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Friday, September 18, 2020
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…
Let Your Kids Vent When They Need To

Let Your Kids Vent When They Need To

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Photo: ShutterstockThere is a certain pattern to my evenings these days. I pick up my son from after-school care. I am happy to see him; he is happy to see me. We smile, we hug, we walk out the door of the school. And then, things get sour. I might ask him how his day…
Try the ‘When/Then’ Trick to Get Kids to Follow Directions

Try the ‘When/Then’ Trick to Get Kids to Follow Directions

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Photo: ShutterstockSometimes, occasionally, every once in a while, a kid just doesn’t feel like being compliant. They need to go get their shoes? Nah. It’s bath time? Thanks but no thanks. You want them to put their toys away? Not interested. That’s when you use the “when/then” trick.Angela Elias writes for PopSugar that she learned…
Watch This New Short Film About a Non-Verbal Girl With Autism on Disney+

Watch This New Short Film About a Non-Verbal Girl With Autism...

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Screenshot: PixarAs part of a program aimed at discovering new storytellers and storytelling techniques, Disney+ released a short film in January featuring a non-verbal character with autism. And you should watch it with your kids.The film, called Loop, manages to give us insight into Renee’s perspective—how she sees and interacts with the world—in just 9…
Teach Your Baby Sign Language

Teach Your Baby Sign Language

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Photo: ShutterstockYour 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…
Get Your Kid Talking About Their Day With This Question

Get Your Kid Talking About Their Day With This Question

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Photo: ShutterstockIt’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…
How to Get Your Kid a Pen Pal

How to Get Your Kid a Pen Pal

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Photo: ShutterstockWhen I was in fifth grade, my family moved to a Cincinnati suburb from Illinois. I knew the only way I was going to keep in touch with any of my friends was to write them letters. I soon discovered there was nothing quite as exciting as getting mail, scrawled penmanship and all, addressed…
The More Inclusive Way to Say ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’

The More Inclusive Way to Say ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’

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Photo: Shutterstock“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…
The Year’s Best Advice for Having ‘Big Talks’ with Kids

The Year’s Best Advice for Having ‘Big Talks’ with Kids

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Best of LifehackerBest of LifehackerWhether we’ve made a complicated recipe absurdly simple, illustrated how to survive a natural disaster, or explained a political crisis in terms even your great-grandma would understand, these are some of our favorite stories from the past year.Back in the day, parents braced themselves for The Talk, which we all know…
Don’t Compliment Kids by Insulting Yourself

Don’t Compliment Kids by Insulting Yourself

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Photo: ShutterstockBy now we know that when we praise kids, we should focus less on natural ability or intelligence and more on effort. As in, “You worked so hard on that homework!” versus “You’re so smart!” But adults have another way of complimenting kids that we should also do away with—insulting our own ability by…

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