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A family of 5 reviews the Captain Underpants movie (in between fart jokes)

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In case you’ve been living under a whoopee cushion somewhere, or found yourself in a 3-D-Hypno-Ring-induced trance, or simply don’t live with young kids who are totally into this sort of thing, we thought we should let you know…

There’s a Captain Underpants movie now.

That’s right, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie hit theaters this weekend, and our family was among the very first to check it out.

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Why ‘Shimmer and Shine’ just kind of sucks now

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A while back, we wrote a review of a Nick Jr. cartoon called Shimmer and Shine. The article was titled “Why ‘Shimmer and Shine’ is not the worst kids TV show ever” – and we meant every single word of it.

But my oh my, how things have changed.

While every episode of Season 1 featured the easy-to-get-behind message that you shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes, Season 2 is a whole different story…

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The very best gift for parents EVER!


NOTE: This article was originally posted on December 3, 2015. It’s been updated to include a NEW discount code for 2016. Enjoy!


Looking for the perfect Christmas gift, Hanukkah gift, birthday present or baby shower gift to buy a parent you know?

Well we already told you about the second-best gift you can give to parents – so there’s certainly no shame in getting somebody one of those.

But if you really want to wow all the child-rearers on your shopping list, you need to go for the gold, shoot for the stars, spare no expense and get the very best gift any parent could ever hope for.

(And no, we’re not talking about an offer to babysit so they can finally have a diaper-, mess- and whine-free night out. Although now that we’ve typed it, that sounds like a pretty good option too.)

We’re talking about the one and only, VERY BEST gift for parents EVER…

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Benjamin Chaud's The Bear's Song

Kids Book Review: The Bear’s Song

Benjamin Chaud's The Bear's Song

Our family loves the library. For us, there are few things better than setting the kids loose at the entrance of the children’s section, and letting them gather sacks and sacks of as many books as their tiny arms – and library card limits – can hold. Sure, we wind up having to carry most of those big, heavy stacks of books ourselves, but it’s worth it. Especially when the kids come home with a real treasure…

Which is exactly what they found in Benjamin Chaud‘s The Bear’s Song.

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Ranking the buttons on our baby monitor, from worst to first

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Our baby monitor, after an unnecessarily thorough analysis.

When you’re having a baby these days, there are lots of must-have items every parent puts on their shopping list. Cribs, car seats, strollers, clothes, parenting books, poopy diaper receptacles, and of course, baby monitors.

For our first baby, we had a simple, straight-out-of-the-Stone-Age audio monitor, which only let us hear what our baby was doing, without actually seeing anything that was going on…How primitive, right?

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Free Bilingual Education Kit Giveaway: Kids’ Candor

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How many languages does your child speak? One? Dos? 更多?

A constantly growing stack of research shows that kids who can speak multiple languages have a serious advantage over kids who speak only one. Being bilingual can make kids better able to focus attention. It can help them learn additional languages more easily. And it can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by about a decade compared to their monolingual peers.

So yeah, there’s no doubt that being bilingual is muy bueno for kids.

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Building the perfect LEGOLAND vacation

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Want to take your little ones on a fun theme park vacation this summer? Mickey Mouse isn’t the only game in town! Although we’ve enjoyed our family trips to Disneyland a couple of times in the past, we recently took our three kids to LEGOLAND for the first time – and it definitely won’t be our last!

Here are some tips and tricks we learned on our LEGOLAND visit that can help make yours a resounding success:

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