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May 26, 2020. 5 comments

How to Protect Your Money, With Ramit Sethi

How to Protect Your Money, With Ramit Sethi

Let’s face it, the economy feels a little doom and gloom right now. So we’re learning how to protect ourselves financially this week with the help of personal finance advisor Ramit Sethi. Hear him talk with Alice Bradley and Lifehacker’s personal finance writer Lisa Rowan about his practical tips for navigating this economically terrifying time. Ramit is the author of the New York Times...

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Apr 20, 2020.

How to Do Less, With Journalist Celeste Headlee

How to Do Less, With Journalist Celeste Headlee

Are you feeling burned out? Do you find yourself working more, not less, even while working from home? Award-winning journalist Celeste Headlee joins us on The Upgrade this week to talk about how the toxic culture of busyness is harming both our brains and our bodies, and what we can do about it. Celeste is the author of

We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter , and most...
Apr 07, 2020.

How to Stop Touching Your Face, With 'Atomic Habits'' James Clear

How to Stop Touching Your Face, With 'Atomic Habits'' James Clear

New York Times bestselling author James Clear joins us on The Upgrade this week to help us form important new habits during this panic-stricken time—from grounding daily rituals to finally ditching the habits making us unsafe during the pandemic. James is the author of 2018's

 Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones .

Listen to The Upgrade above or find us in...

Mar 03, 2020.

How Can I Plan Better Playdates for My Child with Autism?

How Can I Plan Better Playdates for My Child with Autism?
Parental AdvisoryParental AdvisoryTackling your most pressing parenting dilemmas, one tantrum at a time. Email your kid-rearing questions to mwalbert@lifehacker.com with "Parental Advisory" in the subject line.

Playdates are a great way for little kids to practice social interactions and develop cognitive and language skills, as well as practice self-regulation—especially if they don’t have...

Feb 25, 2020. 3 comments

How Can I Support My Adult Child Who Has a Mental Health Disorder?

How Can I Support My Adult Child Who Has a Mental Health Disorder?
Parental AdvisoryParental AdvisoryTackling your most pressing parenting dilemmas, one tantrum at a time. Email your kid-rearing questions to mwalbert@lifehacker.com with "Parental Advisory" in the subject line.

Mental health continues to be one of the most-requested topics readers ask me to cover both in the Parental Advisory advice column and in other more general posts. So I wasn’t surprised...

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Feb 14, 2020. 2 comments

Send Us All Your Questions on Habits

Send Us All Your Questions on Habits

Hello, Upgrade listeners! We’re speaking next week with behavior change expert BJ Fogg, author of

Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything , for an upcoming episode. So we want to know: what are some habits that you are trying to build? What advice can our expert give you on how to reach your behavioral goals?

Leave us a message about it on our voicemail by calling 347-687-8109....

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Jan 29, 2020. 12 comments

How Can I Best Parent a Child Who Is at Risk for a Mental Health Disorder?

How Can I Best Parent a Child Who Is at Risk for a Mental Health Disorder?
Parental AdvisoryParental AdvisoryTackling your most pressing parenting dilemmas, one tantrum at a time. Email your kid-rearing questions to mwalbert@lifehacker.com with "Parental Advisory" in the subject line.

One of the topics readers most often ask me to write about is anxiety and mental health—both our own and that of our kids. This week’s Parental Advisory question mirrors a common “what...

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Jan 27, 2020. 22 comments

Yes, You Should Accommodate Your Friends' Picky-Eating Kids

Yes, You Should Accommodate Your Friends' Picky-Eating Kids

Right before Thanksgiving, I told you all that you should

let your kids eat nothing but rolls at the big meal, if all they desired were rolls. That stance, which I shall not budge on, is rooted in a basic two-part parenting principle that everyone should adopt: 1. Don’t pick your food battles in other people’s homes, and 2. Don’t pick your food battles on holidays, at special events or when...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 14, 2020. 12 comments

How Do You Navigate Play Dates When You're a 'Device-Free' Family?

How Do You Navigate Play Dates When You're a 'Device-Free' Family?
Parental AdvisoryParental AdvisoryTackling your most pressing parenting dilemmas, one tantrum at a time. Email your kid-rearing questions to mwalbert@lifehacker.com with "Parental Advisory" in the subject line.

As screen-free as you and your little kids may be (or you may want them to be), there comes a point when even the devices of others become unavoidable. You may not want your kids to...

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Dec 27, 2019.

The Best Tech Advice We Gave in 2019

The Best Tech Advice We Gave in 2019
Best of LifehackerBest of LifehackerWhether we’ve made a complicated recipe absurdly simple, illustrated how to survive a natural disaster, or explained a political crisis in terms even your great-grandma would understand, these are some of our favorite stories from the past year.

52 weeks, 52 Tech 911 columns—minus one or two weeks when I was on vacation and simply couldn’t answer your wild...

Dec 17, 2019. 1 comments

How Do You Help a Young Child Get Over His Fear of a Neighbor?

How Do You Help a Young Child Get Over His Fear of a Neighbor?
Parental AdvisoryParental AdvisoryTackling your most pressing parenting dilemmas, one tantrum at a time. Email your kid-rearing questions to mwalbert@lifehacker.com with "Parental Advisory" in the subject line.

We’ve all got stories about that neighbor. The one who never cuts the grass. The one who never cleans up after their dog. The one who plays video games—with the sound enhanced by a...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Dec 17, 2019. 10 comments

What Advice Do You Have for Parents of Kids With OCD?

What Advice Do You Have for Parents of Kids With OCD?

Last week, I wrote about

a resource for parents of children with autism —a book that outlines parenting advice from adults who also have autism. It struck me as such an important concept that we can often overlook when our children receive a diagnosis or struggle in a way that is personally unfamiliar to us; we ask only the experts for advice. We ask doctors and therapists and we find...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Dec 14, 2019. 10 comments

Advice for Parents of Kids With Autism, From Adults on the Spectrum

Advice for Parents of Kids With Autism, From Adults on the Spectrum

When Jenna Gensic’s son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, she began to do her research. She gathered advice from the usual experts—doctors and therapists. But she felt she was still missing an important perspective.

“I realized one resource I hadn’t accessed was the autistic community,” Gensic says. “I wanted to get more of their input and advice on what they thought helped or...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Dec 10, 2019. 16 comments

What Do You Do When Your Young Child Uses the N-Word?

What Do You Do When Your Young Child Uses the N-Word?
Parental AdvisoryParental AdvisoryTackling your most pressing parenting dilemmas, one tantrum at a time. Email your kid-rearing questions to mwalbert@lifehacker.com with "Parental Advisory" in the subject line.

Sometimes parents wish they could have a conversation do-over with their kids. A “big talk” can smack us in the face when we least expect it. This week’s Parental Advisory question...

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Nov 19, 2019. 3 comments

Should You Grow Your Family Through Foster Care Adoption?

Should You Grow Your Family Through Foster Care Adoption?
Parental AdvisoryParental AdvisoryTackling your most pressing parenting dilemmas, one tantrum at a time. Email your kid-rearing questions to mwalbert@lifehacker.com with "Parental Advisory" in the subject line.

For many parents, deciding if, when or how to grow your family can be difficult. And when other factors—such as infertility or the heightened needs of your other children—come into...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Nov 07, 2019. 1 comments

How to Mentor Yourself

How to Mentor Yourself

If you’re ever stuck for ideas or advice, and you feel like you can’t find a mentor, here’s how to become your own mentor: Look at everyone else who’s doing a similar thing. Some successful ones, and some failing ones. Find everything they could be doing better. And then don’t tell them. Tell yourself.

Do it positively: Think of every cool idea you want to suggest to these people, everything...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Nov 05, 2019. 12 comments

How Do You Get Your Kid to Stop Hitting in School?

How Do You Get Your Kid to Stop Hitting in School?
Parental AdvisoryParental AdvisoryTackling your most pressing parenting dilemmas, one tantrum at a time. Email your kid-rearing questions to mwalbert@lifehacker.com with "Parental Advisory" in the subject line.

This week’s Parental Advisory question is one that I suspect many parents have struggled with: What do you do when your kindergartener or first-grader is struggling with impulse...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Oct 28, 2019. 11 comments

When Your Kid Is Friends With the 'Bad Kid,' Should You Intervene?

When Your Kid Is Friends With the 'Bad Kid,' Should You Intervene?
Parental AdvisoryParental AdvisoryTackling your most pressing parenting dilemmas, one tantrum at a time. Email your kid-rearing questions to mwalbert@lifehacker.com with "Parental Advisory" in the subject line.

This week’s Parental Advisory question comes to us from one of the most emotionally fraught locations on Earth: the first grade recess playground.

“Concerned parent” explains:

My son...

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Oct 24, 2019. 20 comments

How to Throw a Punch Correctly

How to Throw a Punch Correctly

Ideally, you’ll ever be in a situation where you’re forced to physically defend yourself. But if that day ever comes, you’re better off being prepared—especially when it comes to how to throw a punch. Sure, you’ve seen punches thrown on TV plenty of times, but do you actually know how to throw one correctly?

To find out, we asked a few experts to help us learn the proper method of punching,...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Oct 21, 2019. 15 comments

When a Third-Grader Threatens to Shoot His Friends, What Do You Do?

When a Third-Grader Threatens to Shoot His Friends, What Do You Do?
Parental AdvisoryParental AdvisoryTackling your most pressing parenting dilemmas, one tantrum at a time. Email your kid-rearing questions to mwalbert@lifehacker.com with "Parental Advisory" in the subject line.

In Lifehacker’s first-ever Parental Advisory advice column, I’m diving right in to a topic that kids and parents should never have to deal with—and yet, here we are. What do you do when...

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