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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
How to Help Your Kid Manage Their Anxiety at Every Age

How to Help Your Kid Manage Their Anxiety at Every Age

When I asked our Facebook parenting group what they’d like to read about in Offspring this year, I noticed one theme that kept emerging from the suggestions—anxiety. You’ve got it, I’ve got it, and our kids either have it already or we’re worried they’ll get it at some point. Thinking about their anxiety is making…
How to Know When Your Child Is Ready for a Smartphone

How to Know When Your Child Is Ready for a Smartphone

Photo: ShutterstockIt started in my home toward the end of last school year. I knew it was coming, but I was still surprised to have the conversation at just second grade and eight years old. When can I get my own cell phone? This year, at third grade and nine years old, the question is…
How Do You Navigate Play Dates When You’re a ‘Device-Free’ Family?

How Do You Navigate Play Dates When You’re a ‘Device-Free’ Family?

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.As screen-free as you and your little kids may be (or you may want them to be), there comes a point when even the devices of others become unavoidable.…
Parenting Hacks That Backfired

Parenting Hacks That Backfired

Photo: ShutterstockAs someone who actively seeks out and writes about parenting hacks every day, I’m always looking for shortcuts and tricks to make your lives (and my own) a tiny bit easier. But not all hacks are created equal, and a hack that works brilliantly for one parent might be a complete waste of time…
Age 3 Is Actually the Best Age

Age 3 Is Actually the Best Age

Photo: ShutterstockIt is a common refrain among parents of young children that the Terrible Twos have nothing on age three. When they hit age three, we start calling them “threenagers,” a tip of the hat to their increasingly disgruntled disposition. But that word is nowhere near strong enough to depict what it’s actually like to…
Protect Your Baby From Strangers’ Germs with a ‘No Touch’ Sign

Protect Your Baby From Strangers’ Germs with a ‘No Touch’ Sign

Photo: ShutterstockThere’s this thing that happens when a person sees a brand new human. Their hands, which just moments before they had complete control over, turn into large magnets that pull straight up and out with a primal need to touch that baby. It’s bad enough to endure months of randoms rubbing your pregnant stomach;…
Your Favorite Hacks for Getting Kids to Brush Their Teeth

Your Favorite Hacks for Getting Kids to Brush Their Teeth

Photo: ShutterstockThe American Dental Association tells us that our kids should learn how to brush twice a day for two minutes per session. Two minutes sounds like a relatively short amount of time—until you’re trying to wrangle a kid who would rather clamp their mouth shut for all of eternity then let that brush anywhere…
The Best Way to Store Your Kid’s Bath Toys

The Best Way to Store Your Kid’s Bath Toys

Photo: ShutterstockChances are, if you’ve got little kids, you’ve also got a vast assortment of rubber bath toys in varying states of mold infestation. We’ve already told you how to clean them up (and even how to prevent the mold in the first place), but once they’re clean, where do you store them?You don’t want…
Buy Your White Kid a Black Doll

Buy Your White Kid a Black Doll

Photo: ShutterstockIt may be something you’ve never really thought too much about: You walk into the store to buy your white child a doll and you reach for the palest version (which is often also the only version). In fact, there’s a good chance that if your child is white, the vast majority of their…
How to Rest When You’re in Charge of the Kids

How to Rest When You’re in Charge of the Kids

Photo: ShutterstockWhen my son was little, we used to play a game I liked to call “Tuck Mommy in for a Nap.” It kept him busy, helped him to practice his nurturing skills, and I got to lie down for a while. I know I’m not alone; parents of little children everywhere are trying to…

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