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Nov. 18, 2019

Ask Amy - The LEGOs are Taking Over the House

A listener Asks Amy what to do about keeping up with all her kids' LEGOs

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Nov. 13, 2019

The Small Things That Drive Moms Insane

Sometimes it’s the little things that make us the craziest: the plastic thingies on juice box straws. The never-ending “Mom?” with that question mark at the end. Here’s all the teeny-tiny things about mom life that still manage to drive …

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Nov. 11, 2019

Ask Margaret - Should I Quit the School's Group Chat?

Margaret answers a question from a listener who is getting stressed out by her nursery school's group chat.

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Nov. 6, 2019

Why Kids Tell Lies (and When It's Okay)

Why do kids tell lies? How do we know when it’s a problem? Making kids admit their lies isn’t always necessary, as long as we parent in ways that focus less on those falsehoods and more on our kids making …

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Nov. 4, 2019

Ask Amy - How Do I Stop My Toddler From Hitting Us?

Today Amy tackles the question, "How do I stop my toddler from hitting us?"

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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 childhood. But were they really? We decide whether the things we loved are better then or better now- …

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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. So don’t stop there! Here’s how to redistribute the household workload for good. Guest …

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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 when we should step in, and when we should hang back— and how to give our …

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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 Joan even worse than eyerolls from strangers? Here’s how to stay focused even when it’s YOUR kid …

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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 in their lives, especially as they get older? And why do parents sometimes peg exactly …

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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 enduring fame of Coldplay, these are your extremely fervent feelings about things most of us hadn’t seriously considered.

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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 temporary; sometimes it's a “new normal” that can reshape family dynamics. Here’s how to keep our other …

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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 parents don't seem interested in our kids at all? Here’s how to create grandparent relationships that work …

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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 start the nest-leaving process early and often? Guest: Mary Dell Harrington, co-author of the new …

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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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