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Oct. 21, 2020

Never Thought I'd Say This (Pandemic Edition)

“Don’t you dare hug Grandma.” “Stop playing on the floor and get on screen.” “Yes, we can go to the playground, but you may not p…

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Oct. 19, 2020

Ask Amy- My First-Grader is Giving Me Homework Grief

A listener's first-grader is already totally burned out on homework. Amy offers tips on motivation (and a little pandemic compass…

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Oct. 16, 2020

Fresh Take: Dr. Jill Stoddard Tells Us How To Manage Our Anxiety

Dr. Jill Stoddard is the author of BE MIGHTY: A Woman's Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry & Stress Using Mindfulness and Ac…

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Oct. 14, 2020

Getting Better At Saying 'No'

Saying ‘no’ doesn’t come easily to a lot of us. (The world likes it that way.) But when you’re seething with resentment because y…

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Oct. 12, 2020

Ask Margaret - Is There a Nice Way to Say “I’m All Touched Out"?

Margaret answers a question from a listener who is worried she is hurting her husband's feelings by rejecting his attempts to snu…

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Oct. 8, 2020

Fresh Take: Jessica Lahey on "The Gift of Failure"

We interview Jessica Lahey, author of the bestseller THE GIFT OF FAILURE: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children …

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Oct. 7, 2020

Why The Pandemic is So Hard On Moms

A recent study showed 80% of people who stopped working during this pandemic are women. There's so much more to do right now, and…

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Oct. 5, 2020

Ask Amy- How Can I Get My Kid To Take Her Medicine?

A listener wonders how to get a 4-year-old to take a truly disgusting medicine without spitting it out.

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Sept. 30, 2020

How Mad Should I Be About This?

Sometimes you’re bothered by a friend or loved one’s carelessness, but then think: is it me? In this episode we consider “crimes”…

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Sept. 28, 2020

Ask Margaret - My Husband is a Bad Disciplinarian

Margaret answers a question from a listener frustrated that her husband has such a hard time disciplining their 5-year-old.

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Sept. 25, 2020

Fresh Take: Meredith Masony of "That's Inappropriate"

Amy and Margaret interview Meredith Masony, creator of That’s Inappropriate, an online community of 3 million strong-minded moms.…

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Sept. 23, 2020

Things We Can't Live Without (Fall 2020)

Here are the snacks, shows, accessories, and blankets that get us through the days right now. Some for our kids; most are just fo…

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Sept. 21, 2020

Ask Amy: My Tween Has Suddenly Stopped Speaking To Me

A listener wonders how to deal with her own hurt feelings now that her 12-year-old daughter has suddenly stopped speaking to her.…

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Sept. 16, 2020

The Back-To-School Hell (Pandemic Edition)

Back-to-school 2020 was not the finish line we imagined; it’s a reminder that a Return To Normal is nowhere in sight. But the ant…

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Sept. 14, 2020

Ask Margaret -My Daughter Says She Thinks She Looks Fat

Margaret answers a question from a listener who is concerned about her daughter's self-image.

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Sept. 11, 2020

Fresh Take: Tina Payne Bryson on "The Bottom Line For Baby"

Amy and Margaret interview Tina Payne Bryson, author of THE BOTTOM LINE FOR BABY: From Sleep Training to Screens, Thumb Suck to T…

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Sept. 9, 2020

The Constant Negativity Is Getting Old

Negativity is contagious (no duh). We can set limits on the whining and the “No!”, but maybe detaching our emotional states from…

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Sept. 7, 2020

Ask Margaret - My Two-Year-Old's Tantrums Are Breaking Me!

A listener is getting worn down by her toddler's frequent tantrums.

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Sept. 2, 2020

We Did Not Sign Up For Being With Our Spouses 24/7 (with guest Damona…

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder. Which may explain some of the domestic tension that’s coming from being with our …

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Aug. 31, 2020

Ask Amy- I Feel Guilty Not Playing With My Only Child Right Now

A listener dreads “playing pretend” with her 3-year-old. But her child is an only child, and right now she is that child’s only p…

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Aug. 26, 2020

Okay, We Might Have Overthought That One

All mothers overthink sometimes. Isn’t that the exact assignment the world gives us? Only to then mock us relentlessly for having…

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Aug. 24, 2020

Ask Amy- Why Does My Kid Always Want To Pretend He's the Bad Guy?

A listener asks: “Does anyone else have a kid that always wants to play the “mean” guy? My almost 3-year-old son always wants to …

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Aug. 19, 2020

Ditching What Doesn't Matter (With Guest "The Lazy Genius")

Momming is hard. Whether we’re stressed perfectionists or hot messes, our homes and relationships get happier when we do what mat…

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Aug. 17, 2020

Ask Margaret - How Can I Get My Kid to Be Interested in More Activiti…

Margaret answers a question from a listener who is worried that her son does not have a wide range of interests.

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