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Pajamas That Read A Story To Your Kid

As a dad who loves to read to his kids at bedtime, I was a little skeptical about Smart PJs. They're certainly clever: Each of the jammies' 47 unique dot patterns triggers a story or an animal lesson when the kid scans it with a smartphone or tablet. But I am wary of products that may outsource crucial parental tasks to machines. So I spoke with the inventor. Read more...

What Kids Need to Know about Tragedy

The news from Boston has taken over the national attention span today. If you have kids, they’re likely hearing about it—maybe seeing it, too.  As a parent, then, how do you acknowledge the news without scaring the heck out of your child? It’s not easy, says Hal Runkel, a licensed marriage and family therapist and author of Screamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool. “In a way this event is a smorgasbord of candy for the worst parts of ourselves. We let our anxiety make us want more.” Read more...

5 Reasons It's Okay to Swear in Front of Your Kids

Teaching your kids not to curse is just one of those things good parents are expected to do. Like teaching them not to punch other kids on the playground or steal a pack of gum from the store or lie about whether or not they did their homework. Naturally, teaching your kids not to curse includes not cursing in front of your kids. What with the example-setting and all. Except, here's the thing: Punching and stealing and lying are behaviors we consider "wrong" for valid reasons, most of them involving someone getting hurt on some level or another (sometimes, themselves). Why is swearing "wrong," exactly? Because it's "not nice," some would say. Or "because I said so" or "because some people might get offended." None of these reasons carry any real weight, in my opinion, and I personally refuse to waste time and effort instilling values in my kids that I don't even believe in. Read more...

LOOK: Matt's Lunchbox Note To His Daughter Addison

Matt's Letter He Put In His Daughter Addison's Lunchbox For School Read more...