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Friday, July 3, 2020
Utilize a ‘Household Whistle’ to Rapidly Discover Your Kid in a Crowd

Utilize a ‘Household Whistle’ to Rapidly Discover Your Kid in a...

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If your kid is a runner like mine, you know the tension headache that can result from repeatedly swiveling your head to make sure they’re still by your side and haven’t run off and disappeared into a crowd. Our son Lucas, from the moment it occurred to him his legs could get him places, made…
Call Santa and Leave Him a (Free) Message

Call Santa and Leave Him a (Free) Message

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One of the great things about living during such a technologically robust time is that our kids benefit from the ease and immediacy with which they can contact Santa. They don’t have to wait in long, winding mall lines for a brief moment of his time. They don’t have to learn how to read and…
Wish To Raise Empathetic Children? Program ‘Em How it’s Done

Wish To Raise Empathetic Children? Program ‘Em How it’s Done

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My son asked me last night what I was going to be writing about today. I’d just been reading this piece in the New York Times about how parents can raise empathetic children, and it had struck a chord with me. As a parent, I desperately want to raise my son to be the sort…
Books You’ll Wish to Check out to Your Kids (Over and Over)

Books You’ll Wish to Check out to Your Kids (Over and...

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Photo: Jaclyn Youhana Garver You might think the best book to read to your young child is one they’ll love. One that, when you close the final page, makes them shout, “Again, again!” One that, before you even say, “Go pick out a bedtime book,” is already in their hand and waving in front of…
Listen to This Podcast About Teenagers and Innovation

Listen to This Podcast About Teenagers and Innovation

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Image: Courtesy of the Podglomerate As a parent raising a kid in The Time of the Screens, I am often trying to strike that balance between allowing him to explore age-appropriate technology while also determining how much is too much. Just last night, as we were leaving my son’s karate class, he began complaining that…
Our 2018 Guide to Enduring Young Children

Our 2018 Guide to Enduring Young Children

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Parenting through the toddler years can sometimes feel less like a rewarding experience and more like waking up and going into battle every day. We’ve written a lot about toddlers this year, and as we wrap up 2018, it feels like a good time to revisit and collect all our favorite toddler posts into one…
Purchase Your Child Indestructible Books

Purchase Your Child Indestructible Books

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Photo: Meghan Moravcik Walbert I admit I was a little skeptical when one of the parents in our Offspring Facebook Group suggested I buy an “indestructible” book for my 9-month-old nephew for Christmas. Chelsea told me they’re “made out of special paper that they can’t rip or tear but turn like regular pages,” which sounded…
Open a Roth Individual Retirement Account For Your Kid

Open a Roth Individual Retirement Account For Your Kid

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Landing that first job is a major milestone for most teens. Income means they can upgrade their phone, buy those ridiculously expensive sneakers they’ve been pining over or start piling up cash for their first car. Or ... save for retirement? As soon as kids start earning an income—whether it be from the local fast-food…
Identify Your Teenager’s Curfew by Working In Reverse

Identify Your Teenager’s Curfew by Working In Reverse

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Around the time my son turned 13, he started spending more time away from our home. School activities kept him busy after school, and he and his buddies would take turns hanging out in basements to play video games on the weekends. In the last two years, most of his time spent away has been…
How to Not Raise a Bully

How to Not Raise a Bully

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Yesterday I wrote a story about how to help your sons navigate “Mean Boy” relationships. It got me thinking: There are a lot of bullies roaming around out there. How do you make sure your kid isn’t one of them? Don’t believe your kid isn’t capable of bullying Your kid absolutely is capable of bullying,…

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