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Saturday, August 15, 2020
Document Your Baby’s First Year of Life With ‘1 Second Everyday’

Document Your Baby’s First Year of Life With ‘1 Second Everyday’

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Photo: ShutterstockYes, it’s cliché to exclaim that kids “grow up so fast!” But it’s become a cliché because it’s true. Especially when it comes to babies, the developmental changes children undergo from birth to one year old are staggering and can seem to happen miraculously overnight, even though you just spent the whole year staring…
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…
Should You Make Your Kids Send Thank You Notes?

Should You Make Your Kids Send Thank You Notes?

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Photo: ShutterstockIf I’d had to guess, I would have told you pre-motherhood that I would be the type of parent who would be a stickler for having her kid send thank you cards after receiving birthday or holiday gifts. You can probably sense where this is going.I definitely sent them out once, a stack of…
How to Prepare for Your Child’s IEP Meeting

How to Prepare for Your Child’s IEP Meeting

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Photo: ShutterstockParenting a child with an identified learning disability is an exercise in frequent and sustained advocacy. And perhaps one of the most confusing things these parents will have to navigate is the IEP—or Individualized Education Program—process. That’s the specialized educational to-do list parents and schools create to make sure a child with a disability…
The Best Non-Food ‘Treats’ for Kids

The Best Non-Food ‘Treats’ for Kids

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Photo: ShutterstockEverybody likes a little treat now and then. But I’ve recently learned a shocking (to me) fact: Not all kids love sweets. Also (this one is much less shocking) not all parents want their kids to have sweets—or other junk food—on a regular basis. And when it comes down to it, it’s a good…
How to Build Patience in Your Only Child

How to Build Patience in Your Only Child

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Photo: ShutterstockAs the parent of an only child, I do not believe many of the prevailing stereotypes about singletons. They are not, as a group, spoiled, maladjusted, selfish, weird people. Any child can be any of those things, regardless of how many siblings they have.But as parent coach Meghan Leahy writes in the Washington Post,…
How to Help Your Kid Manage Their Anxiety at Every Age

How to Help Your Kid Manage Their Anxiety at Every Age

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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

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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?

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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.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

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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…

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