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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 23, 2020 at 03:00. 1 comments

Should You Make Your Kids Send Thank You Notes?

Should You Make Your Kids Send Thank You Notes?

If I’d had to guess, I would have told you pre-motherhood that I would be the type of parent who would be a stickler for having her kid send thank you cards after receiving birthday or holiday gifts. You can probably sense where this is going.

I definitely sent them out once, a stack of notes written by me and painstakingly signed by my son in the early days of being able to pen his own name....

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Jan 22, 2020 at 22:00. 11 comments

How to Prepare for Your Child's IEP Meeting

How to Prepare for Your Child's IEP Meeting

Parenting a child with an identified learning disability is an exercise in frequent and sustained advocacy. And perhaps one of the most confusing things these parents will have to navigate is the IEP—or Individualized Education Program—process. That’s the specialized educational to-do list parents and schools create to make sure a child with a disability is receiving specialized instruction...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 21, 2020 at 23:30. 7 comments

The Best Non-Food ‘Treats’ for Kids

The Best Non-Food ‘Treats’ for Kids

Everybody likes a little treat now and then. But I’ve recently learned a shocking (to me) fact: Not all kids love sweets. Also (this one is much less shocking) not all parents want their kids to have sweets—or other junk food—on a regular basis. And when it comes down to it, it’s a good idea to teach our kids that a “treat” doesn’t always have to be a consumable.

So the next time you want to...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 16, 2020.

How to Build Patience in Your Only Child

How to Build Patience in Your Only Child

As the parent of an only child, I do not believe many of the prevailing stereotypes about singletons. They are not, as a group, spoiled, maladjusted, selfish, weird people. Any child can be any of those things, regardless of how many siblings they have.

But as parent coach Meghan Leahy writes in the Washington Post, one thing parents of only children might want to give a little extra attention...

Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 16, 2020.

How to Help Your Kid Manage Their Anxiety at Every Age

How to Help Your Kid Manage Their Anxiety at Every Age

When I asked our Facebook parenting group what they’d like to read about in Offspring this year, I noticed one theme that kept emerging from the suggestions—anxiety. You’ve got it, I’ve got it, and our kids either have it already or we’re worried they’ll get it at some point. Thinking about their anxiety is making you anxious and you want to have some strategies on hand for dealing with it...

Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 15, 2020.

How to Know When Your Child Is Ready for a Smartphone

How to Know When Your Child Is Ready for a Smartphone

It started in my home toward the end of last school year. I knew it was coming, but I was still surprised to have the conversation at just second grade and eight years old. When can I get my own cell phone? This year, at third grade and nine years old, the question is coming a little more frequently and is now accompanied with a list of classmates who have their own phones (or who claim to...

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?
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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...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 11, 2020. 23 comments

Parenting Hacks That Backfired

Parenting Hacks That Backfired

As someone who actively seeks out and writes about parenting hacks every day, I’m always looking for shortcuts and tricks to make your lives (and my own) a tiny bit easier. But not all hacks are created equal, and a hack that works brilliantly for one parent might be a complete waste of time for another. Your mileage, as they say, may vary.

Sometimes a hack simply doesn’t work; sometimes it’s...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 10, 2020. 17 comments

Age 3 Is Actually the Best Age

Age 3 Is Actually the Best Age

It is a common refrain among parents of young children that the Terrible Twos have nothing on age three. When they hit age three, we start calling them “threenagers,” a tip of the hat to their increasingly disgruntled disposition. But that word is nowhere near strong enough to depict what it’s actually like to have a three-year-old in your home every day. They can’t communicate as well as...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 10, 2020. 17 comments

Protect Your Baby From Strangers' Germs with a 'No Touch' Sign

Protect Your Baby From Strangers' Germs with a 'No Touch' Sign

There’s this thing that happens when a person sees a brand new human. Their hands, which just moments before they had complete control over, turn into large magnets that pull straight up and out with a primal need to touch that baby. It’s bad enough to endure months of randoms rubbing your pregnant stomach; now all the world thinks it’s good and fair to touch your infant. And they don’t just...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 08, 2020. 7 comments

Your Favorite Hacks for Getting Kids to Brush Their Teeth

Your Favorite Hacks for Getting Kids to Brush Their Teeth

The American Dental Association tells us that our kids should learn how to brush twice a day for two minutes per session. Two minutes sounds like a relatively short amount of time—until you’re trying to wrangle a kid who would rather clamp their mouth shut for all of eternity then let that brush anywhere near them.

To help build the habit in a fun way, the ADA does give us a pretty solid list...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 07, 2020. 6 comments

The Best Way to Store Your Kid's Bath Toys

The Best Way to Store Your Kid's Bath Toys

Chances are, if you’ve got little kids, you’ve also got a vast assortment of rubber bath toys in varying states of mold infestation. We’ve already told you how to clean them up (and even how to prevent the mold in the first place), but once they’re clean, where do you store them?

You don’t want to tuck them away in a closet because you’ll be pulling them back out again tomorrow night. You...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 06, 2020. 16 comments

Buy Your White Kid a Black Doll

Buy Your White Kid a Black Doll

It may be something you’ve never really thought too much about: You walk into the store to buy your white child a doll and you reach for the palest version (which is often also the only version). In fact, there’s a good chance that if your child is white, the vast majority of their toys resemble them in skin tone.

But one woman, who is a foster and adoptive parent to children of different...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 04, 2020. 6 comments

How to Rest When You're in Charge of the Kids

How to Rest When You're in Charge of the Kids

When my son was little, we used to play a game I liked to call “Tuck Mommy in for a Nap.” It kept him busy, helped him to practice his nurturing skills, and I got to lie down for a while. I know I’m not alone; parents of little children everywhere are trying to figure out how to parent while lying down. And one dad has kindly given us another horizontal tactic to try.

This game is called “Draw...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 03, 2020. 4 comments

Introduce Your Kids to Diverse Books With This Service

Introduce Your Kids to Diverse Books With This Service

Filling our kids’ bookshelves with diverse characters, storylines and family structures is something many parents would love to do. Being able to actually find a wide selection of high-quality inclusive books, though, is easier said than done.

Many books that feature diverse characters are published by foreign presses or smaller publishers that don’t have large marketing and distribution...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 02, 2020. 12 comments

To Break the Pacifier Habit, Poke a Hole in It

To Break the Pacifier Habit, Poke a Hole in It

The pacifier is a wonderful thing. It helps our littlest ones soothe themselves to sleep when nothing else will quite do the trick. Eventually, though, you want them to be able to self-soothe. They grow from babies into toddlers and you pine for one picture without the binky in the mouth. And as tooth after tooth grows in, you may be worried that prolonged pacifier use could start to affect...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Dec 30, 2019.

The Best 2019 Stories About Kids and Gaming

The Best 2019 Stories About Kids and Gaming
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There is a lot to talk about when it comes to kids and gaming. We want to encourage their love...

Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Dec 27, 2019. 5 comments

Find Out How Much Your Parenting is 'Worth' With This Calculator

Find Out How Much Your Parenting is 'Worth' With This Calculator

When I left full-time employment to stay home with my son years ago, I often thought about the value of my time to our family. I used to joke with my husband that every time I managed to save a little extra at the grocery store because I had the time to gather coupons and shop the sales, he could add that savings to my “salary.”

Parenting obviously isn’t just babysitting. Parents,...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Dec 27, 2019.

The Year's Best Advice for Having 'Big Talks' with Kids

The Year's Best Advice for Having 'Big Talks' with Kids
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.Prev Next View All

Back in the day, parents braced themselves for The Talk, which we all know covered one topic,...

Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Dec 26, 2019. 7 comments

Pack Away Some of Your Toddler's New Toys Right Now

Pack Away Some of Your Toddler's New Toys Right Now

You decided not to go overboard on gifts with your toddler this year. You asked (begged? demanded!) that your family members follow suit. They are still so young, you reasoned. They don’t even really *get* the whole Santa thing, you figured. They’re perfectly happy playing with a soup pot and a wooden spoon, you exclaimed!

And yet, here you are, the day after Christmas, drowning in a sea of...

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