'NCIS' Star Vanessa Lachey Shares Her Favorite Food Hack That Changes Mealtime

The NCIS: Hawai‘i star shares family rituals she has with husband Nick Lachey and their three kids, as well as food tricks parents need to know. Television star Vanessa Lachey recently relocated to Oahu to play the first female lead of an NCIS franchise, NCIS: Hawai'i. The fam came along: husband Nick, of the band 98 Degrees, plus their kids, Camden, 9, Brooklyn, 6, and Phoenix, 4. Her next move: sharing personal recipes and rituals in Life From Scratch: Family Traditions That Start With You, o

Kekla Magoon and Chelsea Clinton Explain How 'She Persisted: Ruby Bridges' Can Inspire Kids to Do What 'They're Passionate About'

She Persisted: Ruby Bridges is a Parents' book club pick for good reason: it inspires children to strive for social justice and equality. Written by Kekla Magoon and Chelsea Clinton and intended for ages 6 to 9, it follows 6-year-old Ruby Bridges, the first Black child at the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960. Refusing to be treated like a second-class student, she walked past hateful protesters that shouted threats against her to attend first grade and was then t

How to Make a Family Tree With Kids

Family trees help children learn about their ancestry and identity. Here’s how to make one yourself—plus a simple family tree template you can download at home. A family tree is a genealogical chart documenting a person's ancestry. The diagram represents generations of family members and their relationships to one another. Making a family tree has several benefits for kids—for example, it can help them build a core identity, develop an interest in history, and bond with relatives. Family trees

Why Your Child Bites Their Nails and How to Help Them Stop

Nail biting is unsightly, and it can lead to skin damage, infections, and other health risks. Here’s how to help your child stop the bad habit once and for all. Nail biting is a common habit during childhood. But although it can be frustrating for parents, it's often harmless, and kids usually outgrow it over time. "A lot of kids stop biting their nails as they age and start to look around and see that other people aren't doing it," says David Hill, M.D., adjunct assistant professor of pediatri

Why Your Child Picks Their Nose and How to Help Them Stop

Nose-picking isn’t just gross—it’s potentially harmful for children. Here’s how to stop the bad habit once and for all. Why Your Child Picks Their Nose and How to Help Them Stop As every parent knows, children sometimes do the grossest things—including picking their nose. Thankfully, "as kids get older, it becomes less socially appropriate, so if they do it, it tends to be more in private and less frequent," says Leah Alexander, M.D., a pediatrician and consultant for Mom Loves Best. In the m

What to Expect When You Visit the First-Ever Harry Potter Store

The New York City location has a Butterbeer Bar and the biggest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products anywhere. Accio, all the merch! The world's first Harry Potter flagship store in New York City is now open! The three-level store is housed in the Flatiron Building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, about a 30-minute walk from where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will return to Broadway on November 12. When you walk through the main entrance on Fifth Avenue, you will be greet

Tia Mowry's Best Cooking Parenting Hacks Involve Elmo and Stencils

Everyone deserves a little ice cream in this weather. And as one of this mom's favorite foods, Tia Mowry is working to make sure that's possible for those who are lactose intolerant. Mowry, mother of Cairo, 3, and Cree, 10, discovered she had a lactose sensitivity in her late teens, and her kids are sensitive too. So desserts like her Ice Cream Cookie Skillet include Lactaid ice cream or Lactaid lactose-free milk with their favorite cookies—and the kids can't tell the difference. What have been

Ashley Tisdale's Best Mom Hack Is Playing a Pink Song: 'It's Like a Secret Weapon'

The actress and singer talks about her transition to parenthood, her best advice to new parents, and why Pink has a special place in her home. Do you have any parenting hacks or advice for moms-to-be? For new moms, I would say try to do something for yourself. You have this new addition, and obviously, all of your attention goes to the baby, but I think it's important to do little self-care things that make you happy. What's something you didn't expect when becoming a mom? To be honest I did

35 Positive Affirmations to Empower Your Child

A child's mental health is just as important as their physical health. If you want to foster happiness and well-being in your kid, consider teaching them some positive affirmations. These are generally short phrases or statements, positive in nature, that people repeat to themselves, explains Marilou G. Tablang-Jimenez, M.D., DFAPA, chair of the Addiction and Mental Health Center at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. "Regular repetition of them can encourage your brain to take them as facts, be

'Loki' Costume Designer on Making Sophia Di Martino's Costume Nursing- and Pumping-Friendly: 'So She Could Be a Strong New Mom'

'Loki' Costume Designer on Making Sophia Di Martino's Costume Nursing- and Pumping-Friendly: 'So She Could Be a Strong New Mom' It shouldn't be hard for working moms to breastfeed or pump while on the job. After all, research shows that nursing has numerous physical and mental health benefits for both mother and child. Yet, many women report multiple barriers to breastfeeding once returning to work. In a recent Instagram post, Loki star Sophia Di Martino, who plays the Loki variant Sylvie in t

John Legend on the Joy of Family Reunions: 'My kids Are So Excited to See Their Cousins, Aunts, and Uncles'

After a year of pandemic isolation, families are eager to reunite, and this dad is helping to make that happen. John Legend, father to Luna, 5, and Miles, 3, has teamed up with Vrbo to give away 30 long-awaited family reunion vacations over 30 days. As part of the #VrboReunionContest, you could win an epic $5K trip to anywhere in the United States so you can reconnect with your loved ones. "There are so many people that have made sacrifices and didn't get a chance to see people they really love

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