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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
11 Easy Little Nighttime Habits to Get Parents Ready for the Next Day
Take the burden off the morning hustle with these ideas to prep the night before.
Feb 21, 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
23 Sweet Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $20 for Kids
From baby teethers to teen accessories, these affordable gifts will bring on all the heart-eyes.
Jan 16, 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
21 Great Kids’ Shows Streaming Right Now
There's an engaging new show for every age. Queue 'em up!
Dec 21, 2021
10 Brilliant Activity Rugs That Help Your Little Ones Learn and Play
Themed, reversible, and wipeable — these fun mats serve double duty as toys AND decor.
Dec 17, 2021
Ask a Pediatrician: What Can Parents Expect for Kids’ Health in 2022?
Dr. Risa Hoshino gives us her expert thoughts on the future of kids' health, and what parents can do to prepare.
Dec 15, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Gifting (and Shipping) Holiday Cookies
Here are my handiest tips — including one trade secret involving ... marshmallows?!
Dec 14, 2021
This Super-Colorful NYC Home is Full of Brilliant Little IKEA Storage Hacks
This homeowner shows us how to artfully wrangle toys and get savvy with the space we have.
Dec 13, 2021
A Genius Solution That Teaches My Kid about Financial Responsibility
My son relies on this app for purchases — and I love it because he's empowered to spend (and save!) all on his own.
Dec 13, 2021
My Secrets for Turning Thrift-Store Finds into Gifts People LOVE
Switch it up this season with gifts that are pre-loved, yet full of meaning.
Dec 11, 2021
Ask a Pediatrician: What Are the Best Ways to Combat Anxiety in Kids?
Dr. Risa Hoshino weighs in on how to treat anxiety in kids.
Dec 8, 2021
The Cool, Personalized Stocking You Can Make with Kids from Recycled Jeans
It's got that retro flair — and is incredibly simple (no sewing required!). This is also a super-fun holiday activity with kids.
Dec 5, 2021
10 Kids Reveal the Best Holiday Gifts They’ve Ever Received
From the coolest Nintendo Switch accessory to a rideable unicorn on wheels, these littles give you the inside scoop on their favorite gifts.
Dec 3, 2021
Ask a Pediatrician: How Do I Prevent My Kid from Getting Sick from Daycare or School?
Dr. Risa Hoshino weighs in on doable ways to prevent your child from catching all the many germs that float around in daycare and schools.
Dec 1, 2021
The Simple Game We Play to Help My Kids Let Go of Old Toys
We've got the perfect game to empower them to declutter their belongings without any arguments. Bonus: this is a GREAT time to practice some before-holiday minimizing.
Nov 27, 2021
How I Transformed A Shed into an Active Play Area for My Family in Just 2 Days
Just a few simple steps — and some trusty products you can grab easily — turned this underused space into one we all love.
Nov 26, 2021
Up to 40% off Black Friday Deals from One of Our Favorite Kids’ Retailers
High-quality kids' furniture and products at deep discounts? It's every parent's dream.
Nov 24, 2021
Really Good Black Friday Deals from Macy’s You Don’t Want to Miss
These are the deals flying off the virtual shelves — hurry, before they're all gone.
Nov 22, 2021
The $25 Art Gift That Keeps My Kid Creating for Hours
Calling all mini-authors, artists, and imagineers! This is the gift that won't fail to delight creative littles of almost every age.
Nov 21, 2021
3 Fun and Fresh Thanksgiving Coloring Pages to Print Now
Just three super delightful Thanksgiving pages to keep the kids busy while you cook.
Nov 19, 2021
10 Easy DIY Projects That Make Great Gifts for Grandparents, Family, and Friends
From colorful jewelry trays to watercolor portraits, these ideas are brimming with creativity and fun. Let your kids give loved ones a handmade gift they'll be excited to display.
Nov 19, 2021
The One Gift I Wished I Had Gotten as a Brand-New Parent
It makes the mornings SO much better — and gives that much-needed jolt of energy for parenting a newborn.
Nov 18, 2021
How Much Does It Really Cost to Get A Dog?
Here's everything you need to know before welcoming a dog into your family.
Nov 17, 2021
The Can’t-Miss Black Friday Deals from Maisonette
We've got the cutest picks around from one of our very favorite kids' brands. And they are all at steep discounts!
Nov 17, 2021
The Adorable Stocking Stuffer That’s Also a Medicine Cabinet Essential
It helps with ouchies and looks adorable in a stocking.
Nov 14, 2021
15 of the Best Target Holiday Items to Shop for the Merriest Season Ever
Pom-pom wreaths, holiday crafts, and even matching PJs — our favorite retailer in red has it all this season.
Nov 14, 2021
15 of the Best Toys for 1-Year-Olds
Their adorable reactions will be an added bonus!
Nov 10, 2021
10 Must-Have Hanukkah Gifts of the Year
These are the Hanukkah gifts we’ve loved the most.
Nov 8, 2021
The Best Items to Snag from Walmart’s Black Friday Deals
From adorable play kitchens they won't be able to resist to awesome inflatable bounce houses and tablets galore, these are Walmart's all-star deals.
Nov 6, 2021
33 of the Coolest Play Kitchen Accessories
From free things you can upcycle all the way to mini sinks that actually work, these play accessories will give them hours of fun.
Nov 5, 2021
Cubby’s Epic Gift Guide for Kids of All Ages
Parents: this is THE most epic gift guide you will need this year.
Nov 3, 2021
The Under-$5 Activity My Son Calls “Better Than a Video Game!”
This simple nightly ritual keeps us connected as a family.
Nov 3, 2021
Ask Maxwell: Great Ideas for Fun Indoor Activities?
Rainy afternoons home with my toddlers are turning us into absolute beasts — we’re all so grumpy and I have zero creative energy left. Any ideas for a fun indoors activity that they might not have tried yet?GraceDear Grace,As the father of one girl, I must confess that I feel I never had it THAT hard. Young girls tend to be far less restless than young boys, so I’m guessing that you have at least one boy in your home.
Nov 1, 2021
24 Totally Fun Art Gifts for Kids of Any Age
From doodle tiles to shrink art kits, these gifts are so unexpected that your tiny artists will think you are the coolest ever.
Oct 30, 2021
The Extremely Fun Gift That’s Especially Perfect for Siblings
They'll be occupied for hours — argument-free!
Oct 29, 2021
23 Stylish Gifts for Kids to Make Their Rooms Even Cooler
Let them put their signature spin on their spaces with some of these stylish decor finds.
Oct 27, 2021
The Cool Aunt and Uncle’s Guide to Great Kid Gifts for Any Age
Want to be their very favorite? Try one of these fun new gifts!
Oct 26, 2021
Your Complete Guide to the Best Holiday Family Photos Ever
We tapped the pros (who happen to parents themselves) for their very best tips, from choosing a photographer, finding a location, and what to do with your lovely photos afterwards.
Oct 26, 2021
The Totally Free Item that Keeps My Kids Busy for Hours
It arrives on my doorstep, has unlimited creative possibilities, and ISN'T a toy?! Miracle.
Oct 25, 2021
I Tested the Best KN95 Masks for Kids — Here’s My Top Pick
These are the ones that truly stand up to the test for me and my kiddo.
Oct 25, 2021
24 Delightful Little Stocking Stuffers for Kids of All Ages
The pre-holiday fun that keeps them in the holiday spirits (and lets parents sleep in)!
Oct 23, 2021
Macy’s and Toys”R”Us Teamed Up for the Holiday Shopping Season — See Our Top 5 Gift Picks
We really missed you, Toys”R”Us, and we’re so happy that you’re back! Every millennial has a soft spot in their hearts for this beloved toy store, and it was pretty heartbreaking when the company closed their brick and mortar storefronts a few years ago. But just in time for the 2021 holiday season, Toys”R”Us has made its official comeback with Macy’s.
Oct 20, 2021
15 Fun New Advent Calendars for Kids and Families
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! As parents, we’ve probably all wished for December 25th to be pushed back “just a few weeks” in a last-ditch effort to get all the shopping and yuletide preparation done. Our kids, on the other hand, cannot wait for the month to fly by.
Oct 20, 2021
Ask Maxwell: Best Halloween Candy … Like, Ever?
What’s the best Halloween candy out there, hands down?EllieDear Ellie,I love you! You handed me a softball of a question and one that I KNEW I COULD ACE. Here you go (from a few good sources):Chupa Chups Lollipops or Airheads, but NOT DumDums! Lollipops are VERY POPULAR again.. Skittles in fun size bags — ALWAYS a fave….
Oct 18, 2021
4 Brilliant Little Pandemic Halloween Ideas We’re Keeping Around
These fun new traditions are getting another spin this year.
Oct 17, 2021
Family Meetings Were a Total Gamechanger for Us
It's an opportunity for us all to get organized and resolve conflict — plus, have a little fun too!
Oct 13, 2021
26 of the Best Books Ever to Give Kids of All Ages
You're never too young or too old to be a reader. Here are our very favorite book gifts for kids of all ages!
Oct 13, 2021