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    How to babyproof your relationship

    How to babyproof your relationship

    With a baby on the way, you'll need to babyproof your home — and your relationship. In this episode, how to strengthen your connection with your partner and survive the newborn phase. Learn how to navigate fairness in domestic responsibilities, keep a cool head on little sleep, and your new roles.

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    • 24 min
    Why you should connect with your kid, not correct them

    Why you should connect with your kid, not correct them

    Psychologist Becky Kennedy, author of the book "Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be," urges parents to spend more time raising thoughtful humans instead of fixing their behavior. This episode originally published September 26, 2022.

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    Keeping intimacy alive after having a baby

    Keeping intimacy alive after having a baby

    It's hard to find time for anything with a newborn at home. And in the months after having a baby, intimacy with your partner may fall to the wayside. But sex and relationship experts say that maintaining your intimate relationship with your partner is a worthwhile challenge. In this episode we'll talk strategies for reconnecting with your partner, exploring your desires, and expanding your ideas of sex and intimacy.

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    • 22 min
    These water safety tips can save lives

    These water safety tips can save lives

    Drowning is the No. 1 cause of death for children ages 1-4 in the United States. To prevent drownings, make sure there's always a designated adult watching the water whenever kids are swimming. We'll cover other water safety tips to protect young swimmers safe this summer.

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    • 18 min
    Kids, social media and privacy: What to know before you post

    Kids, social media and privacy: What to know before you post

    Many parents share photos and videos of their babies and children on social media. But there are potential dangers to constantly posting about your kid online, says Leah Plunkett, a faculty member of Harvard Law School who specializes in children, family law and technology. This episode, Plunkett explains what adults should consider about a kid's privacy and personal data before hitting the upload button.

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    • 23 min
    How to help your stepfamily grow closer

    How to help your stepfamily grow closer

    Becoming a blended stepfamily can be fraught for everyone involved. How can your family build trust, function more smoothly and ultimately grow closer? In this episode, NPR health correspondent Maria Godoy shares research on stepsiblings and blended families that can make this process easier.

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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
615 Ratings

615 Ratings

JayJay in LA ,

Great info

Love the Special Time episode! So much great info in this podcast

Unapologetically Independent ,

Lack of Diversity

Only approaches parenting from one side of the political spectrum.

Tresverte ,

Admittedly Couldn’t Finish More Than One Episode

Like all mothers, I love new information on how to raise good kids. And I adore most NPR podcasts. But after scrolling and scrolling through episode titles and previews trying to find one that didn’t sound like a learning capsule from “The School for Good Mothers” from the dystopian Jessamine Chan novel (read that instead), I tried one about getting kids to eat more vegetables. It started with a very young mother of one (the host, presumably?) explaining that her child hasn’t eaten vegetables in a year. WinTactualF? I promptly stopped the podcast and decided I’m doing fine. Find seasoned parents/humans to host and we might not all accidentally raise entitled fairy princess robots. The other episode I tried was just OK. Just savor every moment with your children and don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t squeeze special time in today. You’re doing great.

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