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D+D on PBS: Getting kids to listen to you

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Do you ever feel like your kids will only listen to you if you’re SCREAMING AT THEM AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS?!?!

Well guess what? You’re not alone!

Getting kids to listen to us adults is definitely no easy task. But it turns out that simply yelling at those little mischief-makers is rarely the best way to make it happen.

That’s why we wrote our latest article for the PBS Parents website – “Getting your Kids to Listen to You (Without Losing your Voice).” It’s full of useful tips you can use to help get your kids to hear what you have to say – before you develop a full-fledged case of laryngitis.

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How two letters can change your kid from selfish to helpful

Want an easy way to get your kids to help out around the house more?

Of course you do. We all do.

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That’s why the Baby Mop exists. (Too bad it stops working as soon as your baby starts toddling.)

And for the life of us, we just can’t understand why they’ve yet to make a toy vacuum cleaner that actually vacuums. Your kid likes pushing that noisy, annoying thing around. How hard would it be to stick a dustbuster inside of it anyway?

Come on, capitalism. Get on the ball.1

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  1. Yeah, yeah, we know there are a couple of toy sweepers out there that claim to have “suction” capabilities. But the reviews all seem to indicate that this underwhelming feature really just “sucks.” []

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Overworked, underappreciated and 100% HAPPY parents

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Sometimes when things are at their worst – the kids woke you up extra extra early this morning, every attempt at a conversation turns into a tantrum instead, the house looks like a tornado is currently storming through it, and you’re starting to think that the stain you found on your shirt sleeve might not actually be chocolate after all – it feels like nothing is in your control.

Least of all your own happiness.

But it turns out that plenty of recent research indicates that your happiness is more up to you than you may think. So here’s our first in a series of “Doctor and Dad” posts all about giving you some empowering, research-based tips that can help you turn your selfless, sex-starved, sleep-deprived frowns upside-down.

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The mom in this TV commercial is about to enter a world of pain

Have you seen the Bounty commercial with a little boy showing his baby brother how to use a straw to blow bubbles in his chocolate milk? The kid makes a truly epic mess, with thick streams of dark, sugary moo juice flowing out of his cup, over the sides of the dining room table, and onto the floor below.

What’s their mom doing during all this, you might ask?

Oh, just thinking that it’s pretty much the most adorable thing she’s ever seen.

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Daddy Does Dusting

How’s the housework and child-care divvied up in your house? Is Mommy rocking an old-school June Cleaver impression? Is Daddy pulling a Mr. Mom? Or are you working together to land somewhere in between?

Who gets THIS next load?
Who gets THIS next load?

Well, according to research published just last month, division of labor actually has a major impact on the happiness of your entire household.

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