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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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Jan. 30, 2019

Making It Work When You Go Back To Work

Going back to work with little ones at home is complicated— even if you’re secretly thrilled to get back that half hour on the tr…

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Jan. 23, 2019

Surviving a Toddler and a Newborn

No lie: parenting a toddler and a newborn is as hard as parenting gets. Here’s what to have on hand, what to do when you have a h…

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Jan. 16, 2019

Having People Over

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the potluck! Here’s how to take the stress out of having people over, whether it’s beers on…

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Jan. 9, 2019

The Birds and The Bees: Having 'The Talk'

We’ve got to talk- and sooner than any of us would probably like to think. Here’s how to talk to kids of all ages about sex, how …

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Jan. 2, 2019

Our Goals for 2019

New year, new datebook, some very familiar goals. But this is the year we make things HAPPEN. At least sometimes. In this episode…

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Dec. 26, 2018

Live Show Bonus! Chappaqua, NY 12/1/18

This episode was recorded live at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center on Dec 1, 2018. We book live shows into theaters around th…

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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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