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Article October 30, 2018 Conversations: What Keeps You Up at Night as a Parent?
Parents gather in all kinds of communities to talk about things that matter most to them. Here we asked two moms and a dad what keeps them up at night as they think about their families. Jane: My kids, so far, are pretty confident and self-possessed, so my biggest fear isn’t that they’re heading toward ...
Article October 17, 2018 Which Kind of Helicopter Parent Are You?
Helicopter parenting has emerged as a prominent parenting style among the last two generations of parents. Often this parenting pattern comes from an enthusiasm to give our kids the best childhood possible. But with the constant swooping-in-to-save-the-day comes the risk of denying our kids the learning experiences they need to become well-adjusted, independent adults. And ...
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Article October 17, 2018 Proven Strategies To Help Your Kids Manage Fear
Helping our children manage their fears can be a complex task. And with every kid being different, no one strategy fits all. We put together this list of 10 strategies and 6 books to get your kids facing and conquering their fears: Strategies • Find examples of kids being brave in books or films and ...
Article October 17, 2018 Cultivating Grit
Parents can turn obstacles into opportunities by teaching their kids to trust them, and themselves, enough to do likewise. My mother taught me to look adversity straight in the eye and give it a wink—and it didn’t happen in a conversation, or through some elaborate plan devised to coach me in resilience. I learned to ...
Article October 17, 2018 Grounding Our Inner Helicopter Parent
Our best parenting starts when we stop trying to control our kids and begin to control ourselves. An overabundance of enthusiasm: this is not the worst thing we could ever be accused of as parents. But we are…and in increasing numbers. Much of that zeal helps us become more involved and vigilant in our kids’ ...
Article October 17, 2018 The Great Pretender
Fake it ‘til you make it takes on new meaning when you become a parent. I first felt it on the day I headed down the hospital’s maternity corridor toward the newborns room: saturation-level imposter syndrome. In the two days prior, someone had always ceremoniously handed me my newborn while I lay below florescent lights ...
Article October 16, 2018 Being Brave Together
We all want fearless kids, right? Little people who can jump off high dives, check under their own beds for monsters, and brave their way through Halloween night. So how do we help them build up the resilience they’re going to need to do just that? by Kristina Stewart Ward Developing our kids’ internal compass ...
Article October 15, 2018 Conversations: How have you helped children manage fear?
We reached out to a variety of people and asked them how they have helped children manager fear. Here are a few of their stories. What I learned was to always, always, keep my promises, because broken promises were the markers of their earlier life. Instinctively, I knew that my two foster children would handle ...
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Audio September 10, 2018 Fabled: Lottie And The Frog
The Grimms explored an age-old conundrum: what really separates the “princes” from the “frogs?” Uber-popular Lottie needs someone to rescue her most prized possession from the school pond, as she has dropped it in and can’t swim herself. The only hope is passer-by Eli, a nerd, (nicknamed “The Frog” after an unfortunate burping incident in ...
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Audio September 10, 2018 Fabled: The Boy Who Cried Werewolf
Raising False alarms can range in effect from annoying to life-threatening. In a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious virus turns people into werewolves, this rural community seems safe. Young Arthur and Maren guard its towers and lookout stations. Arthur has raised the alarm twice, but nothing is found and he is disgraced. Maren hopes to ...
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Audio September 10, 2018 Fabled: The Emperor’s New Clothing Line
The idea of a king so obsessed with being exceptional that he can be duped by his own vanity into walking naked through the town is a gift from Hans Christian Andersen. Our tale moves the story to the fashion world of Milan, and finds a once famous designer locked in a struggle with an ...
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Audio September 6, 2018 Fabled: Imp
In the classic tale, Rumpelstiltskin had talent that came at a high price. In our story, a young computer hacker gets in trouble when her father, in debt to a powerful crime boss, brags that his daughter can turn worthless stocks into money-makers.  She pulls this miracle off with the help of an anonymous hacker ...
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Audio September 6, 2018 Fabled: Han and Gret
The Brothers Grimm told the tale of children lost in the woods, leaving a trail of bread crumbs, and besting a hungry witch. We’ve re-imagined the tale, set a century in the future, on a newly terraformed planet where some of the shape-shifting inhabitants have developed a taste for humans. Add a disturbing android mom, ...
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