Top 5 links for parents 4/17-4/24

This conversation between Darin Ross and his daughter is the sweetest thing we’ve read this week. (And as a bonus, we stumbled upon it when revisiting his amazingly epic burrito rant. BTW, it’s even better than we remembered.)

In an interview with Good, art director of the New Yorker, Francoise Mouley talks comics and their effect on young readers.  “As a mother, seeing my kids grow up and the impact that reading comics had on them, it became clear that far from being what was hailed as a medium that would turn them into juvenile delinquents, and would prevent them from being literate, it’s a gateway to literature, as Art says, a gateway drug to reading.”

Credit Melissa King via Shutterstock
Credit Melissa King via Shutterstock

In what is becoming the parenting debate of our generation, how much supervision is too little supervision? Should a parent be arrested for leaving their sleeping toddler in the car? Parents who have lived that nightmare share their stories in this thought provoking piece from Salon.


THE OREGON TRAIL GENERATION: LIFE BEFORE AND AFTER MAINSTREAM TECH: “If you can distinctly recall the excitement of walking into your weekly computer lab session and seeing a room full of Apple 2Es displaying the start screen of Oregon Trail, you’re a member of this nameless generation, my friend.”

WHY USING FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, AND TWITTER TO LOG INTO APPS IS A PROBLEM: “The Big Three gatekeepers have an enormous amount of data about us. They’re like Santa Claus: They know when we’ve been sleeping; they know when we’re awake; and they know when a new dating app gets hot because every new entrant is built on Facebook login and access to the friend list.”


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We won’t name names, but just this morning, someone in our office tried to curse us all with NKOTB’s admitted smash hit “The Right Stuff”. Thankfully, we stumbled across this article on how to cleanse the earworms that are 90’s chart toppers. (Or any irritating songs, for that matter.)

Tiny Bop

Tinybop’s Robot Factory is exactly the sort of app we want to see more of. Like a set of digital Tinker-Toys, it’s designed for imagination. And sure, it’s aimed at kids, but there’s no reason you can’t try your hand at building something awesome.


Lindsay Ishihiro’s honest depictions of her adventures in parenting give us something to look forward to on Mondays.

We’re only laughing because we aren’t raising Millennials. “Why Is Your Millennial Crying?”

The best way to teach our kids emotional intelligence is to exhibit it ourselves. Need some help with that? This LifeHacker article has it covered.


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Louis CK writes, directs, edits, and stars in every episode of his hit show. Season 5 just started, and we’re currently on a bender of reading every single word he has to say. This interview, from the Hollywood Reporter, Louis C.K.’s Crabby, Epic Love Letter to NYC is totally worth your 5 minutes.


I have literally tens of thousands of photos of my kids. Smiling, not even remotely smiling, their feet, their busy hands, in action, and still as statues. But I only have a handful of photos they’ve taken. This article, from the Matador Network was a great reminder of an overlooked way to spark their creativity.

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Last week, Facebook announced their new Scrapbook feature. This article from John Patrick Pullen for Time “Why Facebook’s Scrapbook is Bad for Your Baby” echoes our sentiments. “In the words of Admiral Ackbar, ‘It’s a trap!'”

If there’s anything you can learn from kids, it’s the value of a nap. You should post this great infographic and accompanying article from Higher Perspective in your office. George Costanza would approve.


Why Kids Need to Move, Touch, and Experience to Learn : Get them up. Get them moving. Make them smarter.

(Barnaby Wasson/Flickr )
(Barnaby Wasson/Flickr )

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We listened to this edition of On Point earlier this week about screen time for babies 2 and under. Our takeaway? Don’t torture yourself with singing and dancing crayons in the name of early education. It doesn’t make them smarter.

The Bloom family of Newport, NSW happened upon a baby Magpie on the ground, took her home and with the advice of a vet, hand reared her until she was able to take off on her own. Yet as told in the beautiful photos taken by Cameron Bloom, who happens to be a photographer, the bird has positioned itself as part of the family. We can’t wait for the release of New York Time’s best-selling author, Bradley Trevor Greive’s collaboration with the family “Penguin the Magpie”. penguin08


Worth a bookmark: The 50 Books Every Child Should Read Before They’re 12 via Common Sense Media

This piece from Fast Company, The Science of Why You Should Spend Your Money on Experiences, Not Things has really resonated with us. It’s a valuable lesson for parents and kids alike.

This yet to be released book, Stop Here. This is the Place already has a place on our bookshelves. Stunning images, breath catching prose.


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There are only so many hours in the day. Here are 5 things you might have missed.

This weekend, I shall invest in a set of dry erase markers and re-write the programming at my house, using the exact same method as writer, Jessica Lahey. Assume nothing, and leave no step unaccounted for. Read about the most brilliant parenting strategy we’ve seen all week here.


With spring cleaning on the horizon, we love any excuse to skip a step. Revisit this fun NPR piece on the most interesting mess in your house.


The only disappointing thing about this six minute animated film of Jane Goodall narrating her amazing life story, is that it’s too short.

We’re all taking the “Habit PersonalityQuiz” written by Gretchen Rubin, author of the new book “Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives.” Way more “rebels” at Parent Co. than you’d think. Find out who you are here.

When Steve McCurry, the man responsible for what could arguably be called the most iconic National Geographic cover ever, “Afghan Girl”, talks about photo composition, WE LISTEN. Since chances are good you’re less than a foot away from a camera right now, this new video featuring insider tips for even the most amateur of photographers is worth a watch.

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There are only so many hours in the day. Here are 5 articles you might have missed.

via The Motherlode

In case you haven’t yet performed the “et tu, Lego” sigh of disappointment, here’s the New York Times Motherlode article that caused ours.

via StoryCorps

This StoryCorps interview between a father and his 9 year old son is the best thing we’ve heard, probably all month. Except, maybe don’t listen when you’re driving, because blurry tears could make you hit stuff.

photo credit: Chris McVeigh
photo credit: Chris McVeigh

Here’s the A to Z on what Lego bricks you need and how to assemble them into an Apple watch. (Ugh. Lego, seriously. WHY CAN’T WE QUIT YOU?)

LA Johnson/NPR
LA Johnson/NPR

This is a great interview with Daniel T. Willingham, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, about his new book, Raising Kids Who Read.

“You should model reading, make reading pleasurable, read aloud to your kid in situations that are warm and create positive associations. But also setting a tone where our family is one where we like to learn new things. We like to learn about the world, and a big part of that is reading. Developing a sense in the child that I am in a family of readers before the child can even read.”

via Jezebel
via Jezebel

And on a final note, inspired by the fact every single person I encountered on my walk from the car to the office this morning had their phone all up in their face like some post apocalyptic zombie flick,”Here is How Your Smartphone is Truly Aging You (It’s Not Tech Neck)


5 Links: Screentime, Bedtime Reading, Kid App Trends

Trendy topics last week included the importance of reading to kids, and the potential overuse of technology by children.

Over on Medium, Gary Vaynerchuk writes “I refuse to limit or restrict hours on a screen for my children” because “it’s prepping them for the world that is going to to be. Straight up.” Read it here.

Meanwhile, the Guardian posted 10 children’s app trends for 2015 by Stuart Dredge that’s definitely worth a read if apps are part of your family life.

A study discussed in The Telegraph shows that books at bedtime can help children learn more quickly. In the New York Times, a new study unsurprisingly shows that Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own.”

This is a good time to again recommend @gweinger’s Medium post, “Be selfish: keep reading to your kids.”

Wrapping it all up, on the Daily Beast @Samantha Allen writes that “men will have someday have kids without women.” I thought jetpacks and hoverboards were the priority.