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The Best Books for Kids Who Love Dinosaurs

From T. Rex-loving toddler to 10-year-old Jurassic genius, there's something for everyone in this list of dinosaur children's books<p>By<p>Feb 12 2018, …

Paleontology

The 10 Best Board Games for Toddlers

There's no more engaging entertainment than a board game. Here's how to let your toddler in on the fun.<p>By<p>Feb 09 2018, 2:03 PM<p>Toddlers are notoriously …

Kids

Discipline Strategies for Annoying Kid Behaviors

Is your kid whining, not sharing, or throwing a tantrum? Take a deep breath and teach them how to be less, well, annoying.<p>By<p>Jan 17 2018, 10:00 …

Toddlers Are Notorious For Ignoring Their Parents, But Here's What You Can Try

<i>Claire, do you hear me? Claire, can you please look at me? Claire, Claire, Claire.</i> And so go my daily conversations with my toddler. Sound familiar? …

Parenting

The best fine motor toys for toddlers

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p><i>Learning Resources/Business Insider</i><p>The Insider Pick:<p>Helping a child improve fine motor skills will improve the youngster's prowess at …

Kids

The Best Gifts For 2-Year-Olds

Who says the terrible twos are really that bad? Certainly not your little angel! Two-year-olds are on the move and getting into everything, but with toys like a play table that sings about the food it's cooking and wooden puzzles that require a magnetic fishing pole, your tot will be so busy, he …

15 Toddler-Friendly Stocking Stuffers That Won't Drive You Nuts All Year

All under $25.<p>Stocking stuffers are usually an afterthought around the holidays, leaving you scrambling at the last minute to find something to shove into that oversized sock. And stocking stuffers for toddlers can be especially tricky.<p>After all, they need to be something you can live with hearing, …

15 great gifts for young kids that don't flash or make noise

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon<p>Over the past few decades, more and more toys made for young children have incorporated flashing lights, sound effects, speech, and …

Kids

3 TED Talks That Will Help You Raise Successful Kids

Parents today are barraged by advice. These talks will help you sort through it all and keep your sanity.<p>Parents today have it rough. Don't overschedule your kids, they're told, but don't fail to nurture their passions. Beware helicopter parenting, but if your kid gets anything more than a scratch, …

Parenting

5 things we learned from Help! I’m A Father

From talking to your partner's tummy, to learning how to listen to your teenage child, here are five top tips that every dad should know...<p>Mark Hearn …

Parenting

The Best Gifts For Toddlers Under $25

Toddlers and toys go together like peanut butter and jelly; it's a delicious, occasionally messy combo. The best buys for the age group include items that will stimulate senses, encourage learning, and not make their moms too crazy when it comes to cleanup. Even better if they don't break the bank. …

14 Really Good Chapter Books for Preschoolers That Librarians Keep Recommending

There comes a time when the long-suffering parent just <i>can’t</i> read <i>The Little Blue Truck</i> anymore. Or <i>My First Farm Book</i>, with its disturbing implication …

Kids don’t remotely ruin a vacation

In the lull of October, between the craziness of the back-to-school season and the holidays, my thoughts turn to future travel. Not the …

Women aren't nags—we're just fed up

Emotional labor is the unpaid job men still don't understand<p>For Mother's Day I asked for one thing: a house cleaning service. Bathrooms and floors …

Why You May Want to Skip the Sippy Cup for Your Baby

Are sippy cups really the best cup to introduce after (or alongside) breast or bottle? Experts suggest a straw or open cup instead, and here's why.<p>First comes breast or bottle, then sippy cup, right? Not so fast. Experts report you may want to just skip the sippy cup for your baby. Surpisingly, …

Parenting

10 Educational Apps For Preschoolers, So You Can (Hopefully) Poop In Peace

For the (many) parents out there who allow their kids to have screen time, finding apps that are fun, engaging, age-appropriate, and somewhat …

A pile of advice books won’t end your parenting anxiety. Here’s what to do instead.

<i>Q: As a general rule, I manage my parenting anxiety by not reading parenting books. It’s too much contradictory information, and I get nuts about it. I’ve found that following my instincts works better for me. But I do feel like I need some guidance on what I should be doing with my toddler to</i> …

Parenting

This Kid's Shoe Tying Hack Is Actually Genius

If you've been trying to teach your kids to tie their shoelaces without much success, step aside and let the master do his thing.<p>This Kid's Shoe Tying Hack Is Actually Genius<p>Teaching your little ones to tie their shoelaces can be one of the more frustrating parenting lessons. It's just really hard …

Kids

How to Entertain Your Child While Lying Down

“Just rest,” I would tell my daughter pretty much the moment she started walking and wanted me to play with her here, then over there, then back over …

A 3-year-old wants to be 2 again. What’s she afraid of?

<i>Q: My daughter recently turned 3. In the days leading up to her birthday, she was excited about all the new things she could do as a 3-year-old: join a soccer team, go to preschool, etc. Now that her birthday has passed, she repeatedly tells me, “I wish I were 2 again!” She bursts into tears</i> …

Parenting

Use the "I Cut, You Pick" Strategy for Dividing Stuff Between Kids

“She has more!” “His cup is filled higher!” Her slice is bigger!” “<i>It’s not fair!</i>”<p>Oh, to be a kid facing life’s great injustices. There’s never true …

When Children Begin to Talk

Language represents a huge developmental leap for a child. Once childre begins to talk, the task turns to teaching them to use words to appropriately …

Parenting

Nine Skills Worth Teaching Your Children to Build Personal and Financial Independence

Two days ago, I posted an article entitled <i>Nine Skills Worth Learning for Any Career – and How to Learn Them</i>. The goal of the article is to point to …

Self-improvement

App Weekly: Ten apps that will help your toddler grow smarter

<i>By Anusha Sinha</i><p>If you have a child or a younger sibling or are somehow related to a tiny human who likes using a phone or tablet, these <b>apps</b> will make …

30 Best Books For Toddlers

• <b>The Very Hungry Caterpillar</b> by Eric Carle<p>2. <b>We’re Going on a Bear Hunt</b> by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury<p>3. <b>Freight Train</b> by Donald Crews<p>4. <b>The Napping</b> …

A Guide to the Moral Development of Preschoolers

As your little one grows, he’ll develop a sense of morality—those principles that affect how he treats other people and how he views justice. His …

How to Turn Your Kid's Dropped Nap Into "Quiet Time"

When you’re a parent, naptime is the second most-looked-forward-to moment of the day. It’s the hour (or two, or three, if you’re lucky) that you get …

Use a "Taste Plate" to Get Picky Eaters to Try New Foods

For picky-eating kids, there’s one rule when it comes to food plating: You gotta keep ‘em separated.<p>The peas can’t be touching the pasta, and the …

The 10 Best Gifts to Buy for Toddlers in 2017

When there are countless toys to choose from, we know it can be overwhelming to pick a gift for that terrific tot in your life. Whether it’s for a …

A Plan For Raising Brilliant Kids, According To Science

<i>Since NPR Ed first published this piece last year, it has become one of our most popular posts of all time. And since then, there has been a little anecdotal proof of concept for these parenting theories:</i><p><i>Kathy Pasek, one of the authors interviewed, has a son named Benj Pasek. He is a composer who,</i> …

Benj Pasek