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May07
Tuning Into Your Kids’ Taste in Music

Tuning Into Your Kids’ Taste in Music

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But that’s how I feel about my kids. I really don’t care if they like my music. They spent years listening to me play Aretha, Luther Vandross, The Rolling Stones, etc. and if they one day said, “Hey, Mom? Can you put on that one AC/DC song?”, that’d be great. But I certainly don’t expect it. Just like they don’t expect me to say, “Hey, kids? Can you put on that one Tyler, The Creator song?”

Apr08
Best TV Shows to Watch with Tweens

Best TV Shows to Watch with Tweens

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now that my boys are 11 and 13, there are a lot more shows that we can all enjoy and watch together. No more gritting our teeth through painful kid programming like The Wonder Pets or the one show that makes me want to scratch my skin off with a dull butter knife—Jessie. We’re in the sweet spot where we can happily meet in the middle with entertainment that isn’t too kid or too adult. Here are some of our family’s current favorites.

Feb18
The Straight Truth About Orthodontia for Kids

The Straight Truth About Orthodontia for Kids

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A few things I wish I’d known before we began orthodontic treatment for my kids. So if you’re just beginning the process, here is my handy guide to getting started.

Feb11
The Middle School Snoop

The Middle School Snoop

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I didn’t have to snoop when he was in grade school. All of his classmates lived in our neighborhood, so I already knew most of the parents. I also regularly volunteered in the classroom. But now he’s in a big school that combines three different neighborhoods, and I only volunteer when under court order. That means I don’t know anything about the kids he now wants to hang out with, and since he’s no help at all, I have to dig.

Jan28
When Winter is Shorts Weather for Kids

When Winter is Shorts Weather for Kids

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Yes, I am the not-so-proud owner of an 11-year-old boy who refuses to wear pants in the winter. He (very strongly) insists on wearing shorts year-round, even when the temperature is only in the high 20’s.

Jan16
The Family Dinner That Changed Our Family Dinners

The Family Dinner That Changed Our Family Dinners

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“Let’s try the Family Dinner Project idea with the kids and have a ‘real family discussion’ and see how it goes,” I said to my husband. So last night, that’s what we did. And it was awesome.

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