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Saturday, January 18, 2020
The Year’s Best Advice for Having ‘Big Talks’ with Kids

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

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…
Pack Away Some of Your Toddler’s New Toys Right Now

Pack Away Some of Your Toddler’s New Toys Right Now

Photo: ShutterstockYou decided not to go overboard on gifts with your toddler this year. You asked (begged? demanded!) that your family members follow suit. They are still so young, you reasoned. They don’t even really *get* the whole Santa thing, you figured. They’re perfectly happy playing with a soup pot and a wooden spoon, you…
How to Say Goodbye to Your Elf on the Shelf—Forever

How to Say Goodbye to Your Elf on the Shelf—Forever

Photo: ShutterstockThat first year, you think it’s such a great idea. You’ll have so much fun hiding this little stuffed animal (little stuffed human? stuffed creature?) around the house. The kids will get so much glee out of discovering what new mischief their elf has gotten into overnight.But after two or three weeks of Elf…
Everything We Learned About Tantrums in 2019

Everything We Learned About Tantrums in 2019

Photo: ShutterstockBest 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.We wrote a lot about toddler tantrums this year. And chances are, we’ll…
Don’t Compliment Kids by Insulting Yourself

Don’t Compliment Kids by Insulting Yourself

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…
Talk to Kids About Racist Stereotypes in Disney+ Classic Movies

Talk to Kids About Racist Stereotypes in Disney+ Classic Movies

Image: DisneyWhen the much-anticipated Disney+ launched last month, some of its classic kids’ movies came with a warning: “This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions.” The language of the warning itself is inadequate in how it categorizes racist stereotypes in many of Disney’s older animated movies, but it can…
How Do You Help a Young Child Get Over His Fear of a Neighbor?

How Do You Help a Young Child Get Over His Fear...

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.We’ve all got stories about that neighbor. The one who never cuts the grass. The one who never cleans up after their dog. The one who plays video games—with…
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…
This Is the Best Toddler Travel Snack

This Is the Best Toddler Travel Snack

Photo: ShutterstockIf you parent a toddler, you already know that having an arsenal of snacks while traveling is Of The Utmost Importance. Snacks stave off hanger tantrums, they give you flexibility if your food options are limited and, if you’re flying, the swallowing can help combat middle ear pressure during take-offs and landings. But what…
What to Do If Your Young Child Talks about Suicide

What to Do If Your Young Child Talks about Suicide

Photo: ShutterstockI came across an advice column in The Guardian recently that weighed on my heart. A mother wrote in to ask for advice because her 10-year-old son had been talking about how nobody cared about him, he wished he’d never been born and his life wasn’t worth living. He had also, she said, mentioned…

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