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The Anti-Helicopter Parent’s Plea: Let Kids Play!

It was a Friday afternoon at Mike Lanza’s house in Menlo Park, Calif., and the boys were going crazy. There were boys playing ball in the street, while in the backyard, boys were skittering along the top of the fence while others were wrestling on the trampoline. The house itself is nothing special …

Parenting

The Milky Way Reflected Onto the Largest Salt Flat in the World | Colossal

<p>Determined to find a destination where he could photograph a completely dark sky, Russian photographer Daniel Kordan traveled to the Altiplano …

Faroe Islands

What's The Parenting Style Of Thinking Parents?

Today's mothers and fathers want to learn about parenting from the start not only because they want to be good at raising newborns, but because it makes parenting pleasureable and satisfying.<p>• Moms are delighted to learn that their babies in utero are already recognizing their voices, so that after …

Parenting

This Chinese Bookshop With Amazing Design Is a Fairytale for Bookworms

The new bookstore, Zhongshuge Yangzhou, appeals to design and book lovers alike.<p>Once upon a time, we might have considered a bookstore incredible if it included, say, tasty café food and giant beanbags for kids. Now, an incredible bookstore is defined by reflective "tunnels" of books and truly …

Want Your Kids to Be Successful and Happy? Research Recommends This Parenting Style

A new study asks adults about how they were parented to uncover the best way to raise successful kids.<p>When it comes to folk wisdom on how to raise happy and successful kids, we all do the same thing. We look at the families around us and try to identify what's working, and what's not. Then we …

Parenting

Is Pre-K All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Prekindergarten is extremely popular. President Obama made expanding pre-K a major policy goal. In the past few years, several states have launched …

Education

Why Hollywood Doesn’t Tell More Stories for—and About—Girls

It has partly to do with a dearth of women behind the scenes, changing audience tastes, and an evolving industry.<p>My two best friends and I were three lonely children growing up in the ’90s without siblings for playmates. We eventually found each other, but we also found comfort and adventure in a …

Women of Color

What Architects Make When They Play With Lego

Architects from BIG, HWKN, SHoP, and more put their Lego skills to the test. Here’s what they built.<p>Many kids who grow up to be architects get their start with Lego, but how do architects play with Lego when they’re not kids any more? To find out, the Lego Store in New York’s Flatiron District, in …

Lego

The 10 Coolest Adventure Rigs

Photo: Jakob Schiller<p>Every May, travel enthusiasts from around the world gather near Flagstaff, Arizona, to show off old adventure rides or shop for parts to trick out new ones at Overland Expo West. From $500,000 bus-size rigs to rare foreign imports to one-off custom rides, the show has it all. …

RVs

Check out the Transit Elevated Bus – that glides over traffic and could solve China's travel woes

An amazingly futuristic solution to China’s mega traffic jams and pollution has been unveiled at the technology expo in Beijing.<p>The TEB looks like an urban catamaran that sails above the traffic jams, racing along at an even 60 km per hour, and passing over vehicles less than two metres high.<p>The …

Transportation

Inside the Workshop Where Lego Geniuses Build Masterpieces

If you're a fan of Lego bricks, you'll love the Legoland Model Shop. The workspace is the base of operations for Legoland California, and the …

Traveling the World—and Raising Two Kids—in a 2003 Land Rover Defender

Land Rover

Would You Put Your Kid in a Car With a Stranger? This Startup Hopes So.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>“How do I know my kids will be safe?” As a worrywart helicopter parent of three, this was my first question to Joanna McFarland.<p>The busy mom of two is the co-founder and CEO of HopSkipDrive, an Uber-like service that dispatches drivers -- …

Orange County

This Plane’s Seating Chart Tells The Story Of American Income Inequality

What better way to contemplate bad wealth distribution than thinking about being jammed into an economy class plane seat.<p>Welcome to <i>Air Gini</i>. On this flight, the seats are laid out to match income distribution in the U.S. Suffice it to say, you’re not sitting anywhere near first class.<p>The space on a …

Income Inequality
Anachronistic

How To Get Your Kids Ready For A Future Filled With Robots

A new kit of kid-friendly robots prepares them—and their parents—for a future where they’re the first “robotic natives.”<p>If the average two-year-old in 2016 is surrounded by smartphones and iPads, the toddlers of the future may grow up in a world where robots are equally ubiquitous. In a new project …

At This New NYC Playground, Kids Will Be Free To Do Almost Anything They Want

Adventure playgrounds are an antidote to over-parenting. Maybe that’s why they’re uncommon in the U.S.<p>When a new playground opens on Governor’s Island in New York City this spring, it won’t have swings, or a slide, or watchful parents. Instead, it will look a little like an empty lot full of trash, …

Kids

'I just wanna be a good dad': is this the best we can do on fatherhood?

As the birth of my son draws closer, I feel the need to come to grips with my masculinity and how that affects what kind of father I want to be<p>From Pope Francis to leading feminist figures to that modern muse, Macklemore, a range of diverse voices are telling us fatherhood is an issue society needs …

Fatherhood

WildAid Launches Children’s Book To Mark World Book Day And World Wildlife Day

Conservationists rework the ancient story behind the Chinese zodiac in its continuing fight to save the elephant.<p>Last month WildAid, the conservation charity, launched its campaign, “The Year of the Elephant” to coincide with Chinese New Year. It urged people to swap 2016 from being its assigned …

Chinese New Year

Herschel Is Making Bags Out Of A Nearly Indestructible Textile From World War II

The rip stops here.<p>Aside from looking sharp, a great city backpack can stand up to hard knocks. While it’s easy to find heavy-duty outdoor gear that fulfills the latter requirement, you’re riding the subway, not scaling a mountain–no need to buy a pack optimized for alpine excursions. Herschel …

World War II

#GrittySeuss will ruin your childhood love of Dr. Seuss

Aaaaannnndd now our childhood is ruined.<p>In honor of Dr. Seuss's 112 birthday, <i>@midnight</i> hosted a children's-book-inspired hashtag war: …

Eggs

Uh Oh, Mom And Dad, Disney Is Raising Ticket Prices For Its Most Popular Days

Uber’s success is due to innovations that have been, let’s say, met with dismay in some quarters. There is the way it so masterfully harnessed the on-demand worker model, which spawned dozens of copy-cat offerings in other industries — and invigorated debate at state and federal levels about worker …

Economics

6 of the best dad blogs on the Internet

Almost everyone has heard of the mommy blog — online communities where WAHMs (work-at-home moms) and doting mothers swap stories about their kids, …

Parenting

Every Super Bowl Game Since 1967, Reduced To A Minimalist Sculpture

This is for all the artsy jocks out there.<p>The age of big data gives us myriad tools for investigating the most minute details of games. But amid all the instant replays and sophisticated analytics, there’s sometimes <i>too much</i> information. Two data artists have taken what they think is the most …

NFL

4 Things You Say About Your Job That Can Hurt Your Kids’ Future Careers

Whether you love or hate your job, what you say about it can change how your children view their future careers.<p>Kids are naturally interested in what their parents do all day. Conversations about work can be a great opportunity to grow closer and share your values.<p>Unfortunately, these conversations …

Kids

Oh My God, This Giant Cake Maze Is Perfect

In downtown L.A., artists Scott Hove and Keith Magruder have meticulously festooned a cavernous 9,000-square-foot gallery with frosting and floor-to-ceiling cakes—yes, <i>CAKE</i> in all its carb-loaded glory.<p>Dubbed Break Bread L.A., the installation is part sculpture and part temporary event space for …

Marie Antoinette

Why We Are Learning New Languages

Data from language learning app Babbel shows exactly who is learning to speak other languages, why they’re doing it, and how much difficulty they’re having.<p>Who learns foreign languages and why? When do they study? Do men and women learn then differently? Babbel, the language-learning app company, …