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'Misinformation' and 'Disinformation' Are Not the Same Thing

'Misinformation' and 'Disinformation' Are Not the Same Thing

If the past three years have seemed more like 300, the coming year is really about to test us all. The countdown to the 2020 election is about to begin and we’ve got to prepare ourselves for the onslaught of misinformation and disinformation—and it’s important to know the difference. Because they’re not the same thing.

Remember way back when we were still trying to get comfortable with calling...

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.”

Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Oct 19, 2019 at 02:30. 4 comments

This Is the Best Homemade Play Dough

This Is the Best Homemade Play Dough

When my son was a toddler, we went through a very big “sensory activities” phase. Any new texture that he could squish or mold (and incorporate into his dinosaur battles) would keep him occupied for dozens of precious minutes. He loved regular Play-Doh, so I went in search of a homemade version that would be a little softer and fluffier and found a favorite right away.

What’s great about...

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

What Does 'Quid Pro Quo' Really Mean?

What Does 'Quid Pro Quo' Really Mean?

As pressure mounts around the impeachment inquiry by House Democrats, there’s one phrase you’ve probably heard being bandied about: “quid pro quo.” As in, when President Trump urged Ukraine’s newly elected president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, was it part of a quid pro quo? And what does that even mean?

“Quid pro quo” is a Latin phrase that translates...

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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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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Oct 09, 2019. 1 comments

Getting Rid of Old LEGOs Just Got Easier

Getting Rid of Old LEGOs Just Got Easier

The age-old question of parents everywhere—What do I do with all these freaking LEGOs?—may finally have a good answer. LEGO has teamed up with a logistics company to collect all those tiny hard plastic bricks you’ve been stepping on for years, clean them and donate them to kids in need.

LEGO and Give Back Box have launched a pilot program called “Replay” to collect used LEGOs from anywhere in...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Oct 04, 2019. 10 comments

Use These Latin Phrases to Sound Smarter

Use These Latin Phrases to Sound Smarter

Merriam-Webster wants us all to use more Latin in our everyday lives, and we see no reason not to oblige. (Okay, M-W didn’t exactly say that, but they have published a list of their favorite Latin phrases, so it’s a fair conclusion.)

Some of these you might already know. Some you’ve probably heard but can’t quite remember the meaning. And some are brand new but are worth implementing...

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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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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 Oct 01, 2019. 1 comments

How to Quiet Your Mind

How to Quiet Your Mind

It’s not just that we have a lot to think about and manage in our personal lives each day. We’re also inundated with Big Topics like impeachment and climate change and mass shootings on a nearly daily basis. Add in the fact that we’re always trying to multitask in the middle of it—cook dinner, respond to that work email and yell at the kids to stop arguing—it’s too much.

Ryan Holiday, author...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Sep 28, 2019. 9 comments

I'm Meghan Walbert, Lifehacker Parenting Editor, and This Is How I Work

I'm Meghan Walbert, Lifehacker Parenting Editor, and This Is How I Work
How I WorkThe How I Work series asks heroes, experts, and all-around productive people to share their shortcuts, workspaces, routines, and more.  

Every week, we share the shortcuts, workspaces, and productivity tips of our favorite experts. This week, we’re going behind the scenes at Lifehacker. I’m Meghan Walbert, and this is how I work.

Location: Bethlehem, PA
Current gig: Lifehacker’s...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Sep 27, 2019. 9 comments

'Vacay' Is Now a Real Word, According to Merriam-Webster

'Vacay' Is Now a Real Word, According to Merriam-Webster

Merriam-Webster is at it again, adding hundreds of new words to its English dictionary, a process it refers to as “a happy fact of life for a living language.” We happen to share in their excitement over new words. It is a happy fact, after all, that they’ve finally expanded the definition of they to include being “used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary.” That was...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Sep 27, 2019. 1 comments

Why Protecting Your Kid's Down Time Is So Important

Why Protecting Your Kid's Down Time Is So Important

We know that kids are over-scheduled and over-worked. We know they have less down time, less time to be bored and less time to play than we did as kids. But what we may not have realized is that all the pressure on students—particularly those in “high-achieving” schools—is causing higher rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse and delinquent behaviors.

As reported in the Washington...

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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. 13 comments

'Snowman' Is the New 'Hangman'

'Snowman' Is the New 'Hangman'

Back in the day, when we found ourselves in a situation in which we had to pass some time—which was often, because no cell phones—we practiced our spelling skills by hanging stick figures.

On one hand, we all played Hangman, we probably didn’t think too much about it, we were exposed to other games that were much more violent, and most of us turned out fine.

On the other hand, it’s 2019 and...

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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...

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...

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