What Fresh Hell


Oct. 30, 2019

Better Then or Better Now?

Anyone old enough to remember New Coke thinks things were better in the free-wheeling, “come home when it’s dark” days of our chi…

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Oct. 28, 2019

Ask Margaret - My Boys are Bathroom Destroyers!

Today Margaret tackles the question "What can I do about my boys destroying their bathroom?"

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Oct. 23, 2019

Changing the Invisible Workload (with guest Eve Rodsky)

If you make a list of all the stuff you do that your spouse has no idea happens, it will probably be very long and rage-inducing.…

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Oct. 21, 2019

Ask Amy - Should Grade Schoolers Be Allowed to Date?

Amy answers a question from a listener whose 8-year-old has been asked on a date.

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Oct. 16, 2019

When We Should (And Shouldn't) Rescue Our Kids

When kids need rescuing, they look to Mom. Whether we do so or not, we’re left second-guessing whatever it is we just did. Here’s…

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Oct. 14, 2019

Ask Margaret - When Should My Kids Start Sharing a Room?

Margaret answers the question, "When is the right time for my kids to start sharing a room?"

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Oct. 9, 2019

Parenting With An Audience

Have you ever felt coerced into parenting in a way you usually wouldn’t because you were in public? Is the disapproval of Aunt Jo…

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Oct. 7, 2019

Ask Amy - All My Kids Do Is Fight

Amy answers the question "What do I do about my kids who won't stop fighting?"

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Oct. 2, 2019

When Other Kids Are Bad Influences

What is it about the kid who throws sand that other kids find so irresistible? How do we keep our kids away from bad influences i…

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Sept. 30, 2019

Ask Margaret - Can I Stop the Flow of Plastic Toys Coming In?

Margaret answers the question "How can we stop the grandparents from constantly giving our kids plastic toys?"

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Sept. 25, 2019

Hot Takes and Unpopular Opinions

We asked all of you for your hot takes and unpopular opinions. From athleisure to mayonnaise to french-fry consistency to the end…

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Sept. 23, 2019

Ask Amy - When Do You Start Letting Kids Have Sleepovers?

This week Amy tackles the question, "When should I start letting my kids have sleepovers?"

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Sept. 18, 2019

When One of Our Kids Is Taking All Our Bandwidth

There are a lot of reasons that one kid might be hogging our bandwidth. Some are positive; some not so much. Sometimes it’s tempo…

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Sept. 16, 2019

Ask Margaret - My Kid Hates Baths

This week Margaret tackles the question, "What do I do with a kiddo who absolutely hates baths?"

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Sept. 11, 2019

Managing the Grandparent Relationship

What do we do when our parents overindulge our kids? Or undermine our parenting choices in front of them? What about when our par…

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Sept. 9, 2019

Ask Amy - My Kid is Scared of Bugs

Amy tackles the question, "What do I do with my child who is terrified of bugs?"

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Sept. 4, 2019

How To Prepare Our Kids Now to Be Grown and Flown (with guest Lisa He…

Our kids are pretty happy being dependent on us. Doesn’t a grilled cheese taste so much better when Mom makes it? So how do we st…

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Sept. 2, 2019

Ask Margaret - Ground Rules for House Guests

This week Margaret tackles the question, "What are reasonable rules for when our parents visit?"

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Aug. 26, 2019

Ask Amy - How Do I Deal With Dropoff Meltdowns?

Today Amy tackles the question "How Do I Deal with Meltdowns at School Drop-Off?"

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Aug. 21, 2019

Parenting Styles: Which Ones Are We (And Should We Care?)

Helicopter moms, snowplow moms, tiger moms, free-range moms…these parenting types are usually defined in the negative: well, at l…

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Aug. 19, 2019

Ask Margaret - Do We Need a Landline for Emergencies?

A listener asks Margaret how her kids will call 911 if they don't have a landline in the house.

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Aug. 14, 2019

Husband Crimes: Can This Marriage Be Saved?

We asked you to tell us your spouses’ most unacceptable- and also extremely minor- infractions. Whether it’s turning off the AC, …

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Aug. 12, 2019

Ask Amy - How Can I Keep My Cool With My Spouse Who Actually Sleeps a…

Amy answers a questions from a listener who is frustrated when her spouse sleeps through the night when she's up caring for the b…

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Aug. 7, 2019

When Should Kids Tell?

Most little kids have an ironclad sense of right and wrong and are happy to report on whoever isn’t sharing in the dress-up corne…

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