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Dec. 19, 2018

Holiday Traditions: The Good, The Bad, The Wish-We-Never-Started

What are the holiday traditions that work great for your family? What are the things you kind of dread but can't stop now? Here’s…

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Dec. 12, 2018

How Not To Go Insane in the Winter

Everyone’s energy levels get depleted during the winter. But parents with low batteries also have to deal with cranky kids who’ve…

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Dec. 5, 2018

Sometimes We Lose It (with guests Heather Turgeon and Julie Wright)

Sometimes we lose it. And while yelling kinda feels good in the moment, afterwards? Not so much. But studies show that trying to …

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Nov. 28, 2018

Saying No When Other Parents are Saying Yes

How should we handle group situations where we have different parenting styles? When our particular rules around bedtimes, screen…

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Nov. 21, 2018

Are We Oversharing On Social Media?

We all know parents who chronicle their baby’s every bathtime, give their toddlers hashtags, and air their tween’s hurt feelings …

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Nov. 14, 2018

Listener Questions: Fussy Babies, Toddlers, and Squabbling Siblings

We answer a few of our listeners’ most pressing questions: on comforting a really fussy baby, preparing a toddler for a new arriv…

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Nov. 7, 2018

How Little Parenting Can We Get Away With? (with guest James Breakwel…

How little parenting can we get away with? Is doing less better—or at least good enough? We talk backing off on what our kids wea…

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Oct. 31, 2018

Dinosaurs and Trains and Superheroes and Nerf Guns: Boy Obsessions

Why are some little boys so obsessed with trains or dinosaurs? Psychologists call these preschool preoccupations “extremely inten…

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Oct. 24, 2018

How To Be The Teacher’s Favorite Parent

We have more direct relationships with our children’s teachers than our parents could ever have imagined. But the homework, onlin…

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Oct. 17, 2018

Self-Regulation for Kids: Helping Them (And You) Deal With Tantrums

Tantrums seem to come out of nowhere. But getting curious about what lies beneath the meltdown in Aisle Six can go a long way tow…

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Oct. 10, 2018

How To Get It All Done: Time Management For Moms (with guest Jessica …

Every mom struggles with the juggle. We discuss strategies to work smarter and get more done. The best time management secret? Be…

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Oct. 3, 2018

Why 5 to 8 p.m. Is The Worst: How To Handle the After-School Crankies

5 to 8 p.m. is the worst. Nap-skipping toddlers melting down, babies in “witching hour” mode, 6th graders crying over homework— …

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Sept. 26, 2018

The Right Number of Kids Is…

For most of us, the right number of kids is the number of kids we have. (At least most of the time.) But there are proven, distin…

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Sept. 19, 2018

Hand-Me-Downs, Keepsakes, and Too Much Stuff

The toys, keepsakes, hand-me-downs, and art projects our kids create could fill a dumpster. Weekly. Whether you’re a sentimentali…

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Sept. 12, 2018

Raising Grateful Kids

Most of us would like our kids to express — and feel— more gratitude. So how do we get our kids to say thank you like they mean i…

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Sept. 5, 2018

When Mom Struggles (with guest Janelle Hanchett)

Moms aren't supposed to struggle; we're meant to be benevolent goddesses of wisdom and Hamburger Helper. But when things get real…

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Aug. 28, 2018

Why Are Our Kids Such Total Opposites?

It’s not your imagination: kids raised in the same family push in opposite directions. Why do siblings, especially closely-spaced…

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Aug. 22, 2018

How To Be a Happier Parent (with KJ Dell’Antonia)

Is a mother only as happy as her unhappiest child? Kind of, yeah. How do we find happiness in the daily slog? Our guest KJ Dell’A…

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Aug. 15, 2018

When Kids Talk Back

How should we respond when our kids talk back? Some experts say it’s normal child behavior; we should take a deep breath and igno…

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Aug. 8, 2018

Friends Without Kids

Once we become parents there’s a great divide (of perspectives, bedtimes, and tolerance of baby videos) between us and our friend…

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Aug. 1, 2018

The Random Things We Can’t Live Without

The randomer the thing, the greater the love. From grapefruit LaCroix to Target bathing suits, here’s the beverages, websites, an…

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July 25, 2018

Are We Too Hard On Our Boys?

At school our sons manage to keep it together. At home, flushing the toilet is well beyond their capability. This leads to a lita…

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July 18, 2018

Helping Kids Through Transitions

Whether it's moving to the big boy bed or heading off to high school - transitions are hard. We discuss ways to help kids transit…

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July 11, 2018

How Not To Live Through Our Kids

Psychologists say we parents transfer our own unfulfilled ambitions onto our children. (Sing out, Louise!) Are we living through …

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