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Sept. 10, 2021

Fresh Take: Kate Anthony on Doing Divorce Right

Divorce can be amicable, even if your breakup (or marriage) was not. Guest Kate Anthony explains how to make the decision to stay…

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Sept. 8, 2021

Let's Rethink Birthday Parties

Have we utterly lost the script when it comes to kids' birthday parties? Is there anything to be gained by simplifying the expect…

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Sept. 6, 2021

Ask Margaret - My Kid Doesn't Want to Spend Time With Friends

When a kid is spending a lot of time alone and seems disconnected from peers, it is tempting for us to swoop in and try to solve …

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Sept. 3, 2021

BEST OF: Husband Crimes- Can This Marriage Be Saved?

We asked you to tell us your spouses’ most unacceptable- and also extremely minor- infractions. Whether it’s turning off the AC, …

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Sept. 1, 2021

Rule Breaker Or Rule Follower: Which Are You?

Are you a rule breaker or a rule follower? Are you married to your opposite? In this episode we discuss how these two kinds of pe…

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Aug. 30, 2021

Ask Amy- Is My Kid *Trying* To Be This Difficult?

Is your kid *trying* to make you hate her? More likely, she’s in a developmentally appropriate “disequilibrium” phase. Knowing y…

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Aug. 27, 2021

Fresh Take: Christina Hillsberg on How Being a Spy Prepared Her For P…

Christina Hillsberg is a former CIA spy. She’s also a mom of five. Her book LICENSE TO PARENT: How My Career as a Spy Helped Me R…

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Aug. 25, 2021

The Best Mom Lies Ever

Here are the mom lies that totally worked on our kids– or worked on us *as* kids. Whether it's the ice cream truck's “all gone” j…

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Aug. 23, 2021

Ask Margaret - Handling Tough School Drop-Offs

Many of us have peeled shrieking children’s arms from around our necks, handed them off to preschool teachers, then headed back t…

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Aug. 20, 2021

Fresh Take: Annie Murphy Paul on The Extended Mind

Annie Murphy Paul is the author of "The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain.” In this interview, Annie explain…

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Aug. 18, 2021

Competition: How Much Is Good For Our Kids?

Most of us think the dad yelling through the fence at T-Ball is taking things too seriously. Others say participation trophies te…

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Aug. 16, 2021

Ask Amy- When Other People Discipline Your Kids

It can really get under our skin when other adults– relatives or strangers– tell our kids to stop splashing, or sit still, or any…

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Aug. 13, 2021

Fresh Take: Ashley Brown on Routines That Work

Ashley Brown is the founder of Routine and Things, a business equipping women to live their happiest lives one routine at a time.…

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Aug. 11, 2021

We Thought This Would Be Over By Now

As the *third* school year affected by the pandemic begins, yep, we are frustrated. We thought this would be over by now. But the…

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Aug. 9, 2021

Ask Margaret - Can I Say "No Gifts" For My Kid's Birthday?

Kids love their birthdays for lots of reasons, but let’s be honest: it’s mostly the gifts. Parents love the gifts a lot less. Buy…

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Aug. 6, 2021

Fresh Take: Amanda Knox on Feeling Lost and Finding Hope

Amanda Knox explains how she held on to the hope that was available in her saddest times, what she learned about the loneliness o…

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Aug. 4, 2021

Highly Sensitive (and Under-Sensitive) Kids

When we first hear about highly sensitive kids– or sensory seekers– it can provide a profound connecting of dots for things that …

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Aug. 2, 2021

Ask Amy- When The Other Kid Wants To Play But Yours Doesn't

Most parents have been on both sides: trying to make friend connections on behalf of a kid who is feeling left out, and hearing "…

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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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