iceicebaby experiment

Playtime! Activity: “Ice, Ice, Baby” science experiment

Vanilla Ice was king of the suburban rap scene for a good three or four months back in middle school. But if you want to help your kids become fans of science for a lot longer than that, just get them to stop, collaborate and listen to this totally fun experiment!

iceicebaby experiment

Who It’s For: Kids ages 3 and up

What They’ll Learn: The scientific method, states of matter, why they should listen to you when you tell them not to leave the freezer wide open for no good reason

What You Need: Three bowls, three ice cubes, a refrigerator

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our married life

How having kids changes your life – now in chart form!

So the Doctor and the Dad recently celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary.

In addition to giving us a legitimate reason to go out and eat excessive amounts of delicious seafood, this also spurred us to look back at everything we’ve done together over the past nine years.

Know what we realized?

As of right now, we’ve been married with kids and married without kids for almost the exact same amount of time. To help you visualize this state of affairs, we prepared this chart:

our married life

This made us start wondering, how exactly has our married life changed since having kids? So we made another chart:

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willreid

Creative ways to communicate with kids

Communicating with your kids is super important. But it doesn’t always come easily. Check out this creative strategy one dad is taking to try to get through to his kids:

According to writer/director/leading dad Will Reid, this will be the “first in a series of instructional videos” for his kids.

That’s right.

Dude was so sick of his teenagers not listening to a single word he said, he had to post a freaking YouTube video just to get their attention.1

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  1. We noticed that this video also reveals where Will’s family weighs in on the Great Toilet Paper Debate, for those of you who are still keeping score. []

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exasperatedkid

Little kids + big words = total awesomeness

Kids are scary smart these days, aren’t they? The “exasperated” kid’s mom certainly knows what we’re talking about:

It seems like almost every time we turn around, one of our miniature megaminds is surprising us by saying some crazy big word – like “disintegrate” from our four-year-old, or “booger” from her little brother. (Most of the time, they even use the words accurately!)

And it’s not just words.

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First day of school! (Take one.)

Turning parenting fails into successes

It’s back-to-school time! Is everybody excited?

Well a couple of weeks ago, the Doctor and the Dad got a little too excited for our daughter’s first day of school.

First day of school! (Take one.)
First day of school! (Take one.)

We woke up early, made sure everyone had a good breakfast, unsuccessfully tried to convince our preschooler not to wear seventeen multi-colored clips and bows in her hair all at once, took a bunch of pictures outside our front door, and loaded the whole family into the car to go drop our big girl off at school.

The only problem?

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rapbattle

Parental Rap Battle: Baby Swag vs. Swagger Wagon

In case y’all didn’t know it, there’s a straight-up gangsta’ turf war goin’ down right now in virtual suburbs all over the web.

This is East Coast vs. West Coast, Bloods vs. Crips, and Pampers vs. Huggies all rolled into one, yo.

rapbattle

What we’re talkin’ ‘bout – of course – is The Mom’s View’s new Baby Swag rap video vs. the Toyota Sienna’s 2015 Swagger Wagon rap reboot.

So what do you say we get all 8 Mile on these parental rhyme spitters and declare ourselves a winner?

But check yourself: this shizz is definitely not safe for preschool.
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familyvacations

It’s family vacation time!

The Doctor and the Dad (and the Daughter and the Son) are on vacation this week. And let us tell you, it is awesome!

If you and your brood haven’t taken a big, relaxing break together lately, you really owe it to yourselves to schedule one. Research shows that family vacations contribute positively to family bonding, communication and solidarity. Plus, they’re a ton of fun, too!

…Unless, of course, they end up being as disappointing…

…disastrous…

…or decidedly awkward as these.

Happy family vacationing everybody!

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givingparents

Happy parents give a s***

Over the past few weeks we’ve given you some cool, research-based tips for pumping up your parental happiness, like this one and this one and this one too. Today we’re giving you one more tip…because giving makes us happy!


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You know how it feels to give someone a really great gift? You’ve gone out of your way to pick something you know they’re going to love. You anticipate them opening the gift even more than you anticipate opening any gifts of your own. And when they finally tear through all the tape and tissue paper and feast their eyes on your amazingly thoughtful surprise, the joyous look on their face makes you feel amazing!

That is exactly what today’s tip is all about.
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