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Family Confidential: Secrets of Successful Parenting with Annie Fox, M.Ed.
17 minutes | Apr 6, 2018
FCV103 Tween Sex Talk. More Info. Less Weird, Nicole Cushman
As kids grow their bodies change. So do their thoughts, feelings and desires. When young adolescents (10-14 year olds) start experiencing crushes, it can be exciting, awkward and very confusing. Tweens need education designed for them so they can make healthy choices when they are ready to become sexually active. Enter AMAZE, an innovative and yes, friendly, animated online video sex education resource for young adolescents. AMAZE takes the awkward out of sex education, or as they put it: "More info. Less weird." AMAZE is a partnership of three non-profit organizations: Answer, Advocates for Youth. and Youth Tech Health. Nicole Cushman, Executive Director of Answer, says, "The research shows that teens actually want to hear more from their parents about their values and expectations when it comes to sex, dating, and relationships." Encouraging, right? Annie talks to Nicole about how parents can comfortably talk to teens about sex. About Nicole Cushman (@SexHonestly) and AMAZE (@AmazeOrg) Nicole Cushman, MPH, Executive Director of Answer, an award-winning, national organization, providing invaluable sexuality education resources to millions of young people and adults every year. And one of the partners of Amaze.org. Nicole is passionate about empowering young people through honest, relevant and effective sexuality education. She has nearly 15 years of experience as an educator and trainer in sexual and reproductive health and has worked to strengthen sexuality education policies and programs across the U.S. Nicole oversees Answer’s sexuality education programs, finances and fundraising. She also manages Answer’s relationship with Rutgers University and represents Answer in the media. Learn more about http://Answer.rutgers.edu and http://AMAZE.org. Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
16 minutes | Mar 13, 2018
FCV102 Good News about Kids and Video Games, Dr. Rachel Kowert
When computer games are a problem for parents, it's usually because a child/teen has become obsessed and no longer shows interest in "family time." Even when family time isn't impacted, parents may have other questions like: • "Is my child addicted to computer games?" • "Are violent games encouraging my child to be violent and/or desensitizing him to violence?" • "Is all this screen time hurting my child's social development?" Dr. Rachel Kowert, psychologist, online gamer, and author of "A Parent's Guide to Video Games: The essential guide to understanding how video games impact your child's physical, social, and psychological well-being", makes a strong case for the positive impact of computer games and why parents may not need to worry about their kids' love of gaming. About Dr. Rachel Kowert (@DrRachelKowert) Dr. Kowert's research is primarily focused on the social impact of online games. This includes addressing the anecdotal claim that online game players are socially different/deficient as compared to offline or non-players, examining the impact of online video game play on offline friendship networks, and evaluating the tangible social benefits of online game play. Learn more at http://RKowert.com Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
18 minutes | Feb 27, 2018
FCV101 How to Talk to Kids About Anything, Dr. Robyn Silverman
At times, every child feels worried, confused, or scared. In those moments, kids need safe adults to talk to. When your child comes to you, out of the blue, with a burning question, or when your family is faced with a sensitive situation that requires your bringing kids into the loop, how do you do it effectively? Psychologist Dr. Robyn Silverman, author of "Good Girls Don't Get Fat" and "Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents and Communities to Combat the Bullying Crisis" reminds parents that conversations are "not soliloquies." Listening (without distractions) to what your child has to say is at least as important as what you have to say. Annie and Robyn discuss how to talk to kids about anything. About Robyn Silverman (@DrRobyn) Dr. Robyn Silverman, AKA Dr. Robyn, is a leading Child and Adolescent Development Specialist with a focus on character education and body/self esteem development during childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. As a strong believer that children are assets to be developed, not deficits to be managed, her work reflects a positive approach that shows that with the right tools, all young people have the ability to thrive and succeed. Her popular podcast "How to Talk To Kids About Anything" is a compassionate resource for parents. As a body image expert, Dr. Robyn’s groundbreaking research at Tufts University demonstrates that those girls who deviate from the Western ideal of thinness can find a way to thrive. Learn more at: http://DrRobynSilverman.com About Annie Fox, M.Ed. Annie is a parenting expert with 30+ years experience. She's been an online adviser to tweens, teens and parents since 1997. Her award-winning books include: "Teaching Kids to Be Good People", "The Girls Q&A Book on Friendship", and the groundbreaking Middle School Confidential™ book and app series. More information about Annie at: http://AnnieFox.com About Family Confidential Family Confidential: Secrets of Successful Parenting is a biweekly podcast about 21st century parenting joys and challenges. Hosted by Annie Fox and produced by Electric Eggplant, Family Confidential provides practical parenting advice through down-to-earth interviews with parenting experts, educators, therapists, and entrepreneurs. These recorded discussions help parents strengthen family connections by providing tips, child-rearing insight and practical tools for guiding your kids through the tween years and beyond. http://FamilyConfidential.com Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
19 minutes | Feb 12, 2018
FCV100 The Gift of Failure, Jessica Lahey
In the minds of kids as well as adults "failure" is something to be avoided at all costs. But Jessica Lahey, educator and author of "The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Kids Can Succeed" says we may be missing something important in our mistake-averse approach to life. "I don't want kids to fail. I want kids to have this adapt-positive response to making mistakes. Unfortunately, when I talk to parents these days a B- is 'failure' to them." Annie talks with Jessica about how our current hyper fixation on success hurts kids and what we can do to help them succeed while acknowledging the value of making mistakes along the way. About Jessica Lahey (@JessLahey) Jessica Lahey is an educator, writer, and speaker. She is an English and writing teacher, correspondent for the Atlantic, commentator for Vermont Public Radio, and writes the "Parent-Teacher Conference" column for the New York Times. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, "The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed". Learn more at http://JessicaLahey.com About Annie Fox, M.Ed. Annie is a parenting expert with 30+ years experience. She's been an online adviser to tweens, teens and parents since 1997. Her award-winning books include: "Teaching Kids to Be Good People", "The Girls Q&A Book on Friendship", and the groundbreaking Middle School Confidential™ book and app series. More information about Annie at: http://AnnieFox.com About Family Confidential Family Confidential: Secrets of Successful Parenting is a biweekly podcast about 21st century parenting joys and challenges. Hosted by Annie Fox and produced by Electric Eggplant, Family Confidential provides practical parenting advice through down-to-earth interviews with parenting experts, educators, therapists, and entrepreneurs. These recorded discussions help parents strengthen family connections by providing tips, child-rearing insight and practical tools for guiding your kids through the tween years and beyond. http://FamilyConfidential.com Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
18 minutes | Jul 19, 2017
FCV099 Entitlement-free kids, Karen Deerwester
Many caring moms and dads today have turned away from the authoritarian parent model they may have grown up with. The new approach is often influenced by the belief that a parent should be a child's friend. In that role, it's hard to say "no." When kids only hear "Yes, of course you can, sweetheart." how can they learn how to deal with life's inevitable frustrations, obstacles, and set-backs and become responsible and resilient? And how can parents live under the stress of having to be the "perfect" parent all the time? "Perfect parents don't raise perfect children," says Karen Deerwester, parent coach and author of The Entitlement-free Child. "They raise children feel not good enough." Annie talks with Karen about we got here and how parents can give kids a "voice and a choice" without giving them the power to call all the shots. About Karen Deerwester (@FamilyTimeInc) Karen Deerwester is a highly respected parenting coach and educator. She is the founder of Family Time Coaching & Consulting and has been inspiring and supporting parents and professionals in all aspects of "living with children" for 30+ years. Karen's books include The Entitlement-Free Child: Raising Responsible and Confident Kids in a "Me, Mine, Now!" Culture, The Playskool Guide to Potty Training and The Potty Training Answer Book, winner of the 2008 NAPPA Gold Award for parenting resources. Learn more about Karen and her work at http://FamilyTimeInc.com Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
17 minutes | Apr 30, 2017
FCV098 The Fatherless Daugher Project, Deena Babul, RN
Losing her father can impede a girl's emotional and relational development – that's tough to overcome. At this moment, tens of millions of fatherless daughters of all ages are struggling to step out of the stigma of being fatherless and start moving toward self-survival and success. "Fatherlessness is a journey," says Deena Babul, RN, and co-founder of the Fatherless Daughter Project. "It's not something you're supposed to get over. The pain of losing one's father tends to go underground, and it really doesn't resurface until the fear of abandonment (gets triggered)." Annie, a fatherless daughter herself, talks with Deena about how the loss of a father can affect a girl (physically, emotionally, spiritually) and how to journey through it. About Deena Babul (@FDPrjct) Denna D. Babul, RN, life coach, motivational speaker, author, medical expert, and co-founder (with Karin Luise) of the Fatherless Daughter Project. After becoming a fatherless daughter at the age of 13, Denna felt called to be the voice for fatherless daughters. She has created a community and support system for fellow fatherless women of all ages as their voice, coach, and mentor. She helps fatherless daughters reconcile their pasts in order to find their life's purpose. Along with Karin Luise, PhD, Denna is the award-winning author of The Fatherless Daughter Project: Understanding Our Losses and Reclaiming Our Lives. Learn more about Denna and the Fatherless Daughter Project at http://fatherlessdaughterproject.com Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
17 minutes | Apr 14, 2017
FCV097 Parents, kids, and cancer, Heather Von St. James
Three months after Heather Von St. James gave birth to her first child, she was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer caused by asbestos. She was told she had fifteen months to live. Fast-forward eleven years and Heather is very much alive and has dedicated her life to helping parents who are cancer patients. "My job, as an advocate, is not to tell patients the 'right way' to do things." Heather says. "Those parents know their kids far better than I do. (The question is) how much do you think (your child) can handle? I know what works for my daughter. (That's all.) It's more important for me to support them in their decision and maybe suggest things that might work better." Annie talks to Heather about helpful ways for parents to respond to children's questions, concerns and worries about a parent's health challenges and how help your child get the community support he or she needs at this time. About Heather Von St. James (@HeatherVSJ) Heather Von St. James is an 11-year cancer survivor, cancer research advocate, and blogger. She is a contributor to Huffington Post and offers a message of courage, inspiration and hope. Heather also serves as a mesothelioma research funding advocate and conference speaker for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization and Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. As a survivor of this often fatal asbestos disease, she considers herself to be a "poster child for hope after mesothelioma." Learn more at http://Mesothelioma.com Camp Kesem Heather strongly recommends that kids whose parents are undergoing cancer treatment spend time around other kids who are going through the same thing. Camp Kesem, a nation-wide community driven by passionate college student leaders, supports children during and beyond their parent's cancer. Camp Kesem is free of charge for every child who attends and is open to children who have lost a parent to cancer, have a parent who is undergoing cancer treatment, or whose parent is a cancer survivor. With 100+ college chapters from coast to coast, you can find a camp near you. Learn more at http://CampKesem.org While Camp Kesem is only open to children of cancer patients, there are other camps that provide wonderful support for children who are, themselves, cancer patients or who have a sibling who is a cancer patient. Find those camp options at http://www.ped-onc.org/cfissues/camps.html. Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
19 minutes | Mar 22, 2017
FCV096 Parenting and dating after divorce, Karen Bonnell
Parenting tweens and teens is challenging. They're testing boundaries, just as they should at this age. And whether we like it or not, they're frequently pushing back and trying to establish their own independent identity (interests/values/opinions) apart from Mom and Dad. That level of conflict is reality in most intact, stable, both-parents-married-to-each-other families. When a separation or divorce occurs and either parent is beginning to date, that's likely to create extra challenges for teens and their parents. "Divorce or separation is a huge change," says Karen Bonnell, family coach and author of "The Co-Parents' Handbook: Raising Well-adjusted, Resilient, and Resourceful Kids in a Two-Home Family from Little Ones to Young Adults"."This is a huge change and there's often grief involved. So kids are recalibrating, trying to make sense out of something their parents have done that they have no control over." Annie talks with Karen about how to parent your teen once you start dating again after divorce. About Karen Bonnell (@karenbonnellcmc) Karen Bonnell has over 30 years of experience working with couples and families facing transition, loss, growth, and change. Her work as a Collaborative Divorce Coach spurred her determination to write "The Co-Parents' Handbook". In this straight-forward, practical guide, parents learn the best ways to support their children, strengthen their co-parenting, and discover the necessary tools to skillfully create a two-home family. Karen's other books include "The Parenting Plan Handbook". Learn more at http://CoachMediateConsult.com. Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
17 minutes | Feb 21, 2017
FCV095 Kids, Digital Media, and a Parents' Role, Cory Warren
Has parenting really changed all that much since we're now raising our children in the Digital Age? Not according to G. Cory Warren, Corporate Communications Director at LifeLock. LifeLock partnered with the National Parent Teacher Association (P.T.A) to develop a free online tool for parents called The Smart Talk. According to Cory, "The role of parents today is not any different than the role of parents who came before. It's to be involved, to have conversations, and to show an interest in what your kids are interested in so you can help guide them along that path." If your child's interest includes sending and receiving content via digital devices, then parents might need updated guidance tools. Annie talks with Cory about The Smart Talk tool and how it works to get parents and kids together for a conversation about being responsible about the new technology. About G. Cory Warren (@LifeLock) G. Cory Warren is the Director of Digital communications and Content Development for LifeLock, an identity theft protection company based in Tempe, Arizona. Learn more at LifeLock.com and TheSmartTalk.org http://FamilyConfidential.com Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
20 minutes | Jan 30, 2017
FCV094 Turn Your Worrier into a Warrior, Dr. Dan Peters
When we're worried, we are not feeling empowered (or safe or happy). That's part of the reason parents often tell our kids "Don't worry." Easier said than done. "Worrying is on one end of a continuum with fear on the other and anxiety in between," says Psychologist Dr. Dan Peters. "Fear," he says, "is a response we all need biologically to survive. It's a response to a real threat in the environment. Anxiety is an irrational fear. The thing we're anxious about (and stress and obsess over). That thing is possible, but it's highly unlikely. Worry, with a small 'w' is a feeling of nervousness where we're thinking something bad is going to happen. But when it starts moving toward anxiety, the small 'w' becomes a big 'W' and becomes a lot more problematic." And gets in the way of our kids enjoying life and reaching their potential. Annie talks with Dr. Dan about children who worry and how parents can help them master those worries. About Dan Peters (@DrDanPeters) Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. is a psychologist, author, and Co-founder of Parent Footprint, an interactive parenting education community offering Parent Footprint Awareness Training with the mission to make the world a more compassionate and loving place—one parent and one child at a time. He is host of the "Parent Footprint Podcast with Dr. Dan" and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Dr. Dan is the author of "Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child's Fears" and its companion children's book "From Worrier to Warrior", and co-author (with Dr. Susan Daniels) of "Raising Creative Kids" as well as many articles on topics related to parenting, family, giftedness, twice-exceptionality, dyslexia, and anxiety. Learn more at http://DrDanPeters.com Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
16 minutes | Jan 7, 2017
FCV093 The Myth of the Straight A Student, Phyllis Fagell, LCPC
In high achieving schools, the expectations of parents and teachers can be intense. Getting top grades puts kids under unhealthy levels of stress. And is it even necessary? According to school counselor and therapist, Phyllis Fagel, "It's not clear what grades even mean any more. In today's Digital Age, with this many variables [contributing to our kids' chances for success in the workplace] I think people are just trying to control whatever they can. And grades is one of them." Many colleges are beginning to broaden their perspective to include more than just a student's GPA when considering applicants. That's an important step in the right direction. Anxious parents may also be recognizing that grades, per se, don't define a child, but they're not sure what does. Annie talks with Phyllis about the myth of the Straight A student and how character development fits into success in the workplace and in life. About Phyllis Fagell (@Pfagell) Phyllis L. Fagell is the school counselor at the Sheridan School in Washington, D.C. and a licensed clinical professional counselor at Chrysalis Group Inc. in Bethesda. She is a regular contributor to the Washington Post where she writes about education, social emotional learning, counseling, and parenting. Read Phyllis' Washington Post columns under Phyllis L. Fagell. Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
21 minutes | Dec 7, 2016
FCV092 Lost in Mommyland, Caroline Greene
Our culture pressures mothers to conform to an ideal of "good mom." When our children are little we are often too busy with caregiving to think about who we are. As kids reach the point in their development where they aren't as dependent, we may find ourselves with more time for ourselves. According to Life Coach Caroline Greene, this new chapter of parenting can be accompanied by a "deflation and a loss of identity and feelings of loneliness, isolation, and confusion." For Caroline, ten years out of law school, she was still in the kitchen. She loved the life she and her husband built for their family, but she "wasn't happy or fulfilled." On top of that, because she knew she was so fortunate, she felt guilty. Annie talks with Caroline about honestly asking ourselves, not only "What kind of person do I want to be raising?" but also (and equally important) "What kind of person do I want to be?" **Special offer for Family Confidential podcast listeners: To get a free copy of Caroline Greene's book "MATTER: How to Find Meaningful Work That's Right For You And Your Family" simply email Caroline@CarolineGreeneCoaching.com and put the word "Matter" in the subject line. About Caroline Greene (@CarolineKGreene) A self-proclaimed "recovering lawyer, chronic overachiever, and passionate truth-teller" Caroline Greene is crazy about helping women build lives that truly matter to them. A former prosector and big-firm litigator, and a stay-at-home mom turned life coach, Caroline knows first hand what it feels like to "get stuck into someone else's definition of success and what it feels like to lose your identity when you decide that definition might not be what you want anymore." Author of "Next: How to Start a Successful Business That's Right For You and Your Family", Caroline coaches women to help them find work they love and a balance that is right for them and their loved ones. Learn more at http://CarolineGreenCoaching.com Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
19 minutes | Nov 19, 2016
FCV091 Helping Teens Bounce Back from Adversity, Chester Hall
We hear a lot from parent educators about the importance of teaching kids to be "resilient." The "How?" part of the equation isn't always clear to us or to our kids. Too often teens (and adults) let a setback sink them into despair. Life coach Chester Hall tells the teens he works with "Even when you feel at the very bottom, and [you think] nothing can get worse, it's really hard to mess this [life] up. Even if you make some huge mistakes, there is always time to bounce back." Annie talks with Chester about helping young people get back up after a setback and continue moving forward. About Chester Hall (@AG00dLife) Chester is the Owner and Lead Life Coach of Good Life Coaching. He has 14+ years experience in the education field, as a classroom teacher and serving as a Prevention & Intervention Specialist for Accomack County Public Schools (Virginia). Chester focuses his efforts on anti-bullying, character education, encouraging positive student-to-teacher relationships, mentoring at-risk youth, truancy prevention, and threat assessment. He also is a member of the International Coach Federation and a member of the Black Life Coaches Network. Learn more at http://GoodLife-Coaching.com Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
23 minutes | Oct 29, 2016
FCV090 Creating a Culture of Dignity, Rosalind Wiseman
Research shows that how kids feel about being at school impacts their ability to do well at school. It comes down to something pretty simple: Kids need to feel welcome at school and that someone (a teacher) feels invested in their education. During this election cycle there has been an increase in the vitriol and nastiness and the racism, sexism, xenophobia that we and our young people are regularly hearing. The Southern Poverty Law Center has studied Hate in the Race (including the level of vitriol characterizing the contest for the presidency. They've also surveyed 2,000 teachers asking them how the presidential campaign was affecting their students and their teaching. According to author and educator, Rosalind Wiseman, "There have always been a couple of kids (in a class) who feel they have the right to insult and offend other kids. But those kids are now clearly emboldened by what they see and hear in the news." Teachers are instructed not to weigh in for or against any political candidate. So what are they to do to help their students create a culture of dignity? Annie talks to Rosalind about the need for adults to provide standards of morality and ethics for the children in their lives. About Rosalind Wiseman (@CultureODignity) Rosalind Wiseman has had only one job since graduating from college—to help communities shift the way we think about children and teens' emotional and physical wellbeing. As a teacher, thought leader, author, and media spokesperson on bullying, ethical leadership, the use of social media, and media literacy, she is in constant dialogue and collaboration with educators, parents, children, and teens. Rosalind is the author of the flexible, dynamic curriculum Own It: Empowering adolescents to CONFRONT social cruelty, Bullying and Injustice. Owning Up Online is the companion website for teachers. Rosalind's other books include: Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking, best-selling book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls. Her latest book, Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World was published in September 2013. In addition, she wrote a free companion e-book for high school boys, entitled The Guide: Managing Douchebags, Recruiting Wingmen, and Attracting Who You Want and a school edition entitled, The Guide: Managing Jerks, Recruiting Wingmen, and Attracting Who You Want. Learn more at http://CulturesofDignity.com Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
24 minutes | Oct 16, 2016
FCV089 Kids, ADHD, and Social Challenges, Mark Griffin, PhD
Middle school social interactions are often a series of very quick, very short conversations, taking place amidst a chaotic backdrop. If you're a kid with learning and attention issues who may not be able to read social cues well or find the right words for a quick response, you might find yourself in a fast-moving world where other kids don't respond to you in positive ways. "It's heart-breaking," says learning specialist Mark Griffin, "to watch a kid who really wants to be part of a group and that group is simply not willing to take him in." Annie talks with Mark about ways parents and schools can help kids with learning and/or attention issues build social skills. About Mark Griffin Mark Griffin, Ph.D., has been a professional in the field of learning disabilities for over 40 years. He was the founding headmaster of Eagle Hill School, a boarding and day school for children with specific learning disabilities in Greenwich, Connecticut, from 1975–2009. Griffin is a member of the executive committee, board of directors and professional advisory board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. He consults with foundations, parents and independent and public schools concerning various aspects of learning disabilities, school management and appropriate programming strategies for children with learning disabilities and attention issues. He also works closely with Understood.org, online resources for children with learning and attention issues. Learn more at Learn more at http://Understood.org/en/about/our-experts/mark-griffin Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
16 minutes | Oct 1, 2016
FCV088 Teens as Peace Builders, Jennifer Freed, PhD
Most educators want nothing more than a positive school environment where all students feel respected and accepted. And yet, there are daily challenges to creating and maintaining such an environment. Dr. Jennifer Freed takes that challenge directly to students. "We decided the best way to improve climate of schools and communities was to empower teenagers themselves to be the leaders of climate and community, and we developed a training that teaches them, for example, how to intervene in bullying situations with humor and curiosity instead of hate." Annie talks with Jennifer about training teens to be peace builders. About Jennifer Freed (@DrJenFreed) Jennifer Freed, PhD, has worked with teenagers for more than thirty years. She is the co-founder/director of the highly successful teen program called AHA! (established in 1999 as a response to the Columbine massacre). AHA! serves more than 5000 families annually in California as it creates positive attitudes, social harmony, and bridges the achievement gap. Dr. Freed's books include the educational series "Become Your Best Self" as well as "The AHA! Method" as part of her efforts to bring outstanding social and emotional learning curriculum to teens and their families. Learn more at http://JenniferFreed.com Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
21 minutes | Sep 17, 2016
FCV087 Beautiful Project, Naomi Katz
Everyone has heard the voice of his or her own "inner critic" taking pot shots at us during times of low self-confidence. For many girls and women that inner critic often mutters (or shouts) about how we look. A running internal monologue of body-shaming can become so ubiquitous we don't even know we're doing it. And yet, without awareness of this self-abuse, how can women truly gain the confidence we need to reach our full potential? How can we stop seeing other women as competitors in a universal beauty competition and start seeing them as friends, mentors, and sister in a support network? Annie talks with Naomi Katz, teacher and author of "Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman", about Beautiful Project, her initiative to empower women to take action into our own hands, to understand that we are the builders of our culture and that we drive the changes that we wish to see, beginning with ourselves and echoing into our communities. About Naomi Katz (@ModelSelfEsteem) Naomi Katz is a writer and teacher and has been working with young women for over 15 years. She is the author of "Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman", and founder of Beautiful Project, a curricular initiative dedicated to building self confidence among adolescent girls and young women. Her work is a call to attention, to recognize that we are the creators of our culture. She focuses on empowering ourselves to take action into our own hands, to understand that we are the builders of our culture and that we drive the changes that we wish to see, beginning with ourselves and echoing into our communities. learn more at http://BeautifulProject.net. Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
22 minutes | Jul 24, 2016
FCV086 Guiding Gifted Kids, James T. Webb, Ph.D., ABPP-Cl
The term "special education" is typically used to define "instruction/classes for children with special needs because of physical or learning problems." But what about the special needs of gifted kids? And who falls into that category? The classic definition states that gifted children are those with unusual ability or potential in any one or more of 4-5 areas. Those are: intellect, academics, creativity, performing arts, or leadership. How much ability? How much potential? According to Dr. Jim Webb, author of "A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children", relying solely on that definition is like asking "how dark does dark blue have to be before it is navy blue or darker?" Annie talks with Jim about gifted kids and how parents can best help them understand and use their gifts. About Jim Webb (@SENG_gifted) James T. Webb, Ph.D., ABPP-Cl, a licensed and board-certified psychologist, has been recognized as one of the 25 most influential psychologists nationally on gifted education. In 1981, Dr. Webb established SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted), a national nonprofit organization that provides information, training, conferences, and workshops to parents and educators of gifted children, and he remains as Chair of SENG's Professional Advisory Committee. Another outstanding resource for parents of gifted kids is Hoagies' Gifted Education Page (http://www.hoagiesgifted.org), a website full of articles, books, and links to help support parents, teachers, and gifted children alike. Dr. Webb, has appeared on such national media outlets as Good Morning America, CNN, and National Public Radio. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Gifted Children and was President of the American Association for Gifted Children. Currently, Dr. Webb is President of Great Potential Press, Inc. He is the lead co-author of several award-winning books including: "A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children" and "Grandparents' Guide to Gifted Children". Learn more at http://GreatPotentialPress.com Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
28 minutes | Jul 9, 2016
FCV085 Performing Under Pressure, Hendrie Weisinger
Tweens and teens often procrastinate. And when they do, parents may resort to threats, bribes, and/or pep talks. Some parents may lose it and say something like this, "Your whole future is riding on your SAT scores. When the hell are you going to start studying?!" Guess what? Those choice words only add to the pressure your child is already feeling. And nobody works better under pressure. According to Dr. Hendrie "Hank" Weisinger, "Regardless of the task, pressure ruthlessly diminishes our judgment, decision-making, attention, dexterity, and performance in every professional and personal arena." Not what we are going for. Pressure situations are part of every child's life. That's not going to change. Annie talks with Hank about ways parents can help their kids perform under pressure. About Hendrie Weisinger (@PressureTweets) Dr. Hendrie Weisinger is an influential psychologist and two-time New York Times bestselling author. Performing under pressure, giving and taking criticism, managing emotions, responding effectively to the feelings and emotions of others, motivating oneself and others and resolving conflict are all "emotional intelligence skills" that are part of Dr. Weisinger's expertise that has been recognized and sought out by leading business schools, influential government agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, and dozens of professional organizations such as The Young Presidents' Organization. He is a popular blogger for PsychologyToday.com, Huffington Post, and other sites. Dr. Weisinger's books include "Emotional Intelligence at Work", "The Genius of Instinct" and the recent New York Times Bestseller "Performing Under Pressure". Learn more at http://HendrieWeisingerPhd.com Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
16 minutes | Jun 26, 2016
FCV084 #RethinkLabels, Tony Weber
We label people we don't understand. We label people we fear. We label people we have written off as not being worthy of our time or friendship. Labeling people makes them easier to hate. Labeling people can trick us into believing that our hate is justified. The Diversity Center of Northeastern Ohio is a human relations organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry, and racism. Today's podcast is about The Center and its new film, #RethinkLabels, which brings more awareness to the way we use labels to describe other people. Please watch the powerful, 4 minute #RethinkLabels film produced by Goldfarb Weber Creative Media for The Diversity Center. https://youtu.be/0WJlDvNzNN0 Share it with your children. Discuss it. Listen to what your kids have to say about labels. Have a look at a two-day lesson plan for reducing bias and stereotypes in the classroom. Together we can help build communities where all people are connected, respected, and valued. About The Diversity Center (@Diversity_NEO) The Diversity Center's story beings in 1927, when leaders from different faiths met in Cleveland in response to organized campaigns of hatred spreading across America. Today, through ongoing programs for young people and adults, it carries out its mission to build communities where all people are connected, respected, and valued. Annie speaks with Tony Weber, CEO of Goldfarb Weber Creative Media, about the making of #ReThinkLabels and the role we all have in making our communities more equitable places for everyone. Learn more at http://www.diversitycenterneo.org Copyright © 2009-2018 Annie Fox and Electric Eggplant. All Rights Reserved.
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