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Reflections on the Emotional Complexity of Getting a Dog

by Parent Co.

A puppy just came into my life. This was not expected, not planned for. I have a lot on my plate already.

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What We're Listening To: Ear Hustle Podcast

by Parent Co.

I don’t say this lightly: Ear Hustle is the best podcast of 2017. It’s funny. It’s sad. It’s warm. It’s sincere. It’s gripping. It’s nuanced. It horrifying.

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Practicing Reverence for the Wild

by Allison Maselli

Rows and rows of pansies. Blue, yellow, red. Tulip swirls, concentric circles of prim rose bushes.

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Yes, It Was a 16th Birthday Party, But "Sweet" Isn't How You'd Describe It

by Parent Co.

Wild at heart, wild animals, Wild Thang, walk on the wild side … holy moly COW, you ain’t seen “wild” until you host your 16-year-old’s surprise party.

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What We're Listening To: "Heaving Bosoms" Podcast

by Parent Co.

Yes, this podcast is called “Heaving Bosoms.” If you find that endearing and hilarious, then more than likely you will find this podcast to be the same.

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What We’re Listening To: Story Pirates

by Parent Co.

What do whoopee cushions, dino bank robbers, and dogs’ rights have in common? They’re all subjects of the hilarious podcast Story Pirates.

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Worried Those Early Extracurriculars Are a Waste of Money? Maybe Not.

by Parent Co.

New research does proclaim that extracurriculars are promising for kids and their development in numerous ways, even during early childhood.

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What We're Listening To: Circle Round Podcast

by Parent Co.

While I'm a huge fan of podcasts for adults, there's a special place in my heart for kids’ podcasts.

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What We’re Listening To: "By the Book" Podcast

by Parent Co.

Each week we suggest a new podcast to add to your playlist. Up this week: the half reality show, half self-help podcast "By the Book."

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Throw a Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Party

by Parent Co.

Whether you couldn’t find a sitter for New Year’s Eve or you don’t feel like heading out in the fray, you can still have a fun, kid-friendly celebration.

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How to Shop for Kids with Insufferable Hippie Parents

by Katherine Clover

If you have hippie-ish parents in your life, and you're panicking about how to shop for their kids, you aren't alone.

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The Toys That Have Captured Kids' Imaginations For Decades

by Parent Co.

For 100 years, toy manufacturers have challenged themselves to produce the next great…cardboard box. These, which have stood the test of time, come close.

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This Orchestral Playlist is a Sleigh Ride Without the Whining That Everyone is Cold

by Parent Co.

These orchestral music pieces will evoke the feeling of a magical winter ride and excite your imagination of gliding on a sparkling snow-covered landscape.

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Your Ultimate STEAM Stocking-Stuffer Nerd Gift Guide

by Parent Co.

We’ve identified 40+ Nerd-inspiring toys and games, all under $30!

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"Oprah's Favorite Things 2017" - the Reality Edition

by Parent Co.

I took a look at some of these items and, no offense to Queen Oprah, but I beg to differ.

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11 Toys Siblings Can Enjoy Together Squabble-Free

by Parent Co.

Is there a way to avoid the playtime battlefield? Maybe not completely, but a few select choices might encourage cooperation over competition.

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These 7 Books Can Inspire Kids to Get Up and Move

by Parent Co.

Here are seven books that will make your child want to put down the controller and move their feet.

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Why Blocks Are the Ultimate Toy for Kids of All Ages

by Parent Co.

Knowing block play has cognitive benefits that extend beyond the toddler years, how can we encourage kids to stay engaged and interested in them?

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Why Time Outdoors Can Increase Kids' Ability to Focus

by Parent Co.

Researchers recently conducted a study exploring how green spaces surrounding children’s homes impact their cognitive development.

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Lights, Camera, Inaction!

by Parent Co.

I’ve tried everything to get my own kids to turn off the lights. I’ve been stern, threatening to take away their prized possessions.

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Teaching Kids to Explore Through Play Instead of Literacy

by Parent Co.

Could it be that learning to read at a later age could have benefits, both for children now and the adults they become?

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Read These Favorite New Books After Your Kids Go to Sleep

by Crystal Ponti

If you’re looking for something to read, here are some favorite new books to put on your radar:

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Play This Spooktacular Orchestral Soundtrack for Your Kids This Halloween

by Parent Co.

There’s a wide selection of symphonic music that is beautiful and powerful as well as spooky for Halloween.

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3 Ways to Make Halloween Fun for Your ASD Kid

by Parent Co.

Crowds of children, the fear of personal contact, and the idea of approaching strangers for candy can be too much for a kid on the spectrum.

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