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I Rented Baby Gear to Be Delivered During Our Vacation, and Here’s What How It Went
I didn't have to haul a bunch of gear in our car, and that was worth a lot.
Oct 18, 2022
The Best Toys for 9-Year-Olds
20 gifts to fit a range of budgets — each promising to delight and engage any 9-year-old on your gift-giving list!
Oct 12, 2022
The $10 Product Every Parent Should Have in Their Car
A jaw-dropping solution that makes everything you're toting in the car organized and within reach.
Oct 11, 2022
7 Must-Have Kids Books to Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day
A collection of stories about food and fun, as well as of power, resilience, strength and tenacity.
Oct 5, 2022
The One Family Board Game I Can Always Get My Teens to Play
It's fantastic for extended family gatherings, too.
Oct 5, 2022
The Best Toys for 8-Year-Olds
Cool gifts to get them excited and keep them engaged!
Sep 30, 2022
The Best Toys for 6-Year-Olds
From card games to clay animals, here are 21 gifts we think will thrill the six-year-old set.
Sep 21, 2022
I Took My Son Across the Country on the Train, and We’ve Never Been Closer
Would we do it again? Absolutely.
Sep 13, 2022
The Best Toys for 5-Year-Olds
25 gifts that are encourage fun and play! (And also make great gifts.)
Sep 7, 2022
This $15 Product Is the Reason I Don’t Stress About My Kids Doing Messy Art Projects at Our Dining Table
Forget placemats and craft paper - this product is the real problem solver.
Aug 31, 2022
The Block Set All Three of Our Kids Are Obsessed With
It's a beautiful, colorful masterpiece.
Aug 30, 2022
Our Favorite Kids’ Backpacks to Start the School Year Off Right
Including a few super cute finds you may not have seen before!
Aug 25, 2022
The Best Toys for 4-Year-Olds
They all make great gifts, too!
Aug 25, 2022
Our Kids Love This Magnetic Wall Decal — and We Love that It Doesn’t Take up Floor Space
A pop of color and fun, all without opening a paint can!
Aug 24, 2022
Are Kids’ Couches Really Worth It? I Have The Flip, and Here’s My Review
Here's what I think after having it for a year.
Aug 13, 2022
I Bought a Mongoose Expo Youth Scooter for My Kid — Here’s My Review
My kid needed something that could handle bumpy city streets. Was this the answer?
Aug 3, 2022
The Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds
Editor-approved favorites for two-year-old tots.
Jul 27, 2022
6 Tips for Taking Your First Overseas Trip with Young Kids
How to have it be a great experience, for everyone.
Jul 27, 2022
The Best Toys for 1-Year-Olds
The cutest (and most developmentally appropriate!) toys for the littlest tots.
Jul 20, 2022
How to Take a Vacation to Ireland with Your Kids (From Someone Who’s Done It Twice!)
Everything I've learned traveling around Ireland with my family.
Jul 20, 2022
How I Keep My Swimsuits Clean So They Last All Summer
There's a proper technique to clean them.
Jul 16, 2022
The Best LEGO Storage Solution I’ve Found — and I’ve Tried Them All
Parents of kids who chuck LEGOs everywhere, this is for you.
Jul 14, 2022
10 Questions for My Friends Who Just Took Their Kids To Paris
Including the must-have item took everywhere.
Jul 13, 2022
The Audio Player We Take On Every Family Trip
It's a game-changer.
Jul 6, 2022
The 7 Best Kids’ Guitars, According to a Musician
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 By
Must-haves for stress-free beach day fun.
Jul 6, 2022
What You Need to Know to Plan a Once-in-a-Lifetime Theme Park Vacation for Your Family
From parents who have mastered theme park visits, and have the mouse ears to prove it.
Jul 5, 2022
10 Screen-Free Toys and Activities to Keep Your Kids Occupied on a Road Trip
This is how everyone has a good time on a road trip.
Jun 29, 2022
6 Outdoor Essentials That Get Extra Dirty During the Summer — And How to Keep Them Clean
As a busy mom of five, I know what to expect now.
Jun 28, 2022
5 Ways I Deal with the Dirt and Mess of Camping with Kids
I do these things so I can spend my time and energy watching for bugs instead.
Jun 28, 2022
The Newest Kids Birthday Party Trend Is Actually a Great Idea — and It’s Cheap, Too!
I'm definitely keeping this one in mind.
Jun 27, 2022
8 Homemade Holiday Gifts Your Kids Can Work On This Summer
Because no one has time to do these in December.
Jun 27, 2022
Childhood Story: Orange Pants & The Purple Villain
You mentioned that your father told you Orange Pants stories when you were a kid. What were they like and will you share one?Debra N.Dear Debra,Flattery will get you everywhere :). Of course, I’d love to share the story and thanks for asking. I’ve never written one down before. My father would make them up as he put us to bed and then later on I made them up and told them to my first through third graders at nap time when I was a teacher.
Jun 27, 2022
50 Activities You Can Do with Your Kids This Summer —And They’re All Free!
Great ideas for long summer days.
Jun 20, 2022
Ask Maxwell: The Funnest/Funniest Thing I Found This Summer
Hey Maxwell! I know you were on vacation last month. What was the funnest thing you did with your daughter? TroublemakerDear Troublemaker,When I saw your question come in a smile ran across my face — for two reasons! Number one, I was glad you were holding my feet to the fire and putting me on the spot in my own current life, and, number two, I HAVE THE PERFECT ANSWER FOR YOU. This is going to be a very simple and short answer.
Jun 20, 2022
The $15 Amazon Find I Keep Stockpiled for My Art-Loving Kids
It's seriously the best deal.
Jun 15, 2022
The Best Baby Gift I Received — I Send It to All My Pregnant Friends Now!
It's the gift that keeps on giving.
Jun 14, 2022
I Am Not a Crafty Mom, and I’m Not Ashamed About It One Bit
If it's not your thing, it's not your thing.
Jun 8, 2022
Everything You Need to Know to Start Indoor Rock Climbing With Your Family
There's lots of cheering on involved!
Jun 7, 2022
Everything You Need to Know to Start Biking With Your Family
Hint: it's a "wheelie good" family hobby.
Jun 7, 2022
Ask Maxwell: How Can I Get My Son Excited About Reading?
My son is nine and not very excited about reading in the way that I was at his age. Do you have any suggestions for getting him going or simply into stories?– RonaldDear Ronald,While I know schools teach reading, I’ve always found that everyone eventually reads and it just COMES when the time is right.
Jun 6, 2022
8 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained During a Birthday Party
Giant outdoor unicorn bowling, anyone?
Jun 2, 2022
My Easy Go-To Birthday Gift for Middle Schoolers
It's always a hit.
Jun 1, 2022
The No-Fail Kids Birthday Party Gifts I Give Over and Over
Avoid the pre-party gift scramble.
May 31, 2022
Ask Maxwell: What’s the Best Inflatable Pool for Summer 2022?
My daughter is really working on me to get a small, inflatable pool for the yard this summer, but I don’t want to buy something that is ugly and will break. Got any really good recs? AlisonDear Alison,With the heatwave that hit lately and deeply understanding wanting to keep kids out of the house and active this summer, I got your back.
May 30, 2022
The Smartest Thing I Did to Keep My Little Kids Happy on Hiking Trails
My tips for hiking with little kids, including one game-changing secret weapon.
May 24, 2022
4 Children’s Booksellers On Their Favorite Kids Books of 2022 (So Far!)
Awesome picks for kids of all ages.
May 24, 2022
I Bought This Product When I Was Potty-Training My Toddler, and It Was Totally Worth $40
It's the answer to potty training in a tiny bathroom.
May 17, 2022
The Best Sunscreens for Kids, According to a Parent and a Pediatric Dermatologist
They're all mineral-based, affordable, and easy to find.
May 16, 2022
How to Host an Epic Scavenger Hunt
And why it's the perfect kids party activity.
May 10, 2022
This Goldilocks and the Three Bears Dollhouse Is the Cutest Thing We’ve Seen This Week
Fun fact: it's actually a 3D puzzle!
May 6, 2022
How to Create a Magical Tooth Fairy Experience for Your Kid
Fairy wands, glitter trails, special tooth pouches, and more!
May 3, 2022
Why I Chose to Have an Only Child, and the Joy It’s Brought Me
"I hadn’t realized the space that decision was taking up in my mind until it was gone."
May 3, 2022
Rebelstork Is the New, Better Way to Sell and Buy Secondhand Baby Gear
Sustainability starts now.
Apr 27, 2022
6 Parents Share Their Most Embarrassing Parenting Moments Ever
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
6 Ways to Making Reading with Kids Even More Fun
Reading activities, book celebrations, and more genius ideas to make reading aloud exciting again.
Apr 16, 2022
These Cardboard Toilet Paper Tube Crafts Are Just the Cutest (and Great for Earth Day!)
3D blank canvases for your kids, right in your recycle bin.
Apr 16, 2022
9 Parents on the Tips, Tricks, and Products That Got Them Through the Toddler Years
Because it's the little things that save your sanity.
Apr 12, 2022
5 Fun Games to Play with Kids (You Just Need Pen and Paper!)
Warning: Hilarity may ensue for children (and adults) of all ages.
Apr 1, 2022
8 Ways You Can Help Overwhelmed New Parents
Toys and pajamas are lovely, but what new parents really need is practical help.
Mar 31, 2022
10 Wooden Swing Sets That’ll Turn Your Backyard Into The Ultimate Play Zone
Because who doesn’t love a good swing set?
Mar 29, 2022
7 Tangible Ways to Talk to Your Kids About Grief and Loss
How to explain the concepts of death and dying in a way that won’t scare your kids.
Mar 27, 2022
20 Little (Non-Food) Gifts for Kids’ Easter Baskets This Year
Bunny-themed toys, miniature games, activities, and more to light up their eyes on Easter morning.
Mar 24, 2022
Ask Maxwell: What About Old Fashioned Board Games with Kids?
I know you’ve suggested things for kids to do indoors, but what about board games? Is that too old fashioned?IsabelDear Isabel,I love your question and it brought up something I hadn’t thought about in years, which is that I remember my brother and I getting so excited when our dad played chess and Othello with us – so much so, in fact – that I did the same with my daughter on many week nights before bed and it was a lovely moment of the day.
Mar 21, 2022
The 9 Best Playgrounds in the Midwest
From accessible sensory gardens to actual dragon-and-castle themed spots, these are the most fun picks for littles to play.
Mar 21, 2022
12 Movies and Shows Featuring Strong Women and Girls of Color
These stars lead with empathy, boldness, and a whole lot of fun for littles.
Mar 18, 2022
How This South Asian Mother, Picture Book Author, and Activist Incorporates Her Culture in Her Home
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
How 11 Families Use Tech to Have Fun and Stay Connected
Geocaching? Group texts? Screens really can be a source of good.
Mar 13, 2022
Our Favorite Cooperative, No-Tears Board Games
The past year, and especially the last few months, has been all.about.the.togetherness. A long stretch of cold days and early darkness has kept our family, including my 4th-grader and 1st-grader, inside and on the hunt for boredom busters. We’ve adopted not just family game night, but also family game afternoon, and sometimes family game morning. As an admitted win-junkie, I am always down for a cutthroat round of Monopoly or Uno.
Mar 9, 2022
23 of the Hottest New Toys for Spring
From a sensory bin to a rock climbing kit to a projector that can be used outdoors, we picked out toys and gadgets to match every interest and every age.
Mar 8, 2022