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Every Parent Has A Road Trip From Hell. Here’s Mine.

I never threaten to turn the car around. That’s a cliché and an empty threat, but more important it offends my sensibilities as a father. I will never turn the car around and sacrifice the time I’ve made. Ever. We could accidentally leave grandma’s heart meds back at the house and I’m still not going […]

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Show Your Kid That ‘No Animals Were Harmed’ in Popular Movies

Kids watch movies before they’ve fully learned what’s real and what’s fiction. (One Lifehacker writer used to think that when people died in movies, the actor died in real life.) So sometimes you might need to explain to them how scary scenes were just pretend, and everyone is okay. When those scary scenes involve…Read more… […]

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I’m W. Garth Callaghan, ‘Napkin Notes Dad,’ and This Is How I Parent  

Ever since his daughter Emma was in elementary school, W. Garth Callaghan would jot down inspirational quotes and bits of dad wisdom onto napkins and slip the notes into her lunchbox. It became their special thing, their way to connect. He wanted to make sure Emma could read a note from her father every single […]

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A Letter From A Parent

Eds. note: We received the following email from a reader, who requested that we publish it because he thinks it can help other people. We strongly agree. After verifying facts of the story, we are republishing it in full—with names changed and lightly edited for clarity, and with the express permission of him, his…Read more… […]

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What You Should Know If Your Kid Loves Toy Guns 

Is gun play a bad thing? Parents sometimes find it unnerving when they hear shouts of “Bang! Bang!” coming from the top of the staircase and discover their children engaged in full pretend battle. But kids are looking through a different lens than adults. Toy guns—cardboard, Nerf, or otherwise—can be a prop to explore…Read more… […]

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Gain Control Over Screen Time This Summer With a ‘Family Media Plan’

Even just a couple of years ago, the message to new parents was pretty clear: Screens, for the most part, aren’t good for kids, so stay away. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that kids not experience any screen time until at least age two, and then after that, they suggested keeping it very […]

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I’m Marlo Mack, Creator of the ‘How to Be a Girl’ Podcast, And This Is How I Parent

Marlo Mack produces How to Be a Girl, a podcast about life with her transgender daughter “M.” Through stories on everything from what it was like when other moms at school found out a girl in class had a penis to how she told her child she may not ever be a biological mother, Marlo […]

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Teach Your Kids the Anatomically Correct Names of Their Body Parts

An anonymous mother wrote a piece for Today titled “How to Imagine the Unimaginable.” It’s the type of story that as a parent, you can’t bear to read, which means that you must (though do be warned that it deals with sexual abuse). She details how she discovered that a babysitter had played a game […]

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I’m Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and This Is How I Parent

Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots movement working to reduce gun violence. Made of teams of everyday Americans in all 50 states, the organization has been called “the NRA’s worst nightmare.” Watts and her fellow activists are now wrapping up Wear Orange Weekend,…Read more… Continue […]

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How to Throw a No-Frills Kids’ Birthday Party 

Your kid’s birthday party is coming up! Have you figured out where you’re gonna put the petting zoo? Are the 1,000 butterflies ready for their release? Did you remember to book your the child’s favorite band and name the party [Kid’s name]-chella? You did confirm that the skydiving Trolls will be dropping in after the…Read […]

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