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Dec. 22, 2020

We Ask Each Other Burning Questions

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

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Dec. 21, 2020

Ask Amy- How Can I Help My Reluctant Pooper?

A listener asks how to help her toddler whose stool withholding has become painful and possibly chronic.

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Dec. 16, 2020

Extremely Achievable Holiday Traditions

This episode is full of super-easy ways to make the holiday season more fun without also being more expensive. These ideas are Ch…

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Dec. 14, 2020

Ask Margaret - When Your Parent-Teacher Conference Doesn't Go So Well

Margaret talks about parent-teacher conferences and why it’s important to remember that you, as the parent, aren’t the one being …

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Dec. 11, 2020

Fresh Take: Susan Katz Miller on Interfaith Families at the Holidays

The holidays are already intense, but if your family is interfaith, it can ratchet up the pressure for perfection times two. Gues…

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Dec. 9, 2020

What's Your Mom Superpower?

Everyone needs an ‘Attaboy!’ every once in a while. When you’re a mom, you usually have to give it to yourself. Whether it’s supe…

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Dec. 7, 2020

Ask Margaret - My Kid Shows Zero Enthusiasm for Opening Gifts

Margaret answers a question from a listener whose "bonus daughter" shows zero enthusiasm when opening gifts.

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Dec. 4, 2020

Fresh Take: Katherine May on "Wintering" and the Power of Rest and Re…

Katherine May is the author of the new book WINTERING: THE POWER OF REST AND RETREAT IN DIFFICULT TIMES. May explains how the nat…

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Dec. 2, 2020

It Takes A Village (But We're Doing It Alone)

For the last 1.8 million years or so, children were raised village-style. But 2020 has meant a lot of us raising our kids without…

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Nov. 30, 2020

Ask Amy- Can You Discipline a One-Year-Old?

A listener asks whether, and how, she can discipline a 1-year-old who pulls hair and throws food on the floor.

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Nov. 25, 2020

Super-Secret Amazing Things We Want You To Know About

Things that make life easier, things that keep kids improbably happily occupied, things you didn’t know you want but absolutely n…

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Nov. 23, 2020

Ask Margaret - My Child is Terrified of the Doctor's Office

A listener asks how to help her preschooler be less frightened of trips to see the pediatrician.

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Nov. 20, 2020

Fresh Take: Ali Wentworth on Pandemic Family Survival

We talk to Ali Wentworth, host of the "Go Ask Ali" podcast, all about raising teens during a pandemic. Ali tells us about having …

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Nov. 18, 2020

Parenting as a Team

Parenting as a team is an ongoing challenge even when your relationship is pretty harmonious. But constantly matching headspaces …

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Nov. 16, 2020

Ask Amy- My Toddler Is Waking Up Way Too Early

A listener asks how to get her early-rising toddler to sleep later in the mornings.

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Nov. 13, 2020

Fresh Take: Calysta Watson on "Food Memories" and Dealing With Food A…

Is there a path for reluctant home cooks to become joyful ones? How do we create “food memories” with our children and encourage …

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Nov. 11, 2020

Actually, We've Changed Our Minds About That

There are quite a few things we’ve changed our minds about over our years as parents. From minivans to Minecraft, moms on phones …

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Nov. 9, 2020

Ask Margaret - All I Hear is "Me First!"

A listener has two little boys who clamor to be "first" in all things, from juice boxes to car-seat-buckling.

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Nov. 6, 2020

Fresh Take: Sarah Davis on Parenting Through Sticky Social Situations

Are we different parents in public than we are in private? Does good parenting sometimes look like bad manners? We discuss with S…

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Nov. 4, 2020

When To Be 'That Mom'

What does it mean to be ‘that mom’? How should we pick our battles? How do we enter tough conversations prepared for combat but r…

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Nov. 2, 2020

Ask Amy - What's The Right Age To Get a Cell Phone?

A listener wonders if her 13-year-old son is old enough for a cell phone and the constant internet access it would grant him.

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Oct. 28, 2020

Oh No, It's Fall! (With Guest Biz Ellis from One Bad Mother)

Do you love crunchy leaves and chunky sweaters? Or do shortening, darkening days fill you with nothing but pumpkin-spiced dread- …

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Oct. 26, 2020

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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Oct. 23, 2020

Bonus Episode: Ask Us Anything!

Bonus Episode! We told you to ask us anything. You kept it PG (thank you) and we’re giving you the answers: What shows are we b…

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