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Life Kit: Parenting
Raising awesome kids takes help. NPR has science and experts to get you through the toughest parenting moments. Subscribe to get episodes from Life Kit on parenting.
September 30, 2021
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. Here's how to fill out the form to get money for college.
September 28, 2021
How You Can Help Someone At Risk Of Suicide
Do you know someone who is struggling and may be at risk for suicide? Here's how you can help.
September 27, 2021
How Reading Aloud Can Help You Bond With Your Kids
Reading is important both in school and at home. But how can you raise a reader? In this episode, we'll look at how reading aloud as a family can help with that and more.
September 20, 2021
In 'We're Not Broken,' Author Eric Garcia Takes On Myths About Autism
Author Eric Garcia talks about myths surrounding autism, how to talk about it and how to help your autistic loved one live their most fulfilling life.
August 30, 2021
How To Keep Your Kids Safe From The Delta Variant
Public health experts — all parents themselves — share their tips for keeping kids safe at school as the Delta variant surges across the U.S.
August 19, 2021
5 Tips For Becoming A Stepparent
Stepfamilies are common in the U.S., but experts say we don't talk enough about how challenging it is to become a blended family. Here are some tips for those becoming stepparents.
August 16, 2021
Do's And Don'ts For Parents Whose Kids Have Gained Weight In The Pandemic
Doctors and specialists who work with kids share their tips for how to get kids back on track if they have gained excess weight gain during the pandemic.
August 9, 2021
A Business-Minded Way To Make Tough Family Decisions
Make tough decisions easier for your school-aged kids and family with proven data — and strategies — from the business world.
August 5, 2021
The Process Of Becoming A Mother Has A Name: Matrescence
That postpartum feeling of being on an emotional rollercoaster, not recognizing your body in the mirror, thinking that you've lost yourself — it's all part of the process.
August 3, 2021
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 awkwardness out of it, says financial expert Jen Hemphill.
July 26, 2021
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 help their kids navigate this big transition.
May 6, 2021
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 hard to even begin to choose. On this episode of Life Kit, host Diana Opong speaks with baby naming experts for a framework that can help.
April 12, 2021
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 teamed up with the hosts of the podcast docuseries NATAL to share stories from parents who have experienced loss, and expert advice about how to support loved ones through grief.
April 10, 2021
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 how to handle some of the hardest conversations with sons.
April 1, 2021
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 – and parents can nurture that desire by including them in age-appropriate ways.
March 27, 2021
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 about the rise in anti-Asian attacks and the shootings in Atlanta earlier this month.
March 25, 2021
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 to spot red flags and when to get help.
March 1, 2021
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 it even tougher. In this episode, experts talk through what to consider.
January 7, 2021
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 school shooting, a global pandemic or an insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, child development experts have some advice. (This episode originally ran in March 2019.)
December 10, 2020
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 and feel supported.
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