Taking the Leap - Even (especially) if it Means Reinvention

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Having reinvented myself professionally several times, I related to this new book. Take the Leap: Change Your Career, Change Your LIFE, by Sara Bliss. I never thought of it as reinventing, but adjusting, adapting, dealing…. This book is filled with inspirational stories but also validation for choices and adventures you have chosen or want to choose.

Sarah Cody and I interviewed Sara Bliss on our podcast, Parenting Beyond the Headlines. Listen to this show. And, if you like what you hear, please subscribe and recommend it to a friend.

Raising Men These Days

In this Time article, How to Raise a Sweet Son in an Era of Angry Men, Faith Salie takes a look at raising boys into men. She talks candidly about anger and image. What is the messaging we are giving our boys and how can we navigate this complicated messaging that is so prevalent in our society? As a parent of two wonderful sons, it gave me pause.

Sarah Cody and I were excited to talk with Anthony Rao, nationally known expert in child psychology and author of The Way of Boys: Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Young Boys and The Power of Agency: The Seven Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions and Create a Life on Your Own Terms (coming in March). Please listen - and if you like what you here, subscribe to our podcast.

Watching Television (and oh so much more) with Your Kids

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We’ve seen several shows recently come up that are geared toward kids, but parents worry that they might be inappropriate. 13 Reasons Why, in its second season, Stranger Things, and Insatiable are all geared toward adolescents but also have some mature themes and images. I’ve noticed personally that my kids are watching types of show I never had exposure to at their age - and they seem much more engaged.

On top of the content - our kids can access shows on so many more platforms than ever before - some with censorship, some without. It goes beyond what we let them watch - it’s what they find (recommended by the platform, what comes up in a search, or maybe what’s forwarded by a friend). We need to help them understand what they may come upon when we can’t be with them.

So, how much should we pay attention to ratings and what should we be watching with our kids? And how do we talk about the things we do watch? When we stumble on a term or scene they don’t understand - should you gloss over it or take this as an opportunity for a “teachable moment”? Sarah Cody and I had the pleasure of talking with Caroline Knorr, Senior Parenting Editor of Common Sense Media to get some answers and suggestions. Please listen to our latest episode of Parenting Beyond the Headlines. Let us know what you think of the show and if you have any ideas for future topics.

Guiding Your Children with Lighthouse Parenting

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We’ve seen the introduction of a law to allow Free-Range parenting and we’ve seen parents accused of Helicopter parenting. And while we may find ourselves leaning one way or the other, many of us are just looking for that right balance. Rather than fall victim to labelling our parenting styles and habits, we should remind ourselves that it’s in our best interest and in our children’s best interest to keep the big picture in mind. What is the research on parenting practices?

Sarah Cody and I had the pleasure of talking with Ken Ginsburg, author of five award-winning parenting books, an Adolescent Health Specialist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Co-founder and Director of Programs of Center for Parent and Teen Communication about what he calls Lighthouse Parenting. He has looked at the research on parenting practices and distilled some very clear recommendations.

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