Best links of the week

Our favorite links from all over.

What is going on in the brain of a curious child? And how can harnessing their curiosity increase learning? An interesting piece from Mind/Shift.

Make a little room on the bookshelf for a “new” book from Dr. Seuss.

Apps for those pangs of nostalgia- a product hunt round-up.

Sorry, city dwellers. You may be more at risk for depression and anxiety. The good news is a walk in nature may help.

Our latest podcast obsession.

While we never considered sending our kids to sleepaway camp with an iphone, loading it the way this mom did makes it seem like a good idea.

If you’ve been defeated by vacationing with little people, this essay from Elisabeth Egan is for you.

We came for the handmade David Bowie doll, but stayed for the Frida Kahlo.


Best links of the week

Great links from all over.

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In 1961, Nora Johnson wrote an essay called, “The Captivity of Marriage.” As the decades have passed, we’ve traded the term “housewife” for “stay at home mom.” But what else has-and hasn’t-changed? A compelling piece from The Atlantic

A toddler’s guide to the perfect vacation. Sounds about right.

Did you ever get in trouble for doodling during class? Well, turns out you were doing your brain a favor. 

If you’ve ever considered teaching your kids to code, check out these 6 great beginner resources.

The world can be a scary place. Talking to kids about big issues that are even hard for adults to understand is tough. Read this. “The easy guide to explaining truly scary geopolitical events to your kids without freaking them out” via Quartz.

What could families look like in 50 years?


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Heading to the beach this weekend? The ultimate list of sun, surf, and sand gear from The Wirecutter has some suggestions we’re totally coveting.

This cartoon of Frida Kahlo’s Strange Like Me quote is like a hug for anyone who struggles with feeling as though they don’t fit in.

What if everything you knew about disciplining kids was wrong? A thought-provoking essay on the work of psychologist and author of The Explosive Child, Ross Greene.

Is modern parenting snuffing out all the best parts of the quintessential summer camp experience?

Bookmark this: The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New

Camp Google, a free online camp for kids who love science and adventure starts on July 13th!

Piano Practice: a parent’s story we know too well. (We just discovered the Rumble Strips Vermont podcast and can’t wait to binge listen to the rest.)

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Fourth of July weekend should include all the quintessential fun of summer: Barbecues, lawn games, parades, watermelon seed spitting, and fighting over the last sparkler fireworks. Basically, 72 hours of awesome. 

Pro tip: Buy the glow sticks and necklaces before you head to the fireworks. Save some money while achieving hero status.

Still not sure what to make or bring for the weekend festivities? This pinterest board from the ever-awesome Smitten Kitchen should have you covered (and maybe even make you some new friends.)

Just when we thought Dad-bod had fatigued completely, we read this McSweeney’s gem.

For 50 years, Nicholas Winton, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 106, told no one of the 669 Czechoslovakian children he saved during the Holocaust. In 1988, the BBC program, That’s Life, arranged for dozens of those once-children to thank him in person. (Warning: you are definitely going to cry.)

Are you planning a family vacation? Kid President has something to tell you. (In part? “Don’t find family time. Make it.”)

Wondering how to talk to your kids about gay marriage? Our friends at Razed lay it out using race cars and legos.

Judy Blume talks about her new book “In the Unlikely Event” on NPR. Our summer reading list is overflowing.

“Any day you get to talk about Chris Farley is a good day.”

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It’s nice ending the week on a high note and heading into the first weekend of summer with a drink recipe that is sure to absolutely kill it. You can’t ask for much more than that. (Except perhaps a decent forecast. But we’re not going to push it.) Here’s the best of this week…

Two awesome apps our kids downloaded this week (that we love as much as they do)- Toca Life City and Loopimal

Lego is investing $1 billion in making the iconic plastic bricks more sustainable by 2030. Here’s to hoping they’ll somehow hurt less underfoot.

City Museum in St. Louis is the coolest thing we’d never heard about. Seriously.

This Quora thread is full of wisdom for new AND seasoned parents. What is it that nobody tells you about having children?

Why parenting advice is so hard to take. A NY Mag essay that totally hits home.

If the intro to Judd Apatow’s just released book Sick in the Head is any indication, we’ll be done with the rest by Sunday.

This week’s episode of The Longest Shortest Time may be the best one yet. (Grab some tissues.)

Have Fun!

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Chris Ware’s parenting themed New Yorker covers are always relatable. This week’s Minecraft themed piece is no exception. via The New Yorker

Sure, there’s no shortage of parenting related tweet roundups, but more than a few of these may be top ten EVER material.

Tackling the childhood obesity epidemic starts with parents admitting their children have a problem. via New York Times

Need something to binge on this weekend? This infographic can help.

We’ve been looking forward to Inside Out for months. So far, the reviews are as glowing as we had hoped. via The Atlantic

The clock is ticking. Consult this stellar list of gift ideas for dad if you’re still empty handed. via Gear Patrol

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Our new favorite Tumblr defines the 2 Kinds of People.

Maurice Sendak would have celebrated his 87th birthday this past week. Revisiting this wonderfully illustrated video of his NPR Fresh Air interview is a lovely use of 5 minutes.

A common thread in personal discussions recently has been the importance of raising kind kids. Here a Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to do so.

Austin Kleon, author, writer, general badass, wrote a thought provoking piece on Medium about the creative journey. For the record, it’s not linear.

You still have a week to procure an awesome Father’s Day gift. This list from Netted has you covered.

Bonus: Let’s face it. Kids are Awesome.

Those of us at Parent Co with school age kiddos are officially in summer vacation territory. Cue the Alice Cooper. Happy Summer!

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A handful of things you may have missed this week.

These family camping tips are going to come in handy this summer. (And the accompanying infographics are frame-worthy.)

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The Legoizer will turn any image into a lego mural, complete with brick shopping list and instructions and it’s awesome.

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Greg Toppo, author of The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter talks about his book and the place for video games in education– via NPR

“We have, however, negotiated a 10 percent discount with a new company that offers virtual personal assistant services, just in case you want to outsource all of your forms.” The Motherlode sums up the universal parental experience of filling out summer camp forms.

“The problem is that young children have terrible taste and enjoy garbage.” A hilarious and true examination of why maddeningly terrible children’s books have endured. via Salon

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Busy cramming in end of year concerts and sporting events? Ready to light backpacks on fire if you have to fill out one more school trip or summer camp form? Here’s the hot list of interesting things we’ve read for you this week. Take a break.

This amazing tower house, outside of Melbourne was partially designed by the family’s 8 year old twins.  The giant net for perching above their bedroom? How can we get one of those at our house? via Houzz

If you’re enrolling your child in dance class for the exercise, you may want to try something else. It’s not as active as you think. via The New York Times

In one Vermont school, a teacher makes the woods her classroom every Monday whatever the weather. via NPR

If you wanted to explore every world that has been created in Minecraft, you’re going to need to set aside about 3 trillion hours. This video will make you very sorry you didn’t invent that block-laden universe yourself.  via Wired

Molly Ringwald talks with Ira Glass about the time she watched The Breakfast Club with her daughter and saw it from a parent’s perspective for the first time. via This American Life

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It’s so hard to say goodbye, but this montage of David Letterman interviewing kids is a great look back on 33 years of hilarity.

If you’re gunning for the title of “Most Awesome Parent”, you may want to book your room at the newly opened Legoland Hotel.



Think you can ride a bicycle? Bet you can’t ride this one. (Via Smarter Every Day)

The art world is finally coming around to the fact that mothers can, in fact, make great artists. Welcome to 2015.

In the future, could robots take over white collar advance degree jobs? Yes. What does that mean for our kids?

Bonus: Two words. Baby. Band.