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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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Parenting

How to Parent a Picky Eater Without Losing Your Mind

Too many peas. Too many.

Most people don’t realize I’m a picky eater because, well, I’m a grown-up. The truth is that I have been highly selective (ahem) since I was a little girl; I’m just better at hiding it now. I’m also the mother of one consistently and highly selective eater and one intermittently and moderately selective eater.

Not to brag or anything, but I’ve got forty years...
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Parenting

You Can’t Predict Your Kid’s Future, So No Need to Stress About It

I love airports. The inevitable lines, layovers, and delays rarely bother me because I’m just so damn happy to be there. I sit and watch the people go by; I check out their luggage choices and eavesdrop on their conversations and wonder why anyone would travel in 4” heels. When I’m done doing that, I wander up and down the terminals, occasionally stopping for a cup of coffee,  a package of peanut M&M’s, or a...
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Your Relationship: The Best Leverage You Have Over Your Kids


“If you do that again, I’m going to be pretty unhappy.”

I made that bold and daring threat to my younger daughter this morning.

Ok, it’s not officially a threat. It was more like a fairly accurate description of what was likely to happen if she continued to be annoying, but I’m sure her six year-old brain heard it as a threat. Either way, I said it.

I say some...
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