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D+D on PBS: Using Gestures to Boost Kids’ Language Skills

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Think talking with your hands is only for mimes, stereotypical Italian families, and people who cut you off during rush hour?

Think again.

Our latest article on the PBS Parents website shows how the gestures that you use can do wonders for your children’s language development!

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An ‘Interview with a Toddler,’ with a good lesson for parents

The Doctor and Dad family has been sick with the stomach flu all week, so we’re keeping things light (much like the only food we can keep down at the moment).

We invite you to kick back, relax, and enjoy the best kid-related comedy we’ve seen in a while:

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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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Do sex talks come too soon?

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Believe it or not, there was a time in this country when modestly dressed mothers and fathers would wait to teach their well-mannered children about “the birds and the bees” until they were in high school, or about to be married, or maybe never. These days, however, parents are apparently supposed to launch right into a super-graphic Sex Ed session as soon as Junior gets potty training down.

Or at least that’s what you might think after watching cut.com’s “Parents Talk to Their Kids About The Birds and the Bees for the First Time.”

If you haven’t put yourself through this 4 minute and 45 second parenting nightmare yet, you can check it out right here:

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Creative ways to communicate with kids

Communicating with your kids is super important. But it doesn’t always come easily. Check out this creative strategy one dad is taking to try to get through to his kids:

According to writer/director/leading dad Will Reid, this will be the “first in a series of instructional videos” for his kids.

That’s right.

Dude was so sick of his teenagers not listening to a single word he said, he had to post a freaking YouTube video just to get their attention.1

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  1. We noticed that this video also reveals where Will’s family weighs in on the Great Toilet Paper Debate, for those of you who are still keeping score. []

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It’s family vacation time!

The Doctor and the Dad (and the Daughter and the Son) are on vacation this week. And let us tell you, it is awesome!

If you and your brood haven’t taken a big, relaxing break together lately, you really owe it to yourselves to schedule one. Research shows that family vacations contribute positively to family bonding, communication and solidarity. Plus, they’re a ton of fun, too!

…Unless, of course, they end up being as disappointing…

…disastrous…

…or decidedly awkward as these.

Happy family vacationing everybody!

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Hello, ad that makes parenting a tween seem terrifying

Have you seen that “First Moon Party” video that’s making the rounds on YouTube right now? It’s a commercial for HelloFlo, this website that sends women care packages full of menstruation-related necessities every 28 days or so.

The ad is a well-shot, nicely acted story of a young girl who fakes her first period to fit in with her friends, and her diabolical mother who throws her a huge, hugely embarrassing puberty party to punish her for the lie.

Here’s the commercial, along with reactions from the Doctor and the Dad:


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