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When you're brave enough to take a small child shopping: Mindful tips for before, during, and after the shopping trip

Most outings are adventures for little ones, which is both good and bad news. Simple chores or errands can become massive Arctic expeditions when a small child is in tow. Here are some tried-and-true mindful offerings in service of helping parents everywhere get through their shopping lists more efficiently.

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Dictated, not read: The power of note-taking to help small children move on

Whether you’re dealing with adults or children, the first step in helping someone move on and adopt a cooperative mindset is listening to them until they feel good and listened to.

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Notes from the field, November 22, 2019

That feeling when you realize you are responsible for wiping n-1/n % of your household’s butts.

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The Six Magic B’s: Inexpensive Things to Do with Siblings Ages 0-5

It can be very difficult for children under the age of 5 and of disparate ages to find ways to play with each other in the way that each one would prefer most. I’ve worked out six wonderful activities that my disparate-aged children enjoy doing together for more than 37 seconds at a time. Let me know how they work for your family!

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Notes from the field, November 15, 2019

Stairway Hold on tight Family is [not] magic

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The gift of experiences (or, please stop giving my kids stuffed animals)

This must be a form of cultural amnesia, a collective delusion that each of us is the first one to come up with the idea of gifting a stuffed animal to a young child. The antidote? Distinguished guests, I offer to you the gift of experiences.

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Notes from the field, November 12, 2019

Minding Manners Minding Manners 2.0: 3 Ways to Embody Gratitude and Other Family Values Parent Q&A: Preschooler identity crisis?

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Notes from the field, November 11, 2019

The Consent Game Don’t Just Do Something Tiny Humans Are on Acid

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Notes from the field, November 6, 2019

Sunrise, sunset: Mourning who our children once were, welcoming Why does my child hate me? Family is [not] magic Toddler tapas Parent Q&A: It’s potty time…or is it?

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Notes from the field, November 3, 2019

It’s time Thanks but no thanks: Dealing with unsolicited parenting advice graciously and nondefensively Tantrumbox? More like Pandora’s box

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