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March 2019

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the joy of reliving your childhood

• “I have such fond memories of sitting in the car while my parents drove us to national parks. Last summer we were driving through Sedona, Arizona, and my toddler said goodbye to the ‘big red rocks.’ I felt like ‘little me’ would have done the same.”—Azalea Kim; Durham, NC• “My dad got me a telescope when I was little, and we used to stand in the driveway and look at the moon. Recently, he mailed one to my son. We set it up on our deck and, as craters came into focus, I was thrilled! I had forgotten how cool the moon is—I would never have taken another look without my kid as an excuse.”—Jessica Hartshorn, Parents entertainment editor• “I grew up skating at Snoopy’s Home Ice, which Charles…

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a necklace and a big realization

MY SON AND I were in line at a local clothing store. My arms were heavy with sale items, and I couldn’t imagine adding another thing to the load. I eyed my 4-year-old as he danced around the tangle of impulse items surrounding the registers.He was clearly bedazzled, so I tried the old “Sweetie, do you want to help Mommy hold the shirts?” No response. I tried my nonverbal wide-eyed summons that says, “Come here.” He looked away.After admiring a Captain America wallet and a Batman lunch box, my son turned to a rack of pink plastic, lifted a necklace off its hook, and held it to the light. Then he asked, “Mommy, can I have this too?”“Oh, honey,” I said. “That’s for girls.”Oof! There I was, a college professor…

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the right number of kids

(PARENTS AND THREE KIDS: EMELY/GETTY.)ONE“We have one terrific son who has a go-with-the-flow attitude, and we didn’t want to mess with that.”—Christi Gray; Charlotte, NCTWO“Two kids for my two hands to cross the street safely.”—Jaime Bedrin; Montclair, NJTHREE“When two aren’t getting along, the third always steps in to be the peacemaker.”—Kimberly Shirk; Lincoln, NEFOUR“It’s crazy and busy, but it’s fun. There is always something going on.”—Naomi Pelss; Seaforth, Ont., CanadaFIVE“The kids always have someone to play with, and our network in the community is huge. Plus, we can still fit into a seven-passenger car!”—Loretta Brady; Manchester, NHSIX“We couldn’t do without any of them.”—Delsa Andersen; Flower Mound, TXSEVEN“I come from a big family, and I wanted my kids to have the same kinds of close friendships I have with my own…

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we feel you

Parenting is just like playing a game of chess. I don’t know how to play chess.—@DaddingAroundBest #birthcontrol is a very awake 3-year-old at 6 A.M.—@nrivera91My 9mo has croup right now. He just plain sounds like Golem.—@SarcasticDad71I wish I were as excited about anything in my life as the babe is about playing in the dog bowl.—@sweatsntopknotsMy 9-year-old and her best friend are doing face masks. To keep their less-than-a-decade-old skin baby soft, I guess.—@HonestToddler ■…

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can we talk about lunches?

(JENNY MOLLEN: ANNA WOLF.)FOR AS LONG as I can remember, food has equaled love for me. A child of divorce with parents who worked days and dated nights, I packed my own lunches for elementary school, typically a haphazard assortment of popcorn, low-fat cheese, and appetizers that I imagine followed my mom home from a night out.My middle school provided lunch, but it was frowned upon by my fellow students. I’d wait in line for spaghetti as the cafeteria filled up with all the things I didn’t have: Lunchables, homemade banana bread, and, of course, handwritten notes. On auspicious days, I’d count the change in my backpack and have enough for a 25-cent milk and Little Debbie Nutty Bars. But even with those victories, there was still something missing: a…

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manage meltdowns with glitter

Negative emotions are healthy. In fact, they provide important feedback about the choices we make: Just as the pain of touching a hot stove lets us know to pull our hand away, feeling hurt by another person or upset about a choice helps us learn from those experiences, Dr. Damour says.But when your child gets overwhelmed by her feelings, she’s not thinking very clearly and it’s impossible for her to have a reasonable discussion. You want to stop the screaming, but you also want her to learn to calm herself down. The best way to help teach her that essential life skill? Get crafty.• The jarPour a thin layer of glitter into the bottom of a clear jar, fill the jar with water, and seal the lid with glue. When…