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Thursday, May 28, 2020
If You’re Struggling to Parent Right Now, You’re Not Alone

If You’re Struggling to Parent Right Now, You’re Not Alone

Photo: ShutterstockI was going to write a post about how to help your little kids burn off all that cooped-up energy that is emanating out of them right now—and I still will—but I needed to press pause on the hacks for a second to tell you something important: If you’re struggling, it’s okay. If you’re…
How to keep your sanity when you feel like the world is going crazy

How to keep your sanity when you feel like the world...

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Enlarge / We here at the Ars Orbiting HQ are used to working from home, but even so our feline and canine coworkers are perhaps the only ones not feeling socially distanced these days. Getty / Aurich Lawson Hi there. How are you feeling today? It's a loaded question right now. Many of us are…
Take This Free Parenting Workshop to Survive the Weeks at Home

Take This Free Parenting Workshop to Survive the Weeks at Home

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Photo: ShutterstockIt has been a week. Schools across the country have shut down—some for the rest of the school year—to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Parents have been scrambling all week to work from home or find child care or set up schedules that kind of, sort of resemble a school day. It…
How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus

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Photo: Shutterstock“If even ONE student in my ENTIRE school gets sick with the coronavirus, they’re going to call off school for EVERYONE,” my nine-year-old son announced to me the other day. “Why is everyone talking about this so much?” He’s right on both accounts—they will probably close his school (even if a student doesn’t test…
How to Balance Parenting and Elderly Caregiving

How to Balance Parenting and Elderly Caregiving

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Illustration: Chelsea BeckMy cell phone sits in the kitchen next to my wife’s, as I play on the floor with Ella, my two-year-old. My wife is upstairs supervising bath time for Layla, our 9-year-old. I don’t notice the phone vibrating on the quartz countertop, but in the space of 25 minutes, it has rung 13…
How Can I Support My Adult Child Who Has a Mental Health Disorder?

How Can I Support My Adult Child Who Has a Mental...

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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.Mental health continues to be one of the most-requested topics readers ask me to cover both in the Parental Advisory advice column and in other more general posts. So…
How to Start Meditating with Your Child

How to Start Meditating with Your Child

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Photo: ShutterstockIf it seems like our kids are more scheduled, more anxious and more pressured than ever before, it’s because they probably are. It can be challenging for them (and us!) to find ways to unplug and relax. But for kids as young as preschool age, a few minutes of meditation every day can teach…
How Can I Best Parent a Child Who Is at Risk for a Mental Health Disorder?

How Can I Best Parent a Child Who Is at Risk...

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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.One of the topics readers most often ask me to write about is anxiety and mental health—both our own and that of our kids. This week’s Parental Advisory question…
How to Handle a Potty-Training Regression

How to Handle a Potty-Training Regression

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Photo: ShutterstockYou thought you were done; you’d ditched the diapers and somehow, in just a matter of days, you had entered the magical word of accident-free living. But now, seemingly out of nowhere, your toddler has regressed. As frustrating and baffling as it can be, potty training regression is normal. It is common. And, best…
Help Your Toddler Conquer Their Fear of the Automatic Toilet

Help Your Toddler Conquer Their Fear of the Automatic Toilet

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Photo: Graphic: Lifehacker / Photo: ShutterstockIt’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…

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