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April 14, 2021

Asking For Big Help (And The Best Ways To Give It)

Why is it so hard to ask for big help, especially when we’re usually grateful to be able to assist a friend in need? How can we b…

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April 12, 2021

Ask Margaret - Should I Ever Let My Kids Use "Bad" Words?

How much to control "bad" language at home is a parenting dilemma people can have very different opinions about. Margaret advises…

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April 9, 2021

Fresh Take: Debbie Reber on Parenting Kids Who Are "Differently Wired"

At least 20% of today's kids are “differently wired” with anxiety, ADHD, autism, giftedness, processing disorders, learning disab…

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April 7, 2021

I've Figured Something Out...

Have you ever figured out a thing and thought: EVERYONE must know about this? Here are some things some of us have really figured…

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April 5, 2021

Ask Amy- My Teen Has Zero Interest In Getting A Driver's License

Teens today are driving less, and later, and are far less motivated to drive than we were. The number of 16-year-old licensed dri…

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April 2, 2021

Fresh Take: Kim Williams on the Systems That Work For Single Moms

Kim Williams is a change agent and community-builder for single moms. As the host of the podcast Experiencing Motherhood: Single …

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March 31, 2021

Two Kinds of People: Family Debates

What are the consistent and ongoing family debates in your household? Our Facebook group came through with their most heated fami…

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March 29, 2021

Ask Margaret - How Can I Get My Kids to Get Rid of All the Stuff?

One of the greatest obstacles to keeping our houses in order is the sheer amount of stuff that arrives on a daily basis. Kids hav…

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March 26, 2021

Fresh Take: Michele Borba on Kids Who Thrive

Dr. Michele Borba is a renowned educational psychologist and an expert in parenting, bullying, and character development. Her lat…

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March 24, 2021

When Can We Start Saying Yes?

Vaccines. Mandate-liftings. Scaled reopenings. All of these things are great and long wished for. But we were kind of thinking th…

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March 22, 2021

Ask Amy - The Return to In-Person School Isn't Going Great

What should parents do when the return to in-person school, after a year of being home with Mommy, is sort of a disaster? This we…

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March 19, 2021

Fresh Take: Joe "Mr. D" Dombrowski on the Fresh Hells of Teaching Dur…

Joe "Mr. D" Dombrowski is a professional comedian. He also teaches kindergarten. In other words: he knows how to work a tough cro…

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March 17, 2021

Mom Rock-Bottoms

What’s your mom rock-bottom? The moment when you thought I’m just going to head for the border and start a new life? We asked you…

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March 15, 2021

Ask Margaret - How Do I Get My Kids to Play Together?

Ashley asked: How do you encourage older siblings to play with younger ones? With COVID this has been challenging at times - we'r…

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March 12, 2021

Fresh Take: Janice Johnson Dias on Raising Joyful, Change-Making Kids

Janice Johnson Dias is a professor of sociology at John Jay College. She is co-founder and president of the public health and soc…

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March 10, 2021

Letting Kids Make Mistakes

There are benefits to our kids making mistakes, even when it’s hard. Maybe especially when it’s hard. Some kids have tons of flex…

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March 8, 2021

Ask Amy- When Your Kids' Creative Projects Are Also Huge Messes

How can I encourage my kids’ creativity and self-directed play while also setting limits on the messes they make? Erin emailed us…

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March 5, 2021

Fresh Take: Michelle Icard on the 14 Talks Parents Need To Have With …

This week we're talking to Michelle Icard, middle-schooler whisperer and author of the new book FOURTEEN TALKS BY AGE FOURTEEN: T…

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