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Parenting for the Future
59 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
The Life-saving Power of Self-acceptance: A conversation with Melissa Bernstein
Since its inception, Melissa and Doug has focused on creating authentic, innovative, high quality toys at assessable prices, toys which promotes open-ended, creative free play for new generations of children. The company's mission is to ignite imagination and a sense of wonder in children so they can discover themselves, their passions and their purpose in space. Creating gave meaning and purpose to Melissa's existence and by channeling her pain into tangible forms, she could, for a time extinguish her despair. In LifeLines, she shares her journey and the stunningly beautiful poetry she's written all her life, the words that literally kept her alive. https://www.lifelines.com https://www.melissaanddoug.com
50 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Preserving our Planet - A Legacy Continues; A conversation with Philippe Cousteau Jr. and Ashlan Gorse-Cousteau
Much of their work is done through EarthEcho International, a nonprofit organization founded by Phillip and his sister on the belief that young people have the power to change our planet. It is dedicated to supporting youth around the world who are taking action to protect natural resources in their local communities and solve environmental problems. EarthEcho International has programs in over 140 countries. https://www.earthecho.org https://www.earthecho.org/youth
36 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Financially Literate Kids: A conversation with Benny Nachman
Although Benny trained as an attorney and practiced corporate law for some time, he is a serial entrepreneur at heart. In addition to Jassby, and earlier ventures, he also founded and is the chairman of the board of Credorax, a global e-commerce payment cards acquirer and processor which is licensed in over 34 countries and allows merchants to process billions of dollars in online and mobile payments. https://jassby.com
34 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children: A conversation with Michael V. Kaplen
Michael V. Kaplen is the chair person of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council, which was created to advise and consult with the New York State Department of Health on issues pertaining to traumatic brain injury. He served three terms as president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State. Michael is a frequent lecturer on brain injury. His views and opinions are frequently sought after by major news networks and publications, like the New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC, NBC and CBS News as well as ESPN.
38 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Parenting Lessons from The C-Suite: A conversation with Mia Mends
Mia is mom to 13-year-old Jacob who is a super athlete, entrepreneurial, and very sweet. She is also mom to 10-year-old Laila who is also entrepreneurial, artistic, and spicy. In her executive level role at Sodexo, whose annual revenue in the United States and Canada alone exceeds 10.7 billion dollars, Mia is responsible for driving the critical strategic initiatives in support of growth goals. She has founded her own nonprofit, Seven Sisters to Sisters and serves on the boards of several impactful organizations including Girls Inc. and Catalyst. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mia-mends-3ab2222 https://us.sodexo.com/services/sodexomagic.html
42 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Our Children, Lent and Love: A conversation with Michelle Triant
This year lent runs from February 17th to April 3rd. And although it is an important period of renewal and awareness for Christian families, parents sometimes are challenged to find positive, meaningful ways to help their children understand and be inspired by some of the key tenants of lent like love, generosity, forgiveness and empathy. So Love at Lent is right on time. To learn more, visit: https://www.loveatlent.com
45 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Finding and Using Your Voice: A conversation with Alison Stewart
Alison Stewart is a mom to 12 year old Isaac, who is obsessed with sports. She is the host of the exceptionally insightful and super popular radio show on WNYC, called All of It. Alison is also the host of a new virtual book club created by WNYC and the New York Public Library in response to the Coronavirus. She has been a journalist for more than two decades and has reported for, or anchored her own ground-breaking news programs on all the major national news networks, including NPR, PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC, MTV and MSNBC. She has interviewed former presidents, supreme court justices, Nobel Peace prize winners and cultural icons. Her live reporting from the World Trade Center on 9/11, earned her an Emmy and her work as a producer/reporter for MTV News' breakthrough political coverage Choose or Lose, won her a Peabody Award. She has also authored two books. First Class, The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School, named one of the best books of 2013 by Essence and Mother Jones magazines and Junk, Digging Through America's Love Affair with Stuff. Alison is a Brown University graduate and was awarded a doctor of fine arts degree from Bloomfield College. She has been active in various charities, including, Dress for Success, The Lighthouse and Chess in Schools.
68 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
The Power of Curiosity: A conversation with Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker is mom to three wonderful children — James Wilkie, Loretta, and Tabitha. She is wife to Matthew Broderick, an actress, producer, entrepreneur, and an icon. She made her debut at the tender age of 11 in the revival of The Innocents and Broadway. By 12, she was starring on Annie, also on Broadway, and has never looked back. Sarah has starred in several critically acclaimed movies and TV shows, including Square Pegs, Glee, and Divorce, but she is probably best known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw on the HBO television series Sex and the City. For Sex and the City, Sarah has won two Emmy awards, four Golden Globe awards for best actress in a comedy series, and three Screen Actor Guild awards. Although Sex and the City wrapped in 2004, Sarah reprised the role of Carrie Bradshaw in 2008 and 2010 for Sex and the City and Sex and the City 2. To our great delight, And Just Like That, SATC The Next Chapter is currently in the works with HBO Max. Sarah owns or controls several successful business ventures, including Pretty Matches, her film and television production with HBO; SJP Beauty, her fragrance line; and SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, her fabulous line of shoes, all produced and handmade in Italy. She's here today to talk about shaping the future through her parenting and her platform and the power of curiosity
38 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Resilient Parenting: A conversation with J.R. Martinez
J.R. Martinez is father to a vivacious, beautiful, curious daughter. He is well known for many reasons. You might know him for playing Brot Monroe, an injured combat veteran trying to re enter civilian life on ABC's Emmy award winning television drama, All My Children. You may also know him for writing the New York Times best seller, Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit. You may know him for winning season 13 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars with his partner Karina Smirnoff, or from his inspiring appearances on top rated television shows like The View, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Nightly News, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show. He is one of People Magazine's annual sexiest man alive and is known for his moving, speeches to US troops around the world, or at some of the world's leading companies.
76 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain: A conversation with Lisa Barrett
Neuroscientist Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett is mother to one daughter. She is among the top 1% most cited scientists in the world for her revolutionary research in the fields of psychology and neuroscience. She is a University Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University with appointments at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Neuroscience in 2019, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the Royal Society of Canada. She is the author of two books, How Emotions are Made, the Secret Life of the Brain, and the fascinating, newly released book called, Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain.
23 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
The Power of Toys to Change the World: A conversation with Dr. Lisa Williams
Dr. Lisa Williams is internationally recognized as an academic trailblazer, founder of a multi-million dollar company, and an award winning speaker and author. Dr. Lisa attained unprecedented success by becoming the first female professor to receive a multi-million dollar endowed chair, the first African American professor to earn tenure at Penn State University, and the first African American to receive a doctorate in Logistics from The Ohio State. At the height of her career, Dr. Lisa did the unthinkable when she left the academic life to blaze a new trail as an entrepreneur. In 2003, she founded the World of Entertainment, Publishing and Inspiration (World of EPI), LLC. EPI is the classic Cinderella story. Dr. Lisa grew the company from negative revenues into a multi-million dollar powerhouse. EPI is now a leading multi-cultural toy manufacturing and design firm with a global supply chain that crisscrosses the world from the US to China and other worldwide destinations. EPI’s largest customer, Walmart recently awarded Dr. Lisa the Supplier of the Year Award for her visionary leadership. Working in partnership with Walmart, EPI touches the lives of an entire generation of children through its Positively Perfect Doll Line. While featured in many magazines for her expertise in business, she is also known for her ability to motivate executives, future leaders and audiences of all sizes.In addition to winning numerous teaching awards from major universities such as Penn State, Ohio State and the University of Arkansas, she has been awarded the Outstanding Female Faculty Member of the Year from Penn State University, designated as an “Amazing Woman” by University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and given the Trailblazer Award by the American Marketing Association PhD. Project.
51 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
Parenting Social Media and Screen Savvy Kids (Part 2): A conversation with Dr. Jill Walsh
Our complex relationship with digital technology and social media has only been exacerbated with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year. Technology became our savior, allowing schools to teach, allowing parents to work, and allowing all of us kids and adults to maintain social and familial ties. In this, the second part of our conversation with Dr. Jill Walsh, we continue to explore our children's relationship with digital technology and social media and how we as parents can best guide them, protect them, and help them use these tools to elevate their unique voices and connect to the world in a healthy way. Dr. Jill Walsh is a researcher and lecturer at Boston University and an advocate for children. She is the founder of Digital Aged, a consultancy which re-frames the role of technology in the lives of children to promote healthier relationships between them and the adults in their lives. Jill has a BA from Harvard University. a master's in public policy from Brown University and a PhD sociology from Boston University.
51 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Parenting Social Media & Screen Savvy Kids (Part 1): A conversation with Dr. Jill Walsh
Our complex relationship with digital technology and social media has only been exacerbated with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year. Technology became our savior, allowing schools to teach, allowing parents to work, and allowing all of us kids and adults to maintain social and familial ties. In this conversation, we explore our children's relationship with digital technology and social media and how we as parents can best guide them, protect them, and help them use these tools to elevate their unique voices and connect to the world in a healthy way. Dr. Jill Walsh is a researcher and lecturer at Boston University and an advocate for children. She is the founder of Digital Aged, a consultancy which re-frames the role of technology in the lives of children to promote healthier relationships between them and the adults in their lives. Jill has a BA from Harvard University. a master's in public policy from Brown University and a PhD sociology from Boston University.
73 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Real American: A conversation with Julie Lythcott Haims
More about Julie Lythcott-Haims: Julie Lythcott-Haims is a seventh generation real American. Her American ancestors were kidnapped from Africa, sold at auction like common animals and enslaved. As slaves, they were tortured and raped repeatedly by their white masters to produce children for slave labor. Their labor built America and made thousands of white Americans, as well as our entire country wealthy. When they were finally emancipated, they were freed, but not free. Not only were they never compensated for the theft of their labor, dignity, or lives, but federal, State, and local governments, under color of law, intentionally reinforced old and created new structures to subjugate them. These structures still plague the lives of all their descendants today. Julie is also the author of the New York Times bestselling anti-helicopter parenting manifesto, How To Raise An Adult. Petal's key takeaways: Children as young as five to seven, if you talk to them explicitly about interracial friendships, in as little as one week, there will be a dramatic improvement in the way that they act towards race. - Julie Lythcott Haims You have to actively do the work to be an anti-racist. And that work for us parents is not just to buy books for your kids and watch different videos. It's to do the internal work to undo the implicit bias within you. None of us is above this. Okay. Do the work! - Julie Lythcott Haims Do see black and Brown people as fully human? If so, how do you know? How does it show? Where's the evidence in your life that you could point to or parents better yet, that your kids could point to? - Julie Lythcott Haims If somebody came by and knocked on the door and said, "Do your parents treat black and brown people as fully equal to everyone else?" What evidence would your children point to in answering either yes or no? - Julie Lythcott Haims What are you doing to make your world by which I mean your family, community, neighborhood, your city, your America, kinder and safer for black and brown people? Because action is required. Whiteness has been used as a weapon against the rest of us for centuries and we now seem to know enough about it. Historians have studied it. Scientists, social scientists can tell us what's happening in our heads around whiteness. We now have the information. We just have to take a deep breath and say, "You know what? Yep. I'm going to do what Dolly Chugh recommends which is move from being just a believer to being a builder. Build a new reality. Take part in that. - Julie Lythcott Haims My very, very favorite story in this book is when you were 15 and you're in France on a trip, and you run into this little white girl who was playing in a park and you're walking by and she asks: "Why are you black?" And you respond, "because I am lucky." And to me, this is the essence of not only what I took away from Real American, it is what I think all parents of black children need to teach their children, that they are actually more than lucky. Because despite centuries of, to quote you, "the systemic dismemberment of black agency, the debasement of black men, the rape of black woman, the destruction of the black family, the ringing of energy and life out of our black forebears, despite all of that, these children are here. And what that means is that black people endured. And in that endurance is unparalleled strength, intelligence and a power that we ourselves are just beginning to understand. So black children have nothing to be ashamed of. They don't have anything to loathe in themselves. They are not the ones with something to be ashamed of. I personally hope that I live to see the day when every black child owns their own power. - Petal Modeste
5 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Kids respond: What would they do if they were President of the United States
On this episode, we took to the streets of New York City to ask kids what they would do if they were president, and what our new president should focus on. WOW! Their answers will inspire you. Our kids are our future—but we should listen to them today.
34 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Before You Vote: What to know about climate change with Jeffrey Sachs
No one is more knowledgeable about the scope of the SDGs than world-renowned economist, global leader in sustainable development and Columbia University Professor, Jeffrey Sachs. Professor Sachs is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He is a commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development, and has served as Special Advisor to every UN Secretary General appointed between 2001 and 2018.
20 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
Before You Vote: What to know about climate change with Michael Gerrard
Michael Gerrard, grandfather to a curious, vivacious granddaughter, is one of the world’s leading environmental lawyers and Climate Change experts. Michael is the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School, where he teaches courses on environmental and energy law. He is also the faculty director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law which develops legal techniques to fight climate change, trains students and lawyers in the use of these techniques and provides up-to-date resources and thought leadership on key topics in Climate Change law and regulation. To date, Michael has authored or edited 13 books on Climate Change and Environmental Law, including a thought-provoking and inspiring new book called: Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States. He has also traversed the globe – from Malta to Chile to Taiwan to the Marshall Islands to lecture and advise leaders on Climate Change and Environmental Law.
4 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
2020 Election Special: Climate Change
To learn more about the impacts of climate change, please listen to Parenting for the Future's conversations with climate change experts Michael Gerrard (episode #5) and Jeffery Sachs (episode #13). You can find each within your podcast feed, or through the links below. https://www.petalmodeste.com/episode-five-michael-gerard/ https://www.petalmodeste.com/episode-3-jeffrey-sachs/
3 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
Welcome to Season 3
Welcome to season 3 of Parenting for the Future. Join us for interviews, insights, ideas, and inspiration. Together we will better understand the phenomenon shaping the future, as well as the best parenting strategies so that we can use all we learn as we raise the next generation of empathetic, purposeful, and powerful people.
19 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
Back to School in a COVID-19 World - Advice for Parents
On this episode, we discuss what steps we can take as parents when deciding whether to send our kids back to school, and how we should be preparing for a possible second lockdown.
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