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Oct. 11, 2017

The Homework Slog

Do our kids have too much homework? Yup. If moving to a yurt and living off the grid isn’t an option for your family, here’s how …

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Sept. 27, 2017

Pets - Worst Idea Ever?

Should your family get a pet? No. In this episode we elaborate why in such detail that you will vow never to cave to your child's…

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Sept. 13, 2017

Conquering Clutter

America has 3% of the world’s kids… and 40% of the world’s toys. We’ve got clutter, right here in River City. In our opinion the …

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Aug. 30, 2017

Finding Good Babysitters

Babysitters: whether you have a full-time nanny or a college kid two Saturday nights a month, finding good childcare is an ongoin…

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Aug. 16, 2017

Back to School

Do you try to impose some order on the countdown to school in your house? Or do you just run hard until the night before and take…

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Aug. 2, 2017

Birthday Parties – If You Must

Birthday parties: must we really? Every kid, every year? Can we skip the goody bags? Can we ban slumber parties now and forever?

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July 19, 2017

How Old Is Old Enough?

Every parent has a “how old is old enough to” question about her kids that keeps her biting her fingernails. And as soon as one o…

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July 5, 2017

Vacationing with Kids- What to Pack?

Rule one of vacationing with kids: don’t vacation with kids. Oh, your tickets are already purchased? Then you’d better stock up o…

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June 21, 2017

Does Messy Matter?

Does messy matter? In our kids’ rooms, in our front halls, in our kitchens? We’re not talking about hoarder-level mess; we’re tal…

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June 7, 2017

When To Let Kids Quit

Out of all the things we stress about as parents, whether to let our seven-year-olds quit the violin seems like it shouldn’t matt…

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May 24, 2017

Yelling Less

When it comes to mom-yelling we hold these truths to be self-evident: never yelling is not possible; less yelling is desirable. L…

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May 10, 2017

Sibling Rivalry

Sibling rivalry: harmless rite of passage? Or everything that made you the neurotic adult you are today? The inevitable part of i…

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April 26, 2017

Mom Worsts

What’s the WORST part of being a mom? We put out the call on our Facebook page and received an avalanche of responses, each deser…

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April 12, 2017

Summer Plans

Here’s what all parents can agree upon: Summer need not be another Christmas, one lasting for three full months. It’s okay- actua…

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March 29, 2017

Birth Order- Parenting Each Child Best (More or Less)

The study of birth order— how one’s placement amongst siblings can shape one’s personality— began in 1874, when Charles Darwin’s …

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March 15, 2017

Helping Kids Deal with Disappointment

We don’t want to coddle our kids. We know we can’t protect them from every moment of sadness and regret. But what’s the best way …

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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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