Parent Hacks: illustrated guide is the best kind of parenting book

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The latest incarnation of Parent Hacks is the best yet: Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids, with illustrations from Craighton Berman.

Stroller folds up small enough to fit in a shopping bag

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The Pockit Stroller claims the Guinness World Record for the smallest-folding umbrella stroller ever -- it folds down so small you can put it under your airplane seat or into a shopping bag. Read the rest

Kids celebrate their 3D printed prosthetic hands

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Kevin writes, "Peyton Andry is a Cincinnati boy who was born with symbrachydactyly, a condition that caused the fingers of his right hand to be shorter or missing entirely." Read the rest

Among a Thousand Fireflies: children's book shows the sweet, alien love stories unfolding in our own backyards

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Rick Lieder -- painter, illustrator, photographer, husband of the brilliant novelist/playwright Kathe Koja -- waits ever-so-patiently in his suburban Detroit back-yard with his camera, capturing candid, lively photos of bees, birds, bugs, and now, in a new book of photos with a beautiful accompanying poem by Helen Frost, fireflies.

The "American College of Pediatricians" is a hate group with fewer than 200 members

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Not to be mistaken for the legitimate American Academy of Pediatrics, which has 60,000 members! Read the rest

Tentacled crib

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Rentdownstairs was expecting a new baby, so they commissioned Atlanta woodworker Garrick Andrus to carve this amazing tentacled crib out of walnut for the impending bundle of joy. Read the rest

Parenting a Happy Mutant

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Today I received the following email regarding my daughter's science fair project...

Other Parent, Jason's Ex-wife, & Jason,

I will put Other Kid and Hannah's Science Fair proposal in Hannah's backpack today. The committee did not approve their proposal because the experiments may not involve testing on people or animals. A new question needs to be submitted by March 16th.

If I remember today, I will speak with the girls about ideas, but it will be a busy morning with the field trip and in case I forget I wanted you to know.

Thanks,

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I have no clue what my kid is working on, but she's asking for an awful lot of money and keeps muttering about "Rebuild him, better... stronger... faster..."

Why can't she just modify a 1982 Pontiac into a crime fighting super-vehicle? Read the rest

Unicorn vs. Goblins: the third amazing, hilarious Phoebe and her Unicorn collection!

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When my daughter Poesy discovered the first Phoebe and Her Unicorn book, it was love at first sight. When I pried the book out of her hands, I was also addicted, and just as delighted with book two. Book three is out today, and I'm so immensely excited to announce that my daughter and I co-wrote the introduction!

California parents: file this form to ask for your kids' school records to be kept private

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There's a hard-fought lawsuit underway about whether California schools failed in their duty to provide special ed to students, and as a part of that, the court has ordered disclosure of the school records of every California so the plaintiffs can analyze them. Read the rest

Hacker suspected in Anon raid on Boston hospital rescued at sea by Disney cruise ship, then arrested

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Martin Gottesfeld and his family were rescued at sea, near Cuba, by a Disney cruise ship, then Gottesfeld was arrested by FBI agents dispatched from a Bahamian field office. Read the rest

Women in Zika-affected countries beg online for abortion pills

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Throughout latinamerica, many countries ban abortion under any circumstance, an historic artifact of the states' close relationship with the Catholic Church. This ban on abortion has always put women's lives at risk, but with the threat of Zika virus, the dire situation has turned urgent, and widespread. Read the rest

To do in Toronto: Create a Rey doll hackathon

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Many people have noticed that the female lead character Rey is notably underrepresented in the tsunami of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys. Read the rest

Howto: make your own fantastically detailed Star Trek: TOS bridge playset

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David Weiberg handed down his childhood set of Star Trek: original series action figures to his eight-year-old son, and then the two of them built a fantastically detailed, correctly scaled replica of the original Enterprise's bridge to go with them. Read the rest

Griefer hacks baby monitor, terrifies toddler with spooky voices

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Remember how, back in September 2015, researchers revealed that virtually every "smart" baby-monitor they tested was riddled with security vulnerabilities that let strangers seize control over it, spying on you and your family? Read the rest

New US law says kids can walk to school by themselves

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After years of documenting instances in which parents and kids are terrorized by law enforcement and child welfare authorities because the kids were allowed to be on their own in public places, the Free Range Kids movement has gotten some justice: a new Federal law gives its official okey-doke to parents who let their kids get to school on their own. Read the rest

How imaginary friends went from a parental worry to a badge of honour

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For a long time, kids' imaginary friends were a cause for concern: Dr Spock recommended taking kids to "a child psychiatrist, child psychologist or other mental-health counsellor" to figure out what kids with imaginary friends were "lacking;" while Jean Piaget saw imaginary friends as a sign of failure, not of an active imagination, because "The child has no imagination, and what we ascribe to him as such is no more than a lack of coherence." Read the rest

Parenting and sysadminning are remarkably similar

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Six years ago, I wrote a column comparing IT managers' prohibitions on using your own devices and applications to abstinence-only sex ed: a high-handed approach that leaves its audience ignorant and resentful, and dedicated to undermining you behind your back. Read the rest

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