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Episode 13: All About Play

We all want to get enough quality time with our kids -- but sometimes what kids really need is to get silly and have some good-old-fashioned fun! Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, helps us understand why simple playtime really helps our kids learn -- and why they need to play more. Plus, Parents Editor-in-Chief Sally Lee talks about how to teach your kids to say thank you. Finally, how do you get your kids to share a room peacefully? Our host Barrie Gillies and Parents Health & Psychology Editor Diane Debrovner tackle this and other parenting dilemmas when moms call in with questions.

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      Episode 12: All About Gender

      What's the deal with gender identity? With very little encouragement, boys and girls often play, learn, and interact in very different ways. To help us figure it out, Parents Articles Editor Mary Hickey (mom to a boy and a girl) shares the latest research and tips on how to raise well-rounded kids. Plus, Parents Media Editor Amanda Wolfe talks about why every mom should have a girls' night out. Finally, what do you do when your kid won't stop biting her fingernails (and toenails)? Our host Barrie Gillies and Parents Health & Psychology Editor Diane Debrovner tackle this and other parenting dilemmas when moms call in with questions.

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          Episode 11: Toddler Discipline Do's and Don'ts

          When do you start to discipline your kids? What works, and what doesn't? How do you keep your cool and pick your battles? Getting tough with your kids can be tough -- especially when your child's a toddler. Parent counselor and psychotherapist Yael Sank of Soho Parenting shares her tips on how to set limits with your toddler -- and make those rules stick. Plus, Parents News Editor Kourtney Eidam shares her insider picks for the best new kids' books. Finally, what do you do when your preschooler fibs about everything? Our host Barrie Gillies and Parents Health & Psychology Editor Diane Debrovner tackle this and other parenting dilemmas when moms call in with questions.

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              Episode 10: All About Safety

              Every parent worries about their kids. But which fears should you take seriously, and which ones should you chill out about? Expert Kimberly Thompson, a professor of risk analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health, shares her tips on keeping your kids safe -- without driving yourself nuts! Plus, Parents Senior Editor Jessica Brown talks about how she learned CPR -- and why you should too. Finally, what can a mom do to help her daughter have a healthy body image? Our host Barrie Gillies and Parents Health & Psychology Editor Diane Debrovner tackle this and other parenting dilemmas when moms call in with questions.

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                  Episode 9: All About the Dads

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                  Dads are way more hands-on these days, and more and more guys are staying at home with the kids instead of Mom. So what's different for families when Dad is the primary caregiver? How do the dads feel about being the lone guy at the playground? We go behind-the-scenes with one family, and then our host, Barrie Gillies, talks with daddy blogger Greg Allen of Daddytypes.com to explore the family -- and cultural -- dynamics that ensue when Dad stays home. Plus, Parents Creative Director Jeffrey Saks shares his secrets on how to stay involved as a working parent. Finally, what do you do when your daughter has a meltdown before day care -- every day? Barrie and Parents Health & Psychology Editor Diane Debrovner tackle this and other parenting dilemmas when moms call in with questions.

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                    Episode 8: Food Allergies

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                    Does your child, or someone you know, have a food allergy? Get practical tips from allergy expert Dr. John Oppenheimer. For other tough parenting dillemas, get advice from Parents Health and Psychology Editor Diane Debrovner and Senior Editor and Podcast Host Barrie Gillies (at right, with respective children Jane and Will). And our editor-in-chief, Sally Lee, shares her take on the newest addition to the Angelina Jolie's family, Pax.

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                      Episode 7: Sleep Solutions

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                      In this episode, Health and Psychology Editor Diane Debrovner, Senior Editor and Parents Podcast Host Barrie Gillies and Executive Editor Kate Lawler offer tips to help you catch more ZZZs and help your family go green. Dr. Jodi Mindell Ph.D. is our sleep guru. Ask her your questions on our Community boards!

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                        Episode 6: Divorce

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                        In this segment, Editor-in-Chief Sally Lee, Senior Editor, Parents Podcast Host Barrie Gillies (at right, with son Will), and Health and Psychology Editor Diane Debrovner cover a range of subjects including coping with divorce (Gillies' interviews therapist M. Gary Neuman, Parents advisor and founder of the acclaimed Sandcastles Program for children of divorce) and helping your dog adjust to baby. Plus, hear about our favorite blogs!

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                          Episode 5: Healthy Eating

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                          Join our host Barrie Gillies and pediatrician Dr. Ari Brown as they tackle the toughest parenting questions from listeners across the country.

                          Plus, can you get your kid to clamor for spinach? Parents Editor-in-Chief Sally Lee thinks you can (with a few tricks). She'll tell you what's healthy for your child to snack on, why, and how to get your picky eater to choose a good-for-you snack.

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                            Episode 3: Holiday Traditions

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                            In this episode, our host, Barrie Gillies, finds out why children love (and learn from) their magical make-believe worlds when she talks with child behavior expert Mary Borowka.

                            Plus, enough with all those enrichment activities! Let kids play with their toys! Parents Editor-in-Chief Sally Lee gives the lowdown on free play.

                            Finally, what happens when the grandparents come over for Christmas and your child doesn't want to be smothered with kisses? Gillies and family therapist Jane Greer tackle this and other holiday dilemmas when moms call in with their questions.

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                              Episode 2: Sibling Rivalry

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                              Sibling rivalry can drive even the calmest parents insane. How do you stop the constant fighting and the endless competition for your attention? Why can't your kids get along with their built-in playmates? Turn to Parents magazine, the most trusted source for advice on raising kids. Join us as Mary Borowka, a child behavior expert, offers solutions to end sibling squabbles. Bonus: Get the inside scoop on our picks for the best toys of 2006, plus pediatrician and Parents advisor Dr. Ari Brown answers callers' questions about separation anxiety, milestones, sleep issues, and more.

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                                Episode 1: Overweight Kids

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                                One in three kids in the United States is overweight or obese, nearly twice as many as 30 years ago. What's a parent to do? Turn to Parents magazine, the most trusted source for advice and answers on raising kids. Join us as Dr. Ari Brown, Parents advisor and author of Baby 411, and Parents magazine editors offer advice and solutions on this issue. Bonus: Get tips on easing back-to-school anxiety from Sally Lee, Editor-in-Chief of Parents magazine, plus Dr. Brown answers callers' questions about potty training, discipline, and more.

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