While we'd never forgo classic fairy tales and Dr. Seuss riddles, we think a modern kid needs to be brought up with the right mix of mental stimulation. A proper diet of daily computer programming lessons, alien language tutorials, and the ins and outs of life with the leader of the Death Star is necessary for raising a well-rounded geek. Help your little one get ahead with one of these nerdy literary selections.
It's only natural that you'd want your kids (or nieces and nephews) to be as geeky as you are. Besides, geek is totally chic. Prep them for the future with these geeky gifts they'll love and learn from.
As you probably know, Wookiees are notoriously short-tempered, so prepare your children (or heck, even yourself) to converse appropriately and politely in the language with this handy book and audio module that helps them to speak like a native. Pretty adorable, pretty geeky.
With the colorful HTML code and symbols of the book HTML For Babies, geeks in training will be able to properly format blog entries on their most recent play date to the zoo without help from mom and dad! The $9 book is the first of a three-volume set a New York City web designer created for his own child. Look out for a CSS volume soon for the baby who breezes through the basics.
Take the time to make your own butterscotch; it really enhances the flavor of the beer. To serve a spiked version, add a shot of spiced rum. Get the recipe after the jump.
Snack time is often a blessing for moms because it keeps tots quiet, content, and occupied for at least a few minutes of the day — just enough time to make yourself a snack or put your feet up! But similar to breakfast, lunch, or dinner, snack time often means sticky hands, crushed crackers in the carpet, and spills you wish would just magically disappear. No more! Your cleanup count will drastically drop with the following inventions that keep food where it belongs — in the bowl, plate, or cup it was served in, and in your toddler's mouth. Ta-da!
Because of their two-in-one appeal — featuring a blanket and cuddly stuffed animal in one — it's no wonder kids go gaga over them. Most are machine washable and dryable, so they are low maintenance for mama, and because they are smaller than traditional blankets, you don't have to worry about your little one dragging it on the floor or the ground outside.
For the perfect gift, or an addition to your baby's crib, here are some different animals and colors to choose from!
We are getting ready to move to the city, and while packing, I found our old bedside tables…not very chic anymore;-) Since the kids did not have any, I decided to convert them into fun kids nightstands.
Editor’s note: The following is a guest post by Kimberly Palmer, the author of Generation Earn: The Young Professional’s Guide to Spending, Investing, and Giving Back, and personal finance columnist at US News & World Report. Take it away, Kimberly!
Along with the cute outfits, nursery, and rocking chair, there’s one more thing to get ready for baby: Your bank account. Because along with being cuddly and adorable, babies are also insanely expensive. Just how much will one end up costing you? Well, according to the latest estimates from the Agriculture Department, middle-income couples (earning between $57,000 and $98,000) spend around $12,000 a year on their babies.
Luckily, parents don’t need to come up with all that cash at once. In fact, we often don’t even realize when we’re spending it, because it includes the fuzzier costs of moving to a bigger home and buying more groceries in addition to the more obvious ones, such as baby clothes and baby sitters. There are ways, though, to start priming your accounts for an extra family member in advance, so you don’t have to worry about bouncing any checks during your first years together. Whether you’re pregnant or your future baby exists only in your daydreams, here are some ways to start getting ready:
1. Figure out your work (or no work) plan. Babies often make their biggest financial impact on their parents’ earning potential, since new moms (and dads) frequently decide to scale back their work hours in order to spend more time with the new love of their lives. In this country, even a relatively brief maternity leave of three or four months is usually unpaid, which means new parents have to live off savings at a time when they’re also taking on more expenses.
Meanwhile, parents who continue working full-time take on the mega-cost of nannies or daycare, which can average well over $12,000 a year, especially in cities. One way to mitigate the budget shock: Practice living off one salary before the big birth day, and sign up for childcare flex spending accounts if your employer offers them, in order to take advantage of the tax benefits.
While speaking at a NewSchools Summit in California this week, Facebook's CEO outlined how educating kids about the Internet should start at a younger age, and by doing so, we can learn how to make the Internet a safer place for children. He says:
"My philosophy is that for education you need to start at a really, really young age. Because of the restrictions we haven’t even begun this learning process. . . . If they’re lifted, then we’d start to learn what works. We’d take a lot of precautions to make sure that they [younger kids] are safe."
What do you think about this stance? Do you agree that kids should start learning about social networks (like Facebook), and the Internet at a younger age?