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There's Now an Alexa Just for Kids    There's Now an Alexa Just for Kids   

Kids can now ask Alexa to tell them a knock-knock joke on their very own device. Today, Amazon introduced a kid-friendly version of its ubiquitous smart speaker. The Echo Dot Kids Edition, which costs $79.99, is available for pre-order and starts shipping on May 9.

Teach Kids Compassion By Creating Stories About Others  Teach Kids Compassion By Creating Stories About Others 

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…

Check Out These Free Lessons on Every Single Element on the Periodic Table  Check Out These Free Lessons on Every Single Element on the Periodic Table 

Did you know that beryllium is transparent to X-rays? Or yttrium is found in moon rocks and bullet-proof glass? Or that curium was named after Pierre and Marie Curie? Or that because tantalum is used in cell phones, the demand for it has become so immense that wars have erupted in central Africa? I did, because I’ve…

Pixar’s 'Coco' Is Coming to Netflix in May  Pixar’s 'Coco' Is Coming to Netflix in May 

Grab your tissues, mi amor. If you haven’t seen the animated triumph Coco, here’s your chance—the Oscar-winning film is coming to Netflix next month. (But really, why haven’t you seen it? This is a very serious question.) It’s a major gem on the lineup of family shows arriving to the streaming platform in May. Other…

Give Your Kid Who Hates Vegetables Some Frozen 'Pea-sicles' Instead Give Your Kid Who Hates Vegetables Some Frozen 'Pea-sicles' Instead

Through the ages, parents have tried various tactics for getting kids to eat more vegetables—baking them into brownies, blending them into smoothies and brainwashing them with songs. But there may be a simpler way to get some green stuff in your child’s diet—no trickery required. Simply serve frozen veggies. A few…

I'm Alex Goldman, and This is How I Parent  I'm Alex Goldman, and This is How I Parent 

Alex Goldman is the co-host of Reply All, Gimlet Media’s popular podcast about the internet. (For an intro to Goldman and his work, check out “The Secret Life of Alex Goldman,” the episode in which he lets his co-host PJ Vogt hack his cell phone, and “Long Distance, Part 1 and Part 2,” where he digs into a scam phone…

Make a Camera 'Click' Sound to Remember Whether You Did Something  Make a Camera 'Click' Sound to Remember Whether You Did Something 

This might be one of the dorkiest memory tricks ever, but it works, so hey. Backstory: Every time I would use a curling iron, which was maybe once a month, I’d always have the exact same anxiety session about ten minutes after leaving my house. Did I unplug it?! My brain would begin a frantic quest to try to remember. …

Trade in Your Old Car Seat for a Coupon for a New One at Target  Trade in Your Old Car Seat for a Coupon for a New One at Target 

Did you know that car seats have an expiration date? Yep, that vessel carrying your most precious cargo may no longer be the safest option out there, so it’s important to do some inspecting. You can find the expiration date on the seat itself or in the owner’s manual, or you can call the manufacturer. The average…

How to Help Your Teen Get More Sleep  How to Help Your Teen Get More Sleep 

When it comes to teens getting enough sleep, numerous forces are working against them. Early school start times are wreaking havoc on their circadian rhythms. An overload of after-school activities is turning bedtime into gotta-start-on-homework time. The buzz of texts from friends, the screens shining in their faces…

How to Stop Your Kids From Buying Stuff in Fortnite  How to Stop Your Kids From Buying Stuff in Fortnite 

There are plenty of accounts from dismayed parents about how they’re losing their kids—or as Chicago Tribune writer Thomas Pace describes “these zombies, who used to be our children”—to Fortnite, the wildly popular video game that’s consuming kids’ days, destroying some schools and spawning neighborhood support…

Here's Some Kid Music That Doesn't Suck Here's Some Kid Music That Doesn't Suck

If you are a parent and have been suddenly thrust into the world of kids’ music, I am sorry. Most of the stuff out there is mind-numbingly bad. Nobody wants to hear Alvin & the Chipmunks singing “Hot body, rock the party,” or another rendition of “Finger Family,” or a tune about a kid who brought home a baby bumblebee…

Wait 17 Seconds Before Jumping Into Your Kid's Struggle  Wait 17 Seconds Before Jumping Into Your Kid's Struggle 

All day, every day, the struggles your kids face are real. And you can bet they’ll let you know about those said struggles. Maybe they can’t figure out a homework problem. Or how to place the correct arm into the correct armhole of a jacket. Or maybe the moat of their Lego palace does not look like the picture, and…

How to Find a Dupe of Your Kid's Missing Stuffed Animal  How to Find a Dupe of Your Kid's Missing Stuffed Animal 

“Please help me find a replacement for a lost ‘best friend,’” a person who goes by piper2010cameron wrote in an online post. “I have searched everywhere.” The description of the missing companion: A tiny stuffed tiger with orange and black stripes, a small triangular nose and a fuzzy white belly. And then there came…

How to Get the Most Out of College Visits With Your Kid    How to Get the Most Out of College Visits With Your Kid   

There’s a wistful idea about college visits that the moment you and your kid step onto the perfect campus, you’ll just know: This is home. In reality, it’s not like that. After a few tours, schools end up feeling more similar than different, and you may be more confused than when you first began.

How Houseplants Can Make You More Tidy How Houseplants Can Make You More Tidy

I am not always the most attentive person when it comes to matters of the home. “What do you mean you’re supposed to clean the ceiling fan and the light switches and the oven racks? Who does that?” So you would think having houseplants around would be a disastrous idea.

Stop Labeling Kids By Their 'Learning Style'  Stop Labeling Kids By Their 'Learning Style' 

You may have taken the quiz as a child: What type of learner are you? You’d answer questions like, “When you see the word cat, are you more likely to a) picture a cat in your head, b) say the word ‘cat’ to yourself, or c) imagine yourself physically petting a cat?” Once you made your selections, your so-called…

Check Out This Free Digital Collection of 6,000 19th-Century Children's Books Check Out This Free Digital Collection of 6,000 19th-Century Children's Books

The University of Florida Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature has a digital archive of 6,000 children’s books from the 19th and early 20th century, all free to read online. A redditor discovered the treasure and shared it it Reddit’s Books community. Fans of history and children’s literature will be…

Give Your Kids Cash Instead of a Credit Card  Give Your Kids Cash Instead of a Credit Card 

There’s a lot of advice about giving your kid a credit card. Find one with a low interest rate. Don’t cosign for the card because you might ruin your own credit. Make it extremely clear to them that yes, it’s real money and yes, they must pay it back on time and in full.

Get Rid of Your Kids' Storage Bins  Get Rid of Your Kids' Storage Bins 

I appreciate the many storage bins, baskets and chests that have contained my kid’s avalanche of toys. They’re pretty—we have a few woven ombré ones. They’re huge. And best of all, I’ve been able to toss things things in there at a rapid-fire pace before guests arrive, and have my house instantly look like it’s…

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