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FIreborn Institue PodCast SponsorA podcast for parents on promoting happy academic and social lives. Each week, in short episodes, learn practical strategies to help your child conquer a messy backpack, write a hard essay, develop empathy and stand up to bullies, and much more! Listen while you are in the car, at the gym, or waiting in line.

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#87: Jill Caryl Weiner

#87: Jill Caryl Weiner "When We Became Four"

Growing your family is fun and stressful for both parents and big sibs! Jill Caryl Weiner has created a memory book that is not only funny and fun to fill out, but that also helps everyone in the family (parents and big sib) prepare for this new addition...

#86: Keeping the Holidays Fun Part 2

#86: Keeping the Holidays Fun Part 2

For some people, the holidays are too much fun or maybe just too overwhelming. Kids’ schedules get totally thrown off with all the travel, family, and fun. They eat way more sugar and unhealthy things than they normally do. And they can get totally overstimulated by family, activities, parties, and toys...

#85: 5 Tips to Help Your Kid Build Their Attention Span

#85: 5 Tips to Help Your Kid Build Their Attention Span

Kids’ attention spans are notoriously bad. You give them 3 things to do and maybe they’ll do one of them. They get off task and distracted so easily. It’s super frustrating!...

#84: Sharing Experiences is More Effective than Giving Advice

#84: Sharing Experiences is More Effective than Giving Advice

The way we give advice matters. People often get annoyed when others try to give them advice. People don’t like for other people to tell them what to do. Kids also do not like for their parents to tell them what to do...

 #83: Family Mottos Part 2: What If Your Kid Isn’t Kind?

#83: Family Mottos Part 2: What If Your Kid Isn’t Kind?

Family mottos can be a great way to help kids develop a sense of self and promote good decision making. It’s nice to have a family motto like, “We are kind,” and then just have your kids act kind. But what if your kid isn’t acting kind?...

#82: Making Good Decisions through Family Mottos

#82: Making Good Decisions through Family Mottos

Teaching your kids to make good decisions can be really hard. Developing a family motto can make that a lot easier. Family mottos, such as “We are kind” or “We are inclusive” help kids develop a sense of self...

#81: Shock Your Teens with Radical Calmness

#81: Shock Your Teens with Radical Calmness

Teens often do crazy things. Sometimes they even tell you about it beforehand, and despite your explanation of why it’s a terrible idea, they go ahead and do it any way...

#80: Now That I Have Your Attention

#80: Now That I Have Your Attention

Okay – somehow you got your kid to start doing their homework. That’s amazing. How do you now help them maintain their focus on their homework?...

#79: Prepare to Be Distracted

#79: Prepare to Be Distracted

Distractions surround our kids – their attention doesn’t stand a chance. There are TVs, video games, phones, tablets, computers, and apps. Distractions are a big problem because they interrupt our focus...

#78: Developing Character with Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman

#78: Developing Character with Dr. Caren Baruch-Feldman

Helping our kids develop character helps them with their academic lives. Being kind makes our days happier. Being optimistic increases our chances of persevering. Persevering helps us overcome challenges...

#77: Helping Your Kid Make Friends with Dr. Emily Anastasio

#77: Helping Your Kid Make Friends with Dr. Emily Anastasio

A happy social life means having good friends. A happy social life is essential to school success because if you are worried about your social life, you can’t focus on your school work...

#76: The Privacy Dilemma

#76: The Privacy Dilemma

Being a kid feels really dangerous these days. Kids are eating Tide Pods, getting cyberbullied, and sending sexts. And technology is really leading the way for so many of these dangerous things...

#75: Getting Your Child Ready for College

#75: Getting Your Child Ready for College

For those of you with kids transitioning to college this year, it’s getting really close to time for your kids to head off to school. This is really exciting and also probably pretty terrifying. How do you know if your child is really ready to go to college?...

#74: Lighthouse Parenting

#74: Lighthouse Parenting

Deciding what type of parent you want to be can be hard, especially if you want to do things a little differently than your parents did. Knowing what the different parenting styles are is the first step to figuring out how you want to parent...

#73: Your Feelings Aren’t You

#73: Your Feelings Aren’t You

Language matters. How we describe ourselves affects how we think of ourselves. If we say “I am sad”, that starts to define us as a sad person. But if you say, “I feel sad” that helps you realize that the feeling is temporary...

#72: Getting the Rest You Need

#72: Getting the Rest You Need

Everyone knows that sleep is good for them and yet we often don’t get enough of it – and our kids don’t get enough either. How do we prioritize sleep for our kids?

#71: Brain Science to the Rescue

#71: Brain Science to the Rescue

Kids love to learn about themselves. Teaching them about their brain in a way they can understand can actually help them remain calm when they have big emotions and help them make good decisions...

Episode 70

Episode 70

We do a lot of literacy work with young kids – we read to them, we ask them to tell us stories about their days, we encourage them to color and to write. And for whatever may be the cause of this, it’s just easier for parents to work on these verbal skills rather than math skills...

Episode 69

Episode 69

We are getting so close to summer vacation! For a lot of kids this means going to summer camp – which can be super fun or not so fun if you’re not into it. Finding the right summer camp can be a bit tricky...

Episode 68

Episode 68

Adults do this thing where we assume that if we know something, other people know it too and it’s obvious. Parents even do this to their kids who have a lot less experience and education and for whom things are not so obvious... 

Episode 67

Episode 67

Studying is not an intuitive skill. Lots of students do not know how to actually study. This can mean kids avoid studying because they aren’t actually sure what to do...

Episode 66

Episode 66

Self-criticism can be a powerful motivator. It can also really harm your mental health - increasing your anxiety. Teens use self-criticism a lot to motivate themselves and they also seriously struggle with anxiety...

Episode 65

Episode 65

Bullying is a big problem kids have to deal with. One of the best ways to decrease bullying is to empower bystanders to do the right thing when they see bullying happen...

Episode 64

Episode 64

ADHD manifests in a multitude of ways. It can be challenging, incredibly hard, as well as rewarding for the child with ADHD and his parents. Sam Hopkins grew up with ADHD and went on to graduate from college as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, but...

Episode 63

Episode 63

Giving your kids time-outs has become controversial, to Fireborn's surprise. So we decided to figure out what was so controversial about them? We found that the time-outs experts recommend and the time-outs experts say are hurting your kids are not the same...

Episode 62

Episode 62

Parent Coach Alison Smith joins us to talk about what to do when your child "talks back". Alison's gentle approach allows parents to parent with compassion and boundaries. She teaches us that when kids talk back it's a surprisingly great opportunity...

Episode 61

Episode 61

Giving logical consequences is easier said than done. So this week we talk about a specific example of giving a logical consequence during a challenging time: when your underage teen drives the car. 

Episode 60

Episode 60

Last week we talked about some general tips for discipline. And we obviously think those general tips, like remaining calm and staying focused on why the behavior was bad and not giving the impression that you think the child is bad...

Episode 59

Episode 59

Working to make this enormous topic of discipline manageable, Fireborn continues its series on discipline by talking about the general rules (guidelines for parents) of discipline...

Episode 58

Episode 58

Discipline is a pretty overwhelming topic. It can also be pretty overwhelming when you are trying to discipline your kids and follow all of the advice! How do you provide logical consequences?...

Episode 57

Episode 57

Usually we focus on keeping track of what we do have to do, but sometimes it can make life a lot easier if we also keep track of what we don't have to do...

Episode 56

Episode 56

Being a slow reader is frustrating! It stinks to have to spend so much more time than your peers just to read through and remember the same amount of information! ...

Episode 55

Episode 55

So often helping kids with homework feels more like nagging them to just sit down and do their homework. That stinks. It’s really no fun for parents or kids. So how do you shift from being the homework nag to your kid’s homework coach?...

Episode 54

Episode 54

Being sick and pregnant this week, I'm realizing just how amazing parents are because they never get to be sick. So this episode is a tribute to all those parents...

Episode 53

Episode 53

My teachers consistently told my parents that my standardized test scores never reflected my true abilities. One major area that came from was reading comprehension. I had tutors and special classes for the SSAT, PSAT, and the SAT, but it wasn’t until...

Episode 52

Episode 52

Finding the right after-school activity can be hard. What if your kid isn’t doing enough extracurriculars? What if she’s doing too many?...

Episode 51

Episode 51

Sometimes the start of the school year just doesn’t go your way. You missed some things the teacher said; you weren’t organized; you misbehaved; whatever...

Episode 50

Episode 50

Every year my husband and I watch Home Alone to start the holiday season off right and every year I hear the things the adults in the movie say to Kevin...

Episode 49

Episode 49

Video games are so entertaining, they can engage your kids (and distract them from the rest of the world) for hours. This can be a bit freaky for parents who...

Episode 48

Episode 48

Parents' patience for their kids can be incredible. And other times, when it feels like kids are purposefully misbehaving, it's easy to get frustrated...

Episode 47

Episode 47

Dr. Brad Jerson and Petra Amrein of the Connecticut Children's Medical Center talk with us about how chronic medical conditions affect children's school life...

Episode 46

Episode 46

Today we dive into how to help our kids be kind people with Dr. Richard of @thedailyhelping. Dr. Richard has a kindness movement...

Episode 45

Episode 45

Rewards are tricky things. They are so clear - study now and then you can have screen time. But they can also decrease kids' internal motivation...

Episode 44

Episode 44

It can be hard for kids to know if what is happening online is actually cyberbullying and if it's serious enough that they should talk to an adult about it...

Episode 43

Episode 43

Kids are constantly communicating with their peers, but how much do you hear them actually talking with others?....

Episode 42

Episode 42

Teenagers do a lot of crazy stuff, which can make raising teens super challenging. But teenagers' brains are also really amazing...

Episode 41

Episode 41

Kids are taught to be nice and to share and to do things that other kids want to do. Unfortunately, sometimes that can mean that kids are terrified of standing up for...

Episode 40

Episode 40

Kids need to do so much to get into a good college and "succeed". They have to be the soccer star, play the oboe...

Episode 39

Episode 39

Having difficulty getting your kid off of her smart phone and doing work? Or what about stepping away from video games to leave the house...

Episode 38

Episode 38

Fireborn's Founder and the host of The Happy Student, Katherine Firestone, talks about growing up with undiagnosed ADHD...

Episode 37

Episode 37

Is your child always putting work off, or rather "saving it for later"? Procrastination is a problem most of us struggle with...

Episode 36

Episode 36

Group work can be the WORST. There are so many to-dos, people, and deadlines to coordinate - it can be a nightmare for your tween. We have 7 tips that you can do to help...

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