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Friday, September 24, 2021
How to Parent With Both Strength and Flexibility

How to Parent With Both Strength and Flexibility

Photo: Vasyl Dolmatov (Getty Images)A big part of parenting is setting rules, expectations, and boundaries—and then enforcing them. Every parent learns at some point that if we’re not consistent with our rules, they pick up on that real quick, and they start to test the strength of our resolve at any given turn. Let them…
What Are Your Go-to Parenting Mantras?

What Are Your Go-to Parenting Mantras?

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Photo: fizkes (Shutterstock)So much of parenting is about the long game. We may be raising children, but we’re really raising adults—people who, in a surprisingly short amount of time, will be off on their own, living their own lives. And how we parent them as kids will at least partially impact the type of adults…
How to Spend Your Parenting Time More Wisely

How to Spend Your Parenting Time More Wisely

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Photo: pixelheadphoto digitalskillet (Shutterstock)When our kids are babies, we cater to their every need and want. We’re their whole world, so it doesn’t matter how exhausted or busy we might be—when they call for us, we jump to attention. We go everywhere they go, and experience what they experience right along with them. As they…
Be ‘Louder’ About Your Parenting at Work

Be ‘Louder’ About Your Parenting at Work

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Photo: Monkey Business Images (Shutterstock)I can still remember the embarrassment I felt the time a young co-worker walked past my cubicle early one morning and paused to say, “Do I spy ‘the snack that smiles back’ in your bag? Wow, you really are a mom.” In my usual rush to get out the door and…
Improve Your Child’s Behavior by Setting Fewer Limits

Improve Your Child’s Behavior by Setting Fewer Limits

Photo: StockImageFactory.com (Shutterstock)Your child is jumping on the couch for the 50th time, despite you repeatedly asking them not to. When you ask them to stop yet again, they just look you in the eye as they keep jumping, almost daring you to make them.Your child asks you for candy right before bedtime, and you say…
An Age-By-Age Guide to Disciplining Your Kid

An Age-By-Age Guide to Disciplining Your Kid

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Photo: Motortion Films (Shutterstock)My mother often says she was never as stupid as when her children were teenagers. In other words—she claims—my brother and I thought (nah, we knew) we had all the answers and our parents just Didn’t Get It. This phase of childhood, in which a teenager reaches the physical size of an…
How to Set New Parental Controls on Disney+

How to Set New Parental Controls on Disney+

Photo: Ivan Marc (Shutterstock)In an effort to prevent young kids from stumbling across mature content—either on their own profile, or on a parent or older sibling’s profile—Disney+ has announced added parental controls. Here’s how to set them up. To adjust parental controls, start by clicking on the profile you want to edit on the Disney+…
How to Avoid Transition-Based Tantrums

How to Avoid Transition-Based Tantrums

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Photo: Anna Kraynova (Shutterstock)Toddlers throw tantrums for all kinds of reasons, both logical and illogical. A fit could be thrown for the understandable reason that they’re simply tired at the end of a long day, or they could be fine one second and ultra-pissed that you dared to pour their milk into the green cup…
What Is the Best Parenting Advice You Ever Received?

What Is the Best Parenting Advice You Ever Received?

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Photo: Pixel-Shot (Shutterstock)A lot of parenting advice is bad advice. It’s not just that standards and societal norms change over time, it’s also that when something works for one parent and one child, that one parent tends to see their method as the “right” way or the best way—or even the only way. But for…
What Is the Worst Parenting Advice You Ever Received?

What Is the Worst Parenting Advice You Ever Received?

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She’s judging you.Photo: CREATISTA (Shutterstock)There is a lot of good parenting advice out there—helpful, supportive, researched-based tips to help us raise children to grow up to be happy, healthy, kind adults. And then there is some truly awful advice, tactics that seem to make perfect sense at one time but eventually reveal themselves as the…

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