Meghan Moravcik Walbert
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Meghan is Lifehacker's Parenting Editor. She is a former newspaper journalist and author of the Foster Parent Diary Series for the New York Times.
1/24/20
3:40 PM
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I was recently at a Chuck E. Cheese and the hand dryers were so loud *I* wanted to scream by the time I walked out. There were two toddlers in there who were doing just fine and I can’t fathom how. 

1/24/20
12:47 PM
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I’ll echo most of the responses here that we did this with our son and he had no speech delay. He’s actually always had a pretty impressive vocabulary for his age. A baby will start to speak the words even though they can sign because they want to talk, they just can’t formulate the words yet at 8-9 months old. The Read more

1/24/20
10:44 AM
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Yeah, my kid definitely took a few steps back when the eagle started flapping its wings, but to be fair, I jumped, too. Tonight, we’ve got plans to put a shark in the bathtub. 

1/22/20
4:01 PM
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This is similar to how I’ve operated as an adult. If we’re exchanging gifts, no note. In my family, if it’s a birthday gift, no note (maybe because we do “exchange” those, even if it happens on different days throughout the year). But a one-off, unexpected gift or for a specific milestone I’m not reciprocating Read more

1/21/20
9:00 PM
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Tell me more about this fitted sheet solution... Was the table already in a non-carpeted area? Was cleaning the sheet easier than wiping down a hard surface of Play-Doh crumbles?

1/21/20
8:51 PM
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I’m happy to elaborate further! I don’t think you need to get too fancy here. At least I didn’t. I took the roll of streamers, a roll of tape and headed upstairs. I measured by simply holding the roll up to one side, rolling it out to the length I needed (depending on where I wanted that piece to end on the opposite Read more

1/21/20
1:29 PM
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I’m going to try this! The last five minutes of the morning before we need to leave are the most frustrating minutes of the day in my house. Screens as motivation is excellent.

1/17/20
11:39 AM
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Questions about recess typically work with my son, too. It’s his favorite part of the day and probably the most social part, so he’s usually got some stories to share.

1/17/20
11:37 AM
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Definitely not trying to encourage a gossipy mentality, which is why the softened “who was struggling today?” version is a good option. That might prompt them to talk about how someone was struggling to make a basketball shot in gym class and got frustrated or about how someone felt sick and had to go to the nurse’s Read more