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Don’t Buy Loud Toys for Someone Else’s Kid

Many years ago, before I was a parent, I became an aunt. And this first niece of mine, around age two, loved a show called Yo Gabba Gabba! that was devoted to music and dancing. Me, being the incredible, fun aunt that I am, bought her this Yo Gabba Gabba! dance mat, which encouraged kids to “boogie down.” I imagined…Read more...
Tags: Music, Gifts, Commerce, Lifehacks, Yo Gabba Gabba, Little Kids


How to Keep Your Kid's Artwork From Piling Up

Around his fourth birthday, a boy I was fostering began drawing what he called “ghost families.” He couldn’t quite draw people, but he could draw something that resembled ghosts, and they were darling. Once he landed on his artistic specialty, he lingered there for a while—that is to say, the stacks of colored…Read more...
Tags: Art, Organization, Artwork, Lifehacks, Little Kids


The Year's Best Advice for Raising Little Kids

We’ve learned a lot this year, don’t you think? We know more about respiratory droplets than we ever cared to know, we have a more thorough understanding of the nuances of our electoral process, and we’ve learned that apparently we can work from home and our kids can learn from home for months on end even if we…Read more...
Tags: Lifehacks, Best Of, Little Kids


Interrupt a Toddler's Tantrum With This Script

If you have a toddler, and that toddler has tantrums, you know there is no surefire way to snap them out of it every time. A toddler tantrum is the world’s purest form of frustration release, and logic has no place in these animalistic emotional displays. However, once in a while, a parent is able to devise a strategy…Read more...
Tags: Emotions, Lifehacks, Tantrums, Little Kids


How to Get Your Toddler Dressed in the Morning Without a Fight

It should be pretty straight forward: One wakes up in the morning, and one swaps out their pajamas in lieu of some daytime clothes. It’s a thing we humans do nearly every day, and yet, your toddler is not interested in performing this ritual. In fact, the mere idea of getting dressed is full-on pissing them off right…Read more...
Tags: Mornings, Clothes, Lifehacks, Tantrums, Little Kids


What Was Your Most Embarrassing Parenting Moment?

Let me tell you a little story about two infants, a brand new rug, and some vomit. (If it seems like I’ve written too much about puke this month, that’s a fair critique, but it changes nothing.) When my son was about eight months old, we went to visit a friend who’d just had her first baby. I did all the things you’re…Read more...
Tags: Behavior, Lifehacks, Embarrassment, Little Kids


Parents of Kindergarteners: Are You OK?

I wrote a post yesterday about the “COVID slide”—the concern among many parents that our kids will fall behind (or more behind) academically during all these months of virtual learning. The truth is that this year has been hell for parents and their children who have been isolated from their friends and trying to…Read more...
Tags: School, Lifehacks, Little Kids, Virtual Learning, Pandemic Parenting


Tell Us Something Weird About Your Kid

The fun thing about kids is that they all have their own unique way of being so unapologetically weird. Especially when they’re very little and they have not yet been introduced to the concepts of self-consciousness or embarrassment, things like the following—shared by Reddit user u/Otterleigh—are normal and fun to…Read more...
Tags: Reddit, Lifehacks, Little Kids, Weird Habits


7 Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Little Kids

Halloween is fun for people of all ages, but it’s even more fun for little kids. There’s candy, cupcakes, scary movies, and costumes. It’s just so much fun. If you have little kids at home, there are some really fun ways to celebrate Halloween.Brought to you by: Frugal Focus
Tags: Frugality, Little Kids


Why You Should 'Aim for Yes' With Your Kids

Kids hear a lot of “no” throughout the course of a day. No, you can’t stay up as late as you want; no, you can’t ride your bike without a helmet; no, you can’t shove your sister. It’s easy for “no” to become somewhat of a reflex answer to any new or odd request, often before you’ve even really processed it (the same…Read more...
Tags: Communication, Lifehacks, Rules, Little Kids


How to Get Your Kid to Stop Whining

I’m just going to say it: There are few sounds on Earth more annoying than the a young child whining. It doesn’t matter what actual words are involved; when they hit that high-pitched tone—the tone that makes skin crawl—it’s bad. Read more...
Tags: Earth, Behavior, Lifehacks, Tantrums, Little Kids


Let Your Kids Bike in Place While They Zoom

At Lifehacker, we already encouraged you to create your own $120 DIY version of a Peloton-style exercise bike (and our health editor tried out the set-up long enough to give it her stamp of approval). But if your little kid already has a bike with training wheels, you can create a similar version for them without…Read more...
Tags: Lifehacks, Online Education, Zoom, Little Kids, Virtual Learning


How to Prepare for Your Child's Separation Anxiety

The first day (week, month) of school can be hard on some kids, particularly those entering preschool or kindergarten for the first time. They want to stay with you; they’re scared you won’t come back; they don’t know this grown-up or these other kids—the whole thing can be scary. And chances are, this school year…Read more...
Tags: School, Anxiety, Lifehacks, Little Kids


How to Turn Your Garage into a Playroom

The past several months have caused many of us to take a long, critical look around our homes, and in some cases, we’ve found our living space wanting. To be fair, most of us didn’t move into these spaces expecting them to serve as our home, office and school, but here we are. We’ve had to get creative by turning…Read more...
Tags: Play, Lifehacks, Little Kids, Pandemic Parenting


Daniel Tiger Will Soon Help Toddlers Understand the Pandemic

Little kids have been able to look to many heroes for guidance during the coronavirus pandemic. Sesame Street came through early on with a virtual pandemic playdate with Elmo and a COVID-19 town hall with CNN. LeVar Burton read to us. The New York Times’ science reporter even answered kids’ questions. But finally,…Read more...
Tags: Cnn, New York Times, Cartoons, Lifehacks, Elmo, LeVar Burton, Preschoolers, Little Kids, Pandemic Parenting


The Wiggles Are Hosting a Free Virtual Camp for Preschoolers

It’s still virtual summer camp season, and the latest free camp to be announced is one that many little kids will be pumped to attend: The Wiggles’ Virtual Summer Camp.Read more...
Tags: Summer, Lifehacks, Summer Camp, Preschoolers, Little Kids


Let Your Toddler Play With Birdseed

If you’re the parent of a toddler or preschooler, chances are you’ve discovered the joy (and the mess) that sensory activities can bring. When my son was that age, a bin full of strange material would occupy him for many minutes at a time—certainly more than plastic toys or games or puzzles ever could. The trick to a…Read more...
Tags: Lifehacks, Preschoolers, Sensory Activities, Little Kids


pediped Debuts Spring/Summer 2020 Adventure Line

pediped’s Adventure Line of high-quality shoes that are perfect for outdoor activities come in an array of new colors and styles. The Adventure Line offers eco-friendly, low-maintenance, water-safe shoes that are rugged and functional, yet provide the style and comfortable fit that pediped® is renowned for. The Adventure Line is constructed with an eco-friendly, sustainable luxury microfiber that is formulated without any solvents during the manufacturing process. This process results...
Tags: US, Eu, Canada, Frugality, Velcro, Giveaways and Reviews, Little Kids


How to Figure Out Your Kid's Shoe Size

It seems like it should be a fairly easy thing, kids’ shoe sizes. And yet their feet grown so damn rapidly, it’s like first they’re a four and then they’re an 8 (how is a toddler a size 8 when I’m a size 8??) and then a 12 and now, wait, a 1.5? What just happened there?Read more...
Tags: Shoes, Toddlers, Lifehacks, Little Kids


Check Out Elmo's Pandemic 'Playdate' Special

The pandemic is a scary and confusing time for even the most grown, rational and aware among us. Imagine how jarring it must be for toddlers, who used to go to daycare and Grandma’s house and the library and now ... everybody lives in the computer. Luckily, they still have Elmo.Read more...
Tags: Entertainment, TV Shows, Lifehacks, Little Kids


Let Kids Practice ABCs With Magnets and a Cookie Sheet

There are two things that are universally loved by toddlers: Playing with stuff they’ve pulled from your kitchen cabinets, and magnets. Which is why, if you’ve got some letter magnets and a cookie sheet (plus a Sharpie marker), you’ve got a new activity to keep your little kid busy for at least several minutes.Read more...
Tags: Learning, Reading, Lifehacks, Little Kids


'Brand' Veggies so Your Kids Will Eat Them

Some kids are going to be satisfied with your claims that broccoli florets are “little trees” that they, a monster, must devour. And other kids are going to be like, “Broccoli is gross and so is eating trees, and I’m not falling for that shit.”Read more...
Tags: Vegetables, Toddlers, Lifehacks, Little Kids, Picky Eating


When Picking Out a Car Seat, Follow the AAP's Safety Recommendations

A disturbing report published today by ProPublica about the safety of belt-positioning booster seats sold by Evenflo and other companies serves as an important reminder for parents: Always follow the American Academy of Pediatric’s guidelines for car seat safety first. A manufacturer’s recommendation for height and…Read more...
Tags: Lifehacks, Recommendations, Evenflo, Car Seats, Little Kids, American Academy of Pediatric


How to Make a DIY 'Laser' Maze in Your Home

My son and I were both off work and school yesterday, and we had all kinds of plans for how we’d spend the day together. But first, I said, I needed his help with something for a post. “I thought you didn’t have to work today?” he asked with a somewhat accusatory tone. “I want you to test out a fake laser maze that…Read more...
Tags: Diy, Activity, Lifehacks, Little Kids


Entertain Your Toddler With a Colander and Pipe Cleaners

Most parents know that although kids like playing with toys, they love playing with non-toys. The actual TV remote rather than the bright plastic version you bought them. A wooden spoon and a soup pot, rather than the toy drum you thought they’d go nuts over. To this list, let us add: a colander, plus some pipe…Read more...
Tags: Toys, Activity, Lifehacks, Little Kids


Age 3 Is Actually the Best Age

It is a common refrain among parents of young children that the Terrible Twos have nothing on age three. When they hit age three, we start calling them “threenagers,” a tip of the hat to their increasingly disgruntled disposition. But that word is nowhere near strong enough to depict what it’s actually like to have a…Read more...
Tags: Parenting, Behavior, Lifehacks, Tantrums, Little Kids


To Break the Pacifier Habit, Poke a Hole in It

The pacifier is a wonderful thing. It helps our littlest ones soothe themselves to sleep when nothing else will quite do the trick. Eventually, though, you want them to be able to self-soothe. They grow from babies into toddlers and you pine for one picture without the binky in the mouth. And as tooth after tooth…Read more...
Tags: Parenting, Toddlers, Lifehacks, Little Kids


Make the Toy You Hate the Most the ‘Potty Toy’

It’s pretty inevitable that the toy you hate the most will also be your toddler’s favorite toy. All the reasons why you hate it—it’s plastic and plays some kind of music repetitively and only at volume level OW—are also the reasons why they love it. You can’t take it away because they love it too much, but you can use…Read more...
Tags: Toys, Parenting, Lifehacks, Potty Training, Little Kids


Why You Should Use Big Words With Your Little Kid

Two weeks ago, I was driving my five-year-old son and two-year-old daughter home from a dip in the local pool when my phone buzzed with bad news.Read more...
Tags: Language, Toddlers, Words, Lifehacks, Vocabulary, Little Kids


Encourage Mathematical Thinking With These Board Games for Little Kids

The best way to help young kids understand math concepts isn’t by standing in front of a white board and rattling off multiplication facts. Rather, it’s by letting them see math in action. Board games are a great way for little learners to get a grasp on skills such as pattern recognition, spacial reasoning, problem…Read more...
Tags: Family, Math, Lifehacks, Board Games, Little Kids