Something You Should Know about Parenting


How We Are Getting Dumber

February 11, 2016

 

Interview with Susan Jacoby, author of the book The Age of American Unreason

 

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Mike Carruthers:
It's quite common today for young children to have a television in their bedroom, and yet…

 

Susan Jacoby:
If children under six have a TV in their bedrooms they are: 1) Less likely to read than other children: 2) That they are more likely to smoke later on, and: 3) More likely to be obese.
 


Susan Jacoby

Why Kids Turn Out A Lot Like Their Parents

February 5, 2016

 

Interview with Christine Carter, author of the book Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Kids grow up a lot like their parents.

 

Christine Carter:
If what we as parents really want is to raise happy kids, then we need to start with ourselves first. Because kids are much more likely to do what we do, rather than what we say to do.
 


Christine Carter

What Parents Should & Shouldn't Worry About

November 19, 2015

 

Interview with Cara Natterson, author of the book Worry Proof: A Pediatrician (and Mom) Explains Which Foods, Medicines, and Chemicals to Avoid to Have Safe and Healthy Children

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Parent’s worry, they worry about all kinds of things but what as a parent should you worry about most?

 

Cara Natterson:
In my book the top three are; guns, pools that are unlocked and uncovered, and driving while texting or dialing.
 


Dr. Cara Natterson

Parenting Insights

October 29, 2015

 

Interview with Katie Hurley, author of the book The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World

 

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Mike Carruthers:
A lot of parenting books and experts have kind of a one size fits all approach to parenting. However…

 

Katie Hurley:
I believe strongly that the most important thing about parenting is getting to know your individual child. I think that the problem is you don’t know what you’re dealing with until your child actually comes into your world and becomes a little person.
 


Katie Hurley

Being A Good Customer

October 19, 2015

 

Interview with Lynette Padwa, author of the book Say the Magic Words : How to Get What You Want from the People Who Have What You Need

 

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Mike Carruthers:
If you want to get good service at a restaurant, be a good customer.

 

Lynette Padwa:
If you go into a restaurant frequently - leave a decent tip (that's twenty-percent, even at breakfast) and when they come over to take your order, say hello, look them in the eye, treat them like a person.
 


Lynette Padwa

Why We Have Helicopter Parents - Part 2

September 22, 2015

 

Interview with Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of the book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

 

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Mike Carruthers:

Some parents as we all know are too involved with their kids and do everything for them.

 

Julie Lythcott-Haims:

Our job as parents is to put ourselves out of a job, Mike. We need to know our kids have got it. We don’t like to think about that inevitable day when we’re gone so we need to know that our kids have the skills.
 


Julie Lythcott-Haims

Why We Have Helicopter Parents

September 21, 2015

 

Interview with Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of the book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

 

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Mike Carruthers:
How many times have you heard about helicopter parents, over-parenting, kids who can’t do anything for themselves? Where did that all come from?

 

Julie Lythcott-Haims:
Stranger danger was born in the early 80tys, the self-esteem movement was born, and the playdate was born - if you think about all of these things entailed adults encroaching into domains that were previously the realm of children.
 


Julie Lythcott-Haims

When Kids Get Hurt

September 11, 2015

 

Interview with Judith Acosta, co-author of book Verbal First Aid: Help Your Kids Heal from Fear and Pain--and Come Out Strong

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Kids get hurt. And how parents react when their kids get hurt is more important than you might realize. For instance if a kid takes a bad fall…

 

Judith Acosta:
And the mother goes over to him and says, “My God, my God, my God are you OK? Oh my God, oh no look at all that blood!” How do you think the child is going to respond to that?

 


Judith Acosta

Changes In Parenting - Part 2

August 27, 2015

 

Interview with Dr. Shami Kang, author of the book The Self-Motivated Kid: How to Raise Happy, Healthy Children Who Know What They Want and Go After It (Without Being Told)

 

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Mike Carruthers:

Over-parenting is a real problem today. What is it?

 

Dr. Shimi Kang:

Overscheduling, over-instructing, over-protecting and its wreaking havoc on children’s motivation and also their mental health in terms of anxiety, depression, rising rates of addiction.
 


Dr. Shimi Kang

Changes In Parenting

August 26, 2015

 

Interview with Dr. Shami Kang, author of the book The Self-Motivated Kid: How to Raise Happy, Healthy Children Who Know What They Want and Go After It (Without Being Told)

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Never before have parents been so involved in their children’s day-to-day lives.

 

Dr. Shimi Kang:
Yet children have never been so ill with things like obesity, diabetes, anxiety, depression, addiction, plus - entitlement, narcissistic traits and all these things we’re seeing in our society.
 


Dr. Shimi Kang

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