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57 Funny Jokes for Kids (And Adults Who Like Dumb Jokes)

You can never have too many knee-slappers in your repertoire of bad puns.<p>Question: A pun, a riddle, and a knock-knock joke walk into a, umm, room …

Jokes

66 Positive Things You Should Be Saying to Your Child

In a world where saying "no" is usually a lot easier than saying "yes," it is important to bring up children who don't feel that negativity has a higher value than positivity. Encouraging words can have a truly lasting effect on your kiddos years and years after you've said them, so we should …

Happiness

The Best Road-Trip Apps for Kids That Make Travel Less Painful

Even better, they've all been vetted by Common Sense Media.<p>If you ever plan to take your kid anywhere, be it by plane, train, or automobile, these …

How To Find Apps That Will Engage Your Kids

Kids' tech has trapped parents in a perpetual state of uncertainty: New stuff comes out faster than we can determine its effect on young brains. …

What you should do if your child is a ‘quitter’

By William Stixrud<p>Bella was going out of her mind. Her 9-year-old daughter, Angie, would agree to sign up for an activity with great enthusiasm. Swim team? Yes, please! Book club? You bet! Ballet? Sign me up! Then something would happen that made the activity, well, <i>hard</i>. Her team had to practice …

The 5 Best Things Your Child Can Say to a Bully

It seems like every day, there’s another gut-wrenching headline about kids being picked on, tormented or worse. The fact is, a child is bullied on …

Bullying

22 Skills Every Kid Should Have By the Time They’re 10

<i>The following was produced in partnership with our friends at</i> <i>New York Life</i><i>, who are committed to helping families be happy, successful, and good at</i> …

10 Things Your Child Should Know by Their 10th Birthday

Hitting the first double-digit age of 10 is always a big deal for kids — they tend to start feeling more mature and crave independence by this age. To ensure that your child is growing up to be self-sufficient, responsible, and aware of themselves and others, there are a few things you should make …

Amazon Echo Just Became Great for Kids (and Unbearable to Adults)

Anyone with both an Amazon Echo and a child knows the Alexa voice assistant can be at the same time a wonderful and terrible thing. On one hand, the …

You can now play with SpongeBob and Elmo on Amazon’s Alexa

The experience is designed for kids, or kids at heart<p>Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa now supports skills aimed for kids ages 13 and under, as spotted by <i>TechCrunch</i>. This provides developers with a simpler way to create voice apps for children, in a space where some may have been hesitant to do so …

Mayors taking swift action to avoid becoming the next Charlottesville

By Janell Ross<p>, Reporter<p>Mark Berman<p>, Reporter<p>Joel Achenbach<p>, Reporter<p>City officials across the country are nervously trying to figure out how to avoid becoming the next Charlottesville as alt-right leaders and white nationalist groups vow to stage more rallies in coming days.<p>A group claiming it is …

Rights & Freedoms

You May Be Holding Your Daughter Back With This Common Practice. Here's How to Raise a Confident Leader

It may not be the easiest thing to do now, but she'll thank you for it later. So will we.<p>A while ago, I saw a little girl wearing a cheeky shirt that said <i>"Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go places."</i><p>It made me smile. I liked the thought of this little girl being a rebel (or at least being …

Epic! Gives Kids Unlimited Access to a Massive Library of Children's Books

Giving kids the power to choose what they read is a great way to get them reading more. The Epic! app gives kids 12 and under access to over 20,000 …

Kids

Experimental Peruvian drama 'Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes)' blurs the lines of reality

Peru's foreign language Academy Award submission "Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes)" troubles the line between our idea of reality and the realities of networked, online relationships. Junior (Terom), a porn-obsessed gamer, has a lot of conspiracy theories about the Mayan apocalypse and …

The Case For Allowing Your Kids To Be Bored

The past few decades has seen an explosion of interest in the relationship between creativity and boredom. Linking boredom with creativity, poet …

New iOS Children’s Story App “The Snow Fox” Comes Alive As You Read It

<b>WHO:</b> AKQA<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> Animated digital book apps for children are not a new thing, but one that is voice-activated is. Created by agency AKQA, “The …

Apps

Parents, put the phone down — after you read this

OK, kids, a quick moment to gloat: As it turns out, it’s not just you; it’s us parents too. We just can’t stop staring at screens.<p>That’s the result of a new national survey suggesting that parents spend nine hours a day plugged into tech, with only an hour and a half of it dedicated to work and …

Parenting

14 gifts that keep on giving

<i>Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide! We’ll be rolling out a bunch of guides leading up to Christmas, hopefully making your holiday shopping a little easier. Looking for gifts for others on your list? Check out our full 2016 Gift Guide Hub.</i><p>Hit songs of the season ask: why can’t we make …

Want to Raise Successful Kids? Science Says Praise Them Like This (but Most Parents Do the Opposite)

Stop praising kids for their innate or God-given abilities, and instead focus on their effort.<p>What if I were to tell you that you could increase the odds that your kids will achieve great success in life--maybe greater success than you've had--simply by making a small change in how you praise them …

Self-improvement

Top 15 Green Home Improvements and their Costs – DIY Green Living Ideas

Home energy efficiency is both a journey and an objective. The objective is as simple as going Green. You optimize the resources of your home while …

Hangouts adds a ton of Easter eggs and an in-app browser

The last update to Hangouts on Android added arguably the greatest emoticon of them all:<p>¯\_(ツ)_/¯, also known as the shruggie.<p>That was literally the only real update in Hangouts v12. But as spotted by Android Police, Hangouts v13 adds a whole slew of new emoticon Easter eggs.<p>Here’s the full list of …

A psychologist says parents should do these 12 things to raise a more confident child

Confidence is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child.<p>Carl Pickhardt, a psychologist and author of 15 parenting books, says a kid who lacks confidence will be reluctant to try new or challenging things because they're scared of failing or disappointing others.<p>This can end up holding …

Self-improvement

The art of saying no: How to raise kids to be polite, not pushovers

By Jackie Ashton<p>The roar of a crowd-filled basketball arena blares from the den as my 7-year-old son and a friend crouch over my iPad. They’ve cajoled me into a half-hour of screen time playing NBA 2K, a popular video game. Soon, a frustrated rumble erupts from the sofa. “It’s my turn!”<p>A simple …

Parenting

Apple Offers $5 Photo-to-Painting App 'Brushstroke' for Free Through the Apple Store App

While yesterday's update to the Apple Store iOS app introduced some significant alterations to the interface, one thing Apple didn't change is its tradition of occasionally offering select paid apps for free through the Store for a limited time.<p>Right now, users who scroll down the Discover tab can …

A UPenn psychologist uses the 'Hard Thing Rule' to teach her kids to take control of their success

It's doubly so if that successful person is a top psychologist who specifically studies how to help kids thrive.<p>That psychologist is Angela Duckworth, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania whose new book, "Grit," offers research and anecdotal evidence on how passion and perseverance lead to …

Self-improvement

Not Sure Why Your Newborn Is Crying? There's an App for That (Or a Few).

Imagine this. You’re a nervous new parent. It’s 2 a.m., you’re dead-tired and your newborn is screaming at the top of her tiny lungs. Sound the parental panic alarm. Step One: Figure out what’s making her cry? Step Two: Fix it and fast.<p>Or go the lazy route and leave it to an algorithm. Ignore your …

Parenting

Kiddie tablets 'grow up' as competition grows

NEW YORK (AP) — Kiddie tablets have grown up.<p>Tablets designed just for kids are getting more sophisticated as they face increased competition from …

Kids