If your child wants video games this holiday, and you don’t know what to pick up for the little nerd or nerdette, here is my age-rated guide to games your child will be excited to find stuffed in their stockings or under the Festivus pole.
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It can feel like the holiday toy-buying gets a little out of hand this time of year. We want to see our kids’ faces light up on Christmas morning, but we don’t want to drown in a sea of plastic to make it happen. That’s why adding a couple of STEM toys into the mix can be such a great middle ground. Kids are naturally curious little beings who like to dabble in science, technology, engineering and maths; parents like to feel as though at least some of their toys have educational value.
As anyone who works in a school or childcare centre will attest, Australian parents come up with some pretty weird names for their offspring - including Google, Tron and Hippo. While most names are reluctantly approved by the state or territory's Registry of Births, there are a few that you just can't get away with.
When I asked recently about bad money habits you learned from your parents, you chimed in with stories of debt, despair and the bumpy roads you’ve taken to financial stability. But just because you (eventually) learned not to make the same mistakes your parents made doesn’t mean that your entire family tree is cured of its financial flaws.
In April, the Cut spoke to Debby Montgomery Johnson, a 60-year old victim of an online dating scam that cost her more than $1.4 million. “We talked about everything, we talked about kid. For me, looking back now, it was very therapeutic, because I could write so much more than I could ever articulate in speech,” she said of her romance with an “international contractor” that started on an online dating site.
Cleaning out a loved one's home after their death hits the trifecta of misery: It's a series of chores that can be emotionally, physically, and financially overwhelming. And what makes the whole task even worse is that it's difficult to know where to start - should you throw out the beds first, then have nowhere to sleep while you're working? Toss the pots and pans and rely on takeout for the duration?
The decisions around what to keep, donate, recycle, toss, or sell can be lengthy and depressing, especially for items that were treasures to your parent but not to you: It seems like a sin to chuck original artwork, or religious items, or someone's beloved collections of figurines into the landfill - but what else are you going to do with it?
Before my daughter learned to speak she learned to sign, and the first sign she mastered was “more”. More meant more — as in, “Give me more milk before I scream-cry in 5-4-3-2-1...” — but for her, it also meant “again”. Sing that song again. Push the toy cash register button again. Make that funny sound with your armpit again, again, again.
Is it OK to put a boy and a girl in the bathtub together? What should you do if a classmate from your kid’s preschool comes over for a play date and you find the two of them “playing doctor” from the waist down? And what if your child asks to examine your private parts and that makes you feel weird?
I lose my keys often. I text the words "Running 10 minutes late" more than I should. I fail to bring in all the bags of random kid crap from my car each night, so I'm constantly grabbing new bags and filling them with more random kid crap. I eat stuff that makes me feel lousy afterward. I overestimate the amount groceries we consume and am constantly tossing out food.
When you're a parent of young children, it's not a matter of if they will see you naked, but how many times it will happen in a day. My four-year-old daughter has always skittered in and out of my bathroom as she pleases. If I'm on the toilet, she might decide it's a good time to stand on her step stool and put on a one-girl-production of Annie. If I'm in the shower, she'll beg please, please, please, mama, can you press your butt against the glass door again? And then she'll giggle maniacally every single time.
A good podcast can turn mundane activities, such as cleaning, running errands and commuting, into time spent learning about something new or just being entertained. Here are podcasts focused on parenting, ones you can listen to with your kids (and not be bored), and ones that are great for your kids to listen to on their own.
Money is a complicated, intimidating topic for most people, and that includes parents. If your parents need financial help, it can be a tricky subject to approach. I asked a few money experts for their opinion on how to talk about the topic delicately.
Dear Lifehacker, I had a child 18 months ago, and I am having extreme difficulty getting back into the workforce. I was wondering who can help me find a job? I have tried casual, part-time and full-time positions across multiple industries but keep getting knocked back. I am by no means picky, but I feel unemployable. I am receiving no government benefits and we have bills to pay. I would really appreciate any advice.
When you head home to visit family, tons of childhood memories will come rushing back, along with some old family dynamics too. Some dynamics, like inside jokes or age-old traditions, are comforting and great. But others, like teasing, babying, or people not taking you seriously -- not so much. You may be a full-grown adult now, but parents and siblings can make you feel like you're eight-years-old all over again.
Younger kids don't always have the vocabulary to express their feelings. That's why a temper tantrum is the preferred communication of upset children. Using a thermometer might provide them with an alternative.