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The Best Baby Toy Might Be a TV Remote   The Best Baby Toy Might Be a TV Remote  

Babies. You buy them diapers, but they decide to pee on you during changing time. You make them gourmet pureed meals, but they’re most satisfied gnawing on their boogers. You give them beautiful toys, but all they want to play with is the TV remote.

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…

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.

I'm Michelle Woo, Lifehacker Parenting Editor, and This Is How I Work I'm Michelle Woo, Lifehacker Parenting Editor, and This Is How I Work

Every week, we share the shortcuts, workspaces, and productivity tips of our favorite experts. This week, we’re going behind the scenes at Lifehacker. I’m Michelle Woo, and this is how I work.

How Much Help Do You Get as a Parent?  How Much Help Do You Get as a Parent? 

In her book Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes writes about how she spent “every single morning” of high school trying to make her hair look like Whitney Houston’s hair. “Hours and hours of my life given over to a hot curling iron and a bottle of hair spray and burned fingertips,” she describes. But she could never get it…

How to Be a Good Dad Even if You Never Had One How to Be a Good Dad Even if You Never Had One

Nick Firchau is the host and producer of Paternal, a podcast examining the definitions of masculinity and fatherhood via candid conversations with a diverse set of dads. He’s also the youngest of three sons and an often confused and exasperated father of two young children.

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…

What to Do If You're Struggling Emotionally as a New Dad  What to Do If You're Struggling Emotionally as a New Dad 

After his third daughter arrived, Matt Villano was trying to keep his career afloat while helping his wife manage her emotional transition to becoming a mom of three when he suddenly found himself “completely underwater.” For the 42-year-old freelance writer in Sonoma County, California, it felt difficult to even get…

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?

Keep Your Toddler's Shoes in the Car  Keep Your Toddler's Shoes in the Car 

Toddler footwear: adorable, yet problematic. The tiny shoes are just so... tiny. When my daughter was younger, I’d find lone miniature sneakers everywhere—under the sofa, in toy baskets, at the bottom my handbag. Getting them on the kid’s feet was a whole other challenge. After I’d manage to get one secured, she’d…

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…

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…

I'm 'Paternal' Host Nick Firchau, and This Is How I Parent    I'm 'Paternal' Host Nick Firchau, and This Is How I Parent   

After having kids, Nick Firchau says he spent his days wondering what the hell he was doing. He needed some guidance, but found that parenting wasn’t a topic that men commonly discussed. So the veteran sports journalist decided to launch the kind of “dad podcast” that he wished he could hear. In Paternal, Firchau has…

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.

Create a Kids' Lunch-Making Station in Your Fridge Create a Kids' Lunch-Making Station in Your Fridge

From my informal survey of moms and dads, the worst part of school day mornings is packing school lunches. I’m not sure what makes it the most dreaded task—perhaps it’s the Groundhog Day nature of it all, or feeling like you’re a one-person inventory spreadsheet, or the inevitable complaints from little Hudson that he…

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…

I'm Mallika Chopra, Author and Entrepreneur, and This Is How I Parent    I'm Mallika Chopra, Author and Entrepreneur, and This Is How I Parent   

As a kid, Mallika Chopra’s father, Deepak Chopra, would ask her to explore four questions: Who am I? What do I want? How can I serve? What am I grateful for? Now as an entrepreneur, public speaker and the author of the new children’s meditation guide Just Breathe, Mallika uses those questions to help others know…

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…

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