This week, the Doctor and the Dad wrote an article for the PBS Parents website! It’s all about “household chaos” – how to identify it, how it can hurt your family, and how you can get it under control.
It’s full of interesting research, helpful tips, and interactive diagrams like this:
If you like the other stuff we write, we think you’ll like this too. So what are you waiting for? Break up your kids’ fight, turn down your eardrum-blasting TV speakers, put out the oven fire in your kitchen, and go check out the article!
Today’s Ask D+D question comes from an uncle dealing with a particularly sticky situation:
My sister’s 9-year-old has a pesky habit of picking his nose…when bored, nervous, talking to people, YOU NAME IT! Obviously, my sister is embarrassed because she will be talking to her friends and her child will start “picking away.” She heard from THE Internet that he “must be orally fixated,” which sounds like some Freudian mumbo jumbo to me. Any experience with (gross) habits of children and how best to behaviorally change them???
Well, Ryan since we luckily haven’t had to deal with much nose-picking in our own home, we decided to dig deep into the research to answer your question.
Like seriously, three knuckles deep. And here’s what we found.
Every year, countless brave, adventurous souls leap far outside their comfort zones to do something absolutely crazy…
They have kids.
Or maybe they go to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras.
The truth is, we have a hard time telling the difference. Because when you really think about it, there is no difference between parenting children and going totally wild on Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras.
Today’s question comes from a mother in desperate need of a wet wipe:
The other day the kids and I grabbed a quick lunch. I was trying to corral everyone over to a table while also balancing all of our food, drinks and a milkshake on a tray, when the milkshake naturally fell, bounced off a chair and spilled EVERYWHERE (including on other people), before finally landing upside-down on my sandal. At that moment, my three-year-old asked, “Mama, can you lift me up on my seat? And can you open my toy?” …Why does my preschooler constantly ask me to do things for her when it’s obvious that I’m already really busy? Does she have absolutely no empathy, or is it an age thing, or what?
This question wasn’t technically submitted to us, but rather to anyone who happened to see it posted on Facebook over this past weekend. But because it covers such an important issue for parents,we thought we’d go ahead and chime in about it anyway.