science
Parents Can Expect Less Sleep for the First Six Years of Their Child’s Life

Mums and dads shouldn’t expect their sleep habits to bounce back to the way they were before kids for at least the first six years of their child’s life, according to a new long-term study involving nearly 5,000 parents. Read More >>

wtf
Dystopian Company Wants Parents to Tag ‘Problem Teens’ With Ankle Bracelet Monitors

It’s hardly a novel concept for parents to spy on their kids, but a new device is troubling for just how big, ugly, and shitty it is: an ankle monitoring service that tracks troublesome teens. Read More >>

tablets
Kurio’s Kid-Friendly Tablet Gives Parents More Control Than Ever

There are more screens around us than ever, and with the popularity among parents and kids the discussion over screen time is now bigger than any point in history. Kids tablets are nothing new, with various companies offering devices that let children play with them in a safe way that parents can control. Kurio is the latest to offer such a device, and it promises to give parents more control than they can get from similar devices. Read More >>

kids
Parents Want Their Kids to Tell Them About Homework and Tidying Up

As reported by the BBC, communications app ClassDojo has carried out research to determine the top 10 phrases parents most want to hear come out of their darling children's mouths. ClassDojo surveyed a panel of 1,000 parents to find out the things they'd most like to hear from their school-age children – and the results are mostly about being tidy, doing schoolwork, and generally being perfect little angels. Of course, practically no child in the history of the world has ever uttered any of these sentences. Read More >>

tv
Goodbye, Peppa Pig

My seven-year-old daughter has gotten into some straight-up terrible TV shows of late. While I’m glad one of them is a magical-girl show like Sailor Moon, which organically extends her genre palette, it’s absolutely awful. I long for simpler times — times when I’d watch Peppa Pig with her. Read More >>

technology
Don’t Use a Nest Doorbell to Raise Your Kids

Nest recently released a new ad, and let me tell you: there are some issues with the content. So you see this teenage girl in a prom dress ring a Nest doorbell, and a teen couple walk out the front door. The two girls walk to a car, as a low robotic voice beckons the boy and proceeds to give him a fatherly speech about being a gentleman. Turns out, the voice is actually coming from the doorbell and belongs to his doctor dad who is at work at a hospital. Again, there are some issues. Read More >>

internet
EE’s Going to Show Parents How Those Parental Control Things Actually Work

According to the government parents don't actually know how to protect their children online, which is where those draconian anti-porn laws came from. Or so they say. To help educate parents about this whole 'online safety' thing, EE is going to show them how parental controls work. Read More >>

design
The Piggyback Driver Helmet Is a Great Reason to Put Off Having Kids

They say parents will do anything for their kids, but surely there has to be a line that gets drawn somewhere after dressing up like Santa, but before having to wear this Piggyback Driver helmet. It lets kids steer where they want mum or dad to go while getting a piggyback ride, but shouldn’t kids just be happy they don’t have to walk? Read More >>

virtual reality
Virtual Reality Bedtime Lets You Ditch the Kids at Home

Being a parent, fun as it can sometimes be, is also incredibly difficult.* And for a parent who can’t be there for everything—because of work, travel obligations, divorce or separation, or other circumstances—it can be even harder. Read More >>

privacy
This Fake Baby Car Seat Is Designed to Help Governments Spy on People

As governments look for new ways to spy on people, the commercial surveillance business is getting creative. One of the weirder offerings: a video and audio recording device hidden inside a baby seat. Read More >>

health
The Totally Insane Way That Breast Milk Works

I know breast milk is good and all, but when I became a mum I was kinda shocked at how often it was cited as a cure-all for anything that ailed my newborn. That’s not just because of the nutritional value. It turns out my baby’s immune system is communicating with mine THROUGH MY NIPPLES. And now that I know how it works, I kid you not when I say I am staring down at my boobs in wonderment. Read More >>

design
These Measuring Sheets are Definitive Proof That Kids Grow Up Too Fast

The nine months leading up to a birth might feel like decades to a pregnant mother, but once that baby’s free, the months seem to fly by. Need proof? These colourful infant bed sheets featuring measuring marks so you can keep tabs on your baby’s sudden growth spurts. Read More >>

tablets
The Case for Unlimited Tablet Time for Toddlers

This sounds extreme, but first let me ask: how many parents do you think actually keep track of their kids’ screen time? If the TV is on but one of the children wanders out of the room, does that count? What if they’re following along to a yoga video? What if the kid borrows Mum’s phone at dinner to ask Google what snails eat? Read More >>

design
A Pram Trailer Lets You Run With a Kid in Tow

Kids are already a pretty fantastic workout since they require constant attention, but if you find your fitness routine hindered by having to deal with a cumbersome pram, you'll probably be intrigued by the KidRunner. It's a new take on the pram that's pulled instead of pushed, letting you easily bring your kids along for a run or a jog by strapping a mini trailer to your belt. Read More >>