After a Record High, Single Motherhood is on the Decline

Until 2008, the birthrate for unmarried mothers was mysteriously on the rise. That’s changing now. After a peak of nearly 1.73 million children born to unmarried women in 2008, that number declined to 1.61 million in 2013.

Where are the sharpest declines? According to the Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Services, in the demographics that typically have the highest rates of single motherhood: teenagers; black and Hispanic women; and those without a college degree. Where numbers continue to rise are in women 35 years or older. This trend possibly points to changing norms in family structure – some women are having babies outside of marriage by choice, including many who have partners but choose not to get married.

My First Rifle: Photos of Kids and Their Guns

For much of the western world, owning a gun is near unthinkable… let alone giving one to your young child. That’s part of what prompted Dutch photographer An-Sofie Kesteleyn to jump on a plane for America, just one month after seeing the tragic story of a 5-year old boy in Kentucky who killed his 2-year old sister with a practice rifle (an event which was deemed an accident).

A Rescue Dog and Her Little Boy Share Hats

Meet Zoey and Jasper – a rescue dog and her little boy. The duo are quickly making friends around the internet with their quirky collection of matching hats and the attitudes to match. Jasper is a spunky little 10 month old Chinese-Korean kid with loads of character and a big happy smile. Zoey is a rescue dog that had a rough start. Born in front of a small store in Taiwan, she was literally washed into the gutter before a schoolgirl rescued Zoey and her siblings and put them up for adoption with Animal Rescue Team Taiwan. Soon she was transported to Los Angeles and a happy new life, with a new mom – commercial photographer Grace Chon.

This Preschooler is Doing Impressive Yoga with Her Mom

There’s plenty of hype about ‘couples yoga’ but what if your partner was your pre-school aged child? That’s the team we see here – yogo instructor Laura Kasperzak busting out some impressive moves with her very young daughter. Some of their poses are beautiful, some are cute, and others are jaw dropping… and with over 700,000 followers on Instagram, we’re not the only ones impressed.

Couple Remakes Famous Movie Scenes With Their Baby and “Domestic Junk”

You’ve seen these movies before, but never like this. Finding themselves with a house full of cardboard boxes from their recent international move, and a new-ish baby, this couple have been creating scenes from their favorite films built entirely from their “favorite domestic junk”. Look closely and you’ll spot plastic cutlery as teeth, overturned shelving as boats and a ridiculous amount of family creativity.

Creative Food Ideas to Encourage Your Children to Eat

Lee Samantha was very pregnant with her second child when she decided to make creative food dishes for her daughter so that she could eat independently. She wasn’t a professional chef or graduate of a prestigious culinary school, but Samantha began experimenting with bento style meals and it became an instant success with her daughter.

Cool Dad Colors His Kids Drawings While on Business Trips

Tatsputin Colors His Kids Drawings 1

How do you keep connected with your kids while traveling? For a Redditor going by the name Tatsputin, the answer is coloring in his children’s drawings while he’s flying out of state. With just their lines to go on, he fills in each with colored pencil giving each image lighting, dimension, “and whatever I feel the original drawing would need to be feasible.” The results are great and are keeping his kids excited to see what he brings home.

An Artistic Collaboration With a 4-Year Old

Collaborating with a 4 year old 1

Sometimes we complain about the way our collaborators work with us on a project – “Why won’t you just grow up!!” – but what if that helper was just a 4 year old child? When Mica Angela Hendricks, a professional illustrator, bought a new sketchbook, her young daughter ditched her own art supplies and wanted to contribute to her mothers work. The result is a charming combination of grown up perfection and youthful imagination.

Never Too Young: Fuji, the 3 Year Old Photographer

fuji2

In the West African country of Nigeria is a three year old boy by the name of Fuji Remet. His current hobby isn’t playing with toys, scribbling on walls or eating Play-Doh but rather shooting photos with a Sony SLR. He’s an aspiring photographer… and his first exhibition of his work just happened last month. His proud father, who himself is an artist and graphic designer, sent in his son’s work to CNN and they picked up the story of the young artist.

Boy With Muscular Dystrophy Lives Out His Dreams

Matej Peljhan 1

Most children have big dreams. Maybe they want to meet their favorite athlete or go to Disney Land or be a princess. But 12 year old Luka dreams of doing things that most children take for granted- basic things like walking, getting dressed, and feeding himself. Luka was born with the degenerative disease muscular dystrophy and has just enough control of movements in his hands to operate his electric wheelchair and hold a pen in his hand to draw. Slovenian photographer Matej Peljhan helped Luka’s dreams come true through this fun photography project. Rather than working some photoshop magic, he used real props to make Luka look like he was break dancing, skateboarding, swimming, shooting hoops, walking up stairs, and flying away with a red balloon!