June Patenaude

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The secret, complex world of boys' friendships, and how parents can navigate it

My son’s friendships are far more complicated than my daughter’s.<p>I was unprepared for this, since the “boys are simpler” refrain started the moment I began telling people, nine years ago, that the baby in my stomach was, in fact, a boy.<p>My desk is filled with books about mean girls and how not to …

Mom's Healthy Toddler Meals Look Instagram-Worthy, but Are Actually So Easy, They Don't Even Require Cooking

I used to get so excited for meals . . . and then I had a toddler. I soon realized that those early months of my baby gleefully eating every spoonful of pureed kale (and me thinking I'd heroically and effortlessly solved childhood nutrition) was the true "phase" and that what followed was the norm. …

Healthy Eating

This Shockingly Simple Move Stopped My Kid From Constantly Interrupting Me

We’ve all been there: You’re at the playground trying to chat with a fellow parent, when your kid unceremoniously interrupts the conversation because …

Parenting

5 Sneaky Ways to Get Your Kids to Sleep In—So You Can, Too

Most mornings, including weekends, my 3-year-old climbs into our bed around 5:30—a full hour earlier than we actually need to wake up. It wouldn’t be …

Kids

Not Naughty: 10 Ways Kids Appear to Be Acting Bad But Aren't

Here are 10 ways kids may seem like they’re acting "naughty," but really aren’t. When we recognize kids' unwelcome behaviors as reactions to …

20 Must-Have Classic Children's Books — and When to Introduce Them

It's never too early to start introducing your children to the classics — the kiddie classics, that is. We've rounded up 20 timeless children's books that are musts in every literary kid's library. From titles just for babes and toddlers like <b>Goodnight Moon</b> and <b>Are You My Mother?</b> to books that have …

Kids

Why is my 3-year-old suddenly so disagreeable?

<i>Q: My 3-year-old daughter is generally agreeable about cleaning up toys after playing or doing a pickup at the end of the day. Recently, however, she has started intentionally making messes and then refusing to pick them up. Things like getting a bowl of Cheerios at breakfast and then dumping them</i> …

Parenting

Ranking Every Marvel Superhero Movie By How Kid-Friendly It Is

Not every MCU movie is created equal when it comes to kids.<p>As <i>Black Panther</i> roared into theaters to the tune of $404 million dollars worldwide in its …

This Mom's Toothbrush Trick is a Huge Time Saver for Parents of Toddlers

Parents of toddlers are no stranger to the twice-a-day struggle of getting their kids' teeth brushed. The combination of a stressed parent and a …

Parenting

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>It should come as …

Dinosaurs

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>Toddlers are notoriously hard to understand — …

Kids

How to Handle Whining, Tantrums, and Other 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>Whining, temper tantrums, …

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>A child's early development of fine motor skills is imperative for their successful …

The Best Gifts For Kids Under 10 Years Old

It's been a whirlwind of a year, but we're now ready to kick off the holidays! If you've got a little one on your list but don't know where to begin, don't fret! We've got you covered with age-specific gift ideas from birth through 9 years old, including toys from the biggest manufacturers and …

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, …

Kids

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 …

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 …

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 …

Books

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 …

Kids

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 …

Living Rooms

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> …

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 …

Kids