Something You Should Know about Parenting


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)

 

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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)

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

TheFamilyDinnerProject.org

 

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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

 

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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

Collectible Toys From The Past

December 24, 2014

 

Interview with Terry Kovel, co-author of the book Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2015: America's Most Authoritative Antiques Annual!

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Around the holidays we often think of the toys of our childhood. If we’d only kept them, like…


Terry Kovel:

Mr. Potato Head, an early Mr. Potato Head with a pipe, would be worth in the hundreds of dollars.

 


Terry Kovel

When It's Hard To Go Home For The Holidays

December 22, 2014

 

Interview with Dr. Thomas Habib, author of the book If These Walls Could Talk: A Therapist Reveals Stories of Change and How They will Work for You

 

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Mike Carruthers:
 Many adult children just love to visit their parents for the holidays. But many adult children just hate it.

 

Dr. Thomas Habib:
The reason is that the parents haven’t changed their relationship from a parenting-based relationship to a friendship-based relationship.

 


Dr. Thomas Habib

Classic Christmas Toys

December 19, 2014

 

Interview with David Hoffman, author of the book Kid Stuff: Great Toys from Our Childhood

 

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Mike Carruthers: 
So many of the classic toys never started out as toys. 

 

David Hoffman:
Lionel Trains were actually, the guy who came up with the concept of a play train did it as a store display, in a toy shop, to show off other toys.
 


David Hoffman

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