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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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pbs parents unleash your childs inner artist

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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Martha Stewart and the Doctor and the Dad

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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pbs parents how important is handwriting these days

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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pbs parents - every child is a journalist

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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5 ways to stop yelling at your kids, according to a true professional

professional at not yelling at kids

Our daughter’s first grade teacher has a superpower.

Well, he probably has more than one, since he manages to care for, keep track of and somehow even teach over 20 six-year-olds all at once.

But the particular superpower we’re talking about is his ability to never, ever, like-seriously-not-ever yell at the kids. And yes, we absolutely consider this a superpower, since we only have three kids, yet find ourselves yelling at them all the time.

So to give our voices (and our kids’ ears) a break, we decided to ask this soft-spoken superhero for some pointers that we – and you – could use at home.

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choking child

Do you know how to save a choking child?

choking child

People will tell you a lot of things you should do as a parent. Your dentist says you should bring your kids in for a checkup as soon as they sprout teeth, your sister says you should buy this particular brand of diaper rash cream, the nice old lady at the grocery store says you should spoil your kids because they’re only little once.

All of these shoulds are debatable. But here’s one that’s not:

You absolutely should know what to do if your child starts choking.

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