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April 20, 2020

Ask Amy - My Teenagers Are So Done With Quarantine Life!

Amy answers a question from a listener whose teenagers are really, really over being stuck at home.

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April 15, 2020

Stay-At-Home Revelations: Things We've Learned

As we round the curve into what’s been a full month of Uno, math worksheets, and never going anywhere, we’ve all learned a few th…

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April 13, 2020

Ask Margaret - My Kid Won't Play Alone

Margaret answers a question from a listener whose kid always wants mom to play with him.

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April 8, 2020

What's Working Right Now

Here’s what’s actually working right now- for our anxiety, our family chore buy-in, our kitchen ennui, and our senses of hope. (O…

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April 6, 2020

Ask Amy - How Do I Talk to My Kids About Missing Milestone Events?

This week Amy answers a question from a listener whose child is missing a big milestone event.

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April 1, 2020

It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint!

Homeschooling feels doable when it’s a snow-day novelty. It feels different when you’re relearning middle-school math while also …

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March 30, 2020

Ask Margaret - How Seriously Should I Take This Homeschooling Thing?

Margaret answers a question from a listener who is trying to decide how much to homeschool her kids.

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March 25, 2020

How Are We Going to Keep These Kids Busy?

Most of us have a new reality: we have to keep our kids busy. Here are ideas for keeping kids of all ages occupied, both inside a…

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March 23, 2020

Ask Amy - How Can I Get My Big Kids to Pitch In In the Kitchen?

This week Amy answers a question from a mom who wants her school-aged kids to do their part in the kitchen.

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March 18, 2020

Gaming: Not All Bad! (Thank Goodness)

Studies show our kids’ gaming doesn’t necessarily correlate with lower grades, hyperactivity, or aggressiveness. But ask any pare…

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March 16, 2020

Ask Margaret - How Do I Get My Kids to Help Keep the House Clean?

Margaret answers a question from a listener who wants to know how to encourage her kids to keep their rooms and the playroom clea…

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March 11, 2020

Real Self-Care for Moms

Is “self-care” a facial? A mammogram? A big glass of wine? All of the above- provided they’re things that protect you, or relax y…

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March 9, 2020

Ask Amy - How Do I Get Grandma to Limit Screen Time When She's Babysi…

Amy answers a question from a listener who wants her own mom to stop relying on screens when she's babysitting.

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March 4, 2020

Do In-Laws Get a Bad Rap?

In-law relationships are close by design, not by choice. No wonder conflicts can arise. But a good in-law relationship, if it’s p…

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March 2, 2020

Ask Margaret - Should I Take My Child to a Funeral?

Margaret answers a question from a listener who is worried about taking her young child to a funeral.

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Feb. 26, 2020

Where Did This Kid Come From? When Our Kids Are Nothing Like Us

Our kids can make us the craziest when their behavior is the most baffling to us. But unfamiliar doesn’t mean wrong. That our kid…

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Feb. 24, 2020

Ask Amy - Helping Kids Deal With a Move

Amy answers a question from a mom who is getting her worried four-year-old ready for a big move.

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Feb. 19, 2020

Letting Kids Be Little

In a world where kids get big praise for hitting their milestones ahead of schedule, there are still times and places to let kids…

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Feb. 17, 2020

Ask Margaret - How Should I Deal With Potty Talk?

Margaret answers a question from a listener whose kids are driving her crazy with their potty talk.

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Feb. 12, 2020

Letting People Into Our Mess (with guest Kristina Kuzmic)

Why is it so hard to talk about our struggles? How can opening up about our “mess” make it better? Does online count? How can we …

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Feb. 10, 2020

Ask Amy- Help! There's a Biter at My Kid's Daycare

Amy answers a question from a mom whose 2-year-old is getting bitten at daycare.

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Feb. 5, 2020

When to Go With Your Gut: Doing What's Right For Your Kid

From potty-training to red-shirting to homeschooling, these are some of the times our listeners made hard or unconventional choic…

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Feb. 3, 2020

Ask Margaret - How Can I Increase My Child's Self-Esteem?

Margaret answers a question from a listener worried that her tween is suffering from low self-esteem.

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Jan. 29, 2020

When Is This Going to Be Fun Again? Lighthearted Parenting

There really are ways to make our lives as parents more fun and lighthearted, even on a regular Tuesday. Memories aren’t only mad…

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