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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert yesterday at 21:00.

What to Teach Kids Instead of 'Practice Makes Perfect'

What to Teach Kids Instead of 'Practice Makes Perfect'

“Practice makes perfect” was never a very good saying. Let me tell you—I practiced playing the clarinet a lot as a kid, and then even more as a teenager, and I never got anywhere near perfect. The sentiment, though, that we only get better at a thing by practicing that thing is still very valid. It’s just that there’s a better way to explain it: Imagine that you’re building a “brain chain.”

Oct 16, 2019 at 01:30. 10 comments

Take Your Kids to Drag Queen Story Time

Take Your Kids to Drag Queen Story Time

One of Sparkle Leigh’s favorite stories to read during Drag Queen Story Hour is The Story of Ferdinand . Ferdinand, published in 1936, tells the story of a Spanish bull who’s supposed to be a manly bullfighter, but all he wants to do is go sit in the flowers and take in the beauty.

“It’s a really old story,” says Dan Davidson, who created and performs as Sparkle Leigh, “but this is a queer...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Oct 09, 2019. 8 comments

How to Support a Friend Who Has Lost a Child

How to Support a Friend Who Has Lost a Child

If someone close to you has ever lost a child, you know how devastating that type of loss can be—and how utterly helpless it can feel to those who love them and can’t ease their pain. While there is no “fixing” this deep of a loss, there are things that friends and family can do to support them as they grieve.

Author Kimberly Calabrese, who lost her daughter Paris at six months old, wrote the...

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Christine Burke Christine Burke Oct 08, 2019.

The Best Apps to Use When Your Teen Starts Driving

The Best Apps to Use When Your Teen Starts Driving

Two months ago, my teenage son passed his driver’s test with flying colors. Though the initial terror of watching him drive away has passed and our son is proving to be a competent driver, we are still working out the kinks.

Because students in his high school are allowed to leave campus if they have earned high academic standing, our son has the freedom to leave campus a few times a week....

Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Oct 03, 2019. 17 comments

Is Your Kid's School Planning These Terrifying Active Shooter Drills?

Is Your Kid's School Planning These Terrifying Active Shooter Drills?

As a kid, I remember filing out of my school in an orderly fashion once or twice a year for a fire drill. I remember kneeling in the hallway and covering my neck with my hands, which was supposed to protect me in the event of a tornado. The baby boomers had their duck-and-cover drills to practice avoiding nuclear bomb debris. And now our kids, worst of all, are practicing how to hide from...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Oct 03, 2019. 17 comments

What Do You Wish You'd Known Before You Had Kids?

What Do You Wish You'd Known Before You Had Kids?

Before you have kids, you have this vision in your head of what it will be like. Maybe you picture tossing the football in the backyard, teaching them how to ride a bike or the way their eyes will light up on Christmas morning.

I imagined all of those things. What I did not foresee was what a prominent role ear infections and breathing treatments would play in my son’s early years. Or how...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Oct 02, 2019. 9 comments

Don't Let Your Kid Bully Their Sibling

Don't Let Your Kid Bully Their Sibling

Siblings are going to fight. They’re going to poke at each other on long (or short) car rides. They’re going to push to be the first one out the door. They’re going to wrestle for control of the TV remote. After a while, it can start to sound like the regular background noise of a family with multiple children. But typical sibling rivalry or squabbles can morph into full-fledged bullying—and...

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Stephen Johnson Stephen Johnson Oct 01, 2019. 12 comments

The Best Multiplayer Games to Play With Your Kid

The Best Multiplayer Games to Play With Your Kid

It’s fun to play games with your kid, but eventually you have to face how much they suck at them. Children’s developing brains can’t handle complexity, their unripe nervous systems don’t react fast enough to not get smeared by zombies, and their fine motor skills are straight garbage.

But don’t worry, parent. There are a ton of super-fun video games that smooth out differences in skill levels...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Oct 01, 2019.

Help Kids Calm Down With a ‘Brain Game’

Help Kids Calm Down With a ‘Brain Game’

The thing about toddlers is that they’re mind-numbingly irrational. It’s not their fault, of course. It’s going to be a solid two decades before those brains are fully developed and able to offer up true logical reasoning to the world, but still. It’s frustrating.

No parent enjoys the tantrum management that comes with raising little kids, but it can be particularly frustrating when a tantrum...

Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Sep 26, 2019. 23 comments

If You Could Do It All Over, Would You Still Have Kids?

If You Could Do It All Over, Would You Still Have Kids?

When I saw this post on Reddit the other day, I almost skimmed right past it. It was titled, “Parents: What are your real thoughts about having kids? Would you still have them, after everything you’ve been through?” But I paused. I knew there would be a lot of “Parenting is so hard, but I wouldn’t trade my kids for anything!” responses, but surely some had regrets. Out of curiosity, I clicked...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Sep 25, 2019.

Find the Perfect School or College With This Tool

Find the Perfect School or College With This Tool

Choosing the right school for your kids is such a big decision. From that first kindergarten class until they go off to college, we want them in an environment that is academically sound with high quality teachers. One that offers opportunities to participate in clubs, sports and other activities. One that is diverse, safe, has nice facilities and prepares them for college or post-college...

Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Sep 25, 2019.

Keep Your Kid From Bugging You While You Cook With This Game

Keep Your Kid From Bugging You While You Cook With This Game

When my first foster son lived with us for a year, he was my constant shadow. That sweet boy followed close behind me wherever I went, especially when it was time to prep dinner. He was never interested in watching a show while I cooked; he’d rather be with me—as close as physically possible—as I moved from the dining room to the kitchen, from the refrigerator to the sink, from the sink to...

Stephen Johnson Stephen Johnson Sep 23, 2019. 4 comments

Use Minecraft to Teach Your Kids Pretty Much Anything

Use Minecraft to Teach Your Kids Pretty Much Anything

There’s a reason the New York Times calls them “The Minecraft Generation.” Today’s kids and teens have been raised on the game, cutting their teeth on survival mode and moving on to creating complex, multiplayer worlds within Minecraft. But Minecraft’s vast community (112 million people log on per month!) are doing more than playing a game. They are occupied in a deeply engaging educational...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Sep 21, 2019.

How to Wean Your Kids off Juice

How to Wean Your Kids off Juice

It probably started as a once-in-a-while treat at a birthday party or out at a restaurant. But once your toddler got a taste of that sweet, sweet juice, bland old milk and water just didn’t have the same appeal. And now, juice is all they want to drink.

We get it, kids. We’d love to drink nothing but soda all day, too, but all that sugar is bad for us. And now a panel of scientists is further...

Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Sep 20, 2019. 13 comments

This Is the Only Way to Throw Away Dirty Tissues

This Is the Only Way to Throw Away Dirty Tissues

The bad news is, I’ve been disposing of my son’s dirty, germy tissues wrong for the whole first half of his childhood. The good news is, some things are about to change around here.

When my kid gets sick, he blows his nose. A lot. And this is what the end table next to our couch usually looks like:

Then I’ve got to decide: Do I waste yet another clean tissue to protect my hands from snot...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Sep 19, 2019. 17 comments

The Right Way to Respond When Kids Talk Back

The Right Way to Respond When Kids Talk Back
Jerk WeekHow do you detoxify your timeline? Deal with the boor hogging the squat rack at the gym? Tell a stranger on a plane that no, you won't swap seats with them? It's Jerk Week, and we've got everything you need to handle the rudest people in life—and advice for what to do when you're the one in the wrong.  

A friend of mine once went on a tirade about how she would not raise a...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Sep 17, 2019. 5 comments

How to Stop Yelling so Much

How to Stop Yelling so Much

This advice is only for you, not for me, because I certainly never raise my voice at my precious child and what kind of person does such a thing??

Fine, I yell, I’ve yelled, there’s been some yelling about some things. And despite the fact that I know better and it doesn’t actually work (kids strangely do not move faster in the morning just because you yelled about how they should move faster...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Sep 17, 2019. 8 comments

Don't Ask Kids 'Why' When They're Upset

Don't Ask Kids 'Why' When They're Upset

Your kid has been muttering under his breath for the past five minutes as he works through his math homework; finally, he slams his pencil down in obvious frustration. “Why are you getting so frustrated?” you might ask. Or your preschooler comes rushing down the stairs to you, tears running down her cheeks; “Why are you sad?” you ask.

Our intentions are good. We see our kids dealing with a...

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Sep 12, 2019. 4 comments

How to Talk to Your Kid About Puberty

How to Talk to Your Kid About Puberty

No matter when a child goes through puberty, it can be a time full of questions and worries and comparison: “Ethan’s voice already dropped, so why am I still squeaking?” “When will I get my period?” “When can I start shaving?”

When puberty comes early, though, it can be especially nerve-wracking. It’s never easy to be the first in a peer group to go through something, let alone something as...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Sep 12, 2019. 1 comments

How to Teach Your Kid to Blow Their Nose

How to Teach Your Kid to Blow Their Nose

There are so many little life skills that we, as adults, have managed to master over the years. How to put on a jacket. How to tie our shoes. How to blow a bubble with our gum and snap our fingers. (Okay, those last two might not really be “life skills,” but they’re important, nonetheless.) And yet, they’re kind of hard to teach.

“Let’s see, to whistle, you just kind of purse your lips like...

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