is keeping the secret as well) thinks that when Colin sees the messages he will “scream his pants off.”
The web can lead to wonderful things, don’t you think?
Written on January 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm , by Danielle Hester
There’s an art to taking the perfect selfie—just ask your teen, or James Franco. From how you angle the camera to what your hair looks like to how you smile and tilt your head, it all matters. The point is to appear effortlessly perfect and carefree because, after all, these pictures will live online indefinitely.
Recognizing how hard it is to create such an impression of carefree perfection, Dove challenged a group of young women to confront their insecurities by taking, you guessed it, selfies, and getting their mothers to do so too. In the eight-minute short film simply titled “Selfie” (there’s a three-minute version here), the girls admit to having insecurities that their mothers also express feeling. Through a photography workshop, the teens and their moms begin to have an honest discussion about what beauty is and question the way they define it.
“You have the power to change and redefine what beauty is,” professional photographer Michael Crook tells the girls in the film. “The power is in your hands, because now, more than ever, it’s right at our fingertips. We can take selfies.”
Written on January 15, 2014 at 11:26 am , by Family Circle
Remember your child’s attempt at taking her first steps? Did her stumbles and waddles make you say “awww”? So will this adorable polar bear cub.
The star of this video was born on November 9 at the Toronto Zoo. Watch as he attempts to take his first steps. Priceless!
Written on January 13, 2014 at 4:15 pm , by Family Circle
As a parent, you constantly have doubts and concerns about how to raise your kids no matter how many parenting books you may read. But when these worrying moms listened to what their kids really thought about them, it was priceless.
Written on January 7, 2014 at 2:40 pm , by Family Circle
First tearjerker of 2014? This Procter & Gamble video will remind you just how far a mother’s unconditional love can carry you.
“For teaching us that falling only makes us stronger. Thank you, mom”
Written on December 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm , by Danielle Hester
Air travel during the holiday season can be stressful—long lines at check-in, delayed flights, overcrowded planes … just thinking about it puts a damper on my holiday spirit.
But the video above reminds me just how much the holiday season brings out the best in everyone, even airlines.
The airline sets up virtual kiosks at Hamilton and Toronto international airports for two Calgary-bound flights. Passengers scan their boarding pass, prompting a video of a WestJet Santa asking what passengers want for the holidays. Unbeknownst to passengers, there are more than 150 volunteers recording their requests who then run out to buy, wrap and deliver all the presents to the airport upon the flight’s arrival. Passengers are surprised when wrapped boxes with name tags fall out of the luggage carousel.
It gets better. According to the airline, once the “Christmas Miracle” video hits 200,000 views, the company will give out free flights to the Ronald McDonald Charities for families in need. The viral video has already surpassed this goal.
It’s wonderful to see Christmas wishes come true, big and small.
Written on December 4, 2013 at 9:30 am , by Family Circle
We all know that bullying hurts. But sometimes the fear of being bullied can be just as painful.
Four-year-old Noah Fisher burst into tears when his mother, Lindsey, told him to put on his glasses. Noah was afraid that everyone was going to laugh at him because he had to wear them. So with the help of her friends, Lindsey used Facebook to show Noah that glasses were pretty cool.
She started the page “Glasses for Noah,“ and to her surprise around 40,000 people from all around the country expressed their support for him. They posted various pictures of themselves in glasses, and even some famous faces made an appearance. Noah’s favorite was The Hulk. According to his parents, Noah is getting more comfortable in his glasses every day.
We think Noah looks pretty cute and happy in his glasses. Don’t you?
Written on November 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm , by Jill Feigelman
Actions speak louder than words. When a group of fifth-graders from Williams Intermediate School in Massachusetts decided to stand up for a bullied friend, they didn’t just talk the talk. The group, calling themselves Band of Brothers, dressed the part too.
Bullied 6-year-old Danny Keefe is the water boy for the Bridgewater Badgers D5 peewee football team. And he takes his job very seriously, wearing a suit and tie to every game. Danny’s style and severe speech impediment made him a target for bullies. Danny, however, didn’t let the comments get to him. But the comments didn’t sit well with the Badgers’ quarterback, Tommy Cooney.
With the help of his teammates, Tommy organized Danny Appreciation Day, when 40 students wore their best suit and tie to celebrate their favorite water boy.
This video proves that the Band of Brothers are wise beyond their years.
Written on November 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm , by Family Circle
Last Friday, we followed Batkid as he kept the streets of Gotham/San Francisco safe. Batkid, aka Miles Scott, is a 5-year-old who has battled leukemia for years. His wish to become Batman was granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and thousands of San Francisco residents.
After being called into service by San Francisco police chief Greg Suhr, Batkid performed various missions, which were chronicled by the media and won him fans all over the world.
We can’t get enough of Batkid, and now we have a trailer featuring our new favorite pint-size Caped Crusader.
It’s wonderful what people can do when they come together, isn’t it?