Our Top 16 Picks for a Fun (Yet Simple!) Easter BasketLive
Because, really, what is the Easter basket without a chocolate bunny?
Mar 12, 2024
The Best Thing We Added to Our Home This YearLive
It has solved so many problems.
Dec 6, 2023
12 Jewish Children’s Books to Inspire FriendshipLive
Each of these books fills me with hope for humanity.
Oct 26, 2023
10 Endlessly Fun Games to Play in the DarkPlay
You don't need much more than a flashlight to get the good times going.
May 12, 2021
How to Set Up the Perfect Backyard Movie NightPlay
There’s something SO FUN about watching a movie on the big screen in your own yard.
Sep 9, 2023
12 Road Trip Ideas for Kids to Keep Them Entertained the Whole DrivePlay
Who knew shower caddies were so versatile?
Jul 28, 2023
13 Wildly Fun Hotel Pools Kids Won’t Want to LeavePlay
Gotta love a dive-in movie night!
Jul 18, 2023
The Apartment Therapy #Kidwall Slack Channel Is Full of Insider Parent RecommendationsLive
And now we're sharing them with you!
Jun 21, 2023
20 Hilarious Tweets Every Parent Can Relate ToLive
Because we can always use a good laugh.
Jun 21, 2023
The 8 Best Family Sofas, According to the ExpertsLive
With our Cubby sofa buying guide in hand, you should have the confidence to buy a couch you’ll love for years to come.
May 26, 2023
How to Get Kids of All Ages Active on Service DayPlay
Including volunteering and service ideas you can do with your kids - even the littlest kids!
Jan 11, 2023
The #1 Thing You Should Never Buy, According to a PlumberLive
Take it from a sewer professional.
Jul 29, 2022
Ask Maxwell: What’s The Importance of Boredom?Live
This summer my son keeps complaining that he’s bored and it’s driving us crazy. We’re trying to keep him off his video games. Isn’t it good to be bored as a kid? Paul & GraceDear Paul and Grace, Yep, boredom is really good for kids, but it’s because it usually precedes them breaking through into the next phase, which is deep interest and/or presence with something that they’re doing.
Jul 11, 2022
The 7 Best Kids’ Guitars, According to a MusicianPlay
From toys to the perfect beginner guitars.
Jul 6, 2022
My Family Has Been Going to the Beach for 10 Years — Here Are the Products We Swear ByPlay
Must-haves for stress-free beach day fun.
Jul 6, 2022
50 Activities You Can Do with Your Kids This Summer —And They’re All Free!Play
Great ideas for long summer days.
Jun 20, 2022
Childhood Memory: Dad & The AccidentLive
NOTE: These short memory stories, dropped in as they are to my Ask Maxwell column, do serve a purpose. While definitely different, my aim is to provide context for what we were thinking when we were children, which will help us to understand our own children. I find that in going back into my own childhood and sharing stories of my own struggles and what I was thinking at the time has been very helpful in connecting with my own daughter as she has grown.
May 23, 2022
The Secrets of Scandinavian Family HomesLive
How to get that chic, cozy, yet clutter-controlled comfort in your own home.
May 18, 2022
Why I Chose to Have an Only Child, and the Joy It’s Brought MePlay
"I hadn’t realized the space that decision was taking up in my mind until it was gone."
May 3, 2022
6 Parents Share Their Most Embarrassing Parenting Moments EverPlay
If you've never had breast milk leak on your work blouse or sent your kid to school in pajamas on NOT-pajama day, are you even parenting?
Apr 25, 2022
Ask Maxwell: Speaking To Your Teenager About Their Feelings?Live
My son and I used to talk all the time, but now that he’s a teenager he just clams up. What’s a healthy way to keep channels open with him and stay in touch with what he’s going through? ElaineDear Elaine,This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot and this past week I had a small breakthrough (aided by my therapist, who is love). Staying in touch with your children as they go through the teenage years is INCREDIBLY HARD, but IMPORTANT.
Apr 25, 2022
Childhood Memory: Daisy BB GunLive
NOTE: These short memory stories, dropped in as they are to my Ask Maxwell column, do serve a purpose. While definitely different, my aim is to provide context for what we were thinking when we were children, which will help us to understand our own children. I find that in going back into my own childhood and sharing stories of my own struggles and what I was thinking at the time has been very helpful in connecting with my own daughter as she has grown.
Apr 18, 2022
6 Ways to Making Reading with Kids Even More FunPlay
Reading activities, book celebrations, and more genius ideas to make reading aloud exciting again.
Apr 16, 2022
10 Wooden Swing Sets That’ll Turn Your Backyard Into The Ultimate Play ZonePlay
Because who doesn’t love a good swing set?
Mar 29, 2022
Ask Maxwell: Could You Ask if Other Parents Out There Could Share Some of Their Tips Here Too?Live
Hey, Maxwell, I’d love to hear from some other parents about small victories they’ve had and helpful tips at home they’ve figured out. Would you ever do that? HannaDear Hanna,I THINK THAT’S A GREAT IDEA, and, as someone who gets to go on and on and on sometimes, I’d love to throw open the door and see what some of you might have to share that could help us all out.
Mar 28, 2022
How This South Asian Mother, Picture Book Author, and Activist Incorporates Her Culture in Her HomePlay
From the importance to cultural legacies to the celebrations that make life so vibrant, Raakhee Mirchandani shares her experience as a mother.
Mar 14, 2022
The Ingenious Solution to Staying in Touch with Relatives Right NowPlay
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. The pandemic has been challenging for everyone, and without a doubt the most difficult part has been the separation from friends and family.FaceTime and Zoom have served their purpose, but aren’t a replacement for shared meals, group game nights, and giant bear hugs.
Mar 9, 2022
Bringing Religion Home: 5 Families Share Their Stories of Faith in the PandemicLive
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. When I was growing up, my mother had a saying: The Devil works overtime on Sunday mornings. She meant that every minute I spent arguing with her about clothes, every harsh word spoken as she herded our family out of the house to get to church on time, was a kind of warfare: Satan trying to keep us from worship.
Mar 9, 2022
Childhood Memory: Jud & The FishLive
NOTE: These short memory stories, dropped in as they are to my Ask Maxwell column, do serve a purpose. While definitely different, my aim is to provide context for what we were thinking when we were children, which will help us to understand our own children. I find that in going back into my own childhood and sharing stories of my own struggles and what I was thinking at the time has been very helpful in connecting with my own daughter as she has grown.
Mar 7, 2022
How to Have a COVID-Safe Spring Break with KidsPlay
There’s no need to sacrifice fun, even while staying cautious. Here, ideas to get the whole family adventuring or relaxing in fresh new ways.
Feb 26, 2022
Home and Heritage Traditions Lessons I Want to Teach My Children as a Black MotherPlay
Home is not just a building; it's a collection of traditions passed down through generations of builders, homemakers, and artists.
Feb 22, 2022
The 8 Best Recipes to Make for New ParentsEat
It's about comfort, convenience, and care. Here, eight recipes to give new parents all those things.
Feb 14, 2022
Childhood Memory: All Summer Long – 1975Live
NOTE: These short memory stories, dropped in as they are to my Ask Maxwell column, do serve a purpose. While definitely different, my aim is to provide context for what we were thinking when we were children, which will help us to understand our own children. I find that in going back into my own childhood and sharing stories of my own struggles and what I was thinking at the time has been very helpful in connecting with my own daughter as she has grown.
Jan 31, 2022
Ask Maxwell: Great Ideas for New Parent GiftsLive
What are your thoughts on the best things to bring new parents? I struggle with helpful gifts they’ll actually want!AmandaDear Amanda,I have a very strong opinion on this one, so forgive me if it’s not within the majority’s view. Outside of close family, who often help out a new parents with purchasing the basic things you need to transform your home into a nursery, etc., I feel that the last thing they need is more toys, doo-dads, cute clothes, and clutter for their home.
Jan 24, 2022
10 Game-changing Ways to Lessen Anxiety for KidsPlay
From separation anxiety to fear of the dark, worries are common in kids. This is how some families helped their little ones feel in control.
Jan 21, 2022
Ask Maxwell: How Do I Entertain the Kids, Find Fun Things to do and Just Reinvigorate as a Parent?Live
I live with my husband and three young children in the northwest corner of the state of Arkansas. The kids fill our days with parenting responsibilities: school, extracurricular activities, meals, and bedtime. On the weekends, I look for parks, libraries, and other places of interest. But I’ve run out of ideas and am just bored with where I live. Add in the pandemic and my mid-40s slump and I’m mind-numbingly bored. Plus our weather changes day to day!
Jan 17, 2022
Ask Maxwell: Should I Pick Up After My Children or Make Them Do It?Live
My father always hounded me to pick up after myself and I developed a real resistance to it. Now, with my own children, I don’t want to spoil them, but I don’t want to hound them all the time either! Anthony, father of threeDear Anthony,First of all, I wanted to add in what you sent to me — that you are a father of three — because I think it lends color to how much picking up you might be dealing with.
Jan 10, 2022
16 Easy Little Morning Habits to Get Parents Ready for the DayLive
From sneaking in a workout to a time-saving sock system, here’s how parents start their days right.
Jan 9, 2022
5 Little Things I Learned Living Abroad — and How I’ll Continue to Use These Lessons Back HomePlay
From the strictly practical to the aspirational: Here are my takeaways!
Jan 4, 2022
My Grandma’s Movie Night Tradition Involves Two Out-of-the-Box Treats That I Make for My Family TodayEat
And both treats are ridiculously easy and involve only a tiny handful of ingredients.
Jan 1, 2022
Childhood Memory: My Father’s House — 1966Live
NOTE: These short memory stories, dropped in as they are to my Ask Maxwell column, do serve a purpose. While definitely different, my aim is to provide context for what we were thinking when we were children, which will help us to understand our own children. I find that in going back into my own childhood and sharing stories of my own struggles and what I was thinking at the time has been very helpful in connecting with my own daughter as she has grown.
Dec 6, 2021
Family Meetings Were a Total Gamechanger for UsPlay
It's an opportunity for us all to get organized and resolve conflict — plus, have a little fun too!
Oct 13, 2021
This Family’s Renovated 1960s Home is Full of Surprises — Including a Secret Bookcase DoorLive
See how this UK family brings magic to daily life through their stunning home.
Oct 4, 2021
9 Budget-Friendly and Instagram-Worthy Family Halloween CostumesPlay
You don't have to spend a lot of money OR time to get a show-stopping, IG-worthy group costume.
Oct 1, 2021
11 Brilliant Little Fixes for Common Parenting ProblemsLive
We sourced our pool of experienced parents for the buys that saved them over the years.
Sep 22, 2021
Ask Maxwell: What Are Three Things You’re Proud Of?Live
My daughter just started school in person for the first time in over a year and I’m feeling like time is flying. I miss her already. What are three things you’re glad you did with yours to make the time count? DelanoDear Delano, My daughter just started school again (didn’t they all?!?!), but she just started high school and now isn’t coming home til after seven at night. On weekends she wants to get out and hang with her friends. She doesn’t need me anymore!
Sep 21, 2021
Ask Maxwell: How To Comfort your Child When Others Are Mean?Live
I saw another kid telling my child that she didn’t want to play with her anymore, and it was really hard to hear. My daughter was devastated. How would you approach this topic with a child?Jo AnnaDear Jo Anna,This is a tough one and I’m just going to fall back on what I learned as a teacher and not try to be a smart parent on this one. I’m rarely a smart parent, but I was a pretty good teacher.
Sep 8, 2021
This Creative Family Crafted a Supportive, Modern Home with Cozy DetailsLive
Co-Founder of Wolf + Friends Carissa Tozzi shares this home with husband Dino, their six-year-old son Wolf, and their rescue pup, Pepito.
Aug 29, 2021
This Small-Space Organizing Hack Gets My Kids Out the Door FastLive
My philosophy: get your system together, and let it work for you. Here's how we did it.
Aug 22, 2021
6 Expert Tips to Calm Back-to-School Anxiety for FamiliesLive
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Join us over on Instagram for more! I was caught off guard the first time I was struck with re-emergence anxiety. My oldest and I were about to step into Target for a quick milk-and-eggs pick up when I realized I had forgotten to grab his mask from home. My usually-stocked emergency mask stash was nowhere to be found either.
Aug 11, 2021
12 Functional & Organized Family Entryways, and the Tips That Make It WorkLive
How busy households set up their entryways!
Jul 28, 2021
This Family’s Beach Bungalow Is a Real-Life Rainbow Dream with Tons of DIY SolutionsLive
Name: Ashley Wilson; Preston; 6-year-old son, Don; and two dogs, Derek and LucyLocation: Hollywood, FloridaSize: 890-square-feetWe’re in the midst of a beautiful, blazing summer, and no home screams summer more joyfully than Ashley Wilson’s two-bedroom Pink Palm Hideaway on the Florida coast.
Jul 21, 2021
Here’s How to Eat Well on Vacation Without Breaking the BankEat
Hitting the road with kids in tow? You are in for an adventure! After 20 years of motherhood, I know that vacationing with children is not without its challenges, but I’m equally convinced that it’s worth the effort. We’ve found that getting outside our comfort zone provides us with huge bonding moments.
Jul 9, 2021
The Biggest Lessons These 5 Families Learned When They Moved AbroadLive
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Join us over on Instagram for more! Living outside the United States changed me and my family life in both mundane and profound ways. Like many Americans abroad, we adopted local and regional foods, festivals, and language in our new home of Singapore.
Jul 7, 2021
The 10 Best Cooperative Video Games for FamiliesPlay
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. When I was a kid, family game night usually ended with someone toppling the board, hurling tokens and fake money, and stomping to their room in anger and frustration at losing AGAIN to a craftier player. (When I say “someone” I mean 4-year-old me.
Jul 4, 2021
The Single Best Thing You Can Do Before Going on VacationLive
Going on vacation is supposed to be relaxing and fun. But there is always so much to worry about before you leave — and even while you’re away! You need to check your luggage to make sure you packed everything you meant to. Then when you’re actually on vacation, you are worrying about your house and your pets, hoping that they are being good for the sitter. And how many times have you stressed about turning the stove off before you left the house? Did you turn it off?
Jun 30, 2021
8 Fun Afternoon DIY Projects Fit for Grownups, Kids, and Everyone in BetweenPlay
Whether you’re at home by yourself or hunkered down with friends or family, you might be looking for new ways to spend your newfound free time indoors. Good news! We’ve rounded up our favorite low-lift DIYs that are perfect for beginner to intermediate skill sets and feature materials you already have on hand or can buy online. Our favorite picks for whiling away an afternoon below.
Jun 29, 2021
This Tiny, Colorful Playroom Has a Huge Statement WallLive
Family: The Halls, with two kids, aged 2 and 4Location: Flatiron District, New York CityPlayroom size: 106 square feetThis piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. As a mom of two young girls who are also wildly creative, designer Dana Waldron of Murphy Waldron Interiors especially enjoys working on kids’ spaces.
Jun 28, 2021
A “Drop Zone” Can Help Your Family Stay More Organized at Home, According to ExpertsLive
Keeping noopener target="_blank">working from homeThe pair dished on how to keep home classrooms and offices well-organized, even if those two spaces are now one and the same. Sharing work space with family at the kitchen table or in the living room means you don’t know where your stuff begins and your children’s stuff ends.
Jun 27, 2021
Before and After: This Couple Fit a Nursery—With an IKEA Hack Changing Table—Into a Corner of Their Bedroom for Only $500Live
You often have to get creative with the way you lay out and allocate your square footage in a smaller home. Every nook and cranny counts, and for Ella Hall, founder of Stitchroom, the cluttered problem corner in her bedroom actually became the solution to her home’s lack of space for a dedicated nursery. “When I found out I was pregnant, I knew I needed a spot for the baby, and we have limited space in our Brooklyn apartment,” says Hall.
Jun 26, 2021
My Easy and Fun Plan for a Very Memorable At-Home CampoutPlay
This piece was created for Cubby, our weekly newsletter for families at home. Want more? Sign up here for a weekly splash of fun and good ideas for families with kids. Join us over on Instagram for more! Let’s face it: After spending much of last summer cooped up inside of our homes, we’re all itching for some serious adventure in the coming months. That said, if 2021 is anything like last year, the highways could be jammed up with all kinds of road-trippers.
Jun 23, 2021