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Teach Your Kid to Be a Good Sport

Everyone who has a child in a competitive hobby knows the types: the boy who disputes every call the referee makes, the parent who hurls invective from the sidelines, the girl who can barely bring herself to shake hands after her team loses. Playing sports and games is hugely valuable for child development: They learn…Read […]

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The Carabiner Clip Is a Versatile Tool That Parents Need 

Rock climbers have long hailed the beloved carabiner, a tool unmatched in versatility. But did you know it’s also a baby registry staple? About 10 years ago, some marketing genius took the ubiquitous metal clip and rebranded it with a terrible name: The Mommy Hook. What it is: Uh, still just a large carabiner clip.…Read […]

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Try the ‘Cheerio’ Method to Easily Teach Your Kids to Tie Their Shoes

My seven-year-old son is not keen on learning to tie his shoes. He doesn’t have any problems with dexterity … he just gets easily frustrated doing things he’s not already good at (which is a lot of stuff, when you’re seven). So I’ve been coaxing him to practice with me, patiently waiting for him to […]

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Use an “Equality Calculator” to See if You and Your Partner are Sharing the Parenting Load Equally 

I suppose there are some couples who feel they divide household chores and childcare exactly 50-50 and are perfectly happy all the time and give each other foot massages every night. But for most people I know, every day is a particularly exhausting combination of whack-a-mole, an obstacle course, and a flogging. And…Read more… Continue […]

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Use an “Equality Calculator” to See if You and Your Partner are Sharing the Parenting Load Equally 

I suppose there are some couples who feel they divide household chores and childcare exactly 50-50 and are perfectly happy all the time and give each other foot massages every night. But for most people I know, every day is a particularly exhausting combination of whack-a-mole, an obstacle course, and a flogging. And…Read more… Continue […]

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Perhaps You Need a Frozen Condom to Soothe Post-Delivery Vaginal Trauma

Childbirth injuries are no fun. For one, these are our tenderest bits we’re talking about here, places we generally want to be treated with kindness and respect. But what do hefty little babies know about kindness and respect? Not much. They’re coming out, by hook or by crook, and it can feel like they actually […]

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How to Get Boys to Read “Girls’ Books”

When I envisioned having children, my happy fantasies included curling up and reading my childhood favorites to my kids. I pictured evenings of Little House on the Prairie, Pippi Longstocking, and Little Women. When my two boys came along, I worried that their affection for board books about farm equipment meant that…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Get Boys to Read “Girls’ Books”

When I envisioned having children, my happy fantasies included curling up and reading my childhood favorites to my kids. I pictured evenings of Little House on the Prairie, Pippi Longstocking, and Little Women. When my two boys came along, I worried that their affection for board books about farm equipment meant that…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Teach Resilience by Asking Your Kids for Help When You Have a Setback

“Failure” is a major buzzword in parenting today: In order to raise successful, resilient kids, we need to let them fail. If your kid forgets his homework or his baseball glove at home, don’t bring it to him. If she’s struggling with building a block tower or later on, a term paper, or even later […]

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Stop Saying “Okay?” After Every Instruction You Give a Child

Have you ever eavesdropped on other parents on the playground? Don’t they sound, rather, er, wishy-washy sometimes? “Sophie, we don’t throw sand at our friends, okay?” Or, “Declan, it’s time to go now, okay?” Or, “Madge, leave that dog poop alone, okay? Poop is yucky, okay?”Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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