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Life Kit: Parenting
Life Kit: Parenting
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Raising awesome kids takes help. NPR has science and experts to get you through the toughest parenting moments. Subscribe to get episodes... more

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Episodes

How to babyproof your relationship

With a baby on the way, you'll need to babyproof your home — and your relationship. In this episode, how... more

18 Jul 2024 · 24 minutes
Why you should connect with your kid, not correct them

Psychologist Becky Kennedy, author of the book "Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be," urges... more

08 Jul 2024 · 17 minutes
Keeping intimacy alive after having a baby

It's hard to find time for anything with a newborn at home. And in the months after having a baby,... more

27 Jun 2024 · 22 minutes
These water safety tips can save lives

Drowning is the No. 1 cause of death for children ages 1-4 in the United States. To prevent drownings, make... more

03 Jun 2024 · 18 minutes
Kids, social media and privacy: What to know before you post

Many parents share photos and videos of their babies and children on social media. But there are potential dangers to... more

20 May 2024 · 23 minutes
How to help your stepfamily grow closer

Becoming a blended stepfamily can be fraught for everyone involved. How can your family build trust, function more smoothly and... more

09 May 2024 · 16 minutes
How to prepare for a second pregnancy after a complicated first one

Pregnancy complications — like miscarriage, preterm birth or postpartum depression — are incredibly common. But expecting parents can often feel... more

02 May 2024 · 16 minutes
Curbing needle phobia in adults starts with making shots less painful for kids

Approximately one in four adults has a fear of needles, according to the CDC. Many of those people say the... more

29 Apr 2024 · 13 minutes
How to talk to teens about vaping

About 1 in 5 high school seniors say they have vaped nicotine in the past year. Even though smoking cigarettes... more

09 Apr 2024 · 21 minutes
How to introduce solid food to your baby: A nervous parent's guide

Chewing, choking hazards, high chairs – oh my! Starting solid foods with your little one can be as stressful as... more

04 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Enjoying travel with a baby

Looking to travel this spring with your little one? These tips and tricks can make the journey not just manageable,... more

04 Mar 2024 · 23 minutes
How to talk to kids about sex, bodies and consent

It's tricky to talk to younger kids about sex. This episode helps parents get past the confusion and embarrassment around... more

05 Feb 2024 · 24 minutes
The emotional rollercoaster of being a new mom

Becoming a mother is a complicated life transition. That postpartum feeling of being on an emotional rollercoaster, not recognizing your... more

23 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
How to talk to teens about drugs

Overdose deaths among teenagers have skyrocketed in the last few years due to opioids like fentanyl. Experts say drug education... more

19 Dec 2023 · 22 minutes
Kids and firearm safety

Firearms are the number one cause of death for children and teens in the U.S. Parents can take life-saving precautions... more

30 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
How to talk to kids about the violence in Israel and Gaza

Last weekend, militants from the terrorist group Hamas killed more than a thousand people, including children, in an attack on... more

12 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
The consequences of overindulging your kids

Overindulging kids when they're young can lead to negative effects in their adulthoods. But it's hard for parents to put... more

18 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
The 5-minute playtime ritual that can help your kids listen

Children's health professionals widely recommend a strategy known as 'special time' to help reduce behavioral issues in young children. This... more

14 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
How to be a supportive adult in a kid's life

While there's endless advice for parents, there's little guidance on supporting kids for non-parents. Whether you're an aunt, uncle, godparent,... more

18 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
Why you should play video games with your kid

Video games get a bad reputation that's often unwarranted. But kids do need guidance in using them wisely. Here's how... more

05 Jun 2023 · 16 minutes
Pregnant? Here's how to deal with the new you

Pregnancy is hard work – for the body, mind and soul. There are seemingly endless resources for all the physical... more

11 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Build a stronger connection with your kids

It may sound counterintuitive, but if you want to take charge as a parent, stop trying to control your child,... more

01 May 2023 · 19 minutes
How to show up for teens when big emotions arise

Being a teenager is hard. There are emotional highs and lows every day. Clinical psychologist Lisa Damour says instead of... more

30 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
Creative way to get kids to eat their veggies

Veggies help kids grow and develop, but it can be hard to convince them to eat their broccoli. These research-backed... more

07 Feb 2023 · 18 minutes
'Terrestrials,' a new kid's show from Radiolab, uncovers the strangeness on Earth

This is the story of one particularly devious octopus who lost a limb, was captured by humans — then managed... more

21 Jan 2023 · 24 minutes
The 5-minute daily playtime ritual that can get your kids to listen better

Called 'special time,' the strategy is widely recommended by children's health professionals to help reduce behavioral issues in young children.... more

17 Oct 2022 · 14 minutes
Why you should connect with your kid, not correct them

Psychologist Becky Kennedy, author of the new book "Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be,"... more

26 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
How to financially prepare for having a baby

Having a baby is one of the biggest - and most expensive - life changes a person can experience. Here's... more

26 Jul 2022 · 22 minutes
How to talk to kids about abortion

Talking about abortion can be complicated, even with adults. How do you talk about the medical procedure and the politics... more

21 Jul 2022 · 9 minutes
How to raise a good citizen

Talking to kids about civics is kind of like talking to kids about sex - avoiding the conversation can have... more

27 Jun 2022 · 22 minutes
What to say to kids when the news is scary

The news can be devastating, and tragic events can be incomprehensible for adults — so how do we talk about... more

28 May 2022 · 22 minutes
How to give mothering the value it deserves

Raising kids is among the most essential work humans do, and yet it's rarely valued as labor. Angela Garbes, author... more

10 May 2022 · 19 minutes
How working parents can win back some time

Calling all working parents and caregivers! We see you, and we know you don't have much time. Career coach Daisy... more

24 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
A pediatrician's advice on omicron, daycare and travel for kids under 5

Amid the omicron surge, there is understandable anxiety among parents, particularly those with kids under 5. In this episode, infectious... more

08 Jan 2022 · 9 minutes
5 Tips For Transferring Colleges

Most students who want to transfer colleges, don't. The process can be complicated and confusing and differ from state to... more

11 Nov 2021 · 19 minutes
How To Build A Sleep Routine For You And Your Children

Getting enough sleep helps you focus, retain information and helps to fortify your immune system. But when it comes to... more

08 Nov 2021 · 18 minutes
Finding Agency With A Birth Plan

For expectant parents, navigating pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum can raise a range of emotions. There are so many things to... more

19 Oct 2021 · 22 minutes
It's FAFSA Time! Here's How To Apply For College Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens to potential college students to fill out on Oct. 1 for the... more

30 Sep 2021 · 14 minutes
How You Can Help Someone At Risk Of Suicide

Research shows that suicide is preventable. And while surveys have shown that Americans know this, they might not know how... more

28 Sep 2021 · 18 minutes
How Reading Aloud Can Help You Bond With Your Kids

Reading at school is one thing, but reading at home is important too. Though with busy schedules filled with after... more

27 Sep 2021 · 19 minutes
In 'We're Not Broken,' Author Eric Garcia Takes On Myths About Autism

Whether you know it or not, you know somebody who is autistic. So if you think autism doesn't affect you,... more

20 Sep 2021 · 22 minutes
How To Keep Your Kids Safe From The Delta Variant

Returning to in-person schooling is both a relief — and a source of great anxiety — for a lot of... more

30 Aug 2021 · 12 minutes
5 Tips For Becoming A Stepparent

Becoming a parent is challenging and the same is true for those becoming stepparents. In this episode, we talk to... more

19 Aug 2021 · 21 minutes
Do's And Don'ts For Parents Whose Kids Have Gained Weight In The Pandemic

If you've noticed that your kid put on some weight during the pandemic and you're not sure what — if... more

16 Aug 2021 · 10 minutes
A Business-Minded Way To Make Tough Family Decisions

Having elementary-aged kids at home can mean a maze of tough decisions about how to run your family and what's... more

09 Aug 2021 · 17 minutes
The Process Of Becoming A Mother Has A Name: Matrescence

Becoming a mother is a huge, complicated life transition that can rock every fiber of a person's being. The process... more

05 Aug 2021 · 24 minutes
Money Talks: How To Teach Kids About Finance

Money can feel like a taboo topic in a lot of households, but talking about it regularly can take the... more

03 Aug 2021 · 19 minutes
How To Talk About Divorce With Your Children

Even the most amicable split is world-changing for young children. Here are a few key tips for grown-ups trying to... more

26 Jul 2021 · 21 minutes
Finding The Perfect Name For Your Baby

Picking a name for a baby can be overwhelming. With all the possibilities out in the world, it can be... more

06 May 2021 · 21 minutes
Navigating Life After Pregnancy Loss

Despite how common pregnancy loss is, families often suffer in silence. In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, Life Kit... more

12 Apr 2021 · 22 minutes
Raising Boys To Be Feminists

Author Sonora Jha shares insights from her memoir, How To Raise A Feminist Son, which includes practical to-do lists about... more

10 Apr 2021 · 10 minutes
Raising Kids Who Help With Chores

Raising kids who pitch in around your home doesn't require bribes or a chore chart. Kids want to help –... more

01 Apr 2021 · 21 minutes
Talking With Kids About Anti-Asian Racism

Navigating conversations with kids around race and racism can be tricky. Here's what to think about while talking to kids... more

27 Mar 2021 · 11 minutes
Helping Teens Cope With Mental Health Struggles

Over a year into the pandemic, many teens are missing milestones and struggling with their mental health. Here's how... more

25 Mar 2021 · 22 minutes
Deciding When To Have A Baby

Whether you've always wanted to be a parent or not, starting a family is a big decision. The pandemic makes... more

01 Mar 2021 · 24 minutes
What To Tell Kids When The News Is Scary

When the headlines are terrifying, how can parents make sure kids get the facts without traumatizing them? Whether it's a... more

07 Jan 2021 · 25 minutes
Helping Kids (And Parents) Cope During COVID-19

Kids and teens have had their lives upended by COVID-19. Here's what parents can do to help them stay positive... more

10 Dec 2020 · 21 minutes
Transforming Kids' Worries Into Superpowers

Kids have anxiety — but it's not always a bad thing. Renee Jain and Dr. Shefali Tsabary have some ideas... more

16 Nov 2020 · 18 minutes
How To Raise Good Citizens

Now is a good time to talk to the kids in your life about how to engage in civics. Here's... more

02 Nov 2020 · 23 minutes
FAFSA 2020: Here's How To Apply For College Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is now open to potential college students to fill out. Here's how to... more

22 Oct 2020 · 15 minutes
A Simple Equation to Help Kids Love Math

Math anxiety is real for kids and adults. But parents can help. The solution goes beyond equations and textbooks.Learn more... more

08 Sep 2020 · 23 minutes
How To Make Sure Your Child Learns This School Year

This school year, families with children are in a serious bind. Whether you're looking for options for childcare or need... more

13 Aug 2020 · 15 minutes
How To Work With — Not Against — Screen Time

Some parents think the best way to manage a child's screen time is to set hard limits. But those rules... more

21 Jul 2020 · 15 minutes
Kids Know How To Occupy Themselves. We Need To Let Them Do It

American parents often feel like event planners for their kids. There's a pressure to make sure kids are entertained and... more

22 Jun 2020 · 12 minutes
Discussing 'The Talk'

It's Been A Minute host Sam Sanders talks with his colleague Kenya Young, executive producer of Morning Edition and mother... more

11 Jun 2020 · 20 minutes
How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race

NPR's Michel Martin talks with Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America,... more

04 Jun 2020 · 10 minutes
Be Honest And Concrete: Tips For Talking To Kids About Death

Whether it's a family pet or a loved one, every child will experience a death at some point — and... more

28 May 2020 · 23 minutes
Decision Day Is Almost Here. Here's How To Decide For An Unknown Future

While it's hard to know what college will look like this fall, college decision day is almost here. So what... more

26 May 2020 · 16 minutes
When Will This Be Over? Sesame Workshop's Tips For Parenting During A Pandemic

Many parents are struggling right now — juggling kids at home 24/7 and coping with their own losses. In this... more

12 May 2020 · 17 minutes
Sesame Street's Grover On Coping During Coronavirus: Just For Kids

Hey kids! Sesame Street's Grover is here and he's got some great ideas for making your days brighter during coronavirus.... more

10 May 2020 · 12 minutes
Kid-Friendly TV Show Recommendations

Parenting during self-isolation can be challenging, and let's be honest — sometimes screen time helps you just get through the... more

08 May 2020 · 16 minutes
Here's How To Pick A College During The Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is making college decisions more complicated. This episode answers the burning questions: How do I get a... more

02 Apr 2020 · 21 minutes
6 Tips For Homeschooling During Coronavirus

Tens of millions of parents are homeschooling their kids during the coronavirus. Here's a realistic guide to keeping kids engaged... more

24 Mar 2020 · 17 minutes
Coronavirus And Parenting: What You Need To Know Now

Coronavirus is raising a lot of questions for parents. From how to talk to children about coronavirus to weathering school... more

13 Mar 2020 · 13 minutes
'Big Mouth' Creators On Embracing The Awkwardness Of Puberty

Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg are the co-creators of 'Big Mouth,' an animated comedy about a group of tweens stumbling... more

12 Mar 2020 · 17 minutes
What Your Teen Wishes You Knew About Sex Education

Consent, dating, masturbation, porn. It can be difficult talking with teens about sex and relationships. NPR's Life Kit has a... more

11 Feb 2020 · 27 minutes
Helping A Child Whose Parent Is Struggling With Addiction

What can you do if you suspect a child is being impacted by a family member's addiction? Experts say you... more

06 Feb 2020 · 25 minutes
What Is Postpartum Depression? Recognizing The Signs And Getting Help

One in seven women experiences postpartum depression. But it's easy to feel alone — especially when you're told having a... more

28 Jan 2020 · 25 minutes
The Birds And The Bees — How To Talk To Children About Sex

Sex, genitals, consent, self-touching — it's tricky to talk to younger kids about these topics. This episode helps parents get... more

17 Dec 2019 · 26 minutes
How To Help A Child Struggling With Anxiety

When is your kid just scared of the dark and when are they dealing with a larger anxiety disorder? This... more

29 Oct 2019 · 24 minutes
How To Talk To Kids About Climate Change

Today's kids are bombarded with the realities of climate change — whether through extreme weather or in the news. These... more

24 Oct 2019 · 23 minutes
Rethinking Brilliance: Raising Caring, Collaborative Kids

We all want our kids to succeed, but that doesn't mean running math drills. Author Kathy Hirsh-Pasek explains the "6... more

15 Oct 2019 · 16 minutes
From First Phones To Online Porn: Answers To Your Screentime Questions

NPR's Life Kit answers parents' questions about their kids' screen use. Education consultant Ana Homayoun says it's all about ... more

18 Sep 2019 · 21 minutes
Parents, Check Your Own Screen Habits

From distracted parenting to "sharenting," an honest look at our own use of electronic media can make us into more... more

28 Jun 2019 · 21 minutes
The Darker Side Of Screen Time

Emotional outbursts. Lost sleep. These are signs that your kids are spending too much time with digital devices. Here's what... more

26 Jun 2019 · 28 minutes
The Brighter Side of Screen Time

The family that plays video games together, stays together. When parents become digital mentors, children can learn empathy, resilience, and... more

24 Jun 2019 · 23 minutes
'We Wanted To Show Children Real Life': Sesame Street's Sonia Manzano

Actress Sonia Manzano is beloved by millions as Maria on Sesame Street. Her character on TV mirrored many of ... more

31 May 2019 · 17 minutes
What Cookie Monster Taught Us About Self-Control

Self-regulation skills, including self-control, help us reach our goals, learn in school and get along with others. Millions of children... more

17 May 2019 · 26 minutes
Raising Kids Who Love Math — Even If You Don't

By some estimates, up to 93% of American adults have some degree of math anxiety. The problem often starts in... more

15 May 2019 · 22 minutes
Kindness Can Be Taught. Here's How

Most kids value success and achievement more than caring for others, according to Harvard's Making Caring Common project. Who is... more

13 May 2019 · 30 minutes
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Today's kids are bombarded with the realities of climate change — whether through extreme weather or in the news. These tips will... more