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July 30, 2021

Fresh Take: Lenore Skenazy on Free-Range Kids and How To "Let Grow"

Lenore Skenazy is the author of FREE-RANGE KIDS and president of Let Grow, a nonprofit promoting childhood independence. We discu…

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July 28, 2021

Am I Making This Harder Than It Needs To Be?

Why are some things hard for us but not our partners or our friends? Do we make things harder than they need to be? Or are some t…

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July 26, 2021

Ask Margaret - What Do I Do About My Kid's Poor Hygiene?

Does keeping track of our kids' hygiene have to be another thing on our list of stuff to worry about? Setting rules and parameter…

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July 23, 2021

Fresh Take: Nikki Weiner on What's Changed in College Admissions

Nikki Weiner explains what’s changed in the college admissions landscape. Is test-optional here to stay? Why are schools suddenly…

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July 21, 2021

Handling the News With Our Kids

The news is hard for anyone to escape these days– even our kids, who might see a stray notification on our phones or overhear a …

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July 19, 2021

Ask Amy- My Kid Loses Everything!

All kids lose stuff sometimes. Some kids lose stuff all the time. Sometimes it's ADHD or general inattention. Sometimes it's just…

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July 16, 2021

Fresh Take: Heidi Murkoff on Maternal Health (And What We Can Do To P…

Heidi Murkoff is the author of the legendary What to Expect When You’re Expecting. She’s also the creator of the What to Expect P…

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July 14, 2021

Best Advice We'd Give Our Younger Selves

Youth is wasted on the young. We wasted our youth taking the wrong classes in college and layering imaginary agendas onto other p…

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July 12, 2021

Ask Margaret - What To Do When Kids Say They're Bored

We love the freedom of summer, but with it comes the familiar complaint of "We're bored!” The simplest solution to kid boredom ma…

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July 9, 2021

Fresh Take: Olivia Martinez-Hauge on Special Needs Parenting

Olivia Martinez-Hauge is a mom of three kids, two with neurodiversity. She’s also a therapist who treats individuals and families…

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July 7, 2021

Super-Awesome Mom Hacks

Time for some easy wins! Here of some of our (and our listeners') favorite hacks for naptime, diapers, laundry, cooking, snow day…

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July 5, 2021

Ask Amy - My Kid Just Doesn't Want To Talk About It

Some kids are more expressive than others. And a child’s ability to discuss feelings might be frustrated by their vocabulary or e…

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July 2, 2021

BEST OF: What Kind of Monster?

What kind of monster listens to videos on speaker? Or keeps the keyboard clicks on their phone? What kind of monster takes up two…

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June 30, 2021

Birth Order: Can We Fight It?

We can see clearly the effects of birth order both in our own families and in our families of origin. But is that a bad thing? Is…

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June 28, 2021

Ask Margaret- When Is It Okay For Kids To Keep Secrets?

We sometimes worry about kids keeping secrets, but some level of secrecy is appropriate for kids. It’s important to help kids lea…

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June 25, 2021

Fresh Take: Dawn Huebner on Sibling Rivalry (And What Parents Usually…

Dr. Dawn Huebner’s latest book is The Sibling Survival Guide: Surefire Ways to Solve Conflicts, Reduce Rivalry, and Have More Fun…

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June 23, 2021

Can We Be More Inclusive Parents?

Can we become more inclusive as parents? We discuss how to get more intentionally welcoming in our family lives and communities, …

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June 21, 2021

Ask Amy - Is Childhood Stuttering Something To Be Concerned About?

Stuttering occurs when a child's speech development lags behind what they want to say. It's best not to finish their sentences or…

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June 18, 2021

Fresh Take: You're Doing It Wrong! (with Bethany Johnson and Margaret…

Margaret Quinlan and Bethany Johnson are co-authors of You’re Doing it Wrong! Mothering, Media and Medical Expertise. which inves…

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June 16, 2021

Admitting Things Aren't Perfect

It's hard to admit things aren't perfect.It's especially hard for moms. "Socially mediated" perfectionism happens when a culture …

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June 15, 2021

BONUS: Danger Babies– Why Are Some Kids Natural Risk-Takers?

Is your little one a Danger Baby who jumps from the top of the slide? Or a Safety Baby who hides behind you? How can we find the …

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June 14, 2021

Ask Margaret - When Grandparents Undermine Your Parenting

As long as there have been grandparents there have been grandparents who say "I would love to give you this brownie but your mom …

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June 11, 2021

Fresh Take: Ellen Kahn On Supporting Our LGBTQ Kids

Ellen Kahn is an expert on LGBTQ youth and family life. She tells us how parents can create a home environment that affirms and a…

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June 9, 2021

Our Parental Achilles Heels

An "Achilles Heel" is a weakness in spite of overall strength that when exploited by our enemies can lead to our tragic downfalls…

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