Links We Love This Week (2/19/16)

You’ve been busy this week. Here’s our round up of the interesting parts of the internet.

Somewhere in the fog of becoming an adult, we obscure our weird passions in the name of being “normal.” But we’re not doing ourselves any favors.

Vintage cereal boxes? One person’s trash is another person’s $11,000 collectable, I guess. (Hey. If we’d have known, we’d have fought over a whole lot more than who got the most marshmallows.)

Best travel journal keeper ever.

The World’s Best News Photos for 2015 (Humanity + Heartbreak)

You’re a grown up. It’s high time you stop buying disposable clothes made by children.

We know good and well that ambition isn’t the only thing standing between kids and their dreams of becoming actresses, surgeons, or astronauts. Obscuring the role of luck in achieving some of those successes isn’t doing them any favors.

The teens dominating Tumblr are some of the most saavy digital strategists in the game right now. In the words of the indomitable Whitney Houston, “I believe the children are our future.”

Did your kid take a box of crayolas to your manuscript? Don’t get too grumpy about it. Charles Darwin’s kids did the same to “On the Origin of Species.” (And they’re pretty cool doodles, too.)

What can we learn about food from families of kids with allergies? Plenty. (I, for one, could take a lesson in planning ahead. Since, you know, these kids want dinner EVERY DAY. The nerve.)

For one day, acknowledge how many times you turn on the tap. Then imagine what it would be like to not have that option. What it’s like to live with only bottled water.

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Ice storms. Far more beautiful up close than when you’re scraping them off your car.

Links We Love This Week (2/12/16)

You’ve been busy this week. Here’s our round up of the interesting parts of the internet.

If pregnancy is the “nesting” phase, who says maternity leave shouldn’t be the “flying” phase? Result? This baby has more stamps in her passport than most of us ever will.

A fascinating look at what pregnant women around the world pack in their hospital bags. (All I remember packing was yoga pants and mascara. #priorities)

Ok Go totally kills the music video game. My kid watched their Rube Goldberg inspired “This Too Shall Pass” about 4 thousand times. They’re back with an arguably even more impressive zero gravity stunner.

Wish you were having a little more sexy time? Or spending more time cooking together? Maybe you should turn on some music.

If teenagers grow up to be as proficient at anything as they are at Snapchat, the future is in good hands.

Who you spend time with influences the wiring of your brain. Ditch the Negative Nancy’s. They’re bringing you down.

45 books to get kids through life’s trickiest transitions.

Our own Autumn Spencer shares  the heart swelling story of Valentine’s Day redemption and loss. Grab a tissue. Or three.

Seriously. Don’t call. TEXT.

We’ve only been waiting for this since 1991- Pee Wee’s Big Comeback (seriously. Pee Wee’s Playhouse is one of the best kid shows that EVER HAPPENED.)

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Links We Love This Week (2/5/16)

You’ve been busy this week. Here’s our round up of the interesting parts of the internet.

Holy crap. These 15 statistics that show what happens on the internet in the course of 60 seconds is absolutely mind blowing. What in the hell did we do to avoid making small talk with strangers a decade ago?

If you’re trapped under a sleeping baby, here are 7 mobile games you can play with one hand.

This New York Times article really struck a chord this week. How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off

Six degrees of separation? Thanks to Facebook, you might be closer to Kevin Bacon than previously thought.

This tumblr, dedicated to the New York Times photo archive is a fascinating and educational rabbit hole.

Planning a movie night when the kids go to bed? Here are 17 Oscar nominated movies you can stream right now.

Are you suffering from information overload? One of our favorite WNYC podcasts, Note to Self has launched a series of episodes called “Infomagical” in the hopes of helping us all tap into our more connected, less distracted selves. Join in!

Nick Hornby’s list of suggested excuses for skipping out of homework as told to his son is McSweeney’s at it’s finest.

Give this 6 minutes. The Day One Flint Mother Told Me The Story Of How America Poisoned Her Baby Girl

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Lake Champlain winter sunsets are hard to upstage.

Links We Love This Week

You’ve been busy this week. Here’s our round up of the interesting parts of the internet.

Stephen Ritz, one of NPR’s 50 Great Teachers, calls his classroom, “The National Health, Wellness and Learning Center.” With more plants than desks, and kids clambering for their chance to plant, water, and grow and cook, the name works.

You know what’s better than cooking a great meal? Cooking one that doesn’t dirty EVERY SINGLE POT AND PAN IN YOUR KITCHEN. Try these 38 one-skillet meals and drink instead of cleaning up.

Forget the kids. WE want to go to this Dutch Adventure camp. Where do we sign up?

Perennial favorite, New York Times column Modern Love is now a podcast!

This list of 27 underrated parenting products that actually work is pretty spot on.

You may be under 40 feet of snow this weekend. Here are all the best things to do when you’re snowed in.

For the next month or so, five planets will be aligned in the sky. Here’s how to take in the spectacle.

Want your kids to get into college? Tell them to be nice.

Redditors share the best “don’t tell your mom” moments they’ve had with their dads. So good.

Some bad ideas are worse than others. (But make for great stories.)

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Meeting adjourned.

Links We Love This Week

You’ve been busy this week. Here’s our round up of the interesting parts of the internet.

Austin Kleon’s (author, artist, bad-ass dad) rad picture book recommendations need a place on your kid’s shelf.

This Is The Oldest Video Footage From New York City And It’s Absolutely Incredible.

Because you deserve to enjoy yourself some Bagel Bites and Dunkaroos with a bit of class. Upgrade your favorite childhood lunches.

As a non Star Wars fan, (THERE, I SAID IT. I DON’T CARE ABOUT STAR WARS. I’M GOING TO BE FIRED.) none of these jokes from twitter’s break out star Dad Joke Han Solo make any sense to me. But I’m told they’re funny.

The Longest Shortest Time is Back! Improv comedian Chris Gethard attempts to answer kids’ unanswerable questions like, “Do dinosaurs go to heaven or hell?” He’s not even a parent and manages to do way better than we could do.

Here’s a two for the price of one Friday laugh. McSweeney’s follow up to the brilliant “Jamie and Jeff’s Birth Plan” is the even more hysterical “Jamie and Jeff’s Note to the Babysitter

“I will try so hard not to hurt you.” A far more realistic parental promise than happiness. Jennifer Senior’s TED talk is worth a watch.

David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ Recreated As Children’s Book (it’s as awesome as you’d think.)

You may not have 15 minutes to watch Adele do car karaoke, but if you skip to 10:30, it’s a worthy investment.

Ever wonder how Shaun White, Yoko Ono, or George Clooney got their starts? We’re devouring these great posts from New York Magazine.

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Links We Love This Week

Congratulations on making it through the first week of the new year. Only 7 more weeks until you finally start writing the date correctly on the first try! Since you were busy, here’s our round up of the internet.

Congratulations on making it through the first week of the new year. Only 7 more weeks until you finally start writing the date correctly on the first try!

Don’t spend your hard earned money on “fun” that really isn’t. Instead, adopt this “cost per units of fun” concept and use it wisely.

This great think piece from The Atlantic gave us our new favorite dinner party question: When do you think you became an adult?

We’d read any essay about the Golden Girls, but this one takes the cake. 30 Years Later, ‘The Golden Girls’ is Still the Most Progressive Show on Television

The secret to a long and healthy life may not be such a secret after all.

Do not. Let me repeat- DO NOT read these tweets (accompanied by photos) while you are drinking anything. This is your Friday laugh that will keep on giving.

The best apps for creative people.

This week, The New York Public Library released more than 180,000 items from their digital collections into the public domain. Photos, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, all available to use however you want. We’ve already lost 15 minutes to this Fifth Avenue Then and Now photo/google street view comparison tour.

Grilled cheese, 25 ways. That’s all.

This couple tweeted the story of their unintended home birth and we couldn’t stop reading.

Games to play with your child in which you barely have to move or talk. (We could have used this during our New Year’s Day hangovers.)

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Stop dorking around on your phone. Mastering boredom can boost productivity, enhance creativity and more.

The fascinating, true story of Festivus.

From the New York Times, Muslim parents discuss how they navigate talking to their children about hatred and extremism. (And here is a great collection of Muslim kids’ books which should be part of any child’s library.)

Use Common Sense Media’s age-by-age guide to Star Wars movies, apps, games and TV shows to find which are appropriate for your young fans.

Kids should play without adults getting in their way. It’s training for the real world.

A thought provoking essay on what we can and can’t teach our children about racial identity.

Feeling uninspired? Here are 5 great ways to reignite your creativity just in time for 2016.

How different can people live in identical apartments? These 10 photos from an apartment block in Bucharest are fascinating.

Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and the cast of Star Wars kill an a cappella tribute to The Force Awakens. (In case you’re one of the 3 people who haven’t seen it yet.)

Catch up on the top internet stories of 2015 on this episode of Note to Self featuring Caitlin Dewey, the Digital Culture Critic at the Washington Post.

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View from the Parent Co. fire escape. Not too shabby.

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What do the parents of successful kids have in common? These 11 factors can help predict success.

How to pick which board game to play in one handy flow chart.

This Holiday commercial from the Belgian National Lottery is a sweet minute well spent.

Serial is back! Listen to the first episode, Dustwun, this weekend. Podcasts pair well with Holiday party hangovers.

You’re making one big mistake when you’re arguing with your kids. You’re not going full hostage negotiator.

When the world feels like a terrible place, restore your faith in humanity (and do the same for others) by doing one of these 15 things.

Why can’t your kindergartener sit still? Because he’s six. This essay on the state of elementary schooling is on point.

Tis the season for The 2015 Haters Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog. (We look forward to this every year.)

Feeling like garbage? Do one of these 15 easy things, stat.

Michelle Obama, First Lady AND rapper.

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No teacher needs another coffee mug. Here are some great ideas for the educators on your list from The New Times Motherlode.

The year is almost over. How many of these 26 things every person should do for themselves at least once a year have you accomplished?

Cereal boxes filled with sugar and false claims have fallen out of favor. Turns out the nostalgia of a big bowl of Froot Loops and Saturday morning cartoons aren’t enough to keep up sales.

20 non-toy gift ideas for kids. Hallelujah.

At some point in childhood, we stop dancing like no one’s watching. How do we continue to cultivate creativity in our kids through that shift in self awareness?

We never realized there was so much phallic imagery associated with the Holidays. At least that’s what one mom found out when she shared her son’s Santa drawing on Facebook. These are HILARIOUS.

If there’s any time of year to dial up the craftiness, it’s right now. Here are 25 (totally doable) ornament making ideas.

Gift cards can feel like a cop out. But some are more personal than others. (Think more Etsy, less Chili’s.)

You can never go wrong when you give a good book. Here are The New York Times picks for Notable Children’s Books of 2015.

Too many parties? Too much work you don’t have time for? Here’s the ultimate guide to saying no to people you can’t say no to. Go forth and decline!

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An epic list of Holiday gift ideas for the kiddos. This will come in handy.

If you haven’t yet seen this beautiful conversation between father and son, stop what you’re doing and watch. “They might have guns, but we have flowers.

This great essay takes a look at parenting in the age of Facebook. And asks WWMZD? (What Will Mark Zuckerberg Do?)

8 hot chocolate recipes you’ll need for the winter. (Or whenever.)

A bit of wisdom for the difficult days.

Instachaaz’s comics are sheer brilliance.

All the best Holiday TV specials and where to find them.

Need some Thanksgiving books for bedtime this week? Check these out.

We’re totally digging Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, particularly the second episode, Parents. Read the reactions of 11 children of immigrant parents, here.

Are you more or less empathetic since having kids? From the Atlantic