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Order Groceries Online Before You Head Home From a Trip

Order Groceries Online Before You Head Home From a Trip
Mile High WeekFlying the "friendly skies" is often hell, but it doesn't have to be. It's Mile High Week, and we're investigating everything flight-related, from how to score cheap tickets to the best time to book, from how to fall asleep on a long-haul flight to how to win the perennial war over armrests. Wheels up.  

I’m sure you’ve been there. You come home from a long day of...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 19, 2019 at 21:30. 1 comments

Let Your Kid See Paper Versions of Your Bills

Let Your Kid See Paper Versions of Your Bills

Monopoly is going cashless—a new edition of the board game features a voice assistant that manages the buying and selling. This is weird. Doesn’t the joy come from basking in all the paper bills you’ve collected like you’re Scrooge McDuck? But the change may also be an indicator of a larger issue. If kids stop being exposed to the tangible element of money, will they still be able to fully...

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 19, 2019 at 03:00.

Feed Your Picky Kids and You With 'Venn Diagram Meals'

Feed Your Picky Kids and You With 'Venn Diagram Meals'

In becoming a parent, one life adjustment I still haven’t quite accepted is with my food. Sometimes, my husband will text me “What do you want for dinner tonight?” And I’ll think real hard and respond with something like “Thai drunken noodles with chili sauce” and then he’ll reply back with, “You do remember we have children, right?” Oh, yeah.

While I’m fine with some compromise, I just...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 18, 2019 at 01:45. 1 comments

Ease New-Parent Guilt by Thinking Differently About Time

Ease New-Parent Guilt by Thinking Differently About Time

Baby years are not like regular people years. Things move fast. When my daughter was an infant, my husband and I would glance at her just about every morning and say, “Whoa, she looks different today.” This flipbook-like pace of development can make it incredibly difficult for parents to go back to work. You feel like you’re missing it—this entire stage of life.

If you’re stuck in a place of...

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 16, 2019 at 22:00. 16 comments

Get a Break From Your Kids on a Plane by Booking a 'Vacation Seat'

Get a Break From Your Kids on a Plane by Booking a 'Vacation Seat'
Mile High WeekFlying the "friendly skies" is often hell, but it doesn't have to be. It's Mile High Week, and we're investigating everything flight-related, from how to score cheap tickets to the best time to book, from how to fall asleep on a long-haul flight to how to win the perennial war over armrests. Wheels up.  

Back in my earlier days, all I had to do was make one decision—window or...

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 15, 2019 at 22:00. 11 comments

You Need to Wear Sunscreen on an Airplane

You Need to Wear Sunscreen on an Airplane
Mile High WeekFlying the "friendly skies" is often hell, but it doesn't have to be. It's Mile High Week, and we're investigating everything flight-related, from how to score cheap tickets to the best time to book, from how to fall asleep on a long-haul flight to how to win the perennial war over armrests. Wheels up.  

I always go for the window seat. I’d like to say it’s because I get to...

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 15, 2019 at 18:38.

Ask Your Kid 'How Did You Think About It?'  

Ask Your Kid 'How Did You Think About It?'  

Parenting, I am learning, is like being the belayer to a roped rock climber—you’ve got to know when to hold on tight and when to give some slack. (No, I’m not a rock climber myself, but I once took an intro class using a Groupon.) You want to make sure your kids are safe and not making bonehead decisions, but you can’t follow them around throughout their lives, whispering, “Eh, you sure about...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 15, 2019 at 16:34.

Divide Your To-Do List Into 'Easy' and 'Hard' Columns 

Divide Your To-Do List Into 'Easy' and 'Hard' Columns 

Here is how many of us make our daily to-do lists: In the AM, fueled by coffee and morning delusion, we jot down all the tasks we hope to accomplish in the next eight (or, let’s be real, 11 or 12) hours. But these lists, while well-intentioned, are often written haphazardly. After crossing off a third of the items—emails, scheduling, maybe a few check-in meetings—we think, phew, I’m pretty...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 15, 2019 at 15:46.

What to Ask Kids Instead of 'Do You Have Any Questions?' 

What to Ask Kids Instead of 'Do You Have Any Questions?' 

When kids are 2, 3 and 4, they’re bubbling with questions—preschool children ask their parents an average of 100 questions a day. (My daughter seems to ask this many on the drive to school—How do the cars stay in the lines? Who makes the lights change colors? Why don’t they make a wall so the bicycles can’t get hit? Why do motorcycles get to go in front of us? She is very much into the...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 15, 2019 at 14:39.

How to Introduce Your Kid to Magic 

How to Introduce Your Kid to Magic 

How do you help kids learn social skills, gain persistence and wow their friends at the school lunch tables? Magic. Specifically, teach them some magic tricks. But you can’t just hand them a Magic 101 guidebook and expect them to become young Houdinis—how you introduce the art makes a difference. Here are some good ways to do it, according to magicians.

Start With the French Drop

The French...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 15, 2019 at 14:33.

How to Get Free Stuff for Your New Baby from Target and Amazon  

How to Get Free Stuff for Your New Baby from Target and Amazon  

When you’re expecting a child, you can snag a lot of free stuff from companies that want to make your baby an [insert brand name here] baby. Diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, onesies, and even children’s books. Hey, go with it.

Target and Amazon offer two of the most impressive new-parent swag collections I’ve seen. To get either of them, you just need to create a baby registry and follow some...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 15, 2019 at 14:18.

Infant Walkers Are Still Bad 

Infant Walkers Are Still Bad 

Infant walkers, those wheeled contraptions that give babies who can’t yet walk the sudden ability to walk, are bad. This has been long established. But parents keep using them and so pediatricians are renewing the call for a ban.

What can be so wrong with the seemingly ubiquitous baby product, you ask? Shouldn’t we be helping our adorable immobile blobs maneuver through the world? BBC Dad put...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 15, 2019 at 13:27.

Store Your Toddler's Peg Puzzles in Clear Poly Envelopes

Store Your Toddler's Peg Puzzles in Clear Poly Envelopes

To prevent future toddler agony, do not let them lose their puzzle pieces. That’s easier said than done—how are you even supposed to store those clunky things with multiple loose parts? You can buy a wire puzzle rack, which may be a good option if you have about a dozen puzzles, but if you only own a few and want to keep them on a shelf or in a bin, a solution is to keep them in clear poly...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 15, 2019 at 13:18.

Improve Homework Time With These Concentration Hacks for Kids 

Improve Homework Time With These Concentration Hacks for Kids 

For many families, homework time is a struggle. And in an era of digital distraction, it is only getting tougher. Here are some hacks to help your kids concentrate. Zero judgement if you use them on yourself, too.

Set Up “Work Hour” for the Whole Family

During finals week in college, there was a reason why we dragged ourselves out of our rooms to sit in crowded study halls at 1 a.m. The...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 15, 2019 at 12:48.

Help Your Kid Heading Off to College With a 'Trunk Party'

Help Your Kid Heading Off to College With a 'Trunk Party'

So your kid is heading off to college, and you want to give them one last hurrah before they enter the great land of dorm room pranks, energy drinks and figuring out how the hell to be an adult. What to do? Throw them a trunk party.

What’s a trunk party? I found out from this tweet from ari b.

Perfect, right? How to do it: Have your kid clean their car (or whatever car will be used for the...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 15, 2019 at 11:48.

Create a Family Chore Chart on Alexa

Create a Family Chore Chart on Alexa

With family chores, kids often spend more time protesting and less time doing the actual job. (“It’s Scarlett’s turn to unload the dishwasher!” “No, it’s Willow’s turn!”) A solution: Put Alexa in charge.

You can make a chore chart using Alexa Skill Blueprints , which allows people to create customized skills by filling in the blanks of a template. Start by typing out the members of your...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 15, 2019 at 11:47.

A Camp Counselor's Tricks for Motivating Kids

A Camp Counselor's Tricks for Motivating Kids

Summer camp: You might remember it as a place for making friends, braiding lanyards, eating s’mores, jumping in lakes and drenching your mosquito bites in calamine lotion. But for Jamie Lee Lardner, who spent years as a camper and counselor at Camp Pontiac in New York, it was also the ultimate training ground for her future role as a mom.

Lardner is a member of the Offspring Facebook group,...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 15, 2019 at 11:19.

How to Keep Kids Entertained With Painter's Tape

How to Keep Kids Entertained With Painter's Tape

Forget fancy toys. If you have kids, keep them busy with painter’s tape. Yes, painter’s tape. Here, we show you how the versatile item can provide endless family entertainment—children can design roads for toy cars, create a game of hopscotch or make a hallway spiderweb. For parents, the best part is that it’s all temporary.

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 15, 2019 at 11:08.

I'm CNN Host Lisa Ling, and This Is How I Parent 

I'm CNN Host Lisa Ling, and This Is How I Parent 
How I ParentThere’s no one-size-fits-all template for parenting—here’s how some moms and dads are making it work.  

Lisa Ling is the host of the CNN investigative docuseries “This is Life with Lisa Ling.” In season 5, which premiered this weekend, she travels across America to explore topics such as gender fluidity, screen addiction, custody battles, and furries. When she’s not on the road,...

Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Jul 15, 2019 at 10:22.

Check Out This Free Digital Collection of 6,000 19th-Century Children's Books

Check Out This Free Digital Collection of 6,000 19th-Century Children's Books

The University of Florida Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature has a digital archive of 6,000 children’s books from the 19th and early 20th century, all free to read online. A redditor discovered the treasure and shared it it Reddit’s Books community. Fans of history and children’s literature will be delighted to click through the pages of titles such as Aesop’s Fables, The...

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