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Facebook’s Messenger Kids App Now Has More Parental Controls

Facebook’s Messenger Kids App Now Has More Parental Controls

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Photo: ShutterstockFacebook is basically always in the news for some privacy concern or another. In one such case, they—rightfully so—caught a lot of flak last summer when its Messenger Kids app inadvertently allowed kids to enter group chats with users their parents hadn’t approved. At the time, Facebook called it a “technical error” with the…
Stop Letting Your Kids Pick the Restaurant

Stop Letting Your Kids Pick the Restaurant

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Photo: ShutterstockIt was hard when I had to tell my kids that I thought Chipotle was “just okay.” My daughter dropped her fork. My son did a spit take. She was genuinely shocked. He was playing it up for effect. I appreciated both responses. But my wife and I recently came to a decision that…
Calculate How Many Days You Have Been a Parent

Calculate How Many Days You Have Been a Parent

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Photo: ShutterstockHave you ever wondered exactly how many days you’ve been a parent? No? Well, me neither. That is, until I saw this post on Facebook by Adore Them Parenting. I couldn’t help myself and now you won’t be able to; responses in the comments of the post ranged from a precious 70 days to…
This Is the Best Research-Based Parenting Podcast

This Is the Best Research-Based Parenting Podcast

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Photo: ShutterstockI first heard about the Your Parenting Mojo podcast on another parenting podcast: One Bad Mother. OBM is a favorite of mine because it’s basically two moms venting to each other about how really freaking hard parenting can be, followed by telling each other (and listeners) what a good job they’re doing. They also…
How to Parent Like the Mandalorian

How to Parent Like the Mandalorian

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Screenshot: YouTubeThe Mandalorian has delighted viewers with its fresh storyline, catchy soundtrack, some droids and a few funky weapons. But all of that was nothing compared to The Child, who we are all calling Baby Yoda even though we know it’s not really Yoda. The Mandalorian, it turns out, is not just another Star Wars…
Teach Kids How to Get Around Without a Smartphone

Teach Kids How to Get Around Without a Smartphone

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Photo: ShutterstockOne recent afternoon, while my GPS was struggling to load the way to the diner where I was planning to meet my husband for lunch, my son became concerned that we wouldn’t ever get there. It was a diner we’d never been to in an area of a neighboring city that I’m mostly unfamiliar…
Document Your Baby’s First Year of Life With ‘1 Second Everyday’

Document Your Baby’s First Year of Life With ‘1 Second Everyday’

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Photo: ShutterstockYes, it’s cliché to exclaim that kids “grow up so fast!” But it’s become a cliché because it’s true. Especially when it comes to babies, the developmental changes children undergo from birth to one year old are staggering and can seem to happen miraculously overnight, even though you just spent the whole year staring…
How to Handle a Potty-Training Regression

How to Handle a Potty-Training Regression

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Photo: ShutterstockYou thought you were done; you’d ditched the diapers and somehow, in just a matter of days, you had entered the magical word of accident-free living. But now, seemingly out of nowhere, your toddler has regressed. As frustrating and baffling as it can be, potty training regression is normal. It is common. And, best…
Should You Make Your Kids Send Thank You Notes?

Should You Make Your Kids Send Thank You Notes?

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Photo: ShutterstockIf I’d had to guess, I would have told you pre-motherhood that I would be the type of parent who would be a stickler for having her kid send thank you cards after receiving birthday or holiday gifts. You can probably sense where this is going.I definitely sent them out once, a stack of…
How to Prepare for Your Child’s IEP Meeting

How to Prepare for Your Child’s IEP Meeting

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Photo: ShutterstockParenting a child with an identified learning disability is an exercise in frequent and sustained advocacy. And perhaps one of the most confusing things these parents will have to navigate is the IEP—or Individualized Education Program—process. That’s the specialized educational to-do list parents and schools create to make sure a child with a disability…

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