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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…

Why You Should Watch Silent Movies With Your Kid  Why You Should Watch Silent Movies With Your Kid 

I’m not sure what this says about my aspirations as a parent, but one exciting thing about my kid getting older is that we can now watch more TV together. We’ve been finding more shows to get into as a family—when it’s time for MasterChef Junior, for instance, the three of us will stop what we’re doing immediately,…

These Popular Toys Could Seriously Damage Your Kids' Hearing These Popular Toys Could Seriously Damage Your Kids' Hearing

You’re not just getting old. Today’s toys are too damn loud. This isn’t simply an annoyance that drives many parents to either break out the hammer, or drink—prolonged exposure to high decibel levels can be dangerous for kids, and may even cause long-term hearing loss.

Narrate All the Ways You're Persisting In Front of Your Kid   Narrate All the Ways You're Persisting In Front of Your Kid  

I lose my keys often. I text the words “Running 10 minutes late” more than I should. I fail to bring in all the bags of random kid crap from my car each night, so I’m constantly grabbing new bags and filling them with more random kid crap. I eat stuff that makes me feel lousy afterward. I overestimate the amount…

How to Get Your Kid to Genuinely Smile in Photos How to Get Your Kid to Genuinely Smile in Photos

When you ask a little kid to smile on command for a photo, you’ll usually get something that resembles either a frightened prairie dog, someone who just smelled a fart, or the Joker. There’s nothing wrong with awkward kid-smiles—for parents, they’re hilarious, and for kids, they’ll make for excellent…

How to Use Facebook Messenger Kids' New 'Sleep Mode' Feature How to Use Facebook Messenger Kids' New 'Sleep Mode' Feature

If your kids are using Facebook’s kid-specific Messenger Kids app now there’s a new feature to help parents have a little more control over that use: Snooze.

Bill Nye's Tips for Getting Kids Excited About Science  Bill Nye's Tips for Getting Kids Excited About Science 

Bill Nye, the ‘90s television icon, the teacher who helped kid-me understand topics like buoyancy and momentum, the man whose mission it is to help make science more accessible to the masses, is back. (Not that he ever left—he’s always been really, really busy.) These days, Nye is teaming up with Nintendo to help…

How to Talk to Your Kid About a Loved One's Illness  How to Talk to Your Kid About a Loved One's Illness 

My father-in-law was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease nearly 10 years ago. His tremor is noticeable and my daughter has known there is something that makes her Papa’s hands shake. For years, my wife and I chose to leave it at that because no other symptoms have been apparent to her, and she has not asked.

Don’t Take Your Baby to a Chiropractor Don’t Take Your Baby to a Chiropractor

If you have a baby, and if something is wrong with that baby (something always seems wrong), somebody will suggest that you take your baby to a chiropractor. Perhaps you will hear this recommendation even when nothing is wrong. Friends, do not take your baby to the chiropractor.

A Trick to Teach Kids Compassion A Trick to Teach Kids Compassion

It’s easy to conclude that people generally suck. Don’t they, though? There’s the driver who cut you off, the lady who appears out of nowhere to swipe the last Costco sample off the tray when you’ve been waiting patiently in line, the “friend” who’s forgotten your birthday three years in a row. I get why we’d assume…

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