Something You Should Know about Parenting


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

Giving Back

December 8, 2014

 

Interview with Clea Newman, Serious Fun Children's Network

www.seriousfunnetwork.org

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Many families have a holiday tradition of giving back this time or year - whether it’s giving money or volunteering.

 

Clea Newman:
I think that giving back makes you feel whole. And I’m very blessed that my family made it a tradition.
 


Clea Newman

Does Money Make You Happy?

November 18, 2014

 

Interview with Dr. Paul Coleman, author of the book Finding Peace When Your Heart Is In Pieces: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Other Side of Grief, Loss, and Pain

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Is money the thing that will make you happy? Hmmm - probably not.

 

Dr. Paul Coleman:
If you have up to about 75 thousand dollars income you’re probably pretty satisfied but it doesn’t necessarily make you deeply happy.
 


Paul Coleman PsyD

How Kids Learn Best

October 30, 2014

 

Interview with Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, author of the book Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less

 

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Mike Carruthers:
There's an emphasis today to push our children to learn more, faster. But that's not really how kids learn. 

 

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek :
Children learn through play and discovery they learn by picking up a block turning the block, feeling the block sometimes mouthing the block. That's how they learn that it's a solid.
 


Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

The Concern About Boys

October 15, 2014

 

Interview with Rosalind Wiseman, author of the book Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World

 

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Mike Carruthers:
If you’re the parent of a boy you should be concerned.

 

Rosalind Wiseman:
I mean their suicide rates are really high, higher compared to girls, they’re dropping out of school at larger rates, they’re not going into college the way that girls are. They’re dropping out of wanting to engage in the world and making it a better place.
 


Rosalind Wiseman

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