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Happy parents give a s***

Over the past few weeks we’ve given you some cool, research-based tips for pumping up your parental happiness, like this one and this one and this one too. Today we’re giving you one more tip…because giving makes us happy!


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You know how it feels to give someone a really great gift? You’ve gone out of your way to pick something you know they’re going to love. You anticipate them opening the gift even more than you anticipate opening any gifts of your own. And when they finally tear through all the tape and tissue paper and feast their eyes on your amazingly thoughtful surprise, the joyous look on their face makes you feel amazing!

That is exactly what today’s tip is all about.
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Magic Mom & Dad Moments

This is our third in a series of “Doctor and Dad” posts about research-based tips that can help make you the happiest parent possible. Check out our first and second articles here.


When you’re a hardworking, always-doing-something-for-somebody-else-but-never-for-yourself parent, magic moments can seem pretty rare. But when they do happen, they’re awesome.

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Hello, ad that makes parenting a tween seem terrifying

Have you seen that “First Moon Party” video that’s making the rounds on YouTube right now? It’s a commercial for HelloFlo, this website that sends women care packages full of menstruation-related necessities every 28 days or so.

The ad is a well-shot, nicely acted story of a young girl who fakes her first period to fit in with her friends, and her diabolical mother who throws her a huge, hugely embarrassing puberty party to punish her for the lie.

Here’s the commercial, along with reactions from the Doctor and the Dad:


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Spoiler alert: Almost every kids’ book ends the same way!

If you have little kids, then you probably also have lots and lots of children’s books all over your house. (If you don’t have lots and lots of children’s books all over your house, check out this big, important reason why you should get some!)

nightnightbooksRead a sampling of these tiny tomes, and you’ll probably get the feeling that they’re all pretty much the same. Or at least the very last pages of them are. That’s because tons of modern kids’ stories end with the main character going to sleep. Olivia, Fancy Nancy, When We’re Together, I Love You, Daddy, Bert & Ernie’s First Book of Opposites, and Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late are a few such books that we just happened to close our eyes and pull off one of our shelves at random. We haven’t actually performed the calculations, but we’re pretty sure the Books That End With Sleep vs. Books Where Everyone Stays Awake ratio falls right around 97 to 1.

But it wasn’t always like this.

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Overwhelmed, underpaid and 100% HAPPY parents

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This is our second in a series of “Doctor and Dad” posts all about research-based tips that can help make you the happiest parent possible. Check out our first article here.


They say that money can’t buy happiness. But according to current research, it looks like they might be wrong. When it comes to spending your hard-earned cash, it turns out there are right ways and wrong ways of doing it.

So here’s a good tip for how you can be sure to spend wisely – and stretch your happiness dollars as far as they can go.

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Overworked, underappreciated and 100% HAPPY parents

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Sometimes when things are at their worst – the kids woke you up extra extra early this morning, every attempt at a conversation turns into a tantrum instead, the house looks like a tornado is currently storming through it, and you’re starting to think that the stain you found on your shirt sleeve might not actually be chocolate after all – it feels like nothing is in your control.

Least of all your own happiness.

But it turns out that plenty of recent research indicates that your happiness is more up to you than you may think. So here’s our first in a series of “Doctor and Dad” posts all about giving you some empowering, research-based tips that can help you turn your selfless, sex-starved, sleep-deprived frowns upside-down.

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Go ahead, little girl. I'm all ears.

Why ‘The BFG’ movie should be a BFD for your family

Did you hear the news that Steven Spielberg is slated to make a new movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book The BFG? We did, and we are super excited about it.

Go ahead, little girl. I'm all ears.
Go ahead, little girl. I’m all ears.

The BFG is a delightfully adventurous story about a Big Friendly Giant with bad grammar and an interesting hobby of collecting dreams who befriends and adopts a little orphan girl. We read the book as a family several months ago, and we all loved it. Then we saw the whacked-out, old-school, basically-unwatchable-after-you’ve-been-spoiled-by-anything-from-Pixar 1989 cartoon version of the movie – and were collectively disappointed.

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