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Sept. 2, 2020

We Did Not Sign Up For Being With Our Spouses 24/7 (with guest Damona…

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. Which may explain some of the domestic tension that’s coming from being with our …

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Aug. 31, 2020

Ask Amy- I Feel Guilty Not Playing With My Only Child Right Now

A listener dreads “playing pretend” with her 3-year-old. But her child is an only child, and right now she is that child’s only p…

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Aug. 26, 2020

Okay, We Might Have Overthought That One

All mothers overthink sometimes. Isn’t that the exact assignment the world gives us? Only to then mock us relentlessly for having…

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Aug. 24, 2020

Ask Amy- Why Does My Kid Always Want To Pretend He's the Bad Guy?

A listener asks: “Does anyone else have a kid that always wants to play the “mean” guy? My almost 3-year-old son always wants to …

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Aug. 19, 2020

Ditching What Doesn't Matter (With Guest "The Lazy Genius")

Momming is hard. Whether we’re stressed perfectionists or hot messes, our homes and relationships get happier when we do what mat…

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Aug. 17, 2020

Ask Margaret - How Can I Get My Kid to Be Interested in More Activiti…

Margaret answers a question from a listener who is worried that her son does not have a wide range of interests.

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Aug. 14, 2020

Our Family Had Covid! Here's How It Went For Us (Bonus Episode)

Amy’s family of 5 had Covid-19 back in March– all “mild” cases, but even in a single household that has meant different things. H…

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Aug. 12, 2020

Should I Send My Kids Back To School?

Our kids’ schools have sent plans. And revised them. And reversed them. Now parents have to make our own decisions. Here are the …

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Aug. 10, 2020

Ask Amy - My Kid Is a Know-It-All!

A listener asks whether her daughter's know-it-all tendencies need to be nipped in the bud.

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Aug. 5, 2020

Asking For What We Want, And Teaching Our Daughters To Do The Same (w…

Our daughters need to be taught to ask and negotiate–because girls aren’t taught those things as well as boys, but also because t…

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Aug. 3, 2020

Ask Margaret - Is There Any Way to Get My Kid to Stop Throwing Stuff?

Margaret answers question from a mom who is scaring her by constantly throwing things.

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July 29, 2020

Advice We Totally Hate

As soon as you become a mother unsolicited advice-givers are everywhere, telling you to “sleep when the baby sleeps.” Or “it gets…

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July 27, 2020

Ask Amy - How Can a New Mom Make Friends Right Now?

Amy answers a question from a listener who is having trouble connecting with other moms during coronavirus.

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July 22, 2020

Two Kinds of People- Which Are You?

We asked our listeners to divide the world into two kinds of people. Summer or winter? Sleep cuddlers or stop-breathing-on-mes? …

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July 20, 2020

Ask Margaret - When Does This Get Easier?

This week Margaret answers a question from a listener who wants to know if life with her two young kids is ever going to get bett…

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July 15, 2020

Hitting the Wall: Get Us Off This Coronacoaster!

We are so done with life on the coronacoaster, but we can’t get off this ride yet. We’ve moved past denial to bargaining, hung ou…

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July 13, 2020

Ask Amy - My Kid's Friend Is Now Bullying Him. Should I Get Involved?

At what point should a parent get involved in a conflict between her 8-year-old son and his (former) friend?

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July 8, 2020

Bad Mom Moments (with guest Arianna Bradford)

We tend to hold our Bad Mom Moments close, deeply certain no other mother has ever temporarily forgotten her baby in the Target L…

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July 6, 2020

Ask Margaret - I'm So Worried About Being Away From my Kid

Margaret answers a question from a listener who is worried about leaving her three year old for a few nights.

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July 1, 2020

What This Has Taught Us About Our Kids

This extended pause has been really hard for some of our kids, and actually sort of good for others. We discuss the things we’ve …

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June 29, 2020

Ask Amy - How Do I Get My 8-Year-Old to Read a Real Book?

Amy answers a question from a reader who wonders how she can encourage reading in her child.

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June 24, 2020

Helping Kids Feel Secure In a Scary World (With Guest Dr. Abigail Gew…

We’re in an anxiety-provoking moment. But parents don’t need to present our kids with solutions to the things that scare them. We…

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June 22, 2020

Ask Margaret - My Husband is a Terrible Gift Giver!

Margaret answers a question from a listener who is frustrated by her husband's extremely poor gift-giving skills.

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June 17, 2020

How Do We Handle This When Everyone Is Doing It Differently?

Shutting it all down was hard, but the assignment was extremely clear. Reopening is more like: do what you want when we think you…

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