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If Your Child Swallows a Button Battery, Honey Might Help If Your Child Swallows a Button Battery, Honey Might Help

Coin cell or “button” batteries are small, shiny, and feel tingly on the tongue. If you’re a toddler, that puts them into the category of “belongs in my mouth.” But a swallowed button battery can begin burning a hole through a kid’s esophagus in hours, causing pain, severe injury, and sometimes complications leading…

Where the Anti-Vaxxers Are Where the Anti-Vaxxers Are

A new study has identified the hotspots of philosophical and religious vaccine exemptions: the paperwork that (in some states) you can fill out in lieu of getting your kindergartener vaccinated. Most are in rural areas, but 15 mid-size cities have a dangerous combination of a large population and a high rate of these…

Give Your Kid a Voice in the Gun Control Debate With This Election Site  Give Your Kid a Voice in the Gun Control Debate With This Election Site 

In the midst of the student-led March For Our Lives movement, more young activists are coming forward and asking for changes to gun control policies. Many of them are too young to vote, but they deserve to make their voices heard.

Are These 'Biodegradable' Water Balloons Really Biodegradable?  Are These 'Biodegradable' Water Balloons Really Biodegradable? 

How to fill up a water balloon in 1987: Stand at the bathroom sink, carefully pull the lip of the balloon around the faucet (there’s a 30% chance the balloon will tear at this point), turn on the water and watch the balloon expand, attempt to turn off the water at the balloon’s absolute maximum size (if you can let it…

How to Take a Road Trip With Little Kids and Survive 

When riding in a car with little kids for an extended amount of time, you quickly learn three things:

Get Your Kid Dressed for School After Breakfast Get Your Kid Dressed for School After Breakfast

Kids and parents know the routine. Heck, it’s even ingrained in Daniel Tiger’s “Morning Song” a catchy tune that my husband and I used to sing to help my five-year-old get ready for her day: “Clothes on. Eat breakfast. Brush teeth. Put on shoes. And off to school!” But if I take a hard look at reality, those steps are…

Keep a Toothbrush and Pair of Pajamas for Your Kid in Your Car  Keep a Toothbrush and Pair of Pajamas for Your Kid in Your Car 

When I was a little kid, I remember riding in the backseat of our family car and drifting off into a deep sleep on the nighttime drive home. There was nothing worse than hearing the garage door open and the keys dangling out of the ignition. “Wake up,” my mom would say, nudging me to wipe the drool that had rolled…

Tape a 'Finish Line' to Your Doorway on Your Kid's Last Day of School   Tape a 'Finish Line' to Your Doorway on Your Kid's Last Day of School  

Well, parents, it’s the end of another school year. Here’s a fun thing to do before your kids get home on their final day: Have a “finish line” at your doorway for them to run through. This could be in the form of streamers and balloons, a “Welcome to Summer” banner, or an army of family members with squirt guns.

Why Picture Books Are Perfect Bedtime Stories Why Picture Books Are Perfect Bedtime Stories

It’s time to put the little one to bed. What do you do? Put on an audiobook, read them a bedtime story with fun pictures, or turn on some cartoons? A new study suggests the old standby of an illustrated bedtime story is best for developing your children’s brain.

Get Your Gamer Kid 12 Free Digital Issues of Little Player Magazine   Get Your Gamer Kid 12 Free Digital Issues of Little Player Magazine  

Does your kid love video games? Does he or she need some summer reading material that doesn’t conjure up visions of school? Then check this out: Right now, you can get 12 free digital issues of Little Player, a video game magazine made just for kids. Download year one (issues 1-6) here and year two (issues 7-12) here.

Can the Nintendo Labo Turn Your Kid Into a Maker? Can the Nintendo Labo Turn Your Kid Into a Maker?

Every parent has been there: It’s Saturday. It’s raining, snowing, or nuclear winter, and for whatever reason, your kid can’t play outside. Then junior hits you with that age-old kid lament: “I’m bored.”

How to Talk to Little Kids  How to Talk to Little Kids 

There are some who receive the title of “Fun Aunt/Uncle [Name]” with every child they hang out with. And there are others who feel awkward around little kids (“Um, what is she thinking and why is she looking at me like that?”). I am here to help the latter group. Because there may be times when you, a distinguished…

How to Wash Your Kid's Disgusting Sippy Cups How to Wash Your Kid's Disgusting Sippy Cups

Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and author of the New York Times bestselling book, My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag ... And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. Her flagship column, “Ask a Clean Person,” debuted in 2011. Here on Offspring, we’ve launched a new iteration of it, focusing on parenting…

How to Keep Kids Entertained With Painter's Tape

Forget fancy toys. If you have kids, keep them busy with painter’s tape. Yes, painter’s tape. Here, we show you how the versatile item can provide endless family entertainment—children can design roads for toy cars, create a game of hopscotch or make a hallway spiderweb. For parents, the best part is that it’s all…

PSA: You Must Secure Your Bounce House  PSA: You Must Secure Your Bounce House 

Bounce houses—what a gift. They’re the true stars of kids’ birthday parties (sorry, birthday children), inflated wonders that bring joy, laughter and eventual naps. They’re also slightly terrifying, as demonstrated by this jumper in California that was blown onto the highway this week by strong winds. The 9-year-old…

Go Ahead and Get Bike-Riding Lessons for Your Kid Go Ahead and Get Bike-Riding Lessons for Your Kid

You might see teaching your kid how to ride a bike as a rite of passage, a sacred experience that culminates with the grand moment of you wiping tears as Little Adele or Brady pedals into youthful freedom. That’s great. But you also might look at the task with dread—all you can envision is an aching back for you,…

Cut Your Toddlers' Food With a Pizza Cutter  Cut Your Toddlers' Food With a Pizza Cutter 

When preparing a meal for a toddler, you cannot be bogged down by the inefficiency of the knife, a tool that requires you to use two hands to carve food into safe, manageable bites. No. There is a better life out there, and you can unlock it by opening your kitchen drawer and grabbing a pizza cutter.

Dig Up Dinosaurs at These Family-Friendly Paleontology Sites Dig Up Dinosaurs at These Family-Friendly Paleontology Sites

Looking for a fun, educational summer activity the whole family can get in on? How about digging up actual dinosaur bones and other fossils! Here are a few of the best dig sites across the country that welcome newcomers who want to learn about paleontology.

What to Do When Your Kid Is Sensitive to Seams and Tags in Clothing  What to Do When Your Kid Is Sensitive to Seams and Tags in Clothing 

Little kids are notoriously difficult to dress. Any parent who’s experienced a closet standoff with a naked child six minutes before they’re supposed to be at the bus stop can confirm. It could be that the kid is extremely picky or acting out of defiance, but what if it’s more than that? What if the issue is seriously…

Contain Your Kids' Artistic Mess With a Serving Tray  Contain Your Kids' Artistic Mess With a Serving Tray 

I’m a fan of messy kid-art. My husband is not. However, what lessens his anxiety when he sees our daughter squeezing food coloring into play dough or marbleizing paper with shaving cream is the fact that her work is mostly contained on serving trays. Yep, the same type of serving trays that party hosts might use to…

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