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June 7, 2021

Ask Amy: How Do I Protect My Newborn in a Post-Pandemic World?

How can a mom feel okay about protecting her newborn in a post-pandemic world? Take advantage of warmer weather to do things outs…

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June 4, 2021

Fresh Take: Future Focused Parenting With Kira Dorrian and Deana Thay…

Kira Dorrian and Deana Thayer are the co-founders of Future Focused Parenting, the philosophy that starts with the end in mind. T…

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June 2, 2021

Reestablishing Friendships After This Weird Time

These days we're both alternating periods of social-butterfly celebration with times we’re still hiding under the covers. Reemerg…

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June 1, 2021

BONUS: What's Up With Toddler Obsessions?

"Toddler Purgatory" is back! Subscribe or follow where you listen. If your little one has ever insisted on sleeping with a hairbr…

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May 31, 2021

Ask Margaret: How Do I Talk to My Kids About Consent?

When do we begin difficult conversations with our kids about consent? We can do it early and often, when it’s in an age-appropria…

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May 28, 2021

Fresh Take: Radha Agrawal on Creating Community

Feeling disconnected from your community after this hard year? Never had a great support system in the first place? Radha Agrawal…

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May 26, 2021

So What Are We Doing This Summer?

Our kids’ summer plans keep evolving, for the better and the more confusing. We’re excited by the possibilities for a real summer…

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May 24, 2021

Ask Margaret - My Kid Wants All the Things

Whether it's Pokémon cards, LEGOs or LOL Surprise Dolls, kids want stuff. It doesn't help that some collectibles are designed and…

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May 21, 2021

Fresh Take: Carla Naumburg Tells Us How To Stop Losing It With Our Ki…

Kids are hardwired to push our buttons. We’re hardwired to freak out when they do. Carla Naumburg, social worker, mother, and aut…

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May 19, 2021

Useless Metrics For Life

Behaviorist James Clear says one should "measure to see if you're actually spending time on the things that are important to you.…

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May 18, 2021

Bonus: Toddlers: They're The Worst!

On our brand-spankin' new spinoff podcast, Blaire and Molly discuss the challenges of life with their tiny, ruthlessly honest, ta…

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May 17, 2021

Ask Amy- I Can't Take The Noise!

Some of us are more affected by our environments. We don't habituate to noise exposure like others do. And when our nervous syste…

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May 14, 2021

Fresh Take: Ilyse DiMarco on "Mom Brain"

Dr. Ilyse DiMarco’s new book MOM BRAIN explores the profound cognitive and emotional changes that occur when we become mothers, t…

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May 12, 2021

Let It Go? Or No?

Still mad about that thing from that time? This week we're reviewing listener grudges large and small and deciding once and for a…

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May 10, 2021

Ask Amy- Company's Coming. How Am I Going To Feed Everyone?

Find yourself stuck in the kitchen 24/7 when family comes to visit? You’re allowed to feel overwhelmed and even a little resentfu…

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May 7, 2021

Fresh Take: Judith Warner on What Grownups Get Wrong About Middle Sch…

Judith Warner’s book AND THEN THEY STOPPED TALKING TO ME: MAKING SENSE OF MIDDLE SCHOOL investigates what can be a truly painful …

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May 5, 2021

When Your Kid Doesn't Fit The Mold

When kids don’t fit the mold, it can be even harder on us than it is on them. While they’re lying down on second base instead of …

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May 3, 2021

Ask Margaret - My Son Can't Keep His Hands to Himself

Roughhousing and physical play between kids– especially boys– is natural, but that doesn't mean it doesn't drive parents crazy. H…

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April 30, 2021

Fresh Take: Michaeleen Doucleff on Raising Happy, Helpful Little Huma…

Michaeleen Doucleff is the author of Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy…

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April 28, 2021

Wait, We're Not Ready

We thought we were ready. We were in fact quite excited for all of this to be over, white-knuckling it until we could run outside…

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April 26, 2021

Ask Amy- My 4-Year-Old Hates Transitions

Returning to non-Covid routines can be really hard for little ones. For a 4-year-old who’s spent a full quarter of her life hangi…

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April 23, 2021

Fresh Take: Christina Martin on How Children Learn Through Play

Christina Martin, head of The Children's School, tells us how children learn through play, and why the concept of play is central…

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April 21, 2021

Are You the 'Good Parent' or the 'Bad Parent' In Your Home?

Are you the “bad parent” in your home? The enforcer of bedtimes, the stern shusher in the church pew? Or are you the “good parent…

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April 19, 2021

Ask Margaret - My Spouse and I Disagree About Discipline

How should we handle differences of opinion with our spouse? The "number system" is one way to make sure you're choosing your bat…

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