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How Your Kid Really Wants You to Behave on the Sidelines

“Parents assume we know how our kids want us to act. But it’s actually a lot more nuanced and complex than parents think.”

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When Your Child Elopes

“Despite all the precautions, in one second, in the blink of an eye, my greatest fear could come true.”

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When All Else Fails—How to Keep a Cleaner Home

“Over the last year with lockdowns and restricting us to being at home all day long has only added to the workload in some cases but here’s my solution.”

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How to Have Happy & Cooperative Toddlers during a Diaper Change

“The key in these moments is to avoid engaging in this resistant behavior. Your only job is to steady the course, no matter what attempt at distraction, your little throws your way.”

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How to Apply Sunscreen to a Wriggling Toddler (Successfully) & Other Tips

We’ve compiled a list of ideas to make applying sunscreen to kids a little more pleasant.

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Secrets Teachers Use to Keep Kids on Task

“3 secrets you can steal from teachers that help optimize the amount of time your child can pay attention while doing tasks at home.”

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Managing Relationships within Your Quarantined Home

Is the close proximity to your loved ones working on your nerves? Try these tactics to turn your frustration and annoyances around before you lose your cool.

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Easy Meditations for Kids

“The beauty of meditation and mindfulness practice is that it is always available to you. There is nothing fancy you need to begin. All it takes is setting aside a few minutes within your children’s day to devote to one of the above activities.”

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The Emotional World Behind Kids’ Attention Problems

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Does your child sometimes seem to “daydream” or seem inattentive when you wish they were paying attention to the task at hand? Even as adults, we sometimes get absorbed in our own thoughts at times and cannot focus…

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Mom Guilt. From One Full-Time Working Mom to Another

“Because I understand that sometimes you show up to work looking like you were attacked by a flock of geese because the kids couldn’t find their shoes, you gave someone the wrong color bowl and then forgot to take Sleepy Bear to the babysitter.”

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4 Reasons Why Any Parent Could Forget a Baby in Their Car

It turns out 2018 was the highest year on record for tragic pediatric vehicular heatstroke and experts agree this can happen to even the most devoted parents. Here are four reasons why it can happen to anyone plus one easy solution that can help avoid a potential tragedy.

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Tackling Toddler Tantrums

Toddler tantrums can be a hard stage for parents but life can be a little easier (for you both) by following these parenting tips.

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Good Advice: Managing through Mealtime Wars

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Advice from Blogger Ruthi Davis’ “Ask Ruthi” Column:
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Dear Ruthi,
I love my lil’ monsters, but I’m clearly having “one of those weeks.” Can you please help me? I feel…

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10 Warning Signs of Sleep Deprivation

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How many can you check off?
1. You’re sitting up and staring at the computer, in a trance-like state with your mouth typically gaping open, until an awkward head jolt later when you realize you just fell…

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14 Essential Tips for Moms Pumping at Work

Many of our staff pumped when returning to the office and we’re dishing insider know-how from moms who have been there, done that. You got this, mama!

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7 Tricks to Stay Focused When Working from Home

After experiencing weaving work into my day with babies, toddlers, and teens, I can confirm one of the biggest challenges of working from home is the constantly changing landscape. Here are 7 tried and true tips to help you stay focused.

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5 Effective Ways to Curb Your Teen’s Phone Addiction

So I decided to be proactive about talking to my teens about their phone use. I was going to take steps to prevent my kids from texting at the wheel.

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Here’s What Happened When I Recognized My Social Media Addiction

“I hate to admit it, but I had become addicted to my phone. I would get anxious if I could not find it. I would get literal sweats thinking about messages I was missing, or comments that were left unaddressed.”

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How to Stop Your Babysitter from Texting & Tweeting on the Job

Here are a few things to keep in mind when talking to your babysitter about your digital rules.

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How Many Parents Talk or Text While Driving? Way Too Many, Study Finds

Driving with kids is already distracting enough, so why would parents text and drive, too?

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Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week

Funniest Parenting Tweets of the Week: July 6, 2018

Thank you, Twitter parents for making us laugh this week.

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This New Kids’ Tracking Device Has a Very Important Feature Most Others Don’t

This kids’ tracking device is far superior to anything else available.

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When Kids Have Fewer Toys They’re More Creative, New Research Finds

They say less is more, but a new study reveals just how much more creative kids can be with fewer distractions.

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Why Every Parent Should *Always* Double Check Before Putting a Car Seat Down

This recent situation serves as a reminder that we all need to care for our precious cargo every day.

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An Ambitious Parent’s Recipe for Successful Productivity

I know, I know… Call me Super Mom (my own mom does) or Wonder Woman (I told the kids I am), but even I know I can’t keep up this pace for long. Here is my secret (shhhh!): balance. “Everything…

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4 Meaningful Gift Ideas for Kids Who Have Enough “Stuff”

I was in the kitchen the other day making dinner and sharing idle conversation with my 14-year-old son. At least, I thought I was. It wasn’t until I received several monosyllabic responses back that I realized he wasn’t really paying…

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Jimmy Kimmel Told His Daughter He Ate Her Halloween Candy and Her Reaction Is Priceless

This is what happens when you pull too many pranks on your kid.

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From Manners to Empathy, 5 Skills That Tech Might Be Eroding

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media

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You started with the best intentions. Your kid needed a laptop for homework. Your tween needed a phone to text you after school. You wanted a Fitbit to lose…

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Facebook Watch Is Launching Original Programming Across the US

Facebook is adding one more platform to your list of ways to watch.

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Why I’m Convinced That Family Vacation Is Worth the Hassle

If you have ever taken a family vacation with a small human (or with several small humans), you may understand me when I say that the real relief of vacationing, that “deep-sigh, hair-down, sun-on-your-face, first sip of an ice-cold drink…

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Check out What These Boys Are Doing to Protest Their School’s Dress Code!

These boys did something pretty amazing to support their female classmates.

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Waldo Is Turning 30 (& There Are New Books to Celebrate!)

Your favorite wandering wayfarer has been at it for three decades and he’s not quitting anytime soon!

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Moms Launch “Wait Until 8th” Campaign to Delay Kids’ Cell Phone Use

A group of concerned mamas want you to take a pledge to wait until your kids are in eighth grade to give them a cell phone.

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6 Hair Salons Where Kids Can Get a New ‘Do, Chop, Chop!

Wondering where to take the kids to tame their mane? Read our top salon picks, chop, chop!

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