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Conversations: How Do You Handle Parenting Imposter Syndrome?

Parents gather in all kinds of communities to talk about things that matter most to them. Here, three moms discuss the widespread parenting anxiety of feeling like a fraud. Jessica I’ve heard people use the term “Imposter Syndrome” at work but when we use it for parenting, it seems to be more about pride vs ...
3 weeks ago
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Healthy Halloween Hacks

OK, this really is a fun holiday—creative and family-friendly—but it also tests our limits on just how much junk we’re going to let our kids consume in the process. We’ve got your back with a couple of healthy hacks for you and yours. PRE-GAME TACTICS: • Let’s fill up our kids with a big healthy ...
3 weeks ago
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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 ...
3 weeks ago
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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 ...
1 month ago
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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 ...
1 month ago
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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 ...
1 month ago
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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’ ...
1 month ago
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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 ...
1 month ago
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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? Developing our kids’ internal compass Kara Fic leans on ...
1 month ago
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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 ...
1 month ago