Category Archives for Parenting

Ep. 58: Authentic Teaching with Jackie Beyer

At Authentic Teacher we are dedicated to helping students learn using culturally relevant lessons, best teaching practices and state of the art technology to help parents and teachers provide the best education possible in the 21st century! Jackie Beyer Episode 58 features Authentic Teacher website and podcast founder Jackie Marie Beyer. Jackie is an experienced educator…

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Three Strategies for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults

What do you want for your child in 10 years? 20 years? What dreams do you have for him/her? These are the questions I often ask parents to reflect upon before I begin talking with them about positive parenting strategies or children’s friendships. I’ve also started clearly articulating the main idea behind the work I…

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4 Friendship Concepts to Share with Girls

In researching and planning for a talk I gave a few weeks ago about girls’ friendships, I read through some excellent resources, including these books. I also wrote this post about ways to help your daughter become a thriving adult. While many concepts I write about friendship apply to both boys and girls, there are…

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7 Ways to Help Your Daughter Become a Thriving Adult

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with a group of moms of elementary-age daughters. I shared with them some friendship concepts (which I’ll share in a later post), as well as these seven ideas for helping their daughters grow into thriving adults. I had so much to share, and I ran out of…

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Ep. 55: Raising Kids who Love to Read with Anne Driscoll

In Episode 55, I’m chatting with Anne Driscoll, owner of Branches Books & Gifts in Oakhurst, California. We talk all things books, including: Reading Levels Getting the parent and the child on the same when choosing books. Getting the right books in the hands of each child. The pros and cons of the reading level…

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Helpful Books for Raising Daughters

I wish these books had been available when my girls were younger, but they’re here now. I’ve learned from these books what it’s like to be a girl growing up in the 2010s. This is a hard time to be a girl. Our girls feel expectations to be perfect in all areas – appearance, academics,…

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Ep. 53: Four Ways to Help Your Child Succeed at School

In Episode 53, I’m chatting with my oldest daughter and favorite high school English teacher, Gretchen Monke. She has done a terrific job of connecting with her students and has some excellent insights on how parents can partner with teachers to help kids succeed at school. We discuss four ways to help your child succeed…

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The Magic Relationship Ratio

I recorded this month’s One Simple Thing during a retreat this weekend at 1440 Multiversity I attended with my daughter, Gretchen (see video below or on Facebook). We were at Shasta Nelson‘s Frientimacy seminar where we focused on learning about the crisis of loneliness and how to develop closer friendships and help others develop them, too. I…

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Ep. 51: Raising Kids’ Self-Esteem with Dr. Jim Sears

“Chores give children a sense of purpose and accomplishment.” -Dr. Jim Sears In Episode 51, I’m chatting with my long-time friend and camp colleague, Dr. Jim Sears. I’ve known him as Camp Doctor  “Bones” for the past 14 years, but he is better known by his patients at his family’s pediatric practice as “Dr. Jim.”…

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Ep. 50: How to be a Happier Parent with K.J. Dell’Antonia

In Episode 50, I chat with K.J. Dell’Antonia, author of How to be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute. From KJ’s website: I believe each of us is responsible for our own happiness. I believe happier parents are better parents, and better people. I believe family should…

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Ep. 49: Changing the Odds with Michelle Kinder

In Episode 49, I’m chatting with Michelle Kinder, Executive Director of the Momentous Institute in Dallas, Texas. Michelle has worked in the field of children’s mental health for more than 20 years and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and the University of Texas with…

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