Ep. 48 Interview with Richard Rende, Ph.D., co-author of Raising Can-Do Kids: Giving Children the Tools to Thrive in a Fast-Changing World

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Richard Rende, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist, researcher and educator is the featured guest this week. In our conversation, we talk about his new book Raising Can-Do Kids: Giving Children the Tools to Thrive in a Fast-Changing World.

We also talk about how much structure is too much for kids and about the advantages of a child with street smarts. We also discuss how lessons for entrepreneurs can be excellent lessons for kids too.

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Ep. 47 Interview with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and author of The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World

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Amy McCready, the founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and the author of The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World, is the featured guest this week.

Amy is a frequent guest on the TODAY Show. She has also appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and many other stations. But now she is on the ParentNormal Comedy Podcast to talk about how to know if your child is too entitled and what you can do about it. We also talk about positive parenting techniques, even when it comes to discipline.

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Ep. 46 Interview with Leslie Patricelli, popular children’s author and illustrator of Potty, Yummy Yucky and more

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Leslie Patricelli, children’s author and illustrator of popular books such as Potty, Yummy Yucky, No No Yes Yes, Huggy Kissy and Big Little, is my guest this week. At the repeated request of my kids, I’ve read her books again and again and again – often in the same night.

In our conversation, we talk about how she got her start writing children’s books, how she’s able to get so much story out of so few words in her books and what advice she has for anyone who wants to write children’s books.

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Ep. 45 Interview with Cool Mom Picks and Spawned Podcast creators Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner

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Two very cool moms are on the show this week – Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner of Cool Mom Picks. Since their Cool Mom Picks website was launched in 2006, it has grown into one of the best gear, style and design sites on the web for parents. Parents Magazine even called their site “The online arbiter of cool for the swingset crowd.”

Kristen and Liz also host their own podcast called Spawned, which I definitely recommend. They are both really entertaining and enjoyable to listen to, which you’ll hear in this episode.

In our conversation, we talk about how Cool Mom Picks started, why it’s important for parents to share lessons and ideas with each other and some of the favorite things Kristen and Liz have reviewed on their site. They’ll even offer advice for anyone thinking about starting their own website.

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Ep. 44 Parenting Fails Vol. V – featuring Jeannie Gaffigan, Mary Elizabeth Williams, Mike Spohr, Christopher Monks and Sarah Maizes

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This week we’re wrapping up our summer series of parenting fails. I hope it’s been helpful for you to hear other parents share their fails, not only because the stories are often entertaining, but because I think it’s helpful to hear that no parent is perfect.

No matter how hard we try or how much we love our kids, parenting fails are inevitable. The best thing we can do for our kids is just say sorry and try not to make the same mistakes again. Parenting is stressful enough without beating yourself up for past mistakes.

Parents featured in this episode include:

Mary Elizabeth Williams from Episode 35. Mary Elizabeth is the author of A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science and Cancer.

Mike Spohr from Episode 36. Mike is the editor of BuzzFeed Parents.

Christopher Monks from Episode 37. Chris is the editor of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

Jeannie Gaffigan from Episode 38. Jeannie is comedian Jim Gaffigan’s writing partner. She also happens to be his wife and co-writer on the Jim Gaffigan Show, which I highly recommend if you haven’t seen it yet.

Sarah Maizes from Episode 41. Sarah is the author of Got Milf?: The Modern Mom’s Guide to Feeling Fabulous, Looking Great, and Rocking A Minivan.

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