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Do kids think it’s better to give or receive?

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The holidays are here again – which means you’ve got wish lists, shopping trips and mounds and mounds of gift wrapping to attend to, don’t you?

Well give your tape dispenser a break for a minute, and spend just a few moments pondering this simple, age-old question:

Is it better to give or receive?

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D+D on PBS: Why You Should Experiment on Your Child!

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As a parent, you want what’s best for your kids, right? That’s why you buckle them into their car seats, make them eat all their vegetables, and read plenty of parenting articles like this one. After all, if there’s something your babies need, by golly you’re going to give it to them!

There’s only one problem: it’s hard to always know what your children truly need…

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Family Traditions Are Fantastic

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Last weekend, the Doctor and the Dad packed up the car, buckled up the kids and headed up the coast for our absolute, no-doubt-about-it favorite event of the year: The California Avocado Festival.

For three days, our family consumed as much of the green stuff as possible, including fried avocado wedges, avocado ice cream, avocado whoopie pies, avocado beer (Mom and Dad only, of course), and chips with loads of delicious dip scooped straight out of the World’s Largest Vat of Guacamole.

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An Open Letter to an Overly Competitive Mom

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Hey, you. Yes, you. The Overly Competitive Mom I saw at the children’s play place the other day.

Remember me? I’m That Other Mom who was there all by herself, watching her kids. Well, technically I wasn’t so much “watching” as I was “frantically chasing” my 12-month-old daughter, trying to make sure she didn’t fall flat on her face or stumble directly into the path of some other gleefully reckless child.

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Six Tools for Taming a Tantrum

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Picture your perfect grocery shopping experience:

You are gliding effortlessly from aisle to aisle, instantly finding each and every item you need. Everything’s on sale, your list is overflowing with deeply satisfying checkmarks, and your shopping cart wheels are completely squeak-free.

Oh, and they’re playing Adele over the store’s loudspeakers.

Yes, this day is a complete and utter dream…

…until your tantrum-throwing toddler turns it into a total nightmare!

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D+D on PBS: Three Things All Parents Should Teach Their Kids About the Brain

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When you become a parent, you also become a teacher. Some things we teach our children are useful – letters, numbers, how to say “Mama” and “Dada,” and the fact that diving headfirst down the stairs causes serious “owies.” Other things aren’t quite so important. Why exactly do we think our kids need to know the sound every single farm animal makes anyway?

But there’s one thing we parents should teach our kids about that we rarely do: the brain.

Fortunately, our newest article on the PBS Parents website makes teaching your children about the brain simple, effective and fun!

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D+D on PBS: Guided Play Maximizes Kids’ Learning AND Fun

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School’s out for the summer! But that doesn’t mean your kids have to take a vacation from learning.

Our latest article on the PBS Parents website shows parents a really easy way to help their kids keep on learning all summer long – simply by playing!

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