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Monday, February 24, 2020
Advice for Parents of Kids With Autism, From Adults on the Spectrum

Advice for Parents of Kids With Autism, From Adults on the...

Photo: ShutterstockWhen Jenna Gensic’s son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, she began to do her research. She gathered advice from the usual experts—doctors and therapists. But she felt she was still missing an important perspective.“I realized one resource I hadn’t accessed was the autistic community,” Gensic says. “I wanted to get more of…
What Do You Do When Your Young Child Uses the N-Word?

What Do You Do When Your Young Child Uses the N-Word?

Photo: ShutterstockParental 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.Sometimes parents wish they could have a conversation do-over with their kids. A “big talk” can smack us in the face when we least expect it. This week’s Parental…
Should You Grow Your Household Through Foster Care Adoption?

Should You Grow Your Household Through Foster Care Adoption?

For many parents, deciding if, when or how to grow your family can be difficult. And when other factors—such as infertility or the heightened needs of your other children—come into play, the decision-making can be that much harder. Here’s this week’s Parental Advisory question: Dear Meghan, My husband and I are both in our mid-40’s…
How Do You Get Your Kid to Stop Hitting in School?

How Do You Get Your Kid to Stop Hitting in School?

This week’s Parental Advisory question is one that I suspect many parents have struggled with: What do you do when your kindergartener or first-grader is struggling with impulse control, has been physically aggressive toward other students, and the school is fed up? “At a loss” writes in: I have two lovely children. My daughter is…
When Your Kid Is Buddies With the ‘Bad Kid,’ Should You Step in?

When Your Kid Is Buddies With the ‘Bad Kid,’ Should You...

This week’s Parental Advisory question comes to us from one of the most emotionally fraught locations on Earth: the first grade recess playground. “Concerned parent” explains: My son “Will,” who is in first grade, has reported that he tends to get in trouble when he plays with “Jake.” From what Will tells me, Jake tends…
When a Third-Grader Threatens to Shoot His Pals, What Do You Do?

When a Third-Grader Threatens to Shoot His Pals, What Do You...

In Lifehacker’s first-ever Parental Advisory advice column, I’m diving right in to a topic that kids and parents should never have to deal with—and yet, here we are. What do you do when one third-grader tells a bunch of other third-graders (including your own child) that he’s going to get his dad’s gun and “kill…
Presenting the ‘Adult Advisory’ Guidance Column

Presenting the ‘Adult Advisory’ Guidance Column

At some point (or many points) during the parenting journey, we all need a little help. New parents, parents who have been at it for a while—all of us at one time or another find ourselves at a crossroads, unsure how to proceed. It’s at that crossroads that we hope Offspring’s new Parental Advisory advice…
What Do You Desire You ‘d Understood Prior To You Had Kids?

What Do You Desire You ‘d Understood Prior To You Had...

Photo: Shutterstock 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…
The Very Best Back-to-School Suggestions for Teenagers, According to Reddit

The Very Best Back-to-School Suggestions for Teenagers, According to Reddit

Photo: Shutterstock Whether they’re navigating the high school hallways for the first time or decorating their first dorm room, back-to-school time can be stressful for teens taking on ever-harder coursework and new responsibilities. Even they must realize they could benefit from the advice from those of us who have been there, done that, and spent…
What Excellent Moms And Dads Do, According to Reddit

What Excellent Moms And Dads Do, According to Reddit

Photo: Oleh_Slobodeniuk (Getty Images) Reddit user moonunknown writes, “I did not grow up in a happy home, and I’ve seen a lot of people that had similar experiences. I thought that there must be parents that do a good job though. I want to be a good parent.” And so the redditor put out the question:…

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