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D+D write about the USA on PBS

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Just in time for the Fourth of July, the Doctor and the Dad wrote a super patriotic article for the PBS Parents website! It’s all about “good citizens” – who they are, why they’re important, and how you can raise your kid to become one.

It’s full of interesting research, helpful tips, and relatable parental quotes like these:

You only woke up crying three times last night! Good baby!

Did my good little girl drink all of her kale and sunchoke smoothie?

Be a good boy and get me the TV remote, kiddo!

If you like the other stuff we write, we think you’ll like this too. So what are you waiting for? Put on an American flag tank top, blast your favorite John Philip Sousa album, light a fistful of sparklers, and go check out the article!

“How to Raise a Good Citizen” by Amber and Andy Ankowski
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Childbirth, drugs and rock n’ roll

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Our third baby is due to be born this weekend, so understandably, pain is on The Doctor’s mind right now.

Fortunately, a recent study from Northwestern University suggests a new method for treating it. This treatment comes with no dependency issues or side effects, and it doesn’t involve sitting on a rubber glove full of ice. And this miracle cure for coping with pain is…

…listening to music!

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Happy Father’s Day from our kids!

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In honor of Father’s Day, our five-year-old daughter and two-and-a-half-year-old son have generously volunteered to write this week’s post so Daddy could have some much needed time off.

So take some time off yourself and enjoy the post they typed, the pictures they took, and the wise and wildly entertaining parenting advice they decided to share with everybody!

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Does renting a wheelchair at Disneyland just because I’m pregnant make me a wuss?

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Today’s Ask the Doctor and the Dad question comes from the Doctor herself! It’s a question she asked herself repeatedly in the days leading up to our big family trip to Disneyland last week, and it went a little something like this:

Should I rent a wheelchair at Disneyland because I’m eight months pregnant? Or should I just try to tough it out? Maybe I should tough it out and walk. After all, I’m a badass chick, so I should be able to do this! But being super pregnant also makes me get tired just walking across the living room right now, plus my butt hurts constantly. So maybe I should get a wheelchair? I don’t know. Hmmm. What do you think I should do?
– Amber (The Doctor)

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I'm Lionel Richie, and I am currently reading your mind.

How your reaction to Lionel Richie’s “Hello” reveals with 100% accuracy whether or not you have kids

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I’m Lionel Richie, and I am currently reading your mind.

You know those online quizzes that ask you a bunch of questions so that they can guess your hometown, your age or what flavor of pie you should be?

Well we decided to make one of our own. Except ours is exactly one question long. Why only one question? Because that’s all it takes to positively, definitely determine whether or not you are a parent.

And here it is:

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What’s the best way to dine out with a baby?

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I’ll have what she’s having.

Today’s “Ask The Doctor and The Dad” questions come from Pamela Brill, a writer who interviewed and quoted us in an article she wrote for the “Parent’s Corner” of the Rashti & Rashti website. Check out her article now, then read our complete answers to all her questions about going out to eat with kids below!

What types of supplies (meal and play items) should new moms pack when dining out with an infant? How about for a young toddler?

When your baby’s a newborn, going out to eat is surprisingly painless. That’s because at this point, your little one still sleeps a lot. So just bring the car seat in with you, set it up on the ground, on the seat next to you or in one of those special car seat holders that some restaurants provide (fancy!), and your infant will probably snooze through most of your meal. For maximum dining leisure, make sure to feed your baby shortly before you plan to be at the restaurant – because once your baby’s belly is full, it will be a whole lot easier to fill yours.

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Read D+D at PBS!

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This week, the Doctor and the Dad wrote an article for the PBS Parents website! It’s all about “household chaos” – how to identify it, how it can hurt your family, and how you can get it under control.

It’s full of interesting research, helpful tips, and interactive diagrams like this:

Connect the dots, parents!
Connect the dots, parents!

If you like the other stuff we write, we think you’ll like this too. So what are you waiting for? Break up your kids’ fight, turn down your eardrum-blasting TV speakers, put out the oven fire in your kitchen, and go check out the article!

“Why It’s Important to Control Household Chaos” by Amber and Andy Ankowski
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D+D on tour

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This week, the Doctor and the Dad are experiencing life on the road.

That’s right, we’re heading to the Fairview Branch of the Santa Monica Library for a Thursday evening book talk and signing, then we’re packing everything up and heading all the way across town for another book talk and signing at Flintridge Books in La Cañada on Saturday.

Two events. Thirty miles apart. In just three days.

It’s a real grind, people.

But you know what’s going to help us get through it? Knowing that we get to see your beautiful faces when we get there. (Yes, we’re talking about you, Gorgeous.)

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A Mother’s Day present from our kids

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Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend! And the Doctor and the Dad’s incredibly thoughtful children decided to give Mommy an amazing gift this year:

They wrote this week’s blog post for her!

From typing on the computer, to taking photos, to dispensing some truly sage parenting advice, our two-and-a-half- and four-and-three-quarters-year-olds have totally got this blogging thing figured out already.

So to all your mothers out there, please do what we’re insisting the Doctor does right now – sit back, relax and enjoy our kids’ post!

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Two little kids read a parenting book … in their own words!

Haven’t gotten around to reading our parenting book, Think Like a Baby: 33 Simple Research Experiments You Can Do at Home to Better Understand Your Child’s Developing Mind yet?

Today’s your lucky day.

That’s because we’re giving you an exclusive reading of the book people are calling “super fun,” “fascinating,” “an easy read” and “the perfect baby shower gift!”

For the record, the reading’s not by us – it’s by our kids. And even though they make up nearly all the words they say in it, we still think it’s pretty darn good.

By the way, if you have read our book but haven’t gotten around to writing a review of it yet, please do! We’d love to hear what you think about Think Like a Baby on the Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads websites – and we’re sure our potential customers would too.

Thanks, everybody!

You’re the best!

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