If your kids are anything like ours, they’d love for you to read books and stories to them pretty much all day long. And while we think that’s awesome (even if it is a little rough on our vocal chords), we sometimes need a break from all the once upon a times and happily ever afters.
Fortunately, there’s a really easy way to spice up your child’s ordinary reading and writing routine – poetry!
Continue reading D+D on PBS: Your Child’s a Poet, and Here’s How to Show It
Think about the last time you wrote something. Did it involve pencil and paper? Or fingertips and a phone screen?
In today’s digital world, we adults seem to be doing less old-school writing than ever before. But what would happen if we let our kids follow our lead, do all their writing on a device, and never develop good handwriting skills?
In a word, yikes. (Or in an emoji, 😬.)
If you’re wondering how pretty penmanship can possibly matter that much…
Continue reading D+D on PBS: How Important is Handwriting These Days?
As parents, we like to tell our kids they can be anything they want when they grow up. But we don’t often stop to think about all the things they already are right now.
That’s right. Even though they may be years away from writing résumés or sweating through job interviews, our children are born with loads of skills that can help them perform all sorts of careers.
If you think it’s crazy to say your tiny tyke is ready to take on a reporter job right now…
Continue reading D+D on PBS: Every Child is a Journalist
Valentine’s Day is almost here! It’s the perfect time to celebrate that special someone in your life…or if you have a big loving family like we do, those special someones.
That’s why this year, the Doctor and the Dad decided to ask all the members of our family to write love poems – to our family!
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Welcome to a brand new feature here at The Doctor + The Dad: The Not-So-Easy Reader!
As parents, we always love to see our kids take an interest in reading and writing – since building those skills now can lead to greater success in school, work and overall happiness throughout their lives.
The only problem?
Continue reading Not-So-Easy Reader #1
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!
Continue reading D+D on PBS: Sharpening kids’ stress-relieving skills
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.
Continue reading D+D on PBS: Why your family should be funny