Something You Should Know about Parenting

Your Child's Happiness

July 20, 2015


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




Mike Carruthers:
Parents have a lot to do with whether or not their children are happy.


Christine Carter, M.D.:
Often parents think they have one cheerful kid and one grumpy kid and that’s kind of the way it is. But actually we have a lot of great science now that shows that there are factors that parents can teach their kids that will lead to happiness in childhood and beyond.


Dr. Christine Carter

Performing Under Pressure - Part 2

July 7, 2015


Interview with Dr. Hendrie Weisinger, author of the book Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most




Mike Carruthers:
One way to perform better under pressure is the reframe the task as an opportunity rather than a pressure situation.


Dr. Hendrie Weisinger:
The key is to minimize the injurious affects that pressure has - it downgrades our thinking, our judgement it even bends our ethics.

Dr. Hendrie Weisinger

Performing Under Pressure

July 6, 2015


Interview with Dr. Hendrie Weisinger, author of the book Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most




Mike Carruthers:
Performing under pressure why is it so hard to do well when so much is at stake? It all has to do with the uncertainty of the outcome.


Dr. Hendrie Weisinger:
And that uncertainty translates into anxiety. And anxiety makes everybody do worse in a performance situation.

Dr. Hendrie Weisinger

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

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