Q: What’s a fun way to start some really interesting conversations with your kids? A: Bust out some sweet riddles!

Playtime! Activity: Riddle me this

Q: What’s a fun way to start some really interesting conversations with your kids? A: Bust out some sweet riddles!

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

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D+D on PBS: Should you care about sibling rivalry?

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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!

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Darius Rucker’s ‘Learn to Live’ review: get ready to cry, parents

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Let’s play a word association game! We’ll show you a word, and then you say the first thing that comes to your mind. Ready? Here’s your word:

Hootie

So what did that make you think of? We’re guessing it might have been any or all of the following:

  • The Blowfish
  • Hold My Hand
  • Onlywannabewithyoo-ooo-ooo
  • That video with Dan Marino in it
  • College dorm parties
  • Greatest music of our generation
  • Cheesy 1990s pop garbage at its worst

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How happy marriages help make happy kids

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.

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Here’s to bluebirds singing, flowers blooming, and double rainbows filling the sky whenever our eyes meet.

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.

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One Line a Day Journal Review: the best Mommy or Daddy gift EVER

Spoiler alert! If you’re a friend or family member of ours, and you’re a parent, and we give you a gift any time soon, it’ll probably be this:

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Why are we going to give you this “One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book” thing?

Because it’s pretty much the best gift for parents ever.

Well, technically it’s the second best gift for parents ever, since the prize for best gift for parents ever already goes to our book – Think Like a Baby: 33 Simple Research Experiments You Can Do at Home to Better Understand Your Child’s Developing Mind. If you haven’t bought that gift for your favorite moms and dads already, then you should definitely pick them up a copy. You’ll (and we’ll) be glad you did.

But the next gift you give after that one should definitely be a One Line a Day journal.

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The best Pre-Baby Bucket List you’ve ever seen

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A funny thing happens when you have a kid.

YOU DIE.

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!

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Get your game on with D+D at PBS!

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The Doctor and the Dad are back with another article on the PBS Parents website, and this one’s all about the big game. No, we’re not talking about the Super Bowl, going rhinoceros hunting, or this ridiculous looking Samuel L. Jackson movie.

We’re talking about the games your family plays together as part of a fun and unforgettable Family Game Night – and all the really BIG benefits they can give your kids!

Read our article to learn about which games can help your kids in areas like:

Motor Skills
Academic Achievement
Problem Solving
And Emotional Well-Being

Or just watch that Samuel L. Jackson movie to see a little boy shoot a bow and arrow at an airplane or something.

If you like the other stuff we write, we think you’ll like this article too. So what are you waiting for? Go check it out now!

“Bringing Back Family Game Night” by Amber and Andy Ankowski
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What’s having three kids really like?

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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!

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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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