Something You Should Know about Parenting

You & Your Siblings

May 13, 2016


Interview with Jeffrey Kluger, author of the book The Sibling Effect: What the Bonds Among Brothers and Sisters Reveal About Us




Mike Carruthers:
Your relationships with your siblings may be more meaningful than you realize.


Jeffrey Kluger:
Your siblings are the ones that are with you, the only relationship you have that will be with you from birth to death, your parents leave too early, your spouse and your kids come along later.

Jeffrey Kluger

Kids, School & Learning Disabilities

April 20, 2016


Interview with Cathy Davidson, author of the book Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn




Mike Carruthers:
Children are diagnosed with learning disabilities a lot more today than a generation or two ago. Why?


Cathy Davidson:
Schools have gotten narrower and narrower - the curriculum of what counts as education is far narrower than it was even 30 years ago.

Cathy Davidson

Why Boys Are Underachieving

March 30, 2016


Interview with Leonard Sax, author of the book Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men




Mike Carruthers:
We have a big problem boys are losing the will and desire will achieve. Today 80% of students graduating with honors are girls.


Leonard Sax:
Men now regard working hard to get straight “A’s” as something that girls do. Academic achievement has become un-masculine.

Leonard Sax

Are We Being Too Safe? - Part 2

March 15, 2106


Interview with Tracey Brown, author of the book Playing By The Rules




Mike Carruthers:

We have a lot of safety rules in our culture and it’s hard to argue with safety.


Tracey Brown:
Because you know how that feels like if someone says to you well it’s for safety. You feel like that puts you under the spotlight, well who am I to say it’s not?

Tracey Brown

Are We Being Too Safe?

March 14, 2106


Interview with Tracey Brown, author of the book Playing By The Rules




Mike Carruthers:
Safety first we have a lot more safety awareness today than ever before – maybe too much.


Tracey Brown:
It just seems that when something has got a safety or a security label on it people stop asking questions. They stop asking is this actually doing anything to make us safer.

Tracey Brown

Kids & Activities

March 11, 2016


Interview with Bryan Caplan, author of the book Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think




Mike Carruthers:
With the best of intentions we parents push our kids to try new activities but some pretty solid research that shows that twins who are brought up in very different families still turn out about the same as each other.


Bryan Caplan:
As parents this means that you can responsibly do things with your kids that are more fun and avoid a lot of things that aren’t so much fun. Because in the long run it’s not going to matter and in the short run why not do what you enjoy rather than playing the bad guy.

Bryan Caplan

The Rat Race

February 19, 2016


Interview with Todd Buchholz, author of the book Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race




Mike Carruthers:
Getting out of the rat race, slowing down, reducing stress it’s a goal for many but it may not be all it’s cracked up to be.


Todd Buchholz:
In fact challenges and new endeavors are what our bodies and our brains needs in order to feel that rush of dopamine, in order to feel alive.

Todd Buchholz

How We Are Getting Dumber

February 11, 2016


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




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




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




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

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