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Improve Your Kids' Reading Comprehension by Having Them Predict What They're About to Read Improve Your Kids' Reading Comprehension by Having Them Predict What They're About to Read

Reading with your kids is important. We all know this. If you’re like me, you dive into book after book with abandon.

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…

I'm W. Garth Callaghan, 'Napkin Notes Dad,' and This Is How I Parent   I'm W. Garth Callaghan, 'Napkin Notes Dad,' and This Is How I Parent  

Ever since his daughter Emma was in elementary school, W. Garth Callaghan would jot down inspirational quotes and bits of dad wisdom onto napkins and slip the notes into her lunchbox. It became their special thing, their way to connect. He wanted to make sure Emma could read a note from her father every single school…

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…

To Get Your Kid Moving, Walk Out the Door  To Get Your Kid Moving, Walk Out the Door 

There’s an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond where Ray remembers an effective parenting method he learned from his dad: AIS. Ass In Seat. He’d say, “We’re leaving. 9 o’clock, AIS!” and whoever’s ass was not in their seat at the designated time would be left behind. The kicker? Ray tries it on Debra, his wife. Moral:…

Bring This Travel Document If You and Your Kid Have Different Last Names Bring This Travel Document If You and Your Kid Have Different Last Names

This week, a woman named Sylvia Acosta experienced what she described as a “Handmaid’s Tale moment” when passing through customs with her 15-year-old daughter at Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport. Because she and her child don’t share the same surname, Acosta claims she was detained and questioned by a customs…

Give Your Toddler a Roller Coaster Experience With a Laundry Basket 

When it comes to toddler hacks, this one has all the winning components. 1) You probably have the materials. 2) YOU GET TO SIT. And 3) It’s damn fun.

Pack a Boppy Pillow Cover When Flying With a Baby  Pack a Boppy Pillow Cover When Flying With a Baby 

When my kid was an infant, I found myself in a deep relationship with something called a Boppy. A ubiquitous baby product, it is a pillow designed to help nursing moms breastfeed—you basically wear it around your body like a four-year-old going swimming. Though its functionality extends beyond that. The Boppy saved…

Help Teens De-Stress With These 'Getting Things Done' Hacks  Help Teens De-Stress With These 'Getting Things Done' Hacks 

Being a teenager in 2018—I don’t know how it’s done. Imagine having the same list of pressures that you had as a high school kid—school, extracurriculars, chores, a social life often filled with angst—and then adding on the constant pull of social media, alerting you to all the things you’re not doing. (“Did you see…

What You Should Know If Your Kid Loves Toy Guns 

Is gun play a bad thing? Parents sometimes find it unnerving when they hear shouts of “Bang! Bang!” coming from the top of the staircase and discover their children engaged in full pretend battle. But kids are looking through a different lens than adults. Toy guns—cardboard, Nerf, or otherwise—can be a prop to explore…

I'm Guy Raz, NPR Host, and This Is How I Parent   I'm Guy Raz, NPR Host, and This Is How I Parent  

Guy Raz is the creator and host of three NPR podcasts—two for grownups (How I Built This and TED Radio Hour) and one for kids (Wow in the World). In our family car, we’ve been a little obsessed with Wow in World ever since the show enlightened us about two-headed space worms, brain freeze and poop science. Raz tests…

Motivate Your Teen With This Interviewing Trick  Motivate Your Teen With This Interviewing Trick 

When parents tell their teenagers to do something, it makes them want to, well, not do it. You know this if you have a teen, or if you have ever been a teen. Moms and dads can keep pushing, nagging, threatening to shut down Fortnite forever, but that only leads to short-term compliance at best.

Why You Need a 'Postpartum Party' More Than a Baby Shower Why You Need a 'Postpartum Party' More Than a Baby Shower

I get why people have baby showers. If you’re the pregnant one, you’re glowing (it could be the excessive sweat from all those raging hormones, but your guests won’t know the difference). Your hair has never looked better. You are filled with hope and wonder about the person growing inside you—Will he look like me?…

Keep Books for Your Kid in Every Room of Your House  Keep Books for Your Kid in Every Room of Your House 

You know when you come across a piece of expert advice and it’s something you already do out of convenience or laziness, and then you feel smug and think: Oh yes, I knew what I was doing all along? That’s what happened when I came across a tip in in Sarah Mackenzie’s wonderful book The Read-Aloud Family: Making…

What to Pack When You're Traveling With Little Kids  What to Pack When You're Traveling With Little Kids 

I just returned from a trip to Europe with my husband’s extended family. It was the first time we traveled out of the continent with our 5-year-old, and despite a couple time-change-induced meltdowns, I’m happy to report it was a net positive experience. I’m can’t yet say I’m a pro at globetrotting with kids, but I’ve…

I'm Sha Sha Chu, Pinterest Engineer, and This Is How I Parent I'm Sha Sha Chu, Pinterest Engineer, and This Is How I Parent

Sha Sha Chu is the Android platform tech lead at Pinterest, the site that lets us keep all our favorite inspirational quotes, Instant Pot recipes and potential paint colors for the guest bathroom in one tidy place. Her first years of motherhood haven’t been easy, but she’s managing to make it all work. Here’s how she…

These Videos Help Parents Teach Sex Ed to Preschoolers These Videos Help Parents Teach Sex Ed to Preschoolers

Is it okay to put a boy and a girl in the bathtub together? What should you do if a classmate from your kid’s preschool comes over for a play date and you find the two of them “playing doctor” from the waist down? And what if your child asks to examine your private parts and that makes you feel weird?

I'm Jill Krause, a 'Roadschooling' Mom, and This Is How I Parent  I'm Jill Krause, a 'Roadschooling' Mom, and This Is How I Parent 

Jill Krause and her husband Scott had achieved what they describe as “peak American dream.” They had the house—a five bedroom beauty in a top-rated Texas school district. But that dream, they realized, was sucking the life out of them. The couple was spending just about all of their free time maintaining the property,…

How to Find Baby Gear That You'll Use for Years  How to Find Baby Gear That You'll Use for Years 

As a first-time parent with a obsession with product ratings that I realize should be questioned, I spent an absurd amount of my pregnancy researching baby gear. I needed the most reliably secure swaddles, the perfect newborn bathtub and a musical mobile that was guaranteed to change my life.

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