10 Things Parents Say Instead of Swear Words

We asked moms and dads what they say instead of swear words when they get the urge to curse in front of their kiddos. Here are our top 10 favorite responses, which we might just start using ourselves!  1. “Dog-faced head of a stupid horse! My mom used to say it when she was really frustrated;Read More

11 First-Aid Tips for Common Kid Injuries

LightField Studios/Shutterstock When you’re a parent, you’re also a cook, a chauffeur, a counselor, a tutor, a handyman, a coach, and more. But perhaps the scariest role you’ll have to fill at some point is that of an EMT. You know how it goes: You turn your back for just a few seconds and then suddenlyRead More

4 Fun Backyard Water Games

Fill large balloons with water, knot them, then use a short length of string to tie them to tree branches or a clothesline, suggests Michelle Bachman of Little Miss Party, a party-planning firm in New York City. (Note: Cheapie balloons work best for this; they’re easier to pop.) Then grab a Wiffle Ball bat andRead More

9 Strategies for Summer Reading

Grace Huang I first learned about the term “summer slide” from my daughter’s fifth-grade teacher. He tested the class’s reading skills at the start of the year and compared them with what they had been at the end of fourth grade. Most of the kids had slipped — even my daughter, who read a coupleRead More

11 Podcasts Your Kids Should Be Listening To

gradyreese/Getty Images Podcasts are all the rage these days (Serial and S-Town, anyone?) and cover every topic imaginable—pregnancy, cooking, fitness, pop culture… You name it, there’s a podcast for it. But why should adults get to have all the fun? Lucky for kids, there has been a rise in the number of high-quality podcasts forRead More

How to Get Kids Started with Coding

jamesteohart/Shutterstock Learning the language that computers speak can seem like a steep technical challenge for an adult, let alone an elementary-school kid. But learning to code is the kind of parent-approved “gaming” kids need more of: It builds problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, and it’s creative too. “Computers are changing every field. Having a basic understanding of how thisRead More

26 Summer Food Safety Tips

Stephanie Rausser Stomach-churning, but true: Food-borne illnesses are most common in summer, when high temperatures speed bacteria growth and outdoor cooking (without refrigeration or indoor plumbing) reigns supreme. Here’s your recipe for beating the odds. At a Barbeque Keep raw meat and veggies separate. To help avoid cross-contamination, give each type of food its own cuttingRead More

Why You Should Slow Down This Summer

Sheikoevgeniya/Shutterstock Our lives are hurried and harried. We have our adult commitments and schedules, and our kids often have their own commitments and schedules, too. It can be hard not to overload our kids and ourselves with the deadlines and dance card of each day because events must start on time. But kids’ brains aren’tRead More