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May 6, 2020

We'll Call It a Win! Microscopic Mom Victories

We asked all of you to tell us your “mom wins” since quarantine life began. Whether it’s synchronized napping, picky eaters trying meatballs, or a 5-year-old who finally slept past 7 a.m., we salute all these miniscule victories. Happy Mother’s …

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May 4, 2020

Ask Amy - How Can I Help My Child Who is Having Nightmares?

Amy answers a question from a listener whose daughter is struggling with nightmares.

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April 29, 2020

Maintaining Momentum (Or Not)

A body in motion stays in motion; once at rest, it’s hard to regain momentum. But is continuous momentum possible during this very strange limbo? How can we keep running this marathon when we don’t even know what mile we’re …

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April 27, 2020

Ask Margaret - I'm Burnt Out on Trying to Get My Kids to FaceTime wit…

Margaret answers a questions who is struggling to get her toddler to perform when relatives call.

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April 22, 2020

What Kind of Monster? Quarantine Edition!

What kind of monster decides to go keto during a pandemic? Trades away toilet paper for sourdough starter? Finishes Mom’s chocolate stash? Slices an avocado horizontally? Our listeners weigh in with the straws that will break their quarantine backs.

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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 things. Here are our stay-at-home revelations about our homes, our cooking, our relationships, our kids, and …

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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. (Our number one tip: try never to interrupt a happy quarantined family while they’re doing whatever is making them …

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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 conference-calling from home and running a kitchen serving three meals a day. Here's how we're coping & keeping it going.

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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 and outside, using materials you probably already have around the house— and preferably, without …

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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 parent: Fortnite, Super Smash Bros, or Xbox can make one cranky zombie. Here’s how to set gaming rules for your household.

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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 clean.

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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 you. But for self-care to work, you have to practice it all the time, not just on …

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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 possible, is worth investing in. Here’s how to have difficult conversations- and more importantly, when to let things go.

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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 is different from us— even in ways we think might make their lives harder— is not …

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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 be little. Here’s how we create that safe space in our homes, and how it makes …

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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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