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pbs parents your child's a poet and here's how to show it

D+D on PBS: Your Child’s a Poet, and Here’s How to Show It

pbs parents your child's a poet and here's how to show it

If your kids are anything like ours, they’d love for you to read books and stories to them pretty much all day long. And while we think that’s awesome (even if it is a little rough on our vocal chords), we sometimes need a break from all the once upon a times and happily ever afters.

Fortunately, there’s a really easy way to spice up your child’s ordinary reading and writing routine – poetry!

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D+D on PBS: Unleashing Your Child’s Inner Artist

pbs parents unleash your childs inner artist

If you’ve ever read any of the Pinkalicious books, you know that Pinkalicious and her little brother Peter are all about art. They are constantly using their imaginations – creating inventive crafts, summoning imaginary unicorns and dragons, and painting absolutely everything pink!

(Don’t worry. Their parents are cool with it.)

These two characters show us that when kids explore their creativity, it leads to lots and lots of fun. But did you know that it can also lead to other important benefits throughout their lives? It’s true ­– and our newest article on the PBS Parents website can tell you all about it!

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What’s having three kids really like? UPDATED!


NOTE: This article was originally published when our third child was two weeks old. Now we’re updating it to let you know what it’s really like to have three kids…as we experience it! Keep reading to view the entire post in order, or click below to skip to your favorite section:


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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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The Doctor and The Dad, and Martha Stewart too

Martha Stewart and the Doctor and the Dad

The Martha Stewart website isn’t just a place to get insanely yummy-looking Nutella Hot Chocolate recipes anymore. (Seriously, wow. We are totally trying that one.)

It’s also a place to get awesome tips from your favorite parenting experts. That’s right, yours truly, The Doctor and The Dad, were interviewed for a super fun article on MarthaStewart.com about how to have super fun family nights with your kids!

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D+D on PBS: How Important is Handwriting These Days?

pbs parents how important is handwriting these days

Think about the last time you wrote something. Did it involve pencil and paper? Or fingertips and a phone screen?

In today’s digital world, we adults seem to be doing less old-school writing than ever before. But what would happen if we let our kids follow our lead, do all their writing on a device, and never develop good handwriting skills?

In a word, yikes. (Or in an emoji, 😬.)

If you’re wondering how pretty penmanship can possibly matter that much…

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The very best gift for parents EVER!


NOTE: This article was originally posted on December 3, 2015. It’s been updated to include a NEW discount code for 2017. Enjoy!


Looking for the perfect Christmas gift, Hanukkah gift, birthday present or baby shower gift to buy a parent you know?

Well we already told you about the second-best gift for parents you can give – so there’s certainly no shame in getting somebody one of those.

But if you really want to wow all the child-rearers on your shopping list, you need to go for the gold, shoot for the stars, spare no expense and get the very best gift any parent could ever hope for.

(And no, we’re not talking about an offer to babysit so they can finally have a diaper-, mess- and whine-free night out. Although now that we’ve typed it, that sounds like a pretty good option too.)

We’re talking about the one and only, VERY BEST gift for parents EVER…

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D+D on PBS: Every Child is a Journalist

pbs parents - every child is a journalist

As parents, we like to tell our kids they can be anything they want when they grow up. But we don’t often stop to think about all the things they already are right now.

That’s right. Even though they may be years away from writing résumés or sweating through job interviews, our children are born with loads of skills that can help them perform all sorts of careers.

Like journalism.

If you think it’s crazy to say your tiny tyke is ready to take on a reporter job right now…

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