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Saturday, January 25, 2020
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…
What Do You Do When Your Young Child Uses the N-Word?

What Do You Do When Your Young Child Uses the N-Word?

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.Sometimes parents wish they could have a conversation do-over with their kids. A “big talk” can smack us in the face when we least expect it. This week’s Parental…
Teach Your Kids the Red Flags of Online Predators

Teach Your Kids the Red Flags of Online Predators

Photo: ShutterstockThere are a slew of things for parents to be concerned about as our kids begin to navigate social media, online multiplayer games and the wider Internet on their own. There’s cyber bulling, hate speech and porn, to start with. But sexual predators also should be at the top of the list, having found…
How to Challenge Your Highly Sensitive Child

How to Challenge Your Highly Sensitive Child

Photo: ShutterstockAs one pediatrician and author says, some kids are like dandelions. They’re fairly resilient, able to cope with stress, change and adversity. And others are like more like orchids; they’re more sensitive, seeming to feel things more deeply or struggle with change or the unexpected. If you’re the parent to one of these orchids—also…
Teach Little Kids to ‘Listen with Their Eyes’

Teach Little Kids to ‘Listen with Their Eyes’

Photo: ShutterstockI have said some version of, “I can’t tell if you’re hearing me because you’re not looking at me/responding” many, many times during my parenting journey (most often when I’m telling my son to turn off the television and put away his toys). The idea that eye contact is an important part of acknowledging…
Don’t Buy Your Toddlers Holiday Gifts

Don’t Buy Your Toddlers Holiday Gifts

When you have little kids, it can be tempting to go all-out for the holidays, stuffing as many gifts as you can under the tree, under the guise of creating family memories (that they’re unlikely to remember). But money is also finite; in fact, you may still be trying to pull yourself out of credit…
Trace Your Kid’s Hand to Make 3-D Art

Trace Your Kid’s Hand to Make 3-D Art

It’s around this time of year that little kids learn how to trace their own hand and turn that tracing into a picture of a turkey. But now that Thanksgiving is over, if they’re still tracing those fingers, there’s another (arguably cooler) way to turn them into art: Draw a hand that looks three-dimensional. The…
Turn Holiday Lights Into Festive ‘Nightlights’ in Your Kid’s Room

Turn Holiday Lights Into Festive ‘Nightlights’ in Your Kid’s Room

Photo: Shutterstock My son was born with a festive spirit. The kid never met a celebration he didn’t like. So obviously this time of year is his jam. We spent many hours (and I do mean many) executing our Halloween decorations this year. And he’s been begging me for the past week or two to…

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