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Can four-letter words help kids learn faster?

Welcome to f@*#in' class!
Welcome to f@*#in’ class!

Here’s a cool little fact to keep in mind next time you try to teach your child something:

Kids learn better when lessons are tailored to things that they’re already interested in.

That’s right!

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Do sex talks come too soon?

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Believe it or not, there was a time in this country when modestly dressed mothers and fathers would wait to teach their well-mannered children about “the birds and the bees” until they were in high school, or about to be married, or maybe never. These days, however, parents are apparently supposed to launch right into a super-graphic Sex Ed session as soon as Junior gets potty training down.

Or at least that’s what you might think after watching cut.com’s “Parents Talk to Their Kids About The Birds and the Bees for the First Time.”

If you haven’t put yourself through this 4 minute and 45 second parenting nightmare yet, you can check it out right here:

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A four-year-old reacts to ‘Happy New Year, Charlie Brown’

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We did it over Thanksgiving. We did it at Christmas. And now we’re doing again to ring in the new year!

When we sat down with our four-year-old daughter Sammy and her two-year-old brother Freddy to show them “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” for the very first time last week, we did more than just complete the Big Three Peanuts Holiday Special Trifecta in a single year…

…we also made some hilariously adorable family movie night magic!

Here’s how our little “peanuts” reacted to the show:

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The First Annual Doctor+Dad Family Awards!

When you’re a parent, simply making it through the week often feels like a reason to celebrate. So when you actually manage to survive an entire year, it’s time to start handing out the awards.

That’s what we’re doing right now – commemorating some of our family’s favorite, funniest and most foolish moments from our past 365 days together.

Ladies and gentlemen, we’re honored to present you with the winners of the first annual Doctor+Dad Family Awards!

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Mom and Dad, Moment Collectors

The other day a friend of ours told us something really beautiful about his relationship with his teenage son. He said that as his child gets older, he feels more and more like a “moment collector,” gathering and cherishing as many memories as he can of all of the precious moments they get to spend together.

We think this is an amazing way to look at parenthood.

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A four-year-old reacts to ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

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All the Peanuts holiday TV specials came out approximately forever ago. So for grownups like us who have seen them a good thirtysomething times by now, they’re not particularly new or exciting anymore.

Unless you watch them with your kids, of course.

When our family checked out “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” together a couple weeks ago, the results were about as adorable as they could be. So we decided to do it again.

Here’s how our four-year-old daughter Sammy (and her two-year-old brother Freddy) reacted when they watched “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for the very first time:

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3 facts that prove your Elf on the Shelf is out to destroy you

Your Elf on the Shelf is out to destroy you

Ah, the holidays are upon us. This probably means that a magical little Elf on the Shelf has returned from the North Pole to put smiles on your kids’ faces, and the joy of Christmas in their hearts.

Not to mention a great big frigging knife right in your back.

That’s right. Your Elf on the Shelf is trying to kill you. Don’t believe us? Don’t be so naïve. Your elf has it out for you, just like ours has it out for us.

And here’s all the proof you need:
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A four-year-old reacts to ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’

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Most of us adults have been exposed to Peanuts comic strips and cartoons since we were children. So by the time we become parents, we know exactly what to expect each time another Charlie Brown holiday special hits the air.

But for our kids, it’s a whole other story.

When our four-year-old daughter Sammy watched “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” for the very first time this Thanksgiving Eve, she entertained us with a truly fresh perspective on an old classic.

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Your kid talks funny, but not for long

In our last post, “Why mispronouncing words is good for your kid,” we talked about how flubbing up all sorts of speech sounds is a totally normal part of your child’s language development.

We even showed you this pretty cool chart that lets you know at which ages many common mispronunciations tend to disappear:

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What did we tell you? Pretty cool, right?

Then we discovered a couple of really funny posts over on the Mommy Shorts blog featuring a whole bunch of words that have been “totally butchered by toddlers.” And that made us think that our handy-dandy chart would be the ideal tool for figuring out exactly when each of those adorably erroneous kid-ism would sadly be lost, forever replaced by the boring old correct pronunciations we adults have all mastered.

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