Topic: Make sleeping, eating, dressing, etc easier and bond with your child. Issues: Your child’s—and your—dominant sense and sensory personality; sensory overload, from age 0-5; how and why your child’s sensory personality shapes his or her reactions to new experiences and people; help your child thrive in the outside world. Listen here…
Topic: Compassionate strategies when you and your grown child don’t get along. Issues: What happens when people can't be the parents they wanted to be; mourning the loss of a relationship with a child; maintaining self-esteem through difficult times; rebuilding relationships or learning to accept what can’t be changed. Listen here: http://www.mrdad.com/militaryfather/2012/02/brain-fitness-to-prevent-alzheimers-when-you-and-adult-child-dont-get-along-relationships-after-kids-have-moved-out/
Topic: What to expect when adult child gets divorced. Issues: Understanding your role in helping your adult child and grandchildren cope with divorce; adjusting to your role as grandparent when your adult child remarries; constructing healthy boundaries to avoid becoming consumed with your child’s problems. Listen here: http://www.mrdad.com/militaryfather/2012/03/beating-asthma-when-adult-children-get-divorced-understanding-and-overcoming-infertility/
Guest 1: Samantha Feuss, adoptive mother of two. Topic: When adoption doesn’t work out. Issues: The risks of international adoptions; what agencies don’t tell you about your adopted child’s background, age, and more; worries about being judged if an adoption goes bad; finding support from other parents and social workers who understand what it’s like.
Amber Ankowski and Andy Ankowski, co-authors of Think Like a Baby. Topic: Learn to better understand your child’s developing mind. Issues: Setting up simple research experiements to do with your baby; fun ways to get insight into what’s happening inside your child’s skull; the importance of talking to your baby; playing with reflexes; how music affects a child–before he or she is even born; many more experiments.
Leon Scott Baxter, author of Secrets of Safety-Net Parenting. Topic: Raising happy and successful children. Issues: The importance of letting our children fail—and learn from the experience; helping children find their passions and strengths; the difference between nudging a child in a particular direction and pushing; why you’re not your child’s friend—and shouldn’t try to be.
Topic: Creating a new family system of choosing, earning, and ownership. Issues: Teaching children to work for what they want; spur enthusiasm about responsibility in unmotivated children; cultivate values of discipline, integrity, and self-reliance; foster smart, economically savvy children. Listen here: http://www.mrdad.com/militaryfather/2012/03/choosing-ownership-over-entitlement-the-hard-road-to-adulthood-stop-bullying-before-your-child-gets-hurt/