By All Means, Let Your Kid Pick a Nickname if the One You Gave Them Is Not Working

So you’ve had a child. You’ve named her and sent her out into the world. A few years later, she hits a snag you never anticipated: maybe her name rhymes with “dick,” or it means something unfortunate in another language. Either way, she’s catching hell for the moniker you once so lovingly bestowed. Now what? »9/24/15 1:30pm9/24/15 1:30pm

What to Do When Your Kid Lies to You

A typical four-year-old lies about once every two hours, according to some studies. A typical six-year-old lies even more often (hourly)! Fellow parents: What do we do about this deception? How can we build trust with our kids and prevent them from growing up into psychopaths? This is the dilemma I’m learning to deal… »9/18/15 11:25am9/18/15 11:25am

Maybe Don't Put Your Baby in the Hotel Safe?

Parents, I get it. There are plenty of reasons why you’d want to put your baby in a hotel safe. It’s where they tell you to put your valuables and, really, what’s more valuable than your baby? Or, hey, maybe you just want to see if your baby, tiny and cute, is tiny and cute enough to fit inside. Again, I understand… »8/19/15 5:25pm8/19/15 5:25pm

Where Do You Toss Your Baby's Dirty Diapers in Public?

Tossing a dirty diaper seems simple enough: Chucking it anywhere that’s far away from you is clearly the most convenient option. Unfortunately, the most convenient option often conflicts with basic etiquette, which dictates that you consider other factors in the mix, like the environment and who will be around to… »7/29/15 12:00pm7/29/15 12:00pm

Teen Mom 2 Is Back: Why Are We Still Watching This Shit?

The sixth season of MTV’s Teen Mom 2 is upon us, disrupting our Thursday nights with the usual turmoil: custody battles, problematic exes, run-ins with the law, souring relationships, and so forth. At this point, the four young stars of the series, who we first met in 2010 on the network’s flagship show 16 & Pregnant, »7/16/15 1:13pm7/16/15 1:13pm

How to Get Your Kid to Do Anything This Summer Except Look at a Screen

It’s summertime, and if you have a kid, you have to fill their time with something. Your first thought is probably to stick an iPad or Kindle in front of them because you can’t sing along to “Shake It Off” one more time without murdering someone—but the trouble is, the long arm of screen addiction is robbing our… »7/07/15 5:30pm7/07/15 5:30pm

Why Don't Rich People Talk to Their Children About Money?

Nearly everyone agrees that children need to learn the value of a dollar, but how many parents are willing to tell their children the exact dollar figure of their own income? Turns out, not that many—and the more affluent the parent, the less likely they are to disclose their income to their offspring. The reasons for… »6/29/15 2:45pm6/29/15 2:45pm

Don't Listen to Assholes Who Tell You When to Have Kids

For the first time in seven years, the birth rate has risen. The 1 percent increase is attributed to women in their 30s and 40s popping ‘em out a smidge faster. But, before you begin to celebrate the expansion of motherhood’s age range, here are a bunch of statistics from a piece at Quartz that says that those older… »6/23/15 12:15pm6/23/15 12:15pm