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Saturday, April 10, 2021
‘Invest’ in Your Kid’s Creative Summer Project

‘Invest’ in Your Kid’s Creative Summer Project

Photo: ShutterstockAs one parent in our Offspring Facebook parenting group looked ahead to summer, he decided that his kids needed a purpose. An organizing principle. A project. So Isaac Elias and his partner created a presentation in Google Docs, set up a meeting and announced to their kids: This summer, they will invest in their…
Try These Mini LEGO Challenges From Master Builders

Try These Mini LEGO Challenges From Master Builders

Photo: ShutterstockWhat’s your LEGO situation these days? In my home, the LEGO have multiplied so much during the pandemic that I had to create additional display shelving in my basement because my son’s LEGO table, dresser, bookshelf and window sills were no longer sufficient for displaying all his favorites. (I’m also planning to put some…
Host ‘Theme Weeks’ For Your Kids At Home

Host ‘Theme Weeks’ For Your Kids At Home

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Photo: Getty ImagesAt this point in the pandemic, your kids are likely missing school and you’re definitely missing the time when your kids used to go to school. The days are all blending together now, and school was able to switch things up in a way we couldn’t fully appreciate before. But you can take…
How to Burn Off That Little-Kid Energy

How to Burn Off That Little-Kid Energy

Photo: ShutterstockParents of toddlers, I feel compelled to check in with you: Are you okay? Has all that little-kid energy created a vortex in your living room or a black hole in your kitchen or—I don’t know—made them spontaneously combust? Anything seems possible right now!I remember the toddler years (they have a way of burning…
Buy Yourself 30 Minutes of Peace With an Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

Buy Yourself 30 Minutes of Peace With an Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

Photo: Getty ImagesThe world you inhabit has shrunk dramatically in the past few weeks, which means anything that makes your space feel bigger could play a critical role in helping you maintain a grip on your sanity while you’re cooped up with your kids. Enter the Alphabet Scavenger Hunt.With an entirely manageable bit of up…
Play This Game to Have Better Conversations With Your Kids

Play This Game to Have Better Conversations With Your Kids

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Photo: BestSelf Co.You’ve probably got a few go-to tricks to get your kids talking about their day after school or at the dinner table. But sometimes you all need a break from talking about your daily “highs and lows” or “rose, thorn and bud” over bowls of spaghetti. Sometimes it’s more fun to discuss something…
How to Make a DIY ‘Laser’ Maze in Your Home

How to Make a DIY ‘Laser’ Maze in Your Home

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Photo: Meghan Moravcik WalbertMy 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…
The Best Non-Food ‘Treats’ for Kids

The Best Non-Food ‘Treats’ for Kids

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Photo: ShutterstockEverybody 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…
Entertain Your Toddler With a Colander and Pipe Cleaners

Entertain Your Toddler With a Colander and Pipe Cleaners

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Photo: ShutterstockMost 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,…
Let Your Kids Take a LEGO Bath

Let Your Kids Take a LEGO Bath

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Photo: ShutterstockThis 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,…

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