Something You Should Know about Parenting

Disciplining Children

June 18, 2015


Interview with Kim John Payne, author of the book The




Mike Carruthers:
Every parent knows that disciplining children is difficult.


Kim John Payne:
…and what makes it easier to do is to actually understand that they’re not being deliberately disobedient. Kids don’t wake up in the morning and think hmm I wonder how I can be disobedient today they do it because they need us.


Kim John Payne

Sibling Conflict

June 8, 2015


Interview with Po Bronson, author of the book NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children




Mike Carruthers:
Parents are often concerned about how their children get along with each other. So here’s a statistic you might find interesting…


Po Bronson:
From the ages of 3 to 10, on average, siblings will  - for every hour they spend together - they will get into arguments 3 and a half times per hour. It will add up to 10 minutes of every hour spent arguing.



Po Bronson

Teens Who Don't Grow Up

June 5, 2015


Interview with Joseph Allen, co-author of the book Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old




Mike Carruthers:
Many of our teenagers have a problem and here it is...


Joseph Allen:
We are seeing more and more parents who are running flat out trying to provide everything they can for their teens - from lessons to summer camps to electronic gadgets. And yet in spite of all of this nurturance they find that there teens are still just remarkably helpless and dependent even in the face of simple everyday tasks.


The Elements Of A Happy Family

 May 6, 2015

Interview with David Niven, author of 100 Simple Secrets of Happy Families: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use It (100 Simple Secrets Series)




Mike Carruthers:
Do you have a happy family? Interestingly,  a lot of research has been done on what makes a family happy.


David Niven:
Happier families are people who can count on each other and that can be as little as showing up on time.

David Niven


Easier Parenting

April 27, 2015


Interview with Susan Stiffelman, author of the book Parenting with Presence: Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids (An Eckhart Tolle Edition)




Mike Carruthers:
Parenting requires us to get our kids to do what we want. But how we do that can make a big difference.


Susan Stiffelman:
Well the first thing I tell parents is there are 4 words not to begin a request with. And those 4 words are I need you to.


Susan Stiffelman

Kids & Money

February 17, 2015


Interview with Ron Lieber, author of the book The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money




Mike Carruthers:
Teaching kids to be responsible with money is important but where do you start?


Ron Lieber:
Well I think one of the foundational tools to help begin to have money conversations with kids is to give them an allowance.

Ron Lieber

Making Parenting Easier

February 3, 2015


Interview with Anthony Wolf, PhD author of the book The Secret of Parenting: How to Be in Charge of Today's Kids--from Toddlers to Preteens--Without Threats or Punishment




Mike Carruthers:
There is something parents don’t often understand about their own children’s behavior.


Anthony Wolf, PhD:
Behavior at home is not necessarily the same at all as behavior out there in the world and I talk about the baby self which parents get at home and the mature self which the rest of the world usually gets.


Anthony Wolf, PhD

Why You Can't Change Other People

January 30, 2015


Interview with Steven Reiss PhD, author of the book Who am I? The 16 Basic Desires that Motivate Our Actions and Define Our Personalities




Mike Carruthers:
In many of our relationships we make a fundamental mistake.


Steven Reiss PhD:
We waste an enormous amount of time trying to change people who don't want to be changed.

Steven Reiss, PhD

Family Dinner Together

January 27, 2015


Interview with Anne Fishel, author of the book Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids




Mike Carruthers:
In the last few years there’s been a lot of talk and research about the importance of families eating dinner together. And that research is pretty astounding.


Anne Fishel:
It turns out that dinner conversation for young children boosts vocabulary even more than reading aloud to them.


Anne Fishel

Exercise & Pain

January 7, 2015


Interview with Dr. Steven J. Barrer, author of the book Exercise Will Hurt You




Mike Carruthers:
Exercise is a big New Year’s resolution topic but there’s a problem with exercise we don’t discuss much; injury.


Dr. Steven J. Barrer:
I don’t personally know anybody who exercises routinely or participates in sports or both who hasn’t been injured – it’s just inevitable.

Dr. Steven Barrer

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