MLB Star Flies Home for Two Hours To See Son’s First Tee-Ball Practice

MLB tee ball Freddie Freeman

Traveling for work can be a bummer for dads. You do what you gotta do, but no amount of money lessens the sting of missing important milestones your kids reach while you’re out of town. Whether it’s the first word, first step, a birthday, or some other important moment, you want to be there for as much as you can. That’s why one MLB star flew home in the middle of a road trip, for two hours, just so he could watch his son’s first tee-ball practice in person.

Few things bring dads and sons together like sports. We’ve seen baseball dad surprise his son with a new bat, and then catch a home run his son hit with said bat. Even in the pros, dads never lose that feeling of joy when their kid does something big.

So Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman did everything he could to be at his son’s first tee-ball practice. Freeman flew home in the middle of an 11-day road trip, so he could squeeze in two hours at home. Then he flew straight to Washington for a game that night.

A ton of travel, just for two hours at home, and I’m sure it was worth every bit of hassle to Freeman, as he got to surprise his son and watch his first practice. It was also Freeman’s birthday, but I’m sure that felt like a distant second to getting to spend that moment with his son. Freeman’s wife Chelsea posted about the surprise on social media,

Atlanta won the game against Washington that night, no word about how good Charlie’s tee-ball team was, but I’m going to bet it’s pretty good with the son of a major leaguer on the squad.

Healthcare Worker and NFL Mom Gets Honored on Madden Cover

Miles Boykin Mom on Madden

Over the summer, Baltimore Ravens receiver Miles Boykin tweeted that his mom finally discovered he had used her credit card to pay for his Xbox live membership and that she had been paying it for the NFL player since he was in SIXTH GRADE! But, with some help from Xbox and EA Sports, he made up for it by helping his mom, a healthcare hero, become the first female to grace the cover of Madden.

Madden reigns supreme when it comes to sports video gaming (personally, I’m an NBA 2k and FIFA guy, but you can’t deny the Madden popularity over the years), even if the fabled Madden curse has become but a footnote in history thanks to Patrick Mahomes. And NFL players today, like Boykin, grew up playing Madden.

Still, it’s always funny when a professional athlete with a multi-million dollar contract has his mom paying for his Xbox live membership. He tried to intervene and take over the payments, but she said she might as well just keep picking up the tab.

Boykin appealed to Xbox for help. And they came through, in a big way.

Boykin’s mom, Felicia, is a healthcare worker, so Xbox and EA decided to help Miles show his appreciation for her. She not only received an Xbox Game Pass (so she’ll finally stop getting charged for Miles’ subscription), she also got a copy of Madden with herself on the cover, which will also go to some of her healthcare hero colleagues (along with new Xbox consoles).

Miles also takes the chance to tell his mom how much she’s meant to him and his development.

“You’ve always been there. You helped me become the man I am today and I will forever be grateful to you. I would give you the world if I could and you would still deserve better,” he said. “You not only supported my passion for football but also my second love of gaming.”

She also received a custom Xbox One controller, a pair of new Nike Air Zoom Pulses, and a pair of custom cleats for Miles to wear with her image painted on them.

It’s a great way for Miles to repay a parent, and I will now consider this the threshold for all kids going forward when it comes to recurring subscription fees.

I Lost My Kid at a Buy Buy Baby

Lost Kid at Buy Buy Baby
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It happened in a flash. So fast you can’t even appreciate the cruel truth behind the painfully overused cliché. My wife was in the baby section with our oldest daughter when she asked my opinion about a type of bottle. I dutifully feigned interest and weighed in. When I turned back, our three-year-old was gone. I lost my kid at a Buy, Buy Baby, which sounds like a pun too far even for a Dad.

I had never lost track of my kids. I’d hear stories from other dads about the harrowing time Colin ran off at a park, or when Isabelle wandered away at the grocery store. It happens to everyone, I’d say obligingly. In my head, I was smugly crowning myself for being a better dad. Our oldest was six, and she had never been out of my sight unwillingly. Never lost in the crowd on the subway, not once in a sea of kids at the park. Not in the bedlam of an amusement park nor the chaos at the zoo. Even when we added a second to the mix, my record stayed pristine.

Emma, like her older sister, was looking forward to the baby coming in a couple of months. But she was three, so she was much more interested in the toy section, especially as it related to her upcoming birthday. I had physically pulled her away from a toy horse when my wife had beckoned for my expert opinion on bottles. The confusion hit before panic. Emma had to be close, it was literally one second before when she was next to me.

After scanning the sections around me with no sign of our little redhead, I officially upgraded to panic. “Where’s Emma?” my wife asked accusingly after reading my face. “I thought she was with you!” I seethed through clenched teeth. I very much did not think that, but like a true hero, my first action was to try and blame her somehow. That moment you have to tell your wife you don’t know where your child went is excruciating, and it just gets worse from there.

I quickly snapped to attention and we came up with a gameplan. She made a beeline with our other daughter to the front door, guarding the exit like an aggressive Costco employee checking receipts, only making sure no one was leaving with our three-year-old instead.

I started stalking the surrounding sections, confidently at first, so as to not startle other shoppers. I said her name, maybe a little louder than normal but not enough to draw attention. The problem is, when you yell “Emma!” at a Buy, Buy Baby, eight kids come running.

There’s also a special humiliation of losing one of your kids at a baby store. Nothing says “I’m ready for this baby” like losing one of your other babies at the baby store. I became the frantic dad I was never able to see on my high horse.

By the third time I was cycling through the sections in the back of the store, all pretense of normalcy was dropped. That’s when the terror takes hold. It had been maybe 30 seconds, which feels insignificant to write but was a lifetime to live through. I’m pacing aisles maniacally, my head running through what comes next. The defeated front lawn press conference where you beg the community to help in the search. Hanging ‘missing’ posters on light poles like she’s a lost cat. Christmas. It was three months away, but I’d never have a normal holiday again.

On my fourth pass, I saw the tiny pair of shoes embedded deep in a rack of clothes. And I found our scared three-year-old, perfectly hidden in a forest of sassy maternity pajamas. I hugged her with a ferocity that replaced the dread I’d felt seconds before.

I pretended to be mad at her for running off, but it was just a show for the other parents who I assume were watching our every move at that point. Really, all I felt was intense relief and joy. She was teary-eyed, scared by the brief ordeal, and apologetic in the unspoken way a three-year-old can be. Rattled, I carried her to the front of the store to let my wife know we wouldn’t be on the news that night. She went through some the same range of relief and mock-anger, and we quickly paid for the baby stuff and left the store as fast as we could.

We gave her some sort of bullshit talk about running off, but we drove away feeling like we won the lottery. Out of a mix of shame and guilt, I went back to the store later in the day to buy the toy horse she wanted so desperately. A perfect birthday surprise, I thought, and a step on the path back to being the best dad ever.

She played with it for one day and then forgot about it for years.

12 Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week 9/11/20

12 Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week 9/11/20
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Another week full of the joys and eye-rolls of parenthood, with our trusty Twitter parents keeping track of their most memorable moments. Sometimes relatable, sometimes just plain absurd – these parents share it all. We’ve compiled 12 of the funniest parenting tweets this week to remind you that whatever being a parent looks like to you, you’re not alone. Sit back and let these hilarious tweeters do the parenting for the next few minutes.

Close enough

There are so many reasons to wash your hands

Remember how excited we were when they started talking?

We’ll fix it later

School is going fine

Good to know they’re concerned for our well-being

It’s ok to be a little overprotective sometimes

So many lessons to learn, so little time

It’s important to check-in

Sometimes there are no good answers

Honestly, impressive

I don’t think you can get a refund when they’re that old

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Dad Charts What He’s About To Learn When His Son Says, “Wanna Know Somefing?”

Dad charts son's "Wanna Know Somefing?" topics

Kids are about as close as a human can get to being an iPod Shuffle. Their brains are full of information and curiosity, but they’re not tied down by agonizing questions like, “is what I’m about to say relevant?” or, “does this person even care”? Interacting with a little kid is a choose-your-own adventure of sorts, but the kind that has a bunch of pages missing and half of the clues say “open the book to literally any page.” Are kids, in fact, trying to tell us something? Is there any method to their madness? One Reddit dad made a valiant attempt to figure it out by charting a full week of everything he learned when his son asked, “wanna know somefing?”

Reddit user wequiock_falls told The Dad, “About two weeks ago I noticed that my son said “wanna know somefing?” a lot. I thought it would be fun to keep track of how many times he said it in a day. That quickly turned into me wanting to know the breakdowns of the subject matter.”

This detailed dad got to work, pulling out his phone every time his son uttered the all-important, “wanna know somefing?” before tracking the data points in a notes app. He then shared the colorful chart to the subreddit r/dataisbeautiful, a community that finds great joy in visual representations of data. Early on, he realized there were more categories than he expected. From Paper Mario to future aspirations and everything in between, this six-year-old clearly had a lot going on.

“Most of the comics and television categories were him acting out scenes, but the really fun ones were when he would talk about his life,” explained wequiock_falls. “One of my favorite things he said I categorized as ‘future aspirations.’ He told me that we should save up enough money to buy an airplane. I asked him why, and he said he wanted me to fly it super high up and then come down quick so he could experience zero gravity.”

Wequiock_falls continued, “Another, I put under past experiences. He said, ‘wanna know somefing? This one time I fell out of the chair and caught my sandwich.’ It happened not even 60 seconds earlier and I helped him get back up. Wild.”

Dad charts what son says after asking "Wanna Know Somefing?"

Over the 7-day period, wequiock_falls collected data in 18 different categories. The most frequently discussed category being Minecraft, likely because the father-son duo often play together. When discussing the data with his wife, they wondered what the chart would look like if she had been the one collecting data. What information was more important for his dad to know, and what info is reserved for the 6-year-old’s mom? One difference, they hypothesized, is that he would likely share more Paper Mario facts with his mom since that’s the game they play together. How would this chart look a couple of weeks into school? The week of his birthday? There’s only one way to find out.

While may not have unraveled the great mysteries of the kid brain, at the very least, we most definitely learned somefing.

12 Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week 9/4/20

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Sometimes it feels like kids’ brains are constantly on shuffle. There’s no way to know from one moment to the next what’s going to come out of their mouths, which can lead to some of the funniest parenting moments – or the moments that make you want to curl up and take a nap for a few weeks. From the laughable to the cringeworthy, Twitter parents share them all. So you don’t miss out, we’ve collected 12 of the funniest parenting tweets of the week.


You made it through another week.

Another week of finding joy in the little things,

Because honestly,

There’s a lot to smile about.

We know,

it doesn’t always feel that way.

I guess what we’re trying to say

Is that we’re impressed.

Well, at least most of the time.

Even if nothing goes according to plan,

At least you’re doing it as a family.

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Creative Dad Sets ‘Despicable Me’ Ground Rules for Virtual Learning

Dad's Despicable Me Ground Rules Virtual Learning

Whatever it looks like for your kids this year, going back to school is anything but ordinary. Balancing everything your child needs to keep track of during virtual learning or trying to remember all of the new rules for in-person classes – it’s a lot. For Marcus Stricklin, a stay-at-home dad from Glendale, Arizona, trying to coordinate his four virtual learners and a 3-year-old is basically the dad Olympics. To say there’s a lot going on in this lively household would be an understatement, and it’s Marcus’s job to keep everyone on task. This busy dad helps the e-learners focus on their schoolwork, entertains a 3-year old, and keeps them all from interfering with his wife’s at-home workday.

At the end of a long day last Friday, Marcus’s daughters were being rowdy while his oldest son and wife were still busy with work. “Instead of telling them to quiet down, I reminded them that there are others in the house that need to work and we owe it to them to be respectful,” Marcus told The Dad.

As many dads have realized, reminders like this are often quickly forgotten. But in a stroke of parenting genius, Marcus decided to make a TikTok with his daughters – not only did this keep them entertained for a while so the rest of his household could continue working, but it reinforced the message he was trying to teach. How? By recreating a scene from the popular movie Despicable Me, in which our favorite supervillain Gru sets some ground rules for his newly-adopted daughters.

Marcus absolutely nails his tentatively confident Gru impression, while his three girls, Sophie, Addison, and Nora, flawlessly play the parts of Gru’s daughters. Throwing his scarf over his shoulder and getting down to business, Marcus begins to lip sync, “Ok – Clearly, we need to set some rules,” which is likely a sentence he has uttered more than a few times (I mean, five kids. FIVE).

The three girls stand at the ready, eagerly awaiting Gr- I mean, Marcus’s instructions. Things go immediately awry with rule number one, “you will not touch anything.” As kids and lawyers are primed to do, one of the girls pipes up with a loophole. “What about the floor?” she responds with a hefty dose of sass reserved only for parents and younger siblings. The video continues with more rules and more adorable objections, a slightly dramatized rendition of real-life versions of similar conversations.

@marcusthecreatorDaily house rules. ##fyp ##despicableme ##fypシ ##parentsoftiktok #♬ original sound – beauthentic8

Marcus’s video has accumulated thousands of views in less than a week, perhaps because of the bizarre circumstances of “school in COVID times”, where everyone is scrambling to figure out the do’s and don’ts of a brand new situation. Of the incredibly positive response the video has received, Marcus told The Dad, “It’s been amazing and surprising to be honest!” He continued, “I was just being goofy and trying to do something fun with the kids, since we’ve been trapped in Quarantine for months.”

To see more of Marcus’s videos (in which his hilarious kids often make appearances), check out his TikTok page.

12 Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week 8/28/20

Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week 8/28/20
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Ah, kids. They’re alarmingly honest, exceedingly creative, and (though it’s probably unintentional) they’re extremely good at keeping us grounded. Every week, we round up the funniest parenting tweets for your viewing pleasure. From the endearing to the absurd, parents experience it all – often in the same hour. Fortunately for us, these Twitter parents document it all. So take a breather, and enjoy this roundup of the 12 funniest parenting tweets from the week.

So, uh, how’s it going?

Are you tired?

Frustrated, maybe?

I’ll… I’ll take that as a yes.

You’re doing great though,

You know, for the most part.

Even if you’re not always properly appreciated,

We see you,

And we know how much effort it takes to make it look easy.

At the end of the day

(Or the very beginning),

You might finally realize that you’re nothing short of legendary.

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3 Things I’m Teaching My Daughter So She Can Do Anything

3 Things to Teach My Daughter
(Joel Willis)

“How do you know how to do this stuff?” My daughter asked as I was installing a new light switch in her room.

“I don’t know. I guess ’cause I’m old.” Groan. She hates when I make dad jokes about being old.

I told her that I taught myself over time, and I’d do my best to teach her all the things too.

I know it’s morbid but I immediately had this panicked thought, Oh no what if I end up dying young, and don’t get to teach her everything, and she has to live with this feeling that she’s missing out on some essential knowledge she needs but never got.

So I said, “But really, I only need to teach you 3 things…”

1. Confidence

I told her the most important thing she needs in order to learn to do something, is the confidence that she can figure it out.

My confidence in trying new things and getting the job done verges on naive at times. But I always think, “Hey, other people can do that so I can probably figure it out too.” If you don’t have some level of confidence like that, you’ll be too intimidated to ever even try to learn.

2. Hard work

Confidence alone is not enough. You need the tenacity, the followthrough, the perseverance to seek out the knowledge, try new things out, and DO THE WORK… even when (especially when) things get tough. And then, when it inevitably doesn’t go as you expected on the first try, you need the willingness to adapt, learn from your mistakes, and KEEP GOING.

You can’t assume everything is going to be easy, usually it’s not. But if you’re willing to work hard, you’ll figure it out eventually.

3. Pride

Celebrate your hard work and accomplishments. The feeling of fulfillment is what inspires you to build on the knowledge and experience you gained and propels you to take on the next tough thing.

There’s very little that feels better than stepping back and admiring a job well done. Such as seeing the look on your daughter’s face when she flicks on her fancy new cat light switch and sees the room fill with light just as her face lights up as well.


“I’ll do my best to teach you everything I taught myself. But if you have confidence, work hard, and take pride in your accomplishments, you don’t need me or anyone else. You can teach yourself too.”

She looked up at me and said, “So you just watched videos on YouTube?”


YouTube helps too.

Physical Playtime With Dads Is Big Boost to Kids Development, Study Says

Dad and Child Physical Play

Since the dawn of time, dads have always been a little more physical while playing with their kids. And now science says that’s a good thing. According to a new study, kids whose dads spend time playing with them at an early age find it easier to control their behavior and emotions when they get older.

This sounds like a study that was commissioned by two dads and involved them saying “we’re the best, right?” over and over, but actual scientists thew down some science. The study was backed by academic heavyweights Cambridge University and the LEGO Foundation.

Basically, what it boils down to is kids who enjoy “high-quality” playtime with dads are less likely to display hyperactivity, emotional or behavioral difficulties. They can better control their aggression and handle arguments at school better too.

The science says dads play more physical with kids (ticking, chasing games, piggyback rides, etc.), and this helps them learn how to control their feelings and behavior. Basically, dads rule.

One of the authors of the study said physical play creates fun situations where kids have to apply self-regulation.

“It’s a safe environment where kids can practice how to respond.”

Let this stand as a definitive take that dads are doing it right (of course, moms can also engage in physical play with kids, the research just pointed to this being more common with dads).

So, next time you are ruthlessly chasing your two-year-old around the house, or tickling your toddler until they are laughing so hard they can barely breathe, remember science says you are doing it right.

12 Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week 8/21/20

Funniest parenting tweets 8-21-2020
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It’s back to school for most kids, which means you may finally get a bit of a breather (unless you’re supervising zoom classes, which is a job in itself). No matter what form school is taking for your kids this year, things are going to be a bit different. We have had to adjust to a lot of new normals in the past few months, and school is no different – it may be tough at first, but it will become the new normal sooner than we think. No matter what this upcoming week brings, remember to take some time for yourself. Kick back and relax for a few minutes, and enjoy the 12 funniest tweets from parents this week.

You’re seriously killing it at this parenting thing,

Even when kids think they have the upper hand.

Sometimes it’s a lot,

Like, really a lot –

But there’s a reason we’re doing all of this.

Things can get messy,

And sometimes you just need to lay down for a while –

But there are a million reasons to get right back up.

Being a dad changes you,

And you’re constantly learning even more.

And honestly,

We wouldn’t have it any other way.

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I Thought Taking My Daughter’s Bitty Baby To The Game Was Embarrassing…Until We Won The Championship

This article is sponsored by Bitty Baby™ from American Girl

“I can explain.” Those are the words you lead with when you’re still making up an explanation in your head. For when something is a little out of whack, and you’re not quite sure how you ended up in that situation. That’s where I found myself, holding a baby doll and with my nails freshly painted pink, at a college basketball watch party full of bros.

I grew up with all brothers, so I didn’t know what to expect when I found out my firstborn was going to be a girl. I wasn’t disappointed, it’s not like I found out while holding a mini baseball glove and tiny football helmet; I just had no idea how to play with a little girl. 

At first, I didn’t have to. Most babies are the same – just little blobs of flesh designed to rob you of any sleep or sanity. When they start to grab things, playing pretty much consists of holding something colorful in front of their face until they flail around with it. Or doing voices and impressions that would otherwise have you committed to an institution. Then when they start moving, playing is just making sure they don’t die.

It’s when they get older and start developing their own interests that you can get a little lost. I tried hard not to force my stuff on her, either. Although I did show her my favorite movie once when she was still an infant. I thought I could develop her into a tiny little sci-fi fan, but she spit-up on my laptop and that was that. At age four though, she got her first “girl” toys; nail polish…and a Bitty Baby.

She’s a spring baby, so we planned her party on a March afternoon. Later that night I planned to enjoy my annual ritual of watching the basketball tournament with my brothers and friends. Play with my daughter during the day, and the night was reserved for beers, basketball, and smack talk. “Guy” stuff.

Watching my daughter play with her Bitty Baby was like watching her level up at being a kid. She’s always been creative, but her imagination ran wild with the doll.  She immediately named her Katie. A little embarrassing, considering it took us twelve weeks and a series of ballots to settle on her name. 

We spent the afternoon on adventures with Katie all over the house, from starting a nail salon to going on a couch-fort safari. It struck me that my daughter didn’t see Katie as just a play-friend, but a character in her world who needed to be cared for and nurtured. It seems obvious now, but it was extraordinary to see my four-year-old interpret and imitate my own parenting with her Bitty Baby. I thought I understood make-believe, but I wasn’t ready for what came next. 

Shortly before I was supposed to go to the basketball party, my daughter asked to paint my nails. I caught a look of glee in my wife’s face, making me suspect it was her idea. I quickly came up with some excuse I don’t remember to get out of it. However, my daughter hit me with the look every dad knows. The one they cannot know about when they get older. The look that would’ve gotten me to do anything. I said yes, knowing the onslaught of ribbing I was going to take from my friends that night.

With my freshly-pastelled nails, I was about to leave for guy-time when my daughter pulled that puppy dog look a second time. She held up her prized possession, her new Bitty Baby, and said with the saddest voice: “Katie loves sports. Will you take her to the game?”

I instantly knew why “Katie” “loved sports.” It’s because of the Saturdays my daughter saw me on the couch, acting like a crazy person as college kids tried to put a ball in a basket. Knowing it was my daughter trying to connect two things she loved, I couldn’t say no.

And that’s how I ended up at the party with a baby doll and painted nails. Yes, there was an endless parade of jokes at my expense. Looking back, I could have left Katie in the car, but at the time it didn’t even occur to me. In some imperceptible way, her devotion to the doll got to me. My daughter asked me to bring her doll to the game, and so I did. But here’s the twist: the team we were rooting for was a gigantic underdog, expected to make a quick exit from the tournament. So the longer the game went and the closer the scoreboard was, the less focus anyone had on my new friend or pretty nails. Then the impossible happened.  The type of impossible that makes March beautiful for sports fans: our team pulled off an enormous upset!

When the final horn sounded, our group erupted into cheers and wild hugs like we were kids. Watching us, you would’ve thought we each won the lottery. As I was leaving, one of my oldest friends grabbed me into a bear hug: “We have two days before the next game. And that doll better be with you when you come back.”

And that’s how the superstition started. My daughter and I would play during the day, and then I’d ask her if I could bring “Katie” to the game party.  We transitioned seamlessly from a child’s imaginative play to a dad’s childish sports superstition. But my team kept winning, my nails kept getting pinker, and I ended up playing with Katie almost as much as my daughter.

In the end, being a #GirlDad worked out just fine.

Bitty Baby™ from American Girl helps dads and daughters discover a world of make-believe together while learning the importance of love and kindness. 

Crayola Unveils Colorful Mask Pack for Kids and Teachers

Crayola school mask pack

Parents are facing an incredibly difficult choice as schools prepare to open this fall. While districts in some cities have already announced plans to return with a remote format, many are attempting to have at least some in-person instruction, with a surprising number resuming their full schedule. Most schools are also allowing an online option for families who don’t feel safe sending their kids back.

It’s an incredibly difficult decision, different for every family in every city, and it’s a choice each family makes for their own reasons. For those sending their kids back to school this fall, there will be a new item on most back-to-school shopping lists: face masks.

As the science has proven the dramatic effect universal masking can have on limiting the spread of COVID-19, mask mandates are becoming the norm in many cities and school districts are following suit in requiring masks for teachers and strongly suggesting them (if not requiring them) for students.

This adds an extra layer of difficulty for parents, especially as many may have had their kids at home for much of the past four months. There’s a big difference between having your 8-year-old wear a mask for a weekly trip to the grocery store and wearing one every day for six hours.

Crayola is trying to make things easier on parents, with the release of a new set of masks for kids and teachers that are supposed to be safe, yet breathable. The colorful masks come in packs of five, as the School Maskpack provides a new mask for each school day.

A special laundry bag is included in the packs so parents can wash the five masks at the end of the week. The masks are adjustable so the fit isn’t an issue (as any parent knows, an ill-fitting mask just means your kid has their hands in their face CONSTANTLY). They also have options with name tags on them, helpful for teachers trying to make the masks seem a little less intimidating to younger students.

Wearing masks are going to be a routine part of everyday life for the foreseeable future, especially as more stores require them for shoppers nationwide.

Crayola’s masks are already a bestseller and are an easy way for parents to keep track of the newest classroom essential for kids. Parents can order them on Amazon and get them in early August, ahead of their kids returning to school.