Study: Time Spent with Your Kid Means Less Than Quality of The Hang

Apparently American parents spend more time with their kids than any other parents in any other country. I for sure thought Swedish parents - with their endless maternity and paternity leave - would win the parental hang time race but the Washington Post attests to American exceptionalism. Rah rah. So how come… » 3/29/15 5:30pm Yesterday 5:30pm

Lego Helps Little Girls Dream Big—About Face Shapes and Great Haircuts

So much for the punk rock Lego movie message of not following the instructions: In a recent edition of the Lego Club mag, the company ran a spread featuring beauty tips for five year olds, establishing for girls who've not yet learned to read that the only good face shape is oval. Et tu, Brute? » 3/20/15 3:20pm 3/20/15 3:20pm

Everything You Need to Consider Before Having Another Child

In many ways, deciding whether to have another child is even harder than deciding on having the first one. It's a lot more complex than asking "Do we want more children and do we have enough money? Okay, go!" Adding another child is almost like creating a whole new family again. Here are some things you should… » 3/20/15 8:00am 3/20/15 8:00am

No Shit: Disneyland Measles Outbreak Linked to Anti-Vaxxers

Disneyland has spent the last few months battling a measles outbreak, which scientists have now linked to—wait for it—low vaccination rates. Huh. It's almost as if diseases that we essentially eradicated will return if children aren't goddamn vaccinated. » 3/16/15 2:50pm 3/16/15 2:50pm

Fact: Parents Are Begging to Be Lied to Every Single Day

The very prospect of parenting a child can seem completely odds with honesty. By wanting so nakedly to raise a decent non-liar person who makes you look good, you are essentially pleading to be told intricately embroidered nonfictions of your own shaping. That's right. When your kid lies to you, rest assured you… » 3/01/15 12:45pm 3/01/15 12:45pm

How You Raise a Pet May Predict How You Will Parent

Pet lovers may finally have a paw up in the argument that their pets really are child substitutes—at least when it comes to how they feed them. New research suggests there may be a connection between child-feeding and pet-feeding style, when it comes to determining obesity in both. » 2/22/15 4:15pm 2/22/15 4:15pm

A Short, Freakish History of Mothers Harming Their Children For Money

At the end of the sixteenth century, there was an infant in France with an excess of skin on its head. The parents of the child were poor and carried their infant from town to town, putting him on display for profit. When they reached Paris, a magistrate questioned them, suspecting the pair of fraud. The parents… » 2/17/15 2:10pm 2/17/15 2:10pm

How to Get Your Fetus Ready for College

It's not an exact science, but there are little ways you can tell if you're carrying a child who is college-bound. One kick to the uterus every now and then with no discernible rhyme or reason? Eh. Roundhouse kicks to the bladder every hour on the hour? You've got yourself an overachiever. » 2/09/15 2:00pm 2/09/15 2:00pm

Parents Leave Kids in Freezing Car to Drink Wine for An Hour

Last weekend, Christopher Lucas and Jennie Chang attended a wine tasting in Washington D.C. Their small children—a 2-and-a-half-year-old and a 22-month-old—were sleeping when the couple arrived at the restaurant, so the parents left the children in near-freezing conditions while they went inside. » 2/06/15 6:10pm 2/06/15 6:10pm

Should You Ditch Fairytales and Teach Your Daughter Science Instead?

Here's a thought: Instead of filling your daughter's head with nonsensical fairytales, how about filling it with real-world facts—science!—and see if you can't foster a love for a subject that's still and notoriously more encouraged in boys. This is the subject of an essay by Wendy Thomas Russell at PBS NewsHour, and… » 2/06/15 4:50pm 2/06/15 4:50pm

Godless Parents Are Doing a Better Job

Hate to break it to you, Bible thumpers: Parents who raise their kids without religion are doing just fine, studies say, possibly even better. Overall, not believing in God seems to make people and their offspring more tolerant. Less racist. Less sexist. Enviro-friendly. And their kids care less about what's cool,… » 2/03/15 3:30pm 2/03/15 3:30pm

How to Talk About Race with Your Kids

It'd be wonderful if you could just say to children, "People might look different and come from different places, but we're all equal and should be treated the same" and leave it at that. But if recent news has taught us anything, it's that reality is not so simple, and we need to face the topics of race and racism… » 1/23/15 8:00am 1/23/15 8:00am

How to Get Rid of 'Mommy Guilt' (or Daddy Guilt) Once and For All

The moment your new baby comes into your arms, a whole new set of emotions rushes in—pride, joy, wonderment, fear, and, yes, guilt. Because everything you do or don't do as a guardian of this child is all your fault forevermore. » 1/15/15 10:00am 1/15/15 10:00am

Netflix Is Using a Fake New Year's Eve Countdown to Trick Kids

Children have a tendency to fall asleep on New Year's Eve way before midnight. Most will make an attempt to ring in 2015, but they can't hang because—as we all know—they lack the necessary dedication. Netflix has a solution: parents can now savor the last moments of 2014 in drunken peace. » 12/31/14 12:10pm 12/31/14 12:10pm

Father of the Year Gives His Daughter a (Literally) Frozen Doll

When this little girl asked for a Frozen doll for Christmas, she probably did not expect the possibility of getting a doll frozen in a block of ice. CLASSIC MISTAKE. She only has herself to blame. I mean, can anyone really blame her ingenious jokester father who pulled the most epic Frozen-related fast one? I only… » 12/28/14 12:30pm 12/28/14 12:30pm

How to Cancel Christmas When Your Kids Are Too Entitled

Let's say you have a couple kids who have been acting way too ungrateful, seriously entitled, and majorly disrespectful this year. You want to teach them more gratitude but you don't know how to do it. Guess what? Christmas is just around the corner. Try canceling it. It's easy! » 12/24/14 2:50pm 12/24/14 2:50pm

Three-Year-Old Takes 677 Selfies in a Row Because This Is Life Now

Imagine you're a parent with a charming 3-year-old. From time to time, you allow said child to hold your phone and play with it because it's either that or listen to a screaming 3-year-old cry because they want to play with your phone. Imagine now that after you give your phone to your lovely child you discover she… » 12/16/14 10:55pm 12/16/14 10:55pm

Parents Get Awkwardly Busted Having Sex By Their Child

One of the biggest things I sympathize with parents for is having to find ways to have sex while hiding it from the kids. It's always awkward when they bust you. But for one Redditor, it was more awkward and embarrassing than he could have imagined. » 11/30/14 10:30pm 11/30/14 10:30pm

Why I Will Never Tell My Daughter to Give You a Hug

I feel grumpy. It's probably too late for me to be up. There's a house full of people, some kind of party. I go to my parents' room to lie on the bed, and my Grandpa Pat comes after me. He wants a hug and a kiss. I don't feel like it. I like him, but I'm always a little shy: he's got that big barrel chest and smells… » 10/23/14 4:00pm 10/23/14 4:00pm