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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.

Here's What You Can Do With Apple's New iOS 12 Parental Controls  Here's What You Can Do With Apple's New iOS 12 Parental Controls 

Parents, to curb your kid’s phone usage, you may no longer need to hold their chargers hostage, yell out nightly countdowns (“Three more minutes!”) or draft up elaborate tech contracts that you’ll look at exactly once. At least, if you’re on Apple devices. The new iOS 12 parental controls are here, and they allow you…

What Is 'The Real Cost' of Vaping for Teens? 

The kids are still vaping. So many of them are doing it, in fact, that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has put out a statement saying that e-cigarette use among teenagers has reached an “epidemic proportion.” All over parenting forums, horrified moms and dads report finding vape pens, like the ever-popular Juul, in…

Improve Homework Time With These Concentration Hacks for Kids  Improve Homework Time With These Concentration Hacks for Kids 

For many families, homework time is a struggle. And in an era of digital distraction, it is only getting tougher. Here are some hacks to help your kids concentrate. Zero judgement if you use them on yourself, too.

Use This Trick for Teaching Your Kid Colors  Use This Trick for Teaching Your Kid Colors 

When my daughter was very young, we would read the toddler classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? In the story, the title character spots a red bird, a yellow duck, a blue horse, a green frog, a purple cat, a white dog, a black sheep and a goldfish.

What Non-Kid Songs Do You Listen to With Your Kids?  What Non-Kid Songs Do You Listen to With Your Kids? 

My 5-year-old daughter’s favorite songs at the moment include Weezer’s “Surf Wax America,” Oasis’ “Wonderwall” and Matisyahu’s “One Day.” What my husband and I realized early on is that while kid music has evolved beyond peppy Barney choruses—and some of it is truly great—we didn’t need to alter our playlists too much…

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.

Infant Walkers Are Still Bad  Infant Walkers Are Still Bad 

Infant walkers, those wheeled contraptions that give babies who can’t yet walk the sudden ability to walk, are bad. This has been long established. But parents keep using them and so pediatricians are renewing the call for a ban.

Get Your Kid to Read More By Displaying Books Face Out Get Your Kid to Read More By Displaying Books Face Out

When it’s time to choose books to read, kids will often reach for old favorites. This isn’t a bad thing—there are benefits in repeating the same stories over and over. But it’s possible they just don’t know what else is hidden deep in the shelves.

How to Blow Better Bubbles  How to Blow Better Bubbles 

Have you ever come across a street entertainer who starts blowing a spectacle bubbles at the park or a festival, and all the kids immediately jump and squeal and lose their minds? And then you try to recreate the same scene at home for your children ... and fall short. Don’t worry—all is not doomed. You just need to…

How to Set Up YouTube Kids' New Parental Controls  How to Set Up YouTube Kids' New Parental Controls 

For a while, I’ve resisted handing over my phone to my 5-year-old to let her watch YouTube Kids—there have been multiple times when I’d set her up with a show I approve of only to peek over 15 minutes later and find her watching something I hate (usually Ryan’s Toy Review). Other parents have had similar complaints…

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 Unschedule Your Child   How to Unschedule Your Child  

It’s come to this: Doctors are now being told to prescribe play. The American Academy of Pediatrics details the urgency of the matter in a policy statement. There is a play deficit in this country, and we know it, don’t we? In articles about parenting, it seems that there’s no breed dissected more than that of the…

How to Protect Your Kid's Back from Too-Heavy Backpacks How to Protect Your Kid's Back from Too-Heavy Backpacks

After taking the obligatory front-door photo on my kid’s first day of kindergarten, I noticed that her backpack looked a little droopy.

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…

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?

How to Help Kids Who Hate Gym Class  How to Help Kids Who Hate Gym Class 

P.E. class was a rough time for junior high Michelle. There was that day I was picked dead last for some team—I forget which. As the final trickle of names were called, I protested louder and louder in my head. (“What! Aw, come on, I’m at least better than her.”) And then there was that game of dodgeball when I…

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