Meghan Moravcik Walbert
megwalbert
Lifehacker Parenting Editor
11/14/19
2:32 PM
1

I had a babysitting empire when I was younger and only ever got fired from one gig, which is where I learned a super useful lesson that has served me in all jobs since: set priorities. Read more

11/14/19
7:40 AM
1

I learned to read a map to navigate an unfamiliar place when I was 3. My family was visiting colonial Williamsburg and apparently I was thirsty. My mom showed me that the water fountains were in barrels, the barrels were marked on a map with a triangle and we were “here” on the map. She says we visited every water Read more

11/14/19
7:33 AM
1

Great Idea! I have a 4yo kid, think it’s too young for this, but I’m gonna save the idea!

11/13/19
5:15 PM
4

“...They don’t run out to play with the neighborhood kids all day, only to return when the street lights turn on...” Read more

11/13/19
5:06 PM
6

Kids who grew up with these also innately understand how “spin gravity” works in science fiction settings. It never hit me until just now that the reason current movies and TV shows get it wrong (ie. a ship is shaped like a pencil with a spinning ring mounted partway along it, but people walk around in normal gravity Read more

11/13/19
4:37 PM
4

We used to play rock wars as kids.... basically a snowball fight but with small rocks and pebbles. Definitely had a few bloodied rounds and a kid almost lost an eye but we are all well adjusted adults now.

11/13/19
4:33 PM
9

The playground I grew up with in our local park was awesome. Big metal merry-go-round that could fling the unwary smack into a tree or at the very least cause them to scrape a big gouge in the pea gravel; Massive jungle gym that was at least 15 feet tall in the center; Seesaws that were long enough to lift you ten Read more

11/13/19
4:20 PM
4

YES! Round and round, faster and faster, holding on for dear life lest you go flying off and either cut a kid-sized ditch in the pea gravel or smack into a nearby oak tree.

11/13/19
1:21 PM
4

My grandfather did this with me on out of state road trips. I was the navigator and kept notes on how many miles per gallon we were getting (that was my idea, being a math nerd at a young age).  I got to learn how to read a map and make navigation decisions.  I learned quickly that some times the shortest route isn’t Read more

11/11/19
2:14 PM
3

I hired a doula with my first pregnancy about 10 years ago. I’d absolutely say that 1) meeting your doula before you are in labor and 2) discussing what kind of birth (birth plan) the family wanted were hallmarks of that relationship. I’ve not heard of hospitals “assigning” them. This sounds to me like a hospital is Read more

11/11/19
12:14 PM
1

My kids and I play this game that I found in a game magazine so long ago I can’t remember where to give credit, but it looks like this. Read more

11/9/19
7:36 PM
1

Play bare-bones pictionary, i.e. one person draws/illustrates a word and the other(s) try to guess it - all you need is something to draw with and random words. You can think up the words or, if you have a basic mobile connection, there are various free websites with random word generators that you can set at Read more

11/9/19
8:27 AM
1

This one is more of a puzzle. Not a two person game. Have them draw this.

11/8/19
4:18 PM
3

As a kid, my mom was religious and took us to church every Sunday, and all I remember of actually being in a church service as a kid is playing the dot game with my mom on the backs of old receipts and whatever other scraps of paper she found in her purse. Read more

11/8/19
3:48 PM
4

Take tracing your hand to a whole new level by turning it into a 3-D hand.

11/7/19
2:30 PM
2

We utilize our school’s Latchkey program in the afternoons. They will keep kids until 6pm which is very helpful.

11/7/19
12:39 AM
1

Most of my friend’s kids and grandkids and I end up talking about youtube videos. Russian car wreck videos are very popular, military aircraft (mostly fighter planes), cars, trains, people doing stupid stuff, old TV shows, and pets, are all subjects we have talked about. One friend’s kid started watching the old Read more

11/6/19
2:13 AM
2

I don’t really get kids (I’m this app’s target market, completely). An ex-colleague of mine has two and apparently one of them would always ask if I’d be there when he offered to take them into work. I had no idea why, but it turned out that the kid was kind of shy, and everyone else in the workplace (most of them Read more

11/5/19
6:37 PM
1

This is neat, also a shoutout to “Ask TheStorybots” on Netflix. A lot of fun and very educational. My kids love that show. -