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Friday, January 24, 2020
Teach Your Kids Compassion With These Old-School Chapter Books

Teach Your Kids Compassion With These Old-School Chapter Books

Photo: Jaclyn Youhana Garver I began to plow through chapter books almost as soon as I could read, and I distinctly remember a handful of “a-ha” moments while submerged in these novels. These moments occurred as I read about experiences I’d never had and people I never knew (I grew up in a pretty homogenous…
Play Red Dead Redemption 2 in ‘Daddy Mode’

Play Red Dead Redemption 2 in ‘Daddy Mode’

Photo: Courtesy of Rockstar Games Red Dead Redemption 2 is not for kids. Rockstar Games’ sprawling Western video game is rated M for violence, torture, foul-mouthed cowpokes, and many more mature delights. Luckily for gaming parents, though, the most disturbing, antisocial and gory mayhem is either found in the game’s missions or is a result of…
Develop Sensory Bins for Your Young Child With Things You Currently Have

Develop Sensory Bins for Your Young Child With Things You Currently...

Photo: Meghan Moravcik Walbert When my son was 2, I quit my full-time job to stay home with him. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I needed easy, creative ways to keep him occupied—but on one income. I began to realize that he was drawn to anything with an interesting texture. If…
How NOT to Speak with Children About Politics

How NOT to Speak with Children About Politics

Talking to our kids about politics has never felt as tricky as it has during the past couple of years. With political divisiveness at an all-time high, it can be hard to walk that fine line between raising kids who are aware of what’s happening in the world around them without thrusting our own views…
Teach Children the Distinction In Between ‘Tattling’ and ‘Reporting’

Teach Children the Distinction In Between ‘Tattling’ and ‘Reporting’

I’ve never been a fan of the word “tattling.” Maybe because my Northeast Ohio accent really extenuates the hard “a” sound, making the word itself sound almost as annoying as the practice. tAAAttling. Or maybe because when your kid first starts the time-honored tradition of telling on his siblings and friends, it can be hard…
Bring Your Kids to the Surveys

Bring Your Kids to the Surveys

A large part of parenting is trying to raise our kids to be good citizens. We give them chores to teach them to contribute to the work of the household, we take them to volunteer to get them involved in their community, and we model kindness and respect to those around us. But another important…
Get Your Kid Ready For Their Very First Pajama Party

Get Your Kid Ready For Their Very First Pajama Party

Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Shutterstock) Going to your first sleepover is a Big Kid Rite of Passage. It means you’ve officially crossed the threshold from “I go to playdates my mom set up” to “I have my own legit social life.” But for many kids, sleepovers can be equal parts exciting and anxiety-inducing. What if…
How to Assist Your Teenager Keep In Mind Passwords and Mixes

How to Assist Your Teenager Keep In Mind Passwords and Mixes

If you’ve spent any time with teens, you know that they tend to be forgetful. It’s not that they don’t try, of course, but somehow remembering to change the toilet paper roll or empty the dishwasher escapes their brains. With heavy homework loads and demanding after-school schedules, teens, just like adults, can have a hard…
Get Your Kid to Remain In Bed With ‘The Bedtime Pass’

Get Your Kid to Remain In Bed With ‘The Bedtime Pass’

Unless you’re one of those lucky few parents whose young kids live to sleep, you’re probably in the same boat as the rest of us—staggering through your days in a fog of fatigue, yet dreading sunset when the clock starts ticking closer and closer toward [cue ominous music] bedtime. Even if your kids don’t have…
How to Present Taste Into Your Kid’s Sad, Bland Diet Plan

How to Present Taste Into Your Kid’s Sad, Bland Diet Plan

Photo: Blend Images - JGI/Jamie Grill (Getty Images) My five-year-old daughter has declared that ketchup is “spicy.” She prefers foods in shades of beige. Her ideal dinner rotation would be something like dino nuggets and peas, cheese pizza and peas, plain udon noodles and peas, tater tots and peas, and ice cream and peas. As…

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