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Bana Alabed, 7, caught the world's attention when her mother, Fatema, began tweeting about the family's life in Syria.

Like most kids, Bana likes to read, dress up her dolls, and play with her little brothers.

But Bana's life is different than most kids. She lives in Aleppo, where she hears bombs daily. She's already seen friends die and often wonders if she's next.


Bana is just one of 8.4 million kids affected by the Syrian civil war.

Nearly 500,000 children live in regions of Syria still under siege, including close to 100,000 in eastern Aleppo alone.

2.6 million children are no longer in school, and more than 2.5 million are living as refugees, many on the run or in temporary camps.

"In short, no place today is safe for Syria’s children,” UNICEF regional chief Peter Salama told the Associated Press.

To further illustrate the gravity of the situation for Syria's kids, cartoonist Andy Warner drew a powerful comic.

Comics by Andy Warner, used with permission.

To keep this generation from being forgotten, education and aid are key. Even halfway around the world, there are lots of ways to help.

The Chicago-based Karam Foundation is working all around the world to support this mission. The group provides creative therapy and holistic wellness resources for displaced Syrian kids, helps teen refugees take part in community leadership programs, rebuilds schools damaged by bombs, and transports displaced kids to and from schools in Turkey.

Groups like UNICEF and Hand in Hand for Syria are on the ground too, doing everything they can to help kids get educated.

To keep the good going, volunteering with, supporting, or signal-boosting the work of these organizations is vital.

Kids like Bana can't wait.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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It's a cat toy, people. Deal with it.

Kids have relentless curiosity and imagination galore. That magical quality often catches adults off guard in the most hilarious of ways.

Tennis pro Serena Williams recently posted a video to her TikTok showing her 5-year-old daughter Olympia (who is the spitting image of her mother, by the way) playing with a “toy” for their cat Karma.

By “toy,” I mean a tampon.


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She's enjoying the big benefits of some simple life hacks.

James Clear’s landmark book “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” has sold more than 9 million copies worldwide. The book is incredibly popular because it has a simple message that can help everyone. We can develop habits that increase our productivity and success by making small changes to our daily routines.

"It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis,” James Clear writes. “It is only when looking back 2 or 5 or 10 years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones becomes strikingly apparent.”

His work proves that we don’t need to move mountains to improve ourselves, just get 1% better every day.

Most of us are reluctant to change because breaking old habits and starting new ones can be hard. However, there are a lot of incredibly easy habits we can develop that can add up to monumental changes.

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