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Meet the Doctor and the Dad!

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Wish you could stop peeling apple slices and picking up toys for like five minutes? Want to get out of the house and actually talk to some other adults for once?

So do we.

That’s why we’re planning a whole bunch of fun and informative events for parents, book lovers and Doctor and Dad fans like you – and we’d love to see you at all of them!

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Learning styles: fact or fiction?

What if we told you there was a secret code you could crack that would instantly improve your child’s learning skills?

You’d be pretty interested, right?

Then what if we told you there was a 200-year-old treasure map hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence, and that we had a foolproof plan to steal it and unravel all of our founding fathers’ greatest mysteries, and that we were Nicolas Cage?

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Clearly you would tell us we were crazy.

Well the truth is, we’d be crazy no matter which fantastical story we told you.

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Ashton Kutcher wants you to be the (diaper) change

We don’t always agree with everything Ashton Kutcher does. This hat–‘stache combo is a perfect Exhibit A:

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But we do find ourselves totally on board with the Two and a Half Men man, Dude Where’s My Car? dude, and Punk’d punk when it comes to one thing:

It’s hard to find a diaper-changing table in a public men’s restroom!

Here’s what our new BFF Ashton had to say about it on Facebook.
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Why your kid should be a teacher (today!)

teachersarelearners1We’re constantly teaching our children new things, aren’t we?

We teach them the alphabet, the correct way to pet the cat, how to drive a car (gulp!), which sports teams to love and hate, how to replace the empty toilet paper roll for once in their frickin’ lives, and countless other bits of information that are vital to their – and your – survival.

And we usually do all these things in a really straightforward way:
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Time Warner Cable totally doesn’t get parenting

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We like to keep the parenting discussion pretty positive here on the blog. But every now and then, we feel the need to do a little ranting – about our kids’ most terrible toys, or a paper towel ad that completely misrepresents parenthood.

Well today we’re adding another crappy commercial to our list of parenting peeves. This one comes from nobody’s favorite media provider, Time Warner Cable, for their TWC TV app ad titled “Pillow Fort.”

It goes a little something like this:

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8 ways becoming a parent is exactly like going to Mardi Gras

New Orleans French Quarter during the rowdiest party of the year, or a typical child’s playroom?
New Orleans French Quarter during the rowdiest party of the year, or a typical child’s playroom?

Every year, countless brave, adventurous souls leap far outside their comfort zones to do something absolutely crazy…

They have kids.

Or maybe they go to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras.

The truth is, we have a hard time telling the difference. Because when you really think about it, there is no difference between parenting children and going totally wild on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras.

And here are the top 8 reasons why:

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A four-year-old reacts to ‘Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown’

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Valentine’s Day is almost upon us! That means love is in the air, and yet another Peanuts holiday special is airing on TV.

So just like we did on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, the Doctor and the Dad sat down this week with our four-year-old daughter Sammy and her two-year-old brother Freddy to let them watch “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown” for the very first time.

(Then we secretly wrote down all the ridiculously cute things they said during the show.)

Hope you love their comments as much as we did!

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Ask D+D: Why can’t my kid take a hint?

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Today’s question comes from a mother in desperate need of a wet wipe:

The other day the kids and I grabbed a quick lunch. I was trying to corral everyone over to a table while also balancing all of our food, drinks and a milkshake on a tray, when the milkshake naturally fell, bounced off a chair and spilled EVERYWHERE (including on other people), before finally landing upside-down on my sandal. At that moment, my three-year-old asked, “Mama, can you lift me up on my seat? And can you open my toy?” …Why does my preschooler constantly ask me to do things for her when it’s obvious that I’m already really busy? Does she have absolutely no empathy, or is it an age thing, or what?
– Megan

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Playtime! Activity: Gettin’ Jokey With It

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Orange you glad we included this picture?

Think helping your child learn something always has to be serious business? A priest, a duck and a sandwich walking into a bar would totally disagree. Try this awesomely addictive activity with your family, and your kids will be cracking wise – and getting wise – before you know it!

Who It’s For: Kids ages 4 and up (plus their younger siblings, if they’re into it like ours)

What They’ll Learn: Language, memory, creativity

What You Need: A sense of humor, or if you don’t have that, a book of kids’ jokes that you found for like five bucks in that weird “gift items” aisle nobody ever goes down at the grocery store

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