• Thank the Kids! Moms and Dads Live Longer, Says This Study

    Plus, there's now a tape that can make any surface LEGO-compatible, watch trailers for Pixar's "Coco" and Illumination's "Despicable Me 3," and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Parenthood is linked to longer life

    While it feels like years are taken from you when you become a parent, one study says it's all in your head. Despite the sleepless nights, temper tantrums, and child health emergencies (which always surprise you that they haven't given you a heart attack), the study has found that parents live about two years longer than their peers who have no kids. In fact, men and women with at least one child had "lower death risks" than childless ones, the team concluded. 

    Fathers, however, gain more in life expectancy than mothers. In a report by Inquirer, the researchers wrote, "At 60 years of age, the difference in life expectancy was two years for men and 1.5 years for women" compared to peers with no kids. "By age 80, men who fathered children had a remaining life expectancy of seven years and eight months, compared to seven years for childless men, said the team. For mothers, life expectancy at 80 was nine years and six months, while for childless women it was eight years and 11 months."Should we even be surprised? After all, moms get less sleep and are more stressed, as previous studies have shown.

    Researchers tracked the lifespan of men and women born between 1911 and 1925 and living in Sweden — more than 1.4 million people in total. Researchers note the study cannot conclude that having children is the cause of the life expectancy gains. "But they theorized parents might benefit from social and financial support from their children in older age, which childless people lose out on." It could also be that childless people live unhealthier lifestyles than parents do. (huffingtonpost.co.uk)


    LOOK: This tape makes any surface Lego-compatible!

    After the Lego slippers, someone has made another invention that lessens the chance of you stepping on a brick and wailing in pain. Meet your potential BFF, Nimuno's Lego Tape, an adhesive plastic strip that allows you to turn any surface -- walls to toys to your body -- into a base for Lego components. The tape is flexible and bendable, and it cuts easily to fit any surface and reposition them anytime -- perfect for creatives' changing minds. Thanks to Indiegogo crowdfunding website, you can order a couple of rolls for $11 (about P550 plus shipping fee). Nimuno has already reached its original target goal with a month to spare, so while it isn't official LEGO merch, it's going to be a hit for kids and adults alike. (nerdist.com)


    First trailer for Pixar's film Coco is out!

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    The first trailer for Pixar's second movie offering this year, Coco, features an all-Latino voice cast, led by newbie actor Anthony Gonzalez who plays Miguel, a young boy whose obsession with music goes against his family's wishes. During a Mexican festival called the Day of the Dead, he visits the grave of his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voiced by Benjamin Bratt), and borrows guitar that hung atop Ernesto's resting place. As he strums the strings, Miguel and his dog Dante are transported to the Land of the Dead. There, he’ll meet his great-great-relatives and learn the mystery of his family's ban on music. Coco opens in theaters this November 22. (ew.com)


    Meet Gru's twin brother in Despicable Me 3's new trailer

    We've met the villain, Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker), who stole the world's largest diamond. In this new trailer, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) gets fired from the spy agency because he failed to stop Balthazar. Without a job, Gru gets a little help from his daughters to earn some money. But there's also his twin brother, Dru (also voiced by Steve Carell), who now tempts Gru with one last heist. Does this mean Gru is back to being a villain? We'll find out when Despicable Me 3 premieres in theaters on June 30. (ew.com)


    A cinema with a playground for kids? Why not!

    Latin American luxury theater chain, Cinépolis, opens its first new auditoriums in Southern California that has playgrounds! The idea had started in Mexico, and it spread in Spain, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. The theaters, dubbed as Cinépolis Junior, features a 55-foot long and 25-foot high "play structure" inside, complete with colorful slides, tire climbers, bean bags, and lounge chairs. How can you watch a movie while keeping an eye on your kids playing? Kids ages 3 to 12 are only allowed to roam around and enjoy the soft play activities before the film starts, according to Cinépolis’ public relations representative MJ Salcido. We're wondering if the playgrounds are meant to exhaust the kids' energy so they'll be asleep when the movie plays. What do you think? (babble.com)

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