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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 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
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
Kids’ STEAM Activities that You Can Do With Things from the Pantry
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. Thanks to their natural curiosity, children are basically mini-scientists, constantly tinkering, observing, and creating. Exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) methods through hands-on learning allows them to discover different concepts, while also having a lot of fun.
Mar 9, 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
The Single Best Item We Bought for School at Home
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. With a year that has caused more emotional whiplash than I will ever be able to fully unpack, we have been sailing through this uncharted home-online-hybrid-school territory with humor, tears, exhaustion, and, thankfully, a few very helpful purchases.
Mar 9, 2022
The Ingenious Solution to Staying in Touch with Relatives Right Now
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
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
3 Expert Tips for Training Your New Family Dog
I spoke to my dog trainer for his best tips on integrating a new dog into your home.
Mar 8, 2022
The Best Word Puzzles and Games to Play as a Family
Improve everyone’s literacy while having fun! (And some of these games are free, too.)
Mar 4, 2022
6 Free Ways to De-Stress and Unwind, According to Kids
These tricks work for little ones AND caregivers!
Mar 1, 2022
How to Have a COVID-Safe Spring Break with Kids
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 Mother
Home is not just a building; it's a collection of traditions passed down through generations of builders, homemakers, and artists.
Feb 22, 2022
15 Incredible Black-Owned Businesses for Kids Products
Nutritious snacks, adorable apparel, and so many more Black-owned brands we can't wait to shop.
Feb 9, 2022
Tons of DIYs You Can Actually Do with Your Kids — No, Really!
There's a lot to be gained by turning DIY projects into family affairs.
Feb 9, 2022
Ask Maxwell: What Are Some Sweet Valentine’s Gift Ideas for My Child?
I love Valentine’s Day because it is all about love and romance for my husband and me, but what can I do with my children? LucielDear Luciel, I am glad that you find Valentine’s Day loving and romantic! So many get overwhelmed by the commercial messaging that it can dampen the spirits, but I’m with YOU! It’s an odd “Hallmark” holiday and one that you really can make anything you want, so why not make it great? Children LOVE their parents.
Feb 7, 2022
10 Adorable Toy Rockers for Babies and Toddlers
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! Anyone else fall down a baby-photo black hole every once in a while? And when I say once in a while, I actually mean a few times a month.
Feb 6, 2022
9 Very Doable (and Fun!) Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids of All Ages
Chocolate painting, heart-shaped sun-catchers, scavenger hunts, and more themed activities to while away the chilly days.
Feb 3, 2022
The Best Places to Buy Rapid-Result COVID Tests Online
In these troubled times, it's handy to have a few in your medicine cabinet. Here's where to buy them.
Feb 2, 2022
11 Kids Books by Black Authors We Can’t Wait to Read
We put together a list of the best page-turners about Black history, empowerment, and more. 
Feb 1, 2022
A Valentine’s Day Coloring Card for Kids
In time for Valentine's Day, we have a coloring page for the littles that also folds up into a sweet card for their loved ones.
Jan 30, 2022
A Genius $10 Barbie Storage Solution (And It’s DIY!)
No more messy Barbie box.
Jan 29, 2022
The Snow Day Hack I Keep in My Back Pocket
Minutes of set-up equals hours of fun (and learning)!
Jan 25, 2022
The One Game My Active Kids Beg to Play (It’s Not a Board Game!)
I was NOT prepared for how much we'd all laugh while playing this.
Jan 24, 2022
8 of the Cutest Bookshelves for Kids
They're timeless and easily accessible for little ones — but also magical enough to capture the fun of reading.
Jan 21, 2022
10 Game-changing Ways to Lessen Anxiety for Kids
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
A Simple, Zero-lift Trick to Get Kids Talking After School
These two words will open up the conversation almost every time.
Jan 19, 2022
14 of the Best Body-Positive Books for Kids
Each book teaches kids how to live boldly and proudly in their beautiful bodies.
Jan 18, 2022
My Friends and I Rely on This Brand’s Baby Products — Which Are Now 20% Off!
These 8 items are the true must-haves for any baby or toddler parent!
Jan 12, 2022
My Number One Piece of Advice for Getting Kids Out the Door on Time in the Morning
It's the easiest game-changer we have ever found.
Jan 11, 2022
19 Winter Must-Haves for Kids from Zara
Cute home goods, cozy outfits, and even a portable stuffie set for the stylish kiddo.
Jan 8, 2022
5 Little Things I Learned Living Abroad — and How I’ll Continue to Use These Lessons Back Home
From the strictly practical to the aspirational: Here are my takeaways!
Jan 4, 2022
The Absolute Best Thing We Bought for Lazy — and Happy! — Weekend Mornings
Saturday and Sunday are for serious slacking. Check out the things bringing families peace, joy, and mini pancakes.
Jan 1, 2022
Before and After: How I Transformed a $26 Cubby Organizer into an Epic Dollhouse
This Palm Springs paradise was surprisingly easy (and affordable).
Dec 27, 2021