Something You Should Know about Parenting

Breathing Problems In Kids

July 12, 2016


Interview with Nina Shapiro, M.D., author of the book Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child




Mike Carruthers:
Breathing problems in children are common but one of the things that concerns parents the most is snoring.


Dr. Nina Shapiro:
A little bit of snoring is normal most kids do have some snoring at night that comes and goes and certainly if they’re sick it becomes a little bit worse.

Dr. Nina Shapiro

How Your Diet Affects Your Grandchildren

May 31, 2016


Interview with Gray Graham, author of the book Pottenger's Prophecy: How Food Resets Genes for Wellness or Illness




Mike Carruthers:
Eating a lousy diet can create health problems, not only for you, but for your children and grandchildren.


Gray Graham:
When you hold an improper diet constant, every generation is sicker than the generation before it.

Gray Graham

Power Of Empathy

May 27, 2016


Interview with Dr. Daniel Siegel, author of the book The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive




Mike Carruthers:
Whenever you’re in the situation where someone else is upset and you need to calm them down, about the last thing you should say to them is to calm down.


Dr. Daniel Siegel:
I think the intention of calm down makes a lot of sense but the action to achieve it is often misplaced. In other words  if you say, “CALM DOWN, CALM DOWN, CALM DOWN” – that usually doesn’t get people to calm down.

Daniel Siegel, M.D.

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

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