Family & Parenting

Parents March 2020

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JULIA EDELSTEIN Editor-in-Chief Executive Creative Director AGNETHE GLATVED Executive Editor MIRANDA VAN GELDER Managing Editor PATRICK MOFFITT Deputy Editor DIANE DEBROVNER Beauty Director KATE SANDOVAL BOX Lifestyle Director LAURA FENTON Senior Editor, Features KATIE ARNOLD-RATLIFF Senior Editor, Nutrition and Travel KAREN CICERO Entertainment Editor JESSICA HARTSHORN Associate Editor, Beauty SHANNON M. BAUER Associate Editor, Features EMILY ELVERU Editorial Assistants KYLEIGH LEDDY, KARA THOMPSON ART & PRODUCTION Art Director EMILY FURLANI Associate Art Director JAMIE LEE Senior Designer MARIA FERNANDEZ-DAVILA Art Assistant AVA BRAMSON Production Director VINCENT M. SPINA PHOTO Executive Photo Director LILY FRANCESCA ALT Photo Director DAVID COOPER Photo Editor JOANNA MUENZ Photo Coordinator MAGGIE BLATTEL Assistant Photo Editor ERIKA THOMPSON RESEARCH & COPY Research Director BARBARA BRANDON-CROFT Copy Chief JEAN RODIE Copy Editor SHELLEY WOLSON Test Kitchen Project Manager LINDA BREWER, R.D.N. Deputy Managing Editor TARA LUSTBERG Executive Operations Coordinator, Office of Editor-in-Chief ADRIENNE FARR Contributing Editors DAPHNE de MARNEFFE, Ph.D., SALLY KUZEMCHAK, R.D., JENNY MOLLEN, ERIN ZAMMETT RUDDY, COLBY…

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editor’s note

The Meaning of Mom Boss TRUTH BE TOLD, I almost didn’t go back to work. Holding my infant son in the final days of my first maternity leave, I turned tearfully to my own mom and shared a nauseating calculation: A caregiver would soon be spending more waking hours with Joey than I would. I felt, preemptively, like a terrible mom. “Your situation may feel terrible, but it’s actually typical,” my mom reminded me. Then she added an unforgettable message: “Whether you stay home or go to work, you will always be exactly the right mother for your kids.” I repeat her words whenever I find myself struggling with the pangs of longing and doubt that come from missing school pickup, naptime, and much more. We don’t often talk about traditional “work”…

4 min.
let’s get real

Well Said! Celeb parents confront the tricky issue of work and family balance. “Sometimes something has to give. If I’m working and I am responsible for myself as a professional person and then my kids need me, often the time for myself is the thing that goes.”—Maggie Gyllenhaal, to Parents.com“The only way my wife and I survive the pace of our business and household is by being extraordinarily intentional in how we plan. We acknowledge in meticulous detail what’s coming because we’re both equally responsible for raising the children.”—Dave Hollis, in his new book, Get Out of Your Own Way“I overcommit because I can’t disappoint the other person. Someone taught me to say, ‘I wish I could participate in this; I just don’t have the bandwidth right now.’”—Kristen Bell, on Kevin Nealon’s…

3 min.
the path of most resistance

PLENTY of times I’ve threatened to take away dessert, leave a restaurant, or even land a commercial airplane in an attempt to cajole my kids into doing what I wanted. Sometimes my threats have worked. Other times I’ve counted to three only to start over again at one. Following through on consequences is hard not only because we don’t want to see our children upset but also because we don’t want to be punished too. It’s annoying to leave brunch with friends because your naked toddler is swinging from a chandelier. It’s painful to forgo your child’s half hour of evening TV because that means more time for him to sit and stare at you. But when we take the path of least resistance—letting kids get away with bad behavior so we…

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your monthly dose of what’s new, novel, and need-to-know

A reco from Parents’ mom boss, Julia Edelstein: The 2020Smart DeckDesktopCalendar +Notepad lets you write epically long to-do lists that never get lost. A yearly calendar at the bottom makes it easy to look ahead. $24; russellandhazel.com Last-minute St. Patrick’s Day fun is in the veggie drawer! Arrange bell-pepper strips as a rainbow on green-for-luck guac; add dippable cauliflower clouds and carrot coins. MUST-HAVE The key to hiding a chipped mani is clear polish with texture! JINsoon Mamagami in Dotty is a nail party that lasts a week. $18; jinsoon.com If your dollhouse obsession secretly rivals your kid’s, no shame! Instagram account@TinyHouseCalls started as a doctor-mom’s creative outlet and has become the ultimate #homegoals. Moms dishing about how pregnancy, parental leave, and relationships affect work life will have you bingeing on The DoubleShift podcast, by journalist…

4 min.
get your kids to care about their health

HELP THEM THRIVE IN EVERY WAY AVOID ALLERGY SYMPTOMS OUTDOOR FUN NEW TWISTS ON PB & J “Just as seeds need water, sunlight, and nutrients to grow into flowers, fruits, or vegetables, kids need to eat healthy foods, drink water, wear sunscreen, and sleep well in order to play, do well in school, and have energy,” says Danielle Fernandes, M.D., a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. That’s just one way to talk to your child about health in a nonjudgy, kid-friendly manner. Members of the Parents AAP Panel share other smart tips on how to get kids invested in proper sleep, eating, and exercise habits. Treat Food As Fuel. Your kid isn’t worried about how many grams of sugar are in his snack bar or if he ate enough veggies for the day,…