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A phantom zone for kids’ toys and artwork

“Jeremy, why is there a kid’s bath toy in the closet?” my wife asked me this morning. “I’m trying to get rid of it,” I answered. No further explanation needed. My wife knew exactly what I was up to. The item … Continue reading

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Parenting Milestone: Breaking out of a child’s irrational obsession

While my son’s 4th birthday crossed many traditional milestones, like trading in car seats for booster seats, I’m more excited about a much simpler one: he is now willing to eat breakfast with a different spoon. For the last several years, … Continue reading

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If the kid won’t go to bed, channel his energy into something useful

After six years of parenting, bedtime remains a daily nightmare. We have two kids, ages six and (almost) four, so you would think that we would have gotten it under control by now. The problem isn’t so much our technique, … Continue reading

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Relying on a smartphone as a GPS when traveling in Europe

My wife and I recently took a trip for our 15th anniversary to Sicily. We were renting a car to travel around the island, and we knew we would need a GPS to successfully navigate both the dense city streets and … Continue reading

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I sent my 6 year old daughter to walk around the block by herself, and nothing bad happened

We spent several days last week at my parent’s house in the town of Brighton, a suburb of Rochester, New York.  As we walked around the quiet neighborhood I grew up in, I was flooded with memories of walking around … Continue reading

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FaceTime in the car for the ultimate GPS

One of the recurring themes in my marriage to my wife Aviva is her getting lost and calling me for help. When this started almost 16 years ago, she was new to Boston and had a job that required driving around … Continue reading

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Shortcut: trick a kid into taking her medicine with developmental psychology

This was a simple little trick to get a kid to take her medicine, but it worked so well, I thought it was worth sharing. My six-year-old daughter Ayelet was sent home from school with a fever on Tuesday. They … Continue reading

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Answered: What’s inside a Crest “Neat Squeeze” kids toothpaste tube

Have you seen the “Neat Squeeze” kids toothpaste tubes from Crest? Rather than being a flexible tube that crumples as you use it, they are a more rigid tube that always stands nicely on the sink counter. They claim that … Continue reading

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Parenting Milestone: An independent child is a safer child

Milestones come in all shapes and sizes, and we had another one this past Sunday. I sent my six year old daughter Ayelet into the women’s locker room to change by herself. This may not seem like much, but to … Continue reading

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The vanishing art of handwriting

As a child I spent years practicing how to write words on a sheet of paper. Aside from English and history classes, every homework assignment through college was done with a pencil in my hand. Now, just about the only … Continue reading

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