Emotional Games with Alison Smith

Emotional Games with Alison Smith

We so often value logic and discount the value of emotions – well not today...

What “They Say” about Parenting with Lauren Jumrukovski

What “They Say” about Parenting with Lauren Jumrukovski

“They say” a lot of things about how you should raise your children and it can be totally overwhelming and stressful when what “they say” just isn’t practical for you and your children...

What’s the Hubbub Surrounding Spanking? (with Alison Smith)

What’s the Hubbub Surrounding Spanking? (with Alison Smith)

The American Academy of Pediatrics just put out a strongly worded statement arguing against spanking because the AAP argues that spanking can harm kids. This is controversial because a lot of parents spank their kids as part of discipline...

#97 When Your Sad Teen Won’t Open Up

#97 When Your Sad Teen Won’t Open Up

Communicating with teens can be a challenge. And it can only get harder when they are sad, stressed, or grumpy. Maybe they come home and are just furiously texting or maybe they come home and they rush to their room or they hang out in the family area, but they just don’t engage with you, despite your sweet, sincere attempts to figure out what’s wrong...

#96 The Effectiveness of Helicopter Parenting

#96 The Effectiveness of Helicopter Parenting

Recently research about the effectiveness of helicopter parenting came out – it seemed to say that helicopter parenting works. And yet, experts, like us, have warned against it...

#89: Keeping the Holidays Fun Part 3

#89: Keeping the Holidays Fun Part 3

Traveling with kids over the holidays is hard...

 

#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...

#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...

#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...

#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...

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 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 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 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 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 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 29

Episode 29

Is it ever okay to say "Because I said so" to our kids? And why do I need to apologize to my kids when I mess up? That doesn't feel right. In this episode, featuring Dr. Frank Bartolomeo...

Episode 28

Episode 28

Summer vacation is here and now parents are 100% in charge of kids - no more teachers to share the task of discipline. This week's episode focuses on how to communicate with kids this summer...

Episode 27

Episode 27

Anytime you hear those two terrible, though well-intentioned, words, "Calm down", tempers are sure to flare! So what should you say when your child really should calm down...

Episode 24

Episode 24

What to do when your child is angry - start cracking some jokes.

Episode 23

Episode 23

How do you deal with a tough teacher? This week on the show, we talk about how to have difficult conversations with our kids' teachers when the teacher has messed up...

Episode 22

Episode 22

No, not the slide at the playground - the summer slide. Today we discuss some ways to help your kids have a fun and productive summer!

Episode 20

Episode 20

The #1 way kids across species learn is by watching what their parents do and by mimicking the behavior. In this episode, we go through some tips to improve your communication with your children...

Episode 14

Episode 14

Catherine Collins joins us to talk about her struggles in school and what her parents did to help her: they took her crazy kid ideas seriously.

Episode 4

Episode 4

A quick episode on how to help your child learn that the world is rational and to improve your communication with your child.

Episode 3

Episode 3

Talking about mistakes with children is hard - hard for parents and for their children. During this episode, we will talk about a variety of ways to make that conversation easier...

Episode 2

Episode 2

The first Fireborn Spark: get information quickly! In this episode, learn how to diffuse arguments so that you can go on to effectively communicate with your child.

Episode 1

Episode 1

Welcome to The Happy Student podcast! A podcast for parents looking to help their kids have happy academic and social lives. In this first episode, we hear from current and former students about how their parents help(ed) them succeed at school.

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