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Advice for an Overwhelmed Parent (Anonymous Reader Question)

This is me, pregnant with #2 and freaking out as #1 digs her razor sharp elbow into my belly. For some reason, this seems like an appropriate picture to share with this post.

Here's my latest response to an anonymous reader

A few questions: How do I introduce chores in a young family of three? What are best practices for limit setting? How do I get my kid to stop playing...
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Meditation

How to Calm Your Freaking Brain

Don't get me wrong; I'm really glad this place exists. But boy does it make me anxious.

“Maybe I should google the possible risks and side effects of anesthesia in children.”

That’s the thought that popped into my decidedly unhelpful brain last Thursday night. I was lying in the dark on my daughter’s bedroom floor, waiting for her to fall asleep. She was having a hard time for the same reason I...
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Parenting

How Do I Get My Kids to Stop Swearing? (Reader Question)


Here's the latest anonymous question from one of my readers:

My kids are 9 and 6, and they’ve been swearing more lately. I try not to make a big deal about it lest they use the words more often to get attention, but some of the language they are "trying out" is truly inappropriate and offensive. Most of this happens at home with just our family around (thankfully). How do I address this in...
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Parenting

Is There Hope For My Relationship With My Son? (Reader Question)


I am now accepting anonymous parenting questions for this blog; here's the first one:

I really messed up. I started parenting my son before I knew about being conscious, respectful, and kind. He's 12 now. Is there hope of repairing our relationship? I fear he'll be angry with me forever.

Oh, dear reader. I wish I was sitting next to you right now, instead of on the other side of the internet. I’d...
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Parenting

Parenting: This Sh*t is Hard

They're exhausted. Trust me on this one.

My daughters only had two and a half days of school last week, which meant I had to cram all of my work into the remaining two and a half days. On Monday morning I kissed my husband and wished him a good work trip to Florida, dropped my daughters off at school, and gave myself a little pep talk about how super productive...
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Parenting

I Think I’m a Highly Sensitive Mama. How Do I Parent Without Losing My Mind? (Reader Question)

You could just wear noise-canceling headphones like this woman. See how happy and not at all awkward she looks?!

Dr. Naumburg,

I think I’m a “highly sensitive person.”  I am so damn sound sensitive that I can’t stand my kids in the morning right now. I feel like I'm going to have an anxiety attack. I’ve recently realized that my anxiety is almost all about the noise. Noisy day...
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Parenting

Should I Make My Daughters Hug Each Other? (Reader Question)


I received this question from a reader, and with her permission, I’m answering it here on the blog.

Dr. Naumburg,

My older daughter (who I’ll call #1) is seven years old, and her sister (#2) is four and a half. #1 is consistently friendly, compassionate, and helpful to other kids, but the moment she’s with her younger sister, it's a different game. #2 is very affectionate physically and verbally, but her big...
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Parenting

Support: You Can’t Parent Without It

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper

I’ve started going to restorative yoga classes once a week. These classes are basically like naptime, but stretchier. Our teacher’s primary instruction is to “get as comfortable as you can in each pose,” and she teaches us how to use cushions, yoga blocks, blankets, and straps to do just that.

We were in the middle of a gentle twist last night when she said, “If...
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Parenting

How to Deal With Your Child’s Public Accidents Without Losing Your Mind (Reader Question)


I received this question from a reader, and with her permission, I’m answering it here on the blog.

Dr. Naumburg,

My 7 year old daughter has started having pee accidents again, and yesterday she peed on the side of the soccer field during her game! I saw her squatting and I assumed she was trying to hold it in until she could make it to the bathroom, but nope, she...
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