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New Parents, Have Alexa Whisper to You  New Parents, Have Alexa Whisper to You 

For new parents, Alexa can be a huge help—it can create a playlist of lullabies or place an order for more boogie wipes or let you hear what’s happening in the nursery. But the voice assistant hasn’t always been so great at following social cues. Say you’ve finally gotten your infant to sleep and you very quietly ask…

How to Wear a Baby Carrier Like a Man  How to Wear a Baby Carrier Like a Man 

How do you wear a baby carrier like a real man? Pretty simply:

Read to Your Kid With the Perfect Sound Effects Accompaniment  Read to Your Kid With the Perfect Sound Effects Accompaniment 

Last night, I read my daughter a story before bed, like I always do. I picked an old favorite from her bookshelf—Giraffes Can’t Dance. But this time, a musical cast accompanied my narration.

Help Your Kid Relax With These Guided Imagery Recordings  Help Your Kid Relax With These Guided Imagery Recordings 

If your kid is feeling anxious about something—perhaps a test or a sick relative or an upcoming shot—guided imagery can help. It’s a technique that uses mental visualizations to give one more control and a greater sense of peace.

Why You Should Parent Like a Librarian Why You Should Parent Like a Librarian

As parents, we’re told that we’re our kids’ first teachers. It’s true, but to me, this conjures up the idea that we must stand over their shoulders with a red pen, telling them they exactly what to learn, and how. To better support their natural inquisitiveness, it can help to instead think of yourself as a librarian.

I'm Vlogger Kristina Kuzmic, and This Is How I Parent I'm Vlogger Kristina Kuzmic, and This Is How I Parent

Here’s what Kristina Kuzmic knows: Perfection is boring. Parenthood is messy. We might as well embrace the chaos. In her funny and compassionate videos, the vlogging star—who has over 2 million Facebook fans—slams the notion that moms and dads should be loving every minute of raising kids. She gets real, addressing…

How to Increase Your Chances of Surviving a House Fire  How to Increase Your Chances of Surviving a House Fire 

Half of house fires happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., a time in which most of us would not be conscious enough to know something’s going on. This is terrifying, but there’s an easy thing you can do to help you survive: Close your bedroom door before you go to bed.

Stop Taking Fake Breaks  Stop Taking Fake Breaks 

When your brain is warped, the easy thing to do is zone out on social media, checking to see what Chrissy Teigen had for dinner last night or finding out which unpopular Halloween candy you are. You tell yourself, “I need this.” Sure, fine. But know that you’re not really recharging.

How to Support Someone Who's Had a Miscarriage, Explained By Redditors  How to Support Someone Who's Had a Miscarriage, Explained By Redditors 

Close to 30 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage, by one estimate. And yet so many moms and dads still suffer in silence. How do you support a friend or family member who has lost a baby? October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and in a powerful Reddit thread, people shared what you can really do to…

Your Kid Can Get Cool Stuff in the Mail From a NASA Astronaut  Your Kid Can Get Cool Stuff in the Mail From a NASA Astronaut 

As an adult, seeing snail mail with your name on it is kind of a drag (bill, bill, bill, postcard from a realtor named Gary, bill), but as a kid, it can be a thrill. Now imagine being a space-obsessed child and glancing at the return address to read “National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters”—aka…

Here's the Bucket Hack That's Getting Kids to Put Away Their Stuff  Here's the Bucket Hack That's Getting Kids to Put Away Their Stuff 

You may have tried chore charts. Perhaps you’ve turned the task of tidying up into a game. Maybe you’ve offered allowance or attempted strict routines or belted out the “Clean Up Song” 27 times in a row (hey, it miraculously works when your kid’s teacher sings it, right?).

Moms, Here's How Marketers Are Getting You to Spend Money Moms, Here's How Marketers Are Getting You to Spend Money

I’ve hardly purchased any new items for my second baby on the way, but I’ve wanted to—this is evidenced by the smattering of product screenshots I’ve saved. In the middle of the night, when I can’t seem to get my nine-month-pregnant body comfortable in my monster sausage of a maternity pillow, I’ll move to the sofa…

Speak to Your New Baby the Way You'd Speak to Your Older Kids  Speak to Your New Baby the Way You'd Speak to Your Older Kids 

As I prepare for life with a new baby, I’ve been hearing a lot of advice on how to help my five-year-old daughter Maggie transition into her role of a big sister, a title she’s not entirely thrilled about. “Read her some big sibling books,” people say. (Done.) “Let her help out.” (Definitely.) “Get her a gift ‘from…

How to Introduce Your Kid to Magic  How to Introduce Your Kid to Magic 

How do you help kids learn social skills, gain persistence and wow their friends at the school lunch tables? Magic. Specifically, teach them some magic tricks. But you can’t just hand them a Magic 101 guidebook and expect them to become young Houdinis—how you introduce the art makes a difference. Here are some good…

I'm Writer and Producer Wajahat Ali, and This Is How I Parent  I'm Writer and Producer Wajahat Ali, and This Is How I Parent 

What’s it like to be a Muslim today? It’s a question that Wajahat Ali—a New York Times contributing op-ed writer, Emmy-nominated producer and one of CNN’s 25 Most Influential Muslims—is always thinking about. In his work, he has mused on everything from how Ramadan has become mainstream to the first time he heard his…

Let Alexa Help Out Your Babysitter    Let Alexa Help Out Your Babysitter   

Your babysitter just arrived and you have seven minutes before you must head out to catch your show/make it to your meeting/watch your buddy walk down the aisle. You try to remember everything they might need to know for the next several hours of caring for your offspring, but you’re blanking, and your little one…

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