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D+D on PBS: Sharpening kids’ stress-relieving skills

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Our latest article for the PBS Parents website is all about the best ways to help stressed-out kids learn to relax.

It starts like this (but we bet you can’t even imagine how it ends!):

As much as we’d like to believe our kids’ lives should be full of nothing but giggles, rainbows and carefree tickle fights with talking, animated forest creatures, that isn’t how childhood actually works.

In real life, kids stress out just like we do. And there are a variety of factors that can get them frazzled – things like schoolwork, conflicts with friends, and difficulty dealing with big emotions.

So what do you do when your kids are so under it and exasperated that they just can’t even? There are lots of ways you can try to help them…and the ones that work best might just surprise you!

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D+D on PBS: Why your family should be funny

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If you’ve ever read our blog, bought our highly rated parenting book, or spoken to us for at least thirty seconds straight, you know that the Doctor and the Dad like to crack us some jokes.

Ask our kids about it, and they’ll tell you the exact same thing. (Except for the nonverbal three-month-old, who’ll audibly fill her diaper instead.)

In our newest article for the PBS Parents website, we’ll show you why joking around with your kids is such a seriously good idea.

Spoiler alert: it’s because it can benefit nearly every aspect of their development.

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One Line a Day Journal Review: the best Mommy or Daddy gift EVER

Spoiler alert! If you’re a friend or family member of ours, and you’re a parent, and we give you a gift any time soon, it’ll probably be this:

Ta daa!
Ta daa!

Why are we going to give you this “One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book” thing?

Because it’s pretty much the best gift for parents ever.

Well, technically it’s the second best gift for parents ever, since the prize for best gift for parents ever already goes to our book – Think Like a Baby: 33 Simple Research Experiments You Can Do at Home to Better Understand Your Child’s Developing Mind. If you haven’t bought that gift for your favorite moms and dads already, then you should definitely pick them up a copy. You’ll (and we’ll) be glad you did.

But the next gift you give after that one should definitely be a One Line a Day journal.

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D+D write about the USA on PBS

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Just in time for the Fourth of July, the Doctor and the Dad wrote a super patriotic article for the PBS Parents website! It’s all about “good citizens” – who they are, why they’re important, and how you can raise your kid to become one.

It’s full of interesting research, helpful tips, and relatable parental quotes like these:

You only woke up crying three times last night! Good baby!

Did my good little girl drink all of her kale and sunchoke smoothie?

Be a good boy and get me the TV remote, kiddo!

If you like the other stuff we write, we think you’ll like this too. So what are you waiting for? Put on an American flag tank top, blast your favorite John Philip Sousa album, light a fistful of sparklers, and go check out the article!

“How to Raise a Good Citizen” by Amber and Andy Ankowski
for pbs.org

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Happy Father’s Day from our kids!

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In honor of Father’s Day, our five-year-old daughter and two-and-a-half-year-old son have generously volunteered to write this week’s post so Daddy could have some much needed time off.

So take some time off yourself and enjoy the post they typed, the pictures they took, and the wise and wildly entertaining parenting advice they decided to share with everybody!

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