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  1. It’s a beautiful Saturday and, shockingly, your home is clean and your errands are done. Your partner won’t be home for two hours. The baby is chilling. You ...
    Strap the kid on and go for a walk.
    Stream a movie or a game with the kid on your lap.
  2. Let's go to the zoo! Enthusiastic new parent that you are, it's time to make use of your season pass and check out the elephants, monkeys, and snakes. Before your outing, you pack ...
    Two diapers, a snack, and water. What else do you need?
    Two diapers, a changing mat, a change of clothes (make that two), a bib, utensils, one of those folding bowls, and a comfortable blanket. You gotta be prepared.
  3. From day one, the battle between kids and gravity is real. They fall. A lot. So when yours has a particularly upsetting tumble — where their legs are swept out from under them, they look up in shock, their lip quivers, and you…
    Run on over and comfort the kid. Give a hug. Tend to the wound.
    Stay in place, smile, and tell them they’re going to be just fine.
  4. You’re in the toy aisle with a $100 gift certificate burning a hole in your pocket. Your kid’s third birthday is looming and you want to nail it. You consider your options for a second and then you…
    Look for a toy based on characters they love, or something cuddly.
    Look for a STEM toy with some educational value.
  5. You’re talking to your friends about your parenting goals, trying to be honest but not obnoxious about it. You tell them that you want to…
    Raise your children the way you were raised.
    Find new strategies unique to you and your family.
  6. The number one toy for 100% of kids around the world is your phone (this is undisputed). So when your child picks up yours at the ripe old age of not-yet-one, and toggles through the screen with ease, you think …
    Damn, they are growing up with such amazing possibilities and are going to see things I never dreamed possible.
    Damn, we need to hide all the phones, throw out the TV, and teach this kid to write a letter.
  7. You’re out grocery shopping, the kid in the cart eyeing up aisles of tempting goodies. You turn your back to get milk and in that instant they pick up an apple (“ball!” they shout), and toss it at a passerby, hitting them in the gut with impressive force. You …
    Apologize to the person and buy the apple. (You really need to buy the apple).
    Ask your child to apologize to the person and buy the apple.
  8. Your kid is having some behavioral issues — nothing major, but a cause for concern. Convinced that you need guidance, you…
    Look for expert answers online or for relevant books.
    Call your parents and tell them what’s up. Talk about it.
  9. Your vintage wooden rocking chair, the one that you bought from the flea market, just broke. You...
    Get out the shims and wood glue and fix it.
    Take the opportunity to buy that nice cushioned gliding rocker you always wanted.
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