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Saturday, May 30, 2020
Why You Ought To Treat Your Kids Unequally

Why You Ought To Treat Your Kids Unequally

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Photo: Annie Otzen (Getty Images) My two kids are opposites in almost every possible way. My son is noisy, impulsive, confident, quirky and clever. My daughter is medium-volumed, thoughtful, hesitant, compliant and methodical. My son needs lots of reminders to get things done, and my daughter accomplishes tasks without my even bringing them up. My…
Teach Your Kids to Moderate Their Own Brother Or Sister Arguments

Teach Your Kids to Moderate Their Own Brother Or Sister Arguments

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Parenting more than one child can sometimes feel like refereeing. When the sibling bickering and brawling starts, it might seem like you’ve got two choices: Go in and break it up or let ‘em work it out for themselves. Either way, they’ll be right back at it in a few minutes anyway. There are real…
Why Your Earliest Kid Is Your Most Intelligent Kid

Why Your Earliest Kid Is Your Most Intelligent Kid

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Parents of multiple children have long admitted that as each additional child comes along, the parenting standards get lower. Whereas your firstborn may be fed all homemade, organic pureed baby food, the second is getting the store-bought stuff and the third is munching on a bit of whatever everyone else is eating for dinner. It’s…
Prepare Your Kid for a Sibling With an Infant Doll

Prepare Your Kid for a Sibling With an Infant Doll

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Like many mothers pregnant with their second child, I wondered how I could possibly love my another child as much as I loved my first. I’d watch my three-year-old son bounce across the room as if the floor had springs in it. He would drive toy trucks over the furniture and crash them together, fly…
These Child Sharks Swim from One Uterus to Another to Consume Their Unfertilized Siblings

These Child Sharks Swim from One Uterus to Another to Consume...

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A series of ultrasound images shows a shark embryo swimming from one uterus to another. Credit: Ethology If you've given birth, you're likely familiar with the strange sensation of a fetus kicking in the womb. Now, try to imagine the feeling of that fetus deciding it was bored with your uterus, flipping itself around, and…
Prior to You Have a 2nd Kid, Consider Your Mental Health

Prior to You Have a 2nd Kid, Consider Your Mental Health

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There are many factors that go into the decision about whether—or when or how—to try for a second child. The size you want your family to be, your age, your fertility, your proximity to family, the amount of other demands in your life. But have you considered the impact on your mental health? I’d always…
Speak with Your New Child the Method You ‘d Speak With Your Older Kids

Speak with Your New Child the Method You ‘d Speak With...

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Photo: H. Armstrong Roberts (Getty Images) As I prepare for life with a new baby, I’ve been hearing a lot of advice on how to help my five-year-old daughter Maggie transition into her role of a big sister, a title she’s not entirely thrilled about. “Read her some big sibling books,” people say. (Done.) “Let…

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