Michelle Woo
mwoo
Parenting editor, Lifehacker
8/14/19
12:37 PM
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I try to reframe the mess as a “sensory experience.” Doesn’t help with cleanup but babies do learn something when they feel all the different textures. Or at least I keep telling myself this.

8/1/19
5:01 PM
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Brilliant. My in-laws have a giant roll of butcher paper for this purpose. Tear off a new sheet after ever few meals. 

8/1/19
11:44 AM
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I forget all the time, too. The other day, I couldn’t think of one dad’s name so I pulled up the class directory on my phone before I had to say words to him. Yay for phones (sometimes). 

7/11/19
5:19 PM
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Oh, I agree. I think it works in certain scenarios, when the kid doesn’t quite know whether to feel nervous or excited. Deeper fears need to be explored thoroughly.  

7/8/19
5:45 PM
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We used the Daniel Tiger jingle a lot, too. It’s really cute when a three-year-old belts out in the middle of the playground: “That was fun but now it’s DONE!” 

6/18/19
5:25 PM
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Yes! I am all for making your baby’s closet like Mark Zuckerberg’s. Buy all the same colored onesies for a certain size (i.e. 0-3 months: white, 3-6 months: gray, 6-12 months: navy, etc.). It’s not boring—the babies themselves are still adorable! Haha. 

6/14/19
1:21 PM
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So true. The fact that your mom still remembers all this shows how much she cared, and that makes her a great parent.  

5/28/19
10:31 AM
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You might give each kid their own prompts, writing their names at the top so they know whose is whose. Or you can do some family prompts: “What should we plant in our garden?” etc.