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Mar 24, 2020. 2 comments

How to Help Your High School Senior Cope With Having Their Year Cut Short

How to Help Your High School Senior Cope With Having Their Year Cut Short

Think back to your senior year of high school. Once spring rolled around, you were basically home-free and could finally experience the joy of “senioritis”: getting to go to school and see your friends while enjoying lower academic expectations. Plus there were so

many major events to look forward to like senior prom, graduation and any other traditions your school may have had. But now,...

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Mar 24, 2020.

Set Up a Virtual Show-and-Tell for Your Kids

Set Up a Virtual Show-and-Tell for Your Kids

Being cooped up at home all the time isn’t easy for anyone. Parents

have to keep working while doubling as homeschool teachers. And kids don’t get to spend in-person time with their friends and are probably pretty antsy at this point. That’s why you should set up a virtual show-and-tell for them using FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom.

Kids love show-and-tell: They get to tell someone...

Feb 06, 2020.

Facebook's Messenger Kids App Now Has More Parental Controls

Facebook's Messenger Kids App Now Has More Parental Controls

Facebook is basically always in the news for some privacy concern or another. In one such case, they—rightfully so—caught a lot of flak last summer when its Messenger Kids app inadvertently allowed kids to enter group chats with users their parents hadn’t approved. At the time, Facebook called it a “technical error” with the app, which is designed for kids under age 13.

If your kids were using...

Feb 05, 2020. 15 comments

Stop Letting Your Kids Pick the Restaurant

Stop Letting Your Kids Pick the Restaurant

It was hard when I had to tell my kids that I thought Chipotle was “just okay.” My daughter dropped her fork. My son did a spit take. She was genuinely shocked. He was playing it up for effect. I appreciated both responses. But my wife and I recently came to a decision that it was time our kids no longer dictated where we eat.

You might think this is a recipe for a less-pleasant dining...

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Feb 05, 2020. 2 comments

Ask Yourself How You Want to Make People Feel

Ask Yourself How You Want to Make People Feel

A lot of us interact with others on the basis of “what do I hope to get out of this experience?” At work, we go into meetings hoping we’ll be able to say something intelligent (or, in some cases, sit quietly until the meeting is over); at home, we gather with our families at dinner in the hopes that we can convince the kids to eat their vegetables or say something about their day besides “it...

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Feb 04, 2020. 6 comments

Calculate How Many Days You Have Been a Parent

Calculate How Many Days You Have Been a Parent

Have you ever wondered exactly how many days you’ve been a parent? No? Well, me neither. That is, until I saw this post on Facebook by Adore Them Parenting. I couldn’t help myself and now you won’t be able to; responses in the comments of the post ranged from a precious 70 days to an impressive 17,450.

I personally came in at 3,422, which seems low. I do know that there are 365 days in a year...

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Feb 03, 2020. 2 comments

This Is the Best Research-Based Parenting Podcast

This Is the Best Research-Based Parenting Podcast

I first heard about the Your Parenting Mojo podcast on another parenting podcast: One Bad Mother. OBM is a favorite of mine because it’s basically two moms venting to each other about how really freaking hard parenting can be, followed by telling each other (and listeners) what a good job they’re doing. They also often interview authors and other experts or tackle specific parenting topics...

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Jan 31, 2020. 19 comments

How to Parent Like the Mandalorian

How to Parent Like the Mandalorian

The Mandalorian has delighted viewers with its fresh storyline, catchy soundtrack, some droids and a few funky weapons. But all of that was nothing compared to The Child, who we are all calling Baby Yoda even though we know it’s not really Yoda. The Mandalorian, it turns out, is not just another Star Wars saga in a long line of sagas. The Mandalorian is a story about single parenting.

The...

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Jan 30, 2020. 6 comments

Teach Kids How to Get Around Without a Smartphone

Teach Kids How to Get Around Without a Smartphone

One recent afternoon, while my GPS was struggling to load the way to the diner where I was planning to meet my husband for lunch, my son became concerned that we wouldn’t ever get there. It was a diner we’d never been to in an area of a neighboring city that I’m mostly unfamiliar with. “But we can’t get there if the GPS doesn’t load,” my 9-year-old exclaimed.

“What? Of course we can,” I...

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Jan 29, 2020. 3 comments

Document Your Baby's First Year of Life With '1 Second Everyday'

Document Your Baby's First Year of Life With '1 Second Everyday'

Yes, it’s cliché to exclaim that kids “grow up so fast!” But it’s become a cliché because it’s true. Especially when it comes to babies, the developmental changes children undergo from birth to one year old are staggering and can seem to happen miraculously overnight, even though you just spent the whole year staring right at them.

Enter the 1 Second Everyday app. With this app, users film one...

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Jan 28, 2020. 7 comments

How to Handle a Potty-Training Regression

How to Handle a Potty-Training Regression

You thought you were done; you’d ditched the diapers and somehow, in just a matter of days, you had entered the magical word of accident-free living. But now, seemingly out of nowhere, your toddler has regressed. As frustrating and baffling as it can be, potty training regression is normal. It is common. And, best of all, it is temporary. 

But now what do you do? Well, you’ve trained them...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 23, 2020. 16 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. 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. 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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Jan 16, 2020. 5 comments

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...

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Jan 16, 2020. 9 comments

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...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 15, 2020. 8 comments

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...

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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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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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