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How to Spend Your Parenting Time More Wisely

May 2, 2021

Photo: pixelheadphoto digitalskillet (Shutterstock) When our kids are babies, we cater to their every need and want. We’re their whole world, so it doesn’t matter how exhausted or busy we might be—when they call for us, we jump to attention. We go everywhere they go, and experience what they experience right along with them. As they get older, though, the way we spend time with our kids naturally changes—or, at least, it should. The way we connect and the experiences we hold tight to s ...read more

Celebrate 'International Dark Sky Week' Because You Deserve Some Wonder

May 2, 2021

Photo: nienora (Shutterstock) Anyone from a city tends to comment on the brightness of the stars when they find themselves in a rural area after dark. But, cliché or not, when you’re so used to living somewhere with light pollution, having the chance to experience the opposite of that can catch you off-guard. And if you haven’t heard the term or thought about light pollution since sometime in the mid-’90s, chances are one group’s work is what put it on your radar in the first place: Fou ...read more

16 Body-Positive TV Shows and Movies for When You're Done With Shaming

May 3, 2021

Photo: Shrill/Hulu Mainstream entertainment, never the friendliest of places, has lately been carving out a space for people who exist outside of contemporary beauty standards. Odds are still good actors will find it more difficult to get certain types of roles if they don’t fit the mold—there’s a lot of overlap in the circles of “funny best friend” and “fat best friend” for a reason, and usually these characters become the target of “jokes” meant to accentuate the character’ ...read more

A Road Trip in a Rental RV Is Cheaper Than You Think

May 3, 2021

Photo: Andrey Armyagov (Shutterstock) People all over the country (and the world) have found new creative ways to vacation the past 13 months—the most popular being stateside road trips or weekend getaways just hours from home. Short road trips were our way of still taking a vacation during the worst of the pandemic, but we might consider taking longer ones if we had the means. Enter: RV rentals. And they might be cheaper than you think. If you like camping or want to try a longer road trip, ...read more

16 Body-Positive TV Shows and Movies for When You're Done With Shaming

May 3, 2021

Photo: Shrill/Hulu Mainstream entertainment, never the friendliest of places, has lately been carving out a space for people who exist outside of contemporary beauty standards. Odds are still good actors will find it more difficult to get certain types of roles if they don’t fit the mold—there’s a lot of overlap in the circles of “funny best friend” and “fat best friend” for a reason, and usually these characters become the target of “jokes” meant to accentuate the character’ ...read more

Why Sports Make You Miserable, According to Science

May 3, 2021

Photo: Clive Brunskill (Getty Images) On Monday, a seismic shakeup hit the world of European football, threatening to alter the DNA of the biggest sport on Earth. The formation of an invitation-only European Super League , in which 12 of the continent’s economic powerhouse clubs will compete, sharing lavish sums of cash between them, has the sport’s 4 billion global diehards fuming. Though it’s a watershed moment in the nearly 150 year history of the sport’s continental dominance, the he ...read more

The Best Free-to-Play Games for the Xbox Series X/S

May 3, 2021

The latest Xbox Insider program update nixes the Xbox Live Gold requirement for free-to-play (F2P) Xbox games for users in the Xbox Insider Alpha Alpha Skip Ahead rings. The change will roll out to other Xbox Insider levels in the coming weeks, and, hopefully, everyone else soon after. This will be a huge benefit for players—after all, a game isn’t really free if you have to pay a subscription fee to play it online. It will also bring Microsoft up to date with Nintendo and Sony, which allo ...read more

The Bare Minimum That Everyone Should Know About Ramadan

May 3, 2021

Photo: JOAT (Shutterstock) In the western world, we typically associate springtime with renewal and festivals of gratitude, and the Islamic calendar is no different: The month-long celebration of Ramadan, which is observed by the religion’s 1.8 billion global adherents as the holiest time of the year, is currently underway, bringing with it ancient traditions of fasting and spiritual pilgrimages to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia (though pandemic travel restrictions apply to this year ...read more

How to Spend Your Parenting Time More Wisely

May 3, 2021

Photo: pixelheadphoto digitalskillet (Shutterstock) When our kids are babies, we cater to their every need and want. We’re their whole world, so it doesn’t matter how exhausted or busy we might be—when they call for us, we jump to attention. We go everywhere they go, and experience what they experience right along with them. As they get older, though, the way we spend time with our kids naturally changes—or, at least, it should. The way we connect and the experiences we hold tight to s ...read more

The Bare Minimum That Everyone Should Know About Ramadan

May 3, 2021

Photo: JOAT (Shutterstock) In the western world, we typically associate springtime with renewal and festivals of gratitude, and the Islamic calendar is no different: The month-long celebration of Ramadan, which is observed by the religion’s 1.8 billion global adherents as the holiest time of the year, is currently underway, bringing with it ancient traditions of fasting and spiritual pilgrimages to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia (though pandemic travel restrictions apply to this year ...read more

How to Spend Your Parenting Time More Wisely

May 3, 2021

Photo: pixelheadphoto digitalskillet (Shutterstock) When our kids are babies, we cater to their every need and want. We’re their whole world, so it doesn’t matter how exhausted or busy we might be—when they call for us, we jump to attention. We go everywhere they go, and experience what they experience right along with them. As they get older, though, the way we spend time with our kids naturally changes—or, at least, it should. The way we connect and the experiences we hold tight to s ...read more

How to Spend Your Parenting Time More Wisely

May 3, 2021

Photo: pixelheadphoto digitalskillet (Shutterstock) When our kids are babies, we cater to their every need and want. We’re their whole world, so it doesn’t matter how exhausted or busy we might be—when they call for us, we jump to attention. We go everywhere they go, and experience what they experience right along with them. As they get older, though, the way we spend time with our kids naturally changes—or, at least, it should. The way we connect and the experiences we hold tight to s ...read more

What to Know About Disneyland's Reopening Before Planning Your Visit

May 3, 2021

Photo: Steve Cukrov (Shutterstock) The original Disney vacation spot is reopening to the world. Unlike Disney World, which reopened in July 2020 just months after lockdowns began last year, Disneyland took a slower approach and is reopening later this month with things like tiered ticketing and capacity limits. Here’s what you need to know about the new phase of California’s mouse club. Which parts of the park are open? Disneyland is taking it relatively slow, and for good reason: California ...read more

Celebrate 'International Dark Sky Week' Because You Deserve Some Wonder

May 3, 2021

Photo: nienora (Shutterstock) Anyone from a city tends to comment on the brightness of the stars when they find themselves in a rural area after dark. But, cliché or not, when you’re so used to living somewhere with light pollution, having the chance to experience the opposite of that can catch you off-guard. And if you haven’t heard the term or thought about light pollution since sometime in the mid-’90s, chances are one group’s work is what put it on your radar in the first place: F ...read more

How to Get a Kid to Stop Asking 'Why?,' According to Reddit

May 3, 2021

Photo: Tatevosian Yana (Shutterstock) Kids are curious little beings, which is part of what makes them wonderful. They are experiencing so much in the world for the first time and much of it—from the color of the sky to the existence of fingernails—is utterly baffling to them. A little kid’s inquiring mind wants to know: Why? Why, why, why, why, why?  Young children are notorious for asking this question ad nauseam. You want to encourage their curiosity, of course—but sometimes, after t ...read more