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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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July 4, 2018

The Mothers We Swore We’d Never Be

Before our kids were born we had an idea of the mothers we would be— and definitely knew the mothers we would NEVER be. (And then…

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June 27, 2018

Should Dads Get Graded on a Curve?

While we grade our husbands’ household contributions against our own, the world grades them against Don Draper— which means any g…

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June 20, 2018

Vacationing With Kids- What Works

Successful travel as a family doesn’t mean your choice of destination needs to revolve around your kids. But you may need to keep…

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June 13, 2018

Stuff Our Spouses Do Way Better Than We Do

The best partnerships are symbiotic, so in this episode we give a shout-out to all the things our spouses handle way better than …

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June 6, 2018

Princesses (If You Must)

The princess phase feels pretty inescapable. But does every Royal Sparkle tutu a Honey Boo Boo make? Or is our princess paranoia …

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May 30, 2018

Kid Friend Breakups

Our kids have been left behind by once-best friends. They’ve also struggled with creating space between themselves and playmates …

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May 23, 2018

When Mom Leaves Town

Sometimes it feels like as much work to leave town without our kids as to not go in the first place. But guilt trips are no fun. …

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May 16, 2018

Small Changes, Big Difference- Part Two

So many good ideas, we made a Part Two! Here’s dozens of small changes parents have made that turned out to make a big difference…

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