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July 1, 2022

Fresh Take: Kate Casey on Big Families and "Reality Life"

This week we brought in Kate Casey, host of the interview podcast "Reality Life with Kate Casey", to talk with Margaret about liv…

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June 29, 2022

Dropping the Rope

What ongoing fight might you be willing to reconsider? Is it making the bed every day? Your kids eating what you cook, wearing cl…

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June 27, 2022

Ask Margaret: Can I Stop the Flow of Cheap Plastic Toys Into My Home?

LEGOs. L.O.L. Dolls. Barbies. The plastic is coming from inside the house. Is it possible to ask family and friends to stop givin…

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June 24, 2022

Fresh Take: Amber Briggle on Supporting Trans Kids

Amber Briggle is an activist, speaker, and proud parent of her transgender son. In this episode, she discusses how to support tra…

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June 22, 2022

We Caught Our Spouses Being Awesome

Supporting us in our careers. Building sandboxes. Flossing. We love it when our partners knock it out of the park. We asked our l…

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June 20, 2022

Ask Amy: The Top Tip for Yelling Less

Are you exhausted by how many times you have to repeat what you say to your kids before they listen? Usually only when you finall…

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June 17, 2022

Fresh Take: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on Raising Antiracists

It can feel scary to discuss racism with our kids. But it’s the best way for us to protect them from its harms– and as Dr. Ibram …

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June 15, 2022

The Smallest Hills We'd Die On

The book is always better than the movie. Brunch is dumb. And wind chimes are mean. We asked you about the smallest hills you hav…

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June 13, 2022

Ask Margaret: Picky Eater Update!

Margaret gives an update on her famously picky eater. Does the kid who once rejected almost every food except pizza now eat a wid…

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June 10, 2022

Fresh Take: Kate Swenson of "Finding Cooper's Voice" on Parenting Aut…

Kate Swenson started “Finding Cooper’s Voice”while searching for answers after her son’s autism diagnosis. Her book FOREVER BOY i…

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June 8, 2022

Brave Parenting in a Scary World

Brave parenting doesn’t mean acting like what’s happening in our world isn’t scary, or that we must present our kids with perfect…

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June 6, 2022

Ask Amy: How Can I Get Out of My Mom Funk?

When we’re overwhelmed by the 24/7/365 nature of parenting, we tend to blame ourselves for being in a “mom funk,” and look to att…

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June 3, 2022

Best Of: Dr. Lynyetta Willis on Breaking Out of "Stable Misery"

Ever felt like things are going pretty well but happiness is missing from your parenting and relationships? In this “Best Of” epi…

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June 1, 2022

Mom Rage

Mom rage engenders debilitating shame. Where did it come from? Are we actually the worst parent who’s ever parented? But mom rage…

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May 30, 2022

Ask Margaret: Why Won't My Kid Eat Dinner?

Help! My kid will only eat the middle of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every other Thursday! If your kid refuses to eat most…

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May 27, 2022

BEST OF: Handling the News With Our Kids

When the unthinkable happens, how are we supposed to explain it to our children? What do we say, when are they old enough, how do…

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May 25, 2022

Introverts vs. Extroverts (and Making Room for Both in Your Family)

Are you an Amy or a Margaret? AKA: are you an introvert or an extrovert? Turns out, you can enjoy socializing but still be an int…

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May 23, 2022

Ask Amy: My Kid Is Screaming Like a Banshee All of a Sudden

What is with the turn-on-a-dime switch from the sweet, demure kid we had yesterday to the demon who woke up today? Is something r…

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May 20, 2022

Fresh Take: Matthew Fray on Strengthening Our Relationships

We’ve all left dishes by the sink. Either that, or we’ve yelled at our partner for doing so. In this episode, Matthew Fray explai…

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May 18, 2022

Unwelcome Surprises

What unwelcome surprises have you experienced on your parenting journey? We asked our listeners to tell us what they didn’t expec…

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May 16, 2022

Ask Margaret: Should I Force My Kids to Give Hugs?

We all have relatives who demand big bear hugs when saying goodbye. That may all be well and good for some kids, but what if our …

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May 13, 2022

Fresh Take: Lynn Lyons and Robin Hutson of "Flusterclux"

When anxiety is part of family systems, our well-meaning attempts to assuage kids can instead serve to further reinforce it. Psyc…

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May 11, 2022

Will We Ever Get Back to Normal?

When will things go “back to normal"? Is that even a question we should be asking ourselves anymore? How do we learn to live with…

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May 9, 2022

Ask Amy: Am I a Terrible Person for Being Jealous of My Mom Friends?

When others have easier experiences of parenting than we do, it's easy to get jealous. But is that wrong? Amy responds to a liste…

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