Austin Spada

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19 Parents On Twitter Who Totally — And Hilariously — Summed Up New Parent Life

"FYI you can't snooze the baby monitor."

Ryan Reynolds

5 Ways to Get Your Toddler Ready for Preschool, According to a Preschool Director

Parenting coach and author Tom Limbert shares his tips for sending kids off to school.<p><i>The following story was submitted by a Fatherly reader.</i> …

Parenting

Teaching Your Kids This Skill Will Set Them Up for Success. Most Parents Do the Opposite

It goes against all of our instincts.<p>We've all heard a lot in the past few years about the importance of failure. Take risks, fail fast, learn from the experience, and bring the knowledge you've gained to the next thing you try. We all know this is good advice--except when it comes to our children. …

Dad Bods and Dad Brains: The New Science of Fatherhood

Men experience measurable changes when they become fathers, tied to shifts physiology that prime them for their new roles, much in the same way …

How to Make a Toddler Sleepy by Wearing Them Out Before Bed

Exertion helps wear a child out, but there’s no better way to help them sleep than a firm and regular sleep ritual.<p>Problems with infant sleep are …

The Science of Dad and the ‘Father Effect’

If the scientific study of fatherhood has taught us one thing, it’s that there are data-driven, biological, and psychological reasons why kids seem …

How Do You Know If You're A 'Good Dad'? This Chart Will Tell You.

Read on and find out.<p><i>This June, A Plus is celebrating Father's Day and the release of the film</i> One Last Thing<i>, with a cavalcade of dad stories,</i> …

The Cognitive Development of Your 5-Year-Old Child

What goes on in the mind of a 5-year-old? Quite a lot. The 5-year-old child development phase is an exciting time. This is the age when many children …

7 Toxic Phrases Parents Need to Stop Saying to Their Sons

"Boys will be boys"<p>Parents say a lot of words to their kids. That’s the job, after all — to tell them things, to teach them lessons, to prepare them, …

Sexual Harassment

11 unforgettable books about fatherhood that totally get it right

In pop culture, fathers are too frequently portrayed as the bumbling parent who ruins things that moms then have to come fix. But being a dad is far …

5 ways to be an awesome parent

<b>Here are some nuggets of advice, from someone who's been in the parenting trenches for almost a decade.</b><p>Kids don't come with how-to manuals, as every …

People Who Have Kids Will 100% Appreciate The Following 21 Inventions / Ideas

Just brilliant.

A Gift for Every Type of Dad (That You Can Buy on Amazon)

Just as with moms, there’s no one type of dad. There’s the outdoorsy dad, the techie dad, the designy dad, the healthy dad, the young dad, the (ahem) …

Build a Toddler Busy Board with Items You Already Have

Give your kid a new toy, and they play with the box, right? There's something so appealing to young minds about anything that's not a toy, which is …

10 Tips to Make Your Relationship With Your Child Stronger

Strengthening the parent-child relationships requires work and effort. Parenting is a tough job, but by maintaining a close relationship and open …

8 Ways to Discipline Your Child Without Spanking

Spanking is one of the most widely debated parenting topics. While most pediatricians and parenting experts don't recommend spanking, the vast …

Parenting

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 …

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><i>“Fatherly Advice” is a weekly parenting advice column by the</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>Portrait Session is an impromptu drawing game where everyone in the room sits for a hastily drawn “portrait” on a …

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>Serious winter weather can be an impassable roadblock to …

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

By David Straus<p>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 …

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 …

Shopping

Quit Raising Your Kids to Act Tough. Teach Them to Be Mentally Strong Instead

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>In the absence of any …

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 …

North Pole

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 …

Kids

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 …

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 …