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How to Get the Harry Potter eBook for Free  How to Get the Harry Potter eBook for Free 

Twenty years after it first appeared on shelves, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone continues to captivate, inspire, and prompt companies to start promoting Dumbledore Halloween costumes in August. If you haven’t yet introduced your kids to the magic, now may be the time. For the next two weeks, you can read the…

Let Your Kid Hate Their New Baby Sibling   Let Your Kid Hate Their New Baby Sibling  

So, readers, I’m pregnant! Third trimester. Boy. Current physical state: low and slow. I’m excited, a little overwhelmed and feeling all the feelings.

How to Have 'The Talk' With Your Queer Kid How to Have 'The Talk' With Your Queer Kid

I never had The Talk with my parents. We shared the assumption I was having safe, straight sex because I never suggested to them I was doing anything otherwise. So, you can imagine their surprise when I came out as queer at the age of 26. After spending the day in downtown Los Angeles for the Day Without a Woman…

Create a Soundtrack Timed to Your Kids’ Morning Tasks Create a Soundtrack Timed to Your Kids’ Morning Tasks

Some parents, I’m realizing, are good at mornings. I’m not one of them, but I’d like to be, and I sort of have to be, especially as my kid heads off to kindergarten where there are school bells and real tardy slips.

Teach Your Preschooler How to Put on a Jacket With the 'Flip Trick'   Teach Your Preschooler How to Put on a Jacket With the 'Flip Trick'  

When you have a preschooler, you learn that simple tasks can be quite complex. Take putting on a jacket, for example. I always see parents standing in doorways, holding up little coats and windbreakers while instructing: “Right arm! No, the other one! Okay, now the other arm! Stretch! You’re almost there! Got it. Now…

How to Make a Water Rocket With Your Kid

If you haven’t built and launched water rockets with your kid, you’re missing out on an awesome project. With 10 bucks or so worth of parts, an air pump, and an empty soda bottle or two, you can have a blast of an afternoon and learn some elementary rocketry. Even the most jaded kid will be blown away by the sheer…

No, Your Cereal Is Not Full of Weedkiller No, Your Cereal Is Not Full of Weedkiller

The Environmental Working Group knows how to play the media like a goddamn piano. They take a category of healthy things we all use—sunscreen, makeup, vegetables, now cereal—and divide them into “safe” and “toxic” categories. You better know the difference, they imply.

Finally, Parental Controls Are Coming to Pokémon Go Finally, Parental Controls Are Coming to Pokémon Go

Moms and dads have thanked Pokémon Go for getting their kids to explore the great outdoors—even if it means they’re taking their screens with them. Now, parents will be better able to manage their children’s privacy in the game.

Ask Your Kid 'How Did You Think About It?'   Ask Your Kid 'How Did You Think About It?'  

Parenting, I am learning, is like being the belayer to a roped rock climber—you’ve got to know when to hold on tight and when to give some slack. (No, I’m not a rock climber myself, but I once took an intro class using a Groupon.) You want to make sure your kids are safe and not making bonehead decisions, but you…

How to Play Fortnite With Your Kids How to Play Fortnite With Your Kids

Frickin’ Fortnite. Your kids won’t stop playing it, and you’re fed up. What do you do? You could join one of the many parent support groups, or make a musical parody to vent your frustrations, or try locking the game consoles in the car and hiding the key (yes, this is really happening).

Amazon's Read-Along App for Kids Is Now Free   Amazon's Read-Along App for Kids Is Now Free  

You know those viral videos where it looks like you’re spying on a text conversation? They vary in satisfaction, but they’re hard to turn away from. That’s sort of the concept behind Amazon Rapids, the chat-style storytelling app for kids ages 5-12. Young readers follow along as stories unfold through text bubbles.…

Have Kids Record Their Own Pep Talk Video to Prevent Tears at Drop-Off Time Have Kids Record Their Own Pep Talk Video to Prevent Tears at Drop-Off Time

My kids have gone to a lot of great day cares, summer camps, and other places where they live it up for hours and then come home raving about how much fun they had. But then when it’s time to drop them off the next morning, they forget all about that and cry at having to leave me. One thing that helps: a selfie video.

Why You Should Let Your Kid Be Annoyingly Repetitive  Why You Should Let Your Kid Be Annoyingly Repetitive 

Before my daughter learned to speak, she learned to sign, and the first sign she mastered was “more.” More meant more—as in, “Give me more milk before I scream-cry in 5-4-3-2-1 ...”—but for her, it also meant “again.” Sing that song again. Push the toy cash register button again. Make that funny sound with your…

How to Keep Your Kid From Messing With Your Netflix History  How to Keep Your Kid From Messing With Your Netflix History 

Parents who share a Netflix account with their families know the distinct pain. After putting your kids to bed, you sit down to watch a sexy new drama (or for me, The Great British Baking Show), and up pops on your TV screen: “Because you watched Lalaloopsy: Festival of Sugary Sweets, here’s Luna Petunia, My Little…

Create a Private Instagram Account for Your Kids' Artwork  Create a Private Instagram Account for Your Kids' Artwork 

It is a decision I face daily. When my five-year-old daughter shows me her latest work of art, do I: A) talk to her about it and then stealthily slip it into the recycling bin, or B) talk to her about it, hang it on the wall or fridge, leave it there for a couple years forgotten, and then stealthily slip it into the…

How to Keep Your Kids Safe When They're Swimming in Open Water   How to Keep Your Kids Safe When They're Swimming in Open Water  

Giving your kid swimming lessons is a smart move, but you can’t just relax the moment he passes all his safety tests. It’s one thing for a child to be a proficient swimmer in a pool (and even then, he’s not drown-proof), but open water is a whole different beast. A new report from Safe Kids Worldwide and Nationwide’s…

Show Your Kid That 'No Animals Were Harmed' in Popular Movies Show Your Kid That 'No Animals Were Harmed' in Popular Movies

Kids watch movies before they’ve fully learned what’s real and what’s fiction. (One Lifehacker writer used to think that when people died in movies, the actor died in real life.) So sometimes you might need to explain to them how scary scenes were just pretend, and everyone is okay. When those scary scenes involve…

How a Smartwatch Can Make Parenting Easier How a Smartwatch Can Make Parenting Easier

I didn’t buy a smartwatch because I thought it might make parenting easier—I bought it because it was cute and shiny and I like new toys. (I owned a Casio calculator watch long before they were popular. Oh, wait: They were never popular.) It’s been fun to fiddle with—I can change the watch face and check the weather…

Here's How Your Kids Can Build Lego Models Digitally and Then Buy Their Own Creations  Here's How Your Kids Can Build Lego Models Digitally and Then Buy Their Own Creations 

The best way to get your kids into Legos is to hand them a tub of Lego bricks and say, “Here, go wild.” But eventually, they may want to think even bigger and work with more bricks than they own. This free tool lets them build virtual Lego models with about 10,000 different parts, and then purchase the bricks to…

How to Stuff Your Own Damn Teddy Bear for Cheap  How to Stuff Your Own Damn Teddy Bear for Cheap 

Yesterday, Build-A-Bear put on a Pay Your Age event, promising customers they could pay their age for just about any stuffed animal in the store. That meant if your kid is three, she could have snagged a furry friend for three bucks. What could go wrong, right? It’s only every child’s dream to bring home their very…

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