How A.V. Club staffers got their offspring to just say no to kids’ music

The A.V. Club, as you might have guessed, is staffed with no shortage of music nerds, casually tossing off comments about our vinyl collections and that obscure indie show we caught last week. Before we were parents, we naturally assumed that our excellent musical taste was something hereditary that we would pass on…

Spend Halloween with monsters only a mother could love

Ah, Halloween, the push-me/pull-you of children’s holidays. Pro: Candy. Con: Scary monsters. Pro: Playing dress up. Con: Nightmares for the rest of the year. So what’s the best way to ease your child into the Halloween fun without giving them fear complexes that they’ll spend years of therapy getting over? Once again,

The best pop culture to get your kids in the back-to-school groove

As summer draws to a close, the gloom that kids feel is almost matched by the glee of parents who no longer have to worry about entertaining them 24/7 during the long weeks when school is not in session. Since youngsters wind up spending a lot of time in school, it’s not surprising that a wide variety of pop culture…

Outer space entertainments to share with your kids

Since almost every child wants to be an astronaut at some point, outer space is one of those things you have to explain to kids sooner rather than later. For example, why Pluto was once a planet but now is not, and whether or not it was named after Mickey Mouse’s dog. As your young offspring try to establish their…

Our parenting guide takes on superheroes

As you might have heard a few thousand times, Batman V Superman opens this week, bringing a long-awaited showdown and a long-ignored superheroine to the big screen. We thought this would be a good opportunity to ask our stable of A.V. Club parents about their various efforts to introduce their own kids to the…