Why Do We Refer to Ourselves in the Third Person When We Talk to Our Kids?

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I’m guilty of calling myself “Mommy” when talking directly to my kids. Instead of saying, “I’ll get that for you,” I say, “Mommy will get that for you.” I call it Jimmy Talk in honor of a character in a classic episode of the show “Seinfeld.” Are you a Jimmy Talker, too?  Here’s why I think we do it.

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Why I’m Teaching My Kids to Be Judgmental

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“The practice of judgment gets a bad wrap because it’s often mixed up with the business of being mean, but I’m reclaiming the word for what it is:  forming an opinion or making a decision after careful thought.” Here’s how to help your kids be more judgmental, in the best sense of the word.

4 Things I’ve Recently Done that Reminded Me How Hard It Is to Be a Toddler

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  1. “Trying to complete a jigsaw puzzle 

    On a normal Friday night, after the kids go to bed, my husband and I will catch up on whatever shows we’ve DVR’d and enjoy some wine. In an ill-advised effort to mix it up (notice I didn’t say, “spice it up”), I bought a jigsaw puzzle of a beautiful Venetian landscape for us to complete together over our bottle(s) of red. 

    You know those moments when you’re doing an activity with your kids and you think to yourself, “How the hell are you still not getting this?” Well, if there are intelligent alien life forms out there watching over us, then they were definitely saying that about my husband and me that evening.” Click here to continue…

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How to Be a Gracious Host to Your Child’s Imaginary Friend

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“While it’s fascinating to watch my daughter immerse herself in a world of make believe, it’s also flat out creepy to be informed that Dooby and Sarah are sitting next to me on the floor, or that they like to sleep in my closet. For the sake of encouraging my daughter’s creativity, though, I try to play it cool and be gracious to my fictional house guests. Heck, it’s easier than hosting actual house guests. So here’s what you need to know if your child brings home imaginary friends of her own.”

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