Why You Should Parent Like a Librarian

As parents, we’re told that we’re our kids’ first teachers. It’s true, but to me, this conjures up the idea that we must stand over their shoulders with a red pen, telling them they exactly what to learn, and how. To better support their natural inquisitiveness, it can help to instead think of yourself as a librarian.

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Source: LifeHacker – Why You Should Parent Like a Librarian

How to Install the iOS 12.1 Public Beta

Should you install a public beta of iOS on your primacy iPhone or iPad? Most people caution against it—especially when a beta is in its earlier stages, since you never know what kind of bugs might brick that-which-you-use-your-iPhone-to-do (or your favorite apps).

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Install the iOS 12.1 Public Beta

My Favorite Smart Plug Ever Is So Refreshingly Dumb

You could probably blanket a moderately sized country with all of the Wi-Fi smart plugs out there, but they all work basically the same way: They turn any AC outlet into a switch-controlled outlet, except the switch is your phone (or, more broadly is distressingly speaking, the internet). Quirky’s Switch Flip, by…

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Source: LifeHacker – My Favorite Smart Plug Ever Is So Refreshingly Dumb

Make Your Own Carry-on Cocktail Kit

Flying is terrible, which is why so many people drink on flights. But a plane is not a bar, which makes imbibing on a plane a somewhat limited experience, cocktail-wise. Though rum & cokes, gin & tonics, and and vodka sodas will do the job, bringing on a little cocktail kit will elevate the plane drinking experience…

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Source: LifeHacker – Make Your Own Carry-on Cocktail Kit

Don't Panic Over a Bumpy Airplane Landing 

If you’re a nervous flyer, turbulence of any kind is alarming. It’s especially bad when you’re coming in closer to the ground during landing. There are a lot of bumps and jolts that can feel frightening as they’re happening—but they’re nothing your pilot isn’t trained to handle.

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Source: LifeHacker – Don’t Panic Over a Bumpy Airplane Landing 

Why You Should Give Pocket's Read-Aloud Feature a Try

Pocket, the leading app for saving articles to read later, has a new voice, the voice of Amazon Polly. And it’s good enough that you just might actually want to use it. Not for fiction or poetry or anything that relies on tone. But Polly is natural enough that you can forget for a sentence or two that you’re listening…

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Source: LifeHacker – Why You Should Give Pocket’s Read-Aloud Feature a Try

No One Needs Hot Glue Shoes

The hacks above are, for the most part, terrible. You know they’re terrible, everyone knows they’re terrible, probably the people who made them know they’re terrible. But they’re so popular that this 20-minute compilation, which collects previous videos from the same YouTube channel, got over 3 million views in four…

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Source: LifeHacker – No One Needs Hot Glue Shoes

You Can Do It All With This Gerber Multi-Plier, Now Cheaper Than Ever

Eat your hearts out, Swiss. Gerber’s MP600 Multi-Plier features 12 “curated” tools inside a single stainless steel plier set. Cut, crimp, saw, screw…you can do it all for an all-time low $47 right now. This would make a great gift too, if you want to go ahead and cross someone off your holiday list.

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Source: LifeHacker – You Can Do It All With This Gerber Multi-Plier, Now Cheaper Than Ever

Sometimes You Just Have an Emotional Cold

If I get into an argument with someone, especially one that shouldn’t affect my life in any real way, I know I’m gonna feel like shit for a while, and that I need to lay low or I’ll make it worse. And now I have the right words for that feeling: an emotional cold.

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Source: LifeHacker – Sometimes You Just Have an Emotional Cold

The Best Camera Apps

Last week, we asked you to tell us about the camera apps—for iOS or Android—that you can’t live without. Our Hive Five hunt was prompted by my work on the iOS and Android Lifehacker Packs, when I noticed that there are a ton of different third-party camera apps you can grab for your device. I thought I found some…

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Source: LifeHacker – The Best Camera Apps

Why Even Optimists Should Embrace Their Pessimistic Side

Setting goals and working to achieve them is an inherently optimistic exercise: You want more and better, and you believe that you have what it takes to do the work and reap the rewards. But sometimes showing your pessimistic side can help you achieve your goals faster.

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Source: LifeHacker – Why Even Optimists Should Embrace Their Pessimistic Side