Do you let your kids handle their own battles, or do you step in to help? Or, gulp, do you fight the battles for them? On this week’s episode of SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz tackle this pretty sticky parenting question and offer some solid approaches for how to determine when to step in and when to stay out.

On a lighter note, Liz shares a story about her dad bringing his own maple syrup to a restaurant that sounds like it’s right out of a Seinfeld episode! We’re sure you’ve got a little something to say about people bringing their own food.

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Links from SPAWNED Episode 16

– That time a mom emailed Liz’s dad to explain her son’s meeting cancellation. Her son was 23!

– Remember the whole Kindergarten star chart controversy Liz experienced at Back to School Night?

– Great discussion in the New York Times Motherlode blog about how parents shouldn’t “save” their kids.

– Turns out helicopter parenting is worse than you think.

Liz’s Cool Pick of the Week: Unicorn Tears Gin Liqueur by Firebox. They also sell magical unicorn slippers, in case you’ve been searching for a pair.

Kristen’s Cool Pick of the Week: ThinkFun games, like Queens and Solitaire Chess, as well as fantastic STEM games like Code Master and Robot Turtles.

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