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June 26, 2019

House Rules That Work

What are your house rules- the ones that keep your home life tolerable, the ones kids know so well they self-police? Whether it’s…

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June 24, 2019

Ask Margaret - My Kid Won't Eat Dinner!

Each week Amy or Margaret answers a listener's most pressing parenting question. Today Margaret tackles the question "What should…

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June 19, 2019

Finding Your Mom Tribe

How do we find a mom tribe? How can we get closer with the ones we already have? Do online tribes count? In an age when our famil…

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June 17, 2019

Ask Amy - My Kid is Scared of Loud Toilets

We're taking your questions! Every week Amy or Margaret will answer one listener's most pressing parenting question. Submit yours…

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June 12, 2019

Letting Our Kids Feel Unsafe (In a Safe Way) with Guest Evangeline Li…

How can we allow ourselves to allow our kids to experience the exhilaration of feeling just a little unsafe? How does risky play …

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June 10, 2019

Ask Margaret - When Kids Ask Embarrassing Questions

We're taking your questions! Every week Amy or Margaret will answer one listener's most pressing parenting questions. Submit your…

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June 5, 2019

Making It Work for the Long Haul (with guest Belinda Luscombe)

The familiarity of long-term relationships is the best thing about them- and the hardest. How do we make our marriages work for t…

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May 29, 2019

Sleep Hacks (For All Ages and Stages)

Whether you’re a hard core cry-it-outer or a co-sleeper, here are the best sleep hacks (from both sleep experts and our listeners…

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May 22, 2019

Making Big Changes as a Family (with guest Jill Krause)

Have you ever considered homeschooling the kids and traveling for a year? Has your job ever forced a cross-country move? We talk …

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May 15, 2019

Do We Really Have To Play With Our Kids? When Parenting Feels Relentl…

Parenting really is more demanding than it used to be. We spend three times as many hours playing with our kids as our mothers di…

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May 8, 2019

Mom Wins! (and Mother's Day Fails)

Happy Mother’s Day Week! We are passing out some Mom Awards to our listeners to counteract the lukewarm eggs benedict, hastily-pu…

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May 1, 2019


Bullying doesn’t always look like a playground lunch-money grab. Half of today’s kids experience “relational aggression” monthly.…

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April 24, 2019

Screen-Free Week: How To Survive and Why It's Worth It

Screen-Free Week starts 4/29. If the very notion sends ice through your veins, you’re not alone! But we loved it, and we think y…

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April 17, 2019

Changing How We Talk To Our Kids (with guest Dr. Wendy Mogel)

We know what’s wrong with how our kids speak to us: the sarcasm and eye-rolling are two things we could live without. But does h…

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April 10, 2019

100th Episode! The Best Stories We Haven't Told Yet

Amy and Margaret celebrate 100 episodes by trying to stump each other with crazy stories that are either “True or False.” Was Amy…

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April 3, 2019

Youth Sports: If You Must

Is there any middle ground between the 9-year-old with a pitching coach and the kid who quits after the second game? Maybe. Even …

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March 27, 2019

What We Thought Being a Mom Would Be Like (with guest Betsy Stover)

Some of the things we imagined about motherhood turned out to be pretty accurate. Some of it was WAY off base. We talk what lived…

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March 20, 2019

When School Projects Become Parents' Projects

Sooner or later every kid gets assigned a school project that is, without question, a PARENTS' project. Here’s how to discern the…

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March 13, 2019

When You Feel Like a Failure as a Parent

Why do all mothers feel like failures sometimes? Is it the 24/7 job description? The high stakes of nurturing small humans? A cul…

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March 6, 2019

The Best Relationship Advice Ever

Here's the best relationship advice we’ve ever gotten: how to prioritize our partners, how to fight better, how to keep things go…

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Feb. 27, 2019

Helping Kids Manage Anxiety (with guest Dr. Lisa Damour)

Anxious kids often can’t explain how they’re feeling, so they’ll act out instead. We talk how to help anxious kids settle their “…

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Feb. 20, 2019

Middle Kids

Most of us assume middle kids get the short end of the parenting stick. But some experts believe their place in the birth order m…

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Feb. 13, 2019

The Best Advice Ever

Here is (no lie) the best advice ever when it comes to making choices, doing what matters, ignoring the haters, and liking oursel…

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Feb. 6, 2019

Punishing Kids: What Works and What Doesn't

What makes a punishment effective? Is the primary goal payback or providing insight? Can our discipline help kids make better cho…

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