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When are your children’s activities worth the money they cost? What about that big family vacation you’re planning—is it something your kids will remember fondly, or will they only remember it as a waste of money?

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When my wife and I moved our family from the Bay Area to Seattle in 2015, we initially settled on an overpriced but otherwise unremarkable rental home.

It wasn’t big enough for what we needed, delivery trucks roared down the street out front at all hours, and the apple tree out back — which was supposed to be some kind of bonus, I suppose — scattered bitter, inedible clumps all over the yard in autumn.

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We all need a little area where we can decompress after a long day, when we’re in a bad mood or when we just need a little alone time. For you, that might mean relaxing in a hot bath or reading a book in your favourite quiet spot. For kids, a dedicated calming area can be an oasis amid overstimulation, power struggles and sibling rivalry.

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For a while, I've resisted handing over my phone to my 5-year-old to let her watch YouTube Kids and there have been multiple times when I'd set her up with a show I approve of only to peek over 15 minutes later and find her watching something I hate (usually Ryan's Toy Review).

Other parents have had similar complaints about how how easy it's been for kids to go down a rabbit hole of annoying, weird and sometimes disturbing content in the app.

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Summer is here, and while splashing in the pool is a great activity for kids, parents must be vigilant at all times. At pool parties, it's easy to sit back and relax. There are people arriving and conversations happening and you assume, "There's a ton of adults here -- someone is watching my child."

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Children are a wonderful gift, bringing joy, laughter, and love. But, then there are the toys, the sleepless nights, the constant barrage of “why?” questions and the plethora of sticky handprints.

For many parents, the decision to have a second child is made with the expectation that two can’t be more work than one. But our research on Australian parents shows this logic is flawed: second children increase time pressure and deteriorate parents’ mental health.

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Videographer Frans Hofmeester released a time-lapse clip of his daughter changing from a baby to a 18-year-old in under six minutes. The results are miraculous, beautiful and achingly bittersweet: much like parenting as a whole. Here are some tips to help you create moving portraits of your own kids' transformation into adulthood.

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As parents, we’re told that we’re our kids’ first teachers. It’s true, but to me this conjures up the idea that we must stand over their shoulders with a red pen, telling them they exactly what to learn and how. To better support their natural inquisitiveness, it can help to instead think of yourself as a librarian.

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Mealtime is tough with a picky-eating child. There’s pleading, negotiation, and flash visions of him munching on dino nuggets and applesauce at his future wedding reception because you’ve failed to get him to try new foods. Here’s a tool that just might end the struggle: A food maze tray.

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How do you help kids learn social skills, gain persistence, and wow their friends at the school lunch tables? Magic. Specifically, teach them some magic tricks.

But you can’t just hand them a Magic 101 guidebook and expect them to become young Houdinis — how you introduce the art makes a difference. Here are some good ways to do it, according to magicians.