Behavior + Learning

On-the-ground advice about what makes kids tick. You'd be amazed by the differences kid-to-kid.

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07 August 2012

Parenting a child with anxiety...from a dad who's been there

I would recommend any parent of an anxious child read Shaun's post. Especially poignant because he suffered anxiety as a child and so approaches the topic from a place of empathy.

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03 August 2012

Evergreen "answers" to your kids' questions

For my kids' good and mine, I'm delegating the job of thinking to them. Here are six "answers" to kids' questions that will remind them that the best answer is theirs to find.

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02 August 2012

Six reasons I'm glad my family has to watch Olympic commercials

Is your family as into the Olympics as mine? We're having such fun watching and talking about the Olympics. Even the silly commercials.

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11 July 2012

Michael Phelps's mom, Debbie Phelps: Minimalist Parent

My heart leapt with joy when I read an interview with Debbie Phelps, mother of America's Favorite Swimmer, Michael Phelps. In it, she talked about the importance of backing off as a parent, even when your kid shows Olympic talent.

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21 June 2012

Six life skills your kids can learn this summer

It's summer, and the livin' may be easy, but that doesn't mean it has to be lazy.

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14 June 2012

Soft, colorful alternative to a star chart: the warm fuzzy jar

After reading our recent discussion about upgrading a marble jar with rocks, Melissa sent this adorable account of her family's warm fuzzy jar.

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13 June 2012

Binder clip + grosgrain ribbon = sturdy pacifier tether

Hannah had her first baby two months ago and already has a great hack for a pacifier holder!

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04 June 2012

25 May 2012

Removing clothing size labels makes a small kid feel bigger

Here's how Nicole dialed down the get-dressed standoffs with her preschooler.

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15 May 2012

Offer your kid a 'personal day' off after-school activities to prevent foot-dragging

I so admire Natalie's willingness to respect her daughters' feelings while still holding the line about followthrough.

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14 May 2012

"Upgrade" your marble jar with rocks

A marble jar is sort of like a tactile star chart. Dana's hack gives the marble jar even more motivational power.

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10 May 2012

Friendship bracelet helps get a preschooler's shoe on the right foot

Karyn found a great way to support her daughter's independence while building a new skill.

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09 May 2012

Cell phone alarm keeps the family "launch" on time

I have experimented with timers, alarm clocks, and various tones of voice (most of them frustrated) and nothing seems easier or more logical than this.

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24 April 2012

When your "balance" looks different

When parents judge each other without the benefit of the full story.

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06 April 2012

Are you overparenting your kids?

We love our children, and we do the very best we can for them. But at what point does our well-meaning support and encouragement handicap our kids' development?

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