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Best Practices to Practice Together

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN KIDS TALK BACK

I appreciate how this write-up emphasizes the verb “respond,” rather than, say, react, blow up, give up or give in.

YOUR KID HATES SCHOOL - NOW WHAT?

While I liked and even, at times, loved school, I always, always feared and loathed math. I liked money, lol, but math, not so much. Multiplication in particular stumped me until one day my late father Phil, RIP, suggested a spirited round of ping pong. It was summer break, we were in Monterey, CA, and as we rallied a tiny ball back and forth reciting numbers ad nauseam I finally, miraculously learned my times tables. How did you learn? Did you enjoy it? 

WHY INSTAGRAM ISN'T GREAT FOR TEEN GIRLS

Do you have mixed feelings about Instagram too? I like sharing things about my day that I love or find interesting, and I like seeing updates from my friends and personalties-slash-brands I "like." But I could only imagine how my 13-year-old self would feel in a world where everything is either worthy of a post or not—where every outfit, mood or experience is deemed likable or shareable and, if it's not, then what would that mean?

THE CASE FOR UNSTRUCTURED SUMMERS

What are you doing this summer? Scheduling multiple activities and/or care for your kids? Scheduling the activity or caregiver’s schedule on top of that?

IT'S GOOD TO TALK ABOUT DEATH

Jill Kargman (creator and lead in Odd Mom Out) is one of the funniest writers out there who I had the pleasure of sitting next to at an otherwise super dull dinner party many years ago.

YOU CAN'T MAKE ME!

What’s your motivating style? Mine is more of the coerce and bribe variety which I know isn’t ideal but is honestly all I often can do in a heated moment of exchange.

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