Podcast Episode 190: Guns and Your Young Child

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Given their small stature and relative powerlessness, the idea of something as powerFUL as a gun captivates young children. But in the violent world we live in, their fascination can seem to us morbid and frightening…
All the more so in the wake of mass shootings like the one just a few weeks ago in Las Vegas.
Today’s show gives you concrete ideas about how to raise a nonviolent child in our violent world, and how to feel better if you, like me, share your home with a pint-sized gun enthusiast.

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Podcast Episode 189: Making the Impossible Possible – A Your Child Explained Episode

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In which a coaching client of mine shows me that something I’d always thought to be truly impossible is, in fact, possible.
It brings up the question “what happens to our children when we believe something is impossible?” Alternatively, what happens to them when we believe that something is possible?

Key links at weturnedoutokay.com/189;
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Podcast Episode 188: How to thrive in a time of challenges and joys – Dad and 21st Century Creative podcast host Mark McGuinness is my guest today!

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Today’s guest knows that we live in a time where everything around us – the challenges, the technology, changing culture – can seem both terrifying and awesome.

Former psychotherapist and current creativity coach Mark McGuinness teaches how to embrace the awesome, and mitigate the terrifying with his podcast, 21st Century Creative, and today he brings wonderful ideas for you to enjoy more of your parenting in this turbulent time.

Mark also brings something new to We Turned Out Okay: a guest-challenge!
An expert at helping people find time to accomplish their goals, Mark drops the gauntlet, setting YOU a challenge in this episode.
Completing Mark’s challenge not only can help you find time in your life for the things you love, but might just when you a copy of his book, Productivity for Creative People… Three copies of which Mark has graciously offered three lucky WTOO listeners.

Listen to find out what the challenge is, and how to enter the giveaway – which ends Tuesday, October 17, 2017!

To take up the challenge: sometime on or before October 17, 2017, go to weturnedoutokay.com/contact and tell me how you did with Mark’s challenge…

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Podcast Episode 187: Three Ways to Work with Your Child’s Teachers (even in contentious situations)

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In which I identify 5 different ways you might feel about your child and schooling, on a continuum from 1) you knew going into school that your child had issues that impact education, and would need to be addressed to 5) you have no worries about potential issues, and the school reports no problems.
It doesn’t matter which of these five spots on the continuum you occupy – the way to work with your child’s teachers is the same, 3 steps to keep in mind that make every interaction with your child’s caregivers easier.

To read about these three steps and for key links, go to weturnedoutokay.com/187.
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Podcast Episode 186: When you are just. So. Worried. – A Your Child Explained Episode

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In which we talk about how, when we are so worried, we can also feel simultaneously frozen and stuck – and, when we feel that way, the effect on our kids is devastating.

Sign up for round 2 of the Streamline Your Mornings Free 5-Day Challenge (which you know you want to if weekday mornings are, well, challenging : ) and for key links to today’s episode by going to weturnedoutokay.com/186.

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Podcast Episode 185: “What is your own heart telling you” about your child’s education? A conversation with Mom, Blogger, and Teacher Nicole Olson

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When he was just five years old and a child in preschool, Nicole Olson’s son was suffering. Lots of changes were going on in his world, and in the midst of dealing with them he “lost his personality.”
Nicole had thought that, if only she checked all the right boxes and pushed him into all the right activities, academic and otherwise, that he’d be fine.
When she discovered that was not the case, she felt about the biggest load of parental guilt that one could feel…
That sad, depressed 5-year-old is now 14 and thriving. Today’s episode shares their story, and will feel so relevant for you if you worry at all about how your child will learn to get along in this world.
We share about a million links, so click weturnedoutokay.com/185 to grab them, and to sign up for the Streamline Your Mornings 5-Day Free Challenge, which starts in less than a week!

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Bonus: How Children Learn to Read

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Here at the beginning of the school year, teachers are doing their initial assessments, figuring out who of their students is how far along the literacy timeline.

It can be a worrisome time for us parents – what if our kids don’t read when they’re supposed to?
What if they tell you “reading is boring”?
What if they hate reading?

We all know that reading is THE key to our children’s future success… but how do you get them to want to read?

Today’s bonus episode digs into the two most important factors in getting children to be happy readers.

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Podcast Episode 184: Three Steps to Handling Homework Woes – Part 2 of the Back-to-School Guide

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If you’re struggling with back-to-school time, or starting-school time – I’m creating shows this month and next to help you feel better.

Today’s is all about homework.

Over the years I’ve had parents share the most horrible stories about homework and their little kids, like the mom whose six-year-old received an afterschool detention for missing four homework assignments in a row.
That one still makes me choke a little.

Or the one about a child forced to miss recess because of a parent’s failure to log in and do the required “family homework.”

When medical ethicist Dr. Arthur Caplan comes on this show and says “recess is a right,” as he did in this episode last spring, I smile at his words.

But my blood pressure goes up.
Way up, at the thought of you and your young son or daughter coping with outrageous, damaging policies like these.

So today I’m taking everything my own training and experience tells me, and everything the wonderful teachers and doctors and folks who really understand young children (and who’ve spoken up on my show) – and I’m boiling it down into three steps to help you handle crazy homework demands.

Go to weturnedoutokay.com/184 for key links, and to read an outline of the three steps.
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Podcast Episode 183: How Your Attitude about Youth Sports Affects Your Child (A Your Child Explained Episode)

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With fall youth sports in full swing, I wanted to share something ugly that I witnessed last spring: a dad berating his young son, after the boy and his fellow teammates took a real drubbing, losing a soccer game big-time.

In this empathy-lacking, divisive grown-up-up world, what kids learn on the soccer field seems more important and relevant than ever before; listen to today’s show to find out how a parent’s attitude makes or breaks a child.

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Podcast Episode 182: How to Advocate for Your Child Medically, Socially, and Educationally

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Back when We Turned Out Okay turned 2, I asked you all for a gift: your questions!

Today I’m answering one of those questions, listener Caroline’s about how to deal with medical issues in your child, and expanding out from “medical” advocacy by sharing, in the second half of today’s episode, about how to advocate in other aspects of your child’s life.

I am so happy to bring back medical ethicist Dr. Art Caplan to address Caroline’s question, “Could you possibly give some advice about dealing with stressful situations in general and medical stuff, i.e. advocating for your child?”

Art outlines four key steps that parents can take when confronted with a child’s illness, and in looking back I realized that those same steps would be wonderful when trying to advocate for kids in a variety of situations, socially, educationally, in addition to medically.

For an outline of these four steps to advocating for your child and related key links, go to weturnedoutokay.com/182!
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