Author: Georgette Gilmore

An easy way to help more kids learn from real news, not fake news.

We’re big fans of supporting quality journalism, especially in this age of where fake news is running rampant. Because, facts matter. (Not that this is a big stake in the ground, mamas. I mean, is any normal person really like, “Whoo! Fake news! We need more of it!” Let’s hope not.) So when I learned about The New York Times Sponsor a Subscription Program, I was so excited to share this with other parents and educators who feel the same way. Related: 10 free educational online resources for curious kids that every parent should know. A donation of just $2–4 provides a free subscription...

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A clever RBG Dissent Pin that supports organizations doing good

I’m a super fan of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She’s an incredible, inspiring female role model for my girls and a serious badass too. Plus she can throw shade like nobody’s business. So when I found these RBG Dissent Pins honoring the Notorious RBG I immediately placed an order for myself and my daughters. Related: The Ruth Bader Ginsburg coloring pages. Free, printable, and making history. Ameenah posing with her RGB dissent collar pin, via @dissentpins on IG This cool pin was created by Nick Jehlen and artist Caitlin Kuhwald, and inspired by the collar Justice Ginsburg wears over her robe on days she dissents on decisions being handed...

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12 seriously funny Valentine’s Day cards for couples who need a good laugh

Each year, we love digging up a collection of seriously funny Valentine’s Day cards. Because hey, not all couples are rom-com watchers and lovey-dovey card givers. If that sounds like you, check out these funny Valentine’s Day cards I think are hysterically honest, maybe a bit racy, and of course, a perfect way for couples with a great sense of humor to show their love. Or at least, for couples in love to show their sense of humor. Because funny is sexy in my book.   Related: 16 creative, inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts for him, all under $35 CMP is a rstyle affiliate Show your sweetheart...

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6 wonderful children’s books about African-American pioneers your children may not know — yet

It’s safe to say that during Black History Month in particular, our children are learning all about our nation’s great civil rights leaders, like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks and Frederick Douglass. But, if you’ve seen (or, heck, even heard about) the film Hidden Figures, it’s been an awakening for a lot of parents and educators that there are so many more African-American pioneers who deserve the spotlight too. Even my mother-in-law, an 83-year-old Black woman, had never heard of Katherine Goble Johnson, Mary Jackson, or Dorothy Vaughan — the brilliant women who were instrumental in helping launch the first U.S. astronaut into orbit. Thankfully, that’s...

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19 of the coolest, non-candy Valentine’s Day gifts for kids | Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2017

It’s February, which means a lot of us are spreading a little extra love in the family with Valentine’s Day gifts for kids. We’ve tracked down some favorites that are sweet — but also candy-free. So in this year’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, we’re serving up 19 of coolest Valentine’s gifts for kids of all ages, and we hope there’s something here just right for your littlest sweetheart. Be prepared to accept lots of hugs and kisses in return — even from your tweens. Well, maybe.   Related: Don’t forget about your partner — 16 creative, inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts for him CMP is an...

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9 lovely children’s books about the immigrant experience to help encourage more kindness and empathy.

I’m a child of an immigrant. And so I jumped at the chance to put together a list of some of my favorite children’s books about the immigrant experience. I know first-hand just how difficult it is for someone to get to America for a better life and work toward citizenship, let alone having to leave their homeland, family members, and the only life they’ve known behind, sometimes forever. With immigration a big topic in our country right now, our children are hearing about these issues too. They have so many questions, whether they’re watching the news with you, discussing it in...

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Condoms for Valentine’s Day that give in (ahem) more than one way

You could buy the special man in your life a traditional romantic gift on the 14th. And hey, we have tons of creative and inexpensive Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him that we bet he’ll love. But if you’re looking for something to really spice things up, we may have found just the thing with Sir Richard’s condoms. Yes. Really. For every one of their stylishly packaged condoms you buy, thanks to the partnership of the global org Partners in Health, Sir Richard’s donates one condom to a developing country with the aim to stop the spread of unwanted pregnancies and STIs around the world....

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Free printable Valentine’s Day cards for the classroom that celebrate friendship, not romance. (Phew!)

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, and I’m excited to share these brand new free printable Valentine’s Day cards and treat bag toppers from Free to Be Kids — a site we already love for their adorable, empowering t-shirts — and the printables happen to be perfect for every kid in the classroom. I think parents will really appreciate that these aren’t the typical lovey-dovey crush cards, but instead celebrate friendship in the sweetest way possible. Instead of Be Mine, they say I’m glad we’re friends. And I’m such a fan of Love must be your superpower, ’cause you’re a super friend card. Related: 3 adorable...

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Congrats to the 2017 Caldecott, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King medal winners. They are truly award-worthy!

Today, there’s excitement about the Oscar nominations, but yesterday was the Academy Awards for book lovers. The ALA made its big announcement of the books worthy of the annual Caldecott, Newbery, and Coretta Scott King medal winners, as well as many other notable awards, for children’s lit and young adult books. We are really excited to see that some of our very own recommendations have been honored. They truly deserve it. Related: 18 best children’s books of 2016 | Editors’ Best of 2016 CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate Awarded the 2017 John Newbery Medal The prize given for the most outstanding contribution to...

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A trio of fantastic STEM-inspired picture books that celebrate curious children.

Often, some of the very best children’s books are the ones inspired by a writer’s own child (like Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny). These books tend to be favorites among kids and parents alike because they come from a place of authenticity. Which is why I think families will love Andrea Beaty’s trio of STEM-inspired picture books, which was created from the author’s personal experience with her young son who would build things, anything, from random things. The series isn’t new; in fact, the first book published a decade ago. But she continues to add to the series every few years, which is a big...

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Could this simple idea finally make potty training easier for parents?

I tried reward charts, treats, and downright begging when it came to potty training, and my daughter was having none of it. So when I heard about Pee-kaboo potty training stickers, created by a stay-at-home mother of two who lives in my own town (go New Jersey moms!) I was like, whoa. Could this be the help that desperate potty training parents have been looking for? Related: 9 terrific baby gift ideas to help baby (and mom) get more sleep The cool thing about these reusable stickers is that you can only see the cute designs — after they’re peed on. Kind of like the plus...

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10 outstanding children’s books about activism in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

As we approach MLK Day, we’re thinking it’s the perfect time to get our kids learning about activism and about how one man, through his peaceful and steadfast fight for equal rights for all, made lasting changes and a huge impact on generations. Inspired by his words — “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” — and motivated by his actions, we’ve put together a list of 10 children’s books about activism that we think will inspire our kids, in turn. From stories our littlest readers will enjoy to non-fiction books that motivate our older kids to take action about those things they believe in, we...

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8 family music albums that you’re going to want to add to your playlist in 2017

Here at Cool Mom Picks, we love finding the best kids music and sharing it with you. And I’m excited to share these 8 albums that I think you and your family will love right now. Of course, we’re always big fans of our friend Lisa Loeb and TMBG’s Danny Weinkauf, both of whom branched out to make really good music that the whole family can groove to. But in this list, we included some new additions to the genre, like Amy Lee, the lead rocker of Evanescence. All 8 of these family music albums are fresh, fun, and are likely to make their way onto your playlist in...

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18 best children’s books of 2016 | Editors’ Best of 2016

As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back at our picks for the best children’s books of 2016 — according to our editors, writers, and of course our children! What a perfect way to kick off our Editors Picks of the Year. As our readers know, we all adore books here at Cool Mom Picks and we’ve collectively read hundreds of great kids’ books this year, from the sweetest board books for babies, to excellent picture books for early readers, to compelling graphic novels  — and it’s not an easy job to whittle it down to just a few favorites. Ultimately, we go with the books...

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6 year-end charitable donation ideas that support children and education

Around the holidays, if you’re like me, you’re probably thinking about gratitude, which means you may be feeling more generous than usual about now. And, you might be thinking about some ways to log some year-end charitable donations before the clock strikes 12 on December 31. So I looked around to find some ways to cap off 2016 on a positive note, with donations that can make a real difference to lots of people in need. Of course, there are the big charitable organizations, which we still know and love, and continue to support all year long. But here, I’m sharing 6 of my...

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12 cool thank you cards that will make even texting-loving tweens and teens pick up a pen.

It’s that time of year when your kids will be getting lots (and lots) of gifts, which means it’s also that time when we as parents try to teach our kids a little something about gratitude, and a great way to do that is by having them write out thank you cards. Real cards. With a pen. When my daughters were younger, it was easy to get them to sit down and write notes of thanks to family and friends. Now that they are 9 and almost 13, not so much. But getting tweens and teens to send out actual thank you notes (because, no,...

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15 festive, fun, and free printable gift tags for the holidays. Now, get wrapping!

On your mark, get set, wrap those gifts! And, as always, we’re coming to the rescue with 15 of the most festive, fun, and free printable gift tags for all your holiday gifts. Some of the printables on this list were in our round up last year, and we love them so much we had to include them here again. Others are brand new finds that we hope you’ll love just as much as we do. And thanks to the amazing, talented designers who offer up all kinds of fantastic — and did we mention free? — printable gift tags for us all to...

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Creative holiday gift wrapping ideas to make your presents even more amazing.

I love the simplicity of brown paper packages tied up with string as much as the next person, but sometimes I’m in the mood for more creative holiday gift wrapping to make my presents really stand out under the Christmas tree or by the menorah. There are no shortage of cool gift wrap options and ideas out there; you just have to know where to look. And we’ve done that part for you! From free color-your-own printables to reusable bags, here are some of the coolest and most creative holiday gift wrapping ideas I found — including a way to pretty up a regular old brown paper...

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6 DIY holiday classroom gifts that are festive and fun

So apparently giving out holiday classroom gifts are a real thing. How I’ve managed to get my kids from preschool through middle school not knowing about this, is a mystery to me. But this year, I was tasked with searching for ways to make cute DIY holiday classroom gifts that are festive and fun, and I found so many great ideas to pull off this really sweet gesture just in time. Related: 6 DIY holiday gifts for teachers from the kids that will get an A+ While there are tons and tons of ideas for easy and inexpensive DIY gifts out there on some...

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My favorite holiday gifts: 5 cool cocktail gifts I want in my stocking.

I’m not going to lie, this past year, and especially what’s going on in this country right now has been really hard on me. Really hard, and really stressful. And while I’m the queen of self-care and would love any of the self-care gift ideas in our Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide, I’m finding I’d also be okay with something a bit stronger to take the edge off. Responsibly, of course. (Hey, I’m still a parent.) So, I’ve combed through our holiday gift guides and put together my picks for 5 cocktail gifts I really want to find in...

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