First day of school! (Take one.)

Turning parenting fails into successes

It’s back-to-school time! Is everybody excited?

Well a couple of weeks ago, the Doctor and the Dad got a little too excited for our daughter’s first day of school.

First day of school! (Take one.)
First day of school! (Take one.)

We woke up early, made sure everyone had a good breakfast, unsuccessfully tried to convince our preschooler not to wear seventeen multi-colored clips and bows in her hair all at once, took a bunch of pictures outside our front door, and loaded the whole family into the car to go drop our big girl off at school.

The only problem?

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Parental Rap Battle: Baby Swag vs. Swagger Wagon

In case y’all didn’t know it, there’s a straight-up gangsta’ turf war goin’ down right now in virtual suburbs all over the web.

This is East Coast vs. West Coast, Bloods vs. Crips, and Pampers vs. Huggies all rolled into one, yo.

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What we’re talkin’ ‘bout – of course – is The Mom’s View’s new Baby Swag rap video vs. the Toyota Sienna’s 2015 Swagger Wagon rap reboot.

So what do you say we get all 8 Mile on these parental rhyme spitters and declare ourselves a winner?

But check yourself: this shizz is definitely not safe for preschool.
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familyvacations

It’s family vacation time!

The Doctor and the Dad (and the Daughter and the Son) are on vacation this week. And let us tell you, it is awesome!

If you and your brood haven’t taken a big, relaxing break together lately, you really owe it to yourselves to schedule one. Research shows that family vacations contribute positively to family bonding, communication and solidarity. Plus, they’re a ton of fun, too!

…Unless, of course, they end up being as disappointing…

…disastrous…

…or decidedly awkward as these.

Happy family vacationing everybody!

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givingparents

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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