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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
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
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
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
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
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
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 7, 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
West Elm Kids Is Celebrating Black Voices In the Best Way
Quilts with rustic farm scenes to a snuggly science-themed kids chair — these new launches have it all.
Oct 12, 2021
5 Chores Our 5-Year-Old Tackles Without Having to Be Asked
These tasks are really are so simple and kid-friendly that she can't wait to help. (Plus, I can get some cleaning done myself while she's occupied!)
Oct 12, 2021
8 Things New Parents Secretly Wish You’d Bring Them
They may not say it aloud — but these practical gifts are what new parents REALLY need.
Oct 11, 2021
13 Adorable Halloween Books for Kids of All Ages
As a former teacher, books are my love language. Here my top picks for the spooky season.
Oct 1, 2021
9 Budget-Friendly and Instagram-Worthy Family Halloween Costumes
You don't have to spend a lot of money OR time to get a show-stopping, IG-worthy group costume.
Oct 1, 2021
10 Timeless Nursery Items That Will Grow With Your Kids
For long-lasting pieces, ditch the cutesy trends and focus on classic products like these.
Sep 30, 2021
8 Tips for Raising Creative Kids from Working Artists
Creative kids are natural problem solvers. Here, doable tips to nurture their creative impulses.
Sep 30, 2021
Three Unexpected Ways to Use a Babysitter
As parents, we're much too tired for date nights — so we got creative for some necessary R&R.
Sep 26, 2021
The $15 Gadget That Finally Got My Bedtime-Avoiding Daughter to Sleep
We tried everything ... but this inexpensive Amazon gadget was the secret to peaceful slumber for my kiddo.
Sep 26, 2021
Our Favorite Source for Kids’ Art Just Launched New Disney and Pixar Collections
Affordable, stylish art and home design picks for kids.
Sep 24, 2021
Working With a Parenting Coach Saved My Family From Itself
We never thought we'd use one — but now, we can't imagine going back.
Sep 21, 2021
The $10 Solution to Cluttered Craft Supplies
It contains the clutter AND saves space — win-win.
Sep 20, 2021
30 of the Best Halloween Costumes for Kids This Year
New popular characters, classic favorites, and adorable baby costumes ... we've got the best of the best!
Sep 15, 2021
20 Really Cool Gifts for Tweens and Teens
From trends like fidgets and Hydro Flask water bottles to unique finds like hot new board games and a nail polish maker, we found plenty of fun gift options for your tween or teen.
Sep 15, 2021
10 of the Best New Video Games for Kids
DC Superhero girls, Pokemon, and racing games — we've got the insider scoop on the hottest kids video games for fall.
Sep 11, 2021
These Target Fall Home Goods Bring ALL the Cozy Vibes
Throw blankets, thermoses, and orange blossom candles — your home is about to get a cozy level-up.
Sep 10, 2021
Before & After: This HGTV “Home Town Takeover” Helped a Family of 6 Open a Cramped Living Space
It’s one thing to renovate a home — which is a lot of work in itself — but revitalizing an entire town? That’s what you call next-level. Ben and Erin Napier, who host HGTV’s “Home Town,” took the task on in their new show “Home Town Takeover,” where they’ve chosen the lucky town of Wetumpka, Alabama, to be the star of the series.
Sep 7, 2021
10 Coloring Books and Pages That Keep Kids Busy for Hours
From coloring rolls you can store in your bag all the way to Star Wars characters with a twist.
Sep 6, 2021
A New Report Shows Which ’90s Toys Are Now Worth a Fortune
If you’ve got a box full of ‘90s toys in the attic of your childhood home, you might want to spend some time rummaging through the collectibles. A nostalgic new report from TheToyZone reveals the iconic ‘90s toys worth a fortune today — and the highest childhood treasure is valued at $50,000, so there is that. According to the toy review site, the most expensive toy sold has been a Rainbow the Chameleon Beanie Baby from 1997, raking in a whopping $50K.
Sep 4, 2021
All the Best Labor Day Sales for Families
Must-have furniture, baby gear, toys, and so much more — at steep discounts.
Sep 1, 2021
Padma Lakshmi Talks about Family Recipes and Her Brand-New Picture Book With Us
Cubby spoke to this food icon about cooking with her daughter and mother, the practice of writing recipes, and balancing her creative pursuits with parenting.
Aug 31, 2021
20 Gifts Every Caregiver Will Absolutely Love
To the babysitters, grandparents, nannies, teachers, and more who have stepped up to keep our kids safe, supported, and inspired every day: You're rockstars.
Aug 25, 2021
Back to School Coloring Page
Print out our latest Cubby coloring page for the littles and get them excited about going back to school.
Aug 18, 2021
This New Target Collection Is Brilliant! Here Are Our 10 Favorite Items.
Illustrator Christian Robinson designed every single product I could possibly want in a kid's room.
Aug 16, 2021
12 Books to Get Any Kid Excited to Go Back to School
I'm a former English teacher, so I've personally read every single one of these — they are my must-haves.
Aug 13, 2021
Ask Maxwell: Great Gift Ideas for a 7-Year-Old Who Only Likes Video Games?
Since you’re so amazing at gifts: can you suggest a gift that will truly delight a 7-year-old who doesn’t like much more than video games?DonDear Don,Great challenge! Let’s see what we can do. Before I start I’ll also say, no matter what you think of my response, don’t give up!
Aug 11, 2021
5 Brilliant Ideas for Making Playtime More Magical Than Ever
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! Before the pandemic, we always packed our schedules. We jammed the day full of playdates, visits to museums, and trips to somewhere local or far away, all before bedtime (and sometimes, way past it). We never wasted a single minute.
Aug 8, 2021
13 Brand-New School Supplies That Kids Will Be Obsessed With
Nothing says back to school more than these bright essentials!
Aug 6, 2021
The 40 Best Gifts for Kids of All Ages
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! Birthdays are endlessly magical for children (and teens, even). Before my daughter recently turned 3, we made a paper-chain countdown so she could visually see how many days were left until her birthday. The paper chain managed to cut the “How long until my birthday?
Aug 4, 2021
I Switched to Reusable Decorations for Celebrations and Am Never Turning Back
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! Growing up, we kept boxes filled with sets of door wreaths, window decorations, streamers, and ornaments for every holiday.
Aug 4, 2021
5 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Incorporate Kids’ Birthday Themes into a Party
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! Another birthday means another party theme, and *cue deep thought* — figuring out how to entertain a bunch of kids! Even if the theme is as specific as “Doll and Donut Dance” of all things, do not panic — I got you.
Aug 1, 2021
A Tinker Box That Guarantees Hours of Play — with Almost Zero Prep Time
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! Summer is in full swing, and it’s too hot to think straight, let alone come up with creative activities for the kids. Allow me to introduce you to the easiest, most open-ended and sustainable activity in my toy closet: The Tinker Box.
Jul 25, 2021
Why I’ll Always Choose Hotels Over Vacation Homes
When I had kids, I was told my longstanding relationship with hotels was over. So long, lavender-scented cold towels! Bye-bye, crisp sheets! See ya, infinity pool! Arrivederci, lobby bar of my dreams! It was nice knowing you. Based on the advice of many parents I know, vacation homes seemed to be the only option in the 2.0 version of my life. “When you have a family, it’s just easier with a kitchen, you’ll see,” they told me.
Jul 23, 2021
10 Best Water Bottles to Keep Kids Hydrated This Summer
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 have a weird quirk that I’m not embarrassed to admit: I love water. When I drink it, I gulp  —  and it’s quickly followed by an audible “ahhhh.
Jul 23, 2021
20+ Cool New LEGO Sets That Keep Kids Occupied for Hours
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! My earliest memories of getting presents all revolve around LEGOs. I still remember my very first sets: a tow truck, a family car, and a little road repair cart. Those initial gifts turned into a lifelong love of the plastic building bricks.
Jul 20, 2021
My Daughter Called This New Independent Learning Toy Her “Favorite Gift Ever!”
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! Every time I saw an ad for the Yoto Player peppering my social media feed, I was totally fascinated. Bright, colorful, completely kid-controlled — what’s not to love?
Jul 18, 2021
10 Dress-Up Costumes to Keep Kids Busy for Hours at a Time
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 adults, we only really get one day a year to dress up and play “make believe” without feeling totally out of place, right? The occasion is called Halloween, and it’s still months away … sigh.
Jul 12, 2021
My Secret to the Best Weekends for Kids AND Adults
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! Over the years, my Saturdays developed a dependable rhythm. After being awakened by the crow of our youngest family member, we threw on jackets over our PJs and wandered down the street to our favorite coffee shop and then, the neighborhood farmers market.
Jul 10, 2021
The 10 Best Cooperative Video Games for 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. 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
Just 12 TikTok Videos to Turn a Parent’s Bad Day Around
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! Look: We’ve all had those days, when everything feels just, well, kinda terrible, often for no big reason at all.
Jul 2, 2021
8 Fun Afternoon DIY Projects Fit for Grownups, Kids, and Everyone in Between
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
10 Temporary Tattoos for Kids and Adults That Give Us All the Summer Vibes
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! Flashback fashion has been having a fierce renaissance in the last few years, and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t completely here for it.
Jun 23, 2021
My Easy and Fun Plan for a Very Memorable At-Home Campout
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