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6 Things I Wish I’d Known About Fatherhood When My Kids Were Still Young

Some advice from a dad who's been there.<p>By<p>Apr 25 2018, 4:03 PM<p>Here’s the shocking thing about being a dad: One day, just when you’ve started to get …

Parenting

How to Raise Grateful Kids in an Era of Thankless People

On a Saturday afternoon, you take your three kids to a movie they’ve wanted to see, then to their favorite hamburger spot for dinner, followed by ice …

Happiness

Worst Mistakes Parents Make When Talking to Kids

Parenting is one of the most challenging, yet meaningful life tasks. Unfortunately, popular wisdom and misconceptions about how to raise responsible …

Parenting

These Are The Toys Your Child Should Be Playing With, According To A Psychologist

While toys are first and foremost a way for kids to have fun, different toys do nurture different aspects of a child's spirit, mind, and behavior, …

Kids

It Is Never Easy: Preparing Your Kids For a Move

As a working mother, it’s extremely likely that one of your goals is upward mobility, in terms of both your job and the fortunes of you and your …

Parenting

The 1 Thing Nobody Tells You About Having a Boy

Almost three years after our daughter was born, we added a son to our family, much to my husband, brother, and father's delight. At first, I didn't really get their enthusiasm about adding to the male ranks of our family (silly, I guess, considering how excited I had been when we found out our …

Parenting

It’s Time to Tell Your Kids It Doesn’t Matter Where They Go To College

When my daughter Jora was in high school, she went to a talk I gave on the adolescent brain, during which I pointed out that high school grades don’t …

College & University

These are the best robot mops according to Amazon reviews

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, …

Radinn's second-gen electric wakeboard is faster and cheaper

Nearly three years after we first saw Radinn's prototype electric wakeboard, the Swedish outfit is back with a redesigned version. The G2X will be on display at the Boot Düsseldorf show this week, showing off its capabilities like a swappable battery so owners don't have to wait for a two-hour …

Wakeboarding

What teens wish their parents knew about social media

When teens were asked, recently, if they believe their parents know “a little” or “nothing” about what they do or say online, or even what social-media apps and sites they use, more than a quarter of them agreed.<p>After visiting schools around the country, it seems to me they’re likely giving their …

Social Media

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

Fluance Fi70 Bluetooth sound system review: A gorgeous conversation piece

I don't like to gush in reviews; it comes off a bit tacky, and this is supposed to be an objective look at a piece of technology, but heed this …

Audiophile

Vobot is bringing a wake-up light with Alexa to CES 2018

Last year at CES, Vobot introduced the world’s first smart clock that with Alexa built-in. Now, the company plans to unveil the Vabot Halo at this years show. It’s an upgraded version of the original Alexa based alarm clock, but now has a host of other features including sunrise simulation and more.<p>…

Surface Phone: Microsoft Might End Up Killing An Industry With Its Latest Mobile Device

The Microsoft Surface Phone might very well be the surprise hit of 2018. Long rumored, yet never confirmed, the Surface Phone has practically become …

Google Pixel

Kids play better when they have fewer toys

<b>A new study shows that there is such thing as too many toys.</b><p>If you're planning to buy a pile of toys for your kid this Christmas, you might want to …

Netgear’s Arlo Pro 2 is an expensive, but capable home camera system

Here’s the thing about home security systems: they are expensive, usually require experts to install them, and for the good ones you’ll need to pay a monthly fee starting at $30 to have a company monitor them. While they won’t provide the same level of security as a professionally installed system …

Smart Homes

4 Tips for Co-Parenting With a Narcissist

Co-parenting is never easy, but co-parenting with a narcissist is a whole different ballgame. Narcissists are self-centered and incapable of putting …

This Ginormous Mattress Could Make Co-Sleeping So Much Easier

Parents everywhere, rejoice! There's finally a bed big enough for you and your L.O.s.<p>Though the scientific community continues to debate the pros and cons of the practice, plenty of families co-sleep. In fact, research from 2013 published in <i>JAMA Pediatrics</i> found that nearly half -- 45 percent -- of …

This bean-shaped cuddle robot is meant to fight insomnia

The latest attempt to use technology to improve our health takes the form of a bean-shaped pillow-like robot.<p>Named Somnox, the Kickstarter gadget was …

Here’s Exactly How Much Sleep Kids Need, According to New Guidelines

Insufficient sleep has been deemed a “public health epidemic,” and the health risks can be significant: a lack of sleep has been linked to poor …

The Case Against the Kids’ Table at Thanksgiving Dinner

If experts suggest that families dining together is a cure for social ills, why would we stop on the day when family dinner is required?<p>By<p>Nov 20 …

Stop stressing out our kids – why children’s mental health is as important as academic achievement

opinion<p>‘My brain won’t let me sleep,’ wept my six-year-old daughter as she cried inconsolably in my arms last night.<p>Since starting Year Two in …

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Rideable robots, humongous 3D printers, and more

<i>At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or</i> …

Crowd Funding

When You Should Give Your Kid a Smart Phone, According to Parents

Shelly Baldwin Gerson’s oldest child Sophie is just turning 7, but as soon as school starts this fall, the Seattle mom is planning to sign a pledge …

A 19-Year Study Reveals Kindergarten Students With These 2 Skills Are Twice as Likely to Obtain a College Degree (And They Have Nothing to Do With Reading) | Inc.com

It's hard to believe that what your child knows at age 5 could influence his future chances of success. But that's exactly what a 2015 study published in the <i>American Journal of Public Health</i> found.<p>But researchers discovered that the skills that predict future success had nothing to do with reading …

College & University

This creepy floating eyeball might be the smart home cam you want

The Moon is a levitating eyeball-shaped security cam that's the smart home device of either your dreams or your nightmares.<p>If you think smart home tech is creepy, the Moon will be a great device to prove your point. It's a floating eyeball-shaped security cam that can rotate to follow your …

Smart Homes

How children grow up to be narcissists

How does someone "get" a narcissistic personality disorder?<p>Narcissistic personality disorders are a byproduct of certain childhood family environments. All children want their parents' approval and attention.<p>Children adapt to their homes, and often the most productive and reasonable adaptation to …

Narcissism

Transparent Solar Cells Like This Could Deliver 40% of America's Power

Here's how they work.<p>Solar energy is off the charts. Not only is uptake skyrocketing, but solar is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of …

Young Children Are Spending Much More Time In Front Of Small Screens

It's not your imagination: Tiny tots are spending dramatically more time with tiny screens.<p>Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, just released new numbers on media use by children 8 and under. The nationally representative parent survey found that 98 percent of homes with children now have …

Televisions