Step Away From My Newborn. Right. Now.

let mom bond with newborn, father bonding with newborn,

Plenty of other new mothers thrive on connecting soon after birth. Not me. I ask people to stay away for at least a week. That doesn’t always go well….

Lumosity Craposity

brain training is a scam,

Brain training programs exploit people like my dad. Get the facts.

Eccentrics R Us

Not just another apple off the tree. (iblushay, cco public domain)

Truly eccentric people aren’t trying to stand out. They simply do their best to live in a world of conventions while simply being themselves.

How To Raise Word Geeks

word nerd, word games, dictionary games,

This book, however old and tattered, holds the power to create word nerds. Do you have one?

When Toys Seek Revenge

Chances are, toys will be seeking vengeance in your home any time now. Learn from our experiences and beware Revenge of the Toys.

Raising Science-y Kids on the Cheap

raising science nerds, raising STEM kids,

Raising science-loving kids doesn’t mean pricey STEM toys and classes. It has to do with saying “yes.” Here’s how it works.

Raising Citizens of the World

raising Earth citizens, planetary citizens, global learners

Here are dozens of ideas and resources for helping our kids understand the many ways they’re linked to their fellow beings on this beautiful blue/green planet.

Safe & Warm Car Seat Solutions: 7 AM Enfant

7 am Enfant, safe car seat warmth,

We now know our little ones shouldn’t wear winter coats or snowsuits in the car. That’s because fluffy outwear diminishes car seat safety in a crash. The Car Seat Lady and 7 AM Enfant have a dozen solutions.

We Love Language Maps

Language maps show you what words and phrases are trending, how dialect distinguishes us, and how words sound in different languages.

Hide Your Spoons

Spoon players are geeks of the music world.

Gift Guide to Offbeat Valentine’s Day Surprises


Stop! Don’t even consider giving a clichéd gift when you can adorn your loved one in the Milky Way, hang science from her ears, make hot sauce together, read aloud from a steamy steampunk novel, and much more.

20 Quirky Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

alternative Valentine celebrations, Valentine art, heart art, quirky Valentine celebrations,

Un-cliché your Valentine’s Day. Create a heart out of something unexpected, commit anonymous good deeds, or try any of our other out-of-the-ordinary ideas.

Celebrate Slacker New Year’s Eve

Party by unpartying. (CC by 2.0 davejdoe's flickr photostream)

Have an entirely relaxing New Year’s Eve celebration. Your kids will think it’s the best New Year’s Eve ever.

Ads on Pinterest, Sigh

Pinterest is now soliciting advertisers. Do you think this will change the way you use it?

Hidden Gems Are the Perfect Appetizers

Extra-crunch version made with almond meal. (image: L. Weldon)

Roll anything you want in the center of these crusty, cheesy appetizers. Better yet, you can make them in advance. Even freeze them. Betcha these will become a favorite with your family too.

Cooper, Hunter, Parker: Vocation Names For Boys

Cooper? Hunter? Parker? 
(CC0 public domain

Popular baby boy names have their roots in vocations. Nearly all these occupations are obscure or long gone, so we don’t associate them with the work they once described.

The Swear Word You Say

slow down, unbusy,

We hear it all the time. We probably say it all the time. I swear (hah!) it’s the curse of our era.