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10 Annoying Things Every Parent Does (But Never Admits to)

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You swore never to be that parent–you know, the kind who brags about her kid being in the 90th percentile on the growth chart? But then you actually became a parent and now you do all sorts of things you promised yourself you’d never do, not that you’ll ever own up to it. Play the

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Sadderday — Avoid Overscheduling Busy Weekends

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My 6-year-old son, Dashiell, climbs into my bed every morning and asks, “Is it a school day?” On Saturdays, I get to tell him no. He cheers, but my heart is racing. The truth is, Saturdays make me tense. They are supposed to be relaxed, easygoing, “who wants more pancakes?” days. But instead, by 11:30

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Raising a Child Who Respects Difference

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I’m playing The Game of Life with two wriggly 6-year-olds, my daughter, Tess, and her buddy Matthew. We’re motoring along the board in our little plastic roadsters, and Tess arrives at the space that says “Get Married!” This is where you’re supposed to add a spouse to the passenger seat. A blue peg stands for

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How to Raise Happy Kids

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Well-intentioned parents often try to foster happiness by giving their kids pleasurable experiences. Yet what children really need is to learn how to create and sustain joy on their own, says Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., a noted child and adult psychiatrist and coauthor of the bestselling Driven to Distraction. In his new book, The Childhood

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