Remember trying to solve riddles back when you were a kid? No, not the riddle of how to tease your bangs taller than Lisa Turtle’s or how to do that two-man Kid N’ Play dance without falling flat on your face.
We’re talking about those brain-bending word puzzles that force you think about a problem from more than one angle – and sometimes for more than one day – until eventually, enlighteningly, you finally figure them out.
Now that you’re a parent, you can get a whole new perspective on riddles. Because riddles are not only amusing mental games – they’re also a great way to get into your kid’s head!
Who It’s For: Kids ages 3 and up
What They’ll Learn: Problem solving, flexible thinking, how to be playful with language
Officially, the Doctor and the Dad love all our articles on the PBS Parents website the same. But secretly, we love our newest article the most.
If that fact causes our articles to get in a big, jealous fight with each other over our affections, so be it. We’re not worried about sibling rivalry.
In fact, that’s pretty much what our latest article is all about – learning why you can stop freaking out about the fights your kids get into with each other, and some great ways to help them have fun with each other instead!
Because it’s the Doctor and the Dad’s tenth – that’s right, tenth – wedding anniversary, we thought we’d write a little bit today about love.
After a full decade of dealing with “real-life” stuff together, like paying bills, taking out the trash and having to smell each other’s stanky breath every morning, we think we’re pretty darn lucky to still be so in love with each other.
And it turns out that makes our children pretty lucky too.
Well technically, you don’t actually die, but a version of you sure does. It’s that version of you that thinks heading out to the bars at 11:30 pm is a good idea. The you that sleeps until noon every single Saturday. And the you that’s never more than a dare away from hopping in the car for a last-second road trip to Vegas.
Do you remember that you? If your answer is “Barely, because I have kids now and that old me is long since dead and buried,” we hear you. But if your answer is “Of course I remember – I just did all that stuff last week,” then you, our childless friend, are exactly who we need to be talking to right now!
So the Doctor and the Dad recently had another baby. Which, if you’re keeping score at home, means we now have three – count ‘em three – kiddos to cuddle, care for, and contend with.
Before Niña Número Tres came along, we’d heard a lot of stories about what it was like going from having two kids to having three kids. Things like:
You’ll need to switch from playing man-to-man to playing a zone defense,
Even though you’re only adding 50% more kid, it feels about 500 times harder,
They’re totally going to gang up on you, and
Two? Three? What’s the difference? You’re gonna’ be just fine.
So now that we’ve actually taken this triple-offspring plunge ourselves, we decided to record some of our own experiences and observations as they happen, so that you too, can discover what having three kids is really like!