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Track and Chart Your Kid’s Tantrums to Help Change Behavior

Sleep habits. Fertility. Steps per day. Water consumption. There’s a tracker for that—all of that. So it probably shouldn’t have surprised me to read Dr. Catherine Pearlman’s advice for struggling parents, and yet it kind of blew my mind. When you’re trying to change your child’s behavior and you’re not sure if what…Read more… Continue […]

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Help Your Kids Manage Stress By Telling Them People Change

Adolescence is a rough time. Teens are acutely aware of relationships and social status, but they don’t yet have the psychological and emotional fortitude to let social struggles roll off their backs. They also don’t have the life experience to know that setbacks or failures are temporary and can overcome.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What Doctors Want Kids (and Parents) to Know About Getting Tattoos

For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued guidance on safe tattoos, piercings, and scarification for young people. They aren’t saying not to get tattoos—kids still have to ask Mom or Dad about that in most states, anyway. But they have some advice if you’re thinking about it.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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What to Say to Kids Instead of “Be Careful” 

I tell my four-year-old daughter to “be careful” so often that I’ve abbreviated it to “caref.” It become an instinctual tick. [She’s about to climb out of the bathtub.] “Caref.” [She’s swimming near the pool rail.] “Caref.” [Her knee is really close to her baby cousin’s face.] “Caref.” [She’s skipping inside a…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Manga Version of The Life-Changing Magic of Cleaning Up is Getting Teens to Actually Declutter 

Marie Kondo has built an empire around her “life-changing” method of tidying up, inspiring millions to quit the cruelty of rolling socks into balls and start the practice of thanking inanimate household objects that spark joy. She’s now reaching a new audience: graphic novel fans.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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This Maternity Leave Registry Site Lets You Crowdfund Time With Your Baby

Here’s a statistic for you: Nearly 1 in 4 new mothers in the U.S. return to work two weeks after giving birth. If you think that sounds pretty bad but can’t fully grasp why, let Quartz’s Maureen Shaw offer you some visual descriptions with her essay “The Painful, Hidden Hell That Awaits Mothers Who Return […]

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You Have a Birth Plan, But Do You Have a Postpartum Plan?

It’s understandable that pregnant women focus their planning on the impending delivery: whether it’s going to be a C-section or vaginal birth, at home or in a hospital, smooth jazz or total screaming shitshow. You might even have made up a detailed “birth plan,” complete with instructions for pain meds, lighting…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Get Your Kid a Birthday Greeting From Barbie or Pokemon With Netflix’s “Birthdays On Demand” 

If your kids can’t stop talking about Barbie, King Julien, My Little Pony, Beat Bugs or Pokemon, some of the popular children’s shows on Netflix, turn on the streaming platform on their birthdays and watch them flip out. Netflix is launching “Birthdays On Demand,” a series of 15 two-minute videos featuring birthday…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Have a “Chore Auction” With Your Kids When They Can’t Work Something Out Peacefully 

With child siblings, there will always be fights over who gets to name the new puppy, who gets to pick out the film for Movie Night, who gets to be the green gingerbread man in Candy Land, and other matters that change as swiftly as one can cry out, “It’s so not fair!” Instead of […]

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There Is Still No “Safe” Amount of Alcohol You Can Drink in Pregnancy

This week’s study on alcohol in pregnancy got spun both ways: light drinking is totally safe according to some some news stories, a definite no-no in others. Sorry, but this one’s a buzzkill. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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If You Want to Do Better in School, Ask for Help 

Studying can feel like a solitary activity—looking back at my student days, I remember sitting alone at a desk with just my textbooks, highlighters, cans of Coke and expanding self-doubt. If I didn’t understand a concept, or couldn’t find an answer, I’d search deeper into the pages, desperately, thinking maybe there…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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If You Want to Do Better in School, Ask for Help 

Studying can feel like a solitary activity—looking back at my student days, I remember sitting alone at a desk with just my textbooks, highlighters, cans of Coke and expanding self-doubt. If I didn’t understand a concept, or couldn’t find an answer, I’d search deeper into the pages, desperately, thinking maybe there…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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PSA: Parents, Bolt Your Dresser to a Wall 

Last week, I saw another furniture recall: Ameriwood Home recalled 1.6 million dressers after a four-year-old child was injured in an accident involving a tippy dresser. Last year, Ikea recalled 29 million dressers after at least six children were killed by dressers that fell over. If you own one of the Ameriwood…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Start a Lunch-Packing Club With Other Parents to Spread Out the Labor   

Packing school lunches every day can get a little tedious, and the results can be a little monotonous. (Sorry, my dear child, who has eaten leftover spaghetti and peas for the past five days.) One way to spread out the labor and make things more interesting for your kid’s palate is to start a lunch-packing […]

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