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Sunday, December 8, 2019
How to Get Sleep When You Have a Brand-new Infant

How to Get Sleep When You Have a Brand-new Infant

You may be having one of two responses to that headline. One, a burst of laughter at the mere folly of trying to help parents of newborns sleep. Or, two, a desperate, fragile hope that this article will come to your rescue in a sleep-deprived, hazy, hard time. Both are understandable, but the truth is…
Stop Describing Your Kid as Your ‘Mini-Me’

Stop Describing Your Kid as Your ‘Mini-Me’

Photo: Getty Images Maybe your daughter has your same shade of dark brown hair or piercing blue eyes. You can’t help yourself, really; every now and then, you don matching dresses, put on a bit of a photo shoot in the backyard and post the photos for all the world to see, #myminime! Who could…
Bring Your Kids to the Surveys

Bring Your Kids to the Surveys

A large part of parenting is trying to raise our kids to be good citizens. We give them chores to teach them to contribute to the work of the household, we take them to volunteer to get them involved in their community, and we model kindness and respect to those around us. But another important…
Avoid the Over-The-Counter Meds for Your Kids’ Colds

Avoid the Over-The-Counter Meds for Your Kids’ Colds

For Thanksgiving this year, my entire extended family traveled to Disney World. Six adults and four kids trekking our way first across several states to get there, and then across four different parks over the span of a week. Disney World may be the happiest place on Earth, but this time of year (any time…
What to Inform Your Kid Rather of ‘5 More Minutes’

What to Inform Your Kid Rather of ‘5 More Minutes’

Photo: Unsplash “Five more minutes!” is a thing parents say to their young children when it’s time for them to wrap up whatever they’re doing—swimming, having a lightsaber battle with their pals, making galactic slime. And then, when the time is up, here is what happens: The kids seem shocked, confused and might start sobbing.…
The Ultimate Remedy to Monsters Under the Bed: Farts

The Ultimate Remedy to Monsters Under the Bed: Farts

For as long as kids have been scared of the monster hiding under the bed or deviously waiting in the closet for nighttime, parents have been trying to banish it. You may have first tried to reason with them. “There is no such thing as monsters, honey” is about as effective as saying, “Oh well,…
How to Volunteer at Your Kid’s School When You Have No Time At All

How to Volunteer at Your Kid’s School When You Have No...

During the course of the school year, my son’s school has needed volunteers for more activities and events than I could possibly recall. They need volunteers to run the PTA. To man the food tables at the annual “Donuts with Dad” and “Muffins with Mom” events. To supervise a slew of second-graders at the science…
What to Teach Children Rather of ‘Practice Makes Perfect’

What to Teach Children Rather of ‘Practice Makes Perfect’

Photo: Shutterstock “Practice makes perfect” was never a very good saying. Let me tell you—I practiced playing the clarinet a lot as a kid, and then even more as a teenager, and I never got anywhere near perfect. The sentiment, though, that we only get better at a thing by practicing that thing is still…
The Very Best Method to Break Awful News to a Kid, According to Reddit

The Very Best Method to Break Awful News to a Kid,...

Breaking bad news to our kids is awful. A divorce, a serious illness, the death of a pet, the death of a family member ... there are all kinds of difficult things they will experience in their lives that we can’t fully shield them from. We have to tell them because if we don’t, someone…
Why Your Kid Needs To Make Things That Are Momentary

Why Your Kid Needs To Make Things That Are Momentary

Photo: Pexels You may have read about the Tibetan monks who spend hours creating impossibly intricate mandalas out of tiny grains of sand, only to mess it all up as soon as they finish as a symbol of the ephemeral nature of all things. When I learned of this, I gasped in horror. All that…

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