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Friday, August 14, 2020
Identify Your Teenager’s Curfew by Working In Reverse

Identify Your Teenager’s Curfew by Working In Reverse

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Around the time my son turned 13, he started spending more time away from our home. School activities kept him busy after school, and he and his buddies would take turns hanging out in basements to play video games on the weekends. In the last two years, most of his time spent away has been…
How to Not Raise a Bully

How to Not Raise a Bully

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Yesterday I wrote a story about how to help your sons navigate “Mean Boy” relationships. It got me thinking: There are a lot of bullies roaming around out there. How do you make sure your kid isn’t one of them? Don’t believe your kid isn’t capable of bullying Your kid absolutely is capable of bullying,…
Should You Red-Shirt Your Kindergartener?

Should You Red-Shirt Your Kindergartener?

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For parents of kids with birthdays close to the cut-off date for kindergarten registration, the debate can start almost as soon as they’re born: Should we red-shirt him? Will she be ready for kindergarten that soon? Red-shirting, which was originally coined as a term for college athletes who were kept from competing for a year…
Our All-Time Favorite Baby Hacks

Our All-Time Favorite Baby Hacks

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A tired and overwhelmed (new) parent recently asked me for help: Rather than searching through all of Offspring’s content to find the hacks he needed most—newborn, newborn and more newborn—could I do it for him? Since I don’t have a newborn, and therefore am sleeping on a regular schedule that allows me to function at…
How to Make the Tooth Fairy’s Task Easier

How to Make the Tooth Fairy’s Task Easier

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The Tooth Fairy came up in our Offspring Facebook Group recently when one parent asked whether it was ok to skip the whole “A Fairy Brings You Money For Your Teeth” thing. In the course of the discussion, one parent had a great suggestion for trading teeth for money in a slightly non-traditional (but easier)…
Let Your Kids See Your Unfavorable Feelings

Let Your Kids See Your Unfavorable Feelings

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It’s been well-documented that fighting excessively in front of the kids isn’t a good idea—it’s not only emotionally distressing for them, it can impact the way they process emotions and how they build relationships in the future. But that doesn’t mean you should suppress all your negative emotions in front of them, according to a…
Put Your Kids in Charge of Gift-Giving This Year

Put Your Kids in Charge of Gift-Giving This Year

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It started with a Christmas gift for my sister-in-law (or “Auntie,” as she’s called) several years ago: In trying to choose gifts for all the members of our large family, I was running out of creative ideas. I asked my then four-year-old son what he wanted to give Auntie. “What do you think she would…
Avoid the Over-The-Counter Meds for Your Kids’ Colds

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

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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…
The Very Best Child Swaddles You Can In Fact Place On

The Very Best Child Swaddles You Can In Fact Place On

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My daughter was a crier. From the second she emerged from my body and until she turned about six months old, she cried on a regular basis. (You may be thinking, “All babies cry!” And that’s true, but my second child cried maybe a quarter of the amount my daughter did. So there.) She cried…
Teach Children About Social Justice With These Books

Teach Children About Social Justice With These Books

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As parents, the list of things we want to teach and instill in our kids is endless. We want them to grow up to be people who brush their teeth twice a day—and floss. We want them to clean up after themselves and do their best in school (while also not being too hard on…

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