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Nov. 30, 2022

Is This Supposed to Be More Fun?

Pinterest promised us picturesque family photos at golden hour and meaningful conversations around the dinner table every night. …

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Nov. 28, 2022

Ask Margaret: Should I Help My Kids with Things I Know They Can Do Th…

Do you worry that your kids are headed towards learned helplessness if you do too many things for them on the regular? Margaret e…

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Nov. 25, 2022

Fresh Take: Yael Schonbrun on "Work, Parent, Thrive"

Do you feel guilty that you're not at work when you're parenting and not parenting when you're at work? Dr. Yael Schonbrun, autho…

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Nov. 23, 2022

When The World Moves Too Fast For Our Kids

Are our kids growing up more slowly than we did? Is that necessarily a bad thing? Can we encourage our late bloomers to pick up t…

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Nov. 21, 2022

Ask Amy: My Kid Asks for Help - and Then Gets Mad at Me

Does your kid ask for your help with homework, then snarl at you? Does your kid procrastinate and then panic, blaming you while h…

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Nov. 18, 2022

Fresh Take: Wendi Aarons on Growing Older, Wiser, and Louder

Think there’s an expiration date on dream-chasing? Think you’re too old to make bold choices? Wendi Aarons, author of I’M WEARING…

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Nov. 16, 2022

I Really Thought This Would Be a Bigger Part of My Life

What did you grow up believing would be a consistent presence in your adult life? Quicksand? Dinner parties? The Bermuda Triangle…

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Nov. 14, 2022

Ask Margaret: My 8-year-old Has Some Spicy Language

Does your child have a mouth you wouldn't want him to kiss you with? If your child is on a swearing streak at home, here are some…

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Nov. 11, 2022

Fresh Take: Chelsea Conaboy on "Mother Brain"

Society has held that maternal instinct kicks in as soon as a baby is born, and that women are wired to be superior caretakers. C…

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Nov. 9, 2022

Pivoting To What's Next

When it’s time to pivot, it’s easy to focus on what doors are closed. That’s when it’s important to remember that with one foot p…

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Nov. 7, 2022

Ask Amy: My Kid Is Really Hard on Himself

Does your kid like to punish himself whenever he performs poorly at something and insist that he's the worst at it? A listener st…

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Nov. 4, 2022

Fresh Take: Hunter Clarke-Fields - Mindful Mama Mentor

Have you ever lost it with your kids and then felt really guilty about it? So has Hunter Clarke-Fields, so she started a mindfuln…

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Nov. 2, 2022

Teaching Kids Patience

If patience is a virtue, it’s not one often practiced by preschoolers. There are reasons why very small children have a hard time…

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Oct. 31, 2022

Ask Margaret: My Kid Loves to Push the Limits

Is your kid great at finding loopholes in the rules you set? Like, "Law and Order" good? A listener wrote in to ask about her chi…

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Oct. 28, 2022

Fresh Take: Laura Vanderkam on "Tranquility By Tuesday"

Feel like you work all day and still get nothing done? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam, author of "Tranquility By Tuesday,…

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Oct. 26, 2022

What Kind of Mom-ster?

When were you the mom-ster in your household? Leaving out cups? Forbidding video games on a school night? Here are our most harro…

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Oct. 24, 2022

Ask Amy: My Kid Has a Not-So-Secret Admirer

Does your child receive unwanted attention from another child that they just can't shake? Here's how to help your child establish…

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Oct. 21, 2022

Fresh Take: Carla Naumburg Says You Are Not a Sh*tty Parent

Think you're the only garbage parent on the face of the Earth? So does every other parent on the face of the Earth. Dr. Carla Nau…

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Oct. 19, 2022

Teachers are Awesome and This Is Why

We love our kids' teachers! We asked our listeners about the teachers in their kids' lives who have gone above and beyond the cal…

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Oct. 17, 2022

Ask Margaret: Planning a Family RV Trip

Have you ever thought about doing an RV trip with your family? If not you might be saner than Margaret - who did one with her thr…

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Oct. 14, 2022

Fresh Take: Dr. Stuart Shanker on Self-Reg

How can we teach our kids self-regulation? And how is it different from self-control? Dr. Stuart Shanker, author of “Reframed: Se…

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Oct. 12, 2022

The Most Important Things We've Learned (So Far)

What have we learned in the six years since we started the What Fresh Hell podcast? Here are the most important things we've lea…

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Oct. 10, 2022

Ask Amy: How Do I Get My Tweens to Bed?

Is bedtime a nightly chore, even with your older kids? Does it drag on for far too long? Here are some ways to move things along.

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Oct. 7, 2022

Fresh Take: Helena Andrews-Dyer on Learning From Moms Not Like Us

What can we learn from mothers across racial and cultural divides, and how can we make authentic connections with them? Award-win…

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