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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
The Very Best Method to Eliminate Your Kid’s Excess Toys

The Very Best Method to Eliminate Your Kid’s Excess Toys

Photo: Shutterstock Evil WeekEvil WeekWelcome to Evil Week, our annual chance to delve into all the slightly sketchy hacks we'd usually refrain from recommending. Want to weasel your way into free drinks, play elaborate mind games, or, er, launder some money? We've got all the info you need to successfully be unsavory. There are many…
How to Get Work Done When Your Kids Are House

How to Get Work Done When Your Kids Are House

Everybody has a plan for working from home right up until the moment your kid wakes up with a runny nose and a slight fever. At that point, many parents will tell you it’s just about getting through the day. But sometimes, with the right mindset and tactics, you can have it all. I work…
Blackface Ought To Not Become Part Of Your Halloween Outfit

Blackface Ought To Not Become Part Of Your Halloween Outfit

With Halloween just two days away and all the last-minute costume-making panic that is sure to ensue, it seems like a good time for a friendly reminder: Blackface is still racist and should not be a part of anyone’s costume, child or adult. You can be LeBron James, Barack Obama or Beyoncé without darkening your…
Usage Your Kids to Get Your Method

Usage Your Kids to Get Your Method

Being strategic about what you say to your partner in front of your kids is pretty crucial. And most of that strategy involves what you don’t say. Around the time we realize that our kids are actually starting to understand our words, we’ve got to (mostly) rein in the cursing, we have to really consider…
What to Inform Your Young Child Rather of ‘No’

What to Inform Your Young Child Rather of ‘No’

If you parent a toddler, you probably say the word “no” a lot. It comes with the territory of caring for a being that is constantly doing things that are unsafe while also making frequent and repeated unreasonable requests. I am not advocating that we never tell our children “no.” Toddler-parenting very often calls for…
Play These Scary-But-Not-Too-Scary Video Games With Your Kid

Play These Scary-But-Not-Too-Scary Video Games With Your Kid

If your little one wants to celebrate Halloween with a seasonal video game, it’s your parental responsibility to choose something appropriate—scary enough to thrill, but not so scary it scars your child’s psyche. Most horror video games are violent and explicit (just how fans like them), and kids are soft and tender, so you have…
Suppress Potty Humor With a Daily ‘Butt Talk Time’

Suppress Potty Humor With a Daily ‘Butt Talk Time’

Poop is funny when you’re five. Okay, I know, people of all ages might enjoy a good fart joke. But occasionally, it is possible to grow tired of your kid’s potty jokes—particularly at the dinner table—and if you react strongly against it, you’re probably only egging them on. They are trying to get a rise…
Teach Your Kids About the World With This Animated Series

Teach Your Kids About the World With This Animated Series

Screenshot: Triviatopia (YouTube) If your kid has a wide range of interests—and a short attention span—they’ll probably be into Triviatopia, a series of educational animated videos on YouTube about everything from science, history and art to technology and the environment. Each video is just over two minutes long and features a cast of six quirky…
How Do You Get Your Kid to Stop Hitting in School?

How Do You Get Your Kid to Stop Hitting in School?

This week’s Parental Advisory question is one that I suspect many parents have struggled with: What do you do when your kindergartener or first-grader is struggling with impulse control, has been physically aggressive toward other students, and the school is fed up? “At a loss” writes in: I have two lovely children. My daughter is…
Make the Toy You Dislike one of the most the ‘Potty Toy’

Make the Toy You Dislike one of the most the ‘Potty...

Photo: Shutterstock It’s pretty inevitable that the toy you hate the most will also be your toddler’s favorite toy. All the reasons why you hate it—it’s plastic and plays some kind of music repetitively and only at volume level OW—are also the reasons why they love it. You can’t take it away because they love…

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