Hero Dad Builds An Amazing Interactive Spaceship For His Son's Bedroom

MAKE Magazine's Jeff Highsmith wanted to build his 4-year-old son an interactive model of an Apollo spacecraft. The result was the surprisingly complex play area seen here – but to really appreciate the thought and effort that went into this project, you really must watch the making-of video. Seriously, this'll blow… » 8/01/14 2:26pm 8/01/14 2:26pm

Genius Parents Curb Teen's Distracted Driving With Manual Transmission

If Jalopnik were to start handing out Parent of the Year awards, Seattleites Holly Johnson and her husband would have to be the top choices. They found the solution to distracted driving that we have LITERALLY BEEN PREACHING FOR YEARS — they bought their teenager a car with a stick shift. Huzzah! » 5/08/13 1:11pm 5/08/13 1:11pm

Big Brother Parenting: Tiwi Blackbox Monitors Speeding Youngsters

Helicopter parents rejoice! The Tiwi Blackbox is on the scene to prevent hoonage of any sort. The Tiwi monitors the speed of the vehicle in which it is installed; if the driver exceeds a pre-set speed threshold, it will issue a verbal warning to slow down. If your little hooligan continues to exceed the speed limit,… » 7/02/08 1:20pm 7/02/08 1:20pm

Yellin' in My Ear: San Bernardino Mother Crushes Sons' Dreams

Man, San Bernardino really is crap. Now we're not opposed to a bit of strong discipline on the part of parents. Yes, like any left-loathing lefty, we find the hippie self-esteem stuff annoying. But that said, Michelle Groh-Gordy, a columnist for the San Bernardino County Sun seems to take pleasure in crushing the… » 11/21/06 1:45am 11/21/06 1:45am