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His son was only 2 years old when his dad started to feel ashamed, upset, and cheated.

Sometimes parenting not only means being there for your kid through the rough patches, but also being there for yourself.

Charles Jones struggled to describe his feelings when his first son, Malik, was born.

But they looked a little something like this:


Love

Pride

Happiness

But soon after Malik's second birthday, Charles found out that his son was autistic. While his love for his son never changed, his confusion about his diagnosis and feelings that he had about his condition made him feel:

Shame

Hurt

Cheated

So he made this film to get all those feelings out — his love for his son that battled his thoughts about his condition. He wanted to show other fathers that they're not alone.

FACT CHECK TIME:

While the news report in the video mentions that "1 in 110 kids land somewhere on the autism spectrum," the latest CDC findings show that 1 in 68 children have autism spectrum disorder. It's also more common in boys than girls.

These updated numbers mean that now, a lot more families are affected. This is exactly why dads (and moms) need more nonjudgmental groups like the one shown in this video. They need spaces where they can freely express themselves while getting tons of support.

This article originally appeared on 09.06.17


Being married is like being half of a two-headed monster. It's impossible to avoid regular disagreements when you're bound to another person for the rest of your life. Even the perfect marriage (if there was such a thing) would have its daily frustrations. Funnily enough, most fights aren't caused by big decisions but the simple, day-to-day questions, such as "What do you want for dinner?"; "Are we free Friday night?"; and "What movie do you want to see?"

Here are some hilarious tweets that just about every married couple will understand.

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Mosquitoes are attracted to certain viral smells in both humans and mice.

As much as I love summer, there is one thing I could do without: bugs. More specifically, mosquitoes. Those pesky little buggers can wreak havoc on a beautiful summer day. Who hasn't spent time outside in summer and then come in all itchy and covered in bites? There are multiple reasons why some people are more susceptible to mosquito bites than others, but there's a new one that likely isn't on people's radars. Mosquitoes could be attracted to the odor certain viruses create in the body.

There is evidence that mosquitoes are attracted to the odor given off by mice infected by the parasite that causes malaria. Now, a team is looking at how the scent of mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue and Zika would attract mosquitoes to people rather than mice.

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Paul Rudd in 2016.

Passing around your yearbook to have it signed by friends, teachers and classmates is a fun rite of passage for kids in junior high and high school. But, according to KDVR, for Brody Ridder, a bullied sixth grader at The Academy of Charter Schools in Westminster, Colorado, it was just another day of putting up with rejection.

Poor Brody was only able to get four signatures in his yearbook, two from what appeared to be teachers and one from himself that said, “Hope you make some more friends."

Brody’s mom, Cassandra Ridder has been devastated by the bullying her son has faced over the past two years. "There [are] kids that have pushed him and called him names," she told The Washington Post. It has to be terrible to have your child be bullied and there is nothing you can do.

She posted about the incident on Facebook.

“My poor son. Doesn’t seem like it’s getting any better. 2 teachers and a total of 2 students wrote in his yearbook,” she posted on Facebook. “Despite Brody asking all kinds of kids to sign it. So Brody took it upon himself to write to himself. My heart is shattered. Teach your kids kindness.”

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