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How to Make Your Easter Egg Hunt More Accessible for Kids of All Abilities How to Make Your Easter Egg Hunt More Accessible for Kids of All Abilities

Easter egg hunts are the best. The starting-line giddiness. The thrill of the quest. The satisfaction that comes with the post-hunt tally (“38 eggs! Huzzah!”). They are a tradition that every kid should be able to take part in, regardless of ability.

Stop Telling Your Kids Their Medical Procedure 'Won't Hurt a Bit' Stop Telling Your Kids Their Medical Procedure 'Won't Hurt a Bit'

I have a vivid memory of taking my daughter to get her blood drawn when she was two. As she sat on my lap in a lab chair, she was so happy. She waved to the technician, who smiled and waved back. And then he took her tiny arm, stuck a needle in it, and she screamed bloody murder. Never again was she as delighted to…

How to Talk to Your Teen About Weed How to Talk to Your Teen About Weed

Each new generation seems to be more accepting of cannabis use, unsurprising trends show. For those in Gen Z, the population cohort born between 1993 and 2007, marijuana is perceived as healthier than alcohol. Kids are coming of age at a time when weed is depicted less as stoner drug that’ll lead them on a wild quest…

Store Your Kid's Games Vertically Instead of Stacking Them Store Your Kid's Games Vertically Instead of Stacking Them

My daughter has some stacking shelves in her bedroom closet where she keeps her board games. I put them up because they’re better than my previous organization method of nothing, but I’m quickly realizing they are less than ideal. If she tries to grab, say, Hoot Owl Hoot, and it’s at the bottom of one of the shelves,…

I'm Mike Adamick, Author of 'Raising Empowered Daughters,' and This Is How I Parent I'm Mike Adamick, Author of 'Raising Empowered Daughters,' and This Is How I Parent

Mike Adamick has a message for his fellow dads: Sexism exists, and if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. In his forthcoming book Raising Empowered Daughters: A Dad-to-Dad Guide, he zooms in on how the seemingly innocent myths, tropes and sayings that fathers often pass on to their kids can…

Here Are the Time Stamps of the Most Distressing Scenes in Netflix's New Animal Documentary Here Are the Time Stamps of the Most Distressing Scenes in Netflix's New Animal Documentary

Netflix’s new nature docuseries Our Planet is a lot of things—awe-inspiring (the show is a visual spectacle), informative (it shows the very real effects of climate change) and sobering (it reveals that we are the culprits). For some viewers, it’s also deeply disturbing. So much so that Netflix has released a content…

How to Read Aloud to Your Kid, According to Audiobook Narrators How to Read Aloud to Your Kid, According to Audiobook Narrators

Reading to your kids is important however you do it—at bedtime or during the day, with picture books or novels, on your own or with zany sound effects. Hey, science says so. But if you’re feeling like your readings are becoming a little lackluster, or you just want to up your game, here’s some advice from those who…

Help Your Kid Remember Things By Asking These Questions Help Your Kid Remember Things By Asking These Questions

“Don’t forget!” is one of those things I say to my daughter with gusto in my voice but fear in my soul.

The Best Baby Hack Is to Have an Easy Baby The Best Baby Hack Is to Have an Easy Baby

A new study published in Academic Pediatrics confirms that mothers of fussy babies are more likely to experience symptoms of depression than mothers of “easy” babies. Researchers pulled data from more than 8,200 children and their parents and found “the less soothable the infant, the more distressed the mother,” a …

How to Introduce Your Kid to Coding Without a Computer How to Introduce Your Kid to Coding Without a Computer

If you want to teach your kid how to code, there’s certainly no shortage of apps, iPad-connected toys, motorized kits and programmable pets that you can buy for your future Google employee. Some are great, no doubt, but many focus on isolated skills, which may or may not be relevant in the decades ahead. For young…

This Free Coloring Book Helps Kids Learn the Correct Names of Their Body Parts This Free Coloring Book Helps Kids Learn the Correct Names of Their Body Parts

It is important to teach your kids the anatomically correct names of their body parts as early as possible. Your son has a penis, not a “wee-wee.” Your daughter has a vulva, not “ladybits.”

I'm Cartoonist Lucy Knisley, and This Is How I Parent I'm Cartoonist Lucy Knisley, and This Is How I Parent

Lucy Knisley has made a career out of sketching her life. Her latest graphic novel Kid Gloves details her difficult transition into motherhood—from fertility problems to miscarriages to a near-death experience during childbirth. It’s both intimate and highly informative, illustrating the science and history of…

Stop Using Your Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play Right Now [Updated] Stop Using Your Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play Right Now [Updated]

If you have a Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play, a popular baby “sleeper,” the American Academy of Pediatrics urges you to stop using it immediately. The recommendation comes less than a week after the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price warned about the potential hazards of the product.

Your Kid Probably Doesn't Need a Bath Every Night Your Kid Probably Doesn't Need a Bath Every Night

We used to do the “smell her head” test.

iPhone Boxes Make the Best Marie Kondo-Style Storage Boxes iPhone Boxes Make the Best Marie Kondo-Style Storage Boxes

Earlier this year, after watching the entire season of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo with the rest of clutter-prone America, I had one impassioned takeaway: Boxes. I needed those storage boxes.

What to Know About Your Kid's Weird, Obsessive Collection What to Know About Your Kid's Weird, Obsessive Collection

Rhiannon tells me that the kid she nannies used to collect disposable latex gloves. This started when he was around two. Any time he’d see latex gloves—at the doctor’s office, at nursery school, in a random first aid kid mounted to the wall—he’d ask if he could have them. He preferred the “blue glubs” but the “kinda…

Show Your Kid How Animated Films Are Made By Following the Artists on Social Media Show Your Kid How Animated Films Are Made By Following the Artists on Social Media

On Twitter, Simon Willison gives us a fantastic roundup of behind-the-scenes content from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, straight from the artists themselves. (Thanks to Kottke for the tip.) Two thoughts: 1) Kudos to Sony for allowing this level of transparency, and 2) Every Spider-Verse-obsessed kid needs to see…

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