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Thursday, April 15, 2021
Behold, the First Federal Dietary Recommendations for Babies and Toddlers

Behold, the First Federal Dietary Recommendations for Babies and Toddlers

Photo: anek.soowannaphoom (Shutterstock)For the first time, the United States government is adding infants and toddlers from birth to age two to its official advice on diet and nutrition. Because, you know, infants and toddlers are also humans who can benefit from healthy nutrition habits. Especially given that, as the new advisory report states, “nutritional exposures…
6 Great Energy-Burning Backyard Games for Little Kids

6 Great Energy-Burning Backyard Games for Little Kids

Photo: ShutterstockColorsWe know you know Marco Polo; but have you ever played a pool game called “Colors”? It’s a similar idea, with a player who is “it” trying to tag the other players, but with a fun variation for when M.P. gets a little old.Start by deciding which colors you’ll “use” and which you won’t…
How to Wrangle a Toddler and a Newborn at the Same Time

How to Wrangle a Toddler and a Newborn at the Same...

Photo: Getty ImagesWith the exception of one (very) long weekend as a foster parent, I’ve never parented a toddler and a newborn at the same time. But that very long weekend did give me a (relatively) brief glimpse into how utterly crazy and exhausting it would be. We put so much emphasis, as a society,…
How to Help Kids Get Better at Video Chatting

How to Help Kids Get Better at Video Chatting

Photo: ShutterstockIf there’s one thing parents have learned during the pandemic, it’s this: Little kids suck at video chatting. Maybe we already suspected this based on the occasional, disastrous FaceTime or Skype call with out-of-town family. But then we were thrust into this all-online-all-the-time reality, in which video chats feel so much more important, and yet…
Have Far-Away Family Make Bedtime Story Videos for Your Kids

Have Far-Away Family Make Bedtime Story Videos for Your Kids

Photo: ShutterstockWe’re all about connecting with friends and family via FaceTime and Zoom and whatnot right now. And for some kids, particularly older kids, that can be a great way to curb the feelings of isolation that we’re all feeling. But for younger kids who may not be old enough to really understand what is…
How to Figure Out Your Kid’s Shoe Size

How to Figure Out Your Kid’s Shoe Size

Photo: ShutterstockBack to BasicsBack to BasicsWe all have that one seemingly “easy” task we’ve never quite figured out. This week, no problem is too trivial, no question too stupid. Just because it's simple doesn't mean it's not a hack.It seems like it should be a fairly easy thing, kids’ shoe sizes. And yet their feet…
Should You Postpone Your Child’s Well Visit During the Pandemic?

Should You Postpone Your Child’s Well Visit During the Pandemic?

Photo: ShutterstockRecently, my son turned one year old, and with this milestone, he was due for his 12-month wellness visit. Or—wait—was he? I thought navigating appropriate finger foods for my son was tricky, then the world threw me a pandemic curveball. I wondered if the stay-at-home order in my state of Indiana, and the necessary…
‘Brand’ Veggies so Your Kids Will Eat Them

‘Brand’ Veggies so Your Kids Will Eat Them

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Photo: ShutterstockSome kids are going to be satisfied with your claims that broccoli florets are “little trees” that they, a monster, must devour. And other kids are going to be like, “Broccoli is gross and so is eating trees, and I’m not falling for that shit.”For the kids who fall into the latter group, you…
Try the ‘When/Then’ Trick to Get Kids to Follow Directions

Try the ‘When/Then’ Trick to Get Kids to Follow Directions

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Photo: ShutterstockSometimes, occasionally, every once in a while, a kid just doesn’t feel like being compliant. They need to go get their shoes? Nah. It’s bath time? Thanks but no thanks. You want them to put their toys away? Not interested. That’s when you use the “when/then” trick.Angela Elias writes for PopSugar that she learned…
How to Politely Get a Toddler to Leave You Alone

How to Politely Get a Toddler to Leave You Alone

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Photo: ShutterstockLoner WeekLoner WeekCalling all loners! Dining alone, gaming alone, traveling the world alone... there's a lot to be said for enjoying the finer things in life solo. It's Loner Week at Lifehacker, and we've got hacks for every possible way to make the most of the world as a party of one.Our toddlers are…

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