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13 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids Who Already Have Everything

Looking for a gift that isn't a toy? Activities and experiences can be the perfect present. Here, clutter-free ideas that will create lasting memories.<p>What do you do when you're invited to a party for a kid who has everything? Or maybe it's your own child's birthday that's coming up—and you're …

Kids

Fatherly Advice: Saying Yes, Saying No, and Not Teasing Kids

We answer questions about sex after childbirth and why it’s okay to say no to your kids.<p>By<p>Jan 14 2018, 5:50 PM<p><i>“Fatherly Advice” is a weekly parenting</i> …

38 People Who Are Totally Nailing This Whole Marriage Thing

“Marriage is an ongoing tennis match between ‘I love you so much’ and ‘nobody would find your body; my plan is well thought out.”

‘Portrait Session’ Is A Drawing Game That Keeps Kids In Stitches

The worse you draw, the better.<p>By<p>Jan 09 2018, 3:12 PM<p>Portrait Session is an impromptu drawing game where everyone in the room sits for a hastily …

12 Ways to Entertain (and Exhaust) Your Kid When They’re Stuck Inside

Beat the snow, rain, or even heat with quick activities that everyone can participate in.<p>By<p>Jan 09 2018, 6:24 PM<p>Serious winter weather can be an …

A dad tries to explain sex to his son and finds the meaning of life

In 2011, my oldest son, then just weeks shy of his eighth birthday, perched on the corner of my wife’s and my bed, his head tilted just far enough to the side so he couldn’t quite see the home birth of his baby brother. He wanted to be in the room; we told him he was welcome, and we prepared him …

Parenting

26 Gifts For Teens Who Are A Struggle To Shop For

You no longer have to guess what they're into these days<p>If you thought buying a gift for dad was hard enough, try finding the perfect present for a teen. With something new catching their eye every day, it’s almost impossible to nail down an item that won’t go out of style next week. We know …

5 Parenting Strategies That Teach Kids to Act Tough--Rather Than Be Mentally Strong

There's a big difference between acting tough and being strong.<p>A couple of years ago, a father came into my therapy office with his 9-year-old son and said, "I'm so proud of him for being so strong. He's only cried a few times since Grandma died." Sadly, comments like that from parents aren't that …

8 Things a Parent Should Never Say to Their Child

Threatening violence or the loss of love might seem like obvious no-nos, but there are more subtle phrases just as damaging.<p>By<p>Dec 01 2017, 4:16 PM<p>In …

Psychology

Here’s How To Get A Letter From Santa Claus With A North Pole Postmark

Santa's helpers are standing by.<p>With just weeks to go until Christmas, it’s time to get those cards and letters ready.<p>And if you have a little one hoping to get a letter from Santa Claus, the United States Postal Service is urging you to get started soon.<p>Santa’s helpers are standing by at the …

To Raise Creative Kids, Adam Grant Says Do This (You've Been Avoiding It Like the Plague)

There can be no creativity without conflict, so you may as well help your kids learn to fight productively early.<p>When we want to encourage creativity, we usually try to make sure people feel psychologically safe. Never shoot down an idea no matter how ludicrous in a brainstorming session, we're …

Amazon Says These Will Be the Hottest Toys This Christmas

One more thing to check off your holiday shopping list.<p>We're still a few months away from Christmas, but it’s never to early to start shopping for …

7 Reasons Athletes Make the Best Employees

There are many good reasons smart hiring managers look for athleticism in potential hires.<p>It's common sense that how well a company performs directly correlates with the quality of its employees. But there's a particular trait hiring managers should be looking for when evaluating a job candidate's …

Self-improvement

The Best Gifts for Kids

No kid likes a boring gift.<p>The problem with buying gifts for kids is that everyone tends to visit the same stores and the same toy aisles. That means …

Kids

This Is What To Do When Your Child Is Being Bullied By People They Consider Friends

Friends or enemies?<p>Many parents live in fear of their child being targeted by the playground bully; stealing their lunch money, calling them names …

Self-help

The 1 Household Chore That Both Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates Do Every Day (and Why You Should Too)

The two business gurus might be worth billions, but they're not above doing for themselves.<p>When you think of Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, you probably don't envision them up to their elbows in suds at the kitchen sink (no judgment if you do). Nevertheless, Bezos and Gates both say that handling the …

Bill Gates

Nine tips from doctors for parents of toddlers

Parents have always been hard on themselves and their babies, but they should always remember that this approach may not be the best.<p>After …

Entertain (And Exhaust) Energetic Toddlers By Playing “Jump The River”

Add it to your birthday party game list, ASAP.<p>By<p>Nov 10 2017, 3:03 PM<p>Jump the River is an elimination game where kids take turns jumping over an …

Kids

19 Gifts For Kids That Aren't Toys

Who says you can't have fun while learning?<p>This holiday season, switch up your kid’s typical gendered toy gifts like Barbies and Hot Wheels for these 19 fun and creative gifts that aren’t <i>really</i> toys at all.<p>Whether you have a scientist in the making, an aspiring coder, or future business owner on …

The Best Board Games for Kids, According to Hyperenthusiastic Amazon Reviewers

<i>Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try</i> …

Board Games

33 Things to Stop Doing to Your Kids Right Now

In our quest to be a great mom or dad, we often don't see that our actions aren't always best for our children. Now's the time to take off the …

These Photographers Asked Daughters to Teach Their Dads About Feminism

As a lot of commentators have pointed out recently—following a wave of admonishments from celebrities saying that "as fathers of daughters" they were appalled by Harvey Weinstein's behavior—a man shouldn't need a daughter to teach him that sexual harassment is wrong and that feminism is …

10 Things You're Doing Wrong In The Morning That Are Totally Sabotaging The Rest Of Your Day

Ad failed to load<p>You don't have to be a morning person to know that those a.m. hours make up one of the most crucial parts of your entire day, …

Amazon says these will be the 25 toys every kid wants this holiday season

Amazon is helping parents stay on top of the gifts their kids will be begging for with its predictions for this year's 100 most popular holiday toys.<p>If Amazon's predictions are correct, kids will be looking for products from traditional favorites like Lego and Play-Doh, as well as gifts inspired by …

Shopping

10 things that happen to parents every Sunday

<b>It’s Sunday, a day of rest and a time to lie in bed, read the Sunday newspapers, possibly enjoy breakfast in bed and listen to the church bells</b> …

Mattel Pulls Aristotle Children’s Device After Privacy Concerns

Mattel announced on Wednesday that it was canceling plans to bring to market a smart device called Aristotle, which was aimed at children from infancy to adolescence and was set to hit stores in 2018. The decision came after child advocacy groups, lawmakers and parents raised concerns about the …

Ed Markey

How to Parent Like a Scandinavian

When I became a mom in the U.S., the parenting experience was nothing like I had expected. The playgrounds, which I thought would be teeming with …

Your Toddler's Possessive Phase, Explained

This possessive phase may be challenging, but it can give you insight into your toddler’s growing mind.<p>Since it was Father’s Day, the card and the chocolate orange technically belonged to Lance Concannon. But William, his 18-month-old son, had another idea. “He didn’t even know what it was,” …

31 Hilarious Tweets From A Dad Who’s Ready For Anything

James Breakwell shares his funny parenting experiences.<p>James Breakwell is perhaps best known in the parenting world by his Twitter handle, @XplodingUnicorn, where he tweets about his hilarious experiences as a dad.<p>According to Breakwell, the Exploding Unicorn name came from a line in a fake …

3 Things to Remember About Listening to Your Kids

Listening to your little ones can be challenging—especially when you’re busy—but there is a big pay-off.<p>Kids can have a lot to say, and a lot to ask, and their timing isn’t always ideal. It may almost seem as if they wait for the times when we are least available for a long story or a “why” …

Parenting