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Aug. 8, 2022

Ask Margaret: My Daughter Says She Thinks She Looks Fat

it is important for parents to model body acceptance and intuitive eating for our kids, which can mean changing our own scripts a…

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Aug. 5, 2022

Fresh Take: Anya Kamenetz on Covid and What Kids Lost

Anya Kamenetz, author of The Stolen Year: How Covid Changed Children's Lives, and Where We Go Now, says the US got pandemic schoo…

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Aug. 3, 2022

Best Of: We Ask Each Other Burning Questions

After several years of doing this podcast, we know a lot about each other. In this episode, we ask each other the burning questio…

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Aug. 1, 2022

Ask Amy: How Do I Get Grandma to Limit Screen Time When She's Babysit…

Amy answers a question from a listener who wants her own mom to stop relying on screens when she's babysitting.

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July 29, 2022

Fresh Take: Ericka Souter on How to Have a Kid and a Life

Do you have a social life outside of your kids? Are you nurturing your partnership? Are you overwhelmed just asking these questio…

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July 27, 2022

Pattern Breaking: When You Want to Do Things Differently Than Your Pa…

How do we find the strength to break harmful patterns from our own childhood with our kids? Why is it so hard? Do we truly have t…

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July 25, 2022

Ask Margaret: How Can I Keep My Kid Safe While He's Gaming?

A listener who has very little familiarity with gaming wonders how to keep kids safe while playing online.

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July 22, 2022

Fresh Take: Jill Smokler on Starting Over

Jill Smokler, founder of Scary Mommy, is back with "She's Got Issues," a multimedia platform and now podcast for Gen X women. She…

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July 20, 2022

Would You Rather...Mom Edition

Poop or vomit? Kids' shows or kids' books forever? Long flight or long road trip with toddlers? The Hellions hit up our Facebook …

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July 18, 2022

Ask Amy: Should Grade Schoolers Be Allowed to Date?

How do we handle emerging romantic relationships between young kids. It's possible to either overreact or under react. In this ep…

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July 15, 2022

Fresh Take: Kate Mangino on Increasing Gender Equality at Home

The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women estimates that we will not achieve gender equality for 164 years. Wh…

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July 13, 2022

When Your Kid Is Rejected

How do we allow our kids to feel rejection without going full-on lioness or attempting to prune their disappointment into a bonsa…

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July 11, 2022

Ask Margaret: How Can I Get My Kid to Be Interested in More Activitie…

Margaret answers a question from a listener who is worried that her son does not have a wide range of interests.

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July 8, 2022

Fresh Take: Gloria Riviera on the Childcare Crisis

Evidence of the childcare crisis in America is all around us, including inside our own homes. But why is the system so broken, an…

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July 6, 2022

Best Of: The Small Things That Drive Moms Insane

Sometimes it’s the little things that make us the craziest: the plastic thingies on juice box straws. The never-ending “Mom?” wit…

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July 4, 2022

Ask Amy: Tips for Flying with Little Ones

Flying with little ones this summer? We’ve got tips for what to pre-load on your phone, how to manage takeoff and landing discomf…

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July 1, 2022

Fresh Take: Kate Casey on Big Families and "Reality Life"

This week we brought in Kate Casey, host of the interview podcast "Reality Life with Kate Casey", to talk with Margaret about liv…

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June 29, 2022

Dropping the Rope

What ongoing fight might you be willing to reconsider? Is it making the bed every day? Your kids eating what you cook, wearing cl…

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June 27, 2022

Ask Margaret: Can I Stop the Flow of Cheap Plastic Toys Into My Home?

LEGOs. L.O.L. Dolls. Barbies. The plastic is coming from inside the house. Is it possible to ask family and friends to stop givin…

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June 24, 2022

Fresh Take: Amber Briggle on Supporting Trans Kids

Amber Briggle is an activist, speaker, and proud parent of her transgender son. In this episode, she discusses how to support tra…

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June 22, 2022

We Caught Our Spouses Being Awesome

Supporting us in our careers. Building sandboxes. Flossing. We love it when our partners knock it out of the park. We asked our l…

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June 20, 2022

Ask Amy: The Top Tip for Yelling Less

Are you exhausted by how many times you have to repeat what you say to your kids before they listen? Usually only when you finall…

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June 17, 2022

Fresh Take: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on Raising Antiracists

It can feel scary to discuss racism with our kids. But it’s the best way for us to protect them from its harms– and as Dr. Ibram …

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June 15, 2022

The Smallest Hills We'd Die On

The book is always better than the movie. Brunch is dumb. And wind chimes are mean. We asked you about the smallest hills you hav…

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