What Fresh Hell


March 1, 2017

Do Manners Still Matter?

Manners have been around since at least 2300 BC, when Ptah-Hotep wrote on papyrus that one should refrain from “speaking evilly” …

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Feb. 15, 2017

What To Say To Your Kids When You Don’t Have a Clue

We average about one conversation a week, with one or other of our children, during which we are suddenly at a total loss as to w…

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Feb. 1, 2017

Dividing the Workload

In any home, there’s the workload everyone can see: the dirty dishes, the broken crayons under the dining room table, the laundry…

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Jan. 18, 2017

Are Our Kids Overscheduled?

Are our kids overscheduled? Compared to our own childhoods, definitely. But is that necessarily a problem? And how are we, as par…

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Jan. 4, 2017

Mom Goals

New year, new leaf! In this episode we’re talking “mom goals” for the coming year.

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Dec. 21, 2016


This week we’re talking about chores: do you make your kids do them? If so– how much, how frequently, and do they get paid for th…

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Dec. 6, 2016

Handling the Holiday Craziness

Each December 25th, most moms look at a living room full of scattered wrapping paper and vow to do less next year. But can you re…

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Nov. 16, 2016

Do Our Kids Have Too Much Homework? (Yes)

Our kids have more homework than we did at their age. And more stress. And more projects. Here's when to help- and how much.

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Oct. 27, 2016

Screen Time

Given: Unlimited screen time is bad. But how much is okay? How do you handle the nightly battles of “But PLEASE, Mom! Just one m…

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Oct. 24, 2016

Helping or Helicoptering

You just brought your kid’s forgotten lunch to school. Again. Is that helping or helicoptering?

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Oct. 24, 2016

Your Picky Eater

Whether you call it “picky eating,” “restricted eating,” or as some pediatricians like to call it, “avoidant/restrictive food int…

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