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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 24, 2020. 14 comments

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...

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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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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 22, 2020. 13 comments

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...

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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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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 17, 2020. 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 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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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 08, 2020. 8 comments

The Best Place to Store Bibs

The Best Place to Store Bibs

Mealtime with a toddler is crazy enough as it is. There’s the hunger meltdown, there’s the mess, there might even be an overall dissatisfaction with being confined to the high chair while they eat. And where the hell are all the bibs?

You don’t need to be rummaging through kitchen drawers for a clean bib while the kiddo starts smashing up some blueberries. You can store them exactly where...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 07, 2020. 9 comments

Ask for the Gifts You Really Need When You're Expecting

Ask for the Gifts You Really Need When You're Expecting

A baby really only needs so many onesies. It’s nice to have a few different receiving blankets; but twelve blankets is overkill. Babies outgrow so much of what is bought for them before they’ve worn it or used it enough to even make it look secondhand. But you know what never goes to waste? Time. Convenience. Memories.

We’ve written before about how you should

add services to your baby...

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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 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 28, 2019. 22 comments

The More Inclusive Way to Say 'Ladies and Gentlemen'

The More Inclusive Way to Say 'Ladies and Gentlemen'

“Ladies and gentlemen” is a common way to address a group of people, particularly in a formal, public setting. Long seen as a standard and polite—if not old-fashioned—way to address a group, its day has come and gone. Not everyone identifies as either a lady or a gentleman, and luckily, there’s an easy fix for addressing a crowd that is inclusive of all: “Welcome, everyone.”

A shift toward...

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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 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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