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Kids’ art: our latest excuse to talk about butts and farts

You don’t have to be the Princess of Pretentionland to appreciate the fine arts. But it doesn’t hurt, either.
You don’t have to be the Princess of Pretentionland to appreciate the fine arts. But it doesn’t hurt, either.

Like looking at art, but don’t like feeling pressured to come up with a bunch of insightfully pretentious stuff to say about it?

Just do what the Doctor and the Dad did this week – skip the museum and go check out an art show at your child’s preschool instead!

When your kids work on art projects, they can boost their creativity and develop fine motor skills. And when you view works of art created exclusively by tiny children, you won’t be expected to say one intelligent word about negative space, the avant-garde or “what the artist was trying to say.”

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Product Review: ‘Alphabutt’ by Kimya Dawson

Ever since our kids first developed the ability to hear (by around 28 weeks after conception), the Doctor and the Dad have loved sharing music with them. There are lots of great scientific reasons to do it – music promotes kids’ language development, creativity and concentration, for example. But mostly we do it because it’s totally fun!

Amber’s favorite songs to lull the kiddos off to sleep with include a cheery jingle from an old M&Ms commercial, as well as a bleak, hopeless war protest anthem about Vietnam. Andy’s go-tos tend to include a lot of bizarre nerdiness from bands like They Might Be Giants and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

But our three-year-old daughter, Sammy, recently discovered her own new favorite artist while click-wheeling her way around Andy’s old iPod:

Kimya Dawson.

I'll be with you in a minute, Mom and Dad. This song is totally my jams.
This song is totally my jams.

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Ask D+D: Is my child regressing?

My two-year-old daughter still sucks her thumb when she is tired and drifting off to sleep. Lately though, she does it during the day, she’s sucked on a younger child’s pacifier at daycare, and she sucks on a toy pacifier that came with one of her dolls. Is she regressing developmentally? Could the fact that I am pregnant and talking about “the baby” a lot be making her want to do “baby” things?
– Mia

Regressing to earlier developmental behavior, like thumbsucking and bottle or pacifier use, is a very common reaction to the news of a new sibling. (Just like increased beer bottle use is a common reaction to baby news for many first-time dads.)

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