Nicole's Picks for Parents

By Nicole G | Inspiring, Thought-Provoking and Shareable Online Finds for Parents.

The Most-Repinned DIY Christmas Gifts Your Loved Ones will Adore

<b>Whip up these fabulously popular DIY Christmas gifts & give your loved ones something unique, thoughtful and affordable this festive season…</b><p><i>By Jade</i> …

7 things to do if you don’t like your children’s friends

Be honest with yourself about why you dislike them, try to befriend them. And never let your child know you feel that way<p>Chances are you are going to loathe at least one of your kid’s friends, sometimes for no good reason, but this is one situation where you have to tread very carefully.<p><b>1. Never</b> …

Parenting

Donald Trump receives letters from children asking for 'kind' presidency

<b>Each school day, millions of children across the Unites States pledge allegiance to their flag and their country "One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."</b><p>But in the aftermath of a bitterly contested presidential election, the rifts laid bare by that campaign have …

Republican Party

Switching Detention for Meditation Seems to Really Work

If you think having a handle on your emotions as an adult is hard, try being a child. Therein lies the brilliance of a program happening in …

Meditation

EdTech Hidden Gems of 2015

Over the course of a year, we at Common Sense Education look at a dizzying number of edtech tools. In the constantly changing and ever-expanding …

Learning

Nudges That Help Struggling Students Succeed

When I was in high school, I earned A’s in all my math classes — until I took calculus. In algebra and geometry, I could coast on memorizing formulas, but now I had to think for myself.<p>It was disastrous, culminating in my getting a charity “C,” and I barely passed my college calculus class.<p>The …

Education

These Hilarious Moms Talking About Wearing Spanx Are All Of Us

These funny moms spit truth about the awfulness of shapewear<p>Guess what, ladies? We have new Mom BFFs, and they talk about all the topics close to our …

Kids

Build a Simple Hydroponic Vase | Make

When I was a teenage space nerd, I decided that I needed to understand hydroponics, as that was the way that astronauts in space ships, space stations, and moon colonies were going to grow their own food. I ordered the hydroponic kits and components recommended in <i>The Whole Earth Catalog</i> and began …

This Viral Disney Mash-up Will Inspire You to (Finally) Finish Your Weekend To-Do List

"Close your eyes and jump!"<p>As soon as we heard Dick Van Dyke say those magical <i>Mary Poppins</i> lines in this viral Disney mash-up, followed by the unexpected backbeat of snapping fingers and well, whatever happened next, it was obvious that the last push through our weekend chores just got WAY more fun.<p>…

16 Apps and Websites Kids Are Heading to After Facebook

<i>Hey all you kinda-tech savvy parents, our friends at Common Sense Media shared with us a comprehensive list of social media apps your kids are going on. Check it out to see which apps you want and don't want your tween perusing.</i><p>Gone are the days of Facebook as a one-stop shop for all …

You are the best author in human history

In 2013, a then-9-year-old boy named Joshua wrote to his hero, Alan Moore, the genius responsible for writing such classics as <i>Watchmen</i>, <i>V for …

Authors

Town Steps Up To Help Homeless Teen Who Biked 6 Hours To Register For College

Homeless teen found sleeping in tent on college campus after he biked 6 hours to register<p>Fred Barley is a 19-year-old biology major from Conyers, …

Homelessness

Internet Commenters Are Freaking Out After Victoria Beckham Kissed Her Daughter on the Lips

But her fans are rushing to her defense and posting photos of their own.<p>It seems like if you're a mom in the public eye, you're going to get shamed for anything you do. Kristin Cavallari was slammed online for having thin children, Chrissy Teigen got swarms of hate online for going out to dinner a …

On Kids And Screens, A Middle Way Between Fear And Hype

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.<p>How should we feel about that?<p>Well, if you're a faithful reader of NPR Ed we don't blame you for being a little conflicted. On the one hand, electronic toys for babies fall short in …

Parenting

Don’t Teach Grit. Embed It.

In Paul Tough’s new book, he writes that the people who are best at engendering “noncognitive”—or character—abilities like grit in students hardly …

Education

Pokémon Go: armed robbers use game to lure players into trap

Missouri suspects used app’s geolocation feature to target ‘unwitting victims’, says police after another incident saw game lead player to dead body<p>UK rollout of Pokémon Go delayed<p>Armed robbers used the game Pokémon Go to lure victims to an isolated trap in Missouri, police reported on Sunday.<p>At …

Pokémon

DIY Co. launches JAM to help kids learn what they don’t in school, with a little help from Cartoon Network

DIY Co., the education tech startup led by Vimeo designer and co-founder Zach Klein, has launched a new online learning platform for kids called JAM.com.<p>The company also quietly closed a $4 million round of venture funding led by Learn Capital, joined by Spark Capital, at the end of 2015 to support …

When your baby leaves for college

Kids move out emotionally at least a year before they do physically. And it’s important to remember that it’s mostly a one-sided thing — we’re the ones who are left behind with memories of them in every corner. As far as leaving us is concerned, in their minds, we’re <i>always</i> here — they know where to …

College & University

These 38 Colleges Are Getting Rid of Textbooks to Save Students Money

The future is open access.<p>Education is expensive enough, without students having to fork out hundreds of dollars each semester for the latest …

Education

4 Misconceptions About Drowning And The Facts Every Parent Should Know

Co-authored by Kate Carr, President and CEO, Safe Kids Worldwide, and Elicia Azali, Nationwide<p>Pools, lakes and even tubs (for little ones) can provide plenty of fun and relief from the summer heat. But as families take to the water this holiday weekend and beyond, there is reason for extra caution: …

This Aussie stay-at-home dad is seriously winning at school holiday parenting

Whether you're limping through the last of the school holidays or just getting started, grab a coffee and take some inspiration from father-of-two …

Parenting

Parents Tell Boy His Lost Elephant Is ‘Traveling,’ Internet Backs Them Up

• Share on Facebook<br>• Leave a comment<p>Image via Imgur<p>Little boy’s lost toy elephant gets Photoshopped around the world<p>Most kids have a favorite toy or …

Internet

Bored of movie night? Try these five fun family projects

<i>Vogue</i> rounds up five projects that will keep your family entertained when the monsoon has you cooped up at home:

How Teachers Can Help 'Quiet Kids' Tap Their Superpowers

When Lily Shum was little, she dreaded speaking up in class. It wasn't because she didn't have anything interesting to say, or because she wasn't paying attention or didn't know the answer. She was just quiet.<p>"Every single report card that I ever had says, 'Lily needs to talk more. She is too …

Parenting

Scribble Press - Creative Book Maker for Kids

• <b>By:</b> Fingerprint<p>TELL YOUR STORY with Scribble Press the ALL-NEW, creative bookmaking App for kids!<p>Designed for the classroom and at home, Scribble …

Game off! Why the decline of street hockey is a crisis for Canada's cities

Playing street hockey – unsupervised, improvised and free of adults – once offered Canadian children something almost nothing else does: ownership of space in the city. We should all be worried by its demise, argues Colin Horgan<p>It’s a warm June Sunday in Hamilton, Ontario, and a small strip of …

Sports

WE Schools - WE

WE Schools is a unique, five-step program—delivered by our educational partners in more than 10,000 schools in North America and the UK—that …

Mimpi Dreams is Apple's Free App of the Week [Download]

Apple has selected Mimpi Dreams its free App of the Week.<p><i>Mimpi is a lazy doggy who becomes the 'Superdog' in his dreams. Help him to save his friends</i> …

Puzzles

Garden Warfare 2 Is Fun As Hell And You (And Your Family) Should Play It

It started when my kids and I were looking for something to play together. I flipped through my digital library for a while, and stopped on Plants …

Family