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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert today at 02:30. 3 comments

Help Your Toddler Conquer Their Fear of the Automatic Toilet

Help Your Toddler Conquer Their Fear of the Automatic Toilet

It’s a phase that many toddlers go through—and who can blame them? These fancy, newfangled toilets with their automatic flushing (often multiple times in one sitting) do not exactly make the potty training process easier for anyone. They’re loud and they sound like they’re going suck you and everything around you down into nothingness, and all a kid wants to do is pee in peace.

A parent in our...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert yesterday at 22:00.

Teach Your Baby Sign Language

Teach Your Baby Sign Language

Your baby is going to understand and want to communicate ideas and requests with you a whole lot earlier than they’ll actually be able to verbalize the words. The gap between when a baby and young toddler knows what they want but can’t effectively communicate that to you is frustrating for everyone involved.

But a solution that parents have found effective (and has increased in popularity over...

Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert yesterday at 03:00.

Use Google and a Smartphone to Bring 3D Animals into Your Living Room

Use Google and a Smartphone to Bring 3D Animals into Your Living Room

If you—or your kids—have ever wondered how big a wolf, a shark or a tiger really is out in the wild, Google has a way to bring their 3D animated image right into your home. All you need is a little curiosity, a browser and an ARCore or ARKit-ready iPhone or Android phone.

We stumbled upon this feature when Zach Klein posted on Twitter that he stumbled upon it when he Googled “How big is a...

Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 23, 2020 at 23:00.

Make an Emotional Labor To-Do List with Your Partner

Make an Emotional Labor To-Do List with Your Partner

Biz Ellis on the One Bad Mother podcast calls it being “president of everything.” In a two-parent household, it is very common for one partner to take on the responsibility of all the little invisible tasks that can bog you down in the day-to-day.

If you’re the partner who carries the bulk of the family’s “mental load,” you know that it’s not just about who will cook dinner and who will clean...

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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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 22, 2020 at 02:00.

How to Make a DIY 'Laser' Maze in Your Home

How to Make a DIY 'Laser' Maze in Your Home

My son and I were both off work and school yesterday, and we had all kinds of plans for how we’d spend the day together. But first, I said, I needed his help with something for a post. “I thought you didn’t have to work today?” he asked with a somewhat accusatory tone. “I want you to test out a fake laser maze that I’m going to create using streamers in the hallway,” I responded. “Oh, let’s...

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 18, 2020 at 03:42.

How to Talk to Teens About Sexual Violence

How to Talk to Teens About Sexual Violence

Sending your kids off to college is a big parenting rite of passage; it can also be terrifying. Suddenly, instead of seeing them every day, you don’t know where they are, what they’re doing or who they’re with. Parents of teenage girls, in particular, worry about their safety during a time when the #MeToo movement has made it all-too-clear that sexual violence against young women is both...

Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 17, 2020 at 22:30. 15 comments

Get Your Kid Talking About Their Day With This Question

Get Your Kid Talking About Their Day With This Question

It’s the refrain heard round the world every afternoon or early evening. Parents everywhere are asking, “How was school?” And their children are responding, “Fine,” much more concerned with procuring a snack and a good TV show than chatting about their day.

We, the parents, try to get creative. We switch it up. We phrase our questions in a way that doesn’t allow for a one-word, noncommittal...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 17, 2020 at 03:00. 1 comments

Add Self Care to Your 'To Do' List

Add Self Care to Your 'To Do' List

For the past couple of years, I’ve been using a bullet journal to track all kinds of things. Work assignments and appointments, my son’s soccer games and karate classes, my workouts, even what I made for dinner. (The dinner tracking is particularly helpful whenever I find myself in a rut—spaghetti again?—because I can flip back a couple of months and rediscover a recipe that we liked and then...

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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 15, 2020. 3 comments

Entertain Your Toddler With a Colander and Pipe Cleaners

Entertain Your Toddler With a Colander and Pipe Cleaners

Most parents know that although kids like playing with toys, they love playing with non-toys. The actual TV remote rather than the bright plastic version you bought them. A wooden spoon and a soup pot, rather than the toy drum you thought they’d go nuts over. To this list, let us add: a colander, plus some pipe cleaners.

I don’t remember where I first saw this particular combo, but a quick...

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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?
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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 13, 2020. 2 comments

Let Your Kids Take a LEGO Bath

Let Your Kids Take a LEGO Bath

This time of year can be a bit of a bummer. The holidays are over, the kids are back in daycare or school, the weather is cold and grey (but still largely snow-free, depending on where you are). It can be hard to come up with fresh new ways to switch up the day-to-day, to create a little mid-winter spark of joy. My suggestion: Dump your kid’s DUPLO bricks into the tub and let them have a LEGO...

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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 09, 2020. 1 comments

Store Your Breast Pump Parts in the Fridge Between Sessions

Store Your Breast Pump Parts in the Fridge Between Sessions

There are a lot of logistics involved in breastfeeding and pumping. You need time, you need space, you need equipment. Sometimes, after a pumping session, you just don’t feel like cleaning all those parts again. And sometimes, you don’t have the time because you’ve got a meeting that’s starting in three minutes or someone is knocking at the door or the baby is crying. In those cases, you can...

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