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You pride yourself on knowing the latest fashion and cultural trends. But when it comes to guiding the life of your next of kin, it’s a work in progress. That’s why we whittled it down to the six most important parenting trends to pay attention to in 2016. Embrace them. Ignore them. We’re just here to provide the info!

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STAY-AT-HOME DADS

You can thank Sheryl Sandberg, but now that more and more moms are heading back to the office post-baby (and often earning more than their husbands), men are voluntarily flipping the script and choosing to stay home. In fact, a recent Pew Research Center report found that the number of stay-at-home dads has actually doubled since 1989 (up from 1.1 million to 2 million).

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SHARED FAMILY GOOGLE CALENDARS

Say goodbye to paper. How else are you supposed to remember that Jenna’s voice lesson overlaps with Erica’s school dance? Going digital means you can keep tabs on everyone’s schedules, scout conflicts and re-jigger your life from any location. And it’s color-coded. 

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THIRD CHILD-STYLE PARENTING

You always knew there’d be a backlash against the helicopter mom thing. These days, the hot new approach is “third child” parenting, which is basically a much more relaxed way of dealing with your kids. Why the name? Just think how chill your mom became once baby #3 rolled around.

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HYBRID BABY NAMES

Your husband is pushing for Gray. You're obsessed with Jason. Today's equal opportunity parents are increasingly opting for mash-ups of the two. Points for originality. (And hello, Grayson!)

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TECHNOLOGY-FREE WEEKENDS

Nowadays, even your two-year-old knows his way around a tablet. As a result, parents are exercising 24- or 48-hour technology bans. There are even devices springing up (like this one from Disney) that give mom or dad full control of Wi-Fi, so they can temporarily suspend Internet connections from any room in the house.

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TEACHING BABIES HOW TO CODE

We repeat, your two-year-old knows his way around a smartphone. Which is why tons of games and apps and books are coming out with one goal: To teach your baby how to code. It’s not as overt as you might think. (This new book, for example, is really just a lift-the-flap primer on web-safe colors.) But it does point toward the job market of the future. And bonus points if you pick up some HTML along the way, too.

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