Dr. Dre Home From the Hospital After ICU Stay for Brain Aneurysm

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In the first bit of positive news for hip hop legend, Dr. Dre has been released from the hospital after a stay in the ICU for a brain aneurysm. Things looked scary for Dre after he was rushed to the hospital, and brain aneurysms have a high rate of death and permanent neurological impairments. Incredibly, doctors think he will have a full recovery, according to sources close to the family speaking to TMZ.

While he has been discharged, doctors don’t know what the cause is, so he’s being monitored by health professionals 24/7 at home. The iconic producer has had a rough few months, as his LA home was targeted by burglars after he went to the hospital, and four people were arrested attempting to get into his home. He’s also been going through a contentious divorce.

Not long after he was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, he shared an Instagram post saying:

“Thanks to my family, friends and fans for their interest and well wishes. I’m doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team. I will be out of the hospital and back home soon. Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars. One Love!!

 

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Ice T actually broke the news about Dre’s return home, sharing on Twitter that he just FaceTimed with Dr. Dre, saying “he just made it home, safe and looking good.”

Chewbacca Singing Silent Night Is the Holiday Cheer You Need

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The holiday season is full of touching gestures and especially heartwarming content. You had the holiday short of a grandpa’s adorable kettlebell workout, then an 8-year-old became Santa’s dentist. But none of those feel-good stories are Star Wars related. So be sure to check out the dad who put together an Imperial March Christmas light show and 2020 wouldn’t be complete without a The Mandalorian Christmas light show.

But if you’re still lacking the Star Wars holiday spirit, this video will lift you up to where you need to be.

It’s Chewbacca’s rendition of Silent Night.

Good luck getting that out of your head. It’s like the exact opposite of The Star Wars holiday special. It’s something you want to watch time and time again, and this will hopefully get its own entry into the Star Wars pantheon someday (idk, I’d probably rank it right up there with Rogue One and Mandalorian, and definitely ahead of the prequel and sequel trilogies).

You can thank the folks at How It Should Have Ended for the great holiday tribute from one of the all-time great Star Wars characters. All we can hope now is for a “Jar Jar Jingle Bells” someday.

Dolly Parton Saves 9-Yr-Old From Oncoming Vehicle on Set of Christmas Film

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We need to talk, and it’s important. It’s time that we sat down and had a nice long chat about Dolly Parton. Let’s start by saying that it truly doesn’t matter whether or not you like her music – you can be an enormous Dolly Parton fan simply because she’s an incredible human being. With her massive success over 50+ years, Parton could probably be a billionaire if she wanted to at this point. But the country singer has more important priorities and pours her money and energy into helping others.

Over the years, Dolly Parton has committed herself pretty equally to both her music career and her extensive philanthropy. She’s passionate about education, founding the Dollywood Foundation in 1988 to increase graduation rates in her hometown. She started Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in 1995, which now provides free books to kids up to 5 years old around the world

Parton explains on the organization’s website, “When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer. The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.”

Outside of education, Parton has worked in animal conservation, performed at countless benefit concerts for a multitude of causes, raising money for families impacted by wildfires, and now, Dolly Parton is apparently out there saving lives. More specifically, the life of a 9-year-old actor named Talia Hill.

While working together on Netflix’s “Christmas on the Square,” the 9-year-old found herself directly in the path of a quickly-approaching vehicle. In an interview with Inside Edition, Hill recalled the harrowing moment.

“We were on-set, and I was at the hot chocolate station, and they said, ‘Go back to your beginning positions. So, there is a vehicle moving, and I was walking, and then somebody grabbed me and pulled me back. And I looked up, and it was Dolly Parton,” said Parton’s young co-star.

Hill and her family were in awe, terrified at what could have been, and grateful for Parton’s quick action. Tearful and thankful, Hill’s mom marveled at the fact that Dolly Parton had just saved her daughter’s life.

In typical Dolly Parton fashion, she remained calm and comforted the shaken actor. Pulling Hill in close, Parton said “Well, I’m an angel, you know,” referring to her role in the film. There is truly no better role for this big-hearted, big-haired celeb than a literal angel.

Dave Grohl and Producer Greg Kurstin Announce 8-Song Hanukkah Celebration

Dave Grohl and Producer Greg Kurstin Hanukkah Sessions
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The holiday season is upon us, and whatever you celebrate, this year’s festivities are going to look a bit different. Fortunately, many of us have found ourselves with a bit of extra free time to pour our creative energy into making the holidays special this year. While our holiday festivities may be directed towards friends and family, celebrities have the unique ability to spread some much-needed cheer around the world.

Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl and producer Greg Kurstin announced last week that they were taking on a special project to celebrate Hanukkah this year. Though Grohl doesn’t celebrate the holiday himself, his producer does. It’s no secret that Christmas music tends to get all the attention this time of year (to be fair, there aren’t all that many classic Hanukkah songs), so the pair set out to make the eight days of Hanukkah sound a whole lot better.

Grohl announced in a tweet, “With all the mishegas of 2020, @GregKurstin & I were kibbitzing about how we could make Hannukah extra-special this year. Festival of Lights?! How about a festival of tasty LICKS! So hold on to your tuchuses… we’ve got something special coming for your shayna punims. L’chaim!!”

Allow me to translate. With all the bullshit of 2020, Kurstin and Grohl were chatting about how to make Hanukkah extra special. Festival of Lights is another name for Hanukkah. Tasty licks refers to music, not food. Hold onto your butts, because something special is coming for our pretty faces. To life (L’chaim is basically a Hebrew “cheers”)!

I’ll be honest, the Yiddish-packed tweet was enough to delight the heck out of me, but Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin are just getting started.

Grohl explains in the video, “This year, instead of doing a Christmas song, Greg and I decided to celebrate Hanukkah by recording eight songs by eight famous Jewish artists each night of Hanukkah for you, so we hope you enjoy!”

We’re already a few days in, and so far, the duo’s Hanukkah Sessions have delivered some absolute gems. Night one’s song started things off strong with a classic Beastie Boys tune, followed the next day by a dance-infused Drake cover. Day three got lit (haha, you know, because of the festival of lights thing) with a hard-rocking Mountain song, honoring Jewish band member Leslie West.

We have several days and several Hanukkah Sessions left, so keep your eyes on the Foo Fighters’ YouTube channel for eight full days of Hanukkah jams.

Dad Steps up To Sing Anthem When PA System Fails and He Crushes It

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When things go wrong, you can always count on a dad to step in to lend a helping hand, or in this case, a voice. A high school basketball game in Ohio faced an awkward delay when their sound system malfunctioned as the teams lined up for the national anthem. That’s when Trenton Brown’s wife gave him a nudge and said “sing.” So, he did and sang it a capella.

Oh, and he freaking ROCKED IT.

“I started singing and that was it,” he told CNN. The man has sung and played music most of his life, but had never performed the anthem before. It was recorded by another parent on the team, and the entire gym broke out in a standing ovation after he was done. The dad that recorded it said ‘he brought everyone in the gym to tears when he saved the day by singing the anthem.’

He said he posted it because he thought the world needs to see it, but never expected it to go viral.

And in true dad fashion, after he NAILS IT, he simply sits down to enjoy his popcorn.

Impossible to watch without getting chills.

We Have Ryan Reynolds and Taylor Swift To Thank for the Funniest Ad of 2020

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There are only a few weeks left in the hellish year that is 2020, and we finally have the perfect commercial to sum the insanity. And we have Deadpool and T-Swift to thank for it. Reynolds and his content studio Maximum Effort put together the commercial, and it’s a snippet of Taylor Swift’s newly re-recorded ‘Love Story’ that plays in the background as Satan and “2020” fall in love.

The legit funny Match ad shows the beginning of a relationship between Satan and “2020.” There’s the meet-cute, the courtship, and the ensuing relationship, full of pandemic jokes like taking a selfie in front of a dumpster fire and stealing toilet paper from restrooms. There’s even a picnic in the middle of an empty NFL stadium. Everything you think Satan and 2020 would enjoy.

Reynolds shared it, saying “a match made in hell is still a match.”

“Match is responsible for bringing millions of people together and even in this dumpster fire of a year, people somehow found love on Match,” he said in a statement. “We just imagined what a ‘2020 match’ would look like and this video was the natural, slightly warped result. Also, this stuff gives me something to think about during the board meetings.”

For her part, Swift said her new recordings aren’t done yet, but that she couldn’t say no to Reynolds when he asked for her help with the ad he wrote.

 

A Match executive said Reynolds and his team created a story that “speaks to this hellish year” while acknowledging the resilience of singles.

The commercial is pitch-perfect, as is the norm for all things Reynolds lately. The guy just gets the zeitgeist in a way most don’t, and he keeps delivering time and time again.

According to Twitter, Dr. Dre’s Next Album Features Eminem and It’s Almost Here

Dr Dre's New Album with Eminem
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2020 hasn’t provided us with a lot of good news. It’s been a pretty consistent shit show. Movies we were anticipating got moved, concerts we would have loved to have gone to got canceled, restaurants and bars were completely closed for much of the year.

But we have had a few decent developments in the entertainment world, from cool castings to cool trailers to cool movies that landed on TVs before we expected them to. And now there’s news of a new album from an old favorite or two.

Dr. Dre’s latest LP won’t come out in 2020, but learning that it’s complete, and seems to feature his protege Eminem, counts as a win for this terrible year.

Detroit rapper Page Kennedy has the inside scoop, and he let it loose on Twitter, tweeting, “This Dr. Dre album sounding [fire emojis]” he wrote. “Hope y’all get to hear.”

And then, when another person asked about Eminem’s next album, Kennedy dropped more news:

“Wait, also need to know when is Em dropping his…please,” a fan wrote, to which Kennedy replied: “Well he def on this one lol.”

No date yet on when Dre’s follow-up to 2015’s Compton will drop, but these hints from Kennedy bode well for fans of Dre, Eminem, and former presidential candidate Kanye West, who tweeted earlier this year that Eminem is actually featured on the album’s remix of one of his tracks was on the album.

“Eminem Thank you for rapping on the Dr. Dre remix of my daughter’s favorite song of mine USE THIS GOSPEL,” tweeted West.

Rap fans have something to be thankful for this holiday season. Hopefully, we get the actual album before Easter!

Snoop Dogg Was the MVP of Mike Tyson’s Comeback Match

Snoop Dogg Boxing Commentary
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We finally got the much-awaited return to the boxing ring of Mike Tyson, who had his anticipated bout with Roy Jones Jr. over the weekend. And it was fun! The fight? Oh, no, not that. The rules took a lot of the heat out of the bout, and it ended as a draw (the worst possible outcome for a fight). Tyson definitely looked better and probably won, but the reason it was a fun show? Snoop Dogg, who KILLED IT on the commentary.

Snoop did color commentary the way it should be done for ALL sports broadcasts, but he did it in a way only he can. One of the most publicized fights on the undercard, and the one that riveted social media, was YouTube guy Jake Paul knocking out tiny former NBA player Nate Robinson (former dunk contest champion!). After Robinson was put to sleep, Snoop yelled “Oh my God, lord have mercy! Oh Jesus!” and then hilariously broke out into a gospel hymn.

Truly one of the best sports moments of the year. But that’s not all he brought to the table, he was hilarious all night. During the main event between Tyson and Jones Jr., he joked that it was like “two of my uncles fighting at the family BBQ”

“My uncles is getting it in! Hey grandma! They fightin’ again!”

Social media crowned him the clear winner of the night.

Lebron summed it up better than anyone, calling Snoop a ‘swiss army knife’ who is simply the greatest at whatever he does.

He’s sat in for a bit of an NHL broadcast and it’s clearer than ever that what the sports world needs is more Snoop behind the mic for every big game. Super Bowl, World Series, all of it. Put it on an alternate channel if you have to, like they do for different language broadcasts, and have the Snoop Cast of the big games, and it will be a guaranteed hit.

Dave Grohl Invites His 10-Yr-Old “Nemesis” to Jam on Stage With the Foo Fighters

Grohl Nandi
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One of the coolest parts of 2020 (I know, the bar is low) has been the ongoing virtual drum battle between Dad Rock aficionado Dave Grohl and 10-year-old superfan and musical prodigy Nandi Bushell. Despite throwing epic challenges back and forth, the two finally met (virtually) for the first time earlier this week.

In a video shared by Nandi, Grohl is exactly who we thought he was; effortlessly awesome.

“I get to meet a rock star! Oh my God!” Grohl said to Bushell. The youngster was glowing and rendered speechless at first.

“Oh my gosh! It’s you!” she said. “It’s so nice to meet you…I can’t believe it. I feel like I’m meeting a Beatle.”

Grohl brought up the latest round of the challenge when they each wrote original songs for the other.

“I had an idea for how to respond to your last song, but I haven’t done it yet,” he said. “It’s a really good idea. … I don’t want to give it away.”

Grohl also said she’s so good at the drums it made him briefly consider quitting. And when it came to advice, he told her just to practice, practice, practice. But maybe the coolest part of their convo was when he invited her to jam with the Foo Fighters, on stage.

“When the Foo Fighters finally come back to the U.K., do you think that you would get up onstage and jam with us?” Grohl said. “But it has to be at the end of the set, because you’re gonna steal the show. It can’t be at the beginning of the set, because if you come out first, it’s just all downhill from there.”

That show promises to be epic if it comes close to living up to the back and forth they’ve had over the past few months. Regardless, it’s always fun to see someone meet their hero, and have that person be as cool as everyone thought he was.

Dad Raps COVID Edition of the Fresh Prince Theme Song and Honestly, It Slaps

Dad Raps COVID edition Fresh Prince theme song
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We’ve all had some pretty strong feelings about this era of COVID, and we’ve had all the time in the world to sit with them. Maybe you’ve channeled your energy into making things feel as normal as possible, giving yourself and your family the illusion that things are just fine. I mean, of course not leaving your house for several months is a totally cool and regular human thing to do. If make-believe isn’t your thing, maybe you’ve been leaning into all the changes COVID has brought. More time with the family, fewer distractions, and if you’re anything like this TikTok dad, some great content.

Robert Williams, his wife, and their kids have been quarantined in their home like so many of us over the past several months. In a hilarious rap-rant, Williams tells the story “all about how COVID-19 flipped things upside-down” in a video he calls “Dad of Daycare.”

@robertwilliamsfilmsDad of Daycare😷🤷🏾‍♂️ ##fyp ##foryourpage ##freshprinceofbelair ##willsmith ##tiktokdad ##parody ##forfun♬ original sound – robertwilliamsfilms

Taking a beat and some serious style inspiration from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s intro, Williams created an incredible TikTok that quickly went viral. With over 3 million views in just six days, the song is a hit. Not only is it catchy and highly impressive production-wise, but it makes light of something that’s been pretty dang stressful for a while. Being able to laugh at the absurdity of our situation, finding some levity in this mess, it’s exactly what we need.

The biggest complaint at the Williams household? Well, even with two not-so-young kids, their house seems to have turned into some sort of daycare. It didn’t start out that way, as Williams explains. When they first started their quarantine in March 2020, it seemed as if things might go relatively well.

“‘Do what you’re told’ is the number one rule, and show up on time for your virtual school,” Williams raps. Though unenthusiastic, Williams’s two kids each give a half-hearted thumbs-up. Promising, but according to Williams, it didn’t last.

With the kids oversleeping and dishes constantly in the sink, Williams was understandably exhausted. “I needed a break, so I went upstairs – stuck in my home as it became a daycare.” The video ends with Williams shaking his head in defeat, as so many of us have over these past several months. But I think we can all take a note from Williams here, remember that this situation isn’t all bad. In fact, there’s a lot of good – sometimes we just have to make it ourselves.

10 Quintessential Songs About Fatherhood

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Sadly, the roller coaster ride of parenting often causes us to lose touch with quality music. We’re too busy. We’re too tired. We’re fine with listening to Raffi’s greatest hits because the kids stay quiet in the car. We’ve got the Paw Patrol theme stuck in our head. Heck, Baby Shark recently became the most played YouTube video ever with 7 billion plays. We must remain vigilant and keep our inner DJs alive. We must replace “Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo-Doo” with quality lyrics as often as possible.

Here’s a list of wonderful songs about fatherhood to help you wage a war against that Peppa Pig theme song you can’t shake.

1. Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder

Far and away the best pop song ever written about the profound joy of seeing your newborn kid for the first time. Catchy as hell, and a testament to both the daddy-daughter relationship and how unparalleled Stevie Wonder’s talent is.

Best lyrics:
Isn’t she pretty?
Truly the angel’s best
Boy, I’m so happy
We have been heaven blessed

2. Show Me The Good Life by Blu & Exile

One of the best tracks from one of the best hip hop albums this side of the millennium. The track covers a lot, from Blu dealing with an unexpected pregnancy to Aloe Blacc running down a list of things he’d wished his dad told him. Doesn’t hurt that the beat is also fresh as hell.

Best lyric:
Trying to hit reset knee deep in debt
Trying to figure how to feed a mouth that ain’t got teeth yet

3. Not All Heroes Wear Capes by Owl City

If you dug “Fireflies” back in 10th grade, you’re sure to dig this sweet and melodic tune about a boy simply revering his dad. The singer celebrates his father’s golden heart, his love of rock ‘n’ roll, and his ability to fix anything.

Best lyric:
He built me a house in the arms of a tree
He taught me to drive and to fight and to dream
When he looks in my eyes, I hope he can see that
My dad’s a hero to me

4. Yesterday by Atmosphere

If the jovial piano beat doesn’t hook you, rapper Slug’s introspective lyrics about his late father, with whom he’s still trying to make amends. Slug also alludes to his own struggles with fatherhood, and his aim to be a better dad than the one he had.

Best lyric:
A whole house full of dreams and steps
I think you’d be impressed with the pieces I kept
You disappeared, but the history is still here
That’s why I try not to cry over spilt beer

5. Glory by Jay-Z

Outside the Royal Family, Jay-Z and Beyonce’s firstborn was probably history’s most highly publicized childbirth. In this charming song from 2012, produced by The Neptunes, Hov speaks on the heartbreak of losing a pregnancy, his relationship with his dad, and his full intent to spoil Blue Ivy, who’s listed as a guest on the track.

Best lyric:
Get ready for part two
A younger, smarter, faster me
So a pinch of Hov, a whole glass of Bey

6. Joy by Talib Kweli ft. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)

“Joy” is the perfect name for this track in which Talib Kweli recounts the birth of his son, and then immediately follows it up with a verse about the day he first held his daughter. Backed by an uplifting beat, this is the perfect song about the day you become a dad.

Best lyric:
I’m about to be a father, the sights and sounds,
Seem brighter around me
And for starters, I know I’ma work harder

7. Color Him Father by The Winstons

This is a beautiful, touching song about stepdads. The singer talks about “big and strong” man who lived in his house, smiled a lot, and cared for his mom and younger sister. “I think I’ll color this man father,” he says. No, YOU’RE crying.

Best lyric:
He says education is the thing if you want to compete
Because without it son, life ain’t very sweet
I love this man I don’t know why
Except I’ll need his strength till the day that I die

8. Just The Two of Us

You knew this one was coming. In this track that samples the song of the same name by Bill Withers and Grover Washington, Jr., Will recaps that pivotal day in the maternity ward, mulls over what it means to be a good dad, and passes along nuggets of fatherly wisdom to his son, Trey. A classic. The Dr. Evil/Mini Me cover is also great.

Best lyric:
Got you home safe, placed you in your basonette
That night I don’t think one wink I slept
As I slipped out my bed, to your crib I crept
Touched your head gently, felt my heart melt

9. Daughter by Loudon Wainwright III

You might recognize this song from the end credits of Knocked Up. It’s an endlessly catchy tune about how much the singer loves his daughter, and will do absolutely anything for her. It’s such a wholesome, affecting ditty, and the perfect soundtrack to any daddy-daughter beach outing.

Best lyric:
Everytime she blinks
She strikes somebody blind
Everything she thinks
Blows her tiny mind

10. Cats In The Cradle by Harry Chapin

Not many people know this, but Harry Chapin’s timeless ode to his son, Josh, was actually written by his wife, Sandy. He just turned it into music. And that collaborative effort manifest as the single greatest song about the difficulties of parenthood ever written. Few things are as simultaneously tough and exciting as watching your kid grow up, and this song captures it mastefully.

Best lyric:
My son turned ten just the other day
He said, “Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let’s play
Can you teach me to throw”, I said “Not today
I got a lot to do”, he said, “That’s okay”
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
And said, “I’m gonna be like him, yeah”

Lil Nas X Teases New “Holiday” Single With Help from Michael J. Fox

Lil Nas X and Michael J Fox
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Remember Lil Nas X?

It wasn’t all that long ago, calendar wise if not mentally, that the rapper was ubiquitous. His “Old Town Road” single – and the countless remixes and covers and collaborations it spawned – dominated social media, and the radio, for months.

In the wake of his success, Lil Nas X was revealed to be a really good guy, visiting children’s hospitals, traveling to elementary schools to perform his hit, donating to charities, and just generally being a positive presence in the world.

And then 2020 hit and positive presences were few and far between. But the cloud may be lifting. A coronavirus vaccine seems to be approaching, the election is all over but the (literal) shouting and the holidays are almost here. As an added bonus, this year’s Christmas season will feature a new single from Lil Nas X, and he’s bringing some friends along for the ride. Including Santa Claus and Michael J Fox!

The teaser trailer for the rapper’s forthcoming single “Holiday” features Lil Nas X traveling back to the old west where he stumbles into a Santa Clause-type scenario in which he takes up the jolly man’s suit, sleigh, and beard before traveling into the future.

Fox makes a quick, complete with his old his Back to the Future III outfit and some solid advice.

Check it out:

“I Love You So Much, Pop” Wolf Van Halen Shares Tribute to Late Dad

Wolf Van Halen Dad Tribute
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2020 has been a rough year, no shock there. Even outside the life-changing pandemic, it’s taken too many great people from us. Just a month ago, rock icon Eddie Van Halen was one of those we lost. On the one-month anniversary of his passing, his son shared a touching tribute to him on Instagram.

EVH was a rock legend, and Van Halen was a game-changer to music in general. A huge hit, especially amongst dads. Wolf Van Halen, the rocker’s son and current bassist for Van Halen said on Instagram not a ‘second goes by where you’re not on top of my mind.

“I miss talking with you. I miss laughing with you. I miss listening to music with you. I miss making music with you. I just miss everything. I love you so much, Pop. It’s really hard being here without you.”

Eddie was especially close with his son, and friends told the press one of his proudest moments was getting to perform with him.

When famous people die, it can be easy to look at the loss from the standpoint of their public persona. The grief we feel is tied to personal experiences with the art (in this case, the music). But Eddie Van Halen was also, by all accounts, a great dad, and what makes Wolf’s tribute so touching is it’s simply a son missing his dad.

The laughs. Listening to music. Making music. The everything. Those are the things we have with our kids, and the things we have to hold onto and embrace every day. Because someday, we’ll miss them. And our kids will too.