Parents January 2021

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editor’s note

This Year, Let’s Dream Differently In the magazine world, the January issue traditionally focuses on life-changing resolutions. Editors (guilty as charged!) have a fine-tuned ability to predict the habits readers want to break and the goals they want to accomplish. Case in point: Last January, we devoted an entire section of Parents to #familygoals, where we featured guides to cutting back on screen time, developing a mindful relationship with wine, and ditching the kids for a fantasy couples vacation. Well, the joke was on us. We reveled in aiming high, but when the world stopped a few months later, we crashed hard. Suffice it to say, this year we’re taking a different tack. Save for the column you’re currently reading, you won’t find the word resolution in the magazine, at least in the…

your guide to making the days easier and the journey sweeter

Chill and Thrill Yes, you can MacGyver an afternoon of sensory play out of an ice-cube tray and whatever figurines are currently cluttering the living-room floor. We like penguins to go with the icy theme, but any tiny toys—Shopkins, random Playmobil peeps—can glide on this mini rink made with help from the blog Messy Little Monster. Just fill an ice-cube tray with water, plop in the figures feet first, and freeze, occasionally adjusting or propping the characters so they’re upright as the blocks harden. Once the cubes are frozen, pop them out and hand them to your kid on a sheet pan or a tray for a skating party that will buy you peace (for at least another Zoom call). THE SHORT LIST This month’s lineup of what’s new, novel, and nice to…

josh gad

The voice of Frozen’s Olaf spends much of his time IRL entertaining a pair of young sisters (sound familiar?): his daughters, Ava, 10, and Isabella, 6. To make six and a half hours fly by for your own kids, queue up his enchanting reading of the new Audible Original book Night Magick, about a boy magician. Here, Gad shares some wizardry of the dad-joke variety. Winter tradition I do with my kids I love putting up the Christmas tree and lighting the house and getting my kids on the ski slopes. Winter tradition I skip I am happy to save the world the horror of seeing me attempt to ski. Recent parenting win Got my kids to watch The Lord of the Rings trilogy… Recent parenting fail… which led to The Lord of the…

cold play!

Outdoor Ideas Host Your Own Snow Games Have a Snowball Showdown. Divide your family into two teams (or enlist another group on the block), build a wall of snow for each team to hide behind, and perch a few small snowmen on top. The idea: Each team takes turns hurling snowballs to knock down the other’s snowmen (“Incoming!”). FYI, if you get hit by the other team, you have to join them. The group that hits all their opponent’s snowmen first wins/gets to do a touchdown dance. Construct a Snow Castle. Have a contest to see who can build the most ornate palace in a set time frame, or make it a family endeavor and engineer a larger-than-life fortress. “Use the same molds as for making sand castles at the beach, or gardening items like…

the whys of cries

THE OTHER morning, ten minutes before we had to walk out the door to preschool, my then 5-year-old freaked out about her leggings. Too loose! Too black! Too… pants-y! The big tears that rolled down her cheeks were heartbreaking—but also frustrating because, c’mon, they’re just pants, and we had to go! My husband and I took turns trying to soothe and distract her, but ultimately we just carried her out the door, still wailing. Whether it makes sense to you or not, a child’s crying is always sending a message, says Diana Divecha, Ph.D., assistant clinical professor at the Yale Child Study Center and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Your kid is not just a crybaby. “The content of the message changes depending on where they are developmentally and what’s…

q: is soy safe for kids?

A Yes. Some rumors say that compounds in soy called isoflavones act like estrogen in the body, impacting puberty or raising the risk of cancer. But research debunks that myth. Actually, evidence shows that girls who eat soy may have a lower risk of developing breast cancer in adulthood. Soy may also help protect the heart by lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol levels. Soy foods like tofu and soy milk are high-quality proteins like meat, which means they contain all the amino acids you need to get from food. Edamame is also rich in fiber and iron, nutrients some kids lack. And although soy is one of the top allergens, it’s one that kids are more likely to outgrow. Researchers say that one serving of soy foods a day is about right for…