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Mar 18, 2020. 17 comments

How to Convince Your Parents or Grandparents that the Coronavirus is Dangerous

How to Convince Your Parents or Grandparents that the Coronavirus is Dangerous

The past few weeks have been a trying time for everyone as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic. But for many people (myself included), some of the most stressful moments have come from discussing COVID-19 with our parents, grandparents and other older relatives. Sure, there are some that have taken this seriously from the beginning and followed all the directives, but so many others range...

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Mar 05, 2020. 10 comments

Connect With Your Kids By Speaking Their 'Love Language'

Connect With Your Kids By Speaking Their 'Love Language'

The concept of the five love languages is probably not new to you. The idea is that we all give and receive love differently—and those different ways tend to fall into five different categories. Where we get tripped up and disconnected, particularly from a romantic partner, is when we give love through our language but they receive love in a different way. You think showering them with gifts...

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Feb 25, 2020. 2 comments

Play This Game to Have Better Conversations With Your Kids

Play This Game to Have Better Conversations With Your Kids

You’ve probably got a few go-to tricks to get your kids talking about their day after school or at the dinner table. But sometimes you all need a break from talking about your daily “highs and lows” or “rose, thorn and bud” over bowls of spaghetti. Sometimes it’s more fun to discuss something totally random, like “How old is old?” or “If you could start your own business, what would it be?”

My...

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Feb 20, 2020. 2 comments

Let Your Kids Vent When They Need To

Let Your Kids Vent When They Need To

There is a certain pattern to my evenings these days. I pick up my son from after-school care. I am happy to see him; he is happy to see me. We smile, we hug, we walk out the door of the school. And then, things get sour.

I might ask him how his day was, forgetting that it’s a Tuesday and therefore, I should already know his day was terrible because he had the weekly music class that bores...

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Feb 12, 2020. 5 comments

Try the 'When/Then' Trick to Get Kids to Follow Directions

Try the 'When/Then' Trick to Get Kids to Follow Directions

Sometimes, 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 this method from Amy McCready’s Positive Parenting Solutions course, and it...

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Feb 04, 2020. 1 comments

Watch This New Short Film About a Non-Verbal Girl With Autism on Disney+

Watch This New Short Film About a Non-Verbal Girl With Autism on Disney+

As part of a program aimed at discovering new storytellers and storytelling techniques, Disney+ released a short film in January featuring a non-verbal character with autism. And you should watch it with your kids.

The film, called Loop, manages to give us insight into Renee’s perspective—how she sees and interacts with the world—in just 9 minutes. Her canoeing partner, Marcus, has to help her...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 24, 2020. 14 comments

Teach Your Baby Sign Language

Teach Your Baby Sign Language

Your baby is going to understand and want to communicate ideas and requests with you a whole lot earlier than they’ll actually be able to verbalize the words. The gap between when a baby and young toddler knows what they want but can’t effectively communicate that to you is frustrating for everyone involved.

But a solution that parents have found effective (and has increased in popularity over...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Jan 17, 2020. 15 comments

Get Your Kid Talking About Their Day With This Question

Get Your Kid Talking About Their Day With This Question

It’s the refrain heard round the world every afternoon or early evening. Parents everywhere are asking, “How was school?” And their children are responding, “Fine,” much more concerned with procuring a snack and a good TV show than chatting about their day.

We, the parents, try to get creative. We switch it up. We phrase our questions in a way that doesn’t allow for a one-word, noncommittal...

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Jan 14, 2020.

How to Get Your Kid a Pen Pal

How to Get Your Kid a Pen Pal

When I was in fifth grade, my family moved to a Cincinnati suburb from Illinois. I knew the only way I was going to keep in touch with any of my friends was to write them letters. I soon discovered there was nothing quite as exciting as getting mail, scrawled penmanship and all, addressed to me.

It was the knowledge that someone was thinking about me, that they took the time to sit down at...

Jan 09, 2020. 4 comments

When Sending an Important Email, Add the Recipient Last

When Sending an Important Email, Add the Recipient Last

When you’re busy crafting an important email, perhaps to a prospective hiring manager, accidentally sending it before it’s ready is the single easiest way to screw up. Maybe there’s a glaring spelling error—you could’ve sworn it wasn’t there before—or you’ve forgotten to attach your resume. Instead of going off on your merry way, now the manic follow-up email process begins. “So sorry about...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Dec 28, 2019. 22 comments

The More Inclusive Way to Say 'Ladies and Gentlemen'

The More Inclusive Way to Say 'Ladies and Gentlemen'

“Ladies and gentlemen” is a common way to address a group of people, particularly in a formal, public setting. Long seen as a standard and polite—if not old-fashioned—way to address a group, its day has come and gone. Not everyone identifies as either a lady or a gentleman, and luckily, there’s an easy fix for addressing a crowd that is inclusive of all: “Welcome, everyone.”

A shift toward...

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Dec 27, 2019.

The Year's Best Advice for Having 'Big Talks' with Kids

The Year's Best Advice for Having 'Big Talks' with Kids
Best of LifehackerBest of LifehackerWhether we’ve made a complicated recipe absurdly simple, illustrated how to survive a natural disaster, or explained a political crisis in terms even your great-grandma would understand, these are some of our favorite stories from the past year.

Back in the day, parents braced themselves for The Talk, which we all know covered one topic, one time: Sex. But...

Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Dec 24, 2019. 5 comments

The Best Grammar Tips We Learned This Year

The Best Grammar Tips We Learned This Year
Best of LifehackerBest of LifehackerWhether we’ve made a complicated recipe absurdly simple, illustrated how to survive a natural disaster, or explained a political crisis in terms even your great-grandma would understand, these are some of our favorite stories from the past year.

I might be Lifehacker’s parenting editor, but I also took on the unofficial role of the site’s grammar writer this...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Dec 19, 2019. 5 comments

Don't Compliment Kids by Insulting Yourself

Don't Compliment Kids by Insulting Yourself

By now we know that when we praise kids, we should focus less on natural ability or intelligence and more on effort. As in, “You worked so hard on that homework!” versus “You’re so smart!” But adults have another way of complimenting kids that we should also do away with—insulting our own ability by comparing it to theirs.

On Reddit, user u/Luke_7 explains:

I work in a school and often hear...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Dec 13, 2019. 7 comments

There Is a Difference Between 'Utmost' and 'Upmost'

There Is a Difference Between 'Utmost' and 'Upmost'

I was writing a sentence the other day that included the sentiment that something was of “the utmost importance.” And I paused. Was it utmost? Or was it upmost? I was pretty sure it was “utmost,” but I was also pretty sure I’d seen/heard “upmost” at some point in my life. What’s the difference? 

Utmost

Utmost was the word I needed because I wanted to convey that it was of the “greatest,” “most...

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Dec 10, 2019. 3 comments

Teach Your Kids the Red Flags of Online Predators

Teach Your Kids the Red Flags of Online Predators

There are a slew of things for parents to be concerned about as our kids begin to navigate social media, online multiplayer games and the wider Internet on their own. There’s cyber bulling , hate speech and porn , to start with. But sexual predators also should be at the top of the list, having found online multiplayer games and chat apps to be a prime location for finding and grooming young...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Dec 07, 2019. 5 comments

Teach Little Kids to ‘Listen with Their Eyes’

Teach Little Kids to ‘Listen with Their Eyes’

I have said some version of, “I can’t tell if you’re hearing me because you’re not looking at me/responding” many, many times during my parenting journey (most often when I’m telling my son to turn off the television and put away his toys). The idea that eye contact is an important part of acknowledging someone else’s words is a concept that doesn’t always come naturally to kids, particularly...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Dec 05, 2019. 13 comments

Ask This Instead of 'Any Questions?'

Ask This Instead of 'Any Questions?'

I come from a quiet people. My classmates and I were always bad at asking questions of the teacher, or recognizing that we had questions. I wish I’d had someone like historian and professor Jacqueline Antonovich, who recently tweeted a trick for encouraging her students to pipe up. She simply rephrases the prompt “Any questions?” to “What questions do you have for me?”

“Any questions?” might...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Dec 04, 2019. 5 comments

How to Make Your Toddler More Patient

How to Make Your Toddler More Patient

Remember the last time you asked your toddler to wait just a second for something, and that only made them more desperate and relentless for the thing they wanted? Toddlers are known for many things and patience ain’t one. They are beginners and they need to stretch their patience muscles. But as parents, it is entirely possible that we are not teaching them to strengthen those muscles in the...

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Meghan Moravcik Walbert Meghan Moravcik Walbert Dec 04, 2019. 19 comments

Continue Using Apostrophes Correctly, We Beg of You

Continue Using Apostrophes Correctly, We Beg of You

Those of us who respect and appreciate proper apostrophe usage awoke yesterday to some upsetting news: John Richards, one of the most ardent defenders of the correct use of the apostrophe, is giving up. He posted his reasons for this decision on the website of the Apostrophe Protection Society, an organization he founded in 2001:

There are two reasons for this. One is that at 96 I am cutting...

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