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March 27, 2023

Ask Amy: My Kid Cries Over Everything

When a kid cries over every bump and scrape, are parents supposed to ignore it? Tough-love them out of it? Or consider whether their child must just be more sensitive?

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March 24, 2023

Fresh Take: Beth Leipholtz on Teaching Inclusion

As the hearing mother of a deaf child, Beth Leipholtz is raising her son in both hearing and Deaf cultures. She tells us about her work as an inclusion and accessibility advocate and about her new children’s book, THE ABCs …

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March 22, 2023

Even More Minor But Life-Changing Tips

We received so many minor life-changing tips, we're back with part two! From fixing the tomato stains on Tupperware to strategically placed toothpaste, here are more tiny tips to make life a ton easier.

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March 20, 2023

Ask Margaret: My Kid Keeps Running Away!

Preschoolers love to run. It helps them flex their newfound independence and gives them an exhilarating feeling of freedom. But this behavior can be frustrating – and frightening– for parents. So how do we get our kids to stop taking …

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March 17, 2023

Fresh Take: Katherine May on "Enchantment"

How do we find deep meaning in today's world amidst the bad news all around us? Katherine May, author of "Enchantment: Awakening Our Wonder in an Anxious Age," tells us how she gained new perspective and mental energy by rediscovering …

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March 15, 2023

It's Not "Nagging"

When women ask repeatedly for something to be done– because it wasn’t done the last time they asked– they’re often rewarded by being told they’re “nagging.” How do we push back on the sexism of this word? And are there …

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March 13, 2023

Ask Amy: We Have a Newborn - and Houseguests

What happens when the "help" from family right after a baby is born means constant houseguests (and more work?) Here's how to ask for the postpartum help you actually need.

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March 10, 2023

Fresh Take: Dr. Dana Dorfman on When Worry Works

As parents we try to support our children’s current well-being while also setting them up for future success. But when worry begins to drive our parenting decisions, it’s time for a reset. Dr. Dana Dorfman, author of WHEN WORRY WORKS, …

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March 8, 2023

Our Quirkiest Personal Rules

Peanut butter on both sides of the PB&J? Parking in a certain spot at Trader Joe's? Setting the alarm for odd-numbered times? We asked our listeners about the weird rules they have put into place - and Amy and Margaret …

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March 6, 2023

Ask Margaret: What Do You Do When Your Kid Ruins His Own Playdate?

When our kid throws a fit or storms out of a social gathering, embarrassing themselves AND us, how can we problem-solve in the moment in a way that's not punishing or even more disruptive?

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March 3, 2023

Fresh Take: Francesca Royster on "Choosing Family"

Francesca Royster, author of the memoir CHOOSING FAMILY:A Memoir of Queer Motherhood and Black Resistance, explains what it means to build a “chosen family” of friends, and how to parent while yearning for the world that we want, but don’t …

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March 2, 2023

BONUS: [TEASER] Our Jobbiest Jobs

What are the worst jobs Amy and Margaret have ever had? Listen to them spill the tea (and ketchup) in this teaser for our March bonus episode.

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March 1, 2023

So What Do You Do All Day?

Tired of people assuming stay-at-home moms have nothing to do? Well, there's not a lot we can do about what other people perceive about stay-at-home-moms, but we can change how we think about our labor as SAHMs to validate ourselves …

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Feb. 27, 2023

Ask Amy: How Much Micromanaging Is Too Much?

When do we lay down the law as parents and when do we let our teens make their own choices, especially when we feel the decision they're making will affect their future?

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Feb. 24, 2023

Fresh Take: Lisa Damour on the Emotional Lives of Teenagers

Powerful emotions in teenagers are a feature, not a bug–but when our kids are dysregulated it can feel like something parents are supposed to fix. Dr. Lisa Damour, author of THE EMOTIONAL LIVES OF TEENAGERS, tells us how to become …

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Feb. 22, 2023

Minor, Life-Changing Tips

Here are our minor and yet life-changing tips for making your car, kitchen, bathroom, handbag, and day run just a little more smoothly.

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Feb. 20, 2023

Ask Margaret: Can We Help Kids Get Better at Losing?

What do we do when our kids throw tantrums over everything from losing a board game to striking out at the plate? Here's how to help kids put their small losses in perspective.

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Feb. 17, 2023

Fresh Take: Susan Linn on How “Big Tech” Targets Our Kids

These days, wherever kids are, they’re not far from a screen or a smart speaker– or the brands who are using “educational” toys and games to sell them stuff. Susan Linn, author of WHO’S RAISING THE KIDS?, explains how big …

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Feb. 15, 2023

Pushing Kids the Just-Right Amount

How do we know when to let our kids quit the sport they hate or skip a homework assignment? Will it be our fault they miss out on the Olympics or being president? Amy and Margaret discuss when they pushed …

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Feb. 13, 2023

Ask Amy: Can I Politely Decline a Playdate?

What do you do when your child and their friend are begging for a playdate– and you're not so sure it's a good idea? Here's how to redirect or politely decline playdates– plus when to consider going ahead.

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Feb. 10, 2023

Fresh Take: Ryan Wexelblatt, The "ADHD Dude"

Ryan Wexelblatt, aka the “ADHD Dude,” coaches both kids with ADHD and their parents. In this interview Ryan offers us helpful perspectives and useful tips for creating scaffolding for our kids with ADHD, without becoming overly accommodating.

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Feb. 8, 2023

When Our Kids Have Different Relationships with Our Parenting Partners

Are you adrift in the "Only Mommy" or "Only Daddy" doldrums of parenting? Here's when to accept the biological imperative of preferring one parent over the other, and when to push back on the behavior.

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Feb. 6, 2023

Ask Margaret: Is It Normal to Feel This Lonely?

Are you overwhelmed by life with little ones, worried that you will never feel like an actual person again? We're here from the future to tell you it gets better.

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Feb. 3, 2023

Fresh Take: Jen Lumanlan of "Your Parenting Mojo"

We can sometimes get so focused on correcting our kids' behavior that we neglect to consider what unmet needs are being expressed. Jen Lumanlan, host of "Your Parenting Mojo," explains how to shift our responses to parenting triggers.

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