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Nov. 5, 2021

Fresh Take: Claire Lerner- Why Is My Child In Charge?

Margaret and Amy interview Claire Lerner, a child development specialist with more than 30 years of experience, and author of Why…

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Nov. 3, 2021

Why Does Everything Feel Hard Right Now?

We’re so used to being stuck at home that the thought of social stimulation has become somewhat anxiety-arousing. When did that h…

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Nov. 1, 2021

Ask Margaret - My Kid Acts Out When Their Sibling Has a Friend Over

The dynamics between siblings are always complicated, but when a sibling adds an outside friend to the mix, things get even tough…

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Oct. 29, 2021

Fresh Take: Amy Koppelman on "A Mouthful of Air"

Amy Koppelman is the author of A MOUTHFUL OF AIR, the story of a new mother struggling with severe postpartum depression. Now tha…

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Oct. 26, 2021

5th Anniversary Episode! Our Kids Are Creepy

From phantom cries to sleepwalking to night terrors, our kids are creepy. Perhaps never more so than when they tell us they see t…

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Oct. 25, 2021

Ask Amy- My Kid Is Not Great At Apologizing

Kids sometimes view saying “sorry” as a get-out-of-jail-free card. I said the magic word, Mom, why are you still mad? But sorry i…

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Oct. 22, 2021

Fresh Take: Dr. Stacy Haynes on the Best Method to Help Kids Who Stru…

Dr. Stacy Haynes is a professional counselor who works with kids with behavioral challenges. She says when we identify kids’ unde…

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Oct. 20, 2021

Solo Parenting Seasons and How To Get Through Them

Even if our partners normally pull their weight, sooner or later most of us end up in a “solo parenting” season. Here’s how to de…

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Oct. 18, 2021

Ask Margaret - Is It OK to Brag About My Kid to My Mom Friends?

Feeling proud of our kids is completely normal. But just as we tell our kids which "spaces and places" are appropriate for their …

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Oct. 15, 2021

Fresh Take: Shannon Carpenter on Being a Stay-At-Home Dad

Shannon Carpenter is a stay-at-home dad and hilarious guy. His new book is THE ULTIMATE STAY-AT-HOME DAD: Your Essential Manual f…

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Oct. 13, 2021

How Motherhood Changes Us

Studies show that mothers’ brain structures change during pregnancy, along with our shoe sizes. That most of us become more hyper…

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Oct. 11, 2021

Ask Amy- Should I Have My Holiday Shopping *Done* Already?

Is holiday shopping worth starting early this year? Yes, there are Covid-related supply chain issues. On the other hand, “You mus…

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Oct. 8, 2021

Fresh Take: Kate Bowler on the Truths We Need To Hear

Kate Bowler was blindsided by a Stage IV cancer diagnosis at the age of 35, forcing her to make peace with her limitations in a c…

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Oct. 6, 2021

It's The Little Things

There are just those things that we will never, no matter how much we try, get right. Whether it’s remembering birthdays, going s…

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Oct. 4, 2021

Ask Margaret - My Kid Won't Stop Interrupting!

Kids aren't the best at impulse control, and one rather annoying way this manifests is in constant interrupting. Yes - even when …

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Oct. 1, 2021

Fresh Take: Whitnee Hawthorne On Strategies For Working Moms

Whitnee Hawthorne is a Fortune 500 executive. She's also a mom of two little ones, and the host of the SAVVY WORKING MOMS podcast…

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Sept. 29, 2021

Getting Kids To Cooperate

Getting kids to cooperate is a challenge at all ages and stages. Here’s how to know when little kids are old enough to kick in, …

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Sept. 27, 2021

Ask Amy- My Kid Dumps Out The Toys Right After I Pick Them Up

Got a toy dumper? Make organizing the playroom a special time with you as the parent. Follow your child’s lead on what that organ…

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Sept. 24, 2021

Fresh Take: Dr. Pooja Lakshmin on Burnout and Mom Guilt

Dr. Pooja Lakshmin is a psychiatrist, author, and founder of gemmawomen.com, the first digital education platform dedicated exclu…

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Sept. 22, 2021

A Room Of Our Own: Claiming the Space We Need

Virginia Woolf said that a woman needed "a room of her own" to do important work. 18 months into a pandemic, with some kids still…

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Sept. 20, 2021

Ask Margaret - My Spouse and I Disagree About House Rules

When we disagree with our spouses about what our parenting rules should be, it can get fraught quickly. Rather than thinking we …

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Sept. 17, 2021

Fresh Take: Dr. Danielle Dick on "The Child Code"

Danielle Dick is an expert on genetics and environmental influences and the author of THE CHILD CODE: Understanding Your Child's …

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Sept. 15, 2021

Yep, That Was So Me

What's your "wow, that was so me” story? What is something you did as a kid (or your little one did ) that exemplifies exactly wh…

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Sept. 13, 2021

Ask Amy - How Can I Tell When My Kid Is Overtired?

There's a fine line between tired and overtired. Sometimes the right bedtime exit becomes clear only once you've blown right past…

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