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Geek Parenting + Live Happy

Interviews with Stephen Segal and Valya Dudycz Lupescu, coauthors of “Geek Parenting,” about what mostly fictional pop culture icons can teach us about raising a family; and with Deborah Heisz, author of “Live Happy,” about the truth about–and the science behind having a positive attitude, building positive connections and relationships, nurturing creativity, mindfulness, resilience, gratitude, and more.

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Indoor Fun and Imagination

Summer’s almost here and we’re looking forward to spending plenty of time outside. But as we all know, summer sniffles, rain, or even excessive heat can keep families inside. Here are several great ways to keep busy—and entertained—indoors. Bing-Bang Bounce (SmartLab) Warning: This toy makes learning about physics fun. The object is pretty simple. Set up a Mousetrap-like course where, if everything’s perfect, you use a launcher to fire a ball at a target. If you hit it, it launches a second ball at a new target. If that one hits, the third ball goes flying towards its target,...

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Older Sibling Regression — Come on, Kiddo, Act Your Age

Dear Mr. Dad: My 5-year old son was completely toilet trained, had given up his pacifier, and was chattering away in full sentences. But ever since we brought our infant daughter home from the hospital, he’s regressed. He’s having accidents almost every night, has started sucking his thumb, and is speaking like a two-year old. What’s going on? And what can we do to get our boy to start acting his age again? As annoying as it is, your son’s behavior is actually very common—especially among firstborns. Think about it from his perspective. Until his baby sister showed up,...

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Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids

Interview with Heather Shumaker, author of “It’s OK to Go up the Slide,” about her Topic: riisk vs. independence; why we need to put safety second; the importance of modeling mistakes; navigating technology; children’s rights at school; don’t banish scary stories; deal with disasters in the news; mean words matter, and learning to relax.

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Building Family Relationships with LEGO and Netflix

There are good reasons why LEGO manufacturers 20 billion bricks every year and why kids around the world put in more than 5 billion hours per year playing with those bricks: Building stuff—especially with someone else—is incredibly fun. It’s a great way to spend time together, a great way to get to know each other, and to build and strengthen relationships. Wait a second. You could actually say pretty much the same thing about Netflix, which is also a great way to spend time together, to get to know each other, and to build and strengthen relationships. Recipe for...

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New from Nintendo

If you’re looking for some fun, new video games, your search is over. Here’s what we’re playing with right now. All are great picks for kids of all ages and all are available at the Nintendo eShop, Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon (for Nintendo 3DS) In many Pokémon games, you play as a trainer (a human who trains and cares for the Pokémon). But there’s also an RPG series where you play as Pokémon, exploring, battling, and earning treasure. The most recent game in that series is Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon. Pick your character and a Pokémon friend, and you’re transformed...

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The Link Between Autism and Talent + It’s OK to Go up the Slide

Podcast interviews with Joanne Ruthsatz and Kimberly Stephens, coauthors of “The Prodigy’s Cousin.” about the family link between autism and extraordinary talent, and with Heather Shumaker, author of “It’s OK to Go up the Slide,” about her enegade rules for raising confident and creative kids.
Issues: Risk vs. independence; why we need to put safe

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Boys, Birds, and Bees: What Moms Need to Know

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m a widowed mother of two boys, one of whom just started puberty. I’ve been agonizing over a birds-and-bees talk but I’m not sure I’m the right person to deliver it. Having lived through puberty myself, I’m pretty familiar with what girls go through, but I don’t know nearly enough about boys’ experience. One thing I do know is that I barely recognize him anymore! So two questions: What do I need to know about boys’ puberty? And is there anything I can do? Nature does some pretty amazing things, like turning caterpillars into butterflies and...

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Laundry Packet Awareness for National Poison Prevention Week

Childproofing your home is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. And the process starts a lot earlier than you might think. From the moment your baby figures out that he’s able to get around by himself, his life’s work is going to be to discover new things in your home and then scare you by trying to get to them before you do. When you’re dealing with kids who are too young to climb, the best way to start childproofing (a process that never ends, by the way) is to get down on...

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