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She Took Up His Sims Challenge, Now They’re Married

After playing The Sims 2 for months in 2004, Brian, more commonly known by his online handle Pinstar, realized that he’d exhausted most of the game. In order to keep things fresh, he created a challenge for himself. He’d play the game through ten generations, working his way up from rags to riches. These rules […]

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What Grievances Do You Have With Your Friends Who Have Kids?

When you don’t have kids but have friends who do, issues can arise. Their lives change dramatically as a parent while yours largely remains the same, and that can sometimes cause tension in your relationship. What truths would you like to tell them without upsetting them or hurting their feelings?Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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The Best Board Games for a Successful Family Game Night 

In a screen-focused world, board games can seem antiquated to some, particularly kids. But in our family, we have found that putting down the tablets and phones for some throwback fun with board games (and a big bowl of popcorn) makes for a successful family night. With children ranging from two to 11, our games […]

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The Best Board Games for a Successful Family Game Night 

In a screen-focused world, board games can seem antiquated to some, particularly kids. But in our family, we have found that putting down the tablets and phones for some throwback fun with board games (and a big bowl of popcorn) makes for a successful family night. With children ranging from two to 11, our games […]

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What to Say Instead of “What Is It?” When Kids Show You Their Artwork

When little kids create a work of art—say, a drawing or painting or pipe cleaner sculpture—adults typically respond in two different ways. There’s the effusive, “That’s so beautiful! You’re such an amazing artist! Let’s hang this masterpiece on the wall!” Or there’s the blank stare and the question: “What is it?”Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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14 Really Good Chapter Books for Preschoolers That Librarians Keep Recommending

There comes a time when the long-suffering parent just can’t read The Little Blue Truck anymore. Or My First Farm Book, with its disturbing implication that there will be more farm books to come. Or even Blueberries for Sal, my favorite for the preschool crowd, but one I’ve now read so many times I want […]

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What to Say to Little Kids Instead of “Say Sorry”

When touring different preschools for my daughter, I visited one where I got to observe the kids playing on the playground. While climbing the ladder on the slide, a little boy accidentally stepped on a little girl’s finger, and she started crying. What happened next left me astounded. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Easy Halloween Costumes You Can Make with Your Kids (No Matter Their Age)

Halloween is a holiday many kids eagerly anticipate, and besides the candy, a big part of the fun is putting together their all-important costume. If you’re inclined to go the DIY route, below are a mix of trendy and classic costumes you can make with your kids, no matter their age.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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When Should You Have Another Baby? 

Sometimes, a decision that’s even tougher to make than “Should we have a child?” is “Should we have another child?”—and if the answer is yes, then the question becomes “When?” Sibling age gaps, aka birth spacing, is a massive topic of analysis—for economists, sociologists, the World Health Organization, and most of…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Give Kids Gifts That Are Not Toys Because They Already Have Too Many

As kids rip open their birthday or holiday gifts with cake-fueled glee, parents brace themselves for the aftermath: a house cluttered with toys that no one will express interest in until 2.7 seconds after they make their way into the donation pile. The cycle is real. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Rethink Rewards When Teaching Kids About Good Behavior

Every parent has offered incentives: “If you’re patient while I get the tires rotated, we’ll get ice cream afterwards.” Or, “if you play nicely with your cousin, you can use the iPad before dinner.” Teachers certainly have used behavior rewards for time out of mind—a piece of candy or a small toy for being compliant…Read […]

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Science Weighs in on How to Get Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

My oldest child will only eat one vegetable: carrots. (It used to be broccoli, but he’s switched.) His little brother will only eat corn. Since veggies are good for kids, it would be great if we knew some foolproof way of getting kids to eat them. Science doesn’t have solid answers, but it does give […]

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How to Survive When You’re a Night-Owl Parent With an Early-Bird Kid

Nothing sparks more conversation in parent circles than sleep—whether to co-sleep, whether to sleep train, and why the F won’t this kid sleep through the night? But even after you’re past those stages and your child is racking for reasonably long stretches, there are still kids who wake up really freaking early.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Tell the Difference Between a Tantrum and a Sensory Meltdown

As even the most mild-tempered kids will occasionally lose their s*%$ in the candy aisle or while leaving the playground, most parents have dealt with a tantrum or two. We’ve all developed our own personal strategies for dealing: ignoring, giving timeouts, or placating. But what if your kid’s freak-out isn’t a…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How to Tell the Difference Between a Tantrum and a Sensory Meltdown

As even the most mild-tempered kids will occasionally lose their s*%$ in the candy aisle or while leaving the playground, most parents have dealt with a tantrum or two. We’ve all developed our own personal strategies for dealing: ignoring, giving timeouts, or placating. But what if your kid’s freak-out isn’t a…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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