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22 minutes | 6 days ago
How to make change in your life – for good
Why is change so hard? Whether it’s exercising more, eating healthier, saving more money, or making a big career move, often our most well-intentioned efforts to achieve our goals fall flat. But it doesn’t have to be this way. First, we need to recognize that change is not one-size-fits. Then, tailor our strategy and behaviors to get to where we want to be. That’s according to Katy Milkman, a behavioral scientist and professor at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and host of Charles Schwab’s Choiceology podcast. Katy joins us to talk about her new book, How to Change: The Science of Getting From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. We discuss the common forces that hold us back from achieving our goals (like laziness, procrastination, and lack of confidence) and the science-backed – and fun! – tricks and tips to overcome them. Katy shares simple strategies to get your head in the game and finally make the changes you want in life – for good. Listen to this episode to learn: -How an experiment with Google employees led to the surprising discovery that building too much rigidity into our routines is the enemy of good habits (flexibility is key!) -How to use “temptation bundling” to coax yourself into making change feel easier -Ideas for building specific cues and triggers into your day to help you overcome the “flake out” problem -The power of the “fresh start effect” and how to harness it to make positive change -Techniques for turning laziness and procrastination into assets that will help you meet your goals -Why giving solicited advice, rather than receiving it, can be the ultimate confidence booster -How a post-Covid world presents a rare collective opportunity to change for the better For more information, visit https://www.katymilkman.com/
22 minutes | 25 days ago
Kids today face a ton of challenges. A global pandemic. Skyrocketing rates of depression and anxiety. Extraordinary pressure to excel at school and in sports. The list goes on and on. It’s why internationally-renowned educational psychologist Dr. Michele Borba says she’s never been more concerned about this generation of kids. She’s also never been more optimistic. That’s because the skills kids need to be resilient aren’t locked into their DNA; they can be taught by parents and educators. Best of all, kids are never too old, or too young, to learn how. That’s what Dr. Borba’s newest book, Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, is all about. She’s back with us to explain exactly what a “thriver” is: what special skills do they possess, and what makes them so resilient? Dr. Borba shares simple, practical, science-backed ways parents and educators can teach these skills to children of all ages today – so that they can handle the challenges of tomorrow. Listen to this episode to learn: -Seven character strengths you can teach kids to help them thrive in any situation -How strengths like perseverance, curiosity, and optimism increase a child’s resilience, strengthen their mental health, and boost their academic performance (particularly important as they re-enter the classroom) -Ideas for encouraging kids to find their go-to hobby (sorry, social media and video games don’t count!) -Why a child’s self-confidence is the crucial building block to resiliency -Easy activities you can do with children at any age to increase their emotional intelligence and build their empathy muscle -What girls versus boys need in order to thrive, and why we need to “talk feelings” more often with boys -Why it’s always better to celebrate progress rather than getting the A (the importance of teaching a growth mindset) For more information, visit https://www.micheleborba.com/.
19 minutes | a month ago
Wiley’s Chief People Officer: Speaking up for change in the new hybrid workplace
The pandemic has exposed what’s most important for us to be happy, productive, and successful – at home and at work. It has also revealed how blurry the lines are between the two, and how important it is for workers to advocate for change. As we start to return to the office, even for just a few days a week, most companies (98% of them according to new Care.com research) plan to introduce new policies and benefits structured around what employees need most to be successful now and in the hybrid workplace soon to come. Danielle McMahan is at the forefront of this transformation. As Chief People Officer at Wiley, a global leader in research and education, she and her team are on a mission to make employee benefits more relevant, accessible, tech-enabled, and family-friendly. Danielle joins us to talk about the future of benefits, how employees can make their voices and ideas heard in the new home/office work environment, and why HR leaders must listen to and learn from them to change the future of work. Listen to this episode to learn: -The must-have benefits HR leaders say employees need (including care, expanded mental health and wellness support, and flexibility on when and where work gets done) -Tools, policies, and processes to help combat workplace burnout and stress -What employers can do to support women in the workforce and promote them into senior leadership roles -Why companies that ignore diversity, equality, and inclusion risk attracting and retaining “highly mission driven and values-based” Millennial and Gen Z workers -Why HR leaders need to build “consumer-centric” workplace experiences for employees that mirror the experiences they have in their personal lives -Advice for employees and HR leaders alike on how to speak up, listen and learn from one another, and create organizational change
16 minutes | 2 months ago
A family caregiver's story
There are more than 50 million unpaid family caregivers in America. Too often, their work – and the physical, emotional, and financial toll it takes – goes unseen and unheard. At 42 years old, Kate Washington never expected to be one of them. But when her husband was diagnosed with a rare form of T-cell lymphoma, she became his primary caregiver. A journalist and writer by trade, Kate wrote about her emotional journey as a caregiver, wife, and mother of two young girls in a revealing new book, Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America. Kate joins us to share her story and give advice to the millions of people who are in the shadows caring for a spouse, parent, or adult loved one while also doing the best they can to care for their families and themselves. Listen to this episode to learn: -Where family caregivers can find outlets to cope with burnout and feelings of worry, stress, exhaustion, anger, and anxiety -The importance of therapy, support groups, and relying on the help of friends and loved ones -How a caregiver’s life and identity can too easily become erased, and tips to regain your sense of self -Advice for parents who are starting their own family caregiving journey -Why national policies like paid family and medical leave and tax credits are critical to giving family caregivers the help and support they need For more information, visit https://www.kawashington.com/ and read Kate’s New York Times Op-Ed, 50 Million Americans Are Unpaid Caregivers. We Need Help
23 minutes | 2 months ago
Understanding (and combatting) burnout
Millions of us aren’t just working from home; we’re living at work. Our work days have increased by an average of 48 minutes since the start of the pandemic. Women are taking on more work at home. Many of us, especially Millennials, are feeling unfulfilled and isolated at our jobs. The result: burnout. But burnout was a problem well before COVID-19 hit. In 2019, the World Health Organization classified burnout as an “occupational phenomenon.” The pandemic has “put a match to a workforce in drought,” says Jennifer Moss. She’s an expert on burnout and workplace well-being, an award-winning journalist, speaker, columnist, and author of Unlocking Happiness at Work and the forthcoming book, The Burnout Epidemic. Jennifer discusses the six root causes of our workplace burnout epidemic – all organizational problems that require organizational solutions. She also shares eye-opening findings from a new global study on burnout during the pandemic, and why empathy, psychological safety, and honest conversations at work are an antidote to our burnout crisis. Listen to this episode to learn: -Advice on how organizations can start small to create big, systemic change that can combat workplace burnout -Why “self-care” and wellness apps are great for employee well-being, but they aren’t sufficient burnout prevention strategies -Industries and professions that are particularly susceptible to worker burnout (including health care and technology) -Differences in how people are affected by burnout according to gender, race, and age -How compassion fatigue, empathy fatigue, and perfectionism can lead to burnout For more information, visit https://www.jennifer-moss.com/ and read Jennifer’s article, Beyond Burned Out, in Harvard Business Review.
18 minutes | 3 months ago
Evaluating your relationship with alcohol
Stress has been shown to contribute to increased alcohol use among drinkers. And right now, we’re all stressed – especially women, who are dealing with online school, child care, career concerns, and financial worries, just to name a few. But, are Americans really drinking more during the pandemic? The answer isn’t so clear. What is clear is that alcohol use has been increasing over the years for women but not for men. And, when we use alcohol as a way to cope with stress, it negatively affects our mental and physical health, our relationships, and our overall wellbeing. Dr. Aaron White is the Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He’s a biological psychologist who has studied the effects of alcohol and other drugs on the brain for 25 years. Dr. White shares tips to make it easier to deal with or reduce the motivation to drink as a way to cope with life during a pandemic. He also discusses trends in Americans’ alcohol use over the last century, the impacts of alcohol on our health, and the benefits of cutting back – even if it’s just for one “Dry January” out of the year. Listen to this episode to learn: -Why the gap between men’s and women’s alcohol use is shrinking, and reasons why women are drinking more -What science says about the long- and short-term effects of alcohol on our mood and mental health -Why there’s no one “healthier” alcohol than another (sorry, red wine, you’re not better for me than a margarita) -Tips to examine your relationship with alcohol and decide if you want to cut back or take a break from drinking -Trends in adolescents’ alcohol use and the connection to mental health issues -Why it’s never too early to model responsible behavior and talk to your kids about alcohol, no matter their age -Resources to take a closer look at your relationship with alcohol (check out the NIAAA Rethinking Drinking website and the Treatment Navigator) For more information, visit https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/
21 minutes | 3 months ago
We need a parent movement
Why is child care not considered a common good, like our public schools, fire departments, and roadways? If we did, we’d support millions of American families and offer them the relief they so desperately need. So, what’s stopping us from banding together to create an interest group like the AARP for parents? These are just some of the questions posed by Elliot Hapsel, an early childhood and K-12 education policy expert, a father of two, and author of Crawling Behind: America’s Childcare Crisis and How to Fix It. “We treat the early childhood years very differently than we treat the middle childhood and adolescent years, and that’s what animates the child care crisis,” he says. Elliot joins us to talk about child care in America and how the pandemic has dealt “a hammer blow to family stability,” squeezed already-strained child care providers, disrupted early childhood education, and pushed millions of women out of the labor force. Brighter days ahead are possible...if we make it happen. Because when parents get involved, organize, and take action, we have a real shot at fixing our broken care system. Listen to this episode to learn: -Why finding and affording quality child care is so difficult – and was that way before the pandemic -change The role government, business, and parents can play in fixing our child care crisis -Why safety isn't necessarily the issue in reopening public schools, staffing is -How a “lost school year” affects students over the long-term, and how to approach your school district about providing mental health support and learning recovery programs -Why companies can’t solve the child care crisis on their own, but they can offer more flexible child care options to employees and help change the system for the greater good -Why the bipartisan idea of paying parents directly could help solve the child care crisis -was Resources for parents to advocate for change (check out ChildCareRelief.org to get involved) For more information, visit https://elliothaspel.com/.
21 minutes | 3 months ago
Child care plans, disrupted
Haley Swenson has seen up close just how severely families are struggling to find and afford child care, even in the best of times. As Deputy Director of the Better Life Lab at New America, she directs research projects and writes on issues related to gender equality, caregiving, paid family leave, and the future of work. The pandemic has disrupted parents’ best laid plans for child care (already a patchwork of contingency plans before the virus), forcing them to make constant shifts, difficult decisions, and trade-offs around work, care, and life. Many, mostly women, are pulling back or stepping away from their jobs just to make things work. Haley is with us to talk about the financial strain and stress that America’s child care crisis is putting on families, child care providers, and employers. She also discusses policy solutions that would help fix our broken child care system, and how parents, private industry, and government can intervene and band together to create systemic change. Listen to this episode to learn: -What businesses, government, and policy makers can do to make child care more accessible and affordable to American families – immediately and in the future -The pandemic’s impact on child care providers, and what’s at stake without additional direct financial support -Legislation and policies that would offer immediate relief to families and the economy, including extra paid family leave from employers, flexibility, and choice in care options -The stigma, conflict, and economic anxiety men face as caregivers, and what we can do to change it -How to get involved in changing child care policies at your workplace, in your community, and across the country -Resources to make the division of labor and caregiving at home more equitable (check out Better Life Lab Experiments to participate) For more information, visit https://www.newamerica.org/better-life-lab/.
24 minutes | 4 months ago
Ending Mad Men-era stigmas about working dads
In 2013, after the birth of his daughter, Josh Levs believed his employer had an unfair parental leave policy for fathers like him. So, he filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against his employer, Time Warner, CNN’s parent company, arguing against the existing policy. At the time, Josh worked as a CNN journalist, broadcaster, and fact checker. His legal action succeeded, forcing the company to change its paid parental leave policy while creating change outside the company, too. Seeing men as caregivers, Josh says, is ultimately a women’s rights issue: “Women will never have equal opportunities in the workplace until men can be treated as equal caregivers.” Today, Josh is a diversity and inclusion consultant and author of the book, All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses – and How We Can Fix It. The U.N. named him a Global Gender Champion, and The Financial Times named him one of the top 10 male feminists. Josh joins us to share his story as a father and “dadvocate.” He explains how both men and women must work to break toxic stereotypes about fathers and caregiving, and why changing laws, policies, and stigmas are the only way we’ll create gender equality. Listen to this episode to learn: -Why backward thinking about gender is the reason why the United States doesn’t have a national paid family leave policy (the only industrialized nation in the world not to) -The misconceptions about fathers that we’ve been told and sold (dads are not lazy!), why we still believe in them, and how to bust antiquated myths about gender roles -Actions business leaders can take to create dad-friendly work cultures where men no longer fear punishment, retribution, or shame for putting their family first -How the gender wage gap holds us all back, culturally and economically, and perpetuates slanted views on gender -Why normalizing images of men as caregivers in the media and in advertising can help shift our mindset -Ideas for creating change from within your company – and at the state and federal level – and advocate for gender-neutral paid family leave For more information, visit https://joshlevs.com
21 minutes | 5 months ago
How 2020 changed life for working mothers
Child care has always been a major issue for working parents. But this year, work/life got much harder. Many families faced a tough decision: who keeps working and stops working to care for the kids? In most cases, it’s moms who sacrificed their careers; 2.2 million women were forced out of the workforce as a result of the pandemic, and 1.6 million of them are mothers. For those mothers who are working, many feel guilty, burnt out, and isolated. Blessing Adesiyan knows and has spoken with them. She is a mother of three and the founder and CEO of Mother Honestly, a global community for women that’s on a mission to reimagine how to thrive in motherhood, work, and life. Blessing joins the podcast to share lessons and stories from the community about how women have been impacted, and set back, at home and at work this year. And, she highlights steps employers are taking to better support working parents through this year of uncertainty...and beyond. Listen to this episode to learn: -The impact of America’s care crisis, exposed and exacerbated by the pandemic, on working families (women especially) and their employers -The disconnect between what working parents need and what employers think they need – and why conversations are critical to finding solutions that work -Positive ways in which caregiving is starting to become normalized – not stigmatized – in the workplace -Ways some employers are helping working parent employees during the pandemic and beyond, including tutoring, learning pods, extra paid leave, flexible work, and backup child care -Advice on how to advocate for support from your employer (without feeling like you’re going to get penalized for speaking up) For more information, visit https://motherhonestly.com/.
21 minutes | 5 months ago
Finding mindfulness and meaning in a year of burnout
This year, our mental health has been dealt a crushing blow. A third of Americans, many of whom are working parents, are showing signs of clinical depression or anxiety. Alcohol consumption and substance abuse are on the rise – especially among mothers. We’ve stressed, self-doubted, and simply forgotten to take care of #1. Lisa Abramson is here to help. She’s an executive coach, mother of two, author, and leading authority on mindfulness who’s taught programs at Google, Cisco, Microsoft, PwC, Uber, and many others. Called an “inspiration” by Oprah, Lisa’s mindfulness meditations have been streamed online over 1 million times around the world. She shares advice on how you can start to take better care of yourself – mentally and physically – with tips and ideas you can put into practice right away to achieve a calmer, more mindful and resilient you. Discover self-compassion, silence your inner critic, and say goodbye to burnout – no matter what work/life has in store. Listen to this episode to learn: -Advice on making the time and space to focus on YOU; even a few deep breaths or 5 minutes a day of mindfulness works wonders -The benefits of a daily dance party (FloRida optional!) -Tips for starting, and sticking with, a daily mindfulness meditation practice -The benefits of cutting back – or stopping – drinking alcohol, and how to focus on what you want to gain, not on what you’re losing, when you chose to stop drinking -How creating new family rituals can build more intention (and fun!) into into your days -The difference between the pressure to succeed and ambition -The power of asking one simple question: “What do you want?” -Lisa’s personal story of living through postpartum psychosis, and what she learned from her experience For more information, visit www.lisaabramson.com.
20 minutes | 6 months ago
Supporting your differently wired student
School always presents certain challenges for students who learn and think differently (kids with ADHD, dyslexia, giftedness, autism, anxiety, or other neuro-differences). But the Covid-19 pandemic has created even greater obstacles for these children – social isolation, academic and emotional regression, difficulty focusing and learning on a screen all day – as well as for the parents who are raising them. Debbie Reber is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, and the founder of TiLT Parenting, a resource for parents who are raising differently wired children. She joins us to share ideas on how you can best prioritize and plan in the pandemic-era school landscape. She also offers advice on how to support your differently wired child’s cognitive, social, and emotional needs during this atypical time, while also taking care of your own emotional health and well-being. Listen to this episode to learn: -How to use Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as a framework to think about what differently wired children need throughout the pandemic -Warning signs that your differently wired child is struggling emotionally, academically, and socially, and advice on how to address these challenges -Why it’s okay to “lower the bar” and reset expectations of what academic success looks like this year -The importance of communicating with teachers and advocating for changes (if needed) to special education plans, including IEPs and 504 plans -Ways to help your child find academic motivation -Ideas on how to carve out more time and space for yourself, as well as for your kids
22 minutes | 6 months ago
The pandemic’s impact on working moms
With kids at home, careers to maintain, and households to run, working mothers are running on empty. Something’s gotta give. Unfortunately, it’s often their job. Today, womens’ participation in the U.S. labor force is the lowest it's been in decades. They’re pulling back on their careers – or dropping out of the workforce entirely – because they simply can’t do it all. The situation is especially dire for women in senior leadership positions and Black women. Marianne Cooper, Ph.D., is a sociologist at Stanford University where she researches issues related to gender, women’s leadership, diversity and inclusion, financial insecurity, and economic inequality. She was the lead researcher for Sheryl Sandberg’s best-selling book, Lean In, and is an author of the Women in the Workplace reports by McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.org. Marianne joins us to share major findings from this year’s eye-opening report, which reveals just how stark the Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare the inequalities and insecurities women have faced in the workplace for years. She also discusses what we must do to keep women in the workforce – enabling them, their families, their employers, and the economy to thrive in the process. Listen to this episode to learn: -The tension (and burnout) working moms feel between being the “ideal worker” and the “good mother” -Why women suffer the “mom penalty” and worry they’ll be stigmatized at work (so they hide child care responsibilities from co-workers and managers) -Why one in four women are considering “downshifting” their careers or leaving the workforce due to Covid-19 -How the increase in remote work has created greater bias against working mothers -Why we must show up for Black women – and what employers can do to better support them -What business, society, and the economy risks losing if we don’t act with urgency and empathy to support working families -Actions employers can take to keep women in the workforce, including better family care benefits, rethinking performance reviews, and greater flexibility For more information, visit https://www.mariannecooper.com/
23 minutes | 7 months ago
Talking to kids about politics and the election
If you think politics is stressful and confusing for adults, imagine how kids feel. (Yes, they are paying attention!) Heated debates. Constant breaking news. Ads for candidates on social media. Kids absorb more about politics than we realize. Which is why it’s up to parents to model civility, teach respect for different viewpoints, and set the right example for responsible political engagement. Dr. Christia Spears Brown is a professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Kentucky and director of the university's Center for Equality and Social Justice. She shares findings from a 2019 study on kids and their political thinking and offers advice on how to talk to your kids about politics, partisanship, and elections — in language they will understand. Listen to this episode to learn: -If there’s a “too young” to start talking about politics with kids -How our values and our communities play central roles in shaping a child’s political thinking -Age-appropriate ways to start conversations with kids about race and gender using concepts like fairness and respect -Research on how kids viewed the 2016 election, and what it can teach us this year -Practical ideas for encouraging kids of all ages to stand up for the causes and issues they believe in -Resources for teaching kids about politics, elections, and how American democracy works (check out tolerance.org and kidsvotingusa.org) For more information, visit https://christiabrown.com/
22 minutes | 7 months ago
Staying sane and self-compassionate during a stressful year
2020 has tested our collective resolve – and our mental health. A global pandemic. Fires and hurricanes. A polarized society. Closed schools and daycares. Anxiety and stress are a fixture of life and work this year…along with looming uncertainty about the months ahead. But we don’t have to be paralyzed by it. Dr. Ali Mattu is a clinical psychologist who’s spent a decade treating anxiety and panic disorders in kids and adults. He’s the host of The Psych Show on YouTube, which offers videos about mental health and psychology that are fun to watch and easy to understand. A father and a mental health professional, Ali offers tips and advice on how working parents can get through these crazy days and why the very best thing we can do for our mental health (and that of our families) is to find compassion and forgiveness for ourselves. Listen to this episode to learn: -Why being a “good parent” during a pandemic starts by taking care of yourself -How to anchor your day with a few simple habits to create stability -The many ways we’re grieving “the before times” of a pre-Covid world, and strategies to process feelings of loss while holding on to what’s most important -Practical techniques to help calm your racing mind, physically relax, and get a good night’s sleep (pro tip: invest in a back roller!) -Why the challenge of this moment presents a rare opportunity to teach ourselves and our children resilience and strength For more information, visit www.alimattu.com.
21 minutes | 7 months ago
The science behind how babies and toddlers sleep
One of the most important contributors to a baby’s physical and psychological development is sleep. The same goes for their parents! But what exactly is the science behind how babies and toddlers sleep, and how does sleep – or a lack thereof – affect a little one’s waking hours, too? Dr. Erin Flynn-Evans is a sleep scientist and co-founder of Baby Sleep Science, an organization that offers families resources and help with children’s sleep. She spent more than 10 years working in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Flynn-Evans joins us to share how much sleep babies and toddlers should be getting, the most common challenges parents face regarding their baby’s sleep, and advice and tips for the whole family on how to catch some healthy and restorative ZZZs. Listen to this episode to learn: -Sleep guidelines for infants and toddlers established by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine -The importance of naps – how frequently and how long should babies be napping as they grow? -How to optimize your baby or toddler’s sleep environment (make sure it’s cool, quiet, dark, and comfortable) -Signs to look out for signaling that your baby isn’t getting enough sleep -How to adjust your child’s sleep schedule to accommodate new school schedules and seasonal time shifts -How AI and mobile apps, like Huckleberry, can help you and your baby get better sleep -Resources for parents who need help with their child’s sleep For more information, visit https://www.babysleepscience.com/.
20 minutes | 8 months ago
Staying motivated and focused in the virtual classroom
If your child’s school is behind a computer screen, then you know that motivating them to stay focused isn’t always easy. It’s especially hard for little ones who are learning how to read and aren’t used to the virtual classroom. Kristen DiCerbo, Chief Learning Officer at Khan Academy, joins us to explain what education research tells us about motivation and learning and how it can help parents and kids get through this unprecedented time. Kristen explains how parents can work with students of all ages to set learning goals, track their progress, keep education relevant, and set up an at-home learning environment that’s built for success. (Oh, and a little reward now and then doesn’t hurt, either.) Listen to this episode to learn: -Why being successful at a task and finding value in what you’re asked to do are the keys to staying focused and motivated -Ideas on how to set age-appropriate goals for online learners, from pre-K to 12th grade -The benefits of having collaborative conversations with kids about goal setting -How to work with your child’s teacher to align with their learning goals -The right way to use rewards as a motivation tactic for at-home learning (pro tip: keep them small, frequent, and unexpected) -Advice on setting up a comfortable and distraction-free learning space that’s well-lit and fully-stocked -Resources at Khan Academy to support students of all ages and ensure they aren’t falling behind For more information, visit https://www.khanacademy.org/.
21 minutes | 8 months ago
Advice from an expert: What parents need to know about Covid-19
Whether you live in a “red zone” or a “green zone,” Covid-19 remains a very real threat across the U.S. Assessing what’s safe and what’s not for your family depends on a range of factors that are confusing and leave us asking more questions. To get clarity and context on the risks of Covid-19, we’re with William Haseltine, a renowned scientist and infectious disease expert known for his groundbreaking work on cancer, HIV/AIDS, and the human genome. A former professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, he is now President and Chair of ACCESS Health International. Professor Haseltine shares information from his two new “living” ebooks, “A Family Guide to Covid” and “A Covid Back to School Guide.” He presents the facts and gives an unbiased, realistic explanation about the dangers of this virus – and answers questions honestly about what we should do to keep our kids and families safe. Listen to this episode to learn: -How to assess your “hierarchy of risk” when deciding what’s best for your family’s health and safety -The importance of monitoring Covid-19 infection data in our local communities like we do the weather -Factors that increase the risk of infection, including age and underlying health conditions like obesity, cancer, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and pregnancy -The risk of children age 18 and under contracting and spreading Covid-19 -Is going to school safe? What about hybrid learning models? -What parents should ask school administrators regarding precautions they’re taking to keep children safe -What we can learn from countries that have successfully mitigated the spread of the virus For more information, visit https://accessh.org/covidfamilyguide/.
25 minutes | 8 months ago
Helping your kids deal with stress and anxiety
As parents, nothing breaks our heart more completely than seeing our child stressed, depressed, and anxious. Our impulse is to activate our “fix it” mode. But our way of fixing it often isn’t what our kids need. Instead, they need us to listen, empathize, and ask, “How can I help? That’s according to Katie Hurley, a child and adolescent psychotherapist and the award-winning author of No More Mean Girls and The Happy Kid Handbook. Katie joins us to explain the differences between stress and anxiety, and how each can appear in young kids, tweens, and teenagers. She shares practical advice on how to help kids overcome Zoom-related anxiety and brain drain, stay calm, and breathe. Listen to this episode to learn: -Why we need to be hyper-aware (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic) of how easily our kids absorb our own fears, worries, and stress -The difference between a child that’s an “internalizer” versus an “externalizer” of stress and anxiety, and how age and gender play a role in how they respond -Coping mechanisms (like deep breathing, visualization exercises, and stress balls) and mobile apps (like Stop, Breathe & Think Kids and Calm) that help kids make mindfulness and relaxation a habit -Why taking walks, shutting off the news, and teletherapy are great ways for parents to stay centered right now -Technology, gaming, social media, and devices: are they making our kids miserable or adding value to their lives? -Advice on guiding teens to make smart, responsible media consumption choices and how to help them find accurate information (not “fake news” on YouTube) For more information, visit https://practicalkatie.com/
39 minutes | 8 months ago
Raising actively anti-racist children
Conversations with kids about race and racism with children aren’t easy. They can be uncomfortable and clumsy. Too often, parents don’t fully understand the issues themselves, so they struggle to talk about it with their kids. In this special episode, Care.com CEO Tim Allen is joined by the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey. She’s an award-winning educator, a racial justice activist, and the author of the the New York Times best-selling book, Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America. Dr. Harvey offers guidance on how to have constructive, age-appropriate discussions with children about race and racism. Whether you’re a parent who wants to advance your family’s anti-racisim activism, or an educator or caregiver looking to foster racial justice in our homes, schools, and communities, you’ll leave this episode with the knowledge and tools you need to educate kids to be informed, empathetic, and active allies in the ongoing fight against systemic racism in America. Listen to this episode to learn: -Tools to teach kids to embrace and celebrate the “language of difference” -Is there a “too young” to start talking to kids about race and racism? -Why it’s critical to teach children about the injustices people of color encounter -Ways parents can continue to practice race-conscious parenting as children grow older and become more aware of the world around them -Ideas for getting kids proactively involved in fighting against racism and injustice -How parents can work with educators to advocate for active anti-racist practices -Resources for parents to educate themselves, their families, and their communities about race and racial justice For more information, visit www.jenniferharvey.org.
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