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April 12, 2021

Ask Margaret - Should I Ever Let My Kids Use "Bad" Words?

How much to control "bad" language at home is a parenting dilemma people can have very different opinions about. Margaret advises a mom wondering how to handle this issue with her 4 and 6-year-olds.

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April 9, 2021

Fresh Take: Debbie Reber on Parenting Kids Who Are "Differently Wired"

At least 20% of today's kids are “differently wired” with anxiety, ADHD, autism, giftedness, processing disorders, learning disabilities, and more. Guest Debbie Reber explains the parenting “tilts” that work best to support non-neurotypical kids.

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April 7, 2021

I've Figured Something Out...

Have you ever figured out a thing and thought: EVERYONE must know about this? Here are some things some of us have really figured out: how to always know what’s for dinner, how to pack for a trip just once, …

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April 5, 2021

Ask Amy- My Teen Has Zero Interest In Getting A Driver's License

Teens today are driving later than we were and are far less motivated to learn. But isn't driving a skill they're going to want to have at some point? How do we encourage the driver’s license without it becoming something …

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April 2, 2021

Fresh Take: Kim Williams on the Systems That Work For Single Moms

Kim Williams is the host of the podcast Experiencing Motherhood: Single and Black. Kim has built a community of single moms that support one another both online and IRL. We discuss why systems (and support) are especially essential for single …

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March 31, 2021

Two Kinds of People: Family Debates

When you're making a bed, which side is up for the flat sheet? Is it ever acceptable to call someone after 8 pm? What is the correct pronunciation of "Reese's Pieces”? We battle to the death over the answers to …

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March 29, 2021

Ask Margaret - How Can I Get My Kids to Get Rid of All the Stuff?

How do we get kids to buy in to decluttering? Here are four ways to cut down on the stuff.

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March 26, 2021

Fresh Take: Michele Borba on Kids Who Thrive

Dr. Michele Borba is an educational psychologist and parenting expert. Her new book, THRIVERS: The Surprising Reason Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, offers seven “teachable traits" that help kids struggle less and shine more.

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March 24, 2021

When Can We Start Saying Yes?

Vaccines and mandate-liftings feel great. But we somehow thought there’d be a designated day when we’d all dance out into the ticker-taped streets. Without a "you are now free to move about the cabin" announcement, when can we start saying …

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March 22, 2021

Ask Amy - The Return to In-Person School Isn't Going Great

What should parents do when the return to in-person school, after a year of being home with Mommy, is sort of a disaster?

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March 19, 2021

Fresh Take: Joe "Mr. D" Dombrowski on the Fresh Hells of Teaching Dur…

Joe "Mr. D" Dombrowski is a professional comedian. He also teaches kindergarten. Joe tells us all the fresh hells of this school year from a teacher's point of view, what our kids might need to relearn, and why humor is …

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March 17, 2021

Mom Rock-Bottoms

What’s your mom rock-bottom? The moment when you thought I’m just going to head for the border and start a new life? We asked you all for the worst mom moments you were actually willing to share in open court. …

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March 15, 2021

Ask Margaret - How Do I Get My Kids to Play Together?

Ashley asked: How do you encourage older siblings to play with younger ones? With COVID this has been challenging at times - we're all around each other alot. Mine are four years apart - boy age 9, girl age 5. …

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March 12, 2021

Fresh Take: Janice Johnson Dias on Raising Joyful, Change-Making Kids

Janice Johnson Dias is a professor of sociology at John Jay College. She is co-founder and president of the public health and social action organization GrassROOTS Community Foundation and its SuperCamp for girls. Her collabo...

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March 10, 2021

Letting Kids Make Mistakes

There are benefits to our kids making mistakes, even when it’s hard. Maybe especially when it’s hard. Some kids have tons of flexibility and safety around trying new things, around failing. Others not so much. In this episode...

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March 8, 2021

Ask Amy- When Your Kids' Creative Projects Are Also Huge Messes

How can I encourage my kids’ creativity and self-directed play while also setting limits on the messes they make? Erin emailed us to say: My kids are 3, 5, and 7 and during the pandemic they’ve really played together well …

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March 5, 2021

Fresh Take: Michelle Icard on the 14 Talks Parents Need To Have With …

This week we're talking to Michelle Icard, middle-schooler whisperer and author of the new book FOURTEEN TALKS BY AGE FOURTEEN: The Essential Conversations You Need to Have with Your Kids Before They Start High School. Michel...

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March 3, 2021

When It's Okay To Be Emotional In Front of Our Kids

Is it okay for us to be emotional in front of our kids? Julie, one of our podcast listeners, asked this question in our Facebook group : Is it good for kiddos to see their moms have emotions? And how …

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March 1, 2021

Ask Margaret - How Should I Talk to My Child's Caregiver About Discip…

Leaving our kids in the care of others is stressful and tends to bring out a strong need for control. But when it comes to working with a nanny or a day care provider, this may not be the best …

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Feb. 24, 2021

Extremely Achievable Family Traditions

What are some small traditions we can lean on right now to create more joy and meaning for our families? We’re talking LITTLE. Preferably free. Not exhausting. Super fun. Lifetime of memories created. Our listener Lee inspire...

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Feb. 22, 2021

Ask Amy- Should I Be Worried About My Teen's Isolation?

When is a teen happily isolated– or at least content– and when is it something a parent should be concerned about, particularly during the pandemic? This week's question comes from Kate in our Facebook group : When should one...

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Feb. 19, 2021

Fresh Take: Victoria Vanstone on Sober Parenting

Victoria Vanstone started drunkmummysobermummy.com to chronicle her journey to sobriety. Victoria tells us about the “pinot gris purgatory” some moms might find themselves in, and what becoming “sober-curious” looks like.

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Feb. 17, 2021

Moms Are Not Okay

As we come up on the one-year anniversary of a crisis we thought would take a couple of weeks, let's face it: all of us moms are falling apart. How’s it going at our houses? Not great. But here’s what …

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Feb. 15, 2021

Ask Margaret - Do I Get a Say On Who My Kids' Friends Are?

How much input should we have on our kids' choices of friends? What happens when we don't like the friends our kid is choosing?

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