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Here's What You Can Do With Apple's New iOS 12 Parental Controls  Here's What You Can Do With Apple's New iOS 12 Parental Controls 

Parents, to curb your kid’s phone usage, you may no longer need to hold their chargers hostage, yell out nightly countdowns (“Three more minutes!”) or draft up elaborate tech contracts that you’ll look at exactly once. At least, if you’re on Apple devices. The new iOS 12 parental controls are here, and they allow you…

Help Your Toddler Through a Tough Transition With a Farewell Ceremony Help Your Toddler Through a Tough Transition With a Farewell Ceremony

When it’s time for your toddler to let go of something big, the struggle is real. These tiny tyrants are routine fiends, and giving up longtime objects of comfort (or any old thing picked up in the sandbox, for that matter) often doesn’t go down easy. I have learned, however, that if you create a ceremony that…

Improve Homework Time With These Concentration Hacks for Kids  Improve Homework Time With These Concentration Hacks for Kids 

For many families, homework time is a struggle. And in an era of digital distraction, it is only getting tougher. Here are some hacks to help your kids concentrate. Zero judgement if you use them on yourself, too.

Use This Trick for Teaching Your Kid Colors  Use This Trick for Teaching Your Kid Colors 

When my daughter was very young, we would read the toddler classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? In the story, the title character spots a red bird, a yellow duck, a blue horse, a green frog, a purple cat, a white dog, a black sheep and a goldfish.

How to Help Trans Children, According to Pediatricians How to Help Trans Children, According to Pediatricians

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a new policy statement about how to support children and teens who identify as transgender or who fall under an umbrella they call “gender diverse.”

To Get Your Kid to Do More, Talk Less  To Get Your Kid to Do More, Talk Less 

Have you ever seen a parent in deep discussion with a toddler over a Rice Krispie treat? They’re patiently explaining the risk of tooth decay, the importance of a balanced diet and the timing of dinner. Right there in the middle of the grocery aisle.

Get Your Kid to Read More By Displaying Books Face Out Get Your Kid to Read More By Displaying Books Face Out

When it’s time to choose books to read, kids will often reach for old favorites. This isn’t a bad thing—there are benefits in repeating the same stories over and over. But it’s possible they just don’t know what else is hidden deep in the shelves.

How to Blow Better Bubbles  How to Blow Better Bubbles 

Have you ever come across a street entertainer who starts blowing a spectacle bubbles at the park or a festival, and all the kids immediately jump and squeal and lose their minds? And then you try to recreate the same scene at home for your children ... and fall short. Don’t worry—all is not doomed. You just need to…

How to Set Up YouTube Kids' New Parental Controls  How to Set Up YouTube Kids' New Parental Controls 

For a while, I’ve resisted handing over my phone to my 5-year-old to let her watch YouTube Kids—there have been multiple times when I’d set her up with a show I approve of only to peek over 15 minutes later and find her watching something I hate (usually Ryan’s Toy Review). Other parents have had similar complaints…

How to Unschedule Your Child   How to Unschedule Your Child  

It’s come to this: Doctors are now being told to prescribe play. The American Academy of Pediatrics details the urgency of the matter in a policy statement. There is a play deficit in this country, and we know it, don’t we? In articles about parenting, it seems that there’s no breed dissected more than that of the…

How to Protect Your Kid's Back from Too-Heavy Backpacks How to Protect Your Kid's Back from Too-Heavy Backpacks

After taking the obligatory front-door photo on my kid’s first day of kindergarten, I noticed that her backpack looked a little droopy.

I'm Caroline Ingeborn, President and COO of Toca Boca, and This Is How I Parent  I'm Caroline Ingeborn, President and COO of Toca Boca, and This Is How I Parent 

Caroline Ingeborn is the president and chief operating officer of Toca Boca, which makes digital toys designed around the way kids play. (My five-year-old loves giving buzzcuts in Toca Hair Salon, bandaging doves in Toca Pet Doctor and making weird milkshake concoctions in Toca Kitchen.) Ingeborn, who moved to the…

Be a Parent, Not a Coach, at Your Kid's Game  Be a Parent, Not a Coach, at Your Kid's Game 

As another school year begins, kids are entering new seasons of youth sports, which means it is time for the annual reminder: Chill, parents.

Get Your Kid to Clean Up With a Laser Pointer Get Your Kid to Clean Up With a Laser Pointer

Little kids are much like cats—zealous in their simple pursuits. (And they’ll always play in the toilet if given the opportunity, but that’s a different story.) If you’re a parent, why not have their natural tendencies work for the greater good?

Teach Kids to Tie Their Shoes With the 'Big Loops Trick' Teach Kids to Tie Their Shoes With the 'Big Loops Trick'

On my list of Things to Teach My Five-Year-Old, I’ll admit that tying shoelaces is a pretty low priority. I mean, God created Velcro for a reason, right? But I suppose it’s an important life skill, one that will open up a whole new realm of footwear options. Okay, okay, I’ll get on it.

Help Your Kid Memorize Your Phone Number With This Trick  Help Your Kid Memorize Your Phone Number With This Trick 

It’s important for little kids to know a parent’s phone number in case of an emergency. But memorizing 10 jumbled digits is no easy task. 732-479-6 ... 1 ... gah, lemme start all over! Help them out with a little jingle. As discovered by Jen Rice of the Playdough to Plato blog, the theme song for Mickey Mouse…

Take Photos of Your Luggage Before You Travel  Take Photos of Your Luggage Before You Travel 

When we mentioned last week that you should screenshot your boarding pass and other important travel documents, several of you chimed in with tips on real-world things to photograph as well. Consider taking photos of basically everything, including:

How to Raise a Healthy Vegan Kid How to Raise a Healthy Vegan Kid

When it comes to raising a healthy vegan kid, the challenges often aren’t so much nutritional as they are social. Raise your kid vegan, and you’ll hear everyone’s opinions and advice about it, whether you ask for them or not. And even within your own family unit, you’ll need to consider how to talk to your kids about…

How Dangerous Are Trampolines Really? How Dangerous Are Trampolines Really?

It seems like everyone I know who had a trampoline as a kid also has a story about breaking their leg, or their arm, or personally witnessing some heinous injury. Trampolines have only gotten more popular in recent years, and they’ve gotten safer, too, with nets and spring covers—so are they still a broken leg waiting…

What to Ask Kids Instead of 'Do You Have Any Questions?'  What to Ask Kids Instead of 'Do You Have Any Questions?' 

When kids are 2, 3 and 4, they’re bubbling with questions—preschool children ask their parents an average of 100 questions a day. (My daughter seems to ask this many on the drive to school—How do the cars stay in the lines? Who makes the lights change colors? Why don’t they make a wall so the bicycles can’t get hit?…

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