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What our family is thankful for

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Thanksgiving is here again! A time for family members everywhere to gather around the table, share a delicious meal together, and reflect on everything they have to be thankful for.

The Doctor and the Dad’s family decided to start gettin’ our thanks on a couple days early this year – and we jotted down some notes about it, too. So without further ado, here is what our family is thankful for this year!

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Why ‘Shimmer and Shine’ is not the worst kids TV show ever

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Our kids recently discovered a new Nick Jr. cartoon called Shimmer and Shine.

Our initial thoughts about the show were:

“Oh no, not another show to watch.”

“The music in this thing is excruciating.”

“Why are these animated prepubescent genie children wearing so much makeup?”

But after overhearing enough fragments of the show ourselves – despite our conscious efforts to block them out – we realized that the show communicates at least one unique lesson that might make our kids’ screen time somewhat worthwhile.

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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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The best Pre-Baby Bucket List you’ve ever seen

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A funny thing happens when you have a kid.

YOU DIE.

Well technically, you don’t actually die, but a version of you sure does. It’s that version of you that thinks heading out to the bars at 11:30 pm is a good idea. The you that sleeps until noon every single Saturday. And the you that’s never more than a dare away from hopping in the car for a last-second road trip to Vegas.

Do you remember that you? If your answer is “Barely, because I have kids now and that old me is long since dead and buried,” we hear you. But if your answer is “Of course I remember – I just did all that stuff last week,” then you, our childless friend, are exactly who we need to be talking to right now!

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How your reaction to Lionel Richie’s “Hello” reveals with 100% accuracy whether or not you have kids

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I’m Lionel Richie, and I am currently reading your mind.

You know those online quizzes that ask you a bunch of questions so that they can guess your hometown, your age or what flavor of pie you should be?

Well we decided to make one of our own. Except ours is exactly one question long. Why only one question? Because that’s all it takes to positively, definitely determine whether or not you are a parent.

And here it is:

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Contrary to popular belief, writing a book is NOT AT ALL the same as having a baby

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Writing a book is a pretty cool accomplishment. And if you’ve actually demonstrated the compassion and commitment it takes to pen 200-plus pages of somewhat sensical material on a single topic, you have every right to be proud.

So tell your family and friends. Tweet it to all your followers. Go on a talk show, shout it from the top of a mountain, spray paint it on the side of your car or hire a professional skywriter if you want.

Just please don’t compare it to having a baby.

People who’ve written something big seem to do this all the time – equating the oh-so-tortuous writing process to the act of giving birth. Or referring to the finished book itself as my baby.

But we’re not down with that.

Because now that we’ve done both things – having babies twice (with a third on the way) and writing our awesome new parenting book Think Like a Baby (which is officially on sale now!), we can tell you that these two experiences are NOTHING alike.

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Time Warner Cable totally doesn’t get parenting

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We like to keep the parenting discussion pretty positive here on the blog. But every now and then, we feel the need to do a little ranting – about our kids’ most terrible toys, or a paper towel ad that completely misrepresents parenthood.

Well today we’re adding another crappy commercial to our list of parenting peeves. This one comes from nobody’s favorite media provider, Time Warner Cable, for their TWC TV app ad titled “Pillow Fort.”

It goes a little something like this:

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