parenting

Mom tries to Facebook-shame daughter, gets pizza on face

Some parents believe in an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and a Facebook post for a Facebook post.

Children, they think, sometimes need to learn lessons the hard way. Because the power of the hard way hasn't yet been disrupted by the clever young people in Silicon Valley.

In order to teach her 12-year-old that she was too young to have Facebook and Instagram accounts, Kira Hudson from Colorado made her pose with a sign that read: "Mom is trying to show me how many people can see a picture once it's on … Read more

Get a Levana video baby monitor for $79.96

New baby in the house? Mazel tov! Time to start shopping for a tablet.

Actually, there's one other piece of tech you may want first: a baby monitor. For new parents, there's nothing quite so nerve-wracking as leaving your little ankle-biter alone during naps and nighttime, but a monitor helps you keep an ear on him or her.

Or, in this case, and ear and an eye. For a limited time, you can get the Levana Jena Baby Video Monitor for $79.96 shipped when you apply coupon code JENACNET at checkout. Regular price: $99.99 plus shipping. … Read more

The 404 1,423: Where we let that baby settle (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Bye-bye Flappy Bird -- popular game grounded by its creator.

- NYPD gets onboard with Google Glass. Relax everyone, it's just a test.

- How to hack a 3D printer into a surprisingly skilled air hockey robot.

- New study finds that moms aren't as annoying on Facebook as you thought.

- AMC's zombie stunt scared the hell out of these New Yorkers.… Read more

Geeky alphabet blocks teach numbers and nerd icons

Why teach your child the alphabet with boring images of ponies and apples when you could introduce your younglings to all the coolest geek icons in science, video games, movies, comics, and more? That's exactly what Canada-based nerd dad Jonathan M. Guberman thought when he created these geektastic alphabet blocks.

The 36 blocks -- which include the English alphabet, plus numbers -- use geeky icons and characters like Ada Lovelace and Zelda to teach the alphabet and numbers. … Read more

Why everyone is talking about Old Spice's stalking moms

I have a friend. Let's call her Berkshire. She has a son. Let's call him Phillip.

On her days off, Berkshire wafts to Instagram and posts the most loving images of Phillip. Here's Phillip playing the guitar. There's Phillip getting his hair dyed green. Oh, look, doesn't Phillip look great backlit?

I tease Berkshire about this, because, well, it almost seems like a girlfriend posting images of her boyfriend. She blushes and gets cross, sometimes simultaneously.

Then the Old Spice "Stalking Moms" ad came out. Should you have missed this artistic opus of … Read more

Parents, and baby, remake 'Star Wars,' 'Alien' with cardboard

When your home is overrun with cardboard boxes thanks to a move, you can store them in the basement, recycle them, or better yet, transform them into your own magical world full of dinosaurs, aliens, sharks, and Jedi.

That's exactly what Lilly and Leon Mackie did to entertain themselves and their newborn son, Orson. Rather than get rid of all their boxes, they built movie sets and props out of them, and other household items, to re-create scenes from their favorite films -- with themselves as the stars. … Read more

The baby seat with iPad attachment: Shameful or honest?

Kid, I want to tell you about your future.

You'll be glued to a screen. Your fingers will be tap-tap-tapping to give you entertainment, enjoyment, and employment. And when your screen is taken away from you, you'll cry like a baby.

Some people don't want to believe this. These are the people who are ragingly raising their arms at a new baby bounce seat that has an iPad attachment so that baby can begin the process of pushing buttons on a screen.

It's made by Fisher-Price and it retails for a mere $80. Its full title … Read more

Manipulative kids now posting holiday wish lists online

Shame is a powerful driving force.

It can lead you to actions you'd never thought possible. It can make you become someone you didn't think you were.

It can even make you buy your entitled, snotty children gifts you know they don't deserve.

This fear is being exacerbated by an apparent new trend in parent-child relations. It seems that kids are now posting their holiday wish lists online, with a view to telling their parents: "Get me all of this. Or feel forever publicly shamed."

In research commissioned by cash-back shopping company Ebates, 26 percent … Read more

New Surface ads, old story: iPad is a lump of coal

Here's what you need to know before Black Friday: All products that aren't from Microsoft and/or don't use Windows are substandard fakes created by arrogant, superficial children who smell bad even after a shower.

On the other hand, Microsoft's products are magical, revolutionary and filled with the sort of genius that is currently a touch underrated in a society that suffers from veneer disease.

This is the only conclusion to be reached by the latest spurts of advertising emerging from Microsoft.

First, there was the denigration of the Chromebook as "a brick."

Now, … Read more

How to set up parental controls on the Xbox One

There's nothing like killing zombies in Dead Rising 3 on your new Xbox One. The violent video game is just one of a handful of launch titles that is available alongside Microsoft's new console.

While Dead Rising 3 (which was recently banned in Germany) and titles like it will offer you hours of endless and violent entertainment, they may not be games you want your kids playing.

Like Sony with the PlayStation 4, Microsoft has included various parental controls that can prevent your kids from accessing certain games and features on the Xbox One.

Setup

From the console'… Read more