Tom Hanks Reads Nice Tweets, Proving the Internet Can Be Kind

Not only does Hanks read the tweets in his all-too-familiar voice, he adds his own commentary, too, and it’s enough to warm all of our cold, cold hearts! When we watch this video, it’s impossible to imagine anyone else playing our beloved Mr. Rogers in the brand new film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.  Read More

“Fiver” Birthday Parties Are On The Rise, Here’s What They Are

Not only does it cut down on the dicey process of children opening up dozens of presents in front of their guests (and potentially having less-than-stellar responses to repeat gifts, for example), it allows the birthday child to put their gifts towards something they’ve been saving up for, or maybe an experience, like a movie at the theater or a season pass to the museum. Read More

4 Ways Your Family Can Practice Gratitude This November

No matter what you decide to do this holiday season, remember to take pauses to think about, verbalize, and act out your thankfulness. Not only are you doing yourself a favor, but you’re teaching your kids tools to be healthier, more well-rounded members of society.  Read More

Study Shows Half of School-Aged Kids Are Sleep-Deprived

Turns out that most families are in the same boat you are, but are less successful in getting their kids the sleep they need before school. A new study that pulled from 2016-2017 data from the National Survey of Children’s Health revealed that only 47.6% of school-aged children are getting the recommended 9 hours of sleep on weeknights.  Read More

How to Navigate Cultural Halloween Costumes With Sensitivity

Mia Moody-Ramirez is a professor of journalism and public relations at Baylor University. She is also a nationally recognized expert on mass media representations of minorities, women, and other underrepresented groups. She says, “Common cultural appropriation missteps include darkening one’s face, wearing ethnic garb, and/or dressing up to provoke laughter rather than show respect for a group or person.” Read More

I Will Always Welcome Older Trick-or-Treaters, and Here’s Why

There are dozens of other things kids could be doing on Halloween that are much less savory than trick-or-treating within their community. Because of this, I can’t help but smile when I see preteens and teenagers running around in packs, laughing and begging for candy. It’s a solid reminder to everyone that the fun doesn’t have to stop when you reach a certain age. Read More