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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 least I’m not THAT. But might there be useful takeaways from any parenting style that we can custom-blend for ourselves?

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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, creating a Sock Mountain, or pausing Netflix to point out plot holes, these husband (and wife) crimes deserve justice.

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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 baby.

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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 corner. But as they get older, the stakes get higher- for them, for us, for the kid …

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Aug. 5, 2019

Ask Margaret - How Can I Stop Repeating Myself?

Margaret answers a question from a listener who knows she's not supposed to tell her toddler things 1,000 times but doesn't know how to stop.

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July 31, 2019

Imaginative Kids: Is It Ever Too Much of a Good Thing?

Can a kid ever have TOO good of an imagination? Does there come a time when we need to lead kids back to reality? Will they take their imaginary friends to prom if we don’t? Here’s why an overly active …

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July 29, 2019

Ask Amy - How Do I Get My Kid to Stop With the Self-Touching?

Today Amy tackles the question "How Do I Get My Kid to Stop With the Self-Touching?"

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July 24, 2019

When Kids Prefer the Other Parent Over You (Or You Over Them)

Why do kids prefer one parent over the other? Why do those allegiances shift as kids grow? Are we supposed to ignore our own hurt feelings because it’s developmentally appropriate? Or are there times when we should push back? Here’s …

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July 22, 2019

Ask Margaret - Help! I've Got a Runner!

Today Margaret tackles the question, "How do you handle a kid who's a runner?"

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July 17, 2019

The Mom Gap: Getting Back Out There (with guest Christina Geist)

How do we own the time we've spent out of the workforce? How do we re-enter our former careers— or find new opportunities? Guest: Christina Geist, mom-gap survivor and author of the new children's book SORRY GROWNUPS, YOU CAN’T GO …

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July 15, 2019

Ask Amy- How Should I Prepare to Fly With My Toddlers?

Today Amy tackles the question "How Should I Get Ready to Fly With My Toddlers?"

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July 10, 2019

When Your Kids Take Everything Out On You

Parenting experts say we shouldn’t take our kids’ snarkiness towards us personally. But shouldn’t we insist on their respect? What happens when it really starts to wear us down? Here’s why kids take it all out on us, and how …

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July 3, 2019

Teaching Kids Empathy

What is empathy, exactly? It’s not pity… or passive. Empathy involves both emotion and action. For our kids, it’s an acquired skill- one that needs our guidance and encouragement to be cultivated. Here’s how to model and teach empathetic behavior.

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July 1, 2019

Ask Amy - What's the Best Timing for a Third Child?

Each week Amy or Margaret answers a listener's most pressing parenting question. Today Amy answers "What's the best timing for a third child?" Submit yours! questions@whatfreshhellpodcast.com.

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June 26, 2019

House Rules That Work

What are your house rules- the ones that keep your home life tolerable, the ones kids know so well they self-police? Whether it’s “no feet where we eat” or “ask Mom twice and it’s no forever,” here are our (and …

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June 24, 2019

Ask Margaret - My Kid Won't Eat Dinner!

Each week Amy or Margaret answers a listener's most pressing parenting question. Today Margaret tackles the question "What should I do when my kid won't eat a lick of dinner?" Submit yours! questions@whatfreshhellpodcast.com....

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June 19, 2019

Finding Your Mom Tribe

How do we find a mom tribe? How can we get closer with the ones we already have? Do online tribes count? In an age when our family of origin is less likely than ever to live next door, here’s …

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June 17, 2019

Ask Amy - My Kid is Scared of Loud Toilets

We're taking your questions! Every week Amy or Margaret will answer one listener's most pressing parenting question. Submit yours to questions@whatfreshhellpodcast.com. Today Amy tackles the question "How do I deal with a kid...

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June 12, 2019

Letting Our Kids Feel Unsafe (In a Safe Way) with Guest Evangeline Li…

How can we allow ourselves to allow our kids to experience the exhilaration of feeling just a little unsafe? How does risky play create more confident adults? Guest: actress and author Evangeline Lilly, author of the book series The Squickerwonkers.

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June 10, 2019

Ask Margaret - When Kids Ask Embarrassing Questions

We're taking your questions! Every week Amy or Margaret will answer one listener's most pressing parenting questions. Submit yours to questions@whatfreshhellpodcast.com. Today Margaret tackles the question "What do I do when ...

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June 5, 2019

Making It Work for the Long Haul (with guest Belinda Luscombe)

The familiarity of long-term relationships is the best thing about them- and the hardest. How do we make our marriages work for the long haul? Guest: Belinda Luscombe, author of the new book MARRIAGEOLOGY: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF STAYING …

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