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How ‘Draw Something’ taught our child to read

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Plopping our kids down in front of a TV, computer or phone screen isn’t exactly our favorite thing to do. After all, too much screen time can slow language development, impede academic achievement and contribute to obesity.

But our family has found that, given the right amount of parental supervision (and a little luck too), kids’ screen experiences can be fun, helpful, or educational…

…sometimes in ways you’d never expect!

Case in point:

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A five-year-old reacts to ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’

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Over the last year, our family watched a whole bunch of Peanuts holiday specials – on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day – and we wrote down all the amazingly adorable things our kids said about them.

Well now we’re back to cover the one big Charlie Brown special we missed!

So without further ado, here’s how our now-five-year-old daughter Sammy and her nearly three-year-old brother Freddy reacted when we showed them “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” for the very first time!

(We think it’s a real treat!)

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Potty Training in One Day: a review of a thing you would never believe is possible until you actually do it yourself

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So how long do you think it should take to potty train a child? A month? A year? Approximately for-freaking-ever?

Well you could do it that way. Or you could save yourself some serious time and do it like we did.

We’ve potty trained two kids – in a total of two days.

That’s right, people. Twenty-four hours a tot.

Let that sink in for just a moment…

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What it’s like to live-tweet a vasectomy

Now that The Doctor has spent a solid 27 months of her life carrying and delivering three adorable little babies for our family, last Friday marked The Dad’s turn to finally take one for the team.

So he got a vasectomy.

And as a public service to all the dads out there who might be wondering, “What is getting a vasectomy really like?” – he decided to live-tweet the whole thing.

In case you missed out on this once-in-a-lifetime Twitter party as it happened, here’s a recap of how @DoctorAndDad‘s #VasectomyLiveTweet went down. Keep reading to see everything The Dad posted that day, plus get some exclusive, behind-the-scenes info from him that’ll show you the full story of what really happened – between the tweets!

Here’s what happened when I decided to live-tweet my vasectomy (by The Dad)

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Darius Rucker’s ‘Learn to Live’ review: get ready to cry, parents

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Let’s play a word association game! We’ll show you a word, and then you say the first thing that comes to your mind. Ready? Here’s your word:

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So what did that make you think of? We’re guessing it might have been any or all of the following:

  • The Blowfish
  • Hold My Hand
  • Onlywannabewithyoo-ooo-ooo
  • That video with Dan Marino in it
  • College dorm parties
  • Greatest music of our generation
  • Cheesy 1990s pop garbage at its worst

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One Line a Day Journal Review: the best Mommy or Daddy gift EVER

Spoiler alert! If you’re a friend or family member of ours, and you’re a parent, and we give you a gift any time soon, it’ll probably be this:

Ta daa!
Ta daa!

Why are we going to give you this “One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book” thing?

Because it’s pretty much the best gift for parents ever.

Well, technically it’s the second best gift for parents ever, since the prize for best gift for parents ever already goes to our book – Think Like a Baby: 33 Simple Research Experiments You Can Do at Home to Better Understand Your Child’s Developing Mind. If you haven’t bought that gift for your favorite moms and dads already, then you should definitely pick them up a copy. You’ll (and we’ll) be glad you did.

But the next gift you give after that one should definitely be a One Line a Day journal.

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A four-year-old reacts to ‘Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown’

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Valentine’s Day is almost upon us! That means love is in the air, and yet another Peanuts holiday special is airing on TV.

So just like we did on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, the Doctor and the Dad sat down this week with our four-year-old daughter Sammy and her two-year-old brother Freddy to let them watch “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown” for the very first time.

(Then we secretly wrote down all the ridiculously cute things they said during the show.)

Hope you love their comments as much as we did!

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