Should I cry in front of my kids?

Ask D+D: Should I cry in front of my children?

Should I cry in front of my kids?

Today’s “Ask the Doctor and the Dad” question has been a long time coming:

Is it okay for parents to cry in front of their kids? And does it make a difference whether it’s a mom or dad doing the crying? I usually manage to keep my emotions in check, but not this week.
– A Dad From Cleveland

Thanks for the heartfelt question, Dad From Cleveland.

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D+D on PBS: Fathers Know Better Than EVER

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Father’s Day is almost here, so it’s the perfect time to sit back and reflect on just how delightful dadhood can be.

We decided to celebrate the big day in the most “Doctor and Dad” way possible – by reading a research survey about the thoughts and feelings of modern day dads, and then writing an article about it for the PBS Parents website.

(Do we know how to have fun, or what?)

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D+D interviewed: Coping with kids with colds

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If you’ve been reading our updates about what having three kids is really like, you know that adding that third kiddo seems to have resulted in at least one person in our family being sick all the freaking time.

So I guess you could say we’re kind of experts on the subject. (Yippee.)

That’s why it came as no surprise to us when Catherine Phelan over at rebates.com interviewed us for an article she was writing about how parents can deal with sick kids, being sick themselves or both.

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Happy Mammary-al Day: One dad’s attempt to keep his baby breastfeeding – when mom went out of town for the weekend

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Our long holiday weekend felt even longer than usual. That’s because The Doctor went out of town for a fun-filled girls’ weekend in Nashville, leaving The Dad and all three kids to fend for themselves.

Normally, this wouldn’t be that big of a deal. Andy is a pretty modern, participating dad, and we know how important it is for dads to be involved in raising the kids and all that.

But there were two things that made mom being away this particular weekend a little more challenging:

Her boobs.

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D+D on PBS: Anatomy of the Perfect Toy

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Toys. They’re everywhere these days. Although their natural habitat is a well-organized chest in your child’s room, they frequently migrate to places like the living room, kitchen table, the car, your bed and of course, directly under your feet in a dark hallway in the middle of the night.

What’s worse, new toys threaten to encroach upon your home environment all the time, as birthdays, holidays and random visits from grandma and grandpa often bring more and more of these parasitic playthings with them.

So how do parents like us know which of the thousands of toys out there are actually worth keeping (or buying in the first place)? Which ones will maintain our children’s interest, help them learn something, boost their problem-solving skills and inspire their creativity?

It isn’t as hard as it seems.

Just read our newest article on the PBS Parents website, and you’ll learn about five distinguishing characteristics that can help you spot the perfect toy in no time.

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Seven ways to avoid getting hangry at your kids

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What The Doctor has felt like multiple times this week.

You know how sometimes every single person around you is totally getting on your nerves? Your kids, your spouse, that driver in front of you…they’re all jerks, right? And so if you decide to snap and go off on them a little (or a lot), it’s 100% justified, because everybody really, really deserves it.

Or so you thought.

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Why We Should Hate Captain Underpants … But Don’t

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Violence. Profanity. And characters prancing around in their underwear.

Sounds like the ingredients of some R-rated movie that responsible parents like all of us would surely keep far away from our children, doesn’t it?

Well we don’t know how to break it to you, but it’s actually a description of Captain Underpants, a series of twelve children’s novels by author Dav Pilkey…which our family just can’t get enough of.

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D+D on Deadspin: How to Fly with Young Children

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You know that feeling you get when you pack some bags, grab your kids, and head to the airport brimming with confidence that your entire family flight experience will be easy, effortless and enjoyable?

Of course not. No one does. Because that feeling does not actually exist.

But if you’re planning on flying with young children at some point in your life, you owe it to yourself to read our new article on Deadspin’s Adequate Man website!

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Kid Joke Korner: The Bouncing Bee

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Welcome to another installment of Kid Joke Korner, where the punch lines are plentiful and the spelling is krazy kute!

Because joking around with your kids is seriously good for their development, we like to crack wise with our kiddos all the time.

Each Kid Joke Korner features a real joke set-up that one of our children made up, along with our family’s guesses as to what the punch line might be. See if you can figure out how each joke really ends – or share your own punch line ideas in the comments!

So without further ado, here’s today’s Kid Joke Korner kid joke, “The Bouncing Bee,” as told by Our Five-Year-Old Daughter:
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D+D on PBS: Raising Environmentally Responsible Kids

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Tonight, after you’ve forced open your child’s bedroom door despite the giant pile of stuffed animals behind it… After you’ve somehow managed to tiptoe through a minefield of toys, books and discarded dirty laundry without breaking your neck… And after you’ve leaned over and kissed your adorable little angel’s crusty, crumb-covered face goodnight, consider this:

Your child – who is quite possibly the messiest human being you know – is going to clean up our entire planet.

Don’t believe us?

Then you need to read our latest article on the PBS Parents website.

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